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Christine Carpenter

Senior Vice President, Engagement

As senior vice president of engagement, Christine Carpenter oversees CAEL’s overarching membership, professional development, events and industry-education partnerships. This includes leading CAEL’s membership of postsecondary institutions, learning providers, workforce development organizations, employers, and CAEL’s industry-education initiatives, EPCE and NACTEL.

Carpenter joined CAEL in 2007 and works with a broad range of stakeholders, members and partners, managing and cultivating strategic stakeholder relationships and partnerships with a goal to reimagine how education and employment fit together and create lifelong pathways that integrate learning and work. 

Through her work, she focuses on providing value to CAEL’s membership, learning events and industry-education partnerships through strategic direction, operational management and leadership. Christine oversees a team providing services to support membership growth, increase engagement with post-secondary members and employers, enhance learning and events, improve member retention by creating value and enhancing employer-education partnerships to support adult learners succeed.  

Carpenter’s background includes various leadership roles in P-16 education management, leading, managing and consulting for federal-and state-funded school enhancement and community enrichment initiatives and student advising. In addition, as a healthcare management professional, Carpenter held various leadership positions overseeing operations and profitability for long-term care communities.

Carpenter holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Arizona State University and a master of science in organizational leadership, strategic innovation, and change management from Colorado State University, where she also earned graduate certificates in online learning performance and design and in negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution.

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Areas of Expertise

Christine has extensive expertise on developing and sustaining various partnership and membership models, including industry/ employer-educator partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, including employers, labor, post-secondary and K-12 education. Christine’s experience includes program management and implementation designed to better meet employer needs through strengthening employer talent development, education, and training initiatives. Other areas of expertise include stackable credentials, career pathways, apprenticeships and other work-learn approaches, PLA/CPL for recognizing work-based learning, adult learner personas, strategies for supporting, marketing, and recruiting adult learners, career and education navigation.

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