NCCI Annual Conference


2022 Virtual Conference and Regional Symposiums

October 6-7 | Online | San Diego | Chicago | Maryland

NCCI is excited to announce the 2022 NCCI Virtual Conference and Regional Symposiums. While we are disappointed that we are not able to come together in New Orleans as planned, this change has allowed NCCI, as a flagship organization for change leaders in higher ed, the opportunity to pivot and examine how we meet and engage. On October 6-7, we will host our third virtual conference and our first ever in-person NCCI Regional Symposiums. This year, you’ll be able to experience the conference via the virtual platform or face-to-face with colleagues at one of our three Regional Symposium locations. The face-to-face experience will have additional programming including roundtable discussions, networking opportunities, and the chance to hear about the excellent work some of our member campuses are doing. All members are welcome at any of the Regional Symposiums, so pick your favorite location and make plans to attend now.

Current Registrations


Virtual Conference
  Early Rate (through 9/15) Regular Rate (9/16 – 10/6)
Campus Unlimited* (Members Only) $495 $595
Individual Member $199 $249
Individual Nonmember $299 $349

*Allows an unlimited number of individuals from the same campus to register at no additional cost.

Regional Symposium
  Early Rate (through 9/15) Regular Rate (9/16 – 10/6)
Individual Member (with campus unlimited registration) $175 $199
Individual Member $375 $399
Individual Nonmember $499 $549

Cancellation and safety information, as well as registration help, can be found here in our FAQ.


The schedule outline below is in Eastern time.

Thursday, October 6
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Opening Remarks & Growth Mindset Panel
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Developing Your CQ (Cultural Intelligence) for Working Effectively with our Teams and Stakeholders
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Case Study: UC San Diego and Cal State Fullerton Crowdsourcing Impactful and Diverse Ideas on IdeaWave™
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. New @ Purdue: Transforming the New Hire Experience
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Let’s Talk About Building a Change Management Office and a Community of Practice
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Navigating Unchartered Waters: Building Leadership Capacity and Resilience
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Kaizen: enabling small yet powerful steps towards transformation
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. The One Page Strategic Plan Toolkit
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Operational Excellence: Redesigning the Future of Work in Higher Education
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Leveraging Continuous Improvement Thinking and Practice to Achieve Transformative Change
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. “How Can I Help?” Practical Tools to Make an Immediate Impact
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. “The Magic of Change” – Implementing Change Initiatives
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Imposter Syndrome, Perfectionism and Perfectionist Culture
Friday, October 7
11:00 a.m. – Noon Prototyping Process Changes with Design Thinking
11:00 a.m. – Noon Planning as a Verb, Not a Noun
11:00 a.m. – Noon Implementing Intelligent Process Automation at the University of Illinois
11:00 a.m. – Noon Defining Your Strategic Sweet Spot: A simple tool to galvanize your organization’s strategies
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. DEI and Digital Badging Programs in Rural Communities
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Going from Good to Great: Your role in an Organization’s Success
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Hybrid meetings – Let’s address the elephant (who might be) in the room
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. All Hands on Deck: A Collaborative Approach to Budget Reductions and Organizational Change
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Awards, Cherrie Davis Keynote, & Closing Remarks


The schedule outline below is in Eastern time.

This event will be hosted at the Manokin Building at the University of Maryland College Park. Suggested hotels can be found in the FAQ.

Thursday, October 6
8:30 – 9 a.m. Welcome
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Roundtable 1
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Roundtable 2
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Opening Remarks and Panel Keynote (with box lunch)
1 – 2:00 p.m. Educational Session Block 1
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Educational Session Block 2
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Educational Session Block 3
6:00 p.m. Group Dinner (on your own)

Friday, October 7
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Campus/Office Tour
10 – 11 a.m. Roundtable 3
11 a.m. – noon Educational Session Block 4
12:15 – 12:45 p.m. Sponsor presentations (with box lunch)
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Educational Session Block 5
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cherrie Davis Keynote and Closing Remarks
3:30 p.m. Closing

The schedule outline below is in Central Time.



