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2020 Featured Keynote Speakers and Ideators

(Speakers In Random Order)

Lois Johnson

Director of Workforce Strategies, Workforce Development Institute NY

Katherine Bihr, Ed.D.

Vice President, Programs and Education for TGR Foundation

Luther Jackson

Program Manager, NOVA

Lisa Tenorio

Education & Learning for Unreal Engine at Epic Games

Nathaniel Cole

American's Promise Alliance, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships

Keith Wardrip

Community Development Research Manager, The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Mike Dulworth

President and CEO, Executive Networks

Peter Callstrom

President & CEO, San Diego Workforce Partnership

Eric Bing

CEO | The College of Health Care Professions

Nina Ladner

Senior Delivery Manager, Rural Sourcing

Philip Jordan

Vice President of BW Research Partnership | Executive Director | the Economic Advancement Research Institute

Dayna Laur

Co-Owner, Project Arc LLC

Derek Williams

Youth Fellow, Innovate+Educate

Sean Sullivan

Chief Human Resources Officer | Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Dr. John Boudreau

Author & Professor

Brandon Chrostowski

Founder, EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute

Cindy Murphy

Consultant, The SHIFT Awards

Kevin Clark

Co-Founder of Content Evolution

Mariam Adegoroye

Manager, WAVE Academy

Karen Mickool

Consultant, The SHIFT Awards

Joanne Cheng

Investor, Rethink Education

Mel Brown


Parminder Jassal

CEO, Social Tech, Inc.

Bryan Alexander

Futurist & Researcher

Kelly Middleton Banks

Program Implementation Manager, National Association of Workforce Boards

Amyris Fernandez

UX Researcher & Strategist

Ben Brown

The Association of Young Americans, CEO

William Dowdell

Senior Director, KC Social Innovation

Gerald R. Solomon

Executive Director, Samueli Foundation

Casey Welch

Co-founder + CEO. Tallo

Steve Cadigan

Founder, Cadigan Talent Ventures

Mike Marriner

Co-founder, Roadtrip Nation

Marina Gorbis

Executive Director, Institute for the Future (IFTF)

Ashley Putnam

Director of the Economic Growth & Mobility Project (EGMP). The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Esteban Venegas Villanueva

Director of Observatorio en Innovación Educativa en el Tecnológico de Monterrey

Monty Hamilton

Chief Executive Officer | Rural Sourcing Inc.

Kari Keefe

Founding Executive Director, KC Social Innovation Center

Michael White

Regional Vice President of Sales, Rural Sourcing

Lee Lambert

Chancellor, Pima Community College

Dr. Angela Jackson

Partner. New Profit

Ron Painter

CEO, National Association of Workforce Boards

Tim Kubik

Co-Owner, Project ARC

One of the "10 Conferences You Should Attend If You Are An Education Entrepreneur In 2018" - FORBES

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