9AM TO 5PM ON may 14, 2024
house of sweden, Washington, DC

Higher education can change the lives and trajectories of students, their families, and their communities. Yet with public confidence wavering, making the case for postsecondary value and leveraging policies to improve its return on investment for students and taxpayers is more critical today than ever. Join Third Way on May 14 for the Higher Ed Value Summit, a dynamic day of learning, tackling tough questions, and celebrating the power of postsecondary education.


Agenda is subject to change ahead of the event date.

9:00 AM | Breakfast Available9:30–9:40 AM | Welcome Remarks
From Michelle Dimino, Director of Education, Third Way
9:40–10:30 AM | Opening Keynote
Featuring The Honorable James Kvaal, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and Lanae Erickson, Senior Vice President of Social Policy, Education & Politics, Third Way
10:30–11:10 AM | Plenary Session
Making the Case for Higher Ed Value
Julie Ajinkya, Senior Advisor, HCM Strategists
Angie Kuefler, Partner, Research, Global Strategy Group
CJ Powell, Director of Advocacy, National Association of College Admissions Counselors
Emmi Navarro, Senior Education Advocacy Advisor, Third Way
11:20 AM | Breakout Sessions
• Spotlight on Community College Value
The Honorable Mala Adiga, Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States and Policy Director to First Lady of the United States
Jennifer Nelson, Director of University Transfer and Initiatives, Northern Virginia Community College
Minah Woo, Vice President of Workforce, Innovation, and Strategic Partnerships
Ellie Eckerson Peters, Director of Research and Policy, Institute of Higher Education Policy
Emily Rounds, Education Policy Advisor, Third Way
• Spotlight on the State of the Value Movement
Jamey Rorison, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Kelly McManus, Vice President of Higher Education, Arnold Ventures
Zainab Okolo, Senior Vice President of Policy, Advocacy, and Government Relations, Jed Foundation
Michelle Dimino, Director of Education, Third Way
12:10 PM | Lunch and Lunch Breakouts
• Spotlight on Voter Perceptions of Higher Ed Value
Angie Kuefler, Partner, Research, Global Strategy Group
Robert Jones, Partner, GS Strategy Group
Ben Cecil, Senior Education Advisor, Third Way
• Spotlight on College Rankings facilitated by Besty Prueter, Senior Director of Programming, Postsecondary Nation Policy Institute1:45 PM | Plenary Session
America’s Got (Policy) Talent
Preston Cooper, Senior Fellow, FREEOP
Charles Ansell, Complete College America, Vice President for Research, Policy & Advocacy
Vaness Sansone, Assistant Professor, University of Texas San Antonio
Zakiya Smith Ellis, Principal, Education Counsel
3:00 PM | Plenary Session Graduate Education Value
Tiara Moultrie, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
Tia Caldwell, Policy Analyst, Higher Education, New America
Chazz Robinson, Education Advisor, Third Way
Bethany Little, Managing Principal, Education Counsel
3:45 PM | Closing remarks from Third Way4:00 PM | Closing Reception5:00 PM | Event Ends

About the event

Where will the summit take place?
The 2024 Value Summit will be held at the House of Sweden in Georgetown, Washington, DC on May 14 from 9 am - 5 pm ET. Their address is 2900 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007. Learn more about the House of Sweden here.
House of Sweden is six blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station and near several bus stops. Paid public parking is available nearby. Please be prepared to show your state-issued ID or driver's license and go through security upon entering.How do I register and what is the cost of attendance?
Register via Eventbrite here. The Value Summit is free to attend, but a limited number of tickets are available. Register now!
Who can attend?
We welcome all members of the higher ed community from advocates to institutional staff and others.
Is this event open to press?
Yes, members of the press may attend. Please notify Angelina Nastasi (anastisi@thirdway.org) of your intent to attend.
What is your COVID-19 policy?
Third Way asks that visitors are vaccinated against COVID-19. You are welcome to wear a mask but not required, and we'll have extra on hand. If you are feeling unwell, or have a cough or fever, please cancel your ticket to allow someone else to take your place as tickets are limited.
What's your cancellation policy?
This event is free to attend, but as limited tickets are available, please cancel yours if you find that you are unable to join us.
Will the event be livestreamed?
The Value Summit will not be live streamed, but some sessions will be recorded and available on our YouTube.
Other questions? Have an accommodation request?
Please contact Emmi Navarro at enavarro@thirdway.org