Philadelphia, PA July 20-22, 2022

In-Person Conference

  • Welcome Reception
  • Keynotes, Panels & Workshops
  • Rooftop Dinner & Celebration
  • Live Q&As with Presenters

*Group discount available

All-Virtual Experience

  • All-Virtual Conference Experience
  • Exclusive Speakers
  • Live Q&As with Presenters
  • Digital Networking

*Event airs July 28-29.

Unite at Pathways: In-Person, Virtual, or Both!

After two years of gathering virtually, Pathways is back with an experience unlike any other. This year, Pathways has two great ways to attend our one-of-a-kind student success event--an In-Person Conference in Philadelphia PA and an All-Virtual Experience the following week. Join us in person for three days of robust content addressing current trends and dynamics facing student success. Attend high-impact speaker sessions, interactive workshops, and social hours right here in sunny Philadelphia, PA. For our virtual attendees, our two-day experience features virtual-exclusive special guests and all the most popular events from Pathways past. Check back here for speakers, event agendas, conference venue info and more in the months ahead. We can't wait to see you--however you choose to attend. Thank you for being a part of the Pathways Community! 


Pathways 2022 In-Person Conference

Registration has begun for Pathways 2022! Our in-person conference takes place July 20th-22nd in Philadelphia, PA. Join us at the Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown - Rittenhouse Square. More Info >>

  • Welcome Reception
  • Keynotes, Panels & Workshops
  • Rooftop Dinner & Celebration
  • Live Q&As with Presenters
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Pathways 2022 All-Virtual Experience

Join us July 28th & 29th for the Pathways 2022 All-Virtual Experience. Check out intensive workshops, exclusive speakers, a virtual networking hall and more!

  • All-Virtual Conference Experience
  • Exclusive Speakers
  • Live Q&As with Presenters
  • Digital Networking

Featured Speakers

Steve Burrell

Steven Burrell Ed.D.

Chief Information Officer, Northern Arizona University

Audrey Murrell

Audrey Murrell Ph.D.

Professor, Author & Researcher, University of Pittsburgh

Karen Boston-2

Karen Boston Ed.D.

Senior Assistant Dean & Chief Student Officer, University of Arkansas

Tracey Hanton (2)

Tracey Hanton M.A.

Assistant Director, Career Development, Purdue University Fort Wayne

Courtney Bigger

Courtney Bigger

Associate Director, Undergraduate Programming University of Maryland

Meg Underwood

Meg Underwood M.Ed.

Director of Professional Development and Outreach, Purdue University Fort Wayne

Buck Jordan

Buck Jordan M.Ed.

Student Success Center Director Purdue University Fort Wayne

Missy Gutkowski

Missy Gutkowski M.SW.

Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning Bucknell University

Chelsea Donovan

Chelsea Donovan M.Ed.

Program Manager John Carroll University

Sarah Ratekin-1

Sarah Ratekin DBA

Director, Undergraduate Student Engagement, Purdue University

Derran Reese

Derran Reese M.Div.

Director of Center for Careers and Experiential Learning, Abilene Christian University

Brad Crisp

Brad Crisp, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Business Administration, Abilene Christian University

Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy Taylor Ph.D.

Dean, Institute for Career Readiness and Lifelong Learning Defiance College

Daniel Hemhauser

Daniel Hemhauser

Student Speaker of Distinction Rutgers University

In-Person Agenda

(Virtual agenda coming soon!)

July 20th July 21st July 22nd
Mark Visco Jr.

Mark Visco Jr.

Wednesday, July 20 at 5:00 PM, EST

Welcome Reception!

Kick off Pathways 2022 by joining us for an opening presentation by Suitable's CEO with a reception to follow!

Sean Carson

Sean Carson

Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 AM, EST

All-Attendee Breakfast

Start Day 2 on a full stomach! This hot breakfast buffet will be open from 7:30-9am.

Matthew Brink

Matthew Brink

Thursday, July 21 at 9:00 AM, EST

A Culture of Competency: NACE's 4 Pillar Framework for Career Readiness, Institutional Effectiveness & Student Success

By Matthew Brink, Assistant Executive Director, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

Sean Carson Sarah Ratekin Tracey Hanton Courtney Bigger

Thursday, July 21 at 10:30 AM, EST

Best Practices For Co-Curricular Learning and Competency Development

Hear from your peers at schools across the country as answer questions about practical strategies and best practices for leveraging the co-curricular experience to drive student engagement & success outcomes.

