Conference Info/Rates/Hotel

International Leadership Conference - The Elements of Leadership

The Chair Academy’s 30th Anniversary International Leadership Conference will be held November 18-21, 2021, in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.

The conference goal is to:
• Provide an interactive forum for educational leaders at all levels
• Address administrative and academic needs of higher education/organizational leaders
• Develop the skills required for effective leadership
• Maximize the opportunity for conferees to interact, network and build community

The Chair Academy’s conference is an exceptional opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas, issues, and challenges with colleagues from global higher education organizations. Participants gain practical knowledge, new ideas and tools, as well as current research and trends from world renowned speakers, presenters and concurrent sessions

Empower yourself personally, professionally, and organizationally.

Covid and the Conference

The Chair Academy has been asked by many of our registrants about the state of Covid protocols and safety at the event.

Arizona venues, including restaurants, hotels, and event venues, each have their individual protocols and recommendations regarding masks and social distancing.  However, that is all it is, a recommendation.  Some venues say “strong” recommendation, mirroring language and practices in alignment with the CDC. Currently, there are no state restrictions, and we are not anticipating any in the near future.  With that, we are asking our leaders to decide for themselves, where their comfort zone is. 

We understand all our participants will have differing opinions either way. We have done what we can, from our end. We are providing masks to all participants. We have the sanitation stations throughout the meeting space, and we are socially distancing in the meeting spaces as much as possible. We cannot enforce any sort of mask mandates, so we are at the mercy of common sense, and concern for others.

We hope to see you in Scottsdale, and we understand that you need to do what is best for you, during these challenging times.. 

Case for Funding

The Chair Academy's Annual International Leadership Conference is the “must-attend” event for community and technical college leaders! We understand budgets for professional development can be tight, and it might be difficult to get the funding you need to attend conferences and events that equip you with best practices, new skills, relevant strategies and a community of leaders.  All of these resources are valuable and necessary for building leadership you are more effective in your role and with your responsibilities.

Let us help you make a case for funding.

Simply download this word document and customize it for your institution. Then, forward to your supervisor, district leader, or President.

The Elements of Leadership • November 18-21, 2021 • Scottsdale, Arizona

Conference Registration Rates

    Desert Sun Rate: $700.00 USD ($600.00 Lifetime Member)

    • Choice of Conference Skill-Building Workshop
    • General Sessions
    • Concurrent Sessions
    • Breakfast each morning
    • Lunch each day
    • Invitation the Gala/Welcome Celebration

State of Arizona Conference Registration Rate $500.00 USD
(Valid for college employees within the state of Arizona)

• Choice of Conference Skill-Building Workshop
• General Sessions
• Concurrent Sessions
• Breakfast each morning
• Lunch each day
• Invitation the Gala/Welcome Celebration

Conference Single Day Rate
(November 19, 2021 or November 20, 2021 only)
$400.00 USD
(Lifetime Member $300.00 )

*Lifetime members are emailed a discount code to receive the discount
**Presenter discount code will be emailed.

Conference Hotel Information and Room Rates


To receive the conference discounted, hotel rate, accommodations MUST be made by October 30, 2021.  After October 30, 2021 room rates are subject to the hotel's "best rate".

Please do not book any rooms with third party organizations, especially if they contact you.
We ask that you ONLY use the reservations website, or the link below, to make your hotel reservations. The Chair Academy is not responsible for reservation issues secured by another company or organization.  

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
7200 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85253, USA

Room Rates
• Single/Double: $175.00
  (USD - per night plus tax and applicable fees)

• Phone Reservations: 1.800.832-2025
  Identify yourself as a Chair Academy Conference Attendee

• Web Reservations:

When booking, if the website tells you there are no rooms available, please call the hotel reservations line, above. There are plenty of rooms, it is just a glitch with the hotel's online system. Sorry for any inconvenience.

• Self Parking:FREE 
• Internet in guest rooms: FREE,
• For a full list of amenities, CLICK HERE.

Scottsdale Plaza Resort

An authentic Arizona experience awaits at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, where 40 lush acres provide a perfect, palm-lined retreat for family getaways, business meetings and milestone celebrations. Five pools, a full-service salon and day spa, and nearby championship golf set the stage for memorable experiences framed by elegant Spanish Mission-inspired architecture, fragrant gardens filled with desert flowers, and stunning views of Camelback and Mummy Mountain.

Garden Court

Our rustic-themed Garden Court features custom orders of cinnamon French toast, eggs benedict, and chorizo skillets and a classic breakfast buffet (based on availability). Lighter options include yogurt parfaits with fresh fruit, blueberry muffins, oatmeal, cereal, bagels and more.



JD's Restaurant and Lounge

Located just off the lobby, JD's Restaurant & Lounge is the social hub of The Scottsdale Plaza Resort. Perfect for grabbing dinner after checking in, casual lunches with colleagues, and happy hour drinks with friends. JD’s features sports on flat-screen TVs and comfort food favorites like build your own burger or grilled cheese sandwich, as well as, local favorites like Sizzlin’ Scottsdale Fajitas or the Arizona Chicken Club.   


Cafe Cabana

Cafe Cabana is conveniently located at our main pool, so you never have to miss a moment of sunshine. Keep it casual and dine in your swimsuit from the comfort of your chaise lounge, or pull up a chair at our open airbar. Cafe Cabana is the perfect place to order a round of frozen craft cocktails, housemade burgers with fries, and baskets of tortilla chips accompanied by our award-winning fire roasted salsa, featuring fresh herbs and local Arizona chillis.

*Hours of operation are weather permitting.




The Market

The Market is your one-stop-shop for gourmet sandwiches, grab-n-go snacks, fresh fruit smoothies, pastries, and specialty coffees. Assorted sundries, Arizona hot sauce, and prickly pear products make great gift items too! Just don’t forget to take home an extra thing or two to keep as a reminder of your sweet escape to Scottsdale, Arizona.

OPEN DAILY | 6 AM – 8 PM* 
Hours of operation subject to change




Restaurants Near the Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Scottsdale offers several amazing culinary options, all within walking distance, or a short drive/cab ride from the hotel.



Things To Do In Scottsdale

Scottsdale and its surrounding cities offer several amazing attractions and entertainment options, all a short walk or drive from the hotel.


Transportation Options

Transport options - Parking Rates - Driving Directions

Please CLICK HERE for Complete Airport Transportation Service Options

Google Driving Directions

Driving Directions to the Scottsdale Plaza Resort


Uber and Lyft are available in Scottsdale. Price is variable, depending on volume of business.


Conference Sponsors

Recognizing our Conference Sponsors. Without their contributions we would not be able to bring you the high level speakers, and continue keeping our registration costs at a participant friendly rate.

Special thanks to the Maricopa Community Colleges and to Mesa Community College for all of their amazing support!!