Closing the Equity Gap Through Education, Entrepreneurship and Employment

Our 2015 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.

John Albright

Deputy Chief of Staff

Denver Public Schools

Whitney Allen

Program Manager

Adams County Education Consortium

Dr. Alonda Alloway Higgins


Seton Hall University

Daniel Almadani

Senior Software Engineer and STEM Volunteer

Lockheed Martin

Emily Anderson

Assistant Director

Mountain Heights Academy

Jenny Anderson

CEO and Co-Founder

Celebrate Autism

Kathleen Armstrong

Founder and President

KDA & Associates, LLC

Dr. Elliot Asp

Specialist Assistant of Commissioner

Colorado Department of Education

Dr. Jennifer Arzberger

Education Preparation Project Manager

Colorado Department of Higher Education

Angela Baber


STEM Colorado Education Initiative

Dr. Linda Baer

Senior Fellow


Banks Benitez

Senior VP, Global Expansion

Unreasonable Institute

Carrie Billy, JD


American Indian Higher Education Consortium

Tom Boasberg, JD


Denver Public Schools

Dr. Kathleen Bollard

VP for Academic Affairs

University of Colorado System

Makisha Boothe

Senior Director of Strategic Schools Design

Denver Public Schools

Amy Bond

Chief Strategy Officer


Juana Bordas


Mestiza Leadership International

Maureen Breeze

Lead Academic Coaching Trainer

LifeBound Coaching

Kelly Brough

President & CEO

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Lisa Brummel

EVP of HR WorldWide


David Buckley

Mechanical Engineer, IT Professional, Manager of Z Workstation Line


Andy Carlson

Senior Policy Analyst

State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO)

Carol Carter



Katherine Casey


Denver Public Schools

Savinay Chandrasekhar



Dr. Milton Chen

Senior Fellow

George Lucas


Gina Cherkowski


STEM Alberta

Lora Leigh Chrystal


Program for Women in Science and Engineering

Lisa Clark

Founder & CEO

Thinker Collection

Dr. Alma Clayton-Pedersen


Emeritus Consulting Group

Senior Fellow


Bitsy Cohn

Director of Credit for Prior Learning

Colorado Community College System



Dr. Karen Collias


Knowledge Without Borders

Wendy Collison

Director of Air Force Command and Control Division

Lockheed Martin

Penny Compton

Senior Engineering Manager

Lockheed Martin

Deborah Cornelison

Einstein Fellow

National Science Foundation

Dr. Art Costa


Institute for Habits of Mind

Dan Cruce, JD

Vice President of Education

Hope Street Group

Dr. Kate Cumbo

Director of Programs

Peace Jam Foundation

Michael Cushman

Senior Fellow

DaVinci Institute

Blake Davis

Director of Engineering for C4ISR

Lockheed Martin

Nick Dawkins

Principal, Hamilton Middle School

Denver Public Schools

Susan Denzer

Staff Project Engineer and Colorado STEM Leader

Lockheed Martin

Gaye DiGregorio

Executive Director

Center for Advising and Student Achievement Colorado State University

Charles Dukes

Director of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Programs

Aurora Public Schools

Dr. Nate Easley

Executive Director

Denver Scholarship Foundation

Dr. Jenny Edwards

Professor, Educational Leadership for Change

Fielding Graduate School

Kate Edwards

Executive Director

International Game Developers Association

Stewart Elliott


Director of Vet Service, CU Boulder

Kitty Epstein

Doctoral Faculty

Fielding Graduate School

Curtis Esquibel


Denver College Attainment Network (DenverCAN)

