How HR Change-Agents Are Embedding Flexibility, Inclusion & Empowerment Into the Heart of the Campus to Meet the Shifting Needs of Employees & Students

LEAP HR: Higher Education is returning, in-person, to bring together the most forward-thinking higher education HR leaders for three days of future-focused, strategic dialogue.

LEAP HR: Higher Education is your opportunity to uncover how brand-new, disruptive HR thinking is enabling higher education institutions to successfully navigate the world of hybrid work, build DE&I into their campus culture, and remain ‘employer of choice’ for top talent. 

Dive into 18+ case studies of how HR is challenging traditional thinking across higher education institutions of all sizes - and leave with the inspiration, toolkit, and roadmap you need to transform HR impact in your institution. 

2023 Speakers:

Ale Kennedy

Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Chief Human Resources Officer

Clemson University

Brian Dickens Scp Cec

Chief Human Resources Officer

University of Tennessee

Colleen Dutton

Chief Human Resources Officer

University of Texas at Dallas

Donna Bonaparte

Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Babson College

El pagnier Kay Hudson

Senior Vice President of HR and Vice Provost for DEI

Florida International University

Gaston Reinoso

Chief Human Resource Officer, Associate Vice President & Associate Vice Chancellor - Human Resources

University of Houston

Michelle Piekutowski

Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Chief Human Resources Officer

Carnegie Mellon University

Ramona Agrela

Chief Human Resources Officer & Vice Chancellor

University of California Irvine

Among the 2023 event highlights:


Purdue University’s award-winning employee wellness program which dramatically decreased its healthcare expenditure in 2022, whilst providing employees with tools and incentives to improve their overall wellbeing. 

University of Houston’s ‘Alternative Work Arrangements’ initiative that is improving its employees’ work life balance and contributing to overall workforce productivity.
The template used by the University of California, Berkeley to foster a culture where levels of collaboration and innovation are favored over traditional performance measurement metrics. 

Carnegie Mellon University has leveraged Workday’s performance and optimization tools to maximize professional development. 

University of Tennessee System's inclusion and engagement strategy which aims to provide a sense of belonging to all employees ensuring their ability to fully engage as an individual contributor. 

University of Texas at Dallas' campus-wide, inclusive program that opens access to leadership development programs designed to enable the success of current and future leaders in an ever-changing workforce environment. 

University of California, Irvine's interactive DEI&B program centred around four pillars of inclusive excellence, involving identifying and leveraging stakeholders, identifying a DEI&B Council, and recognizing its successes and lessons learned along the way. 

Florida International University utilized data forecasting to stay one step ahead, regularly monitoring areas needing improvement and tangibly lessening the impact that the Great Resignation has on campus 
How KAUST utilized data to rethink their leadership priorities and streamline their organizational design

Excellent. The best conference targeting the specific challenges CHROs face in Higher Education I have ever attended.

The University of Texas at Dallas


Just having the calibre of HR leaders who were present, in one room, at one time to share their experiences was amazing.

University of New Jersey


“HR in higher education needs disrupting if we are to successfully move from our current state to the future state and LEAP HR: Higher Education gets straight to the heart of what we must challenge and change now.”

University of Washington at St. Louis

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