Our Speakers


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Jaime Casap

Education Evangelist, Google

Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the potential of digitalization as an enabling capability in pursuit of promoting inquiry-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation into our education policies and practices.  

 In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on learning, skill development, and the future of work.  He is the coauthor of “Our First Talk About Poverty,” as a way to talk to children about poverty.  Jaime helped launch the Phoenix Coding Academy, a public high school in Phoenix, AZ, focused on computer science as part of an inquiry-based learning model.  He teaches a 10th grade communication classes at the school.  He also guest lectures at Arizona State University.

 He speaks on education, digitalization, innovation, generation z, and the future of work at events around the world.  You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap.


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Amy Blankson

Author

Amy Blankson, bestselling author of The Future of Happiness, is the only person to receive a Point of Light from two sitting US Presidents. After graduating from Harvard College and Yale School of Management, she has focused her work on understanding how to cultivate happiness in a digital era. She is a member of the UN Global Happiness Council, a Fellow of the World Innovation Organization, and is currently working with the IEEE to create standards for well-being in the creation of artificial intelligence and emotion awareness. Most recently, Amy has shared her thought leadership as a speaker at TEDx, as a regular contributor for Forbes on Women, Technology, and Leadership, and as a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course.


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Adam Martel

Co-founder + CEO, Gravyty

As co-founder and CEO of Gravyty, the first and leading artificial intelligence company focused solely on social good, Adam Martel is driven by empowering nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, hospitals, and healthcare organizations to inspire giving at a scale never thought possible before. Under Adam’s leadership, Gravyty has proven that when AI supports strategy, organizations expand their fundraising workforces without making additional hires, raise more revenue, and change our world for the better.

Prior to co-founding Gravyty, Adam was a seasoned major gifts officer who worked with thousands of donors and helped social good organizations raise millions of dollars. His deep understanding of the personal challenges that organizations face while raising funds to execute their missions gave him his vision for AI tools for fundraiser enablement that change behaviors and improve results for frontline fundraisers.

An entrepreneur by nature, Adam has founded three companies and has an impressive background in collegiate athletic coaching. Adam lives in Boston with his wife and four children.


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Arjun Dugal

CTO, Capital One Financial Services

As the Chief Technology Officer for Capital One’s Financial Services division, Arjun’s responsibilities include Technology, Data and the Garage, Capital One’s DFW innovation center. His organization is reinventing the auto finance business by leveraging machine learning, artificial intelligence and next-generation data to develop breakthrough innovations and deliver transformative customer experiences. Before joining Capital One, Arjun served as the Senior Vice President of Systems and Technology at Macy’s where he oversaw the implementation of technology solutions across various areas, including e-commerce fulfillment, supply chain and customer service centers. 

Arjun holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Pune University in India and a master’s degree in management and operations from Harvard University. He is the co-founder of Dream a Dream, a nonprofit organization that provides young people from vulnerable backgrounds with creative life skills to help them overcome adversity. Additionally, Arjun sits on the Board of Directors for Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas. This nonprofit focuses on empowering girls to better navigate gender, economic and social barriers through long-lasting mentoring and research-based programs. 


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Anthony Galvan

Associate Director, University of Texas at Dallas

Anthony Galvan is Associate Director for Research and Operations at the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas with primary responsibility over quantitative projects with a focus on program evaluation and public policy research in the areas of education, public health, economic security, crime, and safety. In this position, he has worked on a variety of projects, including the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas: United 2020 Initiative and the Beyond ABC report for Children's Medical Center of Dallas, as well as projects for a variety of other North Texas nonprofits and local government agencies. He has made several conference presentations on the topics of demography, suburbanization, public health, and data use for nonprofit evaluation. Prior to working with the Institute for Urban Policy Research, Anthony worked on the Buckeye State Poll at the Ray C. Bliss Institute for Applied Politics at the University of Akron, as well as the National Immunization Survey and the National Health Interview Survey at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. He earned a Master of Applied Politics from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Anthony lives in Dallas with his wife and four children.


