Chief Strategy Officer Roundtable


Chief Strategy Officer Roundtable

Hybrid Event Taking Place in Denver and Online

June 21 - August 12, 2022


Engage with a cohort of other chief strategy officers to build your network, explore common issues you face, share current practices, and increase your effectiveness.


Chiefs and VPs for strategy have no peers at their institutions. Charged with driving the university’s strategic plan forward and ensuring proper execution across stakeholders, they play critically important roles on campus. This means that they must be data-informed and big picture-oriented, ensuring consistency and alignment with institutional mission and vision, however they must also possess the interpersonal savvy to create collaboration, buy-in, and integration among the cabinet and with the President.

Given the singularity of this role, chiefs & VPs of strategy need the ongoing support and community that can only be provided by others who are serving in a similar capacity. With this exciting new roundtable series, now you can join a group of other chief strategy officers across higher education to discuss the common challenges you face, get support from experienced professionals, and build your network. You will:

  • Engage in discussion about timely topics and challenges you’re facing in your role in a small, cohort-based, and confidential environment.
  • Build community with other chiefs and VPs of strategy/strategic initiatives and expand your professional network.
  • Learn from peers and exchange institution-specific practices and approaches.

To preserve an intimate and productive experience, the roundtable will be capped at 10 attendees.


In-Person and Virtual Sessions

To facilitate community and trust-building among the cohort from the get-go, the roundtable will kick off with a half-day in-person strategy session in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, June 21. Seven weekly, hour-long virtual sessions will follow, running from early July to mid-August.

Session 1 (In-person): Tuesday June 21 | 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. MT (local time in Denver, CO)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. MT: Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. MT: Strategy session

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. MT: Networking hour

Session 2 (Virtual): Friday July 1 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

Session 3 (Virtual): Friday July 8 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

Session 4 (Virtual): Friday July 15 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

Session 5 (Virtual): Friday July 22 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

Session 6 (Virtual): Friday July 29 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

Session 7 (Virtual): Friday August 5 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

Session 8 (Virtual): Friday August 12 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

Can’t attend all sessions?

No problem. However, we recommend participating in at least six sessions to get the most value out of this experience.


Who Should Attend

This group engagement is designed for chief strategy officers, VPs of strategy, VPs of strategic initiatives, and chiefs of staff who report to the President, serve on the President’s cabinet/executive team, and have similar strategy-level responsibilities.

If you are specifically charged with responsibilities like the following, this program is for you:

  • Leading strategic planning processes
  • Spearheading strategic initiatives
  • Convening and creating alignment between and among cabinet members and other senior leaders
  • Providing strategic guidance and advice to the President
  • Developing systems and dashboards that track plan implementation, including key performance metrics


How Roundtables Work

The goal of this roundtable is to bring together a small cohort of peers for a comprehensive learning and networking experience. Through short, regular live meetings, you will come together with a maximum of nine other peers and our highly respected expert to:

  • Build strong connections and expand your network.
  • Try new tactics and approaches to improve your effectiveness.
  • Share your own best practices and hear those of others.
  • Carve out time for self-reflection.
  • Be part of a cohort-based support community.
  • Contribute to the conversation with your own thought leadership.


Session 1 (In-person): Tuesday June 21st | 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. MT (local time in Denver, CO)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. MT: Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. MT: Strategy session

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. MT: Networking hour

Session 2 (Virtual): Friday July 1st | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

Session 3 (Virtual): Friday July 8th | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

Session 4 (Virtual): Friday July 15th | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

Session 5 (Virtual): Friday July 22nd | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

Session 6 (Virtual): Friday July 29th | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

Session 7 (Virtual): Friday August 5th | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

Session 8 (Virtual): Friday August 12th | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

During this series of roundtable sessions, you and your fellow attendees will get to drive the agenda based on common challenges such as the following:

Strategic planning
  • Supporting the President’s role in planning
  • Maintaining alignment with institutional mission and vision
  • Using performance metrics and dashboards to track progress
  • Inclusive design: planning for equity
  • Effective activities & planning sessions
  • Financing the plan in alignment with:
    • Budget
    • Advancement
    • Board
    • Region
    • Grants/Foundations
Working with the President
  • Supporting the president’s role in strategic planning and ensuring implementation
  • Adapting to your President’s style
  • Holding cabinet members accountable for implementation
  • Aligning the President’s goals with Board, campus, and region
  • Celebrating wins
Working with the cabinet
  • Collaboration that eliminates siloes
  • Aligning division plans to institutional plans
Enterprise-level focus
  • Using data and analytics to support student success, executive decision-making, and strategic plan implementation
  • Championing enterprise-level initiatives that support institutional mission and goals
  • Linking the institution to the greater community
  • Board engagement
Essential leadership skills
  • Future and systems thinking
  • Design thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Providing motivation and inspiration
Tips and tools for engaging the campus community
  • Design thinking
  • Surveys and feedback loops
  • Communication vehicles
  • Retreats
  • Innovation funds


June 21, 2022: Denver, CO | July 1 - August 12, 2022: Online

The kickoff session will be conducted in-person at Academic Impressions’ Denver-based office at:
5299 DTC Blvd, Suite 1400, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Nearby hotel suggestions:

Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center – 3-star hotel
8300 E Crescent Pkwy, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Distance from office: 0.5 miles if driving, 0.3 miles if walking

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center – 4-star hotel
7800 E Tufts Ave, Denver, CO 80237
Distance from office: 1.1 miles

Denver Marriott Tech Center – 4-star hotel
4900 S Syracuse St, Denver, CO 80237
Distance from office: 0.9-1.2 miles, depending on route


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Brian G. Williams, D.M.

Chief of Staff, Roger Williams University

Brian became the Chief of Staff at Roger Williams University in Fall 2020 after a year serving as Interim Chief of Staff & Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. He initially joined Roger Williams as the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing in 2017. Prior to his work at Roger Williams, he served as Vice President for Enrollment & Institutional Analytics at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio and as Dean of Enrollment Services at Providence College.

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Sarah Seigle Peatman
Director of Learning & Development,
Academic Impressions

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