CannonDesign and Steelcase Education will bring together education industry leaders and influencers to examine the concept of lifelong learning. Speakers will discuss how various elements of education design, curriculum, technology, etc. impact continuous education and learning environments.

The following agenda outlines the presentation topics and times throughout the day.

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9 – 10 a.m. ET

Emerging Technologies and the Campus of Tomorrow

On the surface, higher education appears to be largely unchanged from 25 or even 50 years ago. But under the surface, deep forces are at work. Changing demographics, economic cycles, pedagogical advancements and an ever-increasing rate of change in technology evolution are all influencing the market for higher education. Unbundling of services, multiple delivery paths and personalized learning are a few of the trends that herald a sea change in education. This session will explore technologies that are enabling those trends and will influence pedagogy and learning space in the near future.

Speaker: Mark Valenti, President/CEO, The Sextant Group

10:10 – 11:10 a.m. ET

What Recruiters Want – A Look at Lifelong Learning within the Workplace

Professional skill sets continue to advance and evolve, placing pressure on academia to provide real-life and tactical experiences before students head into the workforce. Where this duty has historically fallen on higher ed institutions, due to the rate of technological advancement and an increasing skills gap, we’re now seeing a trickledown effect to primary education and a need for lifelong learning both inside and outside the classroom. This panel will source insights from industry professionals on how recruitment strategies and needs have changed, what recruiters look for in an ideal candidate, and how academic institutions can better partner with enterprises to prepare students for work environments post-graduation.


  • Tony Boccanfuso, President, University-Industry Demonstration Partnership
  • Cherise Bernard, Ph.D., Academic Relations, Talent Acquisition, Diversity at Spotify
  • Rebekkah Hogan, Research Program Manager at Facebook
  • Kim Yohannan, Principal Manager, External Research & Academic Alliances at Dell EMC

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. ET

2028: The Decade Ahead for Higher Education

Much like the Industrial Revolution, the world is undergoing another economic revolution right now from a national analog industrial economy to a global digital information economy. This digital revolution of the 21st Century requires us to not just rethink higher education, not just reform it, but as this session will outline, to revolutionize what we learn, when and where we learn, and how we learn.

Speaker: Jeff Selingo, education author, contributing writer, former editor for The Chronicle of Higher Education

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET

The Art of Storytelling

The average PowerPoint slide contains 45 words. That’s 35 words too many. The majority of decisions made are based on feelings, not facts.  People don’t care what you do, they care why you do it. Couple these thoughts with shorter attention spans, the ubiquity of digital devices, and we have a perfect storm for an uneventful presentation. We’ve all endured presentations that have fallen short on inspiration. How do we make certain that we are not delivering the next mediocre message? Strengthening presentation skills for every member of your team is one way to increase revenue.

Speaker: Steve Slifka, National Architect & Design Leader, Steelcase Education

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. ET

The Future of Learning is Immersive

With virtual, augmented and mixed reality, we are on the cusp of the next wave of the Digital Revolution. Immersive computing will impact multiple areas of culture and society, transforming the way we play, work, communicate and express ourselves. This session will review recent and upcoming developments in immersive learning and storytelling as well as a series of projects across the education landscape. These developments require innovation in pedagogy, learning space design, and institutional culture. VR/AR/MR present a provocation and an opportunity to reimagine education in a digital age.

Speaker: Maya Georgieva, CIO, Digital Bodies – Immersive Learning; and Director, Digital Learning, The New School

4 – 5 p.m. ET

How Do We Effectively Prepare Students for Lifelong Learning?

Transforming education requires a vision that effectively bridges elementary education, through to post-secondary opportunities preparing students with the knowledge, experiences and communication skills for success in a global workforce.  As all stakeholders attempt to support innovation and creativity in evolving spaces that go beyond traditional work environments, diversity, inclusion, grit and growth mindset have become just some of the new players disrupting the scholastic experience.  This session focuses on the needs, challenges and next steps that continue to shape the design of an ecosystem that is symbolic of a new and uncertain future embracing an emerging technological era that includes VR and AI.  As a way of engaging the audience, the presenters will ask the group to participate in a mock “town hall” forum focused on how to continue to move education innovation forward to support the new workplace terrain.


  • Marisa Sergnese, Training & Professional Development Leader, Steelcase Education
  • Randy Hall, Senior Facilitator, Educational Technology at the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center (LHRIC)
  • Jeffrey Ashley, Director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning, Thomas Jefferson University – East Falls Campus
  • Jill Dark, Director, Strategic Workforce Architecture & Transformation, Steelcase

5 – 7 p.m. ET Cocktail Hour