2020 Speakers

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(Speakers in Random Order)

Philip Jordan

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

Tim Kubik

Co-Owner, Project ARC

Marlene Garcia

Executive Director, California Student Aid Commission

Ben Brown

The Association of Young Americans, CEO

Lois Johnson

Director of Workforce Strategies, Workforce Development Institute NY

Karen Mickool

Consultant, The SHIFT Awards

Edward Leach

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

Katherine Bihr, Ed.D.

Vice President, Programs and Education for TGR Foundation

Luther Jackson

Program Manager, NOVA

Nicole Trimble

Founder, Talent Rewire

Brandon Chrostowski

Founder, EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute

Derek Williams

Youth Fellow, Innovate+Educate

Erica Barreiro

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

Dr. John Boudreau

Author & Professor

Dawn Baron

President | Passion Profits Consulting

Ramji Raghavan

Founder + CEO, Pragya Systems

Mike Marriner

Co-founder, Roadtrip Nation

Kelly Middleton Banks

Manager of Program Implementation, National Association of Workforce Boards

Andrea Backman

Chief Employability Officer | Strategic Education Inc. (SEI)

Mariam Adegoroye

Manager, WAVE Academy

Monty Hamilton

Chief Executive Officer | Rural Sourcing Inc.

Parminder Jassal

Founder | Chief Executive Officer, Social Tech, Inc.

Jasmine Hill

Writer, Educator, Organizer, PhD Candidate, Stanford University

Josh Copus

Director, JFFLabs

Landon Taylor, Jr.

Sales Account Executive, Nativo

Toni Hopper Pendergrass

President, San Juan Community College

Gerald R. Solomon

Executive Director, Samueli Foundation

Mel Brown


Sean Sullivan

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

Casey Welch

Co-founder + CEO. Tallo

Joe Morgan

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

Ashley Putnam

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

Lee Lambert

Chancellor, Pima Community College

Nathaniel Cole

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

Peter Callstrom

President & CEO, San Diego Workforce Partnership

Eric Bing

CEO | The College of Health Care Professions

Kari Keefe

Founding Executive Director, KC Social Innovation Center

Lisa Tenorio

Education & Learning for Unreal Engine at Epic Games

Julian L. Alssid

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

Keith Wardrip

Community Development Research Manager, The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

William Dowdell

Senior Director, KC Social Innovation

Jordan Matheson

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

Albert Lewis, Jr.

Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development, Bellevue College

Marina Gorbis

Executive Director, Institute for the Future (IFTF)

Michael White

Regional Vice President of Sales, Rural Sourcing

Steven Gonzales

Interim Chancellor, Maricopa County Community College District

Cindy Murphy

Consultant, The SHIFT Awards

Merrilea Mayo

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

Joanne Cheng

Investor, Rethink Education

Bryan Alexander

Futurist & Researcher

Nina Ladner

Senior Delivery Manager, Rural Sourcing

Tracy Hartzler

President, Central New Mexico Community College

Ron Painter

CEO, National Association of Workforce Boards

Steve Cadigan

Founder, Cadigan Talent Ventures

Christopher A. Lewis

Business Agility & Executive Coach

Kevin Clark

Co-Founder of Content Evolution

Mike Dulworth

President and CEO, Executive Networks

Carlos O. Turner Cortez

President, San Diego Continuing Education

Michael Brickman

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

Michelle R. Weise

Author and Senior MichAdvisor

Amyris Fernandez

UX Researcher & Strategist

Dr. Angela Jackson

Partner. New Profit

Dayna Laur

Co-Owner, Project Arc LLC

Esteban Venegas Villanueva

Director of Observatorio en Innovación Educativa en el Tecnológico de Monterrey

Holly Zanville

Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation

Kevin E. Drumm

President, SUNY Broome Community College