2024 ACHE Emerging Leaders Institute

The Generations from Boom to Z:

How to collaborate, cooperate, manage, lead, and understand

Welcome to the 2024 ACHE Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI), a dynamic four-day professional development event dedicated to nurturing the next generation of leaders within the continuing higher education sphere. Scheduled from June 25 to June 28 at the University of La Verne in California, this institute is designed specifically for professionals who have amassed 3-5 years of experience in the field and are poised to ascend to higher leadership roles.

At ELI, participants will delve into a curriculum rich in leadership development topics tailored to the unique challenges and opportunities in continuing education. The program includes interactive workshops that employ Kolb's Experiential Learning Styles, ensuring that learning is engaging, practical, and directly applicable to your professional life.

Key sessions will cover a range of pertinent topics such as:

  • Leadership Development: Enhancing personal and organizational leadership skills to navigate and lead effective teams.
  • Program Development: Crafting innovative educational programs that meet the evolving needs of adult learners.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Exploring the implications of AI in educational settings and how it can be harnessed to enhance learning and administrative processes.
  • Working with Generation Z: Understanding and engaging the next generation of learners with strategies that resonate with their values and learning preferences.
  • Untapped Leadership: Identifying and cultivating latent leadership potential within your teams and broader educational community. 

This institute is not just about learning but also about networking with peers, sharing insights, and gaining the tools necessary for substantial personal and professional growth. Whether you are looking to step into a leadership role or enhance your current capabilities, the Emerging Leaders Institute offers a robust platform to prepare you for the challenges ahead.


David Day, PhD

Professor of Psychological Science & Leadership, Academic Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute, Steven L. Eggert ’82 P ’15 Professor of Leadership and George R. Roberts Fellow.

David V. Day is Professor of Psychological Science and Academic Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College (USA). He also holds the titles of Steven L. Eggert ’82 P ’15 Professor of Leadership and George R. Roberts Research Fellow at the College. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, International Association of Applied Psychology, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Day has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and book chapters, many pertaining to the core topics of leadership and leadership development, including the 2009 co-authored book, An Integrative Approach to Leader Development: Connecting Adult Development, Identity, and Expertise (Psychology Press) and the forthcoming solo-authored book titled Developing Leaders and Leadership: Principles, Practices, and Processes (Palgrave Macmillan). He has spoken at and worked with organizations around the world on topics related to leadership and leader development. He received the Walter F. Ulmer Research Award from the Center for Creative Leadership for outstanding, career-long contributions to applied leadership research.


Samuel J, Aronson

Associate Dean in the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Samuel J. Aronson, early millennial, is an Associate Dean in the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. His research focuses on the intersection of science and technology with the Holocaust as well as an exploration of responses to the Holocaust by playwrights and other artists. He has authored numerous articles on anti-semitism and the use of Holocaust memory and frequently speaks on this subject. As a docent at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Dean Aronson regularly guides members of congress, judges and law enforcement officers, foreign diplomats and military officers, and other dignitaries through the museum's Permanent Exhibition and Special Exhibition. Samuel is a Regional and National Volunteer with Scouts BSA and has worked with thousands of youth members in myriad venues and programs. Dean Aronson is an Eagle Scout and holds degrees in History and Holocaust Studies as well as Education & Human Development from Albright College and The George Washington University.

Cory Scott, EdD

Assistant Professor and Program Director 

California School of Management and Leadership

Dr. Cory Scott is a distinguished professional with over 30 years of experience in higher education, business, and the nonprofit sector. Holding a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and an M.A. in Leadership, he has a profound expertise in leadership and management. Dr. Scott has excelled in administrative roles, demonstrating strong skills in communication, conflict management, and strategic planning, and has an extensive background in operations, entrepreneurship, and sales/marketing. As an educator, he has engaged students at all levels with his innovative teaching style and contributed significantly to program development. His pioneering research, particularly in integrating AI into education, underscores his commitment to advancing educational methodologies. Dr. Scott's work reflects a nuanced understanding of effective leadership in today's dynamic environments.


Jenny Vazquez-Newsum, EdD

Author of 'Untapped Leadership', Leadership Consultant, Founder & CEO at Untapped Leaders

Jenny Vazquez-Newsum, Ed.D. is a leadership facilitator, the author of Untapped Leadership: Harnessing the Power of Underrepresented Leaders, and the Founder of Untapped Leaders, a leadership development organization specializing in uncovering overlooked capacities and untapped talent. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of La Verne LaFetra College of Education working in the Organizational Leadership Doctoral Program.

Over the past two decades, Jenny has facilitated training for 500+ leaders ranging from established executives at large corporations to high school students beginning their leadership journeys – witnessing the untapped capacities across all stages of career paths. Through her work at Untapped Leaders, Jenny spearheads a leadership development platform and cohorts specializing in diversity in leadership. She also partners with organizations to deliver leadership training sessions grounded in marginalized perspectives.

Dr. Vazquez-Newsum holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, an M.P.A. from New York University, and an Ed.D.  from the University of California - Los Angeles. 


Rich Whitney, PhD

Asst Dean, Faculty Affairs & Research

Professor of Organizational Leadership, LaFetra College of Education
University of La Verne

Dr. Rich Whitney, is a Professor and Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research at the University of La Verne in Southern California, where he teaches courses on the personal leadership, team dynamics, leadership theory, and creativity in program development. His teaching aligns with his research interests in leadership identity, brain-based learning, and program development, emphasizing experiential learning theory which posits that learning is a function of contextually informed relearning.

Previously, Dr. Whitney served as the Director of Management and Leadership Programs at Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, and as a professor in the Counseling-College Student Development program at DePaul University. His career in higher education spans over two decades, during which he has been actively involved in training, facilitating, and speaking on leadership and program development.

Dr. Whitney's significant contributions to the field are highlighted by his co-authorship The Missing Competency: A Program Development Model for Student Affairs. Throughout his career he has been the creator, or on teams to revise and deliver, engaging and experiential programs.  A notable achievement in his career was the creation of the leadership development program for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, engaging over 50,000 international participants in transformative leadership activities.

General Schedule

Tuesday, June 25

5 PM – 7:30 PM

  • Opening Reception


Wednesday, June 26

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

  • Breakfast
  • Session 1 Part 1
  • Break
  • Session 1 Part 2
  • Lunch
  • Session 2 Part 1
  • Break
  • Session 2 Part 2
  • Dinner on your own


Thursday, June 27

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

  • Breakfast
  • Session 3 Part 1
  • Break
  • Session 3 Part 2
  • Lunch
  • Session 4 Part 1
  • Break
  • Session 4 Part 2
  • Dinner on your own


Friday, June 28

 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Breakfast
  • Session 5 Part 1
  • Break
  • Session 5 Part 2
  • Close


What is the Emerging Leaders Institute?

The Emerging Leaders Institute is designed to provide professional development and leadership training to continuing education professionals through active learning workshops, networking, and coaching. This is a 4-day in person event. 

Who can register?

All continuing higher education professionals are welcome to register. The Emerging Leaders Institute is designed particularly for individuals who have been working in continuing education for 3-5 years or more and who are preparing to take on additional leadership roles. 

When will it take place?

June 25-28, 2024

Where will it be held?

In-person at the University of La Verne.

1950 3rd St

La Verne, CA, 91750

Why is it important to attend?
Continuing Education is an exciting place to work and developing talent from within is more important than ever. This workshop prepares professionals for leadership within a Continuing Education unit and the university as a whole.

How can I register?

The registration period is open. Register here!

What is the cost?

  • Members: $795
  • Non-members: $895

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