We're excited to announce that Supporting Exceptional Community Colleges will take place April 29-30, 2019 at the Conrad Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Community colleges offer one of the most underutilized investment opportunities for funders. Across the country, a small handful are upending the status quo by developing new ways to equip their communities to meet the needs of today’s labor markets. Join us to explore how funders can support the growth and development of exceptional community colleges.


5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Opening Reception
7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
7:30 - 8:15 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast
8:20 - 8:30 a.m.

Jo Kwong, Director of Economic Opportunity Programs, The Philanthropy Roundtable

8:30 - 9:20 a.m.
Disrupting the Value Proposition of Higher Education
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Combining Open Access, Disruption, and Excellence: Upending the Status Quo
10:40 - 11:40 a.m.
Labor Market Relevancy: Jobs, Wages, and Career Progression
11:50 a.m. - 1:05 p.m.
Q&A Lunch with Community College Presidents and Leaders

This lunch will feature open discussion tables with two to three community college presidents at each table. Come prepared to challenge them, ask questions, and offer ideas for leveraging impact.

1:20 - 2:20 p.m.
Talent Development and Regional Economic Prosperity
2:40 - 3:30 p.m.
Closing Discussion: How Can Philanthropy Help?


Sandy Shugart

Sandy Shugart President Valencia College

Monty Sullivan

Monty Sullivan President Louisiana Community and Technical College System

Bryan Albrecht

Bryan Albrecht President and CEO Gateway Technical College

Jeff Barratt

Jeff Barratt Education Entrepreneur-in-Residence Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Jo Blondin

Jo Blondin President Clark State Community College

Lavea  Brachman

Lavea Brachman Vice President of Programs Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation


Conrad Indianapolis

50 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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The Philanthropy Roundtable's Supporting Exceptional Community Colleges: How Philanthropy Can Help will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana at Conrad Indianapolis on April 29-30, 2019.

Registration Rates:

Regular Registration Rate: Register before April 9 - $250 per person
Late Registration Rate: Register after April 9 - $300 per person

Please note that due to printing deadlines, if you register after April 9, 2019, you may not be included in our printed materials.

Registration Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received before April 9, 2019 = 90% refund will be offered
Cancellations received after April 9, 2019 = no refund will be offered


Conrad Indianapolis does not provide a complimentary shuttle from the airport to the hotel. Indianapolis International Airport offers on-site taxi cabs, ride-sharing services, and car rentals.

Conrad Indianapolis is located 14.7 miles from Indianapolis International Airport (IND).

The dress code for dinners is cocktail attire.
The dress code for meeting sessions is business casual attire. Due to varying temperatures between the outside weather and meeting areas, you may want to bring a sweater or light jacket.

During the month of April, the average high/low in Indianapolis is 62°/42°.