Anna Ewing

Executive Director

Colorado Innovation Network

Scott Fast

National Strategist


Oscar Felix

Associate Vice President, Office of the Vice President for Diversity

Colorado State University

Lauren Fine

Co-Founder & Co-President

Ghana Educational Collaborative

Sandra Freed

Senior Sales Representative

RR Donnelley Global Investment Markets

Michael Furdyk



Joseph Garcia, JD

Lieutenant Governor

State of Colorado

Dr. Violeta Garcia

STEM Education Coordinator

Colorado Department of Education

Ryan Samuel Gensler

Community Outreach Director and Marketing Manager

Intertech Plastics and Intertech Medical

Noel Ginsburg

Founder & President

Intertech Plastics and Intertech Medical

Lisa Glenn

Director of Programs

New Global Citizens


Dr. David Goldberg



Robin Goldberg

Chief Experience Officer

Minerva Project


Dr. Jennifer Gomez-Chavez

Director, Office of Student Success

University of New Mexico

Albert Gonzales

East Regional Manager

National Society of Hispanic MBAs

Misa Gonzales


Mindful Learning Institute

Dr. Ann Gordon-Ross

Associate Professor

University of Florida

Remington Green


Organic People

Dr. John Griffin


Conference on World Affairs


Dr. Jennifer Groh

Associate Director

Women in Engineering Program

Purdue University

Randy Guthrie, PhD

Technical Evangelist


Dr. Ulcca Joshi Hansen, JD


Educating Potential

Vanessa Harris

Director of University Advisement

University of New Mexico

Sherisse Hawkins

CEO & Co-Founder

Beneath the Ink

Courtney Haynes

VP, External Affairs

Hope Street Group

Mary Haynes

Academic Coach & Trainer

LifeBound Coaching

Greg Heileman

Professor and Associate Provost

University of New Mexico

Dr. Luk Hendrik



Katherine L. Hoffman

Executive Director

Live The Solution

Dr. Marilyn Hosea

Founder and President


Brian Huang

Educational Outreach Engineer

Sparkfun Electronics

Deborah Hunt, PhD

Director of Equal Opportunity Programs

CU Denver

Dr. Laura Jensen

Director of the Office of Institutional Research

Colorado State University

Patrick Jones

Founder and CEO

Career Journey GPS

Robert H. (Bob) Kaitz

President and CEO


Dr. Bena Kallick


Institute for Habits of Mind and EduPlanet21

Stacy Kane


Washington Leadership Academy

Dr. Rebecca Kantor

Dean of the School of Education and Human Development

University of Colorado Denver

Dr. Deborah Keyek-Franssen

Associate VP of Digital Education & Engagement

University of Colorado System

Jennifer D. Klein

Global Education Consultant and Speaker

Principled Learning Strategies

Tracy Kraft-Tharp

State Representative

Colorado State House of Representatives

Sarah Kravits

New Student Seminar Instructor

Montclair State University

Karen Lamar


National Security Language Initiative for Youth Member

Kirby Lamar


National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Amy Larsen Pond

Vice President of Global Summits

Education First

Dr. Jeff Larsen

Founder and CEO

In the Telling



Kim Larson

Board Director

Rodale Institute


Jeffrey Lasco

Principal Engineer Cryogenics & Thermal Engineering

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

Dr. Derek Lopez

Director, Center of Academic Enrichment

Colorado State University Pueblo

Dr. Dan Lutz

Founder and Transition Committee Chair

Denver Center for International Studies

Jeff Macco



Michael Macklin

Director of New Product Development

Colorado State University, OnlinePlus

Dr. Chuck Marable

Executive Director

Creating Opportunities for Girls, Inc.

Dr. Joseph Martin

Founder and President Real World University

Katherine Plog Martinez

Director of Extended Learning and Community Schools

Denver Public Schools

Richard Martinez

President and CEO

Young Americans Center

Shelly McNeal

Business Analyst

General Electric Healthcare


Dr. Margaret McNutt

Principal Consultant

Project Works

Daniel Medved


Denver School of Innovation & Sustainable Design

Dr. Dominic Mentor

Associate Professor

Columbia University

Dr. Mariana Meyers

Staff Pediatric Radiologist

Children's Hospital Colorado

Dr. Jerry Migler

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Colorado Community College System

Dr. Bud Mishra


NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences/Mt. Sinai School of Medicine/NYU School of Medicine

