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Digitizing Your Strategy in Higher Education
Higher education has faced and continues to face challenges like never before. The lessons learned during the last two years have had a profound impact on how colleges and universities plan to serve their students now and in the future. How can these institutions use modern strategy execution to support their current strategy journey?

Register now for our “Digitizing Your Strategy in Higher Education” virtual conversation where our team of strategy experts—and former higher ed faculty—will share their recommendations on how to prioritize and digitize strategy delivery in higher education.

They’ll discuss:

-How can colleges and universities transition to modern strategy execution?
-What features should you look for in technology to digitize your strategy?
-What key points about digitizing your strategy can you take back immediately to your campus community?


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Jeff Fahrenwald
VP of Strategy Realization @MPOWR Envision
Jeff Fahrenwald, MBA, was previously an Assistant Professor of Business and the MBA Director at Rockford University. In this role, he was also responsible for RU’s Executive Development Training, the Graduate Assistant program, and oversaw marketing and outreach for the MBA Program. Jeff taught classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels on both strategic planning and leadership. Jeff has extensive experience working with for-profit and not-for-profit businesses as well as manufacturing, distribution, and service organizations in facilitating strategic planning. He has held leadership board positions at a variety of different community development organizations, including Rockford Local Development Corp and Transform Rockford. In 2014, the Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Jeff, for his many contributions to his local community, as the 2014 Citizen of the Year.
Andrea Gibbs
Head of Strategy Services @MPOWR Envision
Andrea Gibbs, MBA is our Head of Strategy Services at MPOWR Envision. She has an undergraduate degree from Smith College and a Master’s of International Management degree from ASU/ Thunderbird. She has also taught as an adjunct professor in graduate and undergraduate business programs, developed and delivered corporate training, and currently teaches at Rotary retreats and local area high schools about the importance of developing a solid personal reputation. She cut her teeth helping to develop strategy in large companies with formal planning processes such as Honeywell, General Signal, and Danaher. After working overseas for several years, she struck out on her own developing a client base in both the business and not- for-profit worlds. For over two decades she has helped facilitate planning sessions to ensure clients can shape their futures. Andrea has used a variety of different planning models in her career and is comfortable adapting to her client’s particular needs.
Lauren Zerey
Manager of Strategic Support @MPOWR Envision
Lauren Zerey, MBA is SupplyCore’s Manager of Strategic Support. She holds both an undergraduate and MBA from Rockford University and is a certified auditor for QS quality rating. In her critical role she coordinates communication between our systems, ideas, and strategies to the actual work being done on a daily basis by our associates. This experience connects her to almost every aspect of MPOWR Envision and gives her a broad perspective that provides an exceptional strategic overview to our plans and priorities. Lauren is also the Chair of the Strategic Support Team Engagement Committee for several of our MPOWR clients. She is responsible for leading the steering committee focused on recruiting and interacting with many of our clients and their ability to execute their plans. Lauren has worked for years with Envision and is the best at assisting customers who want to leverage all of the power of Envision software to ensure plan execution.
Nellie Miller
Director of Marketing @MPOWR Envision
Nellie Miller, MBA is a former higher education marketing director who always sees the glass as half full, Nellie’s smile and positive attitude are infectious. A true Augie, with her bachelor’s from Augustana College and her MBA from Rockford University, she is always on the hunt for the next cool marketing challenge. There are few who pass her experience and breadth of knowledge.