2020 Speakers

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(Speakers in Random Order)

Mariam Adegoroye

Manager, WAVE Academy

Philip Jordan

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

Tracy Hartzler

President, Central New Mexico Community College

Brandon Chrostowski

Founder, EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute

Casey Welch

Co-founder + CEO. Tallo

Josh Copus

Director, JFFLabs

Kevin E. Drumm

President, SUNY Broome Community College

Lisa Tenorio

Education & Learning for Unreal Engine at Epic Games

Nina Ladner

Senior Delivery Manager, Rural Sourcing

Michelle R. Weise

Author and Senior MichAdvisor

Toni Hopper Pendergrass

President, San Juan Community College

Andrea Backman

Chief Employability Officer | Strategic Education Inc. (SEI)

Kelly Middleton Banks

Manager of Program Implementation, National Association of Workforce Boards

Steve Cadigan

Founder, Cadigan Talent Ventures

Lee Lambert

Chancellor, Pima Community College

Derek Williams

Youth Fellow, Innovate+Educate

Tim Kubik

Co-Owner, Project ARC

Joe Morgan

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

Kevin Clark

Co-Founder of Content Evolution

Landon Taylor, Jr.

Sales Account Executive, Nativo

Joanne Cheng

Investor, Rethink Education

Katherine Bihr, Ed.D.

Vice President, Programs and Education for TGR Foundation

Mike Dulworth

President and CEO, Executive Networks

Michael Brickman

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

Lois Johnson

Director of Workforce Strategies, Workforce Development Institute NY

Mike Marriner

Co-founder, Roadtrip Nation

Carlos O. Turner Cortez

President, San Diego Continuing Education

Christopher A. Lewis

Business Agility & Executive Coach

Peter Callstrom

President & CEO, San Diego Workforce Partnership

Mel Brown


Albert Lewis, Jr.

Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development, Bellevue College

Steven Gonzales

Interim Chancellor, Maricopa County Community College District

Jasmine Hill

Writer, Educator, Organizer, PhD Candidate, Stanford University

Dr. John Boudreau

Author & Professor

Marina Gorbis

Executive Director, Institute for the Future (IFTF)

Ben Brown

The Association of Young Americans, CEO

Michael White

Regional Vice President of Sales, Rural Sourcing

Karen Mickool

Consultant, The SHIFT Awards

Kari Keefe

Founding Executive Director, KC Social Innovation Center

Holly Zanville

Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation

Ron Painter

CEO, National Association of Workforce Boards

Sean Sullivan

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

Luther Jackson

Program Manager, NOVA

Esteban Venegas Villanueva

Director of Observatorio en Innovación Educativa en el Tecnológico de Monterrey

Jordan Matheson

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

Parminder Jassal

Founder | Chief Executive Officer, Social Tech, Inc.

Monty Hamilton

Chief Executive Officer | Rural Sourcing Inc.

Marlene Garcia

Executive Director, California Student Aid Commission

Eric Bing

CEO | The College of Health Care Professions

Nathaniel Cole

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

William Dowdell

Senior Director, KC Social Innovation

Ashley Putnam

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

Merrilea Mayo

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

Ramji Raghavan

Founder + CEO, Pragya Systems

Bryan Alexander

Futurist & Researcher

Julian L. Alssid

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

Dawn Baron

President | Passion Profits Consulting

Dr. Angela Jackson

Partner. New Profit

Nicole Trimble

Founder, Talent Rewire

Dayna Laur

Co-Owner, Project Arc LLC

Amyris Fernandez

UX Researcher & Strategist

Keith Wardrip

Community Development Research Manager, The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Edward Leach

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

Erica Barreiro

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

Gerald R. Solomon

Executive Director, Samueli Foundation

Cindy Murphy

Consultant, The SHIFT Awards