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D2L Executive Summit

D2L Fusion 2023 Executive Summit

The 2023 Executive Summit will be in Anaheim, CA next July. Agenda coming soon.

The Executive Summit is an exclusive gathering for leaders in education and corporate learning to discuss the evolution of work and learning.

Attendees will hear from leading thinkers on the future of education and work and will have the chance to network with and learn from their peers.

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We’re thrilled to host the 2023 D2L Executive Summit at the Anaheim Marriott.

Anaheim Marriott
700 W. Convention Way
Anaheim, CA 92802

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What you can expect

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Education and corporate executive peers

The Executive Summit is open to university, community and technical college, and corporate executives.

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Valuable discussions and connections

This is your chance to gather with other executives to share insights and discuss institutional and systemic challenges.

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Strategic takeaways in a focused setting

We limit attendence to allow for maximum engagement with speakers and fellow attendees. There are only 45 seats this year.

2022 Event Info

Making Education Ageless

Life expectancy has doubled from the beginning of the 20th century, and centenarians are becoming more common. What impact will this have on our working lives if 65 is no longer a conceivable retirement age and careers are extended to 60+ years of work? The reality is our current model for skills attainment still largely assumes we have an economy in which job skills have a long shelf life and employers only need to make a limited investment in skills development programs. As workforce requirements change at an increasingly rapid pace, due to globalization and technological advancement, so too must the systems that individuals rely on to learn and stay relevant.

The 2022 D2L Executive Summit will dive into this theme and explore how our systems of learning and skills development need to transform to account for the vast demographic, technological and social shifts impacting the way we live, work and learn—and better serve the working adult learner. This transformation will impact everything, including:

  • how employers invest in learning to attract and retain a skilled workforce
  • how higher education institutions adapt their offerings to acknowledge changing learner preferences and pressures on institutional revenue streams
  • the role of government in supporting individuals to upskill throughout their careers—not just at the front end before they join the workforce

2022 Agenda

Tuesday, July 19


Nightcap Networking

Join your fellow attendees and summit speakers for an informal networking gathering. This is a chance to say hello to old friends, meet new colleagues, and connect through your curiosities and questions before the next day’s summit.

Wednesday, July 20


Networking Breakfast


Summit Welcome Address

Jeremy Auger, Chief Strategy Officer, D2L


Welcome Keynote

Michelle Weise, Vice Chancellor, Strategy and Innovation, National University System

A new kind of working learner is emerging, one who will have to continuously return to learning to keep up with a rapidly evolving economy. Michelle Weise will frame the coming day for attendees by outlining some of the challenges and optimistic solutions facing higher education institutions, employers and policymakers, while highlighting barriers faced by learners in need of a new training ecosystem.


Networking Break


Panel Discussion: Acceleration of Change

With the pandemic acting as an accelerator, employers, higher education institutions and individuals have faced a mounting number of challenges, straining the available learning systems of today. Skills shortages are worse than ever, enrollment declines are impacting more higher education institutions and individuals are leaving jobs at a rapid clip while having difficulty matching their skills to new jobs. This panel will explore these trends, the needs of individuals and why learning systems will need to realign to serve lifelong skills development.





Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Stephanie Marken, Executive Director of Education Research at Gallup


Panel Discussion: New Models at Work for Serving Lifelong Learners

Hear from peers who are developing or have launched innovative new program models and tools to address the challenges they and individual learners are facing. What do education benefits look like? How are institutions of higher education adapting beyond “continuing education” to serve working learners?



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Dr. Cristi Ford

Vice President of Academic Affairs, D2L

More about Cristi

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Dr. Cristi Ford

Vice President of Academic Affairs, D2L

Dr Cristi Ford serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at D2L. She brings more than 20 years of cumulative experience in higher education, secondary education, project management, program evaluation, training, and student services to her role. In this role, she offers thought leadership and direction to the academic affairs unit of the organization. Her previous roles have allowed her to have impact in education from secondary and higher education settings as well as the on the international landscape. Her reach has allowed her to focus on building online education in the US and African continent.

In addition to her experience building new online learning programs and research related to teaching and learning in the online environment, Dr. Ford possesses significant experience in the design and delivery of integrated educational support, training, and transition services for young adults and children with neurodevelopment disabilities.

Dr. Ford was selected by the Online Learning Consortium, as the 2022 OLC Fellow which is the highest professional distinction offered by the association. She is a tireless advocate for quality online education where she has leveraged her passion and expertise in many realms in the education space. She is known for utilizing her leadership in extraordinary ways to help institutions build capacity to launch and expand online programming through effective faculty development, instructional design and pedagogical practices.

Dr. Ford holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of Psychology from Hampton University and University of Baltimore, respectively.


Closing Remarks


Networking Break


Travel Time to FUSION


John Baker, President and CEO, D2L – Welcome Keynote Address

FUSION Opening Reception

*Agenda subject to change