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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

  • Charles Fadel

    Charles Fadel

    Thursday, March 2, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

    Charles Fadel is the author of Four-Dimensional Education, which explores the competencies students need to thrive in today’s world. Fadel is a thought leader on global education and a futurist, author, and inventor. His work spans the continuum of schools, higher education, and workforce development/lifelong learning.

    Charles’s previous work experience includes thirteen years at Cisco Systems as Global Education Lead; and prior, he was involved in semiconductors for broadband and wireless applications. Through his high-tech endeavors he has witnessed firsthand the disruptive effects of exponential change, which gives him a unique perspective he brings to the world of Education.

    He has contributed to and has been featured by media such as National Public Radio (NPR), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the Huffington Post, eSchool News, Education Week, University Business, Technology & Learning, and many others.

  • Anna Gonzalez

    Anna Gonzalez

    Thursday, March 2, 1:15 - 2:15 PM
    The Student Affairs Panel

    ​Anna Gonzalez is the dean of students and chief student affairs officer at Lewis and Clark College, a highly selective liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon. She is also a founding faculty member for the Master’s Program in Student Affairs administration for the campus. She brings 23 years of experience in higher education working first at the University of California Irvine, then the University of Illinois and four voyages with Semester at Sea. Her expertise and areas include athletics, housing, student retention, orientation and first-year experience programs, diversity education and cultural centers, wellness services, alumni and parents program, and advancement.

    In March 2015, she was named a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA. She has served on both Region V and Region IV-East boards, chaired regional conferences, served on national conferences, was the former director for both the Dungy Leadership Institute and NUFP and is now a member of NASPA’s national board of directors. 

  • Cindi Love

    Cindi Love

    Thursday, March 2, 1:15 - 2:15 PM
    The Student Affairs Panel

    Cindi Love is a professional educator, human rights advocate and activist, tenured Fortune 500 corporate executive, award-winning entrepreneur and author. She currently serves as the Executive Director of ACPA—College Student Educators International in Washington, DC.  

    She is a member of the Working Advisory Group to the US Secretary of State on Religion & Foreign Policy and currently serves as one of 95 content experts globally for the Diversity Collegium Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks project. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Facilitator Award by Stetson University College of Law for her work to ensure safer campus communities.

    She has a doctorate in educational administration from Texas Tech University and was a full fellowship recipient for her Masters in Education from Louisiana Tech and the Veteran’s Administration. 

    She is a Huffington Post blogger in the areas of education, race, religion, and LGBT lives and has been an invited guest of three US Presidents in recognition of her advocacy work with underrepresented populations. 

  • Kevin Kruger

    Kevin Kruger

    Thursday, March 2, 1:15 - 2:15
    The Student Affairs Panel

    ​Kevin Kruger draws on more than 35 years of experience in higher education. Since 2012, he has served as president and CEO for NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Prior to his role as president, Dr. Kruger worked for 18 years as the associate executive director and served as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer for NASPA. He has also held a range of student affairs positions at Southern Methodist University and the University of Maryland.

    As NASPA president, Dr. Kruger represents student affairs at a variety of national forums and is a frequent contributor to higher education news stories on the college student experience. Dr. Kruger has published and presented nationally on trends in higher education, student success, degree-completion strategies for low-income/first generation students, technology, and change management and leadership in higher education. He is the proud father of two children, one a college freshman and the other a sophomore in high school.

  • Zoila Airall

    Zoila Airall

    Thursday, March 2, 1:15 - 2:15 PM
    The Student Affairs Panel
    ​Educational anthropologist Zoila Airall is a visionary thought leader in higher education with a reputation for inspirational leadership that results in transformational change. She typically employs a strategic focus and democratic leadership style that motivates students, faculty, staff, and senior university administrators to embrace a wide-angle view of campus culture that includes listening to community members located on the margins.

    Airall brings a 45-year track record of successful accomplishments in education. As the associate vice president in Student Affairs at Duke University, she has supervision of campus life that comprises nine departments:  International House, Center for Multicultural Affairs, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Women’s Center, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Center for Jewish Life at Duke, the Center for Muslim Life, and the University Center for Activities and Events which includes the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Center for Leadership Development and Social Action and Center for Campus Conferences and Events. 
  • Schuyler Bailar

    Schuyler Bailar

    Friday, March 3, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

    Schuyler Bailar graduated from Georgetown Day School (DC) in 2014 as a top student and an award-winning swimmer. He was aggressively recruited by most of the Ivy League and eventually committed to swim for Harvard. Schuyler is also the first transgender man to compete on a Division 1 college swim team and the first transgender man to compete in any sport on a Division 1 men’s team.

    Schuyler’s difficult choice – to be true to himself while potentially giving up the prospect of being an NCAA Champion – was not only historical but it was also timely. His story hit Facebook’s top-trending news when it came out and has been recounted globally in hundreds of media outlets from The Washington Post, to Time Magazine, to 60 Minutes and The Ellen Show. MTV cited his story in their list of “2015’s Best Moments for the Trans Community” and Buzzfeed named him one of the “11 Transgender people who are shifting our views.”

  • Ali Smith

    Ali Smith

    Friday, March 3, 1:15 - 2:15 PM
    Holistic Life Foundation Panel

    Ali Smith co-founded the Holistic Life Foundation, where he currently serves as Executive Director. Ali has over 12 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations. For the past four years, he has partnered with The John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health and Penn State University’s Prevention Research Center on a federally funded study analyzing the effectiveness of yoga and mindfulness on urban youth in Baltimore City Public Schools. Ali has authored a series of children’s books, and co-authored several yoga and mindfulness-based curricula, as well as numerous workshops and trainings. He is a certified yoga instructor and a Commissioner on Baltimore City’s Commission on Sustainability. He maintains a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.

  • Atman Smith

    Atman Smith

    Friday, March 3, 1:15 - 2:15 PM
    Holistic Life Foundation Panel

    Atman Smith is a co-founder of the Holistic Life Foundation, where he served as Director of Youth Programming for ten years and currently serves as the Director of Fundraising. Atman is also Co-Founder and Co-CEO of For the People Entertainment. For the past eleven years, Atman has been teaching yoga and mindfulness to a diverse population including undeserved and high-risk youth in Baltimore City Public Schools, drug treatment centers, wellness centers, and colleges. A native of Baltimore, Atman attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he was a letter award winner for the University’s basketball team. He graduated with a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

  • Andres Gonzalez

    Andres Gonzalez

    Friday, March 3, 1:15 - 2:15 PM
    Holistic Life Foundation Panel

    Andres Gonzalez has been the co-founder and Marketing Director for the Holistic Life Foundation, Inc. in Baltimore, MD since 2001.  For thirteen years, Andres has taught yoga to a diverse population, including Baltimore City Public School students, drug treatment centers, wellness centers, colleges, and other various venues throughout the nation and throughout the world. He has partnered with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health and the Penn State’s Prevention Research Center on a Stress and Relaxation Study and is a published author in the Journal of Children’s Services.  He is also the co-creator of a high school physical education curriculum based on yoga principles.  He maintains a B.S. in Marketing from University of Maryland, College Park and an MBA from the University of Maryland, University College.


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