Speakers

World Future Forum Paper, Poster and Best Practice Presenters can be found at the bottom of this page.

Master of Ceremonies

Nichole Pientka

General Master of Ceremonies

Future Institute Assistant to the Executive Director – Illinois, USA

Iara Arai Aldape

General Master of Ceremonies

World Future Forum Event Coordinator – Illinois, USA

Mike Puccinelli

Thursday Morning Master of Ceremonies

General Assignment Reporter and Anchor at CBS 2 Chicago – Illinois, USA

Michelle Relerford

Friday Morning Master of Ceremonies

Assignment Reporter and Fill-In Anchor at NBC 5 News – Illinois, USA

Rafer Weigel

Master of Ceremonies for Awards Ceremony

Emmy Award-Winning Anchor & Reporter at Fox 32 Chicago – Illinois, USA

Day 1: Welcoming Remarks

Charles Franklin

Speaker

Owner and Attorney at Franklin Law Group – Illinois, USA

Kairat Mavlyankulov

Speaker

Chief Financial Officer of New Plan Learning – Illinois, USA

Horizon Science Academy Advanced Choir

Student Performances

Horizon Science Academy McKinley Park – Illinois, USA

Day 1: College Transition & Persistence Panel

D. ANTONIO CANTU, PH.D.

Moderator

Professor and Chairperson at Bradley University – Illinois, USA

NIVINE MEGAHED, Ph.D.

Panelist

President at National Louis University – Illinois, USA

Emily Krone Phillips

Panelist

Author of “The Make-or-Break Year” – Illinois, USA

Elaine P. Maimon, Ph.D.

Panelist

President at Governors State University – Illinois, USA

Future Review Panel: Approaches to Studying Student Success in Higher Education
This panel will highlight the work that is published in Future Review, our publication. Two of the first authors to publish in this journal will discuss their work on student success. The panel features both quantitative and qualitative research, and highlights the different ways of conceptualizing student success in higher education. Panelists will also discuss how their research can be used by practitioners in higher education, and why they chose Future Review as a venue for their research.

JOHN KLATT, PH.D.

Moderator

Assistant Dean for Student Development in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison – Wisconsin, USA

Jason Bryer, Ph.D.

Panelist

Executive Director & Principal Investigator Diagnostic Assessment & Achievement of College Skills at Excelsior College – New York, USA

Adele Lozano, Ph.D.

Panelist

Assistant Professor of Student Affairs Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse – Wisconsin, USA

Industry Experts

VIRGINIA ROUNDS

Apprenticeships & Work-Based Learning (Workforce Skills & Demands)

Director of Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT)

STACEY GONZALES, PH.D.

Technology and Innovation in Education

Top 30 Technology Transformers &Trailblazers in 2017 & Director of Curriculum of Orland Park Schools

ELIZABETH HOULIHAN

College Transition and Persistence

Director of the Office of First-Year Initiatives at the University of Illinois-Chicago

ROGER SANDERS & STUDENTS

Next Generation High Schools

Valley Education for Employment System and Living miDream

Day 2: Welcoming Remarks

Benjamin Forsyth, Ph.D.

Speaker

Department Head of Educational Psychology and Foundations at the University of Northern Iowa – Iowa, USA

Horizon Science Academy Robotics

Student Performances

    Horizon Science Academy McKinley Park – Illinois, USA

    Day 2: Workforce Skills & Demands Panel

    VIRGINIA ROUNDS

    Moderator

    German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest – Illinois, USA

    CHAD GOUGH

    Panelist

    Partner of 4Discovery Digital Forensics – Illinois, USA

    ALDERMAN JOE MOORE

    Panelist

    Alderman of Chicago’s 49th Ward – Illinois, USA

    Paul Rimington

    Panelist

    Emeritus CEO & Safety Officer for Diemasters Manufacturing, Inc. – Illinois, USA

    Thy Nguyen

    Panelist

    Executive Director, Career Center, University of Illinois at Chicago – Illinois, USA

    Hans Kraus

    Panelist

    Corporate Director of Manufacturing at Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp. – Illinois, USA

    Day 2: Closing Remarks

    Radhi Al-Mabuk, Ph.D.

