Keynote Speakers

Dr. Wanda Austin

Wanda M. Austin, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer - The Aerospace Corporation

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Blair Blackwell

Manager of Education and Corporate Programs - Chevron Corporation


Antonio R. Flores, Ph.D.

President and CEO - Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

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Blake Irving

Chief Executive Officer - GoDaddy


Francine Katsoudas

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer - Cisco


Ray King

President and CEO - Urban League of San Diego


Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer - UNCF

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Barbara McAllister

Deputy Director, Diversity in Technology Initiative - Intel

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Leland Melvin

Astronaut and Host, Lifetime’s “Child Genius” -


Karen E. Nelson, Ph.D.

President - J. Craig Venter Institute

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Thomas E. Perez

U.S. Secretary of Labor -


Charles A. Peters

Senior Executive Vice President - Emerson

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Timothy P. White, Ph.D.

Chancellor - California State University System



Edward Abeyta, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Community Engagement Director, Pre-Collegiate and Career Preparations Program - University of California, San Diego Extension

Darryl Albertson, Ph.D.

Vice President, Human Resources - Cubic Corporation

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Ray Almgren

Vice President, Marketing - National Instruments

Lt. Cmdr. Brian Alvara

STEM Outreach Coordinator - Navy Recruiting District San Diego

Darin Andersen

Darin Andersen

Chairman & Founder - CyberTECH

CEO & Chairman - CyberUnited, Inc.

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Shari Asplund

Education and Public Outreach Manager - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Craig R. Barrett, Ph.D.

Retired CEO/Chairman of the Board - INTEL CORPORATION

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Andrea Beaty

Children's Author - "Rosie Revere, Engineer"


Stephen D. Bechtel Jr.

Senior Director - Bechtel Group, Inc.

Senior Director - The Fremont Group

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Gary R. Bertoline, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Technology - Purdue University

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Elizabeth Bierman

Senior Project Engineer - Honeywell Aerospace

President - Society of Women Engineers

Kathy Bihr, Ed.D.

Vice President, Programs and Education - Tiger Woods Foundation

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Diana Bilimoria, Ph.D.

KeyBank Professor and Chair of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management - Case Western Reserve University


Cynthia A. Bir, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine - Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

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Joan S. Bissell, Ed.D.

Director, Teacher Eduation and Public School Programs - California State University

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Marty Block

California State Senator - 39th Senate District


Deborah Boisvert

Executive Director and Principal Investigator, BATEC - University of Massachusetts, Boston


Jay Box, Ed.D.

President - Kentucky Community and Technical College System

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Sarita E. Brown

President - Excelencia in Education


Peter Callstrom

President and CEO - San Diego Workforce Partnership

Alberto M. Carvalho

Superintendent - Miami-Dade County Public Schools

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Kimberly Wright Cassidy, Ph.D.

President - Bryn Mawr College


Tara Chklovski

Founder and CEO - Iridescent

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Douglas H. Clements, Ph.D.

Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and Professor - Morgridge College of Education

Executive Director, Marsico Institute of Early Learning and Literacy - University of Denver

Cass Conrad

Executive Director, School Support and Development - City University of New York

Dianna Cowern

Creative Director - Physics Girl

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Patrick D’Amelio

Chief Executive Officer - Washington STEM

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Kari Decker

Managing Director - JPMorgan Chase & Co

Judith Dimas

Principal - Hidalgo Early College High School, Hidalgo, Texas

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Rob Duncan

Manager of STEM programs and Interim Teachers College Manager - Western Governors University


Charles Eaton

Chief Executive Officer - Creating IT Futures Foundation, CompTIA


John Ewing, Ph.D.

President - Math for America

Matthew Fasciano

Chief Operating Officer - Posse Foundation

Belle Faust, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Senior Director of Education - Boettcher Teacher Residency PEBC

Lori Forte Harnick

General Manager for Citizenship and Public Affairs - Microsoft

Jessica Gilmartin

Chief Business Officer - Piazza

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Audrey Goins Brichi

Manager, Diversity and Inclusion - Chevron

Lindsay Goodwin

Associate Director - Ocean Discovery Institute

Mike Grice

LtCol USMC (Ret.), Chief Operating Officer - Medtech & Biotech Veterans Program

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Linda D. Hallman

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer - American Association of University Women

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LaDoris “Dot” Harris

Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity - U.S. Department of Energy


Judson Haynes, Ph.D.

President - National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)

Section Head, Family Care Analytical Sciences - Procter & Gamble

Jean Hernandez, Ed.D.

President - Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, Washington

James Herr

Program Officer - California Community Foundation


Ed Hidalgo

Senior Director, Staffing - Qualcomm

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Jeff Hittenberger, Ph.D.

Chief Academic Officer - Orange County Department of Education

Jonathan Horn

Reporter - The San Diego Union-Tribune

JD Hoye

President - National Academy Foundation


Annette Huett

Third Grade Science Teacher - Kelley Elementary School, Moore, Oklahoma


Sandy Husk, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer - AVID Center

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Brian Johnson, Ph.D.

