Internationally recognized leadership speaker, author, podcaster and success coach
Antonio is the author of four books including, Stop Living On Autopilot: Take Responsibility for Your Life and Rediscover a Bolder, Happier You (Rodale Books). On his podcast The Best Thing, Antonio talks with leaders about the “best thing” to happen to them that would never appear on a resume. Antonio’s speaking audiences over the years have included: Google, Amazon, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Booking.com, Credit Union National Association (CUNA), Stanford University and scores more. For over 10 years, Antonio worked as a correspondent in New York City with top television networks including NBC, PBS and BET Networks. Antonio is a graduate of Western Michigan University and holds a Masters degree from Columbia University.
Dr. La'Tonya Rease Miles
Dean of Student Affairs at Menlo College
La'Tonya "LT" Rease Miles, Ph.D., is the Dean of Student Affairs at Menlo College, four-year private liberal arts institution in the San Francisco Bay Area. A first-generation college graduate, Dr. Miles has established two successful programs for first-generation college students—one at UCLA and the other at Loyola Marymount University—both recognized as First-gen Forward institutions. She regularly consults with institutions nationally concerning first-gen students and also has advised local high schools about developing programs on their campus. Finally, she established and manages a national Facebook group, "Empowering First Generation Students" and is the Chief Strategist for the "First Gen & Juice" brand.
She earned a Ph.D. in American literature from UCLA; and her research interests include the hidden curriculum in higher education, narratives about the first-generation college experience, and the relationship of physical space and college student engagement.
The first 200 college and university attendees to register will receive a copy of 'Launch Your Career,' by Sean O'Keefe, written in partnership with The Career Leadership Collective, which includes both the Career Launch Method and the new Career Launch Readiness Assessment for students. Books will be available for colleges and universities to acquire for their students starting this May 2021.
Sean O'Keefe & Marieli Rubio
Sean O'Keefe is the Founder, Partner and Chief Impact Officer for Career Launch, a social enterprise in partnership with The Career Leadership Collective. Sean is also an award winning Professor of Business Communication at Santa Clara University. In 2020, Sean teamed up with his colleague, Professor Barry Posner, a researcher and best-selling author of The Leadership Challenge and The Student Leadership Challenge, to conduct their first annual nationwide research survey called "Networking & Career Readiness of College Students: A Nationwide Survey."
Marieli Rubio is a Partner and Director of Impact for Career Launch. As a first-generation college student at Santa Clara University she was taught the Career Launch Method directly from Sean when she was a sophomore. Marieli immediately began to create a professional network from scratch. In doing so, she earned a competitive internship within a civil engineering division of a prominent construction company between her sophomore and junior year. Marieli reflects, “It was a life-changing experience, it opened my eyes to the realities of what I was learning in the classroom and it increased my self-confidence for my career going forward.”
CEO &. Founder, The Career Leadership Collective
Jeremy Podany is the Founder and CEO of The Career Leadership Collective, and the brains behind The National Alumni Career Mobility Survey and The New Forward, the first and only online news show for college career services. Jeremy is an innovation, leadership, and organizational growth connoisseur with unique expertise on the confluence of university career services, systems-thinking, leadership, and organizational growth. Jeremy enjoyed nearly 20 years working inside higher education in career services and corporate education, and has helped build six unique start-ups inside and outside of universities. His inventions and consulting solutions have systemically helped thousands of university leaders and hundreds of thousands of college students with career education and social mobility. Jeremy regularly writes, speaks, trains, and consults for universities, businesses, and tech start-ups. His specialty involves helping university upper-administrators to weave career education into the fabric of the campus and maximize results.
Zach Mercurio, Ph.D.
Author, The Invisible Leader
Purposeful Leadership & Meaningful Work Researcher & Consultant
Zach is an author, speaker, consultant, and researcher specializing in purposeful leadership, meaningful work, mattering, and positive organizational development.
He wrote "The Invisible Leader: Transform Your Life, Work, and Organization with the Power of Authentic Purpose" to provide individuals, leaders, and organizations with the tools to activate their purpose and create cultures where everyone matters. It was praised by Arianna Huffington as "a compelling book filled with powerful stories, cutting-edge research, and practical tools that show us how to lead with purpose."
In his work with over 100 global companies, non-profits, schools, and universities around the world, Zach helps forge purposeful leaders and provides practical tools to cultivate positive organizational and team cultures that enable more meaning, motivation, and well-being. Some of his clients and partners have included The University of Notre Dame, Hewlett-Packard, The National Park Service, The Food and Drug Administration, Simon Sinek Inc., The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Crocs, Broadcom, and The Alzheimer's Association.
Zach earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where he serves as an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Psychology's Center for Meaning and Purpose and as an Instructor in the School of Education.
CEO &. Founder, TiLT
Jennifer Henderson is the founder and CEO of TiLT, a company revolutionizing employee leave in the workplace. Jen spent 15 years in operational roles in Fortune 500 companies before she set out to make leave suck less by founding TiLT. She is a thought leader on the future of work, gender parity and leave legislation.
SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST
5-time Grammy Award Winner
Victor Lemonte Wooten is a unique human being. Born the youngest of five boys, he began learning to play music at the tender age of two. He started performing in nightclubs and theaters as the bassist with the family band at age five, and at age six, was on tour with his brothers opening shows for legendary soul artist Curtis Mayfield. Soon after, he was affectionately known as the 8-year-old Bass Ace, and before graduating high school, he and his brothers had shared the stage with artists such as Stephanie Mills, War, Ramsey Lewis, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Dexter Wansel, and The Temptations. But, this only begins to tell the tale of this Tennessee titan.
Wooten, now a five-time Grammy winner, hit the worldwide scene in 1990 as a founding member of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Continuing to blaze a musical trail with the band, Victor has also become widely known for his own Grammy nominated solo recordings and tours.
Among other things, he is a loving husband and father of four, a skilled naturalist and teacher, a published author, a magician and acrobat, and has won every major award given to a bass guitarist including being voted Bassist of the Year in Bass Player Magazine's readers poll three times (the only person to win it more than once.) In 2011, Rolling Stone Magazine voted Victor one of the Top Ten Bassist of ALL TIME.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
All Times listed are Eastern Time
11:00-12:00 Opening Session
12:00-12:30 The Big Connection
12:30-1:00 Breakout 1
1:00-1:45 Inspiration Session 1: Antonio Neves
1:45-2:15 Breakout 2
2:15-2:45 Sponsor Product Sessions
2:45-3:15 Breakout 3
3:15-3:45 Breakout 4
3:45-4:30 Inspiration Session 2: Sean O'Keefe
and Marieli Rubio
4:30-5:15 Headliner - Day 1 Closing Session
Thursday, July 29, 2021
All Times listed are Eastern Time
11:00-12:00 Designing our Future Panel
12:00-12:30 Designing our Future Ted Talks
12:30-1:00 The Big Connection part 2
1:00-1:30 Breakout 5
1:30-2:15 Inspiration Session 3: La'Tonya Rease Miles
2:15-2:45 Sponsor Product Sessions
2:45-3:15 Breakout 6
3:15-3:45 Breakout 7
3:45-4:30 Inspiration Session 4: Zach Mercurio
4:30-5:15 Inspiration Session 5: Jennifer Henderson