EDULAB@LIGHTCITY PRESENTED BY
UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF MARYLAND

 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
IMET Columbus Center, 701 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202

Rethink learning. Join future-focused education innovators for a dialogue on the central role of education in our society.

EDULAB@LIGHTCITY FEATURED SCHOOLS 

EDULAB@LIGHTCITY SCHEDULE

EMCEE: Greg Cangialosi, Greg is an entrepreneur based in Baltimore, MD. He serves as Chairman & Co-Founder of Betamore, Co-Chair of the Baltimore Angels, and is an active advisor and investor to several companies in the mid-atlantic region. In 2001, Greg started and scaled, with no outside capital, Blue Sky Factory, a leading email marketing service provider. Greg serves on the board of the Baltimore Development Corporation and recently completed a two-year term on NACIE, (National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship), for the US Department of Commerce.


8:00 AM

Registration Opens


8:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Get Connected: Have Breakfast With Local Leaders From The Corporate, Nonprofit & Innovation Communities 


9:30 AM – 9:35 AM

Welcome & Introduction

Featuring Jamie McDonald, Founder, Generosity, Inc. & Co-Chair, Light City; Introducing Emcee Greg Cangialosi, Chairman & Co-Founder, Betamore & Co-Chair, Baltimore Angels


9:35 AM – 9:45 AM

Welcome To EduLab@LightCity 

Featuring Robert Caret, Chancellor, University System Of Maryland


9:45 AM – 10:20 AM

The Path To The Future

A Conversation Between Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland Baltimore County & Alec Ross, Technology Policy Expert, Innovator & New York Times Best-Selling Author Of The Industries Of The Future


 10:20 AM – 11:20 AM

Dear Mr. President. Lightning Round Of Big Ideas For Reshaping The Future Of America

Featuring Lee Boot, Affiliate Associate Professor of Film, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Associate Professor, Department of Dance, Towson University; Dr. Yi-Ping Huang, Coppin State University; Carol McKissick, MBA, Program Administrator-BIORESCO/CIBR, University of Maryland, Baltimore; Dr. Kimberly R. Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Colin Starger, Associate Professor of Law & Co-Director, Pretrial Justice Clinic, University of Baltimore School of Law; Jesse Varsalone, Associate Professor of Computer Networks & Cybersecurity; UMUC


11:20 AM – 11:30 AM

Break


11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Two Noted Education Leaders Discuss Their Backgrounds, The Moments That Make Them Love Their Jobs, Their Biggest Challenges & Their Hopes For The Future

Featuring Dr. Sonja Santelises, CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools; Dr. Kim Schatzel, President, Towson University


12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

New Thinking About Education, Vocation & Entrepreneurship As Pathways For Often-Excluded Communities

Featuring Laurin Hodge, President & Executive Director, Mission: Launch, Inc.; Jonathan Moore, Founder & CEO, Rowdy Orbit; Amy Roza, Director, Goucher College’s Prison Education Partnership; Moderated by Jason Hardebeck, CEO, The Foundery


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Creative Collaboration Lunch, Meet Fellow Attendees & Brainstorm Solutions For Our City’s Most Pressing Problems


1:30 PM

Afternoon Session Kick-Off


1:30 PM – 2:05 PM
The Next Wave Of Education Reform Solutions: Addressing Racial Opportunity Gaps, Community Engagement, Urban Teacher Education
Featuring Rob Helfenbein, Interim Chair Of Teacher Education, Associate Professor Of Curriculum Studies, Loyola University Maryland; Dr. Simone Gibson, Morgan State University; Dr. Omar Simpson, Assistant Director, HOP-In, Johns Hopkins University

2:05 PM – 2:30 PM

Sound Catalyst: Bridging Divides Through Listening & Learning 

Wendel Patrick, Music Producer, Photographer, Educator, and Co-founder, Boom Bap Society


