Courtney HarmonMarilee Bresciani Ludvik, Ph.D

Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, Ph.D. serves as a professor of postsecondary educational leadership at San Diego State University. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Vice President of Institutional Assessment at Texas A&M University and in a variety of student, academic affairs, and alumni relations leadership roles at various types of institutions. As a faculty volunteer, Bresciani Ludvik serves on San Diego State University's Student Learning Outcomes and Programmatic Assessment Committee, and the university’s Student Success Working Group. She has assigned time to work within the recently established Office of Educational Effectiveness at San Diego State where she assists in connecting student learning and development outcomes to equity performance indicators in a manner that can inform improvements in course and program design and delivery. Bresciani Ludvik also volunteers her time on the California State University 2025 Data-Driven Decision Making Task Force and the San Diego State University Data Champions research group.

Marilee has written 12 books, published over 200 scholarly articles, and empowered over 200 institutions and their leaders on organizational learning assessment and accountability decision-making processes. In addition, Marilee assists organizational leaders identify and leverage opportunities to collaborate across division lines, using mindfulness-based inquiry practices, nonviolent communication, difficult conversation practices, paradigm busting processes, compassion practices, restorative justice, and design thinking. As a certified transformational life coach who uses the evocative method, Marilee is a Fellow of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate.

Marilee is also a certified meditation and yoga instructor, certified Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute teacher (the program developed at Google), and a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher on the certification path. Marilee's research focuses on using translational neuroscience and mindful compassion practices to inform the design and evaluation of workshops, curriculum, and coaching practices to decrease students’, faculty, and administrators’ stress and anxiety while also increasing their attention and emotion regulation, cognitive flexibility, and enhancing compassion, inquiry, creativity, and overall well-being.

Marilee is thrilled that she gets to empower educators, staff, administrators, and student leaders to get in touch with their passions so they can positively transform their lives and the lives of those they serve!

Marilee can be reached at mbrescia@sdsu.edu.

Courtney HarmonCourtney Harmon

Gender is not black and white–it's expressed and defined in a rainbow of ways. How campuses are talking about gender is changing rapidly as more students are identifying as transgender, gender nonconforming or nonbinary, and campuses are entrusted with revamping forms and protocol to meet the needs of our students. But what do these terms mean? And how do we ensure our campuses are providing welcoming and safe environments for students who identify beyond the "male" or "female" checkboxes?

Courtney Harmon has been a graphic designer for Enrollment Services at San Diego State University since 2006. Through her MFA research on the gender division of children’s toy design and marketing, she examines the ways we brand, think about, and talk about gender as a culture. In the past several years, she has been involved in SDSU’s expanding conversation about gender by helping design new Registrar forms for gender change and preferred name, and working with SDSU's Associated Students to develop a gender awareness training. Courtney will provide an overview of the evolving language of gender and share stories of successes and challenges from SDSU students who are navigating a university that is recognized as one of the top LGBTQ-friendly campuses in the nation.

Dr. Reginald S. BlaylockDr. Reginald S. Blaylock

During his 31-year career in public higher education, Dr. Reginald Blaylock has worked in multiple divisions including Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and University Advancement. Reggie currently serves as Special Assistant to the President for Student Success Initiatives at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and recently served in senior level positions including Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, and Associate Vice President for Student Services. Dr. Blaylock received his BA and MPA in Public Administration; and his Doctorate in Post-Secondary Education, Leadership.

Norm Hull, CSPNorm Hull, CSP

Norm Hull, CSP is the principal owner of Norm Hull & Associates, a leadership consulting company based in Southern California. An acclaimed speaker, leadership expert and best-selling author, Norm has provided his various audiences with thought-provoking, interactive and inspirational presentations for the past 38 years.

Norm is one of 833 Certified Speaking Professional’s (CSP) worldwide, which is earned through the National Speakers Association, after a rigorous audit for expertise, eloquence and enterprise. As a professional facilitator Norm services are utilized during high stakes meeting, national and international conferences, as well as programs that benefit from an engaging leadership expert.

Since 1980, Norm has trained thousands of leaders, and professionals on how to enhance their effectiveness with improved leadership skills. A snapshot of his long list of educational institutions, Association and corporate clients include: Pepsico, Jostens, Herff Jones YUM, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Fox Travel Inc, Disney, Universal Studios, Department of Defense, Ncredible Inc., University of Mississippi,Tulane University.

Since he began his leadership consulting company 38 years ago, 3,000,000 audience members and clients have benefitted from his expertise in the personal development industry. Norm has provided keynote programs and leadership consulting services in all 50 states in America as well as numerous foreign countries including: Russia, Canada, Spain, Costa Rica, Finland, England, Germany, Bahrain, Kuwait and several other middle Eastern countries.

He has served as president, trustee and organizing member of several charities and non-profits, YMCA, California Association of Student Councils (CASC), SYTA Youth Foundation, (SYF) and TEDx Temecula.

Norm has owned an award-winning restaurant, health food store and a animal hospital. (Ask him about his hybrid Wolf who hogs the bed.) His greatest joy is being the grandpapa of two grandchildren who he does his best to spoil. In his spare time, Norm enjoys being a member of the SYTA All-Star Band and learning how to play the guitar.