• speakers
    We will have many great speakers addressing issues in their respective fields of academic and professional expertise at this year’s conference.  We will continue to add more information about the speakers and sessions as it becomes available so please check back soon for the latest information.

    • Harriet Mayor Fulbright

      Harriet Mayor Fulbright 

      We are very fortunate to have Ms. Fulbright as a special guest at our conference this year. As the very first Executive Director of the Fulbright Association, she was instrumental in bringing to together alumni from the program to continue the life-long experience of being a Fulbrighter. Now in its 37th year, the Fulbright Association is so pleased to have Ms. Fulbright back in action, helping the Fulbright community continue to prosper and forward Senator Fulbright's original mission for the program. Ms. Fulbright has spent the majority of her adult life in the fields of education and the ...

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    • James Howard Meredith

      James Howard Meredith 

      We are honored to welcome James Howard Meredith  to our 2013 annual conference. James Howard Meredith (born June 25, 1933) is an American civil rights movement icon, a writer, and a political adviser. In 1962, he was the first African American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement. Motivated by President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, Meredith decided to exercise his constitutional rights and apply to the University of Mississippi. After being barred from entering on September 20, Meredith ret...

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    • Clarissa S. Felts

      Clarissa S. Felts Lowe's - Vice President of Collaboration, Diversity and Inclusion

      Clarissa S. Felts was named the vice president of collaboration, diversity and inclusion at Lowe’s Companies, Inc. in September of 2012. In this role, Felts is responsible for driving diversity of thought through collaboration and strategic alliances, and implementing a strategy for diversity and inclusion that impacts talent, suppliers, community and customers across markets. Previously, Felts was the initiative lead for the integrated workforce experience, responsible for leading a cross-functional team delivering collaborative technology, enterprise content management and seamless wor...

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    • Congressman Jim Moran

      Congressman Jim Moran 

      It is our great pleasure to welcome Congressman Jim Moran to address the Fulbright Association conference during the opening plenary session. Congressman Moran is currently serving his twelfth term as U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 8th District, comprised of the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, Arlington County, and portions of Fairfax County, including Lee District, Mason District, Providence District, Mt. Vernon District, and Dranesville District. A senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Congressman Moran serves...

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    • Alice Blumenfeld

      Alice Blumenfeld 

      Selma Jeanne Cohen Lecturer Alice Blumenfeld is a freelance flamenco dancer based between New York and Sevilla. She is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she began her dance training in the Cecchetti Method of ballet at Alwin's School of the Dance. She began studying flamenco with Benigna Sanchez and later at the National Institute of Flamenco Arts. In 2012, she received a Fulbright Research Grant to pursue her dance studies in Sevilla, Spain. Alice has performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Baryshnikov Performing Arts Center, and she has performed ...

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    • E. Ethelbert Miller

      E. Ethelbert Miller 

      E. Ethelbert Miller, 62 years old, (Fulbright to Israel, 2004 and 2012) is a literary activist. He is the board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). He is a board member of The Writer's Center and editor of Poet Lore magazine. Since 1974, he has been the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. Mr. Miller is the former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.

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    • Grace Aneiza Ali

      Grace Aneiza Ali 

      As the Founder | Editorial Director of OF NOTE magazine, Grace Aneiza Ali’s work is steeped in using the arts as a catalyst for activism and social change.  She’s an Adjunct Professor of Literature for the City University of New York (CUNY), a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a Fulbright Scholar. Grace was born in Guyana, South America and immigrated to the United States when she was fourteen years old. Having gro...

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    • Timothy McKnight

      Timothy McKnight 

      Timothy McKnight is Executive Vice President, Enterprise Information Security and Risk for Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries. Mr. McKnight is responsible for leading Fidelity’s information security and risk efforts across the enterprise.Prior to joining Fidelity in 2012, Mr. McKnight was Chief Information Security Officer for Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he was re...

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    • Admiral William O. Studeman, USN (Ret.)