2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

The Gamification Of Education

Featuring Todd Marks, CEO, Mindgrub


2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

A Perspective From The Front Lines: School-Based Education Leaders Separate Myths From Reality, In An Era Of Rapid Change In Public School Education

Featuring Edward Blackstone, Thread; Crystal Harden-Lindsey, Principal, Green Street Academy; Latesha Higgs, Family and Community Engagement Co-Chairperson, Furley Elementary School; Athanasia Kyriakakos, Teacher, Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, MD Teacher of the Year; Joesph Manko, Principal, Liberty Elementary School; Moderated By David Warnock, Founder and CEO – ‎Network for Good


3:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Special Performance By University System of Maryland Spoken Word Artists

3:45 PM – 3:50 PM

Stretch

Featuring Melanie Kozel, Studio Owner, The Dailey Method


3:50 PM – 4:00 PM

Break


4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

How Education Technology Is Redefining Learning & Access: Baltimore Educational Startups Session

Featuring Steven Henick, Vice Dean of Business & Professional Programs, University of Maryland University College


4:30 PM – 4:50 PM

Awakening Youth Through Connection: The Power Of Making & Mentoring

Featuring Aisha DaCosta, Founder, I Am O’Kah! Inc.; Shawn Grimes, Executive Director & Director of Technology, Digital Harbor Foundation


4:50 PM – 5:20 PM

Shape A Better City!

Featuring Kirsten Brinlee, Assistant Director, Baltimore Collegetown; Kristen Campbell McGuire, Executive Director, Baltimore Collegetown; & Baltimore Collegetown LeaderShape Students


5:20 PM – 5:50 PM

Equal Opportunities In American Schools

Featuring Donovan Livingston, Public Speaker, Educator and Spoken Word Poet whose Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address “Lift Off” went viral in 2016


5:50 PM – 5:55 PM

Top Takeaways & Reflection


5:55 PM – 6:00 PM

Closing Remarks & Thank You


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Edulab Twilight Event: Innovative Ideas Fair

The Innovative Ideas Fair will feature University System of Maryland innovators and performances. Hear from top innovators within the University Systems of Maryland, as well as enjoy talented performances from the Universities! Feel free to show your alumni/school pride during this Labs@LightCity Twilight Event! Note: This event is free and open to the public.


EDULAB@LIGHTCITY SPEAKERS

Edward Blackstone – Thread

Speaker Topic: A Perspective From The Front Lines: School-Based Education Leaders Separate Myths From Reality, In An Era Of Rapid Change In Public School Education In Conversation With Latesha Higgs, Athanasia Kyriakakos, Joseph Manko; Moderated by David Warnock

Edward Blackstone is 24 years old and was born and raised in Baltimore City. At one time, he found himself victim to the circumstances in his life and found himself motherless, homeless, and in the bottom 10% of his freshman class. In his 10th grade year, he was approached by Sarah Hemminger with an offer to join a nonprofit program called I.M.P now called Thread. This program along with the constant support from his volunteers such as Tong Zhang and Rose Parkinson Edward is now attending Towson University majoring in Family Studies looking to give back to the same youth who face the same challenges he did.

Lee Boot – Affiliate Associate Professor of Film/Video and Associate Director, Imaging Research Center, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Speaker Topic: Dear Mr. President. Lightning Round Of Big Ideas For Reshaping The Future Of America In Conversation With Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Dr. Yi-Ping Huang, Kimberly R. Moffitt, Colin Starger & Jesse Varsalone

Lee Boot is an experimental media artist and researcher exploring new ways to represent knowledge in human environments. Lee’s video, interactive works and films have been broadcast and exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Johannesburg Biennial in South Africa and London’s Serpentine Gallery. As Principal Investigator of research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, his work is published in journals and presented at conferences that focus on with education, new media and digital communications.

