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2019 NCAN Conference Preview: Host City Sessions and Speakers

Thursday, August 29, 2019  
Posted by: Sara Melnick, Deputy Director
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T-minus two weeks until the start of the 2019 NCAN National Conference, Racing Toward Postsecondary Success. We’re looking forward to seeing 1,100 of our friends and colleagues in Indianapolis very soon. Thank you to everyone who has made this yet another record-breaking year for conference attendance!

Not only is Indianapolis buzzing with cultural and other attractions, but the state of Indiana is engaged in some impactful college access and success work. We are fortunate to have many sessions presented by Indiana-based organizations at this year's conference. Whether or not you're from Indiana, all attendees will benefit from attending sessions on the following topics:

  • Cultivating access to internship opportunities, presented by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
  • Transforming scholarships to encourage early college awareness and school success, presented by the Community Foundation of Wabash County and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
  • Closing achievement gaps, presented by Complete College America.
  • Comprehensive counseling through school-community partnerships, presented by the Indiana Youth Institute.
  • Listening to today's students, presented by Lumina Foundation.
  • Forming a network of networks focused on upskilling citizens, presented by Indiana Talent Networks and Ivy Tech Community College.

We’ll also have several plenary speakers who hail from our host city:

  • Gisele Garroway, president and CEO of the Indianapolis-based Starfish Initiative, will be on hand to welcome conference attendees during the opening plenary session.
  • Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, will be awarded the Bob Craves Champion of College Access Award.
  • Daryl Graham, senior vice president, philanthropy, Strada Education Network, will speak about the employer’s perspective on preparing students for both college and career success.

Fortunately, there’s still time to register! Click here for more information.