The 2020 AAIE Leadership Conference and Expo

The 54th AAIE-New York City-CONVERSATION: February 1-5, 2020

"Diverse on Purpose, Different By Design"

We Learn Through Conversations...

If you're going to travel to New York in February 2020, with many of you from the other side of the planet, then it's the job of AAIE to make sure we hold important CONVERSATIONS.

We can see nothing more important than our theme for 2020: Diverse on Purpose: Different by Design. And to explore the questions that matter.

Our theme calls for us to be more than 'diverse by accident' simply by virtue of our student populations. In troubling times, with the politics of polarity gaining ground, international education is uniquely placed to embrace the power of diversity with a renewed sense of common purpose, to 'make a difference on difference.'

This year's conversation will pull together multiple threads of diversity: learning access for those who learn differently, supporting linguistic equity, building success on our different strengths, addressing key issues such as ethnic diversity in our faculties and women in leadership, socio-economic disparity and access to our schools..the things that many of us care deeply about.

It will be 'different' in other ways too. We are picking up our own successful threads from last year: more interactive conversations, more co-creation of solutions, a wider diversity of thought-leaders, more 'home-grown' talent from international education.

We believe this year's conversation will be a game-changer, a moment in time when international education takes a long hard look at itself and embraces diversity with a new intentionality. There are many calls on your time and budget. Some have more impact than others.

We need your voice in this CONVERSATION. Contribute your voice and expertise at AAIE in New York in 2020. 

2020 Conference Design CONCEPTS:

Community at Work

Investigating: "The Best Leadership Mistake I Ever Made"

"The Learning Cocktail Party"

(Modeled after the World Cafe concept)


"Name That Fear"

AAIE's Young Leaders Series


Saturday-Sunday, February 1-2


Featured "Un-Keynoter" - Dr. Dacher Keltner

Featured "Un-Keynoter"

Dr. Dacher Keltner

Keltner is the author of The Power Paradox, as well as the bestseller Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life and The Compassionate Instinct. He has published over 190 scientific articles, including seminal works on the psychology of awe (Keltner & Haidt, 2003) and is the co-author of two textbooks. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, London Times, and Utne Reader, and his research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, CNN, NPR, and the BBC as well as many other outlets. LEARN MORE

We Are Built to Be Kind

The Biological Effects of Sympathy, Gratitude and Awe

Seeking Proposals

About What Matters to You

  • Young Leaders Series: Legacy Leadership Learning Discussions- (Across Generations)
  • Headtalks
  • "Deeper-Dive" Breakout Sessions
  • "Unpacking the Truth" Panel Discussions; tackling our leadership challenges

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