Winter Governance and Legal Seminar
2018 Speakers and Keynotes

Will RichardsonWill Richardson
Author, educator, reform leader

Will Richardson (@willrich45) has spent the last dozen years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker, and writer focused on the intersection of social online learning networks and education. He was one of the original education bloggers, and his work has appeared in numerous journals, newspapers, and magazines such as Ed Leadership, Education Week, The New York Times, and more. He is an outspoken advocate for change in classrooms in the context of the diverse new learning opportunities that the web and other technologies now offer and has worked with educators in more than 20 countries to understand the opportunities and challenges of learning in the modern world. 

In 2017, he was named one of 100 “Changemakers in Education” by the Finnish website HundrED and a “Top 5 Edupreneur” by Forbes Magazine. Will has authored six books, most recently From Master Teacher to Master Learner. In total, his books have sold more than 150,000 copies worldwide.

A former public school educator of 22 years, Will is a co-founder of Modern Learner Media and co-publisher of ModernLearners.com, which is a site dedicated to helping educational leaders and policymakers develop new contexts for conversations around education. Most recently, Will has started Change.School, which is an eight-week exploration for educational leaders into creating relevant, sustainable change in schools using a coaching and community environment. 

After the general session, Will is participating in the Captain’s Cabin, where he will hold a small group dialogue session that will be limited to the first 30 experienced board members who preselect
the session.

Student Voices
Students, leaders, activists

Friday’s unique general session will showcase students from across the country who are leaders in the Student Voices movement. The panel will focus on highlighting themes of inequality in the education system, the power of students as education activists, and strategies for effectively integrating students in the school governance structure.

Andrew Brennen, Moderator

Andrew Brennen (@aebrennen) is a Robertson Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Policy Journalism and Media Studies.

Andrew co-founded the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team in 2012 as a junior in high school. He helped launch and lead many projects to amplify and elevate students as partners in improving Kentucky public schools. His achievements include,

  • a statewide, student-led campaign to restore $15 million for low income student scholarships,
  • the drafting and promotion of HB 236 to add students to superintendent screening committees,
  • an investigation into the tripwires that prevent high school students from making smooth transitions to college,
  • a “student voice audit” of a local junior high school to engage students in improving school climate.

From 2016–17, Andrew served as the National Field Director for Student Voice, a national organization with the goal of bridging the gap between students and the education community. As part of his role in Student Voice, he led a nationwide tour with the goal of engaging thousands of students across the country through a platform called the “Student Bill of Rights.”

Andrew has assisted a wide range of organizations in engaging students including The White House, The Hewlett Foundation, Google, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Volley Education, and SXSW EDU.

Consuelo Kickbusch
Veteran, speaker, author

Born and raised in a small barrio in the border town of Laredo, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch is all too familiar with the challenges of poverty, discrimination, and illiteracy. Although she grew up without material wealth, Consuelo was taught by her immigrant parents that she was rich in culture, tradition, values, and faith.

After graduating from Hardin-Simmons University, Consuelo entered the U.S. Army as an officer and served for two decades. During that time, she broke barriers and set records in the military, where she became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army.

Consuelo currently shares her story with people of all ages and creeds. She is doing exactly what she preaches—living a legacy. In 1996, she founded the human development company Educational Achievement Services, Inc. (EAS) to fulfill her mission of preparing tomorrow’s leaders. Her steadfast dedication to saving the youth of America has led her to work with more than one million children and their parents across the United States.

Consuelo is profiled on CNN’s Latino in America, Univision’s Don Francisco Presenta, the Lifetime Network, National Public Radio, and more. She has also been recognized as a Hispanic Business 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America, and referred to in O Magazine, LatinaStyle, Vanidades, and Glamour magazine. 

Consuelo also published a book, Journey to the Future: A Roadmap for Success for Youth, which provides practical techniques for children to develop higher self-esteem and achieve personal goals while establishing a framework for early leadership development.

In addition to Saturday’s keynote address, Consuelo will also be presenting an in-depth session on Friday afternoon.

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Claycomb Associates Architects          Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle, P.C.