    Speaker

    Director of Future Institute Research Center – Iowa, USA

    Horizon Science Academy Robotics

    Student Performances

      Horizon Science Academy McKinley Park – Illinois, USA

      Paper Presenters

      Jennifer Laffier, Ph.D.

      University of Ontario Institute of Technology - Ontario, Canada

      Post-High School Challenges –
      Mental Health Challenges for New Post-secondary Students; Exploring Interventions for Success

      Richard Gebauer, Ed.D.

      Cabrini University - Pennsylvania, USA

      College Transition and Persistence –
      The Impact of Learning Communities on the Integrative Learning Practices of Academically At-Risk Students

      Paula Hodgson, Ph.D.

      The Chinese University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong, China

      College Transition and Persistence –
      Maximizing Entry Survey Results for Prediction and Support for Academic Success

      Ireti Alao, Ph.D.

      Adeyemi College of Education - Ondo, Nigeria

      College and Career Outcomes of High Schools –
      Nigeria National Policy on Education and Career Development of Students in Ondo Town

      Mark Pagano, Ph.D.

      University of Washington Tacoma - Washington, USA

      Next Generation High Schools –
      Tacoma Health Careers High School Community Collaborative

      Bahman Ghorashi, Ph.D.

      Tennessee Tech University - Tennessee, USA

      College Transition and Persistence –
      Student Success as Measured by Retention and Graduation Rates

      Barbara Primm

      Ranken Technical College - Missouri, USA

      Workforce Skills and Demands –
      A Mixed-Method Investigation of Problem-Based Learning and Technical Students in General Studies Courses at a Midwest Technical College

      Wanda Curlee, D.M.

      American Public University - West Virginia, USA

      Workforce Skills and Demands –
      ePortfolio: Making the Academic Experience Relevant In the Workplace

      Carol Cutler White, MPA, Ph.D.

      Mississippi State University - Mississippi, USA

      College Transition and Persistence –
      Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence for Increasing College Aspirations and Enrollment Behaviors

      Rafael Alberto Mendez Romero, Ph.D.

      Universidad del Rosario - Bogota, Colombia

      Technology and Innovation in Education –
      autOObserver UR: An Educational Purpose Web/Mobile Application for Self-Regulated Learning in Higher Education

      Gunjali Trikha

      Marymount Manhattan College - New York, USA

      Technology and Innovation in Education –
      Instagram’s Social and Digital Influence in the Classroom

      Alexander Christoforidis

      University of Cincinnati - Ohio, USA

      Workforce Skills and Demands –
      Engaging Professionals in Preparation for the First Professional Experience

      Toni Pace

      Tacoma Public Schools - Washington, USA

      Next Generation High Schools –
      Tacoma Health Careers High School Community Collaborative

      Stacey Hills, Ph.D.

      Southern Vermont College - Vermont, USA

      Workforce Skills and Demands –
      A Business Application of Clinical Skills Assessment: A framework to Meet Workforce Skills and Demands

      Josephine (Josie) Csete, Ph.D.

      Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Hong Kong, China

      College Transition and Persistence –
      Maximizing Entry Survey Results for Prediction and Support for Academic Success

      Scott Richardson, P.T, Ph.D.

      Franklin Pierce University at Goodyear, Arizona - Arizona, USA

      Academic Preparation for College Readiness –
      Non-Cognitive Factors and Academic Performance

      Victoria Bergsagel

      Architects of Achievement - Washington, USA

      Next Generation High Schools –
      Tacoma Health Careers High School Community Collaborative

      Peggy Sherwin, Ph.D.

      Ranken Technical College - Illinois, USA

      Post-High School Challenges –
      The Disconnect Between High School and College: A Study of Retention of Students Who are at Risk of Leaving College Before Completing a Degree

      Jeb Gorham, Ph.D.

      Southern Vermont College - Vermont, USA

      Workforce Skills and Demands –
      A Business Application of Clinical Skills Assessment: A framework to Meet Workforce Skills and Demands

      Deborah Schreiber, Ed.D.