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Catherine Foca

VP Community Affairs, Capital One

Catherine Foca is Vice President of Community Affairs and President, Capital One Foundation. Serving in a variety of roles since she joined the team in 2009, Ms. Foca currently oversees Community Affairs for Capital One, including grant making, associate and executive engagement, and its Future Edge program. In addition, she serves as President for the Capital One Foundation.

 Before joining Capital One, Ms. Foca held a range of positions at the America's Promise Alliance for Youth, including Vice President, Strategic Planning/Organizational Learning. In that role, she helped develop pilot programs and convened a team of national researchers to launch the "100 Best Communities for Children and Youth" program. Ms. Foca is also a Public Allies/ AmeriCorps Alumnus

Ms. Foca earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelors Degree in Politics from Wake Forest University. She is current president of the John Tyler Community College Foundation. Ms. Foca enjoys competing in triathlons and resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and three daughters.


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Cristiano Oliveira

Founder + CEO, Olivia AI

Cristiano Oliveira is Founder and CEO of Olivia AI (www.olivia.ai), a Silicon Valley-based Financial Technology (FinTech) startup.

Olivia is creating a future where you will never have to think about money again, thanks to an ecosystem of smart financial services, such as loans that pay themselves, accounts that help you spend better, and investments that grow themselves.

This new generation of financial services is based on Olivia’s platform, which combines personal finance, artificial intelligence, and behavioral economics to help you do more with your money, so you can do more of what you love.

Before founding Olivia, Cristiano was Co-Founder and CTO of Spring Wireless, a pioneer and leader in Software as a Service (SaaS), where he was instrumental in growing the company from zero to $100M in annual revenues.

Cristiano holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in engineering, both from the University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil.


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Duane Dankesreiter

Senior Vice President of Research and Innovation, Dallas Regional Chamber

Duane oversees the Research team which is responsible for creating research products that support the DRC’s strategic priorities of economic development, the talent pipeline, and talent attraction. Duane’s also leads the DRC’s activities around supporting the launch and growth of innovation activities in DFW by connecting entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers, and the business community.

In 2013, Duane and his team were a Grand Prize Winner in the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Awards for Communication Excellence competition. The prize recognized the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Economic Development Guide as the best chamber publication in the nation. More recently, Duane helped lead the launch of Dallas Innovates, a new online news site dedicated to telling the stories of innovation in Dallas-Fort Worth. The website, dallasinnovates.com, launched in December 2015.


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Jon Gottfried

Co-founder, Major League Hacking

Jon Gottfried is a co-founder of Major League Hacking, the global community for student developers. Jon previously worked as a Developer Evangelist at Twilio and Echo Nest, served as National Director for StartupBus, and co-created the Hacker Union. Jon loves building new technology and teaching people to do the same. He graduated from SUNY Stony Brook University in 2011 and was recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Education category and the Stony Brook 40 Under 40 for Entrepreneurship.


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Kate Knight

Director of Innovation + Nonprofit Success, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Kate Knight is the Director of Innovation & Nonprofit Success at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, where she leads programs and initiatives designed to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of social impact organizations. 

In her role at United Way, Kate has pioneered social innovation work for the organization, building the Social Innovation Accelerator from an idea to nationally recognized program for identifying, nurturing and implementing groundbreaking community impact.

Kate spent the first half of her career making movies and marketing airlines, while looking for ways to better our world through empowering entrepreneurs in her spare time. From female small-business hopefuls in rural Tanzanian to local Dallas social entrepreneurs, Kate has counseled hundreds of innovators, coaching them on business models, social impact, fundraising and operations.

Kate holds an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Curtis W. Meadows, Jr. Social Enterprise Fellow. She lives with her husband and two young children in Dallas.


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Katie Krummeck

Educational Designer + Facilitator

Katie Krummeck is an educational designer and a national thought leader in leveraging the power of design to drive change in the K-12 system. She is also an expert in using the design process and maker-based instruction to create student-centered learning experiences that develop students’ creative confidence, optimism, and problem-solving skills. Katie has led design teams to tackle diverse projects such as reimagining a PreK-12 school schedule, redesigning the substitute teacher program for a district and helping a theater company diversify their patronage. Katie has coached school leaders, educators, non-profit leaders and corporate executives to develop their design mindsets and the capacity to leverage design to drive innovation.