Greg Cangialosi – Chairman & Co-Founder of Betamore, Co-Chair of the Baltimore Angels

Greg is an entrepreneur based in Baltimore, MD. He serves as Chairman & Co-Founder of Betamore, Co-Chair of the Baltimore Angels, and is an active advisor and investor to several companies in the mid-atlantic region. In 2001, Greg started and scaled, with no outside capital, Blue Sky Factory, a leading email marketing service provider, that was acquired by the private equity firm, Riverside Company in July of 2011. Greg serves on the board of the Baltimore Development Corporation and recently completed a two year term on NACIE, (National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship), for the US Department of Commerce.

Robert L. Caret – Chancellor, University System of Maryland (USM) 

Robert L. Caret joined the University System of Maryland (USM) as chancellor on July 1, 2015. He was inaugurated as the system’s fourth chancellor on November 19, 2015. No stranger to Maryland, Caret is a former president of Towson University, a USM institution. During his 20 years of public higher education leadership, Caret has earned respect for his successful work in several areas, including helping to ensure college affordability, academic excellence, and the efficient use of resources.

Aisha DaCosta – Executive Director, CEO and Founder, I Am O’Kah! Inc.

Speaker Topic: Awakening Youth Through Connection: The Power of Making and Mentoring In Conversation With Shawn Grimes

Aisha DaCosta is a philanthropist, socio-economic justice activist and first-generation American in full pursuit of actualizing the American dream.  After serving 14 years in the United States Air Force, Aisha returned to civilian life with a desire to impact the lives of those in her community. In 2011 she founded a not-for-profit called I AM O’Kah! Inc., in memory of her sister Kahdine, who was the first in her family to go to college.

Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell – Associate Professor, Department of Dance, Towson University 

Speaker Topic: Dear Mr. President. Lightning Round Of 10 Big Ideas For Reshaping The Future Of America. Framed In A Five Minute Pitch To The President In Conversation With Lee Boot, Dr. Yi-Ping Huang, Kimberly R. Moffitt, Colin Starger & Jesse Varsalone

Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell was a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater under the direction of Judith Jamison. In addition to being an Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at Towson University, she’s on the faculty of the Baltimore School for the Arts. Her research and scholarship involve continuing the Ailey legacy within the Towson University and Greater Baltimore community. In 2014, she established and directed AileyCamp Baltimore at Towson University.

Dr. Simone Gibson – Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and Professional Development, Morgan State University

Speaker Topic: The Next Wave Of Education Reform Solutions: Addressing Racial Opportunity Gaps, Community Engagement, Urban Teacher Education In Conversation With Dr. Omar Simpson and Rob Helfenbein

Simone Gibson is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Teacher Education & Professional Development at Morgan State University.  Although she began her career as a middle school English teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools, her experience as an educator spans P-12 as well as higher education in both California and Maryland.  Her current research involves two projects which: 1) explores the significance of sociopolitical consciousness with P-12 learners;  and 2) investigates ways of connecting the non-traditional literacy habits of historically marginalized P-12 learners to those traditional literacy practices promoted within schools; and 3) the preparation of teachers of color.

Shawn Grimes – Executive Director & Director of Technology, Digital Harbor Foundation

Speaker Topic: Awakening Youth Through Connection: The Power Of Making And Mentoring In Conversation With Aisha DaCosta

Shawn Grimes has nearly 20 years of experience as a technologist in a variety of fields including mobile, cybersecurity, and software engineering. He is the Executive Director and Director of Technology at the Digital Harbor Foundation, where they use technology and maker skills to develop a blend of creativity and productivity in youth and educators. In 2013, the Digital Harbor Foundation transformed a closed-down rec center in Baltimore City into a vibrant Tech Center for youth. In 2014, the organization launched the Center of Excellence to train others how to incorporate making into their own learning environments.

Jason Hardebeck – CEO at The Foundery

Speaker Topic: New Thinking About Education, Vocation And Entrepreneurship As Pathways To Self-Sufficiency In Conversation With Amy Roza, Jonathan Moore & Laurin Hodge

Originally from small towns in Montana and Nevada, Jason earned his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the US Naval Academy prior to receiving his Masters in Advanced Business Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Since the completion of his education, Jason has held a number of diverse roles in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, technology, non-profit organizations, the military, and state and local government. Throughout his various career endeavors, Jason became qualified to operate a U.S. Navy nuclear power plant, served as Maryland’s first official Entrepreneur in Residence, was named Inventor on six U.S. patents, and founded a company which was then purchased by Facebook.

