Richard Keeling, Head of Keeling & Associates, LLC (K&A)

Richard KeelingRichard P. Keeling, M.D., leads Keeling & Associates, LLC (K&A)—a comprehensive higher education consulting practice. K&A’s mission is improving outcomes in higher education by creating change for learning. At the heart of his leadership of K&A are these beliefs and commitments: that learning should be transformative, that learning must be at the core of the mission of colleges and universities, and that sound processes of institutional renewal can enable campuses to improve learning in its broadest sense.

Dr. Keeling serves on the Board of Directors of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and has been president of four professional organizations in higher education. He edited three sequential publications that focus on improving learning: Learning Reconsidered, Learning Reconsidered II, and Assessment Reconsidered. Dr. Keeling and Dr. Richard Hersh recently published We’re Losing Our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). This book argues for substantial change in the culture of higher education to support higher quality and better value in undergraduate education in the United States.

Before creating K&A, Dr. Keeling was both a tenured faculty member and a senior student affairs administrator at the University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During more than 20 years on campus, Dr. Keeling taught and practiced medicine, directed comprehensive health programs and services, developed collaborative programs in undergraduate education with academic departments and faculty, and explored innovative, cross-institutional approaches to advancing student learning.

To learn more about Dr. Keeling, visit: http://www.keelingassociates.com

Talk Title: The Once and Future Entrepreneur: Discovery, Innovation, and the Prepared Mind!

Talk summary: Higher education graduates students, but does it prepare their minds for innovation? “New” ideas always spring from foundations laid earlier; many “innovations” are adaptations, customizations, or even renewals of their predecessors—which are often unrecognized and frequently unacknowledged. Today’s effusive rhetoric (such as “disruptive”) usually overstates both novelty and significance; early claims are seldom matched by later outcomes. More and better creations will come from entrepreneurs whose minds are prepared for discovery, and whose attitudes and motivation are shaped with respect for other innovators—past, present, and future. Higher education should be an accessible warehouse of intellectual and creative resources and talents that help future entrepreneurs leverage their curiosity and imagination; we need colleges and universities that prepare minds for discovery and innovation. True higher learning is the crucible of innovation; it should be the focus of every institution of higher education.

David Kline, Vice President for Technology and Chief Information Officer at Viacom

David KlineDavid Kline is Senior Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer for Viacom, Inc., which owns high profile media properties as Paramount Pictures and Viacom Media Networks. Kline was appointed to his post in November 2010, after three years at Discovery Communications, where he had most recently been Executive Vice President and CIO. Prior to Discovery, Kline worked at Rainbow Media, a unit of Cablevision Systems, for nearly 10 years. At Viacom, Kline provides the strategic leadership for the company’s Technology Infrastructure, Online Digital Technology and Interactive Services, Content Creation and Distribution Technology, Application Development and Information Security and Compliance.

To learn more about Mr. David Kline, visit: http://www.viacom.com

Talk Title: Information Technology and Technology Leadership… from Basement to C-Suite.

Talk summary: Charting the move of the information technology function from the Basement to the C-Suite, David Kline, Global CIO Viacom, will discuss the rise of corporate technology, its collision with consumer technology, the opportunities this presents the Media industry and how technology leadership must evolve.

Arel Moodie, Top Generation Y Entrepreneur

Arel MoodieArel Moodie is the best selling author of Your Starting Point for Student Success. He has been a featured keynote speaker at the White House and has been personally acknowledged for his work by President Obama. Inc. Magazine called Arel a “High-Energy, Motivator” and named him to their “30 Under 30 list” of America’s coolest entrepreneurs under 30. Essence Magazine said “Arel should be the poster boy for rags-to-riches stories…He is America’s Top Young Speaker.” Arel has been quoted in The New York Times, Forbes, & USA Today as a thought leader on youth entrepreneurship and leadership.

