2020 Keynote Speakers



Lisa TaylorLisa Taylor

As President of Challenge Factory and the Centre for Career Innovation, Lisa offers a dynamic perspective on the Future of Work and how demographics, the freelance economy and new market dynamics present opportunities to gain strategic advantage. 

Lisa is the author of Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small Business and Retain and Gain: Career Management for Non-Profits and Charities, two sector-specific playbooks chock full of low-cost and no-cost activities for managers. Her third book, The Talent Revolution: Longevity and the Future of Work is published by the University of Toronto Press - Rotman Imprint (2019).

With an MBA in Strategic Management and Public Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Lisa held progressive roles at Deloitte and Hewlett-Packard. In 2014, Lisa was recognized by the Urban Land Institute as one of Canada's Top 100 Women for her work in the areas of leadership, employment and city building.

Lisa is a Canadian Special Operations Forces Regiment Association Board Member and just completed her  term on the Dean's Advisory Council, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. Lisa sits on the Board of Directors for CERIC and co-chairs the Marketing Committee. She is a member of the Canadian Council of Career Development Association (CCCD) Standards and Guidelines stakeholder committee and a member of Team Canada for the 2019 International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy Symposium in Norway.

Lisa is a sought-after expert, speaker and  columnist. Her clients rely on her invaluable insights and real-world know-how. Lisa's expertise is widely recognized in the Globe & Mail, The Wall Street Journal, CBC, TVO and other major outlets.


Dr. Patricia ArredondoPatricia Arredondo

Dr. Patricia Arredondo is a scholar-practitioner and academic entrepreneur with more than 35 years in higher education and organizational consulting spaces. She is president of the Arredondo Advisory Group, Faculty Fellow with Fielding Graduate University, and faulty and coach for the New Leadership Academy, University of Michigan.

An academic administrator for 17 years, Dr. Arredondo served as President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago campus, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), and Senior Vice President for Student Initiatives, Arizona State University (ASU). She was a Full Professor with ASU and UWM. Through 2017, she was Co-PI on a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation for academic leadership development for STEM faculty women at Historically Black College and Universities and Tribal Colleges. She is a regular presenter with the annual STEM Women of Color Conclave.

A scholar and licensed psychologist, Dr. Arredondo is the author of more than 100 publications and bilingual counseling training videos. Her seven books reflect her research interests in diversity-driven organizational initiatives, Latinx mental health, women’s leadership, and the application of multicultural guidelines for professional development. Her recent book is Latinx Immigrants: Transcending Acculturation and Xenophobia (2018) and in preparation is a book on unhealthy work environments for STEM women in higher education. She speaks nationally and internationally on these topics. In the past three years, she presented keynotes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Qatar and South Africa, and of course in the U.S.

A servant leader, Dr. Arredondo has been president of community based organizations and professional associations. She is the first Latina to serve as president of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and is the founding president of the National Latinx Psychological Association. In Milwaukee she was Vice Chair of the Social Development Commission, the largest anti-poverty organization in the state. Her civic activism continues on advisory boards for Gay Sons and Mothers, Diversity MBA Magazine, the Marie Fielder Center for Social Justice, and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. She is a mentor to many graduate students and professionals across the globe.

Dr. Arredondo is Fellow of the ACA and the American Psychological Association (APA), and the recipient of many awards and recognitions. She was named Changemaker: Top 25 Women Psychologists of Color by the APA and a Living Legend by ACA for her contributions to multicultural counseling. She was recognized as a Business Leader of Color by Chicago United in 2016 and awarded an honorary degree from the University of San Diego. She holds a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston University, a master’s in Counseling from Boston College and a B.S. in Spanish and Journalism from Kent State University, and is a licensed psychologist. Originally from Lorain, Ohio, she currently resides in Phoenix.


Dr. Rosie Phillips DavisRosie Bingham

Rosie Phillips Davis, PhD, is a professor of counseling psychology at the University of Memphis, where she has worked for more than 30 years. Previous roles include serving as the vice president for student affairs, assistant vice president for student affairs/student development and director of the Center for Student Development.

Davis’ scholarship has focused on the power of inclusion, multicultural vocational psychology, ethics and living well in a diverse society. She has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including currently on the Journal of Career Assessment. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on career counseling and has co-edited two books. 

The fifth of 12 children, Davis was born to sharecroppers in Mississippi who, in search of a better life, moved to Memphis when she was a young child. She was the first person in her family to attend college and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and education at Elmhurst College, a master’s degree in counseling and guidance and a PhD in counseling psychology, the latter two from The Ohio State University.

Davis’ professional awards include the Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship, the Authur S. Holman Lifetime Achievement Award, the Charles and Shirley Thomas Award, the Dalmas A. Taylor Award, APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Institutional Practice, the APA Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues mentoring award, the Tennessee Psychological Association Len Handler Award for Distinguished Research Psychologist and two APA Presidential Citations.








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