      Admiral William O. Studeman, USN (Ret.) 

      Bill Studeman retired in 2005, from Northrop Grumman Corporation as Vice President and Deputy General Manager of Mission Systems (NGMS), a $5.2B annual revenue Sector (formerly part of TRW) focused on System Integration/System Engineering of large complex systems.  In this position, he focused on strategies, programs, business development, marketing related to Intelligence and Information/Cyber Warfare, as well as corporate cross-Sector integration, and on managing technology partnerships and concepts related to Net Centricity, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and advanced c...

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    • Julianne McCall

      Julianne McCall 

      A neuroscientist at Heidelberg University, Germany, McCall conducts research on adult nerve regeneration and gene therapy as a PhD Candidate and Student Speaker of the Biosciences Graduate School. Her passion for developing therapies is perpetuated by both the challenge of using nature's ingenuity to overcome its own diseased processes and the moral obligation to treat unlucky patients for their maladies. She is currently the Chair of the International Brain Bee neuroscience education program, an organization that engages tens of thousands of high school students across 25 countries every y...

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    • Roselin R. van der Torren

      Roselin R. van der Torren 

      After concluding Biomedical Sciences and Medicine at Leiden University, the Netherlands, Roselin received a Fulbright scholarship to investigate causes of migraine headache at UCLA, Los Angeles and currently continues this path in Leiden in a PhD fellowship combining fundamental research with a close connection to the clinic. During her student years, she was involved in redesigning the (bio)medical curricula and became founder and editor-in-chief of a research journal for and by (bio)medical students. Now, every year, she teaches high school students about scientific research during a lab int...

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    • Jay Nathan

      Jay Nathan 

      Jay Nathan is a professor of management at St. John’s University, Queens, New York.  This is his 21st year at St. John’s, enjoys teaching and engaging the culturally diverse students over 100 countries from all over the globe. He has earned MBA and PhD degrees from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio; a Fulbright Scholar to Kazakhstan, visiting professor and PhD advisor, Eurasian National University in Astana; and is Honorable Professor of the Karaganda University of Economics, in the Republic of Kazakhstan.   His recent book is on Kazakhstan, which was published by the University of...

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    • Nancy Neill

      Nancy Neill 

      A writer and consultant with a background in business and a lifelong affinity for the arts, Ms. Neill facilitates management discussions of vision, values and strategy, coaches leaders in presence, and writes articles and speeches for CEOs and executive directors of NGOs. She spent six years with McKinsey & Company, Inc., before she founded the Atlanta Communications Group, LLC, which provides facilitation, writing, and training in such areas as presence and storytelling for leaders. She has appeared as guest lecturer in communication for Emory University's Goizueta Business School and for...

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    • Ann Ackerman

      Ann Ackerman 

      Ann Ackerman is an Associate Professor of Education, Rivier University, Nashua, NH.  Originally from Dallas Texas, she earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas where she majored in Victorian Intellectual and Cultural History and minored in 19th – 20th Century US History and English. Globalism and cultural diversity are among Ackerman’s interests and teaching focus. Both were enriched when she was honored with three fellowships: Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar to Greece and Bulgaria (2008), Goethe Institut’s Transatlantic Outreach Program Study-Travel Seminar to Germany (2006), and ...

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    • Elizabeth K. Jackson

      Elizabeth K. Jackson 

      Elizabeth K. Jackson is a full professor at California State University Bakersfield in the Department of Communications, and Adjunct Professor of Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding at California State University Dominguez Hills. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, a master’s from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee in Clinical Psychology, a second M.A. and Ph.D. in Communications from Northwestern University in Illinois.  Jackson completed her post-graduate work at CSUDH in NCRP. In 1997 Jackson received the International Professor of the Year Award from the Intern...