      RKFutures LLC - Washington DC, USA

      Workforce Skills and Demands –
      Futures Thinking in Organizations and Preparation of Future-Oriented Leaders

      Lois Bernstein

      MultiCare Health System - Washington, USA

      Next Generation High Schools –
      Tacoma Health Careers High School Community Collaborative

      Michelle Rosemond, Ph.D.

      Indiana University South Bend - Indiana, USA

      College Transition and Persistence –
      Reimagining Summer Bridge: Integrating Head-start in the IU South Bend’s Early Start Summer Academy

      Christine Muncy

      American Public University - Virginia, USA

      Workforce Skills and Demands –
      ePortfolio: Making the Academic Experience Relevant In the Workplace

      Khawar Shakeel

      Jinnah Model High School – Punjab, Pakistan

      Technology and Innovation in Education –
      Statistically Enhanced Academic Recommendations for Educational Environment to Reduce Dropout of Students Using Ensemble Classification

      Poster Presenters

      Lou Agosta, Ph.D.

      The University of Chicago-Illinois, USA

      Technology and Innovation in Education –
      The Future of Empathy in Education is the Future of Education in Empathy

      Benjamin Forsyth, Ph.D.

      University of Northern Iowa - Iowa, USA

      College and Career Outcomes of High Schools –
      Room for Improvement: Processes and Practices for Assisting Youth with Selecting Career Paths

      Brenda Dean, Ed.D.

      Carson-Newman University - Tennessee, USA

      Workforce Skills and Demands –
      Developing the Soft and Hard Skills for 21st Century Success

      Radhi Al-Mabuk, Ph.D.

      University of Northern Iowa - Iowa, USA

      Academic Preparation for College Readiness –
      Trainers’ Perspectives Of Teacher Professional Development

      Kerri Mulqueen, Ph.D.

      Manhattan College - New York, USA

      College Transition and Persistence –
      “Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn”: Two Way Discourse in Teacher Education Programming

      Chetna Patel, Ph.D.

      Aurora University - Illinois, USA

      Academic Preparation for College Readiness –
      Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

      Chyi Chung

      Northwestern University - Illinois, USA

      Technology and Innovation in Education –
      Empower Students as Self-Guided Learners: Pre- and Post-lesson Assessments Outside the Classroom

      Marsha Duncan

      The National Cancer Institute - Maryland, USA

      Academic Preparation for College Readiness –
      The Werner H. Kirsten High School Internship Program: A Community Collaboration

      Arin Carter

      Aurora University - Illinois, USA

      Academic Preparation for College Readiness –
      Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

      Jordan Ball

      Old Dominion University - Virginia, USA

      Academic Preparation for College Readiness –
      College Faculty Perceptions of Incoming Students’ Academic Preparedness
      (Coauthors Miguel Padilla, Ph.D., Arushi Deshpande)

      TJ Warren

      University of Northern Iowa - Iowa, USA

      College and Career Outcomes of High Schools –
      Room for Improvement: Processes and Practices for Assisting Youth with Selecting Career Paths

      Harun Parpucu

      University of Northern Iowa - Iowa, USA

      Academic Preparation for College Readiness –
      Trainers’ Perspectives Of Teacher Professional Development

      Sona Antonyan

      Russian School of Mathematics - Massachusetts, USA

      Next Generation High Schools –
      Next Generation High School Students’ Should be Equipped with New Skills

      Best Practice Presenters

      Charlotte Johnson, D.M.

      Grand Canyon University - Arizona, USA

      Workforce Skills & Demands –
      Compliance throughout Organizational Change Processes

      Georgieann Bogdan

      Greensboro College - North Carolina, USA

      Post-High School Challenges –
      Universal Design for Learning: Conquering Learning Challenges

      Cynthia Love-Williams, RN, DNS

      Utica College - New York, USA

      Workforce Skills & Demands –
      Preparing a Workforce for Interprofessional Practice

      William Speer, Ph.D.

