What is a HERDI Think-Tank Session?


HERDI brings companies face to face with Community College Presidents and Chancellors in a three-hour “Shark Tank”-like session.to answer all their questions regarding the effectiveness, credibility, and persuasiveness of their product or service. The panel becomes the company’s personal research and development arm by providing important feedback.  Our panelists are not shy.  They listen and tell it like it is…because what you do with their input will ultimately benefit their students and them, as well.


As a Client Partner, your HERDI 12 month Membership includes:

  • Two three-hour panels with at least 5 Community College Presidents or Chancellors from across the United States.

  • The opportunity to join in a reception and banquet with the HERDI Advisory Board of over 30 Community College Presidents and Chancellors where you can network and start to develop meaningful relationships.

  • Access to your panel members for up to twelve months for appropriate follow up regarding the actions you took as a result of your panel discussion.


If you are a company with a passion for helping students succeed and for community colleges to stay relevant, then you will not want to miss this opportunity!


Due to high demand during the pandemic for continuous feedback from influential Community College leaders, we are continuing an additional way companies can work with most of the HERDI Divisions.  It is called HERDI Virtual.  Clients can now contract for Virtual panels throughout the year.  Many find this a more convenient, affordable, and timely way to access these Think-Tank Sessions.

Upcoming Think-Tank Sessions:

Virtual  2022

  • January 26, 27, 28

  • March 2, 3, 4

  • June 1, 2, 3

  • September 1, 2, 8, 9


In person  2022

  • April 27, 28, 29    Hotel ACE Brooklyn, NY​

  • October 24, 25, 26    ENVUE Hotel, Weehauken, NJ

In Person  2023

  • March 29. 30, 31  Denver, CO  Site TBD

  • October 7, 8, 9      Las Vegas, NV Site TBD




You may contact the President/CEO of HERDI, Toni Cleveland at Toni@herdi.org for more information on how to become a client partner.


HERDI Fall, 2019 Meeting in San Francisco Exceeds Expectations

HERDI Advisory Board members as well as new and returning client/partners were treated to special events at this fall session.  Beginning with an In-Service educational presentation on Blockchain at the amazing SALESFORCE headquarters building, the community college presidents then had their semi-annual meeting and reception, hosted by SALESFORCE. ORG.

In addition to having the largest number of panels to date, every event was sponsored and executed with perfection.  Two New Companies:  K12 INSIGHT and  ACUE  joined nine Returning companies: ORACLE, CLASS LINK, FERRILLI, STRADA EDUCATION NETWORK (DXtera,Institute), CENGAGE, QUALTRICS, SALESFORCE.ORG, BLACKBOARD, and BIOMETRIC SIGNATURE ID.  Evaluations completed by the college presidents/chancellors as well as the client/partners confirmed the commercial/academic value of the HERDI process where students are the key beneficiary.


This also served as a great kickoff for HERDI Innovate with eight new client/partners and a great deal of enthusiasm.


The next HERDI meeting is scheduled for March 25-27 in Washington, D, C. and will fill up soon.  Contact Toni now to reserve your spot.

Fall 2019 Session - October 14-16, San Francisco, Sir Francis Drake