2021 Summer Council

2021 Summer Council

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 to Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Reflect, Recharge, Reboot: Leading Resilient Institutions

Join us for the virtual Summer Council meeting—open to presidents/chancellors, spouses/partners, and senior cabinet members.

Summer Council has long been an AASCU tradition where campus leaders can come together to connect, strengthen our community, share successes and challenges, and focus on personal and professional development. This year, we will gather virtually, but AASCU’s commitment to create a dynamic, engaging, and relevant experience remains the same.

The meeting will include a variety of professional development and networking opportunities:

  • Inspiring general sessions focused on resilience, courage, equity and student success, and hope
  • Engaging roundtables for participants to reflect, network, share best practices, and connect with thought leaders around topics such as faculty and staff burnout, enrollment and budgetary challenges, debates over civil discourse on our campuses, and the ongoing skepticism about the value of a college degree
  • Robust concurrent sessions focused on skill building in areas such as navigating change, leading transformational cabinets, and courageous leadership 
  • Numerous opportunities for you to meet one-on-one or in small groups with old friends or new colleagues to reflect, recharge, and reboot for the year ahead

Our virtual format will allow participants to attend safely and at a lower cost. 
The Summer Council is planned by the AASCU Committee for Professional Development with support from AASCU staff.


About the Conference

Interactive Platform Designed to Maximize Networking

The conference platform will serve as a one-stop hub for the meeting and provides several engaging elements. Use the platform to:

  • Attend all sessions, access additional resources, and view speaker information
  • Participate live during meeting events, chat with colleagues, and attend Q&A sessions
  • Access recorded, on-demand sessions after the meeting has concluded
  • Connect with presidents/chancellors, spouses/partners, and cabinet members

The virtual conference platform will be live, with a link on this webpage, the week of June 21.

Corporate Partnership Opportunities

Corporate partners interested in contributing content and sharing knowledge on topics relevant to issues facing meeting attendees should contact:

Ramona Crawford, director, corporate partnerships, AASCU
Susannah Rodrigue, program manager, leadership development and partnerships, AASCU


We design AASCU meetings and conferences to be inclusive and accessible to all individuals. If you need accessibility services, please select that option when you register and contact Jennifer Rothschild at  jennifer.rothschild@conferencedirect.com.  


Kathleen Scott, vice president, leadership development and partnerships, AASCU

Ramona Crawford, director, corporate partnerships, AASCU
Susannah Rodrigue, program manager, leadership development and partnerships, AASCU  


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2021 Summer Council Schedule

2021 Summer Council Schedule at a Glance

Access the 2021 Summer Council desktop app to join live sessions and to receive up-to-the-minute meeting information, speaker profiles, networking opportunities, and real-time updates


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Session Highlights

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Tuesday, June 29, 2:30 p.m. ET
Spouse/Partner Program: Developing Soft Skills: Which are the Hard Skills

How do you foster productive conversations when emotions are running high? This workshop will give participants greater confidence in their ability to listen carefully, read between the lines, manage difficult or uncomfortable conversations, and influence others.

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Wednesday, June 30, 11:30 a.m. ET
The Disruption Mindset: How to Be a Strong Leader in Times of Crisis and Chaos

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New York Times bestselling author Charlene Li will join us for this plenary to share tips for embracing a disruptive mindset and building a resilient and courageous culture within your organization. We are pleased to provide all registrants with a complimentary e-book version of Charlene’s latest book The Disruption Mindset.

Download your e-book. This link will be available until June 30 at 8 pm ET.    


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Early Bird
April 16–May 14

After May 14 

Member President/Chancellor $450 $525
Former Member President/Chancellor $200 $275
AASCU Consultants $200 $275
Member Spouse/Partner $200 $275 
Former Member Spouse/Partner $200 $275
Cabinet Member $150 $225
Sponsor* $500 $600

*Contact Susannah Rodrigue regarding eligibility to participate as a sponsor.

Teams and Cabinet Members

Member presidents and chancellors are invited to include senior members of their cabinet to participate in the meeting.

Contact Felicia Durham, AASCU registrar, to register your team of senior-level cabinet members.