Leadership Summit

Reed College aerial campus photo

September 19 & 20, 2014

Leadership Summit is an annual opportunity for members of the wider college community to deepen their engagement with Reed.

This September, plan to return to campus to

  • get the latest news and participate in strategic planning;
  • analyze the results of the alumni survey;
  • lead the way by volunteering in career, alumni, and fundraising programs;
  • hear directly from current students on experiences beyond the classroom—summer research, internships, and more;
  • dive back into the classroom experience with alumni/parent conference sessions;
  • advise current students on career networking;
  • explore Reed's new Alumni house.

Tentative schedule

(subject to change; volunteer–specific programming in italics; registration will open in July)

Thursday, September 18—Settle In

Thursday is a chance for attendees to get settled in, meet up with friends and future partners in crime, and get ready for the weekend ahead.


Colloquium: The Value of a Liberal Arts Education
Panel and discussion with Seth Paskin ’90 (producer of the podcast The Partially Examined Life), Gloria Johnson ’79, and members of the faculty. Primarily focused on first– and second–year students, this event is open to anyone interested in taking a more thoughtful look at the national conversation about the value of a liberal arts education vs. applied programs.

Fundraising Volunteer Reception (Invite only)
President Kroger and Trustee Konrad Alt '81 celebrate Reed's fundraising volunteers, including the courageous members of Alumni Fundraising for Reed.

Thirsty Third Thursday with Volunteers & Portland Alumni
The Lutz Tavern is still the place for conspiring, cajoling, and cavorting, in the laid–back style.

Friday, September 19—Put On Your Thinking Cap

Friday is a day to dive back into the Reed experience and engage with the broader questions surrounding Reed’s future.


For the Reed community, learning is a life-long adventure. Jump back into conference with Reed professors discussing their work. Must register ahead; required readings will inform a lively discussion.

Hum 110 Lecture
A less intense alternative to the conference sessions. Alumni, parents, and friends are invited to attend a simulcast of the day’s lecture in Humanities 110—“Familiar yet Strange: Love Lyrics of New Kingdom Egypt,” delivered by Dustin Simpson, visiting professor of English.


Lunch with Strategic Planning Committee
As we move forward in the strategic planning process, the Reed community is asking itself the some big questions:

  • How will the college define student success and how will we achieve it?
  • Should we set a goal for graduation rates?
  • Are we helping new graduates effectively bridge to life beyond Reed?
  • How will we make Reed more accessible to all qualified students, regardless of family finances?

This is your chance to hear from the strategic planning committee on progress to date, wrestle with these questions yourself, and share your insights.

Alumni Survey Results with Alumni Panel
We asked, you answered. The college invited all alumni to participate in a survey that asked for reflections on the Reed experience, with topics ranging from alumni satisfaction to education outside the classroom to defining student success to expanding financial aid. In the end, 3,174 alumni participated. Find out what they said, gain insight on how this data will be used, and hear alumni perspectives on the results and on alumni participation in the strategic planning effort writ large. (Find the full report on the survey here.)

Passionate Reed Advocates
Reedies are passionate advocates for Reed, but it can sometimes be surprisingly challenging to find the right words to explain our distinctive community, especially to someone who has not heard of Reed, doesn’t understand the value of a liberal arts degree, or only knows Reed’s reputation for hijinks but not its rigor. Join Reed’s public affairs team for a lively discussion regarding how we can all work together to communicate the boundless benefits of the Reed experience while making friends and influencing people, writing blog posts and letters to the editor, or wading into the dreaded comments section. Extra credit for submitting sticky questions in advance at public.affairs@reed.edu.


Grand Opening of Reed’s New Alumni House
Come see your new digs—Alumni and Parent Relations (and the Center for Life Beyond Reed) has moved to Prexy, your new home on campus and a place to connect with other Reedies, get work done, and stage events. This is a chance to socialize, soiree, and salon (to verb a few nouns) with other alumni, parents, and friends after a hard day of engagement.

Saturday, September 20—Roll Up Your Sleeves

Saturday is a working day for volunteers and those who want to become more involved. In the morning, we’ll pose some big questions. In the afternoon, we’ll have working group sessions for those who’ve already signed on for a particular mission.


Leadership Summit Ho!
Introduction to an exciting day of volunteer engagement: context–setting, goal–orientation, and words of wisdom from college and volunteer leadership.

Choose Your Own Adventure
How can we seize the power of alumni to shape Reed’s future? How can we position new graduates for professional success? Team up with other interested alumni, parents, and friends for break–out groups to help shape strategies for volunteer involvement.


Community Day
When you’re looking for a break between sessions, head to the quad for food carts, Canyon showcase tours, live music, reactor tours, and a nonprofit fair. More info here.

Meet–Up: Speed–Dating for Careers
This event is the first opportunity of the academic year to engage newly minted and returning Reedies in a career networking session. Spend an hour or so talking with current students in a structured event, helping students begin to explore career options and learn the value of outreach to other Reedies. Must register in advance; contact Brooke Hunter with questions.


Young Alumni Happy Hour (for 2004–2014 graduates)
After a weekend of serious thinking and dreaming about young alumni programming at Reed, we'll all need to let off some steam! Join us for our annual young alumni happy hour with John Kroger.

Scheduled time for volunteer groups

If you are in a volunteer group not listed below, check back in July for specific times for your meetings.

Strategic Planning Partners

Friday 5–6 p.m. Strategic Planning Partners Reception

Alumni Fundraising for Reed

Saturday 8–9 a.m. Alumni Fundraising for Reed Steering Committee Working Groups

Saturday 1:30–3:30 p.m. Alumni Fundraising for Reed Steering Committee

Alumni Board

Saturday 8–9 a.m. Alumni Board Working Groups

  • Past Alumni Board Presidents
  • Outreach Committee
  • Life Beyond Reed Committee
  • Reedfayre Committee
  • Reunions Class Leaders
  • Chapter Leaders

Saturday 1–3 p.m. Full Alumni Board of Directors Meeting