OLC IDEA Leadership In Digital Learning Luncheon

Brief Abstract

You are cordially invited to a luncheon and networking event to help raise funds for the OLC Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Advocacy (IDEA) Leadership Scholarship fund, previously the Women in Digital Learning Leadership Scholarship. The luncheon is open to ALL conference attendees.

Meet Our Speaker

Melissa Vito, EdD
Interim Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, University of Texas at San Antonio

Seeing the Invisible: A Conversation on Dimensions of Diversity in Leadership Promoting equity and inclusion in our field requires dedication and commitment to diversity in all forms within and across institutions. In a candid and engaging conversation with Dr. Melissa Vito, a thought leader and advocate for diversity in leadership within higher education, we will focus on the ways that we might better amplify new voices, diverse perspectives, and equitable practices, all in support of student success. This lively session will focus on challenging paradigms in favor of inclusive practices that celebrate our collective strength, with participants sharing challenges and opportunities for the group to explore further.


Our Story

In 2014, a small group of individuals gathered at the 7th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium in Dallas, TX to celebrate the the powerful women in digital learning leadership championing equity and inclusion in our field.  Building on the enthusiasm and impact of this formative event, the Online Learning Consortium has created a space to continue these conversations each year at both OLC Innovate in the Spring and OLC Accelerate in the Fall. These events have brought together hundreds of people around the topic of creating organizational structures that are inclusive environments for individuals in leadership, and have engaged participants in crowd-sourcing a manifesto for the upward mobility diverse leaders in digital learning.

Most importantly, the proceeds of these events go directly to the OLC IDEA Leadership in Digital Learning Scholarship, thereby bringing the vision of these efforts into action.

We’re delighted to invite you to join us for lunch on Thursday, November 21 from 12:00-1:20pm. Learn how this event has impacted our field, hear our speaker’s perspective on leadership, and participate in a networking activity to connect emerging and established leaders in digital learning.  Most importantly, we will honor the winner of the 2019 OLC IDEA Leadership In Digital Learning Scholarship at the luncheon. The luncheon is open to all, so grab a group of friends and join us!


Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Time: 12:00pm-1:20pm
Location: Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin, Northern Hemisphere C
Cost: $55.00 through September 25 for conference attendees
(Conference attendee price is $60 after September 25  |  Guest tickets are $65; $70 after September 25)

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Extended Abstract

The purpose of this luncheon is to celebrate diverse leaders in the field as well as those who aspire to become leaders in the digital learning landscape. In 2015, OLC established a scholarship fund to provide an aspiring individual in the field the opportunity to attend an OLC conference. This luncheon supports the scholarship fund, and proceeds will provide one scholarship recipient with a 2019 OLC conference registration, hotel stay, and honorarium to cover travel costs.  The 2019 scholarship recipient will be recognized at this luncheon.