Monday and Tuesday: Tom Mortenson

Thomas Mortenson focuses on opportunity for postsecondary education.

Thomas G. Mortenson is a Senior Scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington, D.C. and an independent higher education policy analyst.  Tom’s policy research focuses on the ways public policy fosters or impedes access to that opportunity. He has special concern for populations that are under-represented in higher education: low income/first generation, minorities, and males. His studies have addressed academic and financial preparation for college, access, choice, persistence, attainment, and labor force entry of college graduates. He is particularly interested in public and private finance of higher education opportunity and the enrollment consequences of the cost-shift from state taxpayers to students and their families that has been underway since 1980. He has been employed in policy research and budget analysis roles for the University of Minnesota, Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois State Scholarship Commission, and the American College Testing Program.  Currently, Tom researches and writes Postsecondary Education OPPORTUNITY (PEO), a research newsletter devoted to analysis and reporting on the demographics, sociology, history, politics and economics of educational opportunity after high school.

Tuesday: KD Wilson

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KD Wilson is a student success and empowerment speaker.

He will present the topic “Our Future Is Their Present: Reviving The Heartbeat Of Educators To Empower The Leaders Of Tomorrow!” Mr. Wilson is a student success has a diverse background as an educator, leader, and former police officer. His work focuses on the academically underrepresented, marginalized and overlooked populations around the nation. He engages matters of social justice, academic adversity and successful life skills development from multiple angles while emphasizing the necessity of education and equality for all.

Tuesday: Simon Silva

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Simon Silva is a motivational speaker. 

Simon Silva wants you to “Cultivate a Creative Mind”! His process to employ artistic communication in our daily lives will create better professionals by making them better communicators. His presentation will provide individuals with the opportunity to find out who they are, what they feel, how they think.

Monday: Jack Mizrahi

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Jack Mizrahi is the CEO of Ingenti & Company.

He is a widely sought-after keynote motivational speaker and leadership and communications trainer for corporations and organizations worldwide. He brings more than 20 years of experience practicing and teaching Emotional Intelligence (EQ), from the classroom to the boardroom. Created from an amalgam of eastern and western philosophies, Mr. Mizrahi’s cutting-edge understanding and teachings of the impact of highly evolved “Eulogy Virtues” have been embraced by such clients as Google, Wharton Business School, London Business School, IESE Business School, Pearson Education, Educational School Districts, Honda and Viacom in addition to companies specializing in energy and commodities, digital media and technology, manufacturing, executive recruitment, sales and marketing and the service sector.

Monday: Cheryl Wills

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Cheryl Wills is a veteran anchor for Spectrum News NYl.

This year Cheryl Wills  is celebrating her 25th anniversary with the national news team for Spectrum News NYI. She is the primetime anchor for “NY1 Live at Ten” and she’s also the host of the public affairs talk show “In Focus with Cheryl Wills”. In 2018, Ms. Wills became the first African- American reporter in NY1’s history to win an Emmy Award.

The award-winning journalist is the author of three books and has interviewed some of the most powerful people in the world. She was the first journalist invited to address the General Assembly of The United Nations about the impact of slavery on her family during the UN’s International Remembrance of Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.