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

Professor

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

Director

STEM Colorado Education Initiative

Dr. Linda Baer

Senior Fellow

Civitas

Banks Benitez

Senior VP, Global Expansion

Unreasonable Institute

Carrie Billy, JD

President

American Indian Higher Education Consortium

Tom Boasberg, JD

Superintendent

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

Innovate+Educate

Juana Bordas

President

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

Microsoft

David Buckley

Mechanical Engineer, IT Professional, Manager of Z Workstation Line

HP

Andy Carlson

Senior Policy Analyst

State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO)

Carol Carter

Founder

LifeBound

Katherine Casey

Imaginarium

Denver Public Schools

Savinay Chandrasekhar

Founder

FocusEDesign

Dr. Milton Chen

Senior Fellow

George Lucas

Foundation

Gina Cherkowski

Co-founder

STEM Alberta

Lora Leigh Chrystal

Director

Program for Women in Science and Engineering

Lisa Clark

Founder & CEO

Thinker Collection

Dr. Alma Clayton-Pedersen

CEO

Emeritus Consulting Group

Senior Fellow

AAC&U

Bitsy Cohn

Director of Credit for Prior Learning

Colorado Community College System

 

 

Dr. Karen Collias

Founder

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

Co-Founder

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

CAPT, USN (Ret)

Director of Vet Service, CU Boulder

Kitty Epstein

Doctoral Faculty

Fielding Graduate School

Curtis Esquibel

Director

Denver College Attainment Network (DenverCAN)

Anna Ewing

Executive Director

Colorado Innovation Network

Scott Fast

National Strategist

Innovate+Educate

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

Co-Founder

TakingITGlobal

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

CEO

CSMLearn

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

Co-Owner

Mindful Learning Institute

Dr. Ann Gordon-Ross

Associate Professor

University of Florida

 

Remington Green

CEO

Organic People

Dr. John Griffin

Director

Conference on World Affairs

 

Dr. Jennifer Groh

Associate Director

Women in Engineering Program

Purdue University

Randy Guthrie, PhD

Technical Evangelist

Microsoft

Dr. Ulcca Joshi Hansen, JD

Founder

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

Co-Founder

Aecern

Katherine L. Hoffman

Executive Director

Live The Solution

Dr. Marilyn Hosea

Founder and President

OrgLearning2

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

BestPrep

Dr. Bena Kallick

Co-Founder

Institute for Habits of Mind and EduPlanet21

Stacy Kane

Co-Founder

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

Parent

National Security Language Initiative for Youth Member

Kirby Lamar

Member

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

Founder

SeedPaths

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

Principal

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

Professor

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

COO

Colorado Technology Association

Jessica Nojek

Manager

Innovate+Educate

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

President

State Higher Education Executive Officers  Association (SHEEO)

Travis Pinckney

President

David and Ann Hicks Prep Club

Charles Radman

Global Business Development Manager, Education Software Solutions

Hewlett-Packard

Greg Ratliff

Senior Program Officer

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Teju Ravilochan

Co-Founder

Unreasonable Institute

Torian Richardson

Founder

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

Founder

Aspen Academy

Dr. Lauren Scharff

Director for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

USAFA

Jeff Schell, JD

Patent Attorney

Rocky Mountain Patent

Zach Schwitzky

Co-Founder

Newlio

Dr. Bryan Setser

Partner

2Revolutions

Linda Sills

Program Development Director

Global Issues Network

Dr. Bertie Simmons

Principal

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

Director

Colorado Workforce Development Council

Sandra Steiner

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

Cpt. Kristin Stelzer

APMS, Army ROTC

University of Colorado Boulder

Jim Stephens

Design Manager

2Revolutions

Rana Tarkenton

Deputy Executive Director

Denver Scholarship Foundation

Clifton Taulbert

President & CEO

The Freemount Corporation

June Teisan

President

Network of Michigan Educators

Paul Thayer

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Colorado State University

DeLaina Tonks

Director

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

Founder

World Leadership School

Ken Weil

Principal

Social Impact Solutions

Michele Weslander-Quaid

Chief Innovation Evangelist

Google

Brandon L. Wiley

Founder & President

GlobalEdLeader

Dr. Rachel Wise

President

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