Day for Visionaries and Innovators Program

Day for Visionaries and Innovators: Constructing a Blueprint for Radical Transformation

Friday, February 16, 2018, 7:30am - 5:00pm

Mesa Community College, Paul A. Elsner Library, Room LB300

7:30am – 8:00am Participant Registration and Light Refreshments


8:00am Welcome


Ms. Lorena Austin, Student & President, Associated Students of Mesa Community College
Dr. Sonya Pearson, Vice President of Student Affairs, Mesa Community College and Mistress of Ceremonies
Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Chancellor, Maricopa Community College District

8:15am Panel Discussion

Dr. Rufus Glasper, President & CEO, League for Innovation and Guest Panelists

  • Mr. Gene D’Adamo, President & CEO Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
  • Ms. Suzanne Pfister, President & CEO of Vitalyst Health Foundation
  • Mr. Vince Roig, Founding Chairman of Helios Education Foundation
  • Dr. Steve Seleznow, President & CEO of Arizona Community Foundation

9:45am Key Note Presenter 

Dr. Monica Sharma
International Expert and Practitioner on Leadership Development for Sustainable and Equitable Change:
Radical Transformational Leadership - Strategic Action for Change Agents

10:15am Refreshment Break (10 minutes)

10:30am Morning Roundtable Session

Community Partnerships & Advocacy, Table Discussion
Vice Mayor Robin Arredondo-Savage, City of Tempe

11:30am Luncheon and Break

12:00pm Guest Presenter

Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist, Google Inc.
Video presentation and facilitated discussion

12:30pm Afternoon Roundtable Session

Education & Workforce Development, Table Discussion
Ms. Nina Jaleeli, Account Executive, Apple Education
Dr. Linda Collins, Department Chair, MCC Business

1:45pm Afternoon Roundtable Session

Food Security, Transportation & Housing, Table Discussion
Ms. Diana Yazzie Devine, President of Native American Connections

2:45pm Refreshment Break 

3:00pm Roundtable Afternoon Session

Philanthropy & Scholarship
Mr. Rich Nickel, President & CEO of College Success Arizona

4:00pm Constructing a Blueprint for Radical Transformation: Next Steps...

Discussion Outcomes and Guest Observations
Ms. Lorena Austin, Mesa Community College
Dr. Sonya Pearson, Closing Remarks

5:00pm Conclusion and Adjournment