International Conference

A professional development opportunity not to be missed, with more than 70 sessions delivered by experts and thought leaders from across Australasia and overseas.

Approximately 80 speakers will present to delegates in both the tertiary and school sectors and will not only motivate you with leading practice but will share success stories, highlight new techniques and approaches and leave you inspired to challenge your own thinking and review how you can escalate your career aspirations.

Members wishing to still be considered for the Early Bird rate are asked to contact the CEO directly

Latest Updates

Social Program

Tuesday 4 September
Welcome Function
Bus leaves SkyCity at 4.45pm

Kick start your conference by meeting at SkyCity reception for transport to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. This exclusive event will feature a traditional Māori welcome in an incredible location where you can relax and network with fellow delegates, speakers and sponsors.
Sponsor: Marts & Lundy

Wednesday 5 September
Chapter Dinners 7pm

Collaborate, network and have fun with your chapter colleagues at this informal dinner. Check our website for details and register for your chapter dinner today.

Thursday 6 September
Gala Evening – Eden Park
Bus leaves SkyCity at 6.15pm

The highlight of our conference is the gala networking event. An evening to remember at Eden Park with the theme: ‘Show us your team colours’. 

Please click here to access accommodation and flight options.

Please click here to meet our incredible Leadership Keynote Speaker – Corrinne Armour

Latest Program

Download the latest conference program to read about our Keynote and some of our International Speakers 

Conference Program 

Find out why Clair Stock is going…


Clair Stock talks International Conference from Educate Plus on Vimeo.


Full registration package includes:

  • Attendance at any session in any stream
  • Welcome drinks (Tuesday 4 Sept) and Sponsor’s Drinks (Wednesday 5 Sept)
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments and lunches during conference (incl Awards Lunch)
  • Conference Gala Dinner (Thursday 6 Sept)
  • Conference satchel, lanyard, program
  • Delegate contact list


Day Registration and Half-Day Registration Package includes:

  • Attendance at any session included in full day or half-day period
  • Refreshments served during full-day or half-day sessions
  • Conference program


Additional Social Program tickets

Please note that ‘Full registration’ includes: Welcome Drinks, Awards Lunch and Gala Dinner. Fill out these options only if you require extra tickets for the events.


2018 Educate Plus Advancement Awards

Nominations are now closed for the preeminent Advancement Awards program in Australasia. 

The 3 finalists from each category will be offered a free TEDx Presentation Training Course (either online or at the half day pre-conference workshop) and  also invited to showcase their nomination in a 5 min presentation at the Breakfast Blitz session at the 2018 International Conference.


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We thank our Sponsors

Find out why Mara is going

Conference Times

  • Pre-conference: Full day Master Class and Discover Advancement begin at 9:00am. Half day sessions run from 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Welcome Drinks: 5:30pm Auckland War Memorial Museum (Meet at 4:45pm at Sky City for a 4:50pm departure)
  • Day One: Begins 8:30am on Wednesday 5 September Chapter Dinners at various locations 7:00pm
  • Day Two: Main program begins at 9:00am Awards Breakfast Blitz from 7:30am. Conference Dinner 6:30pm Eden Park (Buses depart 5:30pm)
  • Day Three: Begins 9:00am. Conference concludes at 1:50pm. Site tours begin 2:00pm

Group Discounts

Please note when booking 5 or more from your team, you will receive a 10% discount off the entire fee. To take advantage of this offer, register your team and request to pay later. Then send an email asking for an updated invoice with your discount applied.


International Conference Presenters

Corrinne Armour

Keynote Sessions

Fearless leadership - 12 ways to derail your leadership fast

Mike Stanley
Mike Stanley


AUT Millennium

Keynote Sessions

Effective team leadership

Geordie Mitchell
Geordie Mitchell

Director of Enrolment Management



How to work your database to leverage enrolments
Data dashboard – detailed Admissions reporting

Bob Burdenski


Stewardship - the psychology of selling
Writing your five year alumni plan
Accelerating change & its impact on education advancement

Ryan Catherwood
Ryan Catherwood

Assistant Vice President, Alumni and Career Services

Longwood University


Building a podcast with audio stories that engage Alumni
Building Alumni networks through micro-volunteerism

Christopher Whitney


Creating principal gift strategies
Creating principal gift funding opportunities

Lynne M Wester
Lynne M Wester

Donor Relations Guru Group


How creative ‘thank yous’ and cultivating an attitude of gratitude can boost fundraising

Sally Thibault
Sally Thibault

Lifestyle Coach

Keynote Sessions

Women in Leadership – The Reality, The Challenges, The Possibilities