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Keynote Speakers

2019 Conference Keynote Speakers

The 2019 ACP/Pathways Conference features three nationally known speakers. 

Kelly Palmer

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Kelly Palmer is on a mission to change the way the world learns. A well-known thought leader on learning, business, and career development, she is currently on the executive team of Degreed, an education technology company that is engaged in enabling and recognizing professional and lifelong learning and skill. She was formerly the chief learning officer of LinkedIn. Prior to LinkedIn, Kelly was vice president of learning at Yahoo! and held executive positions in learning, M&A, and product development at Sun Microsystems.

Kelly is the co-author of the book The Expertise Economy: How the smartest companies use learning to engage, compete, and succeed. She speaks regularly at companies and business conferences around the world and has been featured in Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, MIT Management Review, Scientific American, Barron’s, and on Bloomberg radio. Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts in English/communications and a Master of Science in adult learning and education technology. Kelly lives in San Francisco.

Lauren Jones

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Lauren Jones is a licensed school counselor, nationally certified counselor, past expeditionary learning instructor, and past teen adventure guide. She is in her ninth year as the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program Director for Special Populations, Counseling and Equity serving statewide school districts and postsecondary institutions by providing trainings & resources that help support the programming for implementation and collaborative efforts that parallel Colorado’s education initiatives that support Career Literacy and Meaningful Career Conversations, important acronyms such as: ICAP, PWR, ACE; Graduation Guidelines,Career Pathways, equity and more. Her passion for students and their authentic, meaningful learning can sometimes be contagious. Her advocacy for School Counselors within the CTE family is prominent in the work she does. Lauren also began and coordinates the implementation of Middle School CTE programs, serves and wears many other hats including: Project Manager for Equity in CTE within the context of non-trad, co-supervisor of Colorado’s statewide PWR/ICAP Facilitators, Subject Matter Expert for Equity in CTE with Advance CTE and US Dept of Ed, Region V representative for ACTE Guidance and Career Development Division, one of the founding members for the CCCS Equity and Inclusivity Council, constant advocate for Special Populations and everything CTE in Colorado!

Ed Paradowski 

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Ed Paradowski has served as President of Apache Stainless Equipment since 2010. Prior to that, he spent seven years at Kohler Company, and seven years as an entrepreneur running his own manufacturing company. In addition, Ed is currently a board member for the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity, where he serves as chair. Ed currently teaches in the adult education program at Wisconsin Lutheran College, and he is active in the Wisconsin Regional Career Pathways project since its inception in 2015. A native of Milwaukee and a graduate of Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School, Ed received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He has four daughters, three in the UW system and one at Port Washington High School.

For questions about this information, contact Robin Kroyer-Kubicek (608) 266-2022