Rob Helfenbein – Interim Chair of Teacher Education, Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies, Loyola University Maryland

Speaker Topic: The Next Wave Of Education Reform Solutions: Addressing Racial Opportunity Gaps, Community Engagement, Urban Teacher Education In Conversation With Dr. Omar Simpson and Dr. Simone Gibson

Rob Helfenbein earned his Ph.D. and B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Helfenbein has offered courses in Teaching Secondary Social Studies, Middle School Methods, and graduate level courses in curriculum theory, qualitative research methods, social foundations, and urban education. Dr. Helfenbein has published and edited numerous research articles and book chapters about contemporary education analysis in urban contexts in journals such as Curriculum Inquiry, the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Educational StudiesThe Urban Review, the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, and co-edited the books Unsettling Beliefs: Teaching Theory to Teachers (2008) and Ethics and International Curriculum Work: The Challenges of Culture and Context (2012).

Steven Henick – Vice Dean of Business and Professional Programs, University of Maryland University College

Speaker Topic: How Education Technology Is Redefining Learning And Access

Steve Henick is a retired international business executive with 33 years of experience managing multinational businesses. He started his career with Procter & Gamble in marketing and also worked with other companies including Warner Communications and A. T. Cross. He has lived and worked in Japan, the Philippines, and France in addition to the United States. When Henick retired from business, he began teaching at UMUC as an adjunct and is now a full-time professor. Before he began working at UMUC, Henick was also a lecturer at Anne Arundel Community College and the director of AACC’s Institute for the Future. Prior to his business career, Henick was a captain, pilot, and intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Latesha Higgs – Family and Community Engagement Co-Chairperson, Baltimore City Public Schools

Speaker Topic: A Perspective From The Front Lines – School-Based Education Leaders Separate Myths From Reality, In An Era Of Rapid Change In Public School Education In Conversation With Edward Blackstone, Crystal Harden-Lindsey, Athanasia Kyriakakos & Joseph Manko; Moderated By David Warnock

Latesha Higgs is a graduate of Bowie State University and has taught in Maryland Public Schools for 10 years. While teaching, Latesha also coordinated and facilitated mentoring programs within various schools for both boys and girls. The mission of Latesha’s not for profit, The DIVA Effect Inc., is to empower women in under-served neighborhoods through leadership and life-skills training that will enable them to strengthen their families and change the narrative of their own communities.

Laurin Hodge – President & Executive Director, Mission: Launch, Inc.

Speaker Topic: New Thinking About Education, Vocation & Entrepreneurship As Pathways For Often-Excluded Communities In Conversation With Jonathan Moore & Amy Roza; Moderated by Jason Hardebeck

Laurin often says she did not pick prison; prison picked her. It was the unexpected incarceration of her mother for a first-time, nonviolent, white-collar indictment, which motivated her to craft a social entrepreneurial career as a millennial woman of color. As the Executive Director, Laurin Hodge oversees the day-to-day development of the organization and serves as the vision keeper for shifting policies, programs, practices and ultimately the allocation of resources. Mission: Launch envisions the elimination of the lasting harm caused by our criminal justice system, which requires a robust approach of leveraging technology and innovation as well as restoring self-sufficiency through inclusive entrepreneurship.

