Conference Keynote Speakers

Each year, NPEA invites notable keynote speakers to share their knowledge with conference attendees. College presidents, researchers, practitioners, and authors have inspired audiences, while offering valuable insights about how to better serve students. Past conference keynote speakers include:

  • Eric Bettinger, Associate Professor of Education, Stanford University (2013)
  • Greg Darnieder, Special Assistant and Advisor on the Secretary of the Secretary’s Initiative on College Access, U.S. Department of Education (2010)
  • Angela Duckworth, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania (2013)
  • Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President, The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2010)
  • John H. Jackson, President, Schott Foundation for Public Education (2011)
  • Steve Pemberton, Author, A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, A Mysterious Place, and How He Found a Place Called Home (2013)
  • Wes Moore, Author, The Other Wes Moore (2012)
  • Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, NYU Steinhardt (2011)
  • Thomas H. Parker, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Amherst College (2009)
  • Karl Reid, Senior Vice President, Academic Programs and Strategic Initiatives, United Negro College Fund (2010)
  • Melissa Roderick, Hermon Dunlap Smith Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago; and Senior Director, University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (2012)
  • Mandy Savitz-Romer, Lecturer on Education, and Director of the Prevention Science and Practice Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education