CCNCCE 22nd Annual International Conference
Service in a Civil Society:
Transformational Leaders for Shared Values and Collective Impact

(Information subject to change without notice.)

The Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE) invites you to join us in celebrating our 22nd annual conference which will be held on May 22 through 24, 2013 at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
7:30 am - Noon Registration - Grand Ballroom Foyer
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Morning Pre-Conference Sessions (CLICK HERE for detailed descriptions.)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch - Palm Terrace
1:00 pm -3:00 pm Registration - Grand Ballroom Foyer
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Concurrent Afternoon Pre-Conference Sessions CLICK HERE for detailed descriptions.)
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Welcome Reception - North Pool
Thursday, May 23, 2013
7:00 am - 8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast - Grand Ballroom Foyer


8:00 am - 9:30 am General Session with Keynote Speaker - Grand Ballroom
Shared Value, Collective Impact, and Postsecondary Attainment: New Approaches to Familiar Challenges
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Jeff Cohen, Director, FSG


9:30 am - 10:00 am Refreshment Break - Grand Ballroom Foyer


10:00 am - 11:30 am General Session with Keynote Speaker and Panel - Grand Ballroom
Democratic Engagement for Students & Community: Higher Education's Response
Keynote Speaker/Moderator: Dr. Bernie Ronan, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, Maricopa Commuity Colleges
Panelists: Cynthia Kaufman, Director, De Anza College Institute for Community & Civic Engagement; Rhonda Oliver, President & CEO, HandsOn Greater Phoenix; and Marissa Theisen, President & CEO, Arizona Grantmakers' Forum
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Open for Networking
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch with Keynote Speaker - Forum Ballroom
Mickey Edwards, Vice President of the Aspen Institute
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions (CLICK HERE for detailed descriptions.)
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Refreshment Break - Grand Ballroom Foyer

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions (CLICK HERE for detailed descriptions.)
Friday, May 24, 2013
7:00 am - 8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast - Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:00 am - 9:30 am Concurrent Sessions (CLICK HERE for detailed descriptions.)
9:30 am - 10:00 am Refreshment Break - Grand Ballroom Foyer
10:00 am to 11:30 am Concurrent Sessions (CLICK HERE for detailed descriptions.)
11:30 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch, Networking, and Conference Adjourned - Grand Ballroom Foyer


Jeff Cohen has more than ten years of experience advising private and community foundations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and corporations on strategy, program design, and evaluation. At FSG, Jeff has led a variety of engagements encompassing strategic planning, education program strategy, evaluation, business planning, and program development. He spends much of his time working on U.S. education issues and has co-authored a number of FSG white papers on financial aid and its role in helping students complete their post-secondary education. Jeff has also worked extensively with place-based funders. Prior to joining FSG, Jeff was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he served companies in the telecommunications industry as well as education organizations. Jeff graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Classics and received an MA in Classics from Yale University and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Jeff Cohen's Keynote Address: Shared Value, Collective Impact, and Postsecondary Attainment: New Approaches to Familiar Challenges


Bernie Ronan is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs of the Maricopa Community Colleges. He oversees the Division of Public Affairs, which includes government relations, marketing, media relations, communications, as well as the Center for Civic Participation. He has been an administrator in the Maricopa Colleges for the past 20 years, including serving as the Acting President of Mesa Community College in 2007-8. Prior to his service in the Maricopa Colleges, he was Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce, and Deputy Associate Superintendent of the Arizona Department of Education. Over his career as a public administrator, he has developed numerous community partnerships and has done research and analysis on public policy issues. An Arizona native, he has his doctorate in public administration from Arizona State University.

Bernie Ronan's Keynote Address:
Democratic Engagement for Students & Community: Higher Education's Response


Cynthia Kaufman is the Director of the Institute of Community and Civic Engagement at De Anza College where she also teaches Philosophy. She is the author of two books on social change, Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope (Lexington Books 2012) and Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change (South End Press 2003). She is a lifelong social change activist, having worked on issues such as tenants' rights, police abuse, union organizing, international politics, and most recently climate change. She received her PhD and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her B.A. in Development Studies from University of California, Berkeley.


Marissa Theisen currently serves as President and CEO of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum, an organization dedicated to providing networking, educational and collaborative opportunities for Arizona's private, community and corporate foundations and giving programs. She helped start the organization in Oct. 1999 and ran the organization on a half time basis until January 2005. Prior to joining AGF on a full time basis, Ms. Theisen served for 17 years as President of Win Win Creations, a management consulting firm specializing in team building, business partnerships, and win-win conflict resolution. As a consultant, she provided training and facilitation services for a variety of government, private sector and non-profit clients in the areas of teambuilding, conflict resolution, strategic planning, and leadership development.

In 1998-1999, Ms. Theisen served for 6 months as Interim Executive Director of the YWCA of Maricopa County. During this period, she oversaw the operations of an agency with 32 staff and a budget of $2 million. Before launching her own management consulting practice in 1988, she was employed by Wirth Associates, a Phoenix-based planning and design firm as a Public Involvement Coordinator. From 1976-1980, she was a staff member with The Conservation Foundation in Washington, D.C. serving as training coordinator for a variety of citizen involvement programs.