President - Tuskegee University

Steve Kappler

Assistant Vice President and Head of Postsecondary Strategy - ACT

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Linda Kekelis, Ph.D.

CEO and Executive Director - Techbridge


Brian Kelly

Editor and Chief Content Officer - U.S. News & World Report

Wanyonyi J. Kendrick

Lead Executive - Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub

Ayeola Kinlaw

Director of the Funding Collaborative - 100Kin10


Maria Klawe, Ph.D.

President - Harvey Mudd College

Faridodin “Fredi” Lajvardi

Teacher - Carl Hayden Community High School, Phoenix

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John Michael Lee, Jr., Ph.D.

Vice President, Office for Access and Success - Association of Public and Land-grant Universities


Okhee Lee, Ph.D.

Professor of Childhood Education - New York University

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Catherine A. Leslie

Executive Director - Engineers Without Borders USA

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Arthur Levine, Ph.D.

President - Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation


Mimi Lufkin

Chief Executive Officer - National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity


Shirley Malcom, Ph.D.

Head of Education and Human Resources Programs - American Association for the Advancement of Science

Cindy Marten

Superintendent of Public Education - San Diego Unified School District


Suveen Mathaudhu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering - University of California, Riverside

Beth McCormick

Engineering Recruitment and Diversity Manager - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


Scot McLemore

Technical Workforce Development Manager - Honda North America, Inc.


Cindy L. Miles, Ph.D.

Chancellor - Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

Chris Minnich

Executive Director - Council of Chief State School Officers

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Gabriel A. Montaño, Ph.D.

President - Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Los Alamos National Laboratory

Technical Staff Member - Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Michael Morrella

Michael Morella

Associate Editor - U.S. News & World Report


Saura Naderi

Staff Career Development Specialist - Qualcomm


Barbara Oakley, Ph.D.

Professor of Engineering - Oakland University

Author - "A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)"

Linda Ortenzo

Director of STEM Programs - Carnegie Science Center

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Eduardo J. Padrón, Ph.D.

President - Miami Dade College

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Anna M. Park

Chief Executive Officer - Great Minds in STEM

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Jerome S. Parker, Ph.D.

President - Delaware County Community College, Media, Pennsylvania


Ellen Peneski

Executive Director - San Diego Science Alliance

Vanessa Pereda

Global Coprorate Citizenship Community Investor - Boeing

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Scott Peters

United States Congressman - 52nd District of California

Brooke Pinnix

Events & Communications Coordinator - Ocean Discovery Institute

Carla Pisbe

Environmental Stewardship Coordinator - Ocean Discovery Institute

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Oscar F. Porter, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) - University of California

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Cynthia Pulkowski

Executive Director - ASSET STEM Education

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Stephanie Reeves

Engineering Advisors, Facilities Engineering, San Joaquin Valley Business Unit - Chevron Corporation

Arva Rice

Arva Rice

President and Chief Executive Officer - New York Urban League


Ricardo Romo, Ph.D.

President - University of Texas at San Antonio

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Lucy Santana

Chief Executive Officer - Girls Inc. of Orange County


Phil Schmidt, Ph.D.

Dean, Teachers College; Vice President of Accreditation and Compliance - Western Governors University

Sandy Slivka, Ph.D.

Statewide Navigator of Life Sciences/Biotechnology and Director - Southern California Biotechnology Center

Tim Smart

Executive Editor - U.S. News & World Report

Ryan J. Smith

Executive Director - The Education Trust-West

Gerald Solomon

Executive Director - Samueli Foundation


Sheryl Sorby, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor, Engineering Education and Innovation Center - Ohio State University

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Michelle Sterling

Senior Vice President, Human Resources - Qualcomm, Inc.


Deborah J. Stipek, Ph.D.

I. James Quillen Dean and Judy Koch Professor of Education - Stanford Graduate School of Education


Courtney Tanenbaum, Ed.D.

Senior Researcher, Education Program - American Institute for Research


Van Ton-Quinlivan

Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development - California Community Colleges


David Valladolid

President and CEO - Parent Institute for Quality Education


Joel Vargas Ed.D.

Vice President, High School Through College - Jobs for the Future


Pedro Villegas

Director of Community Relations - San Diego Gas & Electric

Devin Vodicka, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools - Vista Unified School District

Kirk Walters, Ph.D.

Principle Researcher, Education Program - American Institutes for Research


Russell Weikle

Director, Career and College Transition Division - California Department of Education


Sam Whiting

President and CEO - Thrive Washington

Telle Whitney, Ph.D.

President and CEO - Anita Borg Institute

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Kim A. Wilcox, Ph.D.

Chancellor - University of California, Riverside

Joan C. Williams

Distinguished Professor of Law, Founding Director, Center for WorkLife Law - University of California Hastings College of the Law

Chad Womack, Ph.D.

National Director, STEM Initiatives - UNCF


J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Community College Leadership and the Director of the Doctoral Program in Community College Leadership - San Diego State University

Co-Director - Minority Male Community College Collaborative


Steve Woodhead

Manager, Global Social Investment - Chevron


Christopher Yanov

Founder and President - Reality Changers