ACE Engage Strategic Finance Learning Studio with Rick Staisloff


​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Strategic Finance Learning Studio convenes and supports higher education leaders who are developing a strategy to secure and invest resources in service of their institution's mission. To meet the challenges of the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and lay the groundwork to thrive in the longer term requires distributed leadership that includes not only CFOs but also student and academic affairs leaders—from chief diversity officers to department chairs—who may not have traditionally played a central role in financial strategic planning. Those who have been developing sustainable business models for years and those facing the challenge for the first time will benefit from participating. 


In this series of videos, Rick Staisloff, senior partner, rpk GROUP, talks with senior campus and thought leaders about key issues and strategies, including using data-driven decisions to “fail forward,” managing expenses in the midst of COVID-19, the importance of equity for the future of higher education, and engaging faculty in developing new business models.


Strategic Finance Learning Studio: Happy Hours

Strategic Finance Learning Studio Happy Hours are friendly, freewheeling conversations with Rick Staisloff and friends about using resources strategically to fulfill your mission. During the nine events held in 2020, we asked questions, shared best practices, and enjoyed each other’s company. More informal opportunities to discuss strategic finance with experts and peers will be announced over the course of 2021.



ACE Engage workshops are digital active-learning experiences led by top experts, through which higher education leaders will hone new skills, connect with peers, and plan how to put knowledge into action.


More strategic finance workshops are being scheduled. Check back soon for dates and registration information.


Solve Together

Strategic Finance Learning Studio: Community of Practice

ACE and rpkGroup are convening a trusted group of other leaders navigating similar challenges. Rick Staisloff and the ACE Engage team will facilitate the community, connecting members to other experts, content, and networks as they build and refine the sustainable business models required to fulfill higher education’s potential.

ACE will begin accepting applications to join the community of practice soon. To be the first to know, write to

About Learning Studios

ACE Engage's Learning Studios connect higher education leaders with experts on strategically critical topics through:

  • Short-form content introducing key trends and promising practices
  • Informal opportunities to discuss issues with peers moderated by thought leaders
  • Workshops led by top experts to go deeper and develop action plans
  • Communities of practice through which both new and experienced leaders share experiences and solve problems together