Arel grew up on welfare in the projects of Brooklyn, NY where he witnessed those around him being murdered and imprisoned. College became his only way out; he took advantage of his opportunity there that forever changed his life. He started his first Internet business in college that helped students find off-campus housing, roommates and sublets. After that company was acquired he became one of the owners of Empact, a million dollar event production and entrepreneurship education company. As a professional speaker he has spoken to over 150,000 students in 45 states and 5 countries while still in his 20s. His current company is the College Success Program which helps students go to and go through college.

For fun, Arel likes to dance; he has preformed at Madison Square Garden and his wedding dance video on YouTube has over two million views.

To learn more about Mr. Arel Moodie, visit: http://www.arelmoodie.com

Talk Title: The Surprisingly Simple Question that Sparks Innovation

Talk Summary: What can spark unique ideas that completely change the way things are normally done? How do some people come up with fresh and original, and sometimes unheard of solutions to problems that most people say can’t be fixed? Why is it that some constantly get better while others remain the same? And how do some people keep trying, failure after failure, with the odds against them? If you have ever wanted to become more innovative, you don't have to wait for genius to strike, you can create it by focusing on one question. One question that can help drive you when you feel defeated. This one question will help you solve problems in life that others would have given up on. This one question will help you come up with solutions when others see no way. Solving problems stems from not having the right answer at first, but by knowing how to ask the right question.

This presentation will share with you:

  • Where innovation stems from?
  • What this question is and why it is so powerful?
  • How you can apply it in almost any situation?

Joana Vicente, Executive Director of the IFP

Joana VicenteJoana Vicente has served as Executive Director of the IFP for five years, where she has advanced its 35-year mission of sustaining innovative content creation and community building across multiple programs. Under Vicente's leadership, the IFP was selected to develop and operate the Made in NY Media Center by IFP in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Prior to the IFP, Vicente and her partner Jason Kliot produced/executive produced over forty films by such acclaimed directors as Jim Jarmusch, Miguel Arteta, Brian De Palma, Hal Hartley, Steven Soderbergh, Nicole Holofcener, and Todd Solondz. She has co-founded three separate and unique film production entities over the course of her career. These include Open City Films, Blow Up Pictures, the first digital production company in the United States, and HDNet Films, an award-winning digital production company founded with Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner.

Vicente's films have garnered numerous accolades and awards, including twenty-three Independent Spirit Award nominations and four wins. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Made in NY Award for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to New York City's entertainment industry. Vicente graduated from the Masters program at The Catholic University of Portugal with a degree in Philosophy and began her career as the press attaché for the Portuguese delegate-and former Prime Minister of Portugal-at the European Parliament.

To learn more about Ms. Joana Vicente, visit: http://www.ifp.org

Talk Title: Keep Walking: How to achieve your goals or Crossing the Street in Saigon: A Metaphor for the Young Entrepreneur.

Talk Summary: In bustling and hectic Saigon, Vietnam, the act of crossing the street is a daunting, impossible-seeming task. One must dodge lanes of cars, motorbikes, bicycles, rickshaws and myriad other obstacles to simply reach the other side of the road. Likewise, the entrepreneurial arena is filled with tasks which, when first confronted, appear “impossible” to tackle. In this talk, Ms. Vicente will explore the challenges facing entrepreneurs in today’s digital society, by examining the following subjects: how to find an “opening”, maintaining stability and achieving follow through, retaining one’s passion and keeping the end goal in sight at all times. Joana Vicente will discuss how to learn from disappointments and build successes by calling on examples from her multi-hyphenate career as a film producer, a founder of multiple companies and the leader of a new media non-profit organization and cross-platform media center.

William Brennan, Co-Founder SchoolLeadership20.com

William BrennanDr. Bill Brennan is the lead innovator at Farmingdale Public Schools and Co-Founder of School Leadership 2.0 - A Global Knowledge Network for School Leaders. A graduate of Fordham University’s Doctoral program in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy, Bill led a National Study of School Principals and Virtual Learning: A Catalyst to Professional and Organizational Learning.

