Goals For The Conference
GOALS FOR THE CONFERENCE ARE SIMPLE!
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LINKEDIN: Mandy Smoker Broaddus | LinkedIn
We are so excited to have Mandy with us for our conference!
Mandy Smoker Broaddus is a member of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana. She has worked over 20 years in Native American education. Mandy has received any awards over the years. To name a few, she is the recipient of the National Indian Educator of the Year award by the National Indian Education Association. She has been presented an Honorary Doctorate for the Acclaimed Native Poet, Iconic Set Designer from the University of Montana, and many more. We are so fortuntate to have Mandy with us for this gathering!
Mandy has held many important positions and roles across Montana and beyond. She is also a managing consultant helping ensure native & culturally responsive education. Mandy is motivated in her work to seek greater justice, equity, inclusivity, and cultural responsiveness in schools and classrooms. She is passionate about furthering educational self-determination, effective Tribal consultation, incorporating accurate and authentic content about American Indians and Alaska Natives in curriculum, building systems that support the whole child and their families, and language revitalization efforts.
Over her 20 years in education, Mandy has served in the K–12, Tribal college, and state education department levels. Mandy was the director of Indian education for the state of Montana for 10 years. She currently serves on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education.
Mandy's Education Background
- American Indian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles graduate school
- English, University of Colorado graduate school
- Education/English, Pepperdine University
- Fine Arts/Creative Writing, University of Montana
Press & Articles
Montana’s Co-Poet Laureate: Mandy Smoker Broaddus (montanapress.net)
Mandy Smoker Broaddus | Education Northwest
What Culturally Responsive Teaching Looks Like: A Native Educator Explains (edweek.org)
UM to Present Honorary Doctorates to Acclaimed Native Poet, Iconic Set Designer
Celebrate Native American Educators: Mandy Smoker Broaddus (dcmp.org)
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- Her Montana story & educational journey
- Native & culturally responsive/sustaining education
- Tribal consultation
- Equitable learning systems
- Trauma-informed learning environments
Web: Speaker Jasmine Williams (jasminecwilliams.com)
Instagram: Jasmine C. Williams (@msjasminecwilliams) • Instagram photos and videos
Press Coverage: Press | Speaker Jasmine Williams (jasminecwilliams.com)
Jasmine has received speaker of the year award this last year, and we are excited to have her at our conference!
After an unexpected loss her freshman year of college, Jasmine Williams hit rock bottom. Now as an Adversity + Resilience Speaker, she teaches audiences how failure and adversity can help them grow. Using her firsthand experiences, Jasmine helps audiences support classmates and colleagues through grief, anxiety, and other difficult experiences.
After 6 years as a speaker, Jasmine became a public speaking coach to teach others how to deliver a polished message with confidence. She graduated from High Point University with her B.A. in Communication and a minor in Psychology. In addition to her work as a speaker, Jasmine is a communications consultant for federal agencies.
You can find me teaching audiences across the country how to thrive through the plot twists in life. I started speaking to help audiences learn to incorporate my adversity and resilience strategies in their own lives. Along the way, I noticed many of the people I spoke to were holding themselves back from dream opportunities due to their fear of speaking up and owning their own voice. The rest, as they say, is history.
I’ve worked with clients ranging from Harvard, MIT, and the University of Alabama to Stanford Health and federal agencies.
I bring a decade of communications experience, including a B.A. in Communication + work with major media and communications companies.
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Stop Half-Assin’ It! Thriving Through ALL the Plot Twists
Just a Little Spark: This is Not a Drill
- Student Experience
- Orientation/First Year Experience
- Leadership Development & Professional Development
- Personal Growth Organizations or Clubs
- Community Colleges
- Mental Health & Wellness
WEB: Evan Austin
Instagram: Evan Austin (@e_a_swim) • Instagram photos and videos
We are so excited to have Evan with us for our conference! Evan is a 3-time Paralympic Swimmer, Team USA Captain, attended Indiana State University for his Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Sport Management, and is a proud member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. The now Gold and Bronze medalist is on the coaching staff of the Purdue University Swimming and Diving team as a Volunteer Assistant.
Evan connects with audiences by discussing the struggles he faced growing up with a physical impairment and the resilience he had to have to become a Paralympic Gold medalist. His keynote is constructed to show audiences that there are many roadblocks and deterrents on one’s path to success. Evan leads listeners on an emotional roller coaster as he illustrates, through his own personal experiences, some of the toughest failures and greatest successes a human can go through in a lifetime.
Evan is also highlighted for his humor and spirit! Whether he is speaking to campus organizations, student-athletes or a ballroom full of people who just want to hear an inspiring story, Evan delivers an experience that leaves audience members filled with hope, a new perspective on not judging a book by its cover, and renewed belief in the ideal that hard work can make up for many things. Through his story-telling, Evan hopes audiences leave his program understanding that failure can be turned into fuel, that goals don’t just change but also evolve, and that in the end the process of pursuing a lifelong goal is in fact the greatest prize.
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The Wait of Gold: Sacrifice, Failure, and Resilience in the Lifelong Pursuit of Excellence
Stay In Your Lane!: Exploring the Best (and Worst) Advice I’ve Ever Received
- Leadership Development
- First-Year Experience
- New Member Orientation
LINKEDIN: Jason Gulya, Ph.D. | LinkedIn
We are so excited to have Jason with us for our conference! Jason Gulya, Ph.D. (He/Him)
My life changed when ChatGPT was released in November of 2022. I came across the program, played with it, and immediately announced to my wife: "The most awful thing just happened. I saw the future of cheating." After hundreds and hundreds of hours with ChatGPT and other AI programs, I no longer think that. I am optimistic that the correct use of AI can encourage more critical thinking, improve the accessibility of information, and personalize education.
This optimism has fueled my most recent work. I teach English and Writing at Berkeley College, a career-focused college. I also consult faculty, community colleges, universities, and school districts on how to incorporate AI into their classrooms and lives.
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Sharing My Experiments With AI & Impacts on Education, Marketing, & Beyond
I help educators create AI-enhanced, human-centered learning experiences
AI + Education Coach
Professor | Learning Expert
Host of the "EdUp AI "Podcast