Katie began her career as a secondary teacher and co-founder of a small, experimental independent school, where students collaborated across age groups to engage in project-based, interdisciplinary learning. She has since helped scale a national education non-profit start-up, helped develop the K12 Lab at the Hasso Plattner Institute for Design at Stanford University (“the d.school”), and directed a collegiate makerspace. Katie also founded the Maker Education Project at Southern Methodist University, an initiative dedicated to catalyzing transformational maker-based learning experiences for students in K-12 schools. She is currently working as an independent consultant based in Portland, Oregon.


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Renee McKeon

VP Design, Capital One Financial Services

In her role, Renée is part of the leadership teams of Financial Services as well as One Design. Renée has been with Capital One since December 2017, where she has focused on the continued evolution our end-to-end customer experience in Auto. She is passionate about creating great teams and great work while having fun, having a heart, and having faith in people along the way.

 Before joining Capital One, Renée served in various company and design leadership positions. She has more than 25 years of experience, both in leading teams and creating human-centered, strategic work. She has worked on iconic brands including Coke, Huggies, People Magazine, Starwood Hotels, Wells Fargo, Prilosec, Secret, Olay, World Vision, Pizza Hut, M&M/Mars, 7-Eleven and Saab.

 Renée earned her BS in Journalism from the University of North Texas.

 She and her husband, Justin, are parents of four children, ages 24, 23, 21, and 18.


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Robert Mundinger

Founder, TheMap.io

Robert Mundinger is the creator of TheMap.net, a site that visualizes data and information for users to understand what's happening around DFW. He has a passion for making hard to find, complex information more accessible through data visualization and storytelling. He has written about Dallas for D Magazine and his own site, TheMap. Mr. Mundinger began his civic career with The Commit Partnership, where he created an online dashboard for stakeholders to access education data across the state of Texas, before leaving to consult for a variety of local organizations. He graduated from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Finance.


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Sara Mokuria

Associate Director, University of Texas at Dallas

Sara Mokuria works as the Associate Director for Leadership Initiatives with the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas where she brings high-level experience in project management, program design and community engagement, combined with lifelong passions for justice, equity and arts and culture. She is a co-founder of Mothers Against Police Brutality, a founding partner of the Steward Cultural Development Group. Sara is a sought after educator, community organizer, project manager, and facilitator with expertise in public policy, equity, and cultural organizing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from New School University and two Master’s degrees from Simmons College. Project highlights include coordinating locally for the Race Forward: Facing Race Conference in Dallas and Alternate ROOTS: ROOT Weekend, and co-founder of Young Leaders, Strong City, co-creating/project managing Trans.lation Vickery Meadow. Sara has served as a board member at The Dallas Peace Center, Parents as Teachers program at Lumin Education, and on the International Mechanism Coordinating Committee for the US Human Rights Network. Mokuria has taught high school in Dallas and Boston and college at the University of Texas at Dallas and Paul Quinn College. Sara is a mother and lives with her family in Dallas, TX.


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Scott Stanzel

MVP Corporate Communications, Capital One

Scott Stanzel is the Managing Vice President of Corporate Communications at Capital One, a position he has held since September 2017. Stanzel leads a 42-person team that is responsible for all aspects of public relations strategy and execution for Capital One, including media relations for the numerous lines of business, issues and reputation management and the proactive communications programs to advance the mission of the company.  

Prior to joining Capital One, Stanzel served in several different roles at Amazon from 2011 to 2017. He was the Director of Worldwide Marketplace Communications for the online retailer and was responsible for leading public relations programs for Amazon’s growing third-party seller business, which accounts for more than half of all Amazon sales. In 2015 and 2016, Stanzel was Amazon’s Director of Operations Communications. In this role, he led media and public relations related to Amazon's fulfillment centers, transportation, customer service, community relations, Prime Now (primenow.com), and Prime Air (amazonprimeair.com); the internal communications strategy and execution for Amazon's fulfillment network and customer service organizations; and the Amazon fulfillment center public tours program (amazonfctours.com). His previous roles at the company include leading the North American consumer public relations and managing policy communications.

