Keynote Speakers

Sunday, October 1

Dr. Mamta Accapadi

Mamta Accapadi, Ph.D. is a partner and a mother first. She is grateful to be in a head and heart space where her daughter challenges and affirms her sense of purpose every day. Mamta serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Rollins College. Mamta received her Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin, and she served as a postdoctoral fellow in Women’s Studies at the University of Houston. She also holds a M.Ed. in higher education administration and B.A. in microbiology, both from the University of Texas at Austin. Mamta is deeply grateful for the opportunities she has been offered to champion social justice education efforts, and commit to mentorship of under-represented communities. She has served as a consultant, written curriculum, and worked with universities and companies on inclusion of different constituency groups. Follow Mamta on Twitter at @MamtaAccapadi

Monday, October 2

Derrick Carpenter 

Join Keynote Derrick Carpenter from the University of Pennsylvania Resilience Program for a conversation about building personal resiliency in a challenging climate and helping build resiliency skills in our students.  Derrick will be the keynote speaker on Monday, October 2nd and will follow with a break out session. 

Derrick is a lead instructor for the University of Pennsylvania Resilience Program, delivering skills on the science of resilience and well-being to individuals and organizations. As part of the team at Penn, he has delivered and facilitated resilience workshops for the United States Army, the Oklahoma City Thunder, St. Peter’s College of Australia, and the University of Texas.

He also consults with organizations on well-being science and the application of Positive Psychology interventions. He is an instructor and coach for the Quiet Leadership Institute led by Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, helping organizations including NASA, LinkedIn, GE, and GoDaddy enhance the well-being of both introvert and extrovert employees. He is also an advisor for Happify, a website that integrates the science of Positive Psychology into web- and app-based tools that support users in overcoming anxiety, stress, and other challenges to their well-being. Derrick has led experiential learning courses on leadership and resilience for business schools such as Wharton, Columbia Business School, and Darden at the University of Virginia, and businesses including Intel, McKinsey, Nike, and Waste Management.

He has researched learning, talent, and what makes people great in psychology labs at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania. Derrick holds a BS in Mathematics from MIT and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Derrick and his wife live in central Connecticut.

Tuesday, October 3

Dr. Matt Gregory

Dr. Matt Gregory will join us to present a Keynote on the morning of Tuesday, October 3rd on Title IX in today’s political climate. 

Dr. Gregory is an Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA) Past-President, past Secretary on the ASCA Board of Directors, and has volunteered in various other capacities since first becoming an ASCA member in 1996.  Dr. Gregory has served as a faculty member at the ASCA Donald D. Gehring Academy for four years and coordinated the Director and Aspiring Director Track for two years.  He was the 2011 recipient of the ASCA Individual Award for Excellence.  Dr. Gregory is an affiliated consultant with the NCHERM Group and trains on a variety of topics including Title IX and Conflict Resolution. He joins us at the conference as NCHERM/ATIXA consultant as a result of their generous gold level sponsorship of TACUSPA.  

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