Keynote Speakers

The Academy is proud to announce its 2022 International Leadership Conference keynote speakers.  These feature presenters represent the best in transformational leadership, offering inspirational messages of positive change, leadership best practices, and opportunities for reflective thought and curiosity.  Some presentations will feature a short Q&A segment. 

2022 Conference Speakers

Stephen M.R. Covey | Scott J. Van Pelt | Paula Burns | Corey Campbell | Dolores Duran-Cerda | Jacque Gaiters-Jordan | Steven Gonzales | Lech Kryzwonos | Lee Lambert | Jennifer Methvin | Kirk Nooks | Tammy Robinson | Donna Vassallo| Jacque Starks


Stephen M.R. Covey

Best-Selling Author of The Speed of Trust, Top Business Advisor and Thought Leader on Ethics, Trust and Leadership

Stephen M. R. Covey will be speaking Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 2:30 pm

About Stephen M.R. Covey:

Stephen M. R. Covey is a cofounder of CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust Practice. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance, he speaks to audiences around the world. He is the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust, a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged,economic driver. He and business partner Greg Link recently coauthored Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World,which shares enlightening principles and anecdotes of people and organization that are achieving unprecedented success from high-trust relationships and cultures. Stephen advocates that the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership competency of the new global economy. He passionately delivers this message and is dedicated to enabling individuals and organizations to reap the dividends of high trust throughout the world. Audiences and organizations alike resonate with his informed, practical approach to real-time issues that affect their immediate and long-term performance.

He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. Covey personally led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. A Harvard MBA, he joined Covey Leadership Center as a Client Developer and later became National Sales Manager and then President and CEO. Under Covey’s direction, the company grew rapidly and profitably, achieving Inc. 500 status. As President and CEO, he nearly doubled revenues to over $110 million while increasing profits by 12 times. During that period, both customer and employee trust reached new highs and the company expanded throughout the world into over 40 countries. This greatly increased the value of the brand and company. The company was valued at only $2.4 million when Covey was named CEO, and, within three years, he grew shareholder value to $160 million in a merger he orchestrated with then Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey.

More About Stephen M.R. Covey

Over the years, Covey has gained considerable respect and influence with executives and leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as with mid- and small-sized private sector and public sector organizations he’s consulted. Clients recognize his unique perspective on real-world organizational issues based on his practical experience as a former CEO. Covey currently serves on the board/advisory board of several entities, including the Human Performance Institute—the leader in energy management technology—where he serves as Advisory Board Chairman. Covey resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.

Twitter: @stephenmrcovey

Scott J. Van Pelt

Author, Educator, and Speaker

Scott J. Van Pelt will be speaking Monday, November 7, 2022 at 2:30 pm.

About Scott J. Van Pelt:

Scott Van Pelt, along with Arthur Levine, is co-author of "The Great Upheaval: Higher Education's Past, Present, and Uncertain Future." Drawing on the trends explored in the book, Scott has presented on the factors shaping the future of higher education to audiences as varied as state education systems, faculty groups, and various institutions and organizations within higher education.

Over the past ten years, Scott has held a variety of roles in higher education in areas such as academic advising, admissions, instructional technology, and curriculum design. Currently, Scott is an associate director with the Communication Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In this role, Scott designs and implements the curricula for business communication courses within the MBA core curriculum. He also teaches several courses in the program. Scott is a skilled facilitator, with experience designing and delivering sessions to groups such as Wharton's Non-Profit Board Fellows Program, PhD students in the Fulbright Scholars Program, and certificate students in the Strategic Leadership in Education program at the Penn Graduate School of Education.


The Future of Higher Education Post COVID-19

Plenary Panel: Moderated by Donna Vassallo
Featuring: Paula Burns | Steven Gonzales | Lee Lambert | Jennifer Methvin | Kirk Nooks | Tammy Robinson

Plenary Panel will be held Monday, November 7, 2022 at 8:15 am.

The Future of Higher Education Post COVID-19: A Conversation with Higher Education Leaders

Colleges and universities across the globe have been impacted by COVID-19 in numerous ways. Their leaders find themselves examining the data collected, reflecting and collaborating on its impact, and planning forward with new ideas and innovations to fulfill its mission of educating a more diverse population to strengthen communities across the world.

Join the conversation as our panel of college leaders discuss post-COVID-19 in higher education and explore how the college experience has been reimagined to ensure campuses, faculty, and students have the flexibility, access, resources, and technologies to meet their new strategic challenges.

Moderated by:
Donna Vassallo

  • Panel Line-Up:
  • Paula Burns, President and CEO for Langara College
  • Steven Gonzales, Interim Chancellor for Maricopa County Community College
  • Lee Lambert, Chancellor for Pima Community College
  • Jennifer Methvin, Chancellor for Arkansas State University-Beebe
  • Kirk Nooks, President for Gordon State College
  • Tammy Robinson, President for Mesa Community College


Moving From Diversity to Inclusion on the College Campus, and Back Again

Plenary Panel: Moderated by Jacque Starks
Featuring: Amy Bosley | Corey Campbell |
Dolores Duran-Cerda | Jacque Gaiters Jordan | Lech Kryzwonos

Plenary Panel will be held Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 8:15 am.

Moving From Diversity to Inclusion on the College Campus, And Back Again
A Conversation with Higher Education Leaders

Becoming an inclusive campus community takes work at all levels—from the senior leadership and Board of Trustees to faculty and staff, students, stakeholders, and community members. When diversity efforts move beyond making sure certain identity groups are present in student populations and faculty, institutions begin to include actively promoting their representation and support. That is, they begin being inclusive.
Public comments to diversity and inclusion, and commitments to them in the institution’s mission statements and strategic plans are important, but not enough. How are these statements, plans, and goals cultivated into effective actions steps that matter?
Join the conversation as a panel of global, higher education leaders discuss specific actions that institutions are taking to create an inclusive environment that benefit the entire learning community and prepare for a future workforce that is fully inclusive.

    Moderated by:
    Jacque Starks

    Panel Line-up:
    Amy Bosley
    Corey Campbell
    Dolores Duran-Cerda
    Jacque Gaiters-Jordan
    Lech Kryzwonos



Conference Sponsors

Recognizing our Conference Sponsors. Without their contributions we would not be able to bring you the high level speakers, and continue keeping our registration costs at a participant friendly rate.

Special thanks to the Maricopa Community Colleges and to Mesa Community College for all of their amazing support!!