Thursday, October 6
9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Roundtable 1
10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Opening Remarks and Panel Keynote
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Educational Session Block 1 (with box lunch)
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Educational Session Block 2
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Educational Session Block 3
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Roundtable 2
6:00 p.m. Group Dinner (on your own)

Friday, October 7
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Roundtable 3
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Educational Session Block 4
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Lunch
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Educational Session Block 5
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cherrie Davis Keynote and Closing Remarks
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Roundtable 4
3:45 p.m. Closing

The schedule outline below is in Pacific time.

This event will be hosted at the Price Center at the University of California San Diego. Suggested hotels can be found in the FAQ.

Thursday, October 6
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Opening Remarks and Panel Keynote
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Educational Session Block 1
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Educational Session Block 2
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Educational Session Block 3 (with box lunch)
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Roundtable 1
3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Roundtable 2
6:00 p.m. Group Dinner (on own)

Friday, October 7
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Educational Session Block 4
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Sponsor presentations
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Educational Session Block 5
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cherrie Davis Keynote and Closing Remarks
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Roundtable 3
2:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Campus/Office Tour
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Happy Hour & Networking presented by the UCSD Office of Operational Strategic Initiatives


The Annual Conference will feature two keynote sessions. Our opening keynote will highlight a panel of thought leaders who will speak about a Growth Mindset. Our closing keynote is Cherrie Davis, dynamic speaker who brings fresh perspectives on Leadership, Culture, and Inclusion.

Opening Keynote: Growth Mindset Panel

The past two years have been challenging for many industries including institutions of higher education. We are excited to offer our conference attendees an opportunity to take a different approach in looking at how we learn and engage with one another. Challenges can create opportunities if addressed in a constructive manner. Our keynote panel will focus on the benefits of using a Growth Mindset lens in thinking and managing the challenges we face. The growth mindset framework allows us to explore ways to use our ever changing environments to create new processes, ways of thinking and problem solving which can generate positive feelings of accomplishment.

NCCI is excited to have Reginald White, Vice President of Human Resources at Connecticut College, moderate this thought provoking discussion with our panelists:

  • Therese Grohman, Senior Director of Marketing and Enrollment Management, Northwestern University
  • Jeffrey Hollingsworth, Vice President and Chief Information Office, University of Maryland
  • Terri Winbush, Chief Human Resources Officer, University of California San Diego
Closing Keynote: Cherrie Davis
Cherrie Davis

 Cherrie Davis knows human dynamics. She brings fresh perspective to her two areas of focus: the individual and the process. With this approach, she builds relationships, drives positive performance, and delivers winning solutions. Davis is a visionary leader with over three decades of experience in human resources, is a recognized coach, facilitator, and change management leader. She culminated her military career at the Pentagon by leading the Army Chief of Staff’s transitional strategy in three pivotal roles: Chief of Operations for Transition Strategic Outreach, Deputy Director for Transition Strategic Outreach and as the Employment Director for the Soldier for Life Program. After her military service, Davis served as the Human Resources Director for Our Lady of the Lake, Quality Trainer and Organizational Developer for GE Financial Services (Six Sigma Team), Marketing and Sales for GE Lighting. Her corporate culmination came as an executive for GE Capital, as the Senior Integration Leader. She is the President at ShiftForward Consulting, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Davis received her B.A. in communications from Black Hills State University, where she was recognized as the Distinguished Military Graduate and by Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. She earned a master’s in human resources with an emphasis in international management from Webster University. She holds professional certifications for senior professional human resources, executive & organizational coaching, and quality management.  


Educational sessions


What does registration include?

Virtual Annual Conference

The campus unlimited registration fee includes virtual access to two keynotes, educational sessions, and a round table opportunity for an unlimited number of individuals at the same campus. Each individual must be individually registered.