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    • Nicholas Lawson (Doctors Without Borders)

      Nicholas Lawson (Doctors Without Borders) Director of Field Human Resources Médecins Sans Frontières

      Nicholas Lawson is Director of Field Human Resources for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières-USA. He began working for the organization in 1997 as a logistical and administrative expert in an MSF project in southern Sudan, during that country’s brutal civil war. Since then he has held many positions within the organization, w...

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    • John Sargent (Broadreach Health Care)

      John Sargent (Broadreach Health Care) Co-FounderBroadreach Healthcare

      Dr. John Sargent is one of the Founders of BroadReach Healthcare and has extensive experience in developing, implementing and managing large-scale healthcare programs in the US and the developing world. As a Founding Partner he is involved in the creation and execution of the Company’s strategy, business development, client project delivery and key internal...

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    • Kristin Pichaske

      Kristin Pichaske 

      Kristin Pichaske is a documentary filmmaker and associate professor at Columbia College Chicago.  After receiving a Fulbright fellowship in 2004, she spent four years in South Africa making films, publishing research on the local film industry, and teaching documentary courses at the University of Cape Town.  Her directing credits include Get in the Know, an Emmy winner and centerpiece of a successful outreach campaign on teenage substance abuse, as well as several projects for Lucasfilm, where she worked as a documentary writer, producer, and field producer in Africa.  She holds a BA f...

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    • Joseph Polizzi

      Joseph Polizzi 

      Joe Polizzi spent a year as a Fulbright in Hungary teaching English in 2000-2001.  Prior to this he was a New York State Senate Fellow and also a New York City public school teacher for eight years.   Currently he is an Associate Professor at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania where he is the Director of the Educational Leadership and Higher Education Administration programs.  At Marywood he serves as the Fulbright Campus Representative and is the Treasurer of the Philadelphia Delaware Valley Fulbright Alumni Chapter.  His current research focuses on documentary use for instruction ...

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    • Joseph Vitone

      Joseph Vitone 

      Joseph Vitone was raised in Akron, Ohio, where he was born in 1954. He attended the Maine College of Art, where he graduated with a B.F.A. in photography in 1981. He earned an M.F.A. in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1983. He has taught at the Florida Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is currently Professor of Photocommunications at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas where he has lived with his family since 1991. He teaches both traditional as well as digital photography and electronic media. He has received a MA-AA/Na...

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    • Hatem Manasrah

      Hatem Manasrah 

      Hatem Manasrah currently is a PhD student at Nursing School, University of Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from Villanova University in 2011 with masters in nursing education sponsored by Fulbright scholarship under Fulbright student foreign program. He also had masters in adult health nursing from Jordan University of science and technology. He graduated from Bethlehem University, Palestine in 2001 with bachelor degree in nursing science. His clinical experience related to adult nursing, also as a faculty in Hebron University, School of Nursing. His research interest focuses on palliative ...

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    • Mary Norton

      Mary Norton 

      Dr. Norton is Associate Dean /Professor of Global Academic Initiatives at Felician College-The Franciscan College of New Jersey. She earned an MA, Ed M, and EdD from Columbia University, and post-doctoral certificate in the medical humanities from Columbia University - College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. Her professional career spans development of  graduate and undergraduate nursing programs in Iran, Pakistan, and Jordan; consultant with the Pan American Health Organization, field researcher with the National Institute of Health; research in Jordan and Pakistan, on patient autono...

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    • Ana Gil Garcia

      Ana Gil Garcia 

      A Venezuelan-American citizen, tenured Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, author, esteemed community leader, and forerunning advocate for Latino educational leaders, Gil-Garcia is a three-time Fulbright US Scholar (Venezuela, Middle East, and Armenia) and an internationally acclaimed professional.  Gil-Garcia, a published author, works tirelessly for a variety of community organizations. She holds a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Specialist Degree in Middle School Curriculum, and Bachelor’s degree in Biology Teaching; accu...

