Senior Executive Summit Schedule

Sunday, June 16, 2019



3:30 - 5:00 p.m.


5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Event at Fjallraven

Reconnect with friends and colleagues as we kick of the Senior Executive Summit with a happy hour at Fjallraven! Enjoy beer and crab cakes as you mingle about the store, hear a quick presentation on sustainability, and prepare for an exciting few days ahead.

Fjallraven is 60-year-old Swedish outdoor company that offers a wide range of outdoor gear and apparel. Fjallraven (pronounced “Fee Y’all Raven”) is partnering with college bookstores to distribute a sustainable collection of backpacks and apparel for students. Join your peers at the newest flagship retail store to enjoy a casual evening of crab cakes, local lagers, and “fika,” which is Swedish for “coffee break.”

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Dinner on Your Own

Monday, June 17, 2019



9:00 - 10:00 a.m.


10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Welcome & Setting the Stage

Speaker: Kelsey Harmon Finn, NACAS CEO

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Ed Session - Navigating Politics, Cost, and Enrollment

Speaker: Megan Schneider, Assistant Director, Federal Affairs, NACUBO

What lies ahead on the legislative and regulatory landscape for higher education? NACUBO’s Megan Schneider will discuss the current state of play in the nation’s capital, and offer observations and analysis of major legislative and regulatory changes that will impact higher education in the coming months and years including Higher Education Act reauthorization, changes to Title IX, the new Overtime Rule, and more.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch and Learn

Speakers: Kelsey Harmon Finn, CEO, NACAS; Megan Schneider, Assistant Director, Federal Affairs, NACUBO

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Ed Session - Dashboarding for Decision Making, How To Put Big Data To Use

Speaker: Robert Holden, MPA, CASP, Associate Vice President, Auxiliary Services, University of Georgia

Today, data is at your fingertips, but you must think outside the box to make it work for you. Explore the ways that data already available to you can solve problems and model programs for your campus. Discover how commonly available statistics from campus resources can be used in building models, and determine other ways to apply the information beyond its original use. In an open discussion, we can explore how traffic patterns, class schedules, and HR figures can show up to help improve campus performance. We will discuss how the use of analytics can create better time efficiencies, automating tasks and reducing manual data entry.

2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Ed Session - What's Better Than Succession Planning? Talent Development and Retention

5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Clam Bake and Boat Harbor Tour

Location: University of Massachusetts – Boston

Tuesday, June 18, 2019



8:30 - 9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Future of Campus Partnerships Through the Lens of Revenue Generation and Student Success

Facilitator: Kelsey Harmon Finn, CEO, NACAS

With population shifts impacting future enrollment numbers and a decline in state and other sources of funding, the sustainability of current student services, which are so vital to student success, lies in auxiliary services. Leaders in auxiliary services can diversify revenue streams by thinking creatively about campus partnerships. This creativity comes in the entrepreneurial spirit of individuals who bridge silos on campus, bringing stronger and more integrated partnerships to the forefront. These partnerships help students have the best holistic experience on campus, ultimately leading to better student outcomes.

For this session, Kelsey Harmon Finn, CEO of NACAS, will bring together a panel of business partners and institutional leaders  who have been successful in building these creative partnerships on campus. This interactive panel discussion will look into the future of the industry, exploring how institutions can leverage corporate partnerships that infuse brands into all areas of campus. This helps  maximize partnership opportunities and build the best student experience possible, all while generating revenue. Higher education is not the end of the line for students; the work that we do prepares them for the real world and life beyond the classroom. We also don’t have to do this work alone.

12:00 - 12:45 p.m.


2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Ed Session - The Changing Face of Higher Education Procurement

Presenter:Krista S. Ferrell, CPPO, CPPB, Executive Director, National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP)

The landscape of higher education is changing at a record pace as budget shortfalls, the changing needs of students, and competing demands on higher education resources require today’s procurement professional to reimagine service delivery and leverage collaboration in daring new ways. What are these trends and how do procurement and campus auxiliary services work together to stay ahead of these changes and create greater value and impact for our institutions?

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Tour of Fenway Park

You will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the park as well as the day-to-day operations behind running “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.”

Fenway Park is a place where dreams are made, traditions are celebrated and baseball is forever. See the home of Red Sox Legends, Williams, Yaz, Fisk and Rice. Visit Pesky’s Pole and sit atop the world famous Green Monster which stands 37 feet 2 inches high overlooking leftfield. Though generations have come and gone, Fenway Park remains, much like it did the day it opened on April 20, 1912.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019



8:30 - 9:00 a.m.


9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Ed Session - How to Show Up Differently in a Culture that Prefers the Status Quo

Speakers: Kelsey Harmon-Finn, CEO; NACAS Jim Dwyer, Executive Director, Auxiliary Business Services, Arizona State University

As we wrap up the Senior Executive Summit and reflect on the educational sessions and panel, it can feel overwhelming — but these common themes and ideas born from Student Success & Revenue Generation don’t have to be. So how do you go back to your campus, empowered to take action? You can start with a mindset of abundance over scarcity and focus on building relationships that are reliable and beneficial to all parties.

Kelsey and Jim will dive into the thought process behind an abundance over scarcity framework, share their stories of relationship building and leave you feeling ready to take action and move the needle forward to create enriched student experiences as you make your way back home  — ready to tackle 2020 and beyond.

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks

Speaker: Kelsey Harmon-Finn, CEO