José Andrés, Acclaimed Chef, Restaurateur, and Humanitarian Joins Luminaries at Eduventures® Summit 2023

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Higher Ed’s Premier Thought-Leadership Event will feature Andrés, DEI Expert Trabian Shorters, Gallup CEO Jon Clifton, SNHU President Paul LeBlanc, and ChatGPT Expert Nita Farahany

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome José Andrés and hear about the life-changing work he has done around the world...He, along with our roster of higher education change makers, will set the tone for an inspiring, forward-looking conference."

Encoura®, an educational data science and research organization, announced today the lineup of industry luminaries slated to address Eduventures Summit 2023 in Boston. The annual event, hosted by Encoura’s Eduventures research division, will feature chef, restaurateur, and humanitarian José Andrés, who recently announced the launch of his Global Food Institute at George Washington University. Other confirmed keynote speakers include DEI expert Trabian Shorters, Gallup CEO Jon Clifton, Southern New Hampshire University President Paul LeBlanc, and ChatGPT expert Nita Farahany. Eduventures Summit will take place at the InterContinental Boston Waterfront Hotel, June 14 – 16, 2023.

The mission of Eduventures Summit is to inform, educate, and inspire higher education leaders—from both public and private non-profit institutions—by equipping them with tangible ideas and best practices so they can improve in a wide array of areas spanning recruitment, program innovation, and student success. The evergreen program theme, Higher Ed Remastered, captures both the timeless qualities of higher education and the need for innovative models.

The annual event, which will sell out, is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for college and university leaders and the partners who serve them to come together to network with one another, share best practices, and engage in a discussion about the future of higher education.

Special Guest José Andrés

This year, José Andrés, chef, restauranteur and humanitarian, will headline Eduventures Summit. Andrés has received the James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Chef” and "Humanitarian of the Year" awards and is a committed advocate of food and hunger issues, known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. He recently announced a partnership with George Washington University to launch a premier Global Food Institute at GW, a transformative and unprecedented collaboration that will be the world leader in food system solution delivery.

Additional confirmed headliners include:

  • Jon Clifton – CEO of Gallup
  • Nita Farahany – ChatGPT expert and the Robinson O. Everett Distinguished Professor of Law & Philosophy and Founding Director of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
  • Paul LeBlanc – President of SNHU
  • Joy Moore - Vice President and executive director of Boston College’s Pine Manor Institute for Student Success
  • Trabian Shorters – DEI expert and CEO/Founder BMe Community

In addition to keynote sessions, Eduventures principal analysts will present new research and proprietary market data on key higher education trends. The Eduventures research team will showcase Annual Innovation Award program winners, honoring higher education institutions, companies and other organizations that share Eduventures vision for a responsive, innovative higher education sector.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome José Andrés and hear about the life-changing work he has done around the world,” said Dennis Syracuse, Division President of Encoura. “He, along with our roster of higher education change makers, will set the tone for an inspiring, forward-looking conference that will leave attendees with new energy and inspiration to meet the challenges facing higher ed today. Our lineup will initiate meaningful conversations and inspire industry-wide action as attendees explore issues that include enrollment drivers, student access, affirmative action, new learning models, and the rise of AI.”

To view the preliminary conference program, visit:

About Encoura, LLC
Encoura, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of ACT, is an educational data science and research organization serving over 2,000 member institutions comprised of public and private colleges and universities across the nation. Since 1972, Encoura has been a leading provider of data science, technology, and programs serving students, high school educators, colleges, and universities from its offices in Austin, TX and Boston, MA. These solutions represent the link between students making important life decisions and those providing the resources and information they need to succeed in their post-secondary educations and careers. For more information, visit

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