The individual registration fee includes virtual access to two keynotes, educational sessions, and a round table opportunity for the registered individual only.

Regional Symposiums

The regional symposium registration fee provides access to one of three on-site locations which will include: group viewing of the two keynotes, opportunity to view virtual educational sessions via a personal viewing device, face-to-face round table discussions and networking opportunities, two box lunches, and the option to join colleagues for a group dinner (additional cost).

How do I create an account to register for the conference?

If you do not already have an account created, visit and click the “Get Started” button. It will prompt you to create an account. It is important that you indicate your institution’s name in the “Affiliated Account” field (once you start typing, a drop-down menu will appear for you to select the institution) during profile setup so that their profile is connected to the membership. If you’re unsure of your account status, please contact 

How do I register for the unlimited institutional rate?

This rate is available for NCCI member institutions. If you’d like to register for the unlimited campus, enter the registration system, and you will see this option. Once you are registered at the unlimited rate, anyone from your institution will now see the option to register at the free professional rate. Please note that if your institution wishes to take advantage of the unlimited registrations, each person who wants to attend the conference will need to register for the event, as each attendee will receive a unique access link to the live program.

If your campus is already registered for the unlimited rate, please create or sign-in to your account. The system will automatically recognize that you are at an unlimited campus and will offer a free registration option. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact

What platform will be used for the virtual conference?

We will use Zoom Events as the virtual conference platform. To learn more about this platform, check out this help article. Additional details about accessing the platform will be emailed to attendees in the days before the event.

Will sessions be available for viewing after the date?

Those who register for the 2022 Annual Conference will have access to on-demand content at a later date. Attendees are strongly encouraged to attend the live sessions to foster networking, participation, and a conference-like experience.

Please note that the closing keynote with Cherrie Davis will be live-streamed only and will not be recorded.

How are we ensuring your safety?

The COVID-19 pandemic and necessary precautions continue to change. Please monitor this page to remain abreast of NCCI’s plans to help ensure your safety and well-being. 

 NCCI is requiring all regional symposium registrants to be fully vaccinated* prior to participating. This requirement is consistent with the current trend for conferences and other events/activities. 

*Fully vaccinated status is defined as having received all the required doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine primary series and one booster (2 doses of Moderna plus 1 booster or 2 does of Pfizer-BioNTech plus 1 booster vaccines, or 1 dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine plus 1 booster) at least 2 weeks before the start date of the conference (July 18). 

We also recommend that attendees wear masks while traveling to and from the event and follow COVID-safe practices in the weeks leading up to the event. 

What is the cancellation policy?

Registration for the Virtual Annual Conference is non-refundable. Substitutions are welcome.


Requests for cancellation of regional symposium registration must be made via email to Full refunds of the registration fee will be made for cancellations received on or before September 1, 2022, and will be issued in the form of the original payment. For cancellations received from September 1, 2022 to September 15, 2022, a refund will be issued less a $50 administrative processing fee. Due to financial obligations incurred by NCCI, no refunds will be issued for cancellations received after September 15 2022. NCCI will provide a full credit on account any cancellations due to company restrictions (proof required) or state, local, and federal government regulations regarding COVID-19.    

NCCI is not responsible for cancellation of any travel, hotel, or other arrangements related to participation in this event nor any cancellation fees from those arrangements.    

Payment for all fees is due at the time of registration. All fees are listed in U.S. dollars. International currency will be accepted at the exchange rate prevalent at the time of payment.  

All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made by email to

Substitutions are gladly accepted at any time; to substitute an attendee, email   

NCCI reserves exclusive right to modify, postpone/reschedule, or cancel this program for any reason. If there is an event cancellation, every attempt will be made to reschedule, and registration fees will be applied to the rescheduled event date. Any incidental expenses incurred related to a cancelled event cannot be refunded under any circumstances. If a cancelled event cannot be rescheduled, NCCI will determine an equitable basis for the refund or credit of a portion or all of the registration fees, after due consideration of circumstances and expenditures. 

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