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Arne Duncan

Former U.S. Secretary of Education

Kate Turkcan

VP and Head of Youth Insights

Kantar Consulting

Jennifer Garrett

Head of Industry, Education


Wayne Connell

VP of Human Resources

The Washington Post





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Conference Committee

Thank you to these volunteers for their help in developing the programming for this year's event

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Arne Duncan

​Arne Duncan was the ninth U.S. Secretary of Education. Duncan served under President Barack Obama from January 20, 2009 through January 1, 2016. Before becoming secretary of education, Duncan served as the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), a position he held from June 2001 through December 2008. Prior to joining the Chicago Public Schools, from 1992 to 1998, Duncan ran the nonprofit education foundation Ariel Education Initiative, which helped fund a college education for a class of inner-city children under the I Have A Dream program. In 2016, Duncan returned to his hometown on a mission to improve the lives of young adults as managing partner at Emerson Collective, an organization headed by Laurene Powell Jobs.



Kate Turkcan

​Kate is Kantar Consulting’s Vice President, and Head of Youth Insights. She is an expert on teens and the Centennial generation, working with clients to help them understand and plan for the next generation of consumers and employees. Kate is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and client workshops. Before joining Kantar Consulting, Kate spent 7 years at Starcom Worldwide honing her youth expertise developing communication and media strategies for P&G and Macy’s, while also working with clients such as PetSmart, Exelon and ComEd. Kate has a BA in International Studies from Miami University, with minors in Marketing and French.



Jennifer Garret

Jennifer Garrett is a creative and passionate sales and marketing leader with nearly 20 years industry success. As a member of Facebook's cutting-edge leadership team, Garrett oversees the Education vertical within Global Marketing Solutions.  Her team collaborates to drive growth for a variety of partners including for-profit and not-for-profit institutions, online program managers, and e-learning businesses.

Prior to Facebook, Jennifer spent over 12 years in senior sales roles at Nickelodeon, MTV Networks International and most recently at XO Group as Executive Vice President, National Enterprise Group. Before stepping into the media and sales worlds, Garrett practiced finance law at the firm Mayer, Brown and Platt. 



Wayne Connell

​Wayne is Vice President of Human Resources for The Washington Post, where he leads the HR function in workforce planning, talent acquisition, total rewards, organizational development, retention and HR policy. He has more than 20 years of HR experience, spanning the hospitality, aviation and media industries.

Wayne has guided organizations – including The Post since 2005 – in creating long-term HR strategies that enable the most effective use of their talent. His areas of focus include performance management, succession planning, culture change, leadership development, coaching, employer branding, onboarding, recruiting and employee relations.



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AMA Travel Program

American Marketing Association has partnered with Delta to provide our attendees a 2% - 10% discount for the Syposium for the Marketing of Higher Education in Orlando, FL (MCO). The Delta Meeting Network discount is based on the booking class of your ticket.

Reserve your ticket now or call Delta Meeting Network Reservations at +1.800.328.1111. When booking online, select Book A Trip, click on Advanced Search and enter the meeting event code: NMQZ7 in the box provided on the Find Flights page.

Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at +1.800.328.1111 Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. CDT.
*Please note that a Direct Ticketing Charge will apply for booking by phone through the reservation number above.

Tower Travel Management
AMA's travel coordinator, Tower Travel Management, is available to assist with reservations. Call +1.800.542.9700 within the U.S. and Canada. Reservation lines are open Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. CDT or, you may contact them via email at association@towertravel.com.

Tower Travel will proactively research airfares on ALL airline carriers to ensure that the lowest available fares are offered to all attendees. They are dedicated to providing superior customer service and hassle-free travel arrangements. Please note that fees, restrictions and cancellation penalties will apply.

Area Airport
Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Distance from hotel: 20 miles
Drive time: 20-30 minutes depending on time of day & traffic

Directions: From Orlando International Airport
Head east on Airport Blvd (1.3 miles)
Continue on S Semoran Blvd (0.3 miles)
Take the ramp on FL-528 W Partial Toll Road (10.9 miles)
Take the exit on I-4 W toward Tampa (4.7 miles)
Take exit 67 toward Epcot/Downtown Disney (1.1 miles)
Merge on Epcot Center Rd (0.7 miles)
Take ramp to Epcot Resort Area(0.30 miles)
Merge onto Buena Vista Dr (0.2 miles)
Turn left onto Chelonia Pkwy (0.1 miles)
Turn right on Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, property on right

Mears Transportation offers shuttle service from Orlando International Airport. Mears shuttle transportation is a shared riding service and the pricing is based on per person. To make reservations with Mears Airport Shuttle, please call +1.407.423.5566.
$22.00 one-way
$36.00 roundtrip
Fares subject to change.

Estimated taxi fare from Orlando International Airport: $70.00 (one-way)

Complimentary Transportation to Disney® Theme Parks
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando are located near Walt Disney World® Resort, offering complimentary transportation to all Disney Theme Parks. Access all of the Disney® Theme Parks with ease by taking the complimentary luxury motor coach transportation, provided between the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks and Disney Springs™ Area. Please visit the front desk for the current schedule or call the hotel for information.
Please be advised that the shuttle service runs during regularly scheduled park hours only and is subject to change without prior notice.

Parking at the Hotel
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Parking
Self-parking: $27.00 per day (Garage Parking)
Valet parking: $35.00 per day

Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Valet parking only: $35.00 plus tax per day

Overnight guests have in/out privileges.
Parking fees are subject to change without notice.

​A special thanks to all our sponsors and exhibitors!
Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Please reach out to Barbara Grobicki for available opportunities: Sales@ama.org​

Thought Leader Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor:

Industry Expert Session Sponsors:


       Higher Ed Award Founder:                     Networking Reception Sponsor:       

                      ​Welcome Reception Sponsor:                           Hotel Keycard & Wifi Sponsor:                      
         CMO Salon Sponsor:                             CMO Dinner Sponsor:      


                    Notebook Sponsor                                                               Lanyard Sponsor                                       


Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Please reach out to Barbara Grobicki for available opportunities: Sales@ama.org​​