Prior to his time at Amazon, Stanzel was a frequent contributor to Fox News, CNN, POLITICO and other media outlets. He is a native of Sac City, Iowa, and a 1995 graduate of Iowa State University.


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Steve Miff, PhD

President and CEO, PCCI

Dr. Steve Miff is the President and CEO of PCCI, a leading, non-profit, artificial intelligence and cognitive computing organization. Before joining PCCI, Dr. Miff served as the General Manager at Sg2, a national advanced analytics and consulting business serving over 1,200 leading healthcare systems. He led the organization’s strategy, operations and growth, and had overall P&L responsibility for the $55M+ business. Dr. Miff also led Sg2’s merger and integration during the VHA, MedAssets and Sg2 acquisition.

Prior to Sg2, he was the Senior Vice President of clinical strategy, population health, and performance management at VHA (Vizient Inc.). Dr. Miff was a member of the senior management team and the executive oversight committee. His role with VHA included P&L responsibility across seven national business units with a total of over $25 million in revenue.

Dr. Miff launched and grew three new enterprise businesses, led the development and roll out of several key strategic partnerships/acquisitions, and was a senior member of the integration team for the VHA, UHC, and Novation merger. Prior to VHA, Dr. Miff served in various roles at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and St. Agnes Hospital System.


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Dr. Timothy Bray

Director, University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Timothy M. Bray is the Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas. IUPR truly believes that the fruits of research and community development must motivate the caliber of sustainable change necessary to improve quality of life and build a better world, one community at a time. The Institute directs its efforts toward those ends by conducting strategic and evaluation research that informs the direction of community-oriented organizations provides training and technical assistance to increase organizational and programmatic capacity and provides specific project-based consulting and guidance. Dr. Bray is also on the faculty of the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he teaches in the Public Policy and Political Economy (PPPE) and Social Data Analysis and Research (SDAR) programs, and teaches graduate and upper division courses in quantitative methodologies and structural correlates of social disorganization. His Urban Issues Workshop pairs advanced doctoral students from many social science fields with community organizations that need assistance with research. He works closely with graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of projects and serves on several dissertation committees. His teaching includes professional development, as well, with several courses developed for non-profit professionals. Dr. Bray serves on the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, is a partner in the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Academy of Criminal Justice Science’s Justice Evaluation Journal. Locally, he serves as President of the board directors of Allen Sports Association, and as a member of the Boards of Directors for the Greater Dallas Planning Council, Catholic Charities of Dallas, Trusted World, and the Foundation for Allen Schools. He advises other boards in a strategic capacity and is active in numerous community organizations. Dr. Bray's current research focuses on the development of multidimensional indicators for quality of life and disparities in quality of life and the collective efficacy of private-public community-based partnerships. He was instrumental in the Institute’s launch of the Wholeness Index, a comprehensive index of disparities in quality of life that taps 12 key dimensions of social dislocation.


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Vikas Chowdhry

Chief Analytics and Information Officer, PCCI

Vikas Chowdhry, MS, MBA, is PCCI’s Chief Analytics and Information Officer with 15+ years of healthcare experience. He works closely with data science and clinical teams at PCCI to develop machine learning driven technologies and products that can empower clinical and social services providers and individuals to create communities that are healthier and more productive. Additionally, Vikas has a keen interest in the area of leveraging incentive programs to influence patient behavior.

Prior to joining PCCI, Vikas served in multiple leadership roles at Epic. During his 15 years at Epic, he lead multiple product teams to develop and enhance enterprise software for Radiology Information Systems, Labor & Delivery, OB/GYN, Population Health, and Predictive Analytics. He also led the organization’s vision and execution for predictive analytics and machine learning domains including pricing, go-to-market and growth strategies.

He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Jodhpur, India, a graduate degree in Computer Science from University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.