2020 Speakers

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(Speakers in Random Order)

Lee Lambert

Chancellor, Pima Community College

Ashley Putnam

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

Nina Ladner

Senior Delivery Manager, Rural Sourcing

Casey Welch

Co-founder + CEO. Tallo

Eric Bing

CEO | The College of Health Care Professions

Tracy Hartzler

President, Central New Mexico Community College

Holly Zanville

Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation

Erica Barreiro

Dean, School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences | Central New Mexico Community College (CNM)

Katherine Bihr, Ed.D.

Vice President, Programs and Education for TGR Foundation

Dr. John Boudreau

Author & Professor

Ben Brown

The Association of Young Americans, CEO

Merrilea Mayo

Founding Collaborator | Chief Operating Officer, Social Tech, Inc.

Ron Painter

CEO, National Association of Workforce Boards

Brandon Chrostowski

Founder, EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute

Bryan Alexander

Futurist & Researcher

Marina Gorbis

Executive Director, Institute for the Future (IFTF)

Marlene Garcia

Executive Director, California Student Aid Commission

Andrea Backman

Chief Employability Officer | Strategic Education Inc. (SEI)

Steven Gonzales

Interim Chancellor, Maricopa County Community College District

Esteban Venegas Villanueva

Director of Observatorio en Innovación Educativa en el Tecnológico de Monterrey

Michelle R. Weise

Author and Senior MichAdvisor

Ramji Raghavan

Founder + CEO, Pragya Systems

Michael White

Regional Vice President of Sales, Rural Sourcing

Julian L. Alssid

Founding Collaborator | Chief Marketplace Engagement Officer, Social Tech, Inc.

Michael Brickman

Senior Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary | U.S. Department of Education

Luther Jackson

Program Manager, NOVA

Landon Taylor, Jr.

Sales Account Executive, Nativo

Peter Callstrom

President & CEO, San Diego Workforce Partnership

Parminder Jassal

Founder | Chief Executive Officer, Social Tech, Inc.

Cindy Murphy

Consultant, The SHIFT Awards

Keith Wardrip

Community Development Research Manager, The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Joanne Cheng

Investor, Rethink Education

Gerald R. Solomon

Executive Director, Samueli Foundation

Nathaniel Cole

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

Sean Sullivan

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

Carlos O. Turner Cortez

President, San Diego Continuing Education

Lois Johnson

Director of Workforce Strategies, Workforce Development Institute NY

Edward Leach

Executive Director – National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Angela Jackson

Partner. New Profit

Tim Kubik

Co-Owner, Project ARC

Mel Brown


Karen Mickool

Consultant, The SHIFT Awards

Steve Cadigan

Founder, Cadigan Talent Ventures

Josh Copus

Director, JFFLabs

Joe Morgan

Vice President, University Partnerships, Pearson Online Learning Services (POLS)

Lisa Tenorio

Education & Learning for Unreal Engine at Epic Games

Nicole Trimble

Founder, Talent Rewire

Kevin E. Drumm

President, SUNY Broome Community College

Christopher A. Lewis

Business Agility & Executive Coach

Amyris Fernandez

UX Researcher & Strategist

Kelly Middleton Banks

Manager of Program Implementation, National Association of Workforce Boards

Derek Williams

Youth Fellow, Innovate+Educate

Philip Jordan

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

Mike Marriner

Co-founder, Roadtrip Nation

Dayna Laur

Co-Owner, Project Arc LLC

Toni Hopper Pendergrass

President, San Juan Community College

Monty Hamilton

Chief Executive Officer | Rural Sourcing Inc.

Dawn Baron

President | Passion Profits Consulting

Jordan Matheson

Director, HAVEN Addiction Refuge/ Frontier Alliance International (501c3)

Mariam Adegoroye

Manager, WAVE Academy

Mike Dulworth

President and CEO, Executive Networks

Kari Keefe

Founding Executive Director, KC Social Innovation Center

Kevin Clark

Co-Founder of Content Evolution

Jasmine Hill

Writer, Educator, Organizer, PhD Candidate, Stanford University

Albert Lewis, Jr.

Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development, Bellevue College

William Dowdell

Senior Director, KC Social Innovation