Be Part of
the Higher
Ed Shift

Now accepting speaker submissions
for Shift Summit 2022

Submit your proposal by Jan. 15, 2022

About the Conference

Shift Summit is the premier higher education conference, focused on making Student Financial Success a national priority. We are currently accepting speaker proposals centered on helping higher ed executives, financial aid leaders and enrollment professionals reinvent the student experience to overcome the biggest barrier to enrollment and completion: financial friction. Submit your proposal if you are an experienced speaker who wants to share with your peers how your institution uniquely achieved strategic goals and improved the student experience.
We are looking for content that shows how to increase student enrollment, retention and graduation rates especially through improvements to the student experience. Ideal speakers will be able to inspire, engage and educate attendees through interactive presentations or workshops that provide actionable insights and practical takeaways.

We’re Rethinking the Higher Ed Student Experience

Shift Summit 2022 will examine the critical role enrollment and financial aid systems play in the holistic student experience. We’re looking for presentations that bring unique solutions to the forefront.

Who Attends Shift?

Sessions should be relevant to at least one of the following audiences:

  • Presidents & Provosts
  • Vice President/Director of Enrollment and/or Admissions
  • Vice President/Director/Assistant Director of Financial Aid 
  • Scholarship and Foundation Administrators
  • Administrators at community colleges, four-year public/private colleges and universities

Shift Session Formats

There are a variety of Shift Summit presentation sessions, each (except Big Ideas) are 45 minutes long, with an additional 10 minutes for QA and have an audience size of 50-200 participants.

Presentation Session
Up to two speakers sharing topics of interest, lessons learned, foresight or evidence of impact related to the conference theme.


Panel Session
Panels should consist of three or more participants, plus a moderator. The best panels and group presentations have diversity in perspectives as well as diversity of panelists—organizationally and demographically speaking.


Professional Development Session
These sessions will provide tools to attendees to improve both professional and personal performance. Sessions should be applicable across disciplines. Some topics of interest are effective communication and facilitation skills, team/staff management, setting organizational goals and change management.
Workshop Session
Presenters, whether one person or a group, should include ways to actively engage the audience in the session with group discussions and/or activities.


Big Idea Session (15-minute session)
What have you done that is innovative and new?  What do you want to do to revolutionize interactions between colleges and students? Have a big idea? We would love to hear from you, and so would others. Tell us how you are making a Shift in higher education to ensure access to new funding options, increased personalization and limiting complexity. These big ideas will be delivered Ted Talk style so all you need is a big idea, creativity and an engaging delivery.

Be Part of the Shift

Apply to speak at Shift Summit 2022