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NACCE2015 Keynote Speakers
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NACCE 2015 Keynote Speakers


Dr. Dale Allen

Vice President for Community Engagement at Quinsigamond Community College  

Dr. Dale Allen serves as Vice President for Community Engagement at Quinsigamond Community College (QCC). He leads the College’s focus on strategic partnerships, enhancing the mission of QCC and addressing higher education and workforce development needs throughout Worcester County, through partnerships that maximize leveraged resources of public and private entities.

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Dr. Sangeeta Badal

Principal Researcher & Senior Consultant, Enterpreneurship at Gallup  


Dr. Sangeeta Badal, Ph.D., is the primary researcher for Gallup’s Entrepreneurship and Job Creation initiative. Dr. Badal is responsible for translating research findings into interventions that drive small business growth. Her research has appeared in the Gallup Business Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post.

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EJ Carrion

Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist Officer at Student Success Agency


Featured on ABC, NBC, and Fox news affiliates, EJ Carrion is the #1 Amazon Best Selling author of Accelerate Your Success: How to Create a Future and Stand Out When College is Not Enough, which teaches students how to market and brand themselves when everyone is going to college and no one is hiring.

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Johnny Earle

CEO at Johnny Cupcakes


Why have thousands of customers from around the world chosen to get the Johnny Cupcakes' logos tattooed on themselves? And how does Johnny get hundreds of people to camp outside his fake bakeries? Over the past decade Johnny Cupcakes, founded by speaker Johnny Earle, has grown from a "joke" to a multi-million dollar, highly exclusive t-shirt brand driven by a community of world-wide collectors. Johnny shares his story of how he took his t-shirt brand from the trunk of his rusty car at age 19, with a learning disability, to some of the world's most sought after retail locations.

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Patricia Fenn

Assistant Vice President for Continuing Education & Workforce Development at Ocean County College

Patricia Fenn is currently the Assistant Vice President for Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ. Pat has over 30 years of organizational development, educational leadership, administrative, and academic technology based teaching and learning experience in business, academics, non-profits and public sectors. She has been involved in Higher Education in positions such as enrollment management, teaching and learning with technology, Adjunct Professor, Staff Development Director, Directorships of Extended Education Programs, Online Learning, Strategic Planning, consulting and educational management.

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Lorinda Forrest

Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator at San Joaquin Delta College


A 5X entrepreneur and business start-up specialist, Lorinda serves 14 Community Colleges in the California Central Valley and Mother Lode Region as the Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator for the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework out of the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development department. She is hosted by San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California.

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Dr. Angeline Godwin

President at Patrick Henry Community College


Named Patrick Henry Community College’s third president in 2012, Dr. Godwin served as president of Ashland [KY] Community and Technical College and leadership roles in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Michigan.  A serial entrepreneur, she has also started, owned and operated technology, retail and service companies.  

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Steven Groner

Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Success at Kaskaskia College

I am in my sixth year as Director of the Institute For Entrepreneurial Success. Programs include; a regional SBDC, incubators, "kid business" initiatives and entrepreneur clubs. Recent priorities are aimed at helping start-up companies grow after launch. I started my professional journey with a BFA in Product Design and an MBA from Benedictine University.


Michael Hennessy

President and CEO at The Coleman Foundation

Michael Hennessy began working with the Coleman Foundation in 1987 while he was an officer of the Fannie May Candy company in Chicago. The Coleman Foundation is a fully endowed, private foundation established by J.D. and Dorothy Coleman, who were previous owners of Fannie May. He joined the foundation Board in 1992, served as Assistant Executive Director and was elected President in 1993. He has developed and advanced programs in the foundations core program areas of Entrepreneurship Education, Cancer Treatment and Developmental Disabilities.

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Allen Hurley 

CEO of Vision, LLC.

J. Allen Hurley, II, Former Chairman, CEO and founder of Touchstone Wireless has been one of the industry pioneer’s in the reverse logistics, recycling, repair and insurance sectors of the wireless industry for over 26 years. Mr. Hurley is an Entrepreneur with a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Northeast State Community College.

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Todd Johnson

Global Channel Leader, Entrepreneurship & Job Creation at Gallup

W. Todd Johnson is the Global Channel Leader of Entrepreneurship and Job Creation with Gallup. Throughout his tenure, Johnson has served in leadership positions related to Gallup’s global activities and operations. In 2002, Johnson was tasked with building partnerships with governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to create jobs by deploying Gallup economic and management science at the macroeconomic level and across economic sectors. 

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Dr. Barbara Jones

President at South Arkansas Community College

Dr. Barbara Jones has served higher education for 24 years – currently, as President of South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado, Arkansas. Previously, she served as dean of instruction, allied health chair, and faculty member. She also worked as a laboratory scientist for 22 years in hospitals and medical facilities.


