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2014 MCCA SUMMER CONFERENCE July 24 and 25, 2014

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Highlighted Conference Speakers

Sheryl ConnelyThe Future of Education
Sheryl Connelly is manager of global trends and futuring for Ford Motor Company, tracking shifts and trends in topics as far reaching as the environment, politics and millennials and analyzing those shifts to predict consumer preferences. Her insights inform the company’s automotive design, product development and corporate strategy.  Sheryl has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and on the BBC.
Kay McClenny 21st Century Commission Panel Discussion
In 2012, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) released the 21st-Century Report, which included seven broad recommendations for reinventing community colleges. Over the next year, faculty members, CEOs, and thought leaders worked collaboratively in teams to develop implementation strategies to assist institutions in implementing each of the recommendations. Kay McClenney, Director Emeritus of the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas-Austin and Co-Chair of the AACC 21st Century Commission, will facilitate the panel with the Michigan presidents invited to participate in the Commission's report and implementation.
The Experience EconomyJoseph Pine
Joseph Pine, author, speaker, and management advisor to Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups alike. Co-founder of Strategic Horizons LLP. dedicated to helping businesses conceive and design new ways of adding value to their economic offerings. Mr. Pine and his partner James H. Gilmore wrote the best-selling book The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage (Harvard Business School Press, 1999), and has since written a number of other books demonstrating how goods and services are no longer enough; what customers want today are experiences – memorable events that engage each customer in an inherently personal way.
Michigan's Economy: Past, Present, and FutureCharles L. Ballard
Charles L. Ballard is a Professor in the Department of Economics at Michigan State University. He is a widely-published author, a graduate of Stanford University and Princeton University, and has served as a consultant with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health & Human Services, and Treasury, and with research institutes in Australia, Denmark, and Finland. His books include Michigan at the Millennium and Michigan's Economic Future. Ballard also directs MSU's quarterly State of the State Survey, which measures Michigan's consumer confidence and approval ratings of political leaders.
Blair MillerCultivating Creativity and Leading Innovation
Blair Miller is a partner at FourSight, a company dedicated to the science of good thinking. FourSight develops research-based training tools proven to help individuals, teams and organizations build problem-solving capability, enrich creative climate and foster ideas and collaborative solutions. As president of his own Chicago-based consulting firm, Blair Miller & Associates, he has developed a unique method of helping organizations like Deloitte & Touche, DuPont, Intel, Invesco, Mars, Motts, Kodak, Kraft, Pfizer and Xerox deliver on their innovation goals.

Conference Presentations

Blair Miller - Leadership in Times of Rapid Change: Fostering Creative Thinking and Innovation. Innovation Presentation

Kay McClenney - 21st Century Commission Panel Discussion. 21st Century Panel

Joseph Pine - The Experience Economy 

Mike Hansen - State of the Association

Dan Phelan - Ensuring Relevancy

Charles Ballard - Michigan's Economy

Marilyn Schlack & Jeff Patton - Healthy Living Campus

Tim Meyer - Labor Market Data

President Institute Presentations

David Baime - Federal Legislative Update

Karen Solinski - Dual Credit Guide, Direct Assessment

Collaborative Program - Consortium Programming


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