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

The Honorable Kevin L. Faulconer

Mayor - The City of San Diego


Antonio R. Flores, Ph.D.

President and CEO - Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

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Auguste Goldman

Chief People Officer - GoDaddy


Durrell Hightower

Technician - LA Freightliner


Racquel C. Jemison, Ph.D.

Senior Chemist, Formulation Sciences, Core R&D - The Dow Chemical Company


Francine Katsoudas

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer - Cisco

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Linda Kekelis, Ph.D.

CEO and Executive Director - Techbridge


Ray King

President and CEO - Urban League of San Diego County


Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer - UNCF

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Barbara McAllister

Deputy Director, Diversity in Technology Initiative - Intel Corporation

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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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Anna M. Park

Chief Executive Officer and Board Member - Great Minds in STEM

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Thomas E. Perez

U.S. Secretary of Labor -


Charles A. Peters

Senior Executive Vice President - Emerson

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Stephanie Reeves

Engineering Advisor, Facilities Engineering, San Joaquin Valley Business Unit - Chevron


Jose Romero-Mariona, Ph.D.

Lead Research Scientist for Cybersecurity - Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Center Pacific

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Timothy P. White, Ph.D.

Chancellor - California State University


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Peter A’Hearn

K-12 Science Specialist - Palm Springs Unified School District, Palms Springs, CA


Edward Abeyta, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Community Engagement; Director, Pre-Collegiate and Career Preparation Programs - University of California, San Diego Extension


Darryl S. Albertson, Ph.D.

Vice President, Human Resources - Cubic Corporation

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Ray Almgren

Vice President, Marketing - National Instruments

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Lylah M. Alphonse

Managing Editor, News - U.S. News & World Report

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Brian Edward Alvara, Sr.

Lieutenant Commander - United States Navy

President - 3R’s Robotics LLC

Marty Alvarado

Director, Learning Communities - Jobs for the Future

Darin Andersen

Darin Andersen

Chairman & Founder - CyberTECH

CEO & Chairman - CyberUnited, Inc.

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Shari Asplund

NASA Discovery Program Education & Communications Manager - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Craig 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 and Distinguished Professor, Purdue Polytechnic Institute - Purdue University

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Elizabeth Bierman

Senior Project Engineer - Honeywell Aerospace

President - Society of Women Engineers

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Katherine Bihr, Ed.D.

Vice President, Programs and Education - Tiger Woods Foundation

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Diana Bilimoria, Ph.D.

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


Cynthia Bir, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine - The 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


Liisa Bozinovic

Executive Director - Biocom Institute


Linda Brent, Ed.D.

CEO - The ASTA Group, LLC

Strategic Planning - National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA)


Matt Brogdon, PRC

Base Engagement and Public Relations Manager, Military Division - Microsoft

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Jane Broom

Citizenship and Public Affairs Director - Microsoft

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Sarita E. Brown

President - Excelencia in Education


Patricia Brown

National Director, Corporate Engagement - National Academy Foundation


Erik Caldwell

Director of Economic Development - City of San Diego


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

Muhammed Chaudhry - President and CEO - Silicon Valley Education Foundation

Muhammed Chaudhry

President and CEO - Silicon Valley Education Foundation


Tara Chklovski

Founder and CEO - Iridescent

Beth Clark

Elizabeth Clark

Vice President, IT & Chief Information Officer - Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company


Sara Clarke

Assistant Managing Editor, Special Reports - U.S. News & World Report

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Douglas H. Clements, Ph.D.

Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education; Executive Director, Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, Morgridge College of Education - University of Denver


Camylle Coley

Senior Advisor to the Director, DoD Basic Research Office - Department of Defense (ByteCubed, LLC)


Cass Conrad

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


Lupita Cortez Alcalá

Deputy Superintendent of Instruction and Learning Support - California Department of Education


Dianna Cowern

Creative Director - Physics Girl

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Patrick D’Amelio

Chief Executive Officer - Washington STEM


Ronald Dickerson

Chemical Operating Technician - Union Carbide Corporation, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company

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Judith Dimas

Principal - Hidalgo Early College High School, Hidalgo, Texas

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Robert Duncan

Manager of STEM Programs; 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

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Belle Faust, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Boettcher Teacher Residency; Senior Director of Education - Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC)


Susan Feeney

Partner - GMMB


Jason Fiori

I&E Technician - The Dow Chemical Company

Kristie Fisher, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President, Client Partnerships - ACT

Russ Fisher-Ives

Director, Global Programs - RoboRAVE International

Antonia O. Franco, Ph.D.

Executive Director - SACNAS

Jessica Gilmartin

Chief Business Officer - Piazza

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Audrey Goins Brichi

Manager, Diversity and Inclusion - Chevron

Lindsay Goodwin

Lindsay Goodwin

Associate Director - Ocean Discovery Institute


Mike Grice

LtCol USMC (Ret.), Member of the Board of Directors - Medtech & Biotech Veterans Program


Jon Guerena

Director - Deloitte Consulting

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Linda D. Hallman

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


Judson Haynes III, Ph.D.

