EmpowerED—The SFS Tech Conference Announces Final Lineup of Keynote and Featured Speakers for April 2019 Conference

Ed tech innovators, higher education leaders, and industry insiders join forces on technology’s potential to drive student success at inaugural Arizona conference.

PHOENIX, AZ, MARCH 1, 2019— CampusLogic, higher education’s leading student financial services platform, today announced the final lineup of featured speakers for EmpowerED—the SFS Tech Conference. New additions include Mike Marriner, co-founder of Roadtrip Nation, Paul Freedman, CEO of Entangled Group, and Laura Keane, Chief Policy Officer at uAspire. The conference takes place April 1-2, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. The conference is crafted to empower collaboration, intersection, and new ideas among industry leaders, innovators, and higher education enrollment, financial aid, and scholarship professionals.

“Financial constraints and complicated financial aid processes often deter bright, capable students from enrolling in school—and persisting all the way to graduation. Low-income and first-generation students probably have it the worst. In fact, 40% of those who are accepted into college fail to enroll, in large part because of the complexity of student financial aid,” says Gregg Scoresby, CEO of CampusLogic. “That’s why we created EmpowerED—to bring together industry, education, and technology professionals to develop solutions around accessibility, borrowing, and completion.”

Enrollment and financial aid leaders from 15 higher education institutions will speak on at-risk student success, wiser student borrowing, award letter complexity, driving student technology adoption, breaking down institutional silos, and more. Western Governors University, Ivy Tech Community College System, University of Arizona, Southern Oregon University, University of California-Riverside, Wilmington College, D’Youville, and Texas A&M International University are among the confirmed institutions presenting.

Featured presenters include a press panel comprised of Inside Higher Ed’s News Editor Paul Fain; Wall Street Journal writer Josh Mitchell; Kim Clark, Assistant Director of the Education Writers Association, and Michael Stratford, Educational Reporter at Politico Pro. Also taking the stage during the two-day conference are Stephanie Marken, Gallup’s Executive Director of Education Research; Justin Draeger, CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; Jaime Casap, Education Evangelist for Google; Trace Urdan, Managing Director of Tyton Partners; Preston Silverman, CEO of RaiseMe, Katie Blot, COO & SVP of Vemo Education, and Kate Hoffman, Founder of Earn to Learn.