Keynotes

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John O'Brien
President and CEO, EDUCAUSE

Dr. John O'Brien serves as the president and CEO of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. The current membership comprises over 1,800 institutions and 300 corporations. Throughout his 25-year career in higher education, John has deeply engaged with the IT and educational technology sectors.

Most recently, John served as senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), the fifth largest higher education system in the country.

Ana Hunsinger
Vice President, Community Engagement Internet2

Ana Hunsinger, Vice President Community Engagement at Internet2, has executive management responsibilities for membership relations including industry and international, programs, meetings, marketing and communications. Ana and her staff work closely with Internet2 staff in other areas to support programmatic goals and recurring proactive interaction with the Internet2 member community. Previously Ana served as Director of Regional and State Network Relations, she managed FiberCo, and also helped manage Internet2's international program and relationships. She has been active in the Internet2 community since 1998 and prior to joining Internet2, Ana worked at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, also an Internet2 member.

Ana resides in Denver, Colorado. She has a BS in Computer Science and BAs in both Film Studies and Philosophy as well as a Master Degree in Philosophy, all from the University of Kansas.

Karen Kassebaum
Director, Staff Diversity and Inclusion, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Karen Kassebaum is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She is a professional educator and trainer in the field of diversity, inclusion and student-athlete transition success.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, her Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a minor in Educational Psychology and her Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a focus on Diversity recruitment and Leadership development.

Karen brings 19 years of experience in higher education. She currently serves as the director of staff diversity and inclusion at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is responsible for diversifying the talent of the University of Nebraska Lincoln workforce, diversity and inclusion training and retention efforts. She also teaches Multicultural Education TEAC330 at the College of Education and Human Sciences. She is the founder of a transitional mentoring program for student athletes known as Athlete2Athlete. Karen believes that everyone is diverse and has a culture, and that we ALL have something to offer this world! 

                  In Diversity, there is Beauty and there is Strength -Maya Angelou

Brad McLain
Social Scientist, ‎National Center for Women in Information Technology

Brad McLain is a social scientist who serves as a researcher with NCWIT. He also co-directs the Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative (XSci) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Brad's research focuses on identity development in relation to STEM learning and career pathways, including the nature and impacts of extraordinary experiences and how such experiences may change our sense of self and life trajectories at different ages. Brad has served as principal investigator on several research and project grants funded by both government and corporate entities. He also has extensive experience in informal and formal science education and teacher professional development. 

Brad serves on the Board of Directors for the Jane Goodall Institute, STEM Space, and the Lake Travis STEM Academy. He was co-founder of the Xperience STEM conference and is a nationally recognized speaker. His TEDx and TEDx Youth talks can be found online.

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Kristi K. Johnson
Assistant Special Agent in Charge, FBI-Omaha Field Office

Kristi K. Johnson joined the FBI in 1999 as a Special Agent and was assigned to the Chicago Field Office where she spent a decade investigating Organized Crime and serving as the Supervisory Special Agent of a squad dedicated to combating Public Corruption. In 2010, Kristi became the Chief Division Counsel of the Omaha Field Office, where she gained valuable experience in a wide range of operational and legal matters impacting both criminal and national security investigations. Kristi has also served in temporary duty status as the Acting Assistant Legal Attaché in Moscow, Russia and Athens, Greece and has provided training at the International Law Enforcement Academies in San Salvador, El Salvador and Skopje, Macedonia.   Kristi has also served as the Unit Chief of the FBI’s Internal Policy Office (IPO) at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she led FBI-wide policy efforts. Kristi is now the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the National Security, Cyber Intrusions and Intelligence programs for the Omaha Field Office. 

She earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her Law Degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy. 

James Kastle
Vice President Information Technology, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

 Jim Kastle joined the Conagra Brands team in 2016 in the newly created position of Chief Information Security Officer. He has numerous years of experience in leadership and professional development focusing on the IT, information security, risk management and audit disciplines. Previously, Jim was the Chief Security Officer at Diebold, Inc. and the VP of Information Security and Risk Management at Cardinal Health, as well as the inaugural CISO at Delphi Automotive. Jim has also worked at VWR International, JP Morgan Chase and Arthur Andersen, all in similar roles. 

Jim spent the early part of his career as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy. He was a member of an F/A-18 squadron during Desert Storm, and subsequently assigned to the Pentagon working in the Intelligence Directorate of the Joint Staff. Other assignments included two back-to-back tours overseas with multi-year assignments in Australia and Japan. 

Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree from Wright State University, and a MBA from Marymount University. He has several information technology-related certifications, including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Jim is originally from Dayton, Ohio, but currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Lesley Slaton Brown
Chief Diversity Officer - HP, Inc.

Lesley Slaton Brown is the Chief Diversity Ocer at HP, Inc. With over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Lesley has a unique ability to align and build strategy across organizations and drive business outcomes within corporations, start-ups and non-profits. Coupling her global marketing, branding, communications and diversity and inclusion experience, with a deep passion for social entrepreneur and leadership development, she has led key eorts to address the digital divide and build sustainable enterprise in Senegal, West Africa. Most recently, Lesley served as the Principal Investigator for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), “Go West” Computing Project. This project focused on broadening representation of women and minorities in computing education and careers.

Lesley was recently awarded the 2016 Woman of the Year in Technology by Silicon Valley’s Chapter of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., in addition to the 2016 Multicultural Leadership Award by the National Diversity Council. Lesley was twice recognized by Black Enter-prise as a Top Executive in Marketing and Advertising, Savoy Magazine as a Top Influential Woman in Corporate America and was featured in Diversity Journal’s Leaders Publication.

Lesley believes strongly in giving back to the community. As a former Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor, Charter Co-founder and Chairperson of Volunteer’s For Youth, Lesley has also sat on the Board of Directors for The Boise State University Foundation, Boise State University Alumni Association, and the Idaho Black History Museum.

Lesley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Marketing from Boise State University. She was a NCAA Scholarship recipient where she lettered in Women’s Basketball. Lesley lives in Morgan Hill, CA, and works at HP Inc. headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.

Rick Haugerud
Assistant Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer, University of Nebraska

Rick oversees a university-wide security team, responsible for applying security tools and best practices for data in motion and at rest for the University of Nebraska.

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Liza Mundy
New York Times Bestselling Author

Liza Mundy is an award-winning reporter and New York Times bestselling author of several books, including Michelle, a biography of First Lady Michelle Obama, which was translated into 16 languages.

Code Girls (2017) tells the story of how more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II.

In 2013, Liza released The Richer Sex, which explored the forces behind women’s rising economic power and the way this impacts marriage, dating, sex and family life. Her book was adapted for the cover of Time magazine and inspired a flurry of media coverage.

A former longtime reporter for the Washington Post, she is currently director of the work and family program at the New America Foundation and also a contributing editor at Politico Magazine. She has written for Slate, Time, the Guardian, the Washington Monthly, Huffington Post, and Lingua Franca, among others, and has received fellowships from the Japan Society, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Lawrence Chatters
Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Husker Athletics

Lawrence Chatters returns for his third year as the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator in Life Skills at Nebraska. Chatters is responsible for assisting with the development and implementation of a strategic plan for diversity and inclusion in the Nebraska Athletic Department.

Chatters came to Nebraska with a diverse set of skills gained from his past experiences as the Men’s Program Coordinator in the Women’s Center at UNL, an instructor of academic success in the College of Education and Human Sciences and an academic advisor in the UNL Multicultural Center. Chatters has provided support for the Huskers in the past through informational presentations on gender equity and high-risk behaviors to all Nebraska teams.