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III – President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Keynote Speaker – Speaker Topic: The Path To The Future: A Conversation On Stage Between Freeman Hrabowski & Alec Ross, Exploring How We Look To The Education System, Business & Government To Help Cities Like Baltimore Tap Into The Promise Of The Industries Of The Future

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the 2011 report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He also was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Melanie Kozel – Studio Owner, The Dailey Method

The Towson-based studio is owned and operated by Melanie Pipkin Kozel. An avid fitness enthusiast and University of Maryland grad, Melanie discovered barre classes in 2009 while living and working in Washington, DC. By 2011, she was training to be a certified instructor and spent the next three years teaching more than 1,000 classes in the nation’s capitol. While on a trip to San Francisco in April 2014, Melanie tried her first Dailey Method class and was instantly impressed by the precision of the instruction, the high quality of the workout and the overall fun of class. Melanie knew she wanted to take her love for barre to the next level and open a studio and found The Dailey Method to be the perfect fit. After a successful 10-year career in communications and public relations, Melanie is excited to join The Dailey Method family and to be back in her hometown.

Athanasia Kyriakakos – Teacher, Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, MD Teacher of the Year

Speaker Topic: A Perspective From The Front Lines – School-Based Education Leaders Separate Myths From Reality, In An Era Of Rapid Change In Public School Education In Conversation With Edward Blackstone, Crystal Harden-Lindsey, Latesha Higgs & Joeseph Manko; Moderated By David Warnock

Passion, resilience, perseverance, are the outcomes of the relationships Ms. Kyriakakos builds with her students. Athanasia Kyriakakos earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000, her teaching certification from Central Connecticut State University in 1995 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1991. While teaching in Baltimore, she has been a member of the Instructional Leadership Team, an SLO ambassador and a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Teacher Leaders program. As a world-renowned artist, she represented Greece in the 50th Venice Biennale, and received a Fulbright scholarship.

Donovan Livingston – Public Speaker, Educator and Spoken Word Poet whose Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address “Lift Off” went viral in 2016

Keynote Speaker – Speaker Topic: Equal Opportunities In American Schools

Donovan Livingston is an award-winning educator, spoken word poet, and public speaker. In 2016, his Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address “Lift Off” went viral, reaching over thirteen million views and prompting Hillary Clinton to praise, “It’s young graduates like [Livingston] who make it clear that America’s best days are still ahead.” Since his pivotal speech, Livingston has been featured on CNN, NPR, BBC, Good Morning America, and in news outlets across Europe, Australia, India, and South Africa. His convocation address will be published as a book by Spiegel & Grau in 2017. Livingston has earned master’s degrees from Columbia University and Harvard University, and is now a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Joseph Manko – Principal, Liberty Elementary School

Speaker Topic: A Perspective From The Front Lines – School-Based Education Leaders Separate Myths From Reality, In An Era Of Rapid Change In Public School Education In Conversation With Edward Blackstone, Crystal Harden-Lindsey, Latesha Higgs & Athanasia Kyriakakos; Moderated By David Warnock

For the past five years, Joseph Manko has been the principal at Liberty Elementary School, a public school that serves 442 students. After teaching for 7 years, he was selected as a member of the New Leaders for New Schools cohort and worked as a Resident Principal at Hilton Elementary. Beginning in 2008, Manko served as an adjunct professor at Towson University and Johns Hopkins University teaching graduate level classes on education policy and school reform. His educational career in education began in 2002 when he joined Teach for America and was placed in Baltimore, Maryland.

Todd Marks – CEO, Mindgrub

Speaker Topic: The Gamification of Education

Todd Marks, a teacher-turned-technologist, is the Founder and CEO of Mindgrub, a technology innovation agency that pioneers creative thinking in the development of web, mobile, and learning management systems for educational organizations. He leads information architects, user experience specialists, interface designers and top-notch developers to solve business and consumer challenges in application development and rapid prototyping. Marks has overseen projects for a wide range of clients like Crayola, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Towson University, and Baltimore County Public Schools. He has shared his vision for innovation at conferences like SXSWedu and ETIS, and has been profiled in publications like The Huffington Post, CNN and Newsweek.