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

Section Head, Family Care Analytical Sciences - Procter & Gamble


Gary Hayslip

Deputy Director of IT, Chief Information Security Officer - The City of San Diego

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Michelle A. Henry

Vice President, Global Philanthropy - JP Morgan Chase & Co.


Jean Hernandez, Ed.D.

President - Edmonds Community College, Washington


James E. 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

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


Brian Kelly

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

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Wanyonyi J. Kendrick

Executive Director - Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub

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Sue Kimble

Human Resources Director - Alcoa

Ayeola Kinlaw

Director of the Funding Collaborative - 100Kin10


Maria Klawe, Ph.D.

President - Harvey Mudd College


Faridodin “Fredi” Lajvardi

Program Director - Carl Hayden Community High School, Phoenix

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John Michael Lee, Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President, Alumni Affairs and Advancement - Florida A&M University


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


Emma Ling

Rising Senior - La Costa Canyon High School


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

Margie Mannix

Margaret Mannix

Executive Editor - U.S. News & World Report


Cindy Marten

Superintendent of Public Education - San Diego Unified School District


Suveen Mathaudhu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering/ Materials Science and Engineering - University of California, Riverside

Beth McCormick

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, California


Chris Minnich

Executive Director - Council of Chief State School Officers


Kelly Minton

Head of CIO Communications & CIO Engagement Strategy - eBay

Colleen Molko

Interim Associate Dean, Career & Technical Education; Executive Director, NSF Center for Supply Chain Technology Education - Norco College

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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

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Sarah Moynes

AP Teacher - San Diego Unified School District


Saura Naderi

Staff Career Development Specialist - Qualcomm

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Jane Neyer

Production Engineer - Dow AgroSciences


Karen Nicklin

Manager of Educational Initiatives - GM Foundation

Manager of Corporate Relations - General Motors Company

Anai Novoa

Student Graduate - Ocean Discovery Institute


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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Jerome S. Parker, Ph.D.

President - Delaware County Community College, Pennsylvania


Ellen Peneski

Executive Director - San Diego Science Alliance


Vanessa Pereda

Global Coprorate Citizenship Community Investor - Boeing

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Scott Peters

U.S. Congressman - 52nd District of California

Brooke Pinnix

Brooke Pinnix

Manager, Donor Relationships - Ocean Discovery Institute

Carla Pisbe

Carla Pisbe

Environmental Stewardship Coordinator - Ocean Discovery Institute

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Delia Pompa

Senior Vice President, Programs - National Council of La Raza

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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, Ed.D.

Executive Director - ASSET STEM Education

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Matthew Randazzo

Interim Chief Academic Officer - National Math and Science Initiative

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Patricia Reily, Ed.D.

Commander, USN (ret.); Veterans Services Director - California State University San Marcos

Arva Rice

Arva Rice

President and Chief Executive Officer - New York Urban League

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Nicole Rigg

Advisor, Education and Corporate Programs - Chevron

Ahiram Rodriguez

Ahiram Rodriguez

Student Graduate - Ocean Discovery Institute


Christopher Roe

President and CEO - California STEM Learning Network


Ricardo Romo, Ph.D.

President - The University of Texas at San Antonio

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Linda Rosen, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer - Change the Equation

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Lucy Santana-Ornelas

Chief Executive Officer - Girls Inc. of Orange County


Andre H. Sayles, Ph.D.

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


Meisha Sherman

Director, Global Talent & Organizational Development - Hewlett-Packard

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


Thomas M. Smith, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Education - University of California Riverside


Gerald R. Solomon

Executive Director - Samueli Foundation


Sheryl Sorby, Ph.D.

Professor of STEM Education - Ohio State University


Deborah J. Stipek, Ph.D.

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


Daniel L. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor - Qualcomm


Courtney Tanenbaum, Ed.D.

Senior Researcher, Education Program - American Institutes for Research


Van Ton-Quinlivan

Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development - California Community Colleges

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Sarah Toulouse

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility - Bayer Corp.

Executive Director - Bayer USA Foundation


David Valladolid

President and CEO - Parent Institute for Quality Education


Rob Vallentine

Global Director, Corporate Citizenship, President and Executive Director - The Dow Chemical Company Foundation

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Andy Van Kleunen

Chief Executive Office - National Skills Coalition


Joel Vargas Ed.D.

Vice President, School & Learning Designs - Jobs for the Future

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Mark D. Vaughn, Ph.D.

Technical Talent Pipelining Manager; Lead, Technology Community Office of STEM - Corning Incorporated


Pedro Villegas

Director of Community Relations - San Diego Gas & Electric

Devin Vodicka, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools - Vista Unified School District

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Kirk Walters, Ph.D.

Principal Researcher, Education Program - American Institutes for Research


Russell Weikle

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


Robin White Goode

Education Editor - Black Enterprise


Sam Whiting

President and CEO - Thrive Washington

Dr. Telle Whitney

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


Trish Williams

Member - California State Board of Education


Chad Womack, Ph.D.

National Director, STEM Initiatives - UNCF


J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.

Associate Director & Doctoral Program Director, 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