Keynote Speakers

June 5, 2020

Eduardo Briceño, Growth Mindset & Improvement Expert, Co-Founder & CEO of Mindset Works

Eduardo is the Co-Founder & CEO of Mindset Works, the leading provider of growth mindset development services and programs.  Since he co-founded it in 2007 with Carol Dweck, Lisa Blackwell, and others, Mindset Works has supported thousands of schools and businesses in their advancement of learning-oriented cultures and systems through in-person trainings and digital and printed resources.

Eduardo is a frequent keynote speaker at leading conferences and regularly facilitates workshops at in-house events for professionals and executives.  His two TEDx talks on growth mindset and how to improve have each been viewed by over three million people.  He is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow, a member of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network, and an inductee in the Happiness Hall of Fame.  He has been featured and quoted in prominent media outlets and in the documentaries The Process and Rise: Voice of a New Generation.

Eduardo grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, and came to the United States as an English Learner.  He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA and M.A. in Education from Stanford University.  Most importantly