Now Announcing The First Round of Speakers for Connection 2017

By July 11, 2017Speakers

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Launched in 2014, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

We are honored and excited to present to you the following thought leaders for Connection 2017: 

Connection 2017 Speakers:



David M. Wertheimer, M.S.W., M.Div.
Director of Community and Civic Engagement at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


David has worked in in the non-profit, government, educational and philanthropic sectors. He has worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation since 2006, and currently serves as the foundation’s Director of Community and Civic Engagement.  

David is the President of the Haverford College Alumni Association, on the Board of Advisors of Partners for Our Children and the Washington State Health Innovation Leadership Network (HILN).  He is the immediate past Board Chair of Funders Together to End Homelessness and served as co-Chair of the Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Task Force.

A New York City native, David was Executive Director of the NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project and a NYC Human Rights Commissioner.

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Jean Rhodes, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston + Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology


Jean is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has devoted her career to understanding and advancing the role of intergenerational relationships in the intellectual, social, educational, and career development of youth. She has published three books, four edited volumes, and over 100 chapters and peer-reviewed articles on topics related to positive youth development, the transition to adulthood, and mentoring. Dr. Rhodes is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research and Community Action, and was a Distinguished Fellow of the William T. Grant Foundation. She has been awarded many campus-wide teaching awards for her advances in pedagogy and scholarship, including the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Scholar Award, the Student Government Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Chancellor’s Outstanding Scholar award at UMB.

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Frank Lehner, M.A.
Founder of Naridus International


Frank Lehner is an executive coach, facilitator, educator, and designer with a long-standing interest in organizational effectiveness and individual engagement in life and work. His passion focuses on practical applications of storytelling, narrative, and creativity in business, educational, and non-profit settings.

He founded Naridus™  to apply narrative, storytelling, and identity development to support leadership, individual, and professional development and transitions; promote women’s leadership, facilitate organizational change; and, most recently, guide young-adults as they step to college or from college to the workplace.

Frank’s teaching and facilitation style is energetic, engaging, animated, a bit unorthodox, and filled with wit and compassion.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Duquesne University.


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