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    • Judy Alsobrooks Meredith

      Judy Alsobrooks Meredith 

      A former TV and radio news reporter and anchor, Dr. Judy Alsobrooks Meredith teaches college and graduate broadcast writing and reporting classes at Jackson State University. Dr. Meredith lives in Jackson, Mississippi with her husband, civil rights icon James Meredith. A PhD in Public Policy and Administration, her interests include women’s issues in the U.S. and internationally. Her dissertation THE GLASS CEILING: AN ANALYSIS OF WOMEN IN ADMINISTRATIVE CAPACITIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE DEEP SOUTH, was published in 2011. A former Fulbright Scholar, she has traveled extensively both profess...

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    • David J. Smith

      David J. Smith 

      David J. Smith is a Washington, DC-based consultant and trainer working with non-profits, NGOs, and educational institutions in promoting peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and global education.   He recently published as editor Peacebuilding in Community Colleges:  A Teaching Resource (U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2013).  From 2005-2012 he was at the U.S. Institute of Peace where he developed and ran programs on peacebuilding for educators and students.  Prior to that he was an associate professor at Harford Community College (MD) where he was a Fulbright Scholar teaching peace stud...

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    • Eyub Yegen

      Eyub Yegen 

      Eyub Yegen is a senior student at the State University of New York in Oswego double majoring in Finance and Applied Mathematical Economics as well as minoring in Applied Statistics with an outstanding cumulative G.P.A. of 4.0. He is also a part-time student at the Harvard University’s Extension School where he takes both undergraduate and graduate level courses. His is the recipient of the Central New York International Student Leadership Award, the Omicron Delta Kappa’s Sophomore Leader of the Year Award, and the Financial Management Association’s International Collegiate Fellowship. Mr. Y...

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    • Claudia Ender

      Claudia Ender 

      Senior Director, Marketing and Communications, SOS Children’s Village Claudia Ender was born and raised in Austria -  the country where Hermann Gmeiner founded SOS Children’s Villages over 60 years ago. Ms. Ender has over a decade of marketing and communications experience. She kick-started her career working with Microsoft in the US and Austria, then subsequently established her own consulting firm, engaging with both for-profit as well as non-profit organizations. Prior to joining SOS, she was the National Marketing Director at Friends of the Orphans, an organization that ...

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    • Gebre-Egziabher Gebre

      Gebre-Egziabher Gebre 

      Gebre-Egziabher Gebre is an SOS alumni from Mekelle, Ethiopia. He completed his secondary school at SOS-Herman Gmeiner Int'l College in Ghana. He attended Harvard University on a full scholarship and graduated with Honors in Applied Mathematics and Economics. He currently resides in Boston, MA and works as an Senior Energy Analyst at EMMT.

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    • Lisa Leeper

      Lisa Leeper 

      Lisa Leeper (maiden name Shilts), is currently the International Student Coordinator for North America and works remotely for SOS Children's Villages Worldwide,  the Hermann Gemeiner Funds Deutschland, in Munich Germany.  She is a  Level III Instructional Leader and was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher to Germany in 1982.  She holds an MFA  from the Max-Reinhardt Seminar, Vienna Austria/California State University and an MA in World History.  She attended an Educational Summit meeting held for SOS Country Directors/Africa last year in Ghana and presented information on post-secondary opportunities...

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    • exhibitor - April H. Quinlan

      April H. Quinlan 

      Senior Director, External Relations, SOS Children’s Villages –USA April H. Quinlan is the Senior Director, External Relations at SOS Children’s Villages –USA. Ms. Quinlan has extensive experience in non-profit management, special events, public policy and community outreach. Before joining SOS USA team, she owned a boutique event planning and fundraising firm, The H-Q Group. She has also worked at Reading Is Fundamental, The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Mile High Youth Corps. Her passion for working to provide loving homes for children stems from ...