Roya Mohadjer

Senior Strategic Planner and IS&GS STEM Leader

Lockheed Martin

Rama Moorthy

President and Founder

Hatha Systems

Gretchen Morgan

Executive Director of Choice and Innovation

Colorado Department of Education

Amy L. Munger

Community Engagement Coordinator

Naropa University

Ben Nesbitt

Program Director

Skilled Trades & Technical Sciences

Colorado Community College System

Wendy Nkomo


Colorado Technology Association

Jessica Nojek



Dr. Edward Nuhfer

Director of Education Effectiveness

Humboldt State University

Dr. Hae Okimoto

Director of Academic Technologies

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Mary Ontiveros

VP for Diversity

Colorado State University

Jason Owens

Education Coordinator

Children's Hospital Colorado

Antonio Parés

Education Policy Director

Mayor’s Office of Children’s Affairs

Kristine Pasquini

Education Outreach Manager

Random Acts of Kindness

Alison Pendergast

Founding Member & Chief Marketing Officer

Acrobatiq - A Carnegie Mellon Company

George Pernsteiner


State Higher Education Executive Officers  Association (SHEEO)

Travis Pinckney


David and Ann Hicks Prep Club

Charles Radman

Global Business Development Manager, Education Software Solutions


Greg Ratliff

Senior Program Officer

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Teju Ravilochan


Unreasonable Institute

Torian Richardson


Torianite, Inc.

Bridget Roddy

US Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service Program Coordinator

Office of eDiplomacy

Aaron Rodzinak

Principal Spacecraft Systems Engineer

Ball Aerospace

Terri Rowenhorst

Director of Member Services

The NROC Project

Joe Saboe

Director of Career Pathways

Denver Public Schools

Kristina Scala


Aspen Academy

Dr. Lauren Scharff

Director for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning


Jeff Schell, JD

Patent Attorney

Rocky Mountain Patent

Zach Schwitzky



Dr. Bryan Setser



Linda Sills

Program Development Director

Global Issues Network

Dr. Bertie Simmons


Furr High School

Michael L. Simpson

Co-Founder and CEO

Pairin, Inc. and Project:BeReady

Dr. Eleanor Smalley

President and CEO

JASON Learning

Marilyn Smith

Developmental Education Coordinator

Colorado Community College System


Dr. Rob Smith

Vice President for C4ISR Systems

Lockheed Martin

Dr. Nish Sonwalkar

Co-Chair of the EdTech Circle

MIT Enterprise Forum

John Steckel

Innovation Center Program Director

St. Vrain Valley Schools

Stephanie Steffens


Colorado Workforce Development Council

Sandra Steiner

Director of Post-Secondary and Workforce Readiness, Adams County School District 50

Cpt. Kristin Stelzer


University of Colorado Boulder

Jim Stephens

Design Manager


Rana Tarkenton

Deputy Executive Director

Denver Scholarship Foundation

Clifton Taulbert

President & CEO

The Freemount Corporation

June Teisan


Network of Michigan Educators

Paul Thayer

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Colorado State University

DeLaina Tonks


Mountain Heights Academy

Maxeme Tuchman

Executive Director

Teach for America Miami-Dade

Kelly Uderall

Deputy Director

Colorado Innovation Network (COIN)

Rob Umbaugh

Dean of Extended Studies

Aims Community College

Christie Veitch

Education Director

Modular Robotics

Margot Vigeant

Associate Dean of Engineering

Bucknell University

Melissa Vito

Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

University of Arizona

Annette Watkins

Coordinator of Public Relations

The University of Notre Dame Australia

Ross Wehner


World Leadership School

Ken Weil


Social Impact Solutions

Michele Weslander-Quaid

Chief Innovation Evangelist


Brandon L. Wiley

Founder & President


Dr. Rachel Wise


Nebraska State Board of Education

Julie Yack

Microsoft Dynamics CRM MVP

Colorado Technology Consultants

Rachel Zenzinger

Project Manager

Colorado Educator Voice Fellowship

Jennifer Dounay Zinth

Director, High School Policy Center and STEM Policy Center

Education Commission of the States



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