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The Rise of the Higher Ed Partner: Reshaping Campuses from the Outside In

In this candid discussion, we’ll explore why so many pros are gravitating toward EdTech companies, consulting firms, and marketing agencies. We’ll also tackle the big questions about the long-term viability and real benefits of these unconventional, ‘rogue’ career paths.

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The heartwork of higher ed marketing and communications

The Heartwork of Higher Ed Marketing and Communications

This keynote explores how marketing and communications professionals can leverage the power of digital engagement to meet enrollment goals but integrate purpose-driven strategies to build a deeper sense of belonging for students to alumni, and even staff and faculty.

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Real Talk Higher Ed: Steering Through Chaos with a Wellness Compass

Real Talk Higher Ed: Steering Through Chaos with a Wellness Compass

Join us for our inaugural Real Talk Higher Ed Series discussion, Steering Through Chaos With A Wellness Compass, where we’ll have open and honest conversations about burnout, professional loneliness, and the ever-present question, “Will summer be enough to recover?”

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NASPA session flyer: Is student affairs ready for influencer marketing with Dr. Josie Ahlquist and Tim Alexander

Is Student Affairs Ready for Influencer Marketing?

Whether on TikTok, Instagram, or YouTube, Influencers are everywhere. So, how can higher education better approach marketing and communications strategies to positively influence current and future students?

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Segmented, Scattered and Misunderstood

Resources from Segmented, Scattered and Misunderstood: The State of Marketing and Communications in Student Affairs NASPA 2023 Resources from Segmented, Scattered and Misunderstood: The State of Marketing and Communications in Student Affairs NASPA 2023 Session …

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Digital Leadership Behind the Scenes

Social media allows leaders to amplify messages and make an immediate impact. From presidents to deans, leaders are more and more active online, engaging with their campus and stakeholders.  So, what is the role of …

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About Josie

I’m Dr. Josie Ahlquist—a digital engagement and leadership consultant, researcher, educator, and author. I’m passionate about helping people and organizations find purposeful ways to connect, engage, and tell their unique story. I provide consulting, executive coaching, and training for campuses, companies, and organizations that want to learn how to humanize technology tools and build effective and authentic online communities.

My blog and podcast have been recognized by EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. My book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education, was published in 2020 and was listed as a #1 new release for college and university student life. I have been growing my consultancy since 2013 and am based in Los Angeles. When I’m not helping clients lead online, you might find me training for a triathlon, spoiling my nieces and nephews, or exploring with my husband and our rescue dogs in our new RV called Lady Hawk.

I’d love to connect! Find me on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Josie Ahlquist is a digital engagement and leadership speaker, consultant and coach. 

She teaches teens, young adults, education professionals and company executives how to humanize tech and prioritize building online community over traditional marketing methods. She also serves as a research associate and instructor at Florida State University, creating curriculum to build digital literacy and leadership skills for undergraduates up to doctorate level students. She is extensively published and maintains an active blog (www.josieahlquist.com) and podcast (Josie & The Podcast) which have received accolades from EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

"It's not about platforms. It's about  people."

-Dr. Josie Ahlquist, in Digital Leadership in Higher Education

She received her doctorate from California Lutheran University in Higher Education Leadership, Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University and majored in sociology and human development at South Dakota State University. She graduated in 1999 from Newcaslte High School, serving as both the student body president her senior year and vice president her junior year. Josie resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband Lloyd Ahlquist and their three rescue-fur babies.

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