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    • Charles Clymer (Panelist)

      Charles Clymer (Panelist) 

      Founder/Admin, “Equality for Women” Facebook page Blogger, The Huffington Post & PolicyM Charles Clymer is the founder and administrator of Equality for Women, the fast-growing–and one of the largest–pages on Facebook exclusively dedicated to women’s rights. At just over 59,000 members, EFW is a forum to discuss and advocate for women’s rights while providing a safe space for people of all backgrounds to contribute to that effort. He served in the United States Army from 2005 to 2012. His service inspired him to address social justice issues as a calling (and women’s righ...

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    • Glen S. Fukushima (Panelist)

      Glen S. Fukushima (Panelist) 

      SENIOR FELLOW, CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS FORMER PRESIDENT, AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN JAPAN FORMER DEPUTY ASSISTANT U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE FOR JAPAN AND CHINA Glen S. Fukushima is Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a prominent public policy think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. From 1990 to 2012, Mr. Fukushima was based in Tokyo as a senior executive with several major multinational corporations:  Vice President,...

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    • Elio Leturia (Panelist)

      Elio Leturia (Panelist) 

      Elio Leturia immigrated to the United States in 1994 to join the editorial team of ¡Exito!, the first publication in Spanish of the Chicago Tribune. A year later he moved to the Detroit Free Press newspaper where he spent 10 years working as a features designer and art director, but also contributed as a freelance writer. Prior to his American life, Leturia was the design director of the main daily El Comercio—which he completely redesigned— in his native Peru, and spent 10 years teaching graphic design at the University of Lima where he had gotten his bachelors’ in communications.  In 1989...

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    • Kunal Modi (Co-Chair, Moderator)

      Kunal Modi (Co-Chair, Moderator) 

      Kunal Modi is a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in San Francisco. Kunal is a frequent opinion writer for various media outlets on issues concerning men’s engagement in the gender equality movement. Notably, his article “Man Up on Family and Workplace Issues,” caught the attention of Sheryl Sandberg who recruited him to serve on the Launch Team of Leanin.org, a global community committed to encouraging and supporting women leaning in to their ambitions. Previously, Kunal also served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA and strategy manager at Teach For America. Kunal holds a BA from Nort...

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    • Mana Nakagawa (Co-Chair)

      Mana Nakagawa (Co-Chair) 

      Mana Nakagawa (Japan 2008) is currently a PhD candidate in the International Comparative Education Program at Stanford University focusing on gender equality issues in higher education.  For the past year, she has been working closely with Sheryl Sandberg on her recent bestseller Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, leading the international research efforts for the book’s release in nearly 40 countries.  Mana has worked on localizing the data and issues in every country’s edition of the book so that in each country, readers can better relate to issues that are important locally.  She is...

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    • Sheryl Sandberg (Introductory Video Message)

      Sheryl Sandberg (Introductory Video Message) 

      Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer at Facebook and the author of the bestselling book Lean In, which has catalyzed both national and global conversations about gender equality in the workplace and at home. In response to Sheryl’s 2010 TEDTalk on the ways women are held back—and the way women hold themselves back—viewers around the world shared their own stories of struggle and success. This overwhelming response inspired Sheryl to write this book. In Lean In, she shares her personal stories, uses research to shine a light on gender differences, and offers practical advice to help women...

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    • E Michael Gorman

      E Michael Gorman 

      E Michael Gorman Ph.D., MPH, MSW School of Social Work, College of the Applied Sciences & the Arts Dr Mike Gorman, Ph.D., MPH, MSW is a tenured associate professor in the College of the Applied Sciences & the Arts  and the School of Social Work at San Jose State University. He received his doctorate in medical and social anthropology from the University of Chicago and his MPH (epidemiology) and MSW (social welfare) from the University of California, Berkeley. Mike’s dissertation for Division of the Social Sciences of the University of Chicago “A New light On Zion” addressed sa...