      University of Nevada, Las Vegas Mathematics Learning Center - Nevada, USA

      College Transition and Persistence –
      Remediation or Preparation: A Rose By Any Other Name?

      Curt Baker

      University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education - Pennsylvania, USA

      College and Career Outcomes of High Schools –
      College and Career Readiness Guidance: Where We are Today and Where We Need to be Tomorrow

      Isabelle Cherney, Ph.D.

      Merrimack College - Massachusetts, USA

      Academic Preparation for College Readiness –
      Early Colleges: Pathways to Higher Education for Low-Income, First Generation, Under-represented Students

      Annmarie Kinsella OTD, MS, OTR/L

      Utica College - New York, USA

      Workforce Skills & Demands –
      Preparing a Workforce for Interprofessional Practice

      Ni Chang, Ed.D.

      Indiana University South Bend - Indiana, USA

      Technology and Innovation in Education –
      Online Feedback, What do Students Like?

      Michael Jones, Ph.D.

      University of Cincinnati - Ohio, USA

      Workforce Skills & Demands –
      Automation-Proof College Majors

      Margaret Johnsson, Ph.D.

      Northeastern Illinois University - Illinois, USA

      Technology and Innovation in Education –
      Entrepreneurship as STEM-Ed Stimulus

      Justin Hodgson, Ph.D.

      Indiana University - Indiana, USA

      Technology and Innovation in Education –
      From Adobe to Assessment: Bringing Digital Literacy & Digital Creativity into the Curriculum

      Kofi Appiah Okyere, Ph.D.

      Syracuse University - New York, USA

      College Transition and Persistence –
      Advanced Experience: Early Academic and Professional Exposure as Tools for College Success

      Dawn Evans, DPT

      Utica College - New York, USA

      Workforce Skills & Demands –
      Preparing a Workforce for Interprofessional Practice

      Jill Gray

      Adobe - Illinois, USA

      Technology and Innovation in Education –
      From Adobe to Assessment: Bringing Digital Literacy & Digital Creativity into the Curriculum

      Veronica Arreola

      University of Illinois-Chicago - Illinois, USA

      College Transition and Persistence –
      Benefits of Peer Mentoring During the High School to University Transition

      Breakout Session Moderators

      Christopher Murphy, Ed.D.

      Illinois, USA

      Chief Strategic Growth and Communications Officer for Concept Schools

      Carmen Gioiosa, Ed.D.

      Illinois, USA

      Research Fellow for the Future Institute Research Center

      Thy Nguyen

      Illinois, USA

      Executive Director, Career Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

      Radhi Al-Mabuk, Ph.D.

      Iowa, USA

      Professor of Educational Psychology & Foundations University of Northern Iowa

      Justin Hodgson, Ph.D.

      Indiana, USA

      Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric in the English Department at Indiana University

      Barbara Primm

      Missouri, USA

      Department Chairperson of General Education at Ranken Technical College

      Jennifer Laffier, Ph.D.

      Ontario, Canada

      Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology

      Charlotte Johnson, Ph.D.

      Arizona, USA

      Adjunct Professor of Business at Strayer University

      D. ANTONIO CANTU, PH.D.

      Illinois, USA

      Professor and Chairperson at Bradley University

      Stacey Gonzales, Ph.D.

      Illinois, USA

      Director of Curriculum of Orland Park Schools

      John Klatt, Ph.D.

      Wisconsin, USA

      Assistant Dean for Student Development in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison

      Richard Gebauer, Ed.D.

      Pennsylvania, USA

      Executive Director of the First Year Experience and Student Transitions at Cabrini University

      Benjamin Forsyth, Ph.D.

      Iowa, USA

      Associate Professor and Department Head of Educational Psychology and Foundations at the University of Northern Iowa

      Jason Bryer, Ph.D.

      New York, USA

      Executive Director & Principal Investigator Diagnostic Assessment & Achievement of College Skills at Excelsior College

      Adele Lozano, Ph.D.

      Wisconsin, USA

      Assistant Professor of Student Affairs Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

      Regina Armour, Ed.D.

      Illinois, USA

      Director of Community Engagement & Partnerships for Concept Schools