Upon graduating from Fordham University, Brennan continues to teach, write, consult and speak on the power of network technologies and how it will transform individuals and organizations who are open to embrace it. He has emerged as a thought leader and he presents and speaks to assist other organizations embrace and effectively build next generation learning organizations. In his talks, Brennan shows how networks are changing the rules of human potential and transforming organizations.

Brennan thinks deeply about the new possibilities - and takes an imaginative look at our digital, connected and collaborative world. He champions a radical way of rethinking our organizations, to cultivate human capital while acknowledging multiple sources of leadership and untapped resources.

To learn more about, Dr. William Brennan, visit: http://www.brennanlearning.com

Twitter @DrBillBrennan

Talk Title: Why Schools Must Focus On Un-Learning

Talk Summary: The 21st century will mark the greatest change we have yet to see in education. The digital revolution has fueled a renaissance in learning - changing the rules on human potential, and potentially serving as the missing link in building digital age learning organizations. Conventional wisdom, which might hint this journey towards the future, is strictly about learning. Yet, Brennan argues scalable “un-learning” will be the key to helping our most inadequate institutions. Brennan highlights the idea that through social media, collaboration, and other online/offline learning community endeavors, we now possess the capability to “draft” off each other's ideas and perspectives. In order to develop these capacities, we must embrace a new set of principles for the 21st century. The time has come to reinvent learning, reinvent education, and reinvent our organizations.

Questions for organizations/leaders:

  • What does it mean to be a learning organization in the digital age?
  • How can organizations increase their ability to adapt to change? Or even shape it?
  • What is the learning capacity of your organization? What structures do we have in place to support it or impede it?
  • How do we create systems that create self-fueling communities based on principles to maximize self-sufficiency? What does that look like?
  • How do we develop the conditions for accelerated learning and un-learning where individuals and entire organizations stretch out of their comfort zones?

Rakesh Bhargava, Manager of General Partner MangoTree Real Estate Holdings L.P.

Rakesh BhargavaRakesh Bhargava, a serial entrepreneur, funded or founded eight different businesses in the USA and India. Currently, he manages a distressed property fund based in Long Island, NY which has grown approximately 1,300% in the last 4 years. The fund has delivered up to 15% net return in 2012. The fund's performance is audited by WeiserMazars, CPAs.

Rakesh's first venture was a technology company that was sold to American Express in 1999. He then served as a Managing Director in American Express Tax & Business Services. Rakesh founded two hotels and acquired a nursing home in USA, helped to build an Apollo-managed super specialty hospital that has grown to four hospitals today in Central India, and two windmills in South India.

Rakesh’s first Master’s degree is in Economics with a Gold Medal. He also worked as Manager of Union Bank of India, MG Road, Indore branch. In 1978, he was awarded Rotary Foundation International Graduate fellowship from the state of Gujarat, MP and Chhattisgarh. He completed his MBA (Finance) in 1981 on the Dean’s list from Adelphi University, NY. He taught Finance as Adjunct Professor for two years at Adelphi. He also served as CFO for several companies.

Talk Title: What I Didn’t Learn in School…Lessons from a Serial Entrepreneur

Talk Summary: Growing up in the closed economy of India in the 1960s, Bhargava was taught that memorized education was the sole means to success. Having a good paying job was the ultimate goal of this educational model with critical thinking and decision-making out of the curriculum. Having graduated at the top of his master’s class only offered him the keys to the coveted job when unemployment was sky high. It did not teach him how to be successful in life let alone the job on hand. Mr. Bhargava will share how his entrepreneurial spirit allowed him to start and maintain 8 different businesses successfully. Mr. Bhargava will illustrate three major principles that have catapulted his growth personally and professionally. Inspirational stories and valuable lessons learned from his experiences will be shared. The audience will walk away with renewed confidence and ways to find their own journey that they can be proud of.