Featured Speakers

Dr. Shaun Harper
Monday, October 5 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET

Dr. Shaun Harper is a provost professor in the Rossier School of Education and the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC). He also serves as the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, founder and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center, president-elect of the American Educational Research Association and a past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Dr. Harper’s research focuses primarily on race, gender and other dimensions of equity in an array of organizational contexts, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporations. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications, and his research has been cited in nearly 12,000 published studies. Johns Hopkins University Press is publishing his 13th book, Race Matters in College.

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and several thousand other news outlets have quoted Dr. Harper and featured his research. He has interviewed on CNN, ESPN and NPR and has testified to the U.S. House of Representatives and presented his research at various White House and U.S. Department of Education convenings. He was appointed to President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper advisory council in 2015 and recognized in Education Week as one of the 10 Most Influential Professors in the field of education in 2017. 

Panel Discussion – Back to Campus: Challenges, Successes
and Opportunities  

Tuesday, October 6 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET

The return to campus this fall has created many challenges for higher ed HR leaders, but there have also been successes and opportunities that we should acknowledge and build upon. During this session, you’ll hear from a university president and a chief academic officer and the chief HR officers who have been working alongside them to create a safe learning and working environment. Our panelists will address the challenges faced during the preparation for the fall semester, as well as current challenges and opportunities as we learn to operate in a different environment. Panelists are Dr. Paul Gore, provost at Bellarmine University; Lynn Bynum, chief HR officer at Bellarmine University; Ruth Watkins, president of University of Utah; and Jeff Herring, chief HR officer at University of Utah. Susan Norton, CUPA-HR board chair and vice president for HR at Augusta University, will facilitate the conversation. 

Wes Moore

Wednesday, October 7 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET

Wes Moore is the CEO of Robin Hood, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation. He is a bestselling author, a combat veteran and a social entrepreneur.

Moore’s first book, The Other Wes Moore, a perennial New York Times bestseller, captured the nation’s attention on the fine line between success and failure in our communities and in ourselves. That story has been optioned by executive producer Oprah Winfrey and HBO to be made into a movie. He is also the author of the bestselling books The Work, Discovering Wes Moore, and This Way Home.

Moore grew up in Baltimore and the Bronx, where he was raised by a single mom. Despite childhood challenges, he graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He earned a master’s in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Moore then served as a captain and paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan. He later served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Before becoming CEO at Robin Hood, Moore was the founder and CEO at BridgeEdU, an innovative tech platform addressing the college completion and job placement crisis. BridgeEdU reinvents freshman year for underserved students. Moore remains chairman of the board of directors at BridgeEdU. He has also worked in finance as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in London and with Citigroup in New York.

Moore’s proudest accomplishments are his two children with his wife Dawn.

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