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Announcing 2020 Higher Ed Summit Award Finalists: Vote Now!

By February 18, 2020

The Summit Awards are an annual opportunity for the education community to receive much-deserved recognition. At Higher Ed Summit, our higher education technology conference, we set a stage for stories about meaningful impact in education. Our winners are using technology to truly transform the education industry.

Over the last few years, the Summit Awards have grown into a platform to celebrate innovators like you!

A past Higher Ed Summit Awards photo

While nominations are self-submitted, our community chooses the winners for most categories. To me, this is part of the magic of the Summit Awards. We want to hear from each and every one of you (and your colleagues who maybe don’t use Salesforce every day!) to tell the world which stories resonate with you. They are stories of efficiency, simplification, tech for good, and raising up those who need a boost. They are stories of community champions, who spend so much of their own time helping others. We see the Summit Awards as an opportunity to share the power of Salesforce near and far, so please spread the word!

We consolidated all of the stories into this handy voting guide so you can learn more about our finalists before casting your vote. Please also check out the Power of Us Hub group for Higher Ed Summit, where there is sure to be lively conversation about voting!

Voting will be open until March 17th.

Congratulations to all of our amazing finalists:

Excellence in Student Success

  • Westmont College, Office of College Advancement
  • Santa Fe College, Office of Admissions
  • University of Arizona, Trellis Student Success/Advising Team

Excellence in Institutional Efficiency

  • Butler University
  • University of Florida, UFIT Enterprise Org
  • Austin Community College, Office of Experiential Learning and Salesforce Development Team

Community Champion

  • Florence Parodi, University of Miami
  • Kathleen Lueckeman, Olivet Nazarene University
  • Haley Gould, Michigan State University

We have a new award this year, Excellence in College and Career Prep, to recognize those in K12 schools and districts using technology to set an amazing foundation for lifelong learning. The winner of that award, along with The Dave Perry Excellence in Innovation Award, will be chosen by leadership.

“The Dave Perry” Excellence in Innovation

  • Hult International Business School, Central Technology Department
  • Dordt University, Enrollment and Marketing
  • Arizona State University, Enterprise Partners

Excellence in College and Career Prep

  • Denver Public Schools
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Cristo Rey Network

While you are voting for the Summit Award winners, I also want to remind you that the Higher Ed Summit early bird discount is ending on February 28th! I can’t wait to welcome you to my favorite event of the year (don’t tell Dreamforce I said that). If you see me at the Summit Awards ceremony, I’ll be the one in the back grinning from ear to ear. Please join us to hear these incredible stories and more! Download the voting guide to learn more and vote for your favorites: the link to vote is also in the PDF.

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About the Author

Chloe Morel

Chloe Morel supports events as a project manager and field marketing pro. In her nearly 4 years at, she’s worked on Dreamforce, Higher Ed Summit, World Tours, Connections, and hundreds of Events in a Box. Talk to her about events at scale, AmeriCorps, and the NBC hit drama The West Wing.