Special Guest: Brittany Wagner, Athletic Academic Counselor, Motivational Speaker, Founder of 10 Thousand Pencils, Last Chance U
Throughout her career, Brittany has helped many young men who found themselves at a crossroads dig deep and move beyond personal failure to find success despite run-ins with the law, extreme poverty, abandonment, and often a complete lack of academic preparedness. Recognized for her compassion, encouragement, and no-nonsense attitude, Brittany has served as mentor, mother, and disciplinarian to the individuals behind some of college football’s most inspiring success stories. She launched her own company, Ten Thousand Pencils, to aid at-risk youth by working individually with high school and college-level administrators, counselors, and teachers to help them build relationships with these students and better understand and support their emotional, social, and academic needs. Her upcoming book, Next Chance You: Tools, Tips and Tough Love for Bringing Your A-Game to Life, will show readers that even when they think they have failed and all hope is lost, every day offers a new chance to get up, start over, and seize the opportunities that come their way.
Ling Chai Maginn, President & CEO, Jenzabar
Ling founded Jenzabar in 1998. Prior to Jenzabar, she worked as a consultant at Bain & Company, a leading global business, and strategy consulting firm. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master of Liberal Arts in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and an undergraduate degree from Beijing University.
Les Zimmerman, Vice President, Product Development, Jenzabar
Les is a product leader and visionary with a record of successfully delivering solutions for higher education success. He started his software development career at Jenzabar as a programmer analyst and has moved up through the company over the last twenty-five years as an application architect/developer, database administrator, and director of product of development.
Mike DiComes, Vice President, Customer Success, Jenzabar
Mike leads Jenzabar’s Customer Success organization, overseeing Professional Services, Learning Center, Customer Support, Customer Success Managers, and Managed & Technical Services. He has over 20 years of experience leading global functions, covering sales engineering, professional services, customer support, account management, and program management for software companies across several industries, including healthcare, cybersecurity, and payments.
Jeff Elliot, Director, Product Development, Jenzabar
Jeff Elliott is the Director of Product Management at Jenzabar, a leading technology innovator in higher education. Jeff is the product manager for the Advising and Student Life modules in the Jenzabar One platform. He has worked with hundreds of higher education campuses to harness Jenzabar’s solutions for improved performance across campus. Jeff is a subject matter expert with more than 25 years of experience in higher ed and is a frequently featured speaker on the topics of digital transformation, student success, and stakeholder value in higher education.
Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
The Reverend Dr. Debora Jackson Dean of the Foisie Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. As an experienced senior leader in both non-profit and for-profit organizations, Dr. Jackson is also an executive consultant who leads custom, high-impact engagements for non-profit and faith-based organizations. An award-winning author, Dr. Jackson has written numerous articles and two books, Spiritual Practices for Effective Leadership: 7 R’s of Sanctuary for Pastors, which received Illuminations Book Silver Medal Award, and her latest book, Meant for Good: Fundamentals in Womanist Leadership, which was release in January 2020.
Chuck Warner, Chief Information Officer, Shawnee State University
Sara Laird, Chief Technology Officer, Mount Saint Mary’s University
Lyndsey Reed, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Registrar, Pacific School of Religion
William Kyrouz, Director of Information Security, Jenzabar