Speakers

#MEPConf2021

Speakers 2021-02-23T15:20:14+00:00

Keynote Speakers

John Quiñones, TV News Anchor and Host, APB, Newton, Massachusetts

Tuesday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m. | What Would You Do? Words of Wisdom About Doing the Right Thing

Combining a moving life story, an exceptional career, incomparable insights, and a powerful presence, John Quiñones has emerged as one of the most popular inspirational speakers in the world today. His moving presentations focus on his odds-defying journey, celebrate the life-changing power of education, champion the Latino American Dream, and provide thought-provoking insights into human nature and ethical behavior.

A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer” took Quiñones from migrant farm work and poverty to more than 30 years at ABC News and the anchor desk at 20/20 and Primetime. Along the way, he broke through barriers, won the highest accolades, and became a role model for many. As host and creator of What Would You Do?, the highly-rated, hidden camera ethical dilemma newsmagazine now on its 14th season, Quiñones has literally become “the face of doing the right thing” to millions of fans. It’s a role that he has enthusiastically embraced off-camera, with a popular book and inspirational keynote presentations that challenge both business and general audiences to examine the What Would You Do? moments we face every day.

Saul Flores, Founder and Owner, LoveWalk, Raleigh, North Carolina

Wednesday, March 17 at 10:30 a.m. | The Walk of the Immigrants

Saul Flores walked 5,328 miles through 10 countries to document how grueling and dangerous the journey of immigrants to the United States can be and to raise money for an elementary school in Atencingo, Mexico. The story of his journey captures the essence of the people, communities and cultures he encountered along the way.

Flores is the founder and owner of LoveWalk, an organization that brings awareness to the immigrant journey. His philanthropic work has been featured on NPR, TEDx, FOX News, and in The Huffington Post. Flores travels around the nation speaking at both private and public universities educating students on issues related to immigration, adversity and separation. He has spoken at renowned universities such as Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and Dartmouth College.

Dolores Huerta, Founder and President, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Bakersfield, California

Thursday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m. | Together, We Can Make a Difference

Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez. Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for more than 50 years.

In 1962, Huerta and Chavez founded the United Farm Workers Union. She served as vice president and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades.

In 2002, Huerta received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship, which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation. DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizations to state and national movements to register and educate voters, advocate for education reform, bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities, advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community, and create strong leadership development.

Huerta has received numerous awards, among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award in 1998 from President Clinton and The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, in 2012 from President Obama.

Plenary Speakers

Read more about the plenary speakers at MEP Conference Session Presenters.

Joyce Ramos Gomez de Avila, President, CAFÉ Creating and Facilitating Equality, Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, March 17 at 2:45 p.m. | MEP Virtual Summer Camps: An Interstate Collaboration

Carlos Ojeda Jr., CEO and Creative Force, CoolSpeak, The Youth Engagement Company, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, March 17 at 2:45 p.m. | MEP Virtual Summer Camps: An Interstate Collaboration

Workshop Presenters

Read more about the session presenters at MEP Conference Session Presenters.

Lysandra Alexander
Tue at 2:45 p.m. C
@lyslalexander

David Bateman
Thu at 10:30 a.m. E
@SpedLawBlog

Kailee Baylor
Wed at 1:00 p.m. B

Nicholas Bell
Thu at 10:30 a.m. D

Debra Benitez
Wed at 1:00 p.m. C

Winnie Black
Wed at 1:00 p.m. D

Monica Burns
Tue at 2:45 p.m. E
@ClassTechTips

Jessica Castaneda
Wed at 1:00 p.m. E

Jennifer Conner
Wed at 1:00 p.m. F
@foundations_inc

Alicia Copeland
Wed at 1:00 p.m. D

Sarah Eason
Tue at 1:00 p.m. F
@SarahHEason

Matt Flaherty
Thu at 10:30 a.m. C

Kathy Fox
Tue at 2:45 p.m. B

Laura Fridirici
Tue at 1:00 p.m. A

Laura Gardner
Tue at 1:00 p.m. C
@lauragardner79

Lisa Gillette
Tue at 10:30 a.m.

Lupi Ginn
Thu at 10:30 a.m. C

Jenny Hernandez
Thu at 10:30 a.m. B

Phyllis Jordan
Wed at 1:00 p.m. A
@phylliswjordan
@FutureEdGU

Barbara Kaiser
Tue at 2:45 p.m. A

Tracie Kalic
Tue at 2:45 p.m. C

Andrea Kolb
Thu at 10:30 a.m. F

Bruce Lack
Tue at 2:45 p.m. D

Nicole Lady
Tue at 1:00 p.m. E

Pathy Leiva
Thu at 10:30 a.m. B

Tara Loew
Tue at 1:00 p.m. A

Leslie McConnell
Tue at 2:45 p.m. F

Carmen M. Medina
Tue at 10:30 a.m.

Ray Melecio
Tue at 2:45 p.m. D

Will Messier
Tue at 2:45 p.m. D

Laura Moran
Thu at 10:30 a.m. A

Vaughn Murray
Tue at 1:00 p.m. E

Thomas Naugle
Tue at 1:00 p.m. E

Anabel Rodriguez
Tue at 1:00 p.m. B

Cheri Sterman
Wed at 1:00 p.m. B
@CheriSterman
@CrayolaEdu

Susan Villani
Wed at 1:00 p.m. C

Elizabeth
Weaver-Ronk
Tue at 1:00 p.m. E

James Wells
Wed at 1:00 p.m. B