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Designing our Future Together

July 28-29, 2021





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Antonio Neves

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,, 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. 

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Sean O'Keefe & Marieli Rubio

Career Launch


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.”

Jeremy Podany

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.

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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.


Jennifer Henderson

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.


Designing our Future Panel

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Adam Saven
CEO & Co-Founder


Jan Natividad
Product Marketing Manager


Randy Bitting

Head and Co-Founder of Career Readiness


David Kozhuk
Founder & CEO


Dr. Audrey Murrell

Senior Director of Research and Academics


Designing our Future TedTalks

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Social Capital for Career Readiness and Confidence

Matt Kelly

Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications


Envisioning the Future of Experiential Learning

Dave Savory
Co-Founder & Director of Experiential Learning


Shift from "What You Know" to "How You Act"

Randy Bitting

Head and Co-Founder of Career Readiness


Establishing a Culture of Career Everywhere 

David Kozhuk
Founder & CEO


Developing future leaders today: Why experiences matter
 Audrey Murrell

Senior Director of Research and Academics


Trends Fireside Chat

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Christine Cruzvergara

Chief Education Strategy Officer


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Jeremy Podany
Founder & CEO

The Career Leadership Collective

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5-time Grammy Award Winner

Victor Wooten

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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        Sponsored Headliner - Fireside chat

                         w/ Christine Cruzvergara

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      BREAK - whew!
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

Conference Crowd




Full Conference, All Sessions (Member)
Comes with: All 30+ breakouts, All 7 Main stage keynote and sponsored sessions, all 5 ted talks, and all product overview sessions.
p/person $248.00
whole staff $950.00
Full Conference, All Sessions (Non-Member)
Comes with: All 30+ breakouts, All 7 Main stage keynote and sponsored sessions, all 5 ted talks, and all product overview sessions.
p/person $298.00
whole staff $1,075.00
Sponsor/Exhibitor Opportunities: Showcase sponsors still available
Purchase Per Breakout Session (ala carte)
Comes with: Access to the individual breakout sessions that you purchase.
Per Session $45.00
Free Sessions + Product Overviews Only: Jeremy Podany's opening keynote on July 28, Sean O'Keefe & Marili Rubio + Fireside Chat with Christine Cruzvergara on July 28, Main stage Panel on Designing our Future on July 29, and Access to all product overview sessions.