Jamie McDonald – Founder, Generosity, Inc. & Co-Chair, Light City

Jamie McDonald is the Founder of Generosity Inc. Jamie’s mission is to spur people to give, act and innovate on behalf of communities, causes and schools. After 16 years as an investment banker, Jamie shifted her personal mission from startups and venture capital to innovation and growth of the generosity economy. She launched Generosity Inc. after the acquisition of GiveCorps, a crowdfunding and peer fundraising platform she founded. GiveCorps was acquired by Network for Good, the nation’s largest online charitable giving platform in 2014. At Generosity Inc, Jamie advises impact-focused CEOs and works on large-scale social movements around the country. In addition to working with causes on technology activation, giving days and fundraising, Jamie is one of six members of the global #GivingTuesday team at the 92nd Street Y, the founders of the movement.

Carol A. McKissick, MBA – Program Administrator-BIORESCO/CIBR, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Second generation American. Born in Carlisle, PA, married for 32 years to retired police captain, two adult children, one of whom is also a police officer. Lived in Hawai’i, when husband was in USMC. Moved to Maryland in 1988. Began professional life as a microbiologist, worked in scientific research for 14 years. Received an MBA in 2004. Currently administrate the operation of UMB Core facility and co-administrate UMB School of Medicine Core Facilities (CIBR). Have been working toward MS in Applied Psychology, graduation planned for Dec., 2017. Next new career start planned for 2018.

Dr. Kimberly R. Moffitt – Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Speaker Topic: Dear Mr. President. Lightning Round Of 10 Big Ideas For Reshaping The Future Of America. Framed In A Five Minute Pitch To the President In Conversation With Lee Boot, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Dr. Yi-Ping Huang, Colin Starger & Jesse Varsalone

Dr. Kimberly R. Moffitt is associate professor of American Studies and affiliate assistant professor in the Departments of Africana Studies and Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. program. Her teaching interests include culture, media studies/criticism, Black hair and body politics, sports and media, and popular culture. Dr. Moffitt’s research focuses on mediated representations of marginalized groups as well as the politicized nature of Black hair and the body. Additionally, she often writes op-ed articles for the Baltimore Sun and is a frequent guest on local public radio programs.

Jonathan Moore – Founder and CEO, Rowdy Orbit

Speaker Topic: New Thinking About Education, Vocation & Entrepreneurship As Pathways For Often-Excluded Communities In Conversation With Laurin Hodge & Amy Roza; Moderated by Jason Hardebeck

CEO Jonathan Moore launched Rowdy Orbit, a parent company of Rowdy Orbit Impact, in 2009. Moore was inspired to create Rowdy Orbit after filming at the Maryland Food Bank and witnessing the challenges its formerly incarcerated clients faced in attempting to rejoin the workforce. Rowdy Orbit is a for-profit company that believes “Humanity Deserves Better. All People Deserve The Chance To Be Their Best Selves.” Rowdy Orbit’s mission is to develop strategic impact solutions to fix the profound social and economic problems of the modern world. The organization collaborates and partners with private, public, and non-profit entities to construct non-siloed evidence-based solutions.

Wendel Patrick – Music Producer, Photographer, Educator, and Co-Founder, Boom Bap Society

Speaker Topic: Sound Catalyst – Bridging Divides Through Listening & Learning

Wendel Patrick has been referred to as “David Foster Wallace reincarnated as a sound engineer” by Urbanite Magazine and as “wildly talented” by the Baltimore Sun. The alter ego of classical and jazz pianist Kevin Gift, Wendel Patrick is rapidly making a name for himself as a producer to be recognized. He is a co-founder of the Baltimore Boom Bap Society and co-creator of “Out of the Blocks”, the award winning documentary radio program that has aired on WYPR, NPR and The BBC. Mr. Patrick is a recipient of the 2015 Baker Artist Awards’ Mary Sawyers Baker grand prize, and was a professor of music at Loyola University Maryland for eleven years.

