Throughout the year, most major institutions offer professional development opportunities for faculty, staff and administrative leaders designed to expose them to global trends and best practices, spark innovative thinking and discussion across units, and encourage entrepreneurial thinking about enhanced teaching and learning, new revenue streams, improved student success, and heightened institutional reputation and brand recognition.
Few speakers can engage the full spectrum of higher education stakeholders like Ken Steele. Every year he delivers hundreds of campus presentations and workshops that synthesize a vast array of up-to-the-moment research data, trends, news and forecasts, dynamic visuals and media clips, real-time audience polls, strategic insight and humour. Ken’s lateral perspective never fails to spark innovative ideas and out-of-the-box thinking. Read Ken’s biography. Campus PD events provide powerful opportunities to nurture consensus and common understanding amongst faculty, staff and administration – to share a comprehensive perspective on the national and international higher education landscape, insights into recent trends, projections for the decades ahead, examples of best practices, and surprising experiments off the beaten path.
Ken can engage your campus community with provocative ideas on a wide range of topics, from trends in student attitudes and preferences, innovations in teaching and learning, and changes in program design and delivery, to effective communication, strategic brand positioning, recruitment marketing and social media. Ken custom designs every workshop or presentation in consultation with you, taking into consideration your audience, their current concerns, your objectives for the event, and the broader context of planning cycles. Check out the selection of popular topics, which can be delivered as a keynote, an interactive session, or a half-day or full-day workshop.
Ken presents some of the most dynamic, media-rich presentations you will ever see, filled with captivating visuals, revealing graphs, and enlightening video clips. In most cases, he will also engage your audience with real-time interactive polling using PollEverywhere™, allowing participants to answer open-ended or multiple-choice questions using their smartphone, tablet, or other device, and see immediate results on screen. More about A/V requirements
Hundreds of campus leaders have raved about the impact Ken’s presentations and workshops have had to build widespread awareness of their institution’s changing context, to stimulate engagement in strategic planning processes, and to spark innovative and entrepreneurial thinking. Read client testimonials (PD brochure coming soon!)
Contact Ken directly to inquire about his availability, ideas, and rates. In general his speaking calendar is kept up-to-date here, and his speaking fees are outlined here. (Many institutions achieve optimum value by combining PD presentations with presentations to boards, leadership teams, marketing or enrolment committees on the same day.)
“Ken’s presentations are informative, engaging, thought provoking and full of the latest trends and issues impacting the Canadian postsecondary landscape. Most appreciated is the energy he invests in understanding his audience to ensure he delivers a presentation that is relevant and customized to the particular needs of the group.”
Deborah Dunbar, Director Organizational & Staff Development, George Brown College
If you are lucky, every now and then you may have an opportunity to witness real mastery. Ken Steele provided this opportunity in a masterful, thought provoking presentation. He has a unique ability to transform data into a riveting, visually pleasing story that has big and lasting impact.
Eileen De Courcy, Director, Professional Development, Humber College
“We choose to have Ken come back time and again because every time he is on campus he inspires our people to innovate. Still every visit is fresh. Staff are delighted to see the Canadian post-secondary system reflected in Ken’s presentations – a rare treat for those who have become accustomed to going south for inspiration. Even those who have heard Ken before walk away with something new to apply to their own work. Also, Ken has been very thoughtful about tailoring the materials to our particular needs at Bow Valley College.”
Sharon Carry, President & CEO, Bow Valley College
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