Speakers

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

Master of Ceremonies

Nichole Pientka

Future Institute Assistant to the Executive Director – Illinois, USA

Iara Arai Aldape

Panelist

World Future Forum Event Coordinator – 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

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

Industry Experts

VIRGINIA ROUNDS

Apprenticeships & Work-Based Learning

Director of Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT)

DR. STACEY GONZALES

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: 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

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

Sam Oldham

University of Melbourne - Melbourne, Australia

Post-High School Challenges –
Teaching Labour Unionism in Schools: A Critical Policy Analysis

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

Casey Davis, Ph.D.

Arizona State University - Arizona, USA

Technology and Innovation in Education –
Digital Citizenship and Civics with Digital Natives

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

Kwame Ampofo Attafuah

Jiangsu University - Jiangsu, China

Academic Preparation for College Readiness –
The Role of Metacognition in Teaching and Learning

Peggy Sherwin, Ph.D.

Ranken Technical College - Illinois, USA

Post-High School Challenges –
The Disconnect Between High School and College:

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

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

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

Sona Antonyan

Russian School of Mathematics - Massachusetts, USA

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

Saher Motiwala

Multimedia & Communications Professor/Consultant - New Delhi, India

Technology and Innovation in Education –
Storytelling: A Tool for Experiential Education and Social Innovation

Best Practice Presenters

Charlotte Johnson, Ph.D.

Grand Canyon University - Arizona, USA

Workforce Skills & Demands –
Compliance throughout Organizational Change Processes

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?

Philip Conrad

Andover High School - Massachusetts, USA

Next Generation High Schools –
Tailor Made or Off the Rack

Georgieann Bogdan

Greensboro College - North Carolina, USA

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

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