Future of the Profession

A forward-looking initiative to design a stronger, healthier, and more sustainable campus housing profession.


Speakers and Programs


October 28-31, 2024


Bethesda, Maryland


Speakers that both teach and inspire.

Kathy M. Collins

Talent acquisition and retention remain critical challenges in an ever-evolving landscape of higher education. Kathy Collins, a former housing director at Michigan State University as well as vice president of student affairs at the University of Rhode Island, and now an education and research consulting director for Huron, understands these challenges. Join us as she delves into the complexities of sourcing and keeping talent across various roles within campus housing.

In her presentation, Collins explores the unique hurdles faced by housing professionals in attracting and retaining skilled individuals from entry-level staff to leadership positions. She will help you discover innovative approaches to talent management, including creating a market-driven (not finance-driven) compensation strategy and including it in budget planning. In other words, creating a compensation strategy focused on what you want to accomplish.

In addition, Collins will help you understand the increasing importance of collective bargaining in shaping employment conditions and fostering collaboration between students, staff, and administration. You won’t want to miss it as Collins shares real-world experience and practical insights gained from her extensive career in housing and leadership roles on Huron’s strategy and operations team.

Joel Zeff

Joel Zeff is a national speaker, author, and humorist who will discuss how the tenets of improvisation create successful teams during change and disruption. In his session, “Make the Right Choice: Leading Teams during Change with Passion and Success,” Zeff will draw from the lessons he has gathered during the past 30 years he has spent performing and teaching the lessons of improvisation. This interactive, engaging, and hilarious session will focus on staying in the game; facing fear; building trust, and asking the important question, “How do I help the people around me be successful?” 

As a national workplace expert, speaker, author, and humorist, Zeff has shared his experience and insight on collaboration, leadership, change, communication, innovation, fun, and passion at more than 2,500 events. His book, Make the Right Choice: Creating a Positive, Innovative and Productive Work Life, is consistently listed as one of the top work/life balance books on Amazon.

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