Richard 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.
David 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.
Arel 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.
Joana 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.
Dr. 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.
Rakesh 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.
The human mind has limitless potentials but we are stuck doing the same mundane things all the time. Everyday the "norm" eats at our creativity, artists and creative types are in a constant struggle to innovate and inspire. In this talk, Patrick invites the audience to break the norms, to challenge the rules, and to change their way of living. Through this talk, Patrick hopes to convey the concept that, "Rules are broken to create the new ones and we should not be held down by the weight of predictability.” Using personal experiences, Patrick would show the audience little ways to add more color and creativity to their lives.