2022 Director’s Summit:

June 22-24, 2022 (in-person or live-stream)

Redefine your competitive advantage and reassess what works in the current environment

Light a new fire of revenue that creates and grows at your center. Several proven strategies and how to implement them will be presented by your colleagues over the three days.  These strategies saved their centers during the pandemic and positioned them for growth. They are now going to share with you what they did and how they executed to maintain an effective flow of revenue during the last two years.

CMED Conversation

Attend this Summit to have candid conversations with your peers and thought leaders about new development and trends in the industry. Learn best practices and evaluate your strategic choices in highly interactive small group sessions. This special professional development program is designed to provide you time, space, and peer feedback to effectively articulate the difference your center can make for your client organizations.

During three highly interactive  days you will immerse yourself in an open dialogue with peers from different institutes facing real challenges and making opportunities work for their centers. We do not have all the answers individually but together can create our industry’s thriving future. The common trends and challenges are those things that everyone needs to pay attention to, but will need to be adapted and adjusted to your center’s particular culture, capabilities and market. In open face-to-face conversations you will pick up some new ideas and approaches and learn how to do things a little differently.

As the world discovered in the last two years, there is no substitute for learning and growing together in a group of peers. This is how we communicate, develop and build long lasting trust.  We are thrilled to offer the Director’s Summit for you and your team members.  This way you can join your peers for the most current and impactful learning experience. As a participant you will:

  • Participate in live sessions
  • Network with your peers on a live environment
  • Participate in discussions before and during the sessions
  • Contribute to the conversations
  • Access strategic document developed during the Summit

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from experienced peers in a very engaging environment for all who attend.

Live Streaming Option
Join live sessions with your peers streamed from the world-class video and audio-equipped facility at Carnegie Mellon University. As a remote participant you will be able to ask your questions and participate in discussions via a dedicated facilitator representing you in the classroom discussion. This will ensure a smooth integrated experience for both remote and in-person participants.


This year the in-person Director’s Summit is designed to provide time, space, and peer feedback to effectively articulate strategic responses to changes that are rapidly re-shaping our industry:

  • Lessons Learned from the Pandemic
  • Membership Programs
  • Effective Team Communication
  • Navigating University Politics
  • Engaging Faculty and Staff to Get a Buy-in

We know that everyone participating will both learn and contribute to the knowledge of everyone involved.  We invite you to join your peers in this unique professional development experience that advances the capabilities of everyone involved in meeting the needs and objectives of our clients.

◊ Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022 Carnegie-Mellon Executive Education

1:00-1:45 pm

General welcome from the Dean of the Tepper School of Business

Introductions – Nicholas Archer

2:00-3:30 pm Pandemic Response Takeaways – Nicholas Archer

  • How did it affect our industry?
  • What did we learn?
  • How we can make our business more resilient?

3:30-4:00 pm Snack and Coffee Break

4:00-5:00 pm How a Membership program eased the pain of no predictable revenue?

Christine Kush and Carol Turchick

5:00 pm Evening Networking Activities

  • Buses to the venue
  • Andy Warhol gallery tour
  • Cash-bar
  • Long table event
  • Buses return to hotel area

◊ Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 Carnegie-Mellon Executive Education

8:30-9:30 am Effective Team Communication

Carnegie-Mellon Executive Education team

9:45-11:00 am Navigating University Politics, Securing Investments and Managing Faculty and Cost (discussion)

Jessica Scott

11:00 am – Noon Break and Box Lunch

Noon Walk to the Fine Arts School

Noon-2 pm Meeting at the Fine Arts School

2:00 – 4:00 pm Improv and chaos

Studio space at the Tepper School of Business

5:00-7:00 pm Happy Hour and Dinner

Dinner on your own or in groups

10:00 pm – close After dinner at the Oaklander

◊ Friday, June 24th, 2022 Carnegie-Mellon Executive Education

8:30-10:00 am Reflections and Key learnings from the Summit

Nicholas Hamilton-Archer

10:15-11:45 am How to Implement? Gaining buy-in from Staff, Faculty, and leadership.

Dr. Dan Rundhaug, Joe Bork, and Noreen Mahoney

Noon – Adjourn and Travel Safely

* Session topics, their order and other program parameters are subject to change

Who Attends

This program is designed for people responsible for developing and implementing strategies at non-degree business, professional, and executive education centers at universities. This usually includes executive education units in business schools, management or professional development units within continuing education schools, or stand-alone entities reporting directly to a dean or other high level administrator. In most cases, attendees have titles that include Assistant Dean, Director, Executive Director, or Manager. They all have the common challenge of creating strategies in response to changing business environment and customer demands. Their centers serve the business community by offering custom training engagements, consortia programs and/or open enrollment programs.

If this sounds like you, please join us for this summit to examine your current strategies, explore the internal and external factors influencing your success, and potential strategic responses to changes you are facing.

  • Take advantage of this opportunity to focus on the most critical aspects of the success of your unit
  • Get diverse perspectives and ideas from trusted colleagues facing the same challenges
  • Develop a network of peer mentors
  • Return to your team ready to share ideas and implement your own strategies

Travel and Lodging

  1. Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT): Major Carriers, Delta, Southwest, United. 20-25 minute UBER during non-rush hour.
  2. Rental cars available. Please check parking at hotels. If you are staying at the Oaklander they have Valet only.
  3. Recommended hotels: The Oaklander and Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place Both hotels are a short bus-ride to Carnegie-Mellon Tepper School of Business.
  4. We will be meeting on the top floor of Tepper.
  5. The Porch where we will be for networking on Wednesday is very close to the Oaklander.
  6. Dinner on Wednesday will be courtesy of Carnegie-Mellon and will be long-table style within an upscale event.
Register by June 15th
Join Your Peers Today

In-Person Per Attendee Fee:

$298 – from an Executive Member institution
$446 -from a Basic Member institution
$595 – from a Non-Member institution

Live-Stream Per Attendee Fee:

$199 – from an Executive Member institution
$299 -from a Basic Member institution
$399 – from a Non-Member institution

Register today and join the collaborative and innovative community of your peers.

To register, please fill out the form below. You will be invoiced in accordance to the membership status of your institution. Once your registration is received an invoice will be emailed to you. You will then have the choice of selecting payment by check or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard and AMEX. Your registration is complete when your payment is received.