Association for Collaborative Leadership

The resource for collaboration in higher education.

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, November 05, 2019
    • 10:30 AM
    • Thursday, December 31, 2020
    • Remote Location - Provided Upon Request

    ACL Purchasing Meetings occur from 10:30 – 11:30 EST on the first Tuesday of every month:

    • November 5, 2019
    • December 3, 2019
    • January 7, 2020
    • February 4, 2020
    • March 3, 2020
    • April 7, 2020
    • May 5, 2020
    • June 2, 2020

    For information on the monthly ACL Procurement/Purchasing Community of Practice call, or to request to join the call, please contact Katy Thomas, Strategic Partnership Director, at

    • Wednesday, April 15, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Vendor Management

    You May Be in the Cloud, but You Still Can’t Outsource Accountability

    Learning outcomes include:

    • Learning to leverage supplier relationships for cost saving beyond cost of goods sold.
    • How can the use of key consortia provide stronger vendor management?
    • How institutions can avoid a costly RFP process by using an E&I competitive contract
    • How E&I can aid institutions in looking at their overall spend and where they can save money
    • Tips and practices for how to monitor and track vendors managing critical infrastructure or software

    David Houle, Senior Manager for Higher Education Consulting, BerryDunn
    Mary Dukakis, Vice President, Operational Services at Southern New Hampshire University 
    Chris Ellingwood, Senior Manager for Assurance Services, BerryDunn
    Keith Fowlkes, Vice President, E&I Cooperative Services, and Executive Director of the Higher Education System and Services Consortium (HESS)

    These thought leaders will share their perspectives on:

    • Growing Your Organization and Leveraging Vendor Relationships to Help Get You There. Mary will discuss the challenges and opportunities in scaling SNHU’s vendor relationships at a growing University. In addition, she will discuss her extensive experience in consortium-based procurement.
    • Managing Vendor Security in the Age of Outsourcing. Chris will share his experience assessing vendor security in the age of outsourcing. He will share tools and approaches to mitigate risks that colleges and universities face, while managing the balancing act of strong security and efficient service delivery.
    • Getting the Best out of Vendor Partnerships: Keith will discuss the role E&I Cooperative Services can play in meeting your needs and provide an overview of the HESS consortium and their role in negotiating favorable contracts for enterprise systems in higher education.


    Mary Dukakis is the VP of Operational Services at Southern NH University. In this role she has responsibility for Procurement, Facilities, Capital Construction, and some auxiliary services. Prior to joining SNHU she spent five years at Berklee College of Music and was Director of Procurement and Campus Business Services. Mary has over 25 years of experience in higher education including positions at Brandeis University and Wellesley College.  She is a past president of the National Association of Educational Procurement/New England and was a member of the E&I Board of directors for eight years. Mary received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and her Masters of Business Administration from Babson College.

    Keith Fowlkes has been a leader in higher education technology for over 25 years. Keith is currently Vice President for E&I Technology Contracts for E&I Cooperative Services in Jericho, New York, the largest non-profit buying consortium for higher education in the U.S.  He is a veteran higher education chief information officer and consultant and is co-founder of the Higher Education Systems & Services Consortium (HESS Consortium), a consortium focused on and cloud-based systems (ERP, LMS, CRM, etc.) collaboration and purchasing for private, non-profit institutions. Keith is also a frequent industry speaker and contributing author for several technology-related national publications as a thought leader in technology operations, collaboration and sourcing in higher education.  Keith’s professional industry blog can be found at 

    Chris Ellingwood leads our IT Assurance team in engagements of state lotteries, pari-mutuel industry, financial institutions, insurance companies, technology companies, and third-party administrators. Chris oversees all of the firm’s engagements within the gaming industry including SOC audits, security assessments, and risk assessments. Chris is a Senior Manager in BerryDunn’s Management and IT Consulting Group. He works closely with staff and clients to supervise SOC engagements. He also specializes in IT assurance services, technology planning, and software development life cycle consulting.

    • Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Higher Education Business Model - a Balancing Act Across Competing Priorities

    Second of a 2-part series on Finance for a Consortium

    Presented by Diane Dimitroff, Executive DirectorLehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, and Brian Williams, Vice President of Faculty Development and Grant Programs, Associated Colleges of the Midwest.

    Wednesday, May 20 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern

    Session information forthcoming - stay tuned!

    • Wednesday, November 04, 2020
    • Friday, November 06, 2020
    • Big Ten Conference Center, Chicago, Illinois

    • Thursday, November 05, 2020
    • Thursday, May 01, 2025

    Why sponsor the Association for Collaborative Leadership?

    For 50 years, ACL has served as the recognized authority on consortial leadership and collaboration in higher education, providing its members with specialized expertise, knowledge, and training so they can successfully lead their higher education partnerships.  Our organization brings together 50 of these consortia worldwide, representing 400 of the world’s preeminent public and private colleges that span 2-year and 4-year undergraduate institutions to major research universities and represent over 2.8 million undergraduate and graduate students and over 678,000 employees.   


    ACL Annual Conference Signature Sponsor - $6,000

    • Annual Conference Sponsor logo on ACL website homepage for the conference year

    • Lead conference sponsor recognition at Biennial Summer Institute 

    • Full page inside front cover of  Annual Conference Program Book

    • Two complimentary registrations for Annual Conference

    • Table at Collaboration Showcase at Annual Conference

    • Verbal recognition of sponsor during plenary session

    • Opportunity to work with ACL to present a webinar or preconference workshop on an issue of expertise.


    Conference Special Event Sponsor - $5,000

    • Naming opportunity for principal conference dinner or pre-conference workshop with sponsor greeting during event and tabletop recognition

    • Sponsor logo on ACL Conference webpage as Special Event Sponsor for six months

    • Full-page in Annual Conference Program Book

    • Table at Collaboration Showcase at Annual Conference

    • One complimentary registration for Annual Conference

    • Verbal recognition of sponsor during plenary session


    ACL Annual Conference Sponsor - $2,500

    • One complimentary registration for Annual Conference

    • Half-page ad in Annual Conference Program Book

    • Shared table at Collaboration Showcase

    • Verbal recognition of sponsor during plenary session


    ACL Presenter Sponsor - $2,500
    • One complimentary registration for Annual Conference

    • Half-page ad in Annual Conference Program Book

    • Shared table at Collaboration Showcase

    • Co-presentation of conference workshop


    ACL Supporter - $1,000

    • One-quarter page ad in Annual Conference Program


    Charitable Contributions 

    • ACL Summer Institute Scholarships for attendees from new consortia or those with  budgets under $150,000 to attend the institute. A full scholarship is $1,125; however, any amount is welcome.
    • We also offer sponsorship options for those who prefer to reach our members via our webinars which feature hour-long industry-related presentations 3-4 times each year.
    • Contact for questions or details on this sponsorship level!


    Webinar Sponsor - $2,500

    • Sponsor recognition in webinar promotional emails to entire ACL membership

    • Sponsor recognition on ACL webinar webpage for six months

    • Sponsor logo on introductory slide and verbal recognition at beginning and end of webinar

    • Sponsor website listing on final slide of webinar

    • Opportunity to partner with ACL member to present webinar content (optional)


    Checks can be made out to Association for Collaborative Leadership and mailed to:

    Association for Collaborative Leadership

    5329 Fayette Avenue

    Madison, Wisconsin 53713

    Thank You!

Association for Collaborative Leadership is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

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