Alec Ross – Technology Policy Expert, Innovator and New York Times best-selling author of The Industries of the Future

Keynote Speaker – Speaker Topic: The Path To The Future: A Conversation On Stage Between Freeman Hrabowski And Alec Ross, Exploring How We Look To The Education System, Business And Government To Help Cities Like Baltimore Tap Into The Promise Of The Industries Of The Future

Alec Ross is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Industries of the Future, published by Simon & Schuster. Alec serves as an advisor to investors, corporations and government leaders to help them understand the implication of factors emerging at the intersection of geopolitics, markets and increasingly disruptive network technologies. He recently served for four years as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, a role created for him to maximize the potential of technology and innovation in service of America’s diplomatic goals.

Amy Roza – Director, Goucher College Prison Education Partnership

Speaker Topic: New Thinking About Education, Vocation And Entrepreneurship As Pathways To Self-Sufficiency In Conversation With Jason Hardebeck, Jonathan Moore & Laurin Hodge

Amy Roza is Director of the Goucher College Prison Education Partnership, which offers men and women incarcerated in Maryland the opportunity to pursue an excellent college education. A national model, GPEP is part of the public conversation about mutually-reinforcing intergenerational cycles of poverty, incarceration and limited educational opportunity. Prior to her work in Maryland, Amy supported more than 300 students pursuing associates degrees while they were incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison through the Prison University Project.

Dr. Sonja Santelises – CEO, Baltimore City Schools

Speaker Topic: Two Noted Education Leaders Discuss Their Backgrounds, The Moments That Make Them Love Their Jobs, Their Biggest Challenges And Their Hopes For The Future In Conversation With Dr. Kim Schatzel

Dr. Sonja B. Santelises has spent close to 30 years focused on building high-quality teaching and learning to help students excel, including her tenure as chief academic officer for Baltimore City Public Schools from 2010 to 2013. She returns to City Schools after serving for three years as vice president for K-12 policy and practice at The Education Trust, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit focused on closing the achievement gap experienced disproportionately by African American, Latino, and Native students and students from low-income families.

Dr. Kim E. Schatzel – President, Towson University

Speaker Topic: Two Noted Education Leaders Discuss Their Backgrounds, The Moments That Make Them Love Their Jobs, Their Biggest Challenges And Their Hopes For The Future In Conversation With Dr. Sonia Santileses

Dr. Kim E. Schatzel began her career in higher education in 2000 and held several positions in the College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, beginning as an assistant professor of marketing and rising to interim dean (2007-2008) and dean (2008-2012). As dean, she led the business college to reposition itself within a highly competitive market, leading to enrollment growth and enhanced ability to attract and retain outstanding faculty. Prior to joining Towson, Schatzel served as interim president for six months while continuing her responsibilities as provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs at Eastern Michigan University, a position she held since 2012.

Dr. Omar Simpson – Assistant Director, Hop-In Center for Student Success, Johns Hopkins University and Founder, The Omar Simpson Foundation

Speaker Topic: The Next Wave Of Education Reform Solutions: Addressing Racial Opportunity Gaps, Community Engagement, Urban Teacher Education In Conversation With Dr. Simone Gibson and Rob Helfenbein

Dr. Omar Simpson has served as a student affairs administrator for over 7 years. Dr. Simpson has worked on retention programs and services that provide academic and transitional support to enhance student learning and promote student success. He arrived at Johns Hopkins University in May of 2016 and serves as the Assistant Director for the Hop-In program in the Center for Student Success. In addition, Dr. Simpson co-manages the Mentoring Assistance Peer Program (MAPP). He earned his Ph.D. in Culture, Curriculum and Change from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Colin Starger – Associate Professor of Law & Co-Director, Pretrial Justice Clinic, University of Baltimore School of Law

Speaker Topic: Dear Mr. President. Lightning Round Of 10 Big Ideas For Reshaping The Future Of America, Framed In A Five Minute Pitch To The President In Conversation With Lee Boot, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Dr. Yi-Ping Huang, Kimberly R. Moffitt & Jesse Varsalone

Colin Starger is an Associate Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law where he teaches constitutional law, civil procedure and jurisprudence. Starger is also Co-Director of the Pretrial Justice Clinic and a former staff attorney at the Innocence Project. He has been involved in criminal justice reform advocacy for over 15 years.

