2019 KEEN National Conference Registration


Are you interested in helping students put entrepreneurial mindset into action on campus and beyond? Then the 2019 KEEN National Conference is for you. This year’s conference theme is EM@Work and will focus on showcasing the power the entrepreneurial mindset has within academia, industry, and the future careers of your students.

Whether listening to one of our keynote speakers, attending a hands-on workshop, or meeting new colleagues at a reception or expo, you are sure to leave the conference with tips, tools, and professional connections to create impact on your campus.

There are many more reasons to attend the KEEN National Conference, too many in fact to list on this page. But check out this short video to see why you should attend.

Thursday, Jan. 3
 2:00-6:00 p.m.  Registration  Landmark Foyer
 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Introduction to KEEN  Pegasus Ballroom
 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Opening Reception  
 Friday, Jan. 4 
 6:00-7:00 a.m.  Group Exercise  
 6:30-8:00 a.m.  Breakfast Buffet  Marsalis Hall
 8:00-9:00 a.m.  Keynote Session  Landmark Ballroom
 9:00-9:15 a.m.  Break  
 9:15-10:45 a.m.  Workshop Block 1  Landmark Ballroom & Cumberland
 10:45-11:00 a.m.  Break  
 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Workshop Block 2  Landmark Ballroom & Cumberland
 12:30-2:00 p.m.  Lunch Buffet  Marsalis Hall
 2:00-3:30 p.m.  Workshop Block 3  Landmark Ballroom & Cumberland
 3:30-4:00 p.m.  Snack Break  Landmark Foyer
 4:00-6:00 p.m.

 Activity Session - What Will
Engineering Education Look
Like in 2030?

 Landmark Ballroom
 6:00-7:00 p.m.  Break  
 7:00-9:00 p.m.  KEEN Expo  Landmark Ballroom
 Saturday, Jan. 5 
 6:00-7:00 a.m.  Group Exercise  
 6:30-8:00 a.m.  Breakfast Buffet  Marsalis Hall
 8:00-9:15 a.m.  Plenary Session  Landmark Ballroom
 9:15-9:30 a.m.  Break  
 9:30-11:00 a.m.  Workshop Session 4  Landmark Ballroom & Cumberland
 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Networking Lunch  Marsalis Hall
  • COST: $1,450 (includes registration, two nights of lodging, and all conference meals).

  • TIMELINE: The conference spans from Thursday, Jan. 3 at 6:00 p.m. through Saturday, Jan. 5 at 11:00 a.m. There is an optional pre-conference workshop, Introduction to KEEN, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 and an optional networking lunch on Jan. 5 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

  • HOTEL: Upon registering for the conference, a reservation at the Hyatt Regency Dallas will be booked for you for the nights of Jan. 3 and 4. Your rooming cost is included in the conference fee. 

  • FLIGHTS: It is your responsibility to book and pay for your own flight to the conference. Dallas Love Field (DAL) is 9 miles away from the Hyatt while Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) is 21 miles away. We suggest you fly to and from Love Field. 

  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: The Kern Family Foundation will provide complimentary transportation to and from the airport for all attendees.

  • PARKING: If you are driving to the conference, please contact Kathy Kolander. All parking for the conference needs to be arranged ahead of time or you will be charged.

  • GUESTS: Guests are welcome to stay with you in Dallas, but meals, receptions, and sessions are for registered attendees only so we can keep the conference focused on entrepreneurially minded learning. Please keep the conference events your priority while in Dallas.
  • Maria-Isabel Carnasciali
    University of New Haven
    Just as we are trying to teach our students to seek new opportunities, I think faculty can find opportunities to grow in the Network.
  • Glenn Gaudette
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    KEEN has helped me become a much better teacher. The entrepreneurial mindset is instilled in me as a person and as a researcher.
  • Ann McKenna
    Arizona State University
    It’s very much an environment that embraces the idea of change. The idea of trying something new and to take a risk. No one individual or institution alone can make the impact necessary to advance engineering education to reach students and faculty at a national scale.
  • Charles Kim
    Bucknell University
    KEEN changed the way I approach teaching and with being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Unlike other conferences where you’re trying to one up each other, you’re working together with other people and having solid conversations that lead to new ideas and new collaborations.
  • Ken Bloemer
    University of Dayton
    Every faculty member is here because they want to do a better job educating. KEEN has enabled me to make a greater impact on undergraduate engineering education at UD than I could have hoped to accomplish otherwise.
  • Jessica Townsend
    Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
    The conference is short and sweet, but it’s impactful. The format of these interactive workshops has been super engaging. It’s not just about being exposed to new ideas - it’s about learning new things and trying them out right then and there with like-minded faculty.
Kathy Kolander
The Kern Family Foundation
(920) 840-0688
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