Joe Kapp

Co-Founder of Business Behavioral LLC and Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College

Mr. Kapp, a serial entrepreneur, started and sold his first business, a video production company, in college.  Since that time he has started numerous other successful ventures. Mr. Kapp has 10 years of experience in the technology industry, having advised Fortune 500 companies on the use and implementation of new and emerging technologies.


Julie Lenzer Kirk

Director of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the U.S. Department of Commerce


Julie Lenzer Kirk was appointed in May 2014 to lead the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) within the U.S. Department of Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). In her capacity as Director of the OIE, she is charged with driving programs and policies that support innovative economic development such as innovation-based entrepreneurship and regional innovation clusters. Ms. Kirk is also the co-founder and former CEO of the Path Forward Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit that helps women expand economic opportunity by starting and building growth-oriented businesses.


Kelli List Wells

Executive Director for Education & Skills at the GE Foundation

Kelli List Wells is the Executive Director for Education and Skills for the GE Foundation in Fairfield, CT. Her portfolio focuses on building education, skills and training initiatives to prepare the next generation for the demands of the workforce and the changing labor economy both nationally and globally. 


Jacob Longacre

Assistant Professor of Photonics & Electronics Engineering at Quinsigamond Community College 

Jacob Longacre is an Assistant Professor of Photonics and Electronics Engineering at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has over 30 years of research and development engineering experience in government, private industry, and entrepreneurial environments. 


Chancellor Cesar Maldonado

Chancellor at Houston Community College 

A nationally recognized leader in the engineering and manufacturing industry, Dr. Cesar Maldonado transitioned to a leadership role in higher education in 2008. Today he serves as the 8th Chancellor of the 47-year old Houston Community College District that stretches over nearly 700 square miles in the nation’s fourth largest city.


Bruce McHenry

Business Faculty & Director of the Community Entrepreneurship Center at South Mountain Community College 


Bruce McHenry is Business Faculty and Director of the Community Entrepreneurship Center for South Mountain Community College, one of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges.  His passion, and his calling, is teaching and helping his students and communities become entrepreneurs and business owners.  Being an entrepreneur himself, with 4 start-ups, he knows the power and benefits of starting and running a successful business.  He strives to bring that to his communities.


Dr. Christine Pigsley


Christine Pigsley is a professor of Organizational Studies at Minnesota State University Mankato and a business consultant specializing in microenterprise and direct selling. She has served as a NACCE Fellow since 2013 assisting with the Coleman Elevator Grants, NACCE’s Online Courses, and the Essential Practices Guides. She is based in Minnesota.


Luciano Sappia

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator at Middlesex Community College


Luciano Sappia is Director of MCC’s I.D.E.A. Center, Coordinator of MCC’s Entrepreneurship Program, and Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship at MCC. He is a former serial entrepreneur and Senior Advisor for the SBDC network of Massachusetts.  His current focus of work is on Entrepreneurship and Innovation across disciplines.  


Shanna Smith Jaggars

Assistant Director at Community College Research Center 


Shanna Smith Jaggars is Assistant Director of the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on developmental education programming and policy, student advising and tracking systems, online learning, the labor market value of community college coursework and credentials, and institutional improvement processes.

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Lisa Sonora

Founder of Creative Entrepreneur


Thanks to community college, Lisa Sonora is a high-school dropout with an MBA. An artist, entrepreneur and educator, she’s taught creativity and business courses on five continents, from schools in Africa to tech firms. Her award-winning book, The Creative Entrepreneur, shares her methods used in entrepreneurship education globally.


Rachel Spekman

Director of Programming at MassChallenge 


Rachel loves community building, startups, and the thriving scene for both in Boston. As the Director of Programming, she is committed to helping entrepreneurs win by developing relationships across MassChallenge constituents. She collaborates with mentors, investors, speakers, judges, industry champions, and alumni to exceed program expectations. 

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Dr. Timothy M. Stearns

Founder/Executive Director at the Lyles Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship


Timothy M. Stearns is the holder of the Coleman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies and Executive Director/Founder of the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at California State University, Fresno ( Professor Stearns received his MBA degree in management and a doctorate in management/sociology from Indiana University.


Dr. Edgar Troudt

Assistant Professor of Tourism & Hospitality at CUNY's Kingsborough Community College

Edgar E. Troudt, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Tourism and Hospitality at CUNY's Kingsborough Community College.  He also serves as Director of Technology for Kingsborough’s Center for Economic and Workforce Development.  Dr. Troudt’s primary research interest is in designing and studying entrepreneurship-education programs for STEM disciplines.


Doan Winkel

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Illinois State University


Doan's passion lies in his classroom, where he challenges students to experience entrepreneurship in all its glory and heartache, and to understand the mind set and skill set it takes to be entrepreneurial. He also works tirelessly to build and support a global community of entrepreneurship educators who push the boundaries in learning and experiencing entrepreneurship.








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