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Save the Date for the Adult Student Recruitment & Retention Conference

March 8-9, 2021 in Madison, Wis.

We are thrilled to announce our 2020 opening keynote speaker, Heather Doyle, who will address Seeking Social Justice for Today’s Student Through an Appreciative Lens.

Heather Doyle is the director of Student Academic Success and a senior advisor for Retention at Dalhousie University, a large, research-intensive institution located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. By collaborating with faculty and staff conducting research and creating retention programming, Doyle advances the institutional strategic priority of increasing retention and student success. In addition, she leads advising and academic support services, focusing on an appreciative, strengths-based perspective.

Doyle was the first certified Appreciative Advisor in Canada and is on the faculty for the Appreciative Advising Institute. She is also an instructor and course director of the online Appreciative Advising course through Florida Atlantic University.

Doyle has presented nationally and internationally and has been a panelist on several webinars in the areas of academic advising, career advising, Appreciative Advising, and student success. She is part of the Global Community of Academic Advising (NACADA) Consultant & Speakers Series, a faculty member at the NACADA Administrative Institute, past Chair of the NACADA Emerging Leader Advisory Board and incoming Chair of the Sustainable Leadership Committee.

Doyle has a BA in Psychology from the University of Prince Edward Island and an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from Memorial University.


For our closing keynote, Tyree Vance will inspire us with The Cup of Life: Strategies to Empower & Refuel Your Work.

A graduate of California State University, San Bernardino and California State University, Fullerton, Tyree Vance holds a dual B.A. in Psychology and Human Development, and a M.A. in Higher Education. Vance served as an Academic Advisor for Student Support Services at Cal State, Dominguez Hills and the inaugural Senior Program Coordinator of the Male Success Initiative-Fullerton at CSU, Fullerton. He currently serves as an educational consultant, training various universities and colleges across the United States how to effectively engage their students using frameworks and high impact practices.

Vance became a certified member of the Appreciative Advising Faculty in 2012, where he facilitates group sessions at the annual Appreciative Advising Institute. Moreover, Vance has conducted research with two of his colleagues focusing on the collegiate success of African American males and exploring the counter-narrative for these men. Vance’s work is driven by the belief that the most important thing that any person will ever own in their life is their vision. His trainings are geared to create alignment with a person’s personal and professional vision.


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