J. Noah Brown is a widely recognized and award-winning higher education policy and governance expert, author, and educator whose experience spans nearly 35 years in the nation’s capital working in the nonprofit sector. Noah has served as president and chief executive officer of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) since 2005 and has worked for the association since 1996. He also serves on the faculty for the Doctorate in Community College Leadership program at Ferris State University in Michigan. Noah’s inaugural book, First in the World: Community Colleges and America's Future, won the 2013 Bellwether Book Award.
Acting Director, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
U.S. Economic Development Administration
Founding Member, Redbox
President, Red Inspires
Red Katz is a dynamic, “real world” professional keynote speaker who has been able to leverage his professional success as an entrepreneur, as well as his membership and leadership in organizations like Toastmasters International and the Mankind Project, with the realization of his dream of helping others find their passions. www.redinspires.com
Chancellor, Florida College System
Madeline M. Pumariega is Chancellor of the 28 colleges that make up the Florida College System, whichserve more than 800,000 students. Recognized amongst the top in the nation, the Florida College System is committed to maintaining the highest quality programs to meet Florida's growing workforce needs and to make sure college is accessible and affordable. Appointed has the first female and Hispanic Chancellor in August 2015, Chancellor Pumariega has worked to build upon on successes of the Florida College System. Her goal is to ensure that all students have a pathway to complete their degree or professional credential that leads them to their academic goals and ultimately helps them get a job.