Director’s Summit

August 19-21, 2024

In-Person, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Futureproof your strategy and
empower your team to succeed

Step aside from your routine and join your peers to better prepare your center for the future and learn strategies to equip your team with the tools they need to succeed in today’s dynamic business environment. Excellent world-class facilitators will challenge your thinking and share proven ways of empowering your team members with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate challenges, adapt to changes, and drive innovation. By investing in this program, you are investing in your long-term success and growth of your center. Stay ahead of the competition and ensure you are well-equipped for the future!

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 few 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. 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 leadership 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. Join your peers for the most current and impactful learning experience. As a participant you will:

  • Participate in live sessions
  • Network with your peers in 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.


This year’s 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.

Everyone participating will both learn and contribute to the knowledge of everyone involved.  Join your peers in this unique leadership development experience that advances the capabilities of everyone involved in meeting the needs and objectives of your clients.

Monday, August 19th, 2024, University of Michigan Executive Education Center

1:00-1:30 pm

Welcome to the Ross School of Business

IntroductionsNicholas Hamilton-Archer, University of Michigan

1:30-3:30 pm Seeing the Future
Sabrina Sullivan
, Foresight Fellow, Ford Motor Company

3:30 – 4:00 pm Break

4:00-5:30 pm For the Culture
Marcus Collins
, Clinical Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of Michigan

6:00 – 8:00 pm Dinner on Your Own – Explore Ann Arbor in Small Groups

◊ Tuesday, August 20th, 2024, University of Michigan Executive Education Center

7:00-8:45 am Breakfast (included in your hotel stay)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Empower, Promote, Launch, Repeat: Create a Culture of Generational Leadership
Jeremy Graves
, Director, Boise State University

Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch (included in your hotel stay)

1:00 – 2:30 pm University of Michigan Stadium Tour

2:30 – 2:45 pm Break

2:45 – 4:00 pm Building Winning Teams

4:00 – 5:00 pm Break

5:30 – 8:00 pm Experiential Dinner & Team Event

◊ Wednesday, August 9th, 2024, University of Michigan Executive Education Center

7:00-8:45 am Breakfast (included in your hotel stay)

9:00-10:30 am Balancing Character and Competence in Leadership

10:30 – 10:45 am Break

10:45 – 11:30 am Reflections, Key learnings from the Summit, and Next Steps
Nicholas Hamilton-Archer, University of Michigan

11:30 am – Noon Box Lunch (Included in Aramark Package)

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


Sabrina Sullivan

Sabrina Sullivan, Foresight Fellow, Ford Motor Company. Sabrina has spent over 15 years nurturing bold ideas and the brilliant minds behind them. As a recognized Corporate Futurist and Strategist, she currently serves as Foresight Fellow at Ford Motor Company and Strategic Foresight lead with Foresight Factory. Her impressive track record also includes leading one of Deloitte’s premier innovation programs and driving transformation efforts in Canadian higher education. Known for melding the abstract world of future possibilities with the concrete art of crafting actionable strategies, Sabrina’s work is a testament to her commitment to deep research, critical thinking, and the occasional delightful surprise. Her distinctive approach has also led to the creation of “by+by,” an initiative dedicated to building capacity and fostering new ways of working around embedding strategic foresight in organizations. Sabrina’s focus remains steadfast on ensuring organizations and their people are tomorrow-ready, poised for a future of choice over constraint.

Marcus Collins

Marcus Collins, Clinical Assistant Professor of Marketing, university of Michigan. Dr. Marcus Collins is an award-winning marketer and cultural translator with one foot in the world of practice—formerly serving as the Head of Strategy at Wieden+Kennedy, New York—and one foot in the world of academia—as a marketing professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. His deep understanding of brand strategy and consumer behavior has helped him bridge the academic-practitioner gap for blue-chip brands and startups alike. He is a recipient of Advertising Age’s 40 Under 40 award and Crain’s Business’ 40 Under 40 award, and an inductee into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement. Most recently, he was recognized by Thinkers50 with the Radar Distinguished Achievement Award for the idea most likely to shape the future of business management. He has also served as a jury for the Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity.

Nicholas Hamilton-Archer

Nicholas Hamilton-Archer serves as the Chief Executive Education Officer for the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

He came to Michigan Ross from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, where he was Executive Director of Executive Education. Prior to this, Hamilton-Archer held leadership roles in the field of executive education at the University of Colorado, the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business, and George Mason University’s School of Management in Fairfax, VA.

Hamilton-Archer’s international record includes extensive experience in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, and South Africa, where he managed strategic initiatives and partnerships and worked collaboratively with multiple government agencies, non-profits, and private businesses. He earned both a bachelor’s degree in government and international politics and a master’s of public administration from George Mason University and additionally holds a master’s in international business from the University of Colorado Denver.

Jeremy Graves

Jeremy Graves, director of Professional and Continuing Education and member of the Boise State faculty has been recognized by the Idaho Business Review in their recent “Power List for Workforce Education.” This list acknowledges the key players who are shaping the future of Idaho’s workforce through their dedication to education and training initiatives. Jeremy  is a generational strategist, professor, author, speaker, and leadership coach. Jeremy believes that encouraging leaders to feel comfortable in their own skin is the first step in developing healthy, wholistic leaders and teams. When leaders function from a place of wholeness, it allows their teams the best opportunity to flourish.

Dr. Graves has spent the last 25 years in leadership positions both in the business and not-for-profit communities.  His expertise around culture and generational synchronicity give him a unique perspective on leadership development.  Jeremy has developed leaders in many different industries but specializes in emerging and entrepreneurial organizations who are in the midst of growing pains and desire to improve organizational effectiveness.

Travel and Lodging

  1. Detroit Metropolitan International Airport (DTW): Major Carriers, Delta, Southwest, United. About 20 minute UBER ride to campus.
  2. Rental cars available. Please check parking at the hotel.
  3. The Summit will take place at the The Executive Learning and Conference Center at the Stephen Ross School of Business. Please make your room reservation. All rooms have one full size bed. Breakfast and lunch is included in the room fee of $266/night before taxes and fees.
  4. Dinner on Tuesday will be a part of an upscale experience learning event.

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

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