Jesse Varsalone – Associate Professor of Computer Networks and Cybersecurity, University of Maryland University College 

Speaker Topic: Dear Mr. President. Lightning Round Of 10 Big Ideas For Reshaping The Future Of America. Framed In A Five Minute Pitch To The President In Conversation With Lee Boot, Dr. Yi-Ping Huang, Kimberly R. Moffitt & Colin Starger

Jesse Varsalone has been teaching for 20+ years in the undergraduate and graduate level at UMUC, CCBC, Champlain College and Stevenson University. He also taught for 5 years at DCITA where he was a member of the network intrusions track. Jesse holds a number of IT certifications, including A+, Net+, Linux+, CISSP, MSCE. Jesse has spoken at several conferences on Cybersecurity. He was a member of the Red Team for the CCDC. He has a Master’s Degree from University of South Florida and a Bachelor’s Degree from George Mason University. Jesse has written and contributed to several publications, including Defense Against the Black Arts: How Hackers Do What They Do and How to Protect Against It. Jesse also wrote the entire series of labs for Security+, Ethical Hacking, Forensics, and Network Security for NDG’s netlab.

David Warnock – Founder and CEO, Camden Partners Holdings – ‎Network for Good

Speaker Topic: A Perspective From The Front Lines. School-Based Education Leaders Separate Myths From Reality, In An Era Of Rapid Change In Public School Education.

While working at T. Rowe Price and volunteering as a mentor through Project RAISE, David learned firsthand about the cycle of drug use, violence and family deterioration in Baltimore: when a young kid he knew for years grew distant, fell into East Baltimore’s unforgiving drug trade, and shot another teenage boy. After that day, David committed himself to pursuing the kind of change that could prevent this from happening to other families. In 1999, David became a trustee and Board chair of the Center for Urban Families, a workforce organization connecting Baltimore’s most disengaged citizens – former incarcerated individuals – with their families, communities and employment.

Baltimore Collegetown Network – Kristen McGuire, Kirsten Brinlee, and Collegetown LeaderShape students

Speaker Topic: Shape A Better City! Collegetown Leadershape Students Show You How To Break Down Barriers, Get Visionary, And Get To Work In This Interactive Session.

Baltimore Collegetown Network Executive Director Kristen Campbell McGuire and Assistant Director Kirsten Brinlee will join a group of Collegetown LeaderShape students to host this lab.

 

Ms. McGuire has been the executive director of Baltimore Collegetown for the last 14 years where she develops projects and partnerships to attract, engage, and retain students, raise the profile of Baltimore as a destination, and help colleges share resources. Programs benefitting the area’s 120,000 students include a comprehensive marketing campaign, inter-campus shuttle system, engagement and internship programs, academic partnerships, and Collegetown LeaderShape, which launched in 2010.

 

Ms. Brinlee manages the Collegetown LeaderShape and Collegetown Underground programs and works with several campus communities of practice. Prior to joining Collegetown, she worked as the Assistant Director at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Social Concern.  At JHU, she managed the Alternative Break program, large days of service, and advised the Student Advocacy Board and service student organizations.  She relocated from Texas to Baltimore in 2012, and while in Texas worked at the University of North Texas’s Center for Leadership and Service.

 

Collegetown LeaderShape program alumni are current students or recent graduates who are actively creating positive change in our region. They will help facilitate the session and share their personal journeys through the program and beyond.

LABS@LIGHTCITY LUMINARY PROGRAM 

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Labs@LightCity – Ivy Bookshop Pre-Order

Pre-order books from some of Labs@LightCity speakers through The Ivy Bookshop!

 

 

All orders must be placed by Sunday, March 19th to guarantee availability for pick-up during the conference.

 

 

If you have any questions, please email info@theivybookshop.com with “Light City Book Order” in the subject line.

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