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San Diego & Online
Nov 17-19, 2021

An annual convening of leaders from across the education-to-career ecosystem

Now in its 47th year, the CAEL Annual Conference is widely known as the leading place for leaders to connect and network with industry experts from postsecondary education, workforce and economic development, and industry. This year's conference will take place in San Diego at the Hotel Del Coronado from November 17-19.

CAEL is designing an exciting hybrid experience to accommodate both in person and virtual participation, held in accordance with all local and national safety regulations in place for the fourth quarter of 2021. This event is a unique opportunity to meet the best minds in adult learning, inside and outside of postsecondary education. The conference convenes attendees with a common desire to improve the connections between education and career that drive adult learner success and equitable economic growth.



CAEL’s 2020 Virtual Conference attracted over 2000 attendees. Join us in November and become part of our community.

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2021 Keynotes

Keith Curry, Ed.D

President/CEO Compton College

“I am incredibly excited about the 2021 CAEL Conference and to discuss how at the moment, achieving equity is critical for both students and institutions of higher learning to be successful.”


Thea Monyeé

Licensed Therapist/Founder of MarleyAyo LLC/Host of Shaping The Shift Podcast

This moment in time is offering us the opportunity to reimagine learning as a state of being---We can look beyond books and exams into the realms of embodiment and the experiential, and wouldn't that be more thrilling for all of us?"

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Bridget Burns, Ed.D

Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance

“Our future economic competitiveness depends upon higher education collaborating in new ways. Now is the time to work together to meet the needs of all learners.”

Register for the Conference

Registration is officially open for the 2021 CAEL Conference. Reserve your spot now. 


Please note, CAEL requires attendees are fully vaccinated OR have a negative COVID-19 test to attend and participate in person.

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Join postsecondary educators, public and private organizations, and workforce systems at CAEL’s 2021 conference in San Diego. Learn from creative and motivated thought leaders and practitioners new solutions that positively impact adult learners seeking social and economic mobility.
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Christine Carpenter
SVP, Engagement

Sponsor the Conference

Every year, we're fortunate to have an amazing lineup of sponsors who are enthusiastic about getting their message in front of the most engaged audience of post secondary leaders, workforce dynamos and HR rockstars for synergy.

Sponsor the Conference

Thanks to Our 2021 Committee Members

Tracy Robinson, Director, Innovative Academic Initiatives, The University of Memphis

Sam Byrd Ph.D., Transition and Advising Coordinator Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Hostos Community College, CUNY

Evelyn Fernandez-Ketcham, Executive Director, Workforce Development, Hostos Community College 

Devin Andrews, MAED Vice President, Office of Admissions & Evaluation, University of Phoenix

Kailey P. Soundara, MBA, Regional Director of Strategic Partnerships, Excelsior College

Anne Behler, Information Literacy Librarian and Instruction Coordinator of Library Learning Services, Penn State University

Sara Leiste, Director, Student-Directed Learning, Metropolitan State University

Tyson Schritter 2019 CAEL Conference Review

2019 In-Person CAEL Annual Conference

Join us in San Diego

We'd love to see you in November!

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