Governance Camp Keynote Speakers

TASB is excited about our keynote speakers for the 2021 Governance Camp! We're inspired by their stories and honored to have them join us at our virtual conference this week.

Mawi Asgedom

Award-winning author and expert on social emotional learning (SEL)

Mawi Asgedom@MawiAsgedom

Mawi Asgedom has inspired millions with his journey as an Ethiopian refugee turned Harvard graduate and pioneering social entrepreneur. 

By applying SEL skills to set goals, build relationships, and grow academically, Mawi overcame the odds, as told in his bestselling book Of Beetles and Angels.

Mawi’s ability to inspire led Oprah Winfrey to call her interview with him one of her top 20 moments in 20 years.

Since delivering the commencement speech to his
graduating class at Harvard, Mawi has spoken to over one million people about the transformational power of SEL.

In 1999, he founded Mawi Learning, which provides online and blended SEL curriculum for K-12 students and educators. Under Mawi’s leadership, Mawi Learning won the prestigious CODiE Award for achieving excellence and innovation in educational technology and achieved CASEL-designation for evidence-based SEL. Mawi Learning has trained more than a million students and educators in 12 countries.

Student Voice Scholarship Panel


A highlight of Governance Camp is the High School Senior panel which kicks off our second day of learning together. Currently enrolled high school seniors are invited to submit an application to participate. 

Four students will be selected for the panel and will receive $1,000 in scholarship monies from our sponsor, Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. 

For more information, download the Camp Program

Anindya Kundu, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow at LMIS at the City University of New York, Graduate Center, 2x TED Speaker. Author: The Power of Student Agency

Anindya Kundu@DrAnindyaKundu​

Dr. Anindya Kundu studies the concepts of agency and human potential. He examines the social contexts, educational systems, and opportunity structures that create positive change in people’s lives.

Anindya’s research is rooted in amplifying student voice to create more equitable systems of opportunity.

Anindya is a Senior Fellow at LMIS at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. He received a school-wide Outstanding Teaching Award while at New York University, where he also received his Ph.D. He taught storytelling to high school students through The Moth non-profit for a brief time.

Anindya has frequently contributed to public discourse on education. His work has appeared on NPR Education and his two TED Talks each have more than one million views. As he puts it, “There is intellectual talent going uncultivated in our communities. If we treat education as our greatest public responsibility, more students can be capable of great things and we can better tackle the social problems that lie ahead, together.”

His debut book, The Power of Student Agency, was released in 2020.

Additional information

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For additional information about this event, contact us directly for support at 800.580.8822.

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors

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