Annual Conference: Featured Speakers

Keynote: Ryan Penneau

Ryan Penneau is a 3-time national award winning presenter and facilitator who is passionate about creating space! Space for people to connect, for people to feel significant, and for genuine authenticity. Ryan gained his Masters in Experiential Learning in 2010 from Minnesota State University, he lives in Michigan with his wife and their three children, and he is an avid board-game enthusiast. 

Our Commitment: We pull the very best we can out of individuals by maintaining a standard of curriculum that engages each individual to get out of their head and into their heart, to give their all to their goals, and to leave interactions better than how they found them. We do this through programming that maintains a 'no fluff', fully immersive, active learning experience. We MAINTAIN this through empowering TEAMS with the tools necessary for implementing a CULTURE of HEART.


AACRAO: Hala Abou Arraj

Hala Abou Arraj is the Registrar at Idaho State University since June 2022 and currently the Vice President for International Educational at AACRAO. She has accumulated 28 years of experience in higher education. She is responsible for the daily operations of the Registrar’s Office including supervision of staff, catalogue production, calendar production, maintenance of an automated record keeping system, and certifications.

Hala Abou Arraj received her PhD degree in Political Science from the Lebanese University in November 2017. She received her Master’s degree and her Bachelor’s degree from the American University of Beirut in 2000 and 1994 respectively. Her most recent contributions include a chapter in a book entitled: “A Resource for International Education Professionals”, published in 2016 by the Library of Congress (ISBN:97815785811) as well as two articles published in international journals. Hala has facilitated the REG101 course since 2021. She served as a content coordinator for the Records and Academic Services Group in AACRAO in addition to serving on many committees including the Academic Progress and Graduation Committee at AACRAO, and the Steering Committee of the Ellucian European User Group Conference (2011-2014).