Speakers Announced for Ellucian Live: Founders of Life is good® and Back On My Feet Will Address Annual User Conference

Published Monday, January 14, 2013 - Fairfax, Va.

Two successful entrepreneurs with optimistic visions will open and close the Ellucian Live user conference April 7-10 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Approximately 8,500 participants from 2,400 higher education institutions around the world are expected to attend Ellucian Live with a common purpose: to embrace new ideas, develop new insights, and design new approaches to help education move forward.

Bert Jacobs, co-founder and chief executive officer of Life is goodwill deliver the opening keynote. In 1994, Bert and his brother John printed 45 T-shirts with a smiling stick figure and the words, “Life is good.” They promptly sold out, and today the Life is good Company is a $100 million apparel enterprise. Jacobs will talk about the company’s deeper purpose: the Life is good Playmakers program that helps kid overcome poverty, violence, and illness by spreading optimism and using the power of joyful play to help them heal and build strength. The program has certified more than 3,500 child care professionals and consistently receives high praise for its joyful and transformative training.

Anne M. Mahlum, founder and chief executive officer of Back on My Feet (BoMF), will close the conference by sharing her experiences in building confidence, strength, and self-esteem among the homeless and other underserved populations. BoMF is a national, privately-funded, nonprofit organization that engages these populations in running as a means to develop equality, respect, discipline, teamwork, and leadership. Fifty percent of its members successfully move from dependency to an independent lifestyle.

Other notable speakers at the conference include:

  • Paul DePodesta, vice president of player development and scouting for the New York Mets, entrepreneur, and subject of the 2011 movie, “Moneyball”. DePodesta’s work has been recognized in various publications including Fortune magazine where he was named one of the “Top Ten Innovators Under 40”.
  • Warren Arbogast, founder of Boulder Management Group. An artist, writer, and communications expert, Arbogast has consulted leaders of prominent organizations, including Nike and Pfizer, as well as institutions of higher education including Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania. He helps audiences see the world differently, more clearly, and more creatively, enabling them to clarify their goals, develop meaningful commitment strategies, create relevant accountability structures, and continue helpful self-evaluation processes.
  • Deborah Santiago, co-founder and vice president of policy and research for ¡Excelencia in Education!, an organization that aims to accelerate higher education success for Latino students. Santiago has spent more than 15 years leading research and policy efforts at the community and national levels to improve educational opportunities and success for all students.

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Inspired by the transformative impact of education, Ellucian develops solutions that power the essential work of colleges and universities. As the world’s leading provider of software and services designed for higher education, Ellucian works with more than 2,500 institutions in nearly 50 countries—enhancing operations and enriching the experience for over 18 million students.

Ellucian provides student information systems (SIS), finance and HR, recruiting, retention, analytics and advancement software solutions. With more than 1,400 institutions subscribing to Ellucian’s cloud services and SaaS offerings, the company is one of the largest providers of cloud-based solutions in higher education. Ellucian also supports the higher education community with a range of professional services such as application software implementation, training, education, and management consulting.

Ellucian brings power, passion, and performance to bear for higher education, and its ability to better our world. Visit Ellucian at www.ellucian.com.

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