Accelerating Equitable Success: The 2023 Success Network Conference

Celebrating the Illinois Education and Career Success Network’s tenth anniversary, the annual conference equipped and inspired attendees to advance equitable postsecondary attainment across Illinois.

Themed Accelerating Equitable Success, the 2023 conference delivered an array of high-quality content and interactive, hands-on opportunities centered on advancing equitable postsecondary attainment. In celebration of the Success Network’s first decade, Network Organizers honored the work that Leadership Communities have accomplished and shared a vision for the future.


Check out photos from our 10th-anniversary cocktail celebration and conference.

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Session Overview

Success Network Director Edith Njuguna opened the conference with highlights from the Network’s first ten years.

Keynote speaker Dr. Amy Loyd, Assistant Secretary in the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education shared OCTAE’s vision for college and career success and information on new federal supports and resources available to support states as they implement and enhance these efforts. Following her remarks, she joined Jonathan Furr, Executive Director at Education Systems Center at NIU, to discuss equity-centered practices to support college and career success and how the work of the Success Network aligns with federal priorities.


  • Amy Loyd, EdLD, Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Jonathan Furr, Executive Director, Education Systems Center at NIU
  • Edith Njuguna, Director, Illinois Education and Career Success Network
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