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Keynote speakers 2019



Nicole Price

Is it possible to effectively lead a team with so many different personalities? Absolutely. Teams are made up of people, and people are imperfect. Nicole starts with that. Her transparency allows others to learn from some of her mistakes, and it helps them to avoid the same pitfalls on their journeys. Her authenticity and accessibility has earned Nicole the nickname “back pocket” coach, with insights and strategies that clients can recall on the spot and apply in times of need.

Nicole herself is a lively paradox — honest but kind, firm yet empathic, street-savvy and buttoned-up. She’s a scholar who can make it plain, a practitioner who knows she's still learning. Her personal stories, comedic approach, and real-world experiences connect Nicole to her audiences, and that helps them to get out of their own way.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master of Education degree in adult education from Park University. She is certified in many of the leading assessment tools and, as part of her practice, works with some of the best and brightest in leadership development across the academia, non-profit, and private business sectors. Nicole has led enterprise-wide leadership development efforts within a Fortune 500 company, and she has consulted with hundreds of organizations on leadership, accountability, change management, and diversity & inclusion. She’s the author of the best kept secret in the diversity and inclusion space, Lively Paradox: An Authentic Perspective on Diversity and Inclusion.

Rebecca Smith

We connect students to a world where they may work for companies that don’t yet exist, in jobs that have yet to be created, in a world that is often chaotic and in flux.  As educators and employers, we get to lead the way.  The process of “crafting” a career offers a unique approach to preparing students to thrive in this new world of work.  How can you craft your own talent today?

Rebecca’s leadership roles include Senior Recruiter at Eastridge Workforce Solutions, Vice President at San Diego Workforce Partnership, Career Coach at Qualcomm, and Internship Director at high Tech High. She also serves on the Board of Directors of United Way of San Diego County and as Art Commissioner with the City of San Diego.

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