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At AASPA's 86  
Annual Conference

October 15-18, 2024   Seattle, WA

2024 Keynote Speakers Coming Spring 2024!

2023 Keynotes 

Latasha Gillespie

Wednesday, October 4

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

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Empowering Every Student for Success

In today's diverse educational landscape, it is crucial for education administrators to recognize and address institutional biases to ensure that every student has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential. 


The primary goal is to equip education administrators with a deeper understanding of the importance of fostering an inclusive educational culture. Secondly, to equip them with the knowledge, tools, and strategies necessary to create an inclusive learning environment that celebrates uniqueness and supports the growth of every student.

Latasha has over 25 yrs experience with Fortune 50 organizations leading successful global strategic initiatives. She's a creative professional with a background and experience in Leadership, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Finance, HR and 6Sigma. She is exceptionally skilled in Public Speaking, Key Note Addresses and Executive Presentations.


Latasha is also committed to coaching, developing and growing others. She is also skilled in driving positive culture change and inclusive environments on a large scale.

Latasha is currently responsible for Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Amazon Studios, Prime Video and IMDb.

Steve Cadigan

Thursday, October 5

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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The Future of Work - How We Lead and Thrive in a "Workquake"

We are in the midst of a tidal wave of transformation in the world of work. How we work, where we work, and even our relationship with work has and will continue to change. The world of education has not been immune to the global trends of rising staff turnover, rising employee disengagement, and a fundamental shift with how employees think about their relationship to work.  As we all know,  the pandemic served up many new challenges for schools across the world that added to the complexity for many leaders. While all this change may feel both formidable and overwhelming, we have all been given a rare opportunity to build something new and perhaps even better than the norms and frameworks we worked within prior to the pandemic. In this engaging keynote, Steve Cadigan, a globally recognized thought leader on the future of work, and LinkedIn’s first Chief HR Officer will help you start to build a future-proof talent strategy that accounts for many of the changes and new challenges we all face today. Steve will reveal how many other industries and organizations have been responding to this new more fluid world of work. You do not want to miss this session.

Steve Cadigan is a highly sought-after talent advisor to leaders and organizations across the
globe. Steve advises a wide range of innovative organizations that include Airbnb, Intel,
Salesforce, The Country Music Association, Manchester United Football Club and the BBC. He is also regularly retained by some of Silicon Valley’s leading VC firms such as Andreesen Horowitz & Sequoia, as well as top Consulting firms like Deloitte & McKinsey.

Steve speaks at conferences and teaches in major universities around the world. His work in
helping shape the culture at LinkedIn led Stanford University to build a graduate-level class
around this ground-breaking work.  Throughout his career, the teams, cultures and organizations he has led have been recognized as exceptional, “world-class” performers by the Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine.

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Karith Foster

Friday, October 6

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Beyond Stereotypes: Inclusive DEI for the New Paradigm of Business

This presentation will provide attendees with the building blocks for creating a caring, inclusive, and healthy environment. Participants will gain a sincere comprehension of modern-day diversity, including the importance of reclaiming the word "diversity" to encompass everyone and their lived experiences. Karith will utilize a perfect blend of humor, interactive exercises, and storytelling to prompt attendees to think outside of themselves, consider how they view the environments they consciously and subconsciously create, and how they can proactively promote lasting positive change.

Karith Foster is a Diversity Engagement Specialist and creator of the groundbreaking INVERSITY™ methodology and other signature programs. She is creating a seismic shift in diversity and culture change in academic institutions, organizations and corporations across America. These new conversations are revolutionizing the way we address issues of diversity and leadership.


Karith brings the perfect blend of humor, knowledge and experience while conveying the ever-present need to address diversity, inclusion and effective communication. Karith leaves her audiences feeling engaged, connected, inspired and encouraged to commit to the journey of mutual respect, acceptance and a greater sense of belonging.

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