Sean Carson Karen Boston

Thursday, July 21 at 12:00 PM, EST

Lunch & Learn: Students Achieving Milestones (S.A.M): Preparing Students with Transferable Skills for Life

By Karen Boston and Sean Carson

Dr. Audrey Murrell

Dr. Audrey Murrell

Thursday, July 21 at 1:00 PM, EST

CONCURRENT SESSION - Dr. Murrell's Mentoring Workshop

Join Audrey Murrell as she shares and explores her book on creating mentorship programs, shares best practices and more.

Missy Gutkowski

Missy Gutkowski

Thursday, July 21 at 1:00 PM, EST

CONCURRENT SESSION - Student Engagement with Alumni & Professionals

See how Freeman College of Management at Bucknell University has become successful in building high-impact, experiential opportunities for students utilizing their alumni, parent, and employer community.

Chelsea Donovan

Chelsea Donovan

Thursday, July 21 at 2:00 PM, EST

CONCURRENT SESSION - Suit Up: How John Carroll University's Boler College of Business Utilizes Suitable to Create Well-Rounded Business Professionals

Since utilizing Suitable within the John Carroll University Boler Professional Development (BPD) Program, we have been able to efficiently identify student needs and curriculum requirements. This session will take a look at how BPD uses Suitable to ultimately tell the story of our business students in the professional development program. The competencies achieved by students help them become a well-rounded business professional, ready to enter the workforce.

Meg Underwood Buck Jordan

Thursday, July 21 at 2:00 PM, EST

CONCURRENT SESSION - Prove it! Reflection For Assessment and Relevance

If students can prove to us they learned something from an event or activity, they are actively proving the ROI to themselves and practicing talking to employers about their efforts. Use reflections to see if students are learning what you thought they would and get qualitative feedback on your activities. PFW has revamped our professional development program through Suitable and the reflective component has been the most valuable and affirming component.

Sean Carson

Sean Carson

Thursday, July 21 at 3:00 PM, EST

Coffee Break

Brief intermission before Steve Burrell's keynote.

Steve Burrell

Steve Burrell

Thursday, July 21 at 3:15 PM, EST

Managing An Institutional Technology Portfolio That Enhances Student Experiences and Drives Successful Student Outcomes

By Steve Burrell

Daniel Hemhauser

Daniel Hemhauser

Thursday, July 21 at 4:30 PM, EST

Student Speaker of Distinction

Sean Carson

Sean Carson

Thursday, July 21 at 4:45 PM, EST

Conclude Day 2

That's a wrap!

DJing Courtesy of Buck Jordan

DJing Courtesy of Buck Jordan

Thursday, July 21 at 5:00 PM, EST

Rooftop Evening Reception & Celebration

Join us for dinner, cocktails and dancing as our own Buck Jordan spins records by the Sonesta Pool deck!

Sean Carson

Sean Carson

Friday, July 22 at 7:30 AM, EST

All-Attendee Breakfast

Don't miss your chance to fuel up for the final day of Pathways 2022. Breakfast is served from 7:30-9am.

Derran Reese Brad Crisp

Friday, July 22 at 9:00 AM, EST

ACU Compass: Roadmaps for Holistic Student Formation

The recipe for student success consists of multiple factors. Determining what those factors are for your students requires schools to look inward.What do we value as an institution? What kind of learner does our education support? What is our vision of the future?These answers, infused with data & insights, will help clarify the most important elements of your school's student experience. At Abilene Christian University, they landed on 5 'lanes' of growth outside of the classroom that are key to a student's holistic development at ACU.

Angela Visco

Angela Visco

Friday, July 22 at 10:15 AM, EST

Suitable Partner Awards Ceremony

Join us for an awards ceremony celebrating the amazing things our partners have accomplished this past year.

Sean Carson

Sean Carson

Friday, July 22 at 11:00 AM, EST

Pathways Concludes

One final closing message from all of us at Suitable before the Pathways 2022 In-Person Conference is in the books!

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you wanted to know about Pathways 2022 but were afraid to ask!

What is Pathways?

Pathways 2022 is a unique higher ed event focused on advancement, strategy and innovation.

Whether you’re joining us in-person for our three-day event in Philadelphia, PA, or joining in for our 2-day virtual experience, you’ll hear from industry leaders, student success experts and successful innovators from all walks of life.

Pathways is an unrivaled event for education professionals looking to fuel leadership, maximize success and leverage core competencies within their campus community. Featuring insights and expertise from industry-leading trailblazers, diverse networking opportunities, unique keynotes and a venue in the heart of the City of Brotherly Love, Pathways 2022 has it all.