Ms. Theisen is an active community volunteer and has been an officer and Board member of numerous local non-profit organizations including Crisis Nursery, Self Employment Loan Fund, YWCA of Maricopa County, Junior League of Phoenix and Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County. She's currently serves as a mentor for Quest for Kids, and earlier for Fresh Start Woman's Foundation and Phoenix Youth at Risk.

She is the co-author of two books dealing with the subject of Win-Win Conflict Replacement. Ms. Theisen has an M.B.A. from Arizona State University and a Masters in Regional Planning from Harvard University.


Rhonda Oliver is the President/CEO of HandsOn Greater Phoenix where she has worked for the last 12 years advancing the volunteer service and civic participation movement. Before joining the nonprofit sector 14 years ago as a fundraising officer at The Arizona Humane Society, Rhonda worked for several years in the private sector as a marketing professional.

Rhonda has served throughout the Valley in various volunteer capacities including the Mesa Human Services Board, on school and community garden initiatives. She currently serves on the Experience Matters Advisory Board and is the Board Chair of Valley Permaculture Alliance. Rhonda holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University and a Master's degree from Thunderbird, School of Global Management.

Mickey Edwards is Vice President of the Aspen Institute and serves as Director of the Aspen Institute's Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership. Mr. Edwards was a Republican member of Congress for 16 years, serving as a member of the House Republican Leadership and as a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees. After leaving the Congress, he taught for 11 years at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and for five years as a lecturer at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Maryland Law School and at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute and a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Constitution Project, has co-chaired task forces on judicial independence and the war power, and served on the American Bar Association Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements and the American Society of International Law Task Force on the International Criminal Court. He has been a regular political commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and a weekly political columnist for the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, as well as other major newspapers. His articles have appeared in magazines ranging from The Atlantic to The Public Interest. Mr. Edwards is a frequent public speaker and has been a guest on many of the nation's leading radio and television news and opinion broadcasts. Edwards' latest book, The Parties Versus the People, has just been published by Yale University Press.


   This year's conference will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort/Scottsdale. The conference room rate will be $105.00 plus applicable sales tax per night, single or double occupancy. This rate will be available 4 days pre and post based on availability. Please make your reservations early so you can take advantage of our special conference rate. This room rate is only guaranteed on reservations made prior to Monday, April 29, 2013. If you wish to reserve a room by phone, please call the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort directly at 1-877-445-6677 and request the group rate for ROOM BLOCK MCCD/CCNCCE.

Don't delay--reserve a room online or call in your hotel reservations now at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort- 480-947-5400 or 1-877-445-6677. Deadline: Monday, April 29, 2013. Room rate is being made available four nights prior and after the conference based on availability. Check-in time is 4:00 pm and check-out time is noon.

If you check out prior to your reserved checkout date, the hotel will add an early checkout fee to your bill. To avoid an early checkout fee, please advise the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort at or before your check-in of any change in planned length of stay.

Cancellation-If you cancel your reservation less than 72 hours before your scheduled arrival date, you will be charged for 1 night of room and tax.

DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort/Scottsdale
5401 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85250-7090
Tel: 480-947-5400
Fax: 480-946-1524

For reservations, call 1-877-445-6677.


Plan to arrive at Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona Sky Harbor Airport at least two hours before the first session you want to attend. This will allow time for unforeseen delays and to obtain ground transportation. You will need a minimum of 30 minutes of travel time to the hotel for hotel and conference registration.

Ground Transportation

SuperShuttle vans are available outside the baggage claim area.

Taxi Cabs are available outside of the baggage claim area. They may run over $30.00 depending on the time of day.

Rental Cars are available at the airport. Also, Avis is located in the hotel lobby.


Welcome Reception
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
6:30 pm - North Pool

Don't forget to bring your favorite community college T-shirt to exchange and make a new friend!

DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort is close to hundreds of galleries, great shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and the Borgata Shops, and a wealth of fine restaurants and shops in historic 'old town' Scottsdale, as well as a scenic hiking trail, all within 1 mile of the resort.
The hotel offers free shuttle service to Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and to Old Town Scottsdale! On site, the resort has a fitness room, putting green, pool, tennis court, and playground. They also offer basketball, racquetball, and sight seeing tours.

CLICK HERE for information on local attractions.


CLICK HERE to download a copy of our W-9 form.

Registration Type    Regular Fee
After March 15
Pre-Conference (includes lunch)    $150
College/University Participants    $450
Presenters    $400 (Includes Pre-conference)
Maricopa Community Colleges Participants   $400 (Includes Pre-conference)
Students   $350  
Non-Profits   $350  
Corporate Partners   $400  
Thursday Only   $350
Friday Only   $150

Please Note: There is a separate fee for attending the pre-conference (unless you are a presenter or Maricopa Community Colleges participant) which is not included in the regular conference fee. Lunch is included in your pre-conference fee.


All cancellations must be received in writing by March 22, 2013. Refunds minus a $50 cancellation fee will be issued after the conference for cancellations received in writing by March 22, 2013. No refunds will be issued after March 22, 2013. Participant substitutions can be made at any time. Please note that you or your institution are responsible for full payment if you do not cancel and do not attend.

Hotel room reservations must be cancelled directly with the appropriate hotel.

Photography and Participant Release:

Submission of your Conference Registration and/or Proposal to Present authorizes CCNCCE to publish in any format and use for any purposes your name, affiliation, and any photographs, video footage, and audio recording taken of you at the 2013 CCNCCE Annual International Conference.