Charla Long is President of Go Long Consulting, a firm focused on aging services and higher education innovation, and the part-time Executive Director for the Competency-Based Education Network, a national consortium of higher education institutions and statewide systems seeking to design, develop, and scale new models of student learning. Long was the founding dean of the College of Professional Studies at Lipscomb University and the creator of their nationally acclaimed competency-based education (CBE) model and badging ecosystem. She has over 20 years of experience in the higher education setting. The Chronicle of Higher Education named Long one of the Top 10 Most Influential People in Higher Education in 2016. The Nashville Business Journal in its inaugural class of award recipients named her a “Woman of Influence” for Innovation.