Do I need to be a Suitable customer to attend Pathways 2022?

You don’t need to be a Suitable customer to attend Pathways 2022. If you are already a Suitable partner, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge on how to use Suitable to maximize the impact of strategic initiatives on your campus. If you’re not yet a Suitable partner, you’ll learn how our 100+ partner schools are leveraging mobile-first technology to become leaders in student engagement and career readiness. Whichever side you fall on, you’ll walk away with proven best practices for student success and data-driven strategies that you can’t find anywhere else.

Are there any COVID-19 guidelines myself or my staff should be aware of before we attend?

As we celebrate Pathways 2022, the safety of our conference guests is our top priority. To protect against the spread of COVID-19, all attendees at our in-person event in Philadelphia this summer will be expected to adhere to the local guidelines below to keep your fellow guests, speakers and other hotel patrons safe during the event.

  • We aren't requiring proof of vaccination for entry to the conference, but if an attendee or member of our staff begins feeling sick while attending the conference, they are to be sent home and not return.
  • Masks are not required but guests are welcome to wear a mask at at their comfort while attending the event. 

These will be kept updated as local guidelines adjust. For any questions or concerns relating to the Pathways 2022 COVID-19 guidelines, please email John Steele, We look forward to sharing a safe, fun and informative event with you this summer!

How should I justify this conference to my University for funding?

Download our handy Pathways 2022 Justification Letter, offering valuable details on this one-of-a-kind event. Let your university know why they should send you to Pathways 2022 in Philadelphia, PA this July.

With this letter, you can:

  • Formally request approval and funding to attend Pathways 2022.
  • Show your university what you plan to accomplish while at Pathways 2022.
  • Articulate the costs related to attending, as well as, the immense value of what's included in your ticket.

Can I get an invoice for my ticket purchase?

Yes. You can get an itemized invoice for your Procurement Department.

To start, select your ticket by clicking on the button at the top of the screen. Choose your ticket type and quantity and press Select. When the registration form appears, you should see a Download Invoice link at the bottom. This will give you a blank invoice that corresponds with your ticket type. 

Look for this link at the bottom of your form

Download the file, fill in the blanks and you should be all set! 

Should we expect the ticket prices to increase after the pre-sale period ends?

There will be a price increase after the pre-sale period, so registering for Pathways 2022 early guarantees your spot AND saves your institution money.

2021 Award Winners

Distinguished Program Award

Distinguished Program Award
  • Bucks+: Bucks County Community College
  • Friar Involvement Tracker: Providence College
  • Bryan Gold: UNC Greensboro Bryan School of Business

Outstanding New Program

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  • SOAR: University of Wyoming College of Business and Honors College
  • CareerBound: Purdue University Krannert School of Management
  • MCCB PROS: University of North Georgia Mike Cottrell College of Business
  • Business Passport Program: Northern Illinois University College of Business
  • Broad 360: Michigan State University Broad College of Business

Best Branding

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  • ePlatform: University of Kansas School of Business
  • BisonReady: Bucknell University Freeman College of Management
  • Warhawk Preflight: Auburn University at Montgomery
  • PEAKS: University of Vermont Grossman School of Business
  • FINS UP | Making Waves: Nova Southeastern University Huizenga College of Business
  • E3: Louisiana Tech University College of Business
  • CULTIV8: NC State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • BOLD Program: University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business

Best Incentives

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  • Shocker 360: Wichita State University
  • Heider Mindset Achievement Portfolio (H-MAP): Creighton University Heider College of Business
  • SOAR: University of Wyoming College of Business

Best Social Media Presence

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Most Active Suitable Partner

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  • YourPath@NAU: Northern Arizona University Student Affairs
  • UA Business LEAD: University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Business
  • The OCC, Pitt Business OCC, Honors OCC, myPittGlobal: University of Pittsburgh
  • SOAR: University of Wyoming
  • Smeal Ethical Leadership Challenge & Sapphire Leadership Academic Program: Penn State University Smeal College of Business

Most Innovative Pivot

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  • Temple Together: Temple University
  • First Year Experience: California University of Pennsylvania Office of Student Affairs
  • Experience Montclair: Montclair State University
  • Gator Ready: University of Florida Heavener School of Business

Most Engaged Students

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  • Coles College Flight Academy: Kennesaw State University Coles College of Business
  • CHARGE: Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business
  • iSmith: University of Maryland Smith School of Business


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