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    • Candace Gingrich-Jones

      Candace Gingrich-Jones 

      Since 1995, Ms. Gingrich-Jones has served as a key advocate for issues of importance to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. Her involvement in the movement for queer equality began when her brother, Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-GA., was elected House speaker. Her 1996 autobiography, The Accidental Activist, was a best seller in the LGBT community. On behalf of the Human Rights Campaign, Gingrich-Jones has criss-crossed the country to promote the importance of coming out, the duty to vote and the power of everyday conversations to change minds. As HRC's Youth & Campus Outreach as...

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    • Sultan Shakir

      Sultan Shakir 

      Mr. Shakir is a native of Philadelphia and began his organizing experience in low-income neighborhoods working to organize neighbors to address community concerns, from public dumping to school improvement. He now works for the Human Rights Campaign as a regional field director working to organize HRC members and community allies to help elect fair-minded individuals to state and national government. Shakir joined HRC after leaving the firm Grassroots Solutions, where as a project manager and trainer he trained more than 5,000 candidates, campaign workers and citizen activists in 18 states. Sh...

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    • Brandon Busteed

      Brandon Busteed Executive DirectorGallup Education

      Mr. Busteed leads the development of Gallup's education work. His career spans a wide range of work in education as an educational entrepreneur, speaker, writer, and university trustee. His mission is to create a national movement to measure the educational outcomes that matter most, connect education to jobs and job creation, and promote a paradigm shift from knowledge mastery to emotional engagement in education. Busteed is the founder and former CEO of Outside The Classroom , a company that pioneered adaptive online education in alcohol abuse prevention. Busteed received his bachelor's d...

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    • Ángel Cabrera

      Ángel Cabrera PresidentGeorge Mason University

      Dr. Ángel Cabrera was named the sixth president of George Mason University effective July 2012. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in more than 200 academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides its 33,000 students from 136 countries access to diverse cultural experiences and some of the most sought-after faculty, internships, and employers in the country. Named a top “Up-and-Coming University” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best Value in Public Colleges” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, George ...

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    • Laura Skandera Trombley

      Laura Skandera Trombley PresidentPitzer College

      Laura Skandera Trombley, the president of Pitzer College, is a noted Mark Twain scholar, author and nationally recognized champion of liberal arts education. Under her leadership, Pitzer has founded several innovative collegiate centers and majors. Most recently, the College launched the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability at Pitzer College. The College has developed ground-breaking courses such as Learning from YouTube and Sustainable Places in Practice. In 2011, Pitzer became the fir...

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    • Jeanne M. Toungara

      Jeanne M. Toungara 

      Currently serving as Assistant Provost for International Programs, Professor Toungara is an Africanist scholar who offers courses on West Africa, the African Diaspora and Women in Africa. Her research interests include West African intellectual history, indigenous thought, precolonial state formation, political culture and democratization within francophone African nations, with particular emphasis on Côte d'Ivoire. She has carried out archival research in several countries, including France (Colonial Archives at Aix-en-Provence), Senegal (National Archives and French West Africa Archives), Ma...

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    • H. Andrea Neves

      H. Andrea Neves 

      Dr. Neves is Professor emerita of education at Sonoma State University. She received her doctorate in education from Stanford University in 1984 and completed her undergraduate education in Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Latin American studies. Dr. Neves studied cultural anthropology and early childhood education on a full scholarship from the Mexican American Education Project and received her master’s degree in social sciences from Sacramento State University. She has taught at the American School Foundation secondary school in Mexico City and the Stanford Uni...

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    • Mary Ellen Heian Schmider

      Mary Ellen Heian Schmider 

      Dr. Schmider held two Senior Fulbright Lecturer Awards: to China in 1997, and Macedonia in 2005-6. After four years living and teaching for the University of Maryland University College in Germany and Turkey, she began teaching online for UMUC as an Adjunct Full Professor. As Graduate Dean Emerita from the Minnesota State University Minnesota, she served as Chair of the Minnesota Humanities Commission. She holds the BA, magna cum laude, from St. Olaf College, the M. A. in English and American Literature from the University of Southern California, and the Ph. D. in American Studies from the Uni...

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