Closing the Equity Gap Through Education, Entrepreneurship and Employment

2016 Speakers

Our international lineup of speakers empowers and informs change-makers at all levels to improve education, strengthen economies, and prepare graduates to be the next generation of workers and job creators.

Dr. Brenda Allen

Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion

CU Denver

Delicia Alarcon

Program Coordinator

Cross Cultural Center - The University Scranton

Aswad Allen

Assistant Dean



Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis

Vice President of Government Relations Kaiser Permanente

Chinita Allen

National Education Committee of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA)

Jim Anderson



Dr. Nagesh Anupindi

Chief Technology Officer Apoorva

Jim Barnyak

Regional President

BNY Mellon

Allison Barto

Program Manager

Ball Aerospace

Kathy Benemann

General Manager



Dr. Maya Beasley

Co-founder and a principal of The T10 Group LLC


Peter Cardon

Associate Professor Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California

Carol Carter

Founder and Executive


Jaime Casap

The Global Education Evangelist

Google, Inc.

Will Cash

Founding Partner and Principal Consultant, Kmodity Corp

Colonel Gail Benjamin Colvin

Director of Staff
U.S. Air Force Academy

Wan-Lae Cheng


Markle Foundation

Derrick Chubbs

National Vice President

Disaster Workforce Readiness at American National Red Cross

Jason Cifra

Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs

University of Hawai'i-Hawai'i Community College

Willie Lee Daniels

Founder and President


Jim Davidson

Private Investor; Advisor; Co-Founding Principal, Peak Change

Dr. Frank S. Dávila


Innovative Educational Technology

Ray Deiotte

Chief Technology Officer ISSAC Corp.

Brian N. Fortney

Global Business Manager

Rockwell Automation Training Services

Jaimie Francis

Senior Manager of Programs and Operations  U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Center for Education and Workforce

Joan R. Fretz

Executive Director

International Alliance for Invitational Education

Roberto Gallardo

Associate Extension Professor

Mississippi State University Extension Service


Albert Gonzales

East Regional Manager

National Society of Hispanic MBAs

Dr. Jennifer Gomez-Chavez


Unidos Project, University of New Mexico

Shonda Goward

Doctoral Student

The George Washington University

Remington Green

CEO and Co-Founder

Organic People

Dr. Jennifer Groh

Associate Director

Women in Engineering Program

Purdue University

Joe Hairston


AASA-Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy

Sherri Hammons

Chief Technology



Dr. Michele Haney


Red Rocks Community College

Lindsay Harby


Sorrento Primary School, Perth City Western Australia

Thomas  Harnisch

Director of State Relations

American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Vanessa Harris

Director of University Advisement

University of New Mexico

Dr. Kerry Hart


Morgan Community College

Mike Hess

Founder and Executive Director

Blind Institute of Technology

Gisèle Huff

HUME Foundation

Dr. Micol Hutchison

Director of Student Success

Virginia Commonwealth University

Ragnhild Isachsen

Retired Deputy and Headteacher

Hogsnes oppvekstsenter, Tønsberg, Norway


Larry Irvin

Chief Executive Officer

Brothers Empowered to Teach

Reneè Israel



Gary Izumo

Educator, Coach, and Management Consultant


Dr. Douglas Jackson, JD


Project C.U.R.E.

Karla Krodel

Adjunct Faculty

Department of Social Work Youngstown State University

Doug Krug


Institute for unLearning

Misty Kuhl

Enrolled Member

Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in North Central Montana

Scott Laband


Colorado Succeeds

Mary Ley


Arkansas Arts Academy

Brendan Lind



Jay Lindell, Major General (RET), USAF

Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Jeff Livingston


Education Technology

Bill Martin

Managing Director

Bill Martin and Associates

Giselle Martin-Kniep

Founder and President Learner-Centered Initiatives, Ltd

Carlos Martinez

Executive Director

Latino Community Foundation of Colorado

Carey Mason

Founder & CEO

Rainy Day Consulting

Tonya Muro

Executive Director


David Neils

Founder and Director

The International Telementor Program (ITP)

Marcus Noel

Founder & CEO

Heart of Man

Gregory Moore

Former Editor

Denver Post

Paula Olson

Managing Director Education Services & Technology

Investment Banking

Dr. Kaye Norris

Project Director


Magens Orman

Engineering Technician

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Jami O’Toole

Portfolio Director

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Dr. Hae Okimoto

Director of Academic Technologies

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Dr. Donna Okuda

Integrated Health Professional

Coach and Wellness Champion

Danielle Osler

Senior Advisor for Business Affairs for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado

Antonio Parés

Education Policy Director

Mayor’s Office of Children’s Affairs

Anna Park

Chief Executive Officer Great Minds in STEM

Dr. Tina Parscal

Executive Director

Colorado Community Colleges Online

Alison Pendergast

Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer

Acrobatiq - A Carnegie Mellon Company

Daniel Perlman

Founder and past President of the Colorado Chapter Infectious Disease Society of America

Nasir Qadree

Head of Education Practice

Village Capital

Dr. Kim Poast

Executive Director

Office of College and Career Readiness at Denver Public Schools

Lisa Petro

Curriculum Development Consultant and Co-founder Know My World

Stephanie Poczos

Director of New Undergraduate Initiatives and Pathways Program, National Louis University

Antonio Ruiz-Gimenez

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

P3 Global Management

Tomás Ryan

Software Engineer

Ball Aerospace


Gilberto (Gil) Saenz, Jr.

Managing Partner RS&Associates, LP, (RSA)

Leti Sandoval

Media Specialist


Priscilla Montoya Vitello, MSW

Education Program Manager & Evaluator

Latino Community Foundation of Colorado

Juan Valentin

Education Program Advisor United States Patent and Trademark Office

Irene Vilar


Colorado based Americas for Conservation + the Arts 501

Dr. Melissa Vito

Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

University of Arizona

Sunny Williams


Tiny Docs

Jeremy Wickenheiser

Founder and Director

Entrepreneurial Studies Program at DSST Public Schools

Katie Wilcox

Executive Producer "Precious Loss"

Director Investigative Reporter

Rocky Mountain PBS

Dr. Brandon L. Wiley

Founder & President


Anita Fee Willis

Chief Development Officer America Needs You

Stephanie Wilson

Founder & Principal ACCESS Global Healthcare and AUDACITY Capital Collaborative

Mary Wilson


Baverstock Oaks School, Flatbush, Auckland, New Zealand

Griff Wirth


Wheatridge High School

Margo Wright

Founder and CEO


Kelly Young

Director of Education Reimagined

Yuki Yoshida

Senior Manager

The JAPAN PRIZE Secretariat NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)

Yong Zhao

Presidential Chair and Director

University of Oregon

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