Gears and people

2024 Trusted Learner Network Unconference

Celebrating 5 years of coalition for scaled credentialing change

April 3 - 4, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus

The TLN Unconference is celebrating five years of collaboration and community for credentialing...and you're invited to help us pave the way for the next five years and beyond!

Join us in April for two days of digital credential discussion as we invite the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s T3 Innovation Network (T3 Network) to present their spring meeting on Wednesday, April 3, and then bring your new connections to the full Unconference on Thursday, April 4!

Experts, evangelists, technologists and advocates who want to scale innovation in the digital credential space are welcome to gather in Phoenix, Arizona from April 3-4, 2024 to: 

  • Reflect on the foundations we started over five years ago 
  • Spotlight what is currently happening in the ecosystem
  • Participate in thought-provoking, provocative conversations on the future of credentialing
  • Brainstorm how to move our work forward 

Come as you are and roll up your sleeves for a highly interactive Unconference that will energize you to advance digital credentialing for 2024 and beyond.



Wednesday, April 3, 2024

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Spring Meeting | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Reception

During the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's T3 Innovation Network (T3 Network) meeting, the first draft of their LER implementation resources will be released, feedback from the community will be solicited, and the T3 Network will provide updates on their LER-Rs, LinkedClaims, and Experience You initiatives. The day will end with a T3-sponsored terrace reception.



T3 Innovation Network
US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Thursday, April 4, 2024

All times are MST.

8:30 a.m.

Breakfast, Networking & Ice Breaker

Conveners will enjoy a light breakfast and opportunities to get to know their fellow Unconference participants in a fun and interactive way.

9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks & TLN Updates

ASU CIO Lev Gonick and CISDTO Donna Kidwell will kick off the fifth annual TLN Unconference celebration, followed by Executive Director Kate Giovacchini and Product Manager Brooke Lipsitz to share the latest updates from the TLN and ASU Pocket.

9:45 a.m.

Introduction to Open Space Technology

Participants will get an introduction to the Open Space Technology framework to prepare for a day of Open Space sessions.

11:00 a.m.

Open Space Session #1

Back by popular demand, conveners will be asked to present topics and invite co-conveners to join them in open discussions. Designed as a generative endeavor participants will engage around a convening question and break out into small team rooms designed for collaboration.

12:00 p.m.

Lunch & Networking

1:00 p.m.

Open Space Session #2

Attendees will continue to roll up their sleeves to navigate pressing topics in the digital credential ecosystem.

2:00 p.m.

Open Space Session #3

During the third and final Open Space session of the day, conveners will have the opportunity to deep dive into final topics to workshop before the end of the Unconference.

3:15 p.m.

Activity: TLN Design Patterns

Co-creators Sheryl Grant (New Trust Lab) and Megan Workmon Larsen (ASU) will introduce conveners to the TLN Design Patterns, a digital playbook for mapping and executing effective change inside of your organization to bring digital credentialing to life. An anti-pattern activity will follow!

4:30 p.m.

Share-Out & Closing

Open Space participants will share key insights back to the larger Unconference group related to the convening questions with a nod toward the future.

5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception at Thunderbird Pub

Toast to an invigorating day of innovation and celebration! This is your chance to relax and unwind with colleagues new and old at the Thunderbird Pub.


Why attend?


Silver Certified Sustainable Event

The TLN Unconference is unlike any other convening in the digital credentials space. Here are a few great reasons why you should attend:

  • Engage with your colleagues, collaborators and meet a host of new faces all attending with the purpose of advancing the digital credentials space. The TLN Unconference is an opportunity to advance partnerships and look for new ways to push digital credentialing (and its adjacent focus areas) into reality.
  • Advance a new idea, pick through a thorny challenge or show off a new piece of technology you’re excited to bring to your customer base. Receive feedback and problem-solve together.

A note about our conference registration and sustainability

We are extremely proud to host the TLN Unconference at no cost to our registrants with the goal of making participation accessible to all. To deliver the best experience for attendees and to honor our institutional commitment to Zero Waste, we ask that registrants commit to attendance or email us at if they need to withdraw their registration as soon as they are aware.


Directions and parking info

Programming on April 3-4 will take place at the Global Forum within the Thunderbird School of Global Management. The building is located at:

401 North 1st Street Phoenix, AZ 85004

The Trusted Learner Network planning team highly encourages using alternative transportation such as carpooling and utilizing the Valley Metro Light Rail

Parking is available at the following ASU lots:

  • University Center Garage: 401 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 
  • UCII / Cronkite Parking Lot: 555 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ
  • ASU cross parking can be utilized at the 4th Avenue/Perimeter Lot: N 4th Ave, near W Van Buren St. 

Hotel details

Traveling to Phoenix, AZ from out of town? Welcome! The following hotels are located near Thunderbird's Global Forum.

Book your stay with ASU rates by visiting Select the Phoenix Airport/Downtown Phoenix campus drop-down. 

Hampton Inn and Suites Phoenix Downtown
77 E.  Polk Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 710-1240
Book your Preferred ASU Rate

Hyatt Place Phoenix/Downtown
150 W Adams St. Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 388-4888
Book your preferred ASU rate

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix
2 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
(307) 699-0441
Book your preferred ASU rate

For additional information about airports and hotels, please visit ASU's Travel information for campus visitors at

Previous Events


Breakfast includes a simple continental breakfast.
  • Orange cream, chocolate banana, and pumpkin spice muffins
  • Fresh fruit,
  • Juice, water and coffee
Lunch includes:
  • Center cut roast sirloin on rolls with cucumber salsa & chipotle aioli
  • Cucumber veggie sandwich with chevre, picadillo relish, focaccia
  • Grilled vegetable antipasto various vegetables
  • Citrus salad with greens, oranges, basil, mint, citrus vinaigrette
  • New Mexico Salad with heritage lettuce, roasted red peppers and onions, ancho agave dressing
  • Ice tea & water station.
 Afternoon Snack
Popcorn bar, fresh fruit & berries-honeydew, pineapple, cantaloupe, grapes, berries. Chocolate chip cookies
 TLN reception menu includes treats such as;
  • Chips with salsa
  • Vegetable with hummus
  • Mini sonoran chicken quesadilla cones
  • Pretzel bites with cheese
  • Vegan meatballs with sweet chili sauce
  • Pasty assortment.