2023 Highlights

2023 AIR Forum

2023 AIR Forum

May 30 – June 2 | Cleveland, OH

With Lake Erie in its front yard, downtown Cleveland offered a picturesque setting for enjoying the history, innovation, and attractions that make this destination a conference favorite. A convention center campus and host hotels in the center of a vibrant downtown scene provided the perfect backdrop for AIR Forum attendees to gather and learn, connect, and share. 

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Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

Conference Location

Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland 
300 Lakeside Avenue 
Cleveland, OH 44113 

Special Event

Cleveland welcomed us to the city by granting AIR Forum attendees exclusive access to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! On Wednesday, we enjoyed a dessert reception (with cash bar) and had access to the entire hall of fame filled with good music, exhibits and experiences, and more.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Host Hotels

A true city-wide event, the 2023 AIR Forum took over downtown Cleveland with four host hotels!


DoubleTree Cleveland Downtown-Lakeside 
1111 Lakeside Ave. E, Cleveland OH 44114


Westin Cleveland Downtown 
777 St. Clair Ave. NE, Cleveland OH 44102 


Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Tower
1360 West Mall Drive Cleveland, Ohio 44114


Hilton Cleveland Downtown 
100 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44114 

2023 Keynote Sessions

Finding Confidence in Conflict: Practical Tools for Difficult Conversations 

Kwame Christian, Esq., M.A., CEO & Founder of American Negotiation Institute

As a top negotiation attorney, trainer, coach, and best-selling author, Kwame Christian guides individuals from all professions to a deeper understanding of the emotions and psychology behind a conflict and helps them gain control over their emotions, build trust with colleagues and supervisors, and create an atmosphere that encourages healthy, honest communication. Kwame offered practical tools for AIR Forum attendees to better handle difficult conversations—including the use of the “Compassionate Curiosity Framework” and the skills needed to have more confident and equitable conversations about sensitive DEI topics. 


As the opening keynote speaker of the 2023 AIR Forum, Kwame offered practical tools to better handle difficult conversations. During the Q&A portion of the session, attendees asked Kwame over 80 questions, most of which he did not have time to answer. So, Kwame invited AIR's Executive Director & CEO, Christine Keller, onto his podcast for a continuation of the constructive conversation that started at the 2023 AIR Forum. Check it out!

Mastering the Art of Negotiation - Reverse Interview by Christine M. Keller, Ph.D.

Negotiate Anything | Duration: 40:27 | Published: October 18, 2023

Available via the Podcast Republic app: Google Play | Apple App Store

Kwame Christian

Strengthening the Relationship between IR/IE and Senior Leaders: Insights from the Field 

Panel: Dr. Mary Ann Coughlin, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs at Springfield College; Dr. Valerie Martin Conley, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs at Idaho State University; Dr. Monica J. Posey, President, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College;  Jeremy Goodman, Head of Campus Operations, Olin College  (moderator)

An experienced and data-savvy panel of presidents and provosts shared their knowledge and insights on how IR/IE professionals can forge stronger relationships with their own senior leaders. The panelists offered their wisdom and expertise as well as provided practical examples for better supporting senior leaders through actionable data, analysis, and contextual expertise. This interactive session included opportunities for audience members to ask questions and seek feedback on their own challenges. 


Distinguished panel

#AIRForum Buzz

"So grateful for the opportunity to attend the 2023 AIR Forum in Cleveland. These gatherings each year have been inspiring, thought-provoking, and highly valuable. I met so many amazing people and love the community that AIR provides for institutional researchers in higher ed. @ Association for Institutional Research (AIR) #airforum” 

LinkedIn  Michelle Borckardt, MPA

"I’ve learned so much this week at the #AIRFORUM in Cleveland, OH! I can’t wait to take it back to Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology - Okmulgee to make our small but mighty IR Office, even better!” 

LinkedIn Michelle Owens

"Sometimes you need to step away to get a clearer view of your work. Looking forward to connecting with old and new colleagues at the 2023 AIR Forum. #airforum“

LinkedIn Christopher Marcoux

"Meeting wonderful people at AIR #AIRFORUM #AIRForum via Whova event app” 

LinkedIn Allen A.

And we’re off! Back to Boston after a full week at the #AIRForum. Thanks to  @air4data for pulling off such a great conference full of interesting sessions, fun events, and endless opportunities to connect with others in the field #highered” 

Twitter  @HAIAnalytics

“Learning so much about data and analytic literacy from Dr. Jason Simon and Dr. Loralyn Taylor #data #literacy #AIRForum #Cleveland #GreatLakes #dataculture” 

Twitter @christy_wentz

"Thank you @air4data  for an amazing experience at the @rockhall #AIRForum"

Twitter  @MidAIR_org

"Anytime an event begins with honoring the Natives of the land, I know good energy will flow. #AIRforum"

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