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Featured Workshop Speakers

Featured workshops offer attendees the chance to dive a little deeper into important issues affecting the independent school world.


 Featured Speakers

  • Kenji Yoshino

    Kenji Yoshino

    Thursday, February 25, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
    Moscone Center West, Room 3014
    Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Inclusion

    Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren professor of constitutional law at NYU School of Law. He was educated at Harvard, Oxford, and Yale Law School. He taught at Yale Law School from 1998 to 2008, where he served as deputy dean (2005-6) and became the inaugural Guido Calabresi professor in 2006. His fields are constitutional law, anti-discrimination law, and law and literature. He has received several distinctions for his teaching, most recently the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014.

    Yoshino is the author of three books—Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial (2015); A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice (2011); and Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights (2006). Yoshino has published in major academic journals, including The Harvard Law Review, The Stanford Law Review, and The Yale Law Journal.  He has also written for more popular forums, including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

    In 2011, he was elected to the Harvard board of overseers for a six-year term. He also serves on the advisory board of the Center for Talent Innovation, the board of the Brennan Center for Justice, the external advisory panel for diversity and inclusion for the World Bank Group, the global advisory board for Out Leadership, and the inclusion external advisory council for Deloitte.

  • Jane Buckingham

    Jane Buckingham

    Thursday, February 25, 2:45 - 3:45 PM
    Moscone Center West, Room 3014
    Get Ready for V: Understanding the Next Generation and How They Impact Education

    View Jane's presentation: 2016-Jane-Buckingham.pdf

    Jane Buckingham is one of the country’s foremost experts on Generations X, Y and V. She is a bestselling author, speaker, and television host.

    Buckingham is the founder and CEO of Trendera, a leading consulting and trend forecasting company that helps organizations and individuals gain insights into these generations. Trendera produces the The Trendera Files and works with Fortune 500 clients including NBC, MTV, Target, Conde Nast, Gap, Mattel, Hilton, and many others. Buckingham also provides mentorship and consulting services to bridge young professionals and the working world.

    Ms. Buckingham is a contributing editor to Glamour Magazine. She will be reissuing her bestselling book The Modern Girls Guide to Life in fall of 2015, and is currently at work on a book about the next generation, Gen V.

    At 17, Buckingham wrote the book Teens Speak Out about her own generation, and since then she has been on a quest to better understand and explain how young people feel. Buckingham pioneered the trend-forecasting starting Youth Intelligence where she published The Cassandra Report, and TrendCentral, all of which she sold to Creative Artists Agency in 2003.

    Jane is the author of the bestselling The Modern Girl’s Guide book series and was a host of the television series The Modern Girl’s Guide to Life, which aired on the Style network for four years and inspired young women to live their best lives personally and professionally.

    Buckingham has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The Los Angeles Times, on 60 Minutes, and Good Morning America. Other television appearances include The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The View. Elle Magazine voted Buckingham one of the most powerful women in Hollywood.

  • T. Jackson Kaguri

    T. Jackson Kaguri

    Friday, February 26, 8:00 - 9:00 AM
    Moscone Center West, Room 3014
    Education Reform, Education For All: Breaking Boundaries & Finding Solutions

    Born and raised in Uganda, T. Jackson Kaguri is a human rights activist and expert on navigating some of the most challenging obstacles to providing education. By taking a holistic approach to meeting the needs of multiple generations in his community, Jackson has been able to affect major change in his native country from the inside out. Jackson has been named a Heifer International Hero, recognized in Time Magazine's 'Power of One' Series, and spoken to the United Nations about his work. In 2012, he was named a CNN Hero and recognized internationally for his innovative work in human rights.

    Jackson has witnessed the major opportunity in community development as a fundamental problem-solving method. This method begins with an individual choice—getting an education in order to help those in one's own community who don't have resources to help themselves. In 2001, Jackson founded The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in response to the devastating effects of AIDS in Nyakagyezi, Uganda—his hometown. The organization provides free education to orphans in rural Uganda who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. The goal of NAOP is to end systemic deprivation, poverty and hunger through a holistic approach to community development, education, and healthcare. In addition to two schools they built, NAOP also operates a library, medical clinic, clean water system, and a "Desire Farm," which is 17.2 acres of farmland that produces grain, vegetables, meat, and milk that sustains the school's meal program at a low cost. Maintaining the grounds of the "Desire Farm" is one of the most critical elements of the vocational training program, helping the students master trades such as milling, tailoring, brick making and laying, and carpentry—all jobs that can help students break free from poverty.

  • Ruha Benjamin

    Ruha Benjamin

    Friday, February 26, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
    Moscone Center West, Room 3014
    Women in Technology

    Ruha Benjamin is an interdisciplinary scholar who examines the relationship between science, technology, medicine, and society. She is a professor of African American studies at Princeton University and is the author of People's Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier. Ruha's work is at the forefront of debates over the relationships between innovation and equity, science and citizenship, and health and justice.

    In her book, People's Science, Ruha takes the reader inside California's 2004 stem cell initiative— the first of many state referenda on scientific research—and examines the lives it has affected. Benjamin reveals the promise and peril of public participation in science, illuminating issues of race, disability, gender, and socio-economic class that serve to define certain groups as more or less deserving in their political aims and biomedical hopes.

    Ruha is currently working on an international comparative project, Provincializing Science, which examines how the uptake of genomic science in different countries reflects, reinforces, and sometimes challenges racial and caste hierarchies.

    Ruha received a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California Berkeley in 2008, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA's Institute for Society and Genetics. She was an American Council of Learned Societies fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's science, technology, and society program and has received numerous fellowships and grants for research and has been invited to dozens of international talks and panels.

  • Kindra Hall

    Kindra Hall

    Friday, February 26, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
    Moscone Center West, Room 3014
    The Power of Storytelling: Making Your Stories Work for You

    Kindra Hall is an award-winning columnist, author, speaker, and strategic storytelling advisor. Her work has been seen in SUCCESS Magazine, Bob Proctor’s Insight of the Day, and many other books and publications. Recognizing the need for carefully crafted, well-told stories in marketing, branding, leadership and business strategy, Kindra has blended her 20+ years of traditional story training with the modern demand for effective telling. She is the personal story coach and advisor to high-profile speakers, executives, non-profit organizations and entrepreneurs. She travels the country teaching others to use their personal stories to increase message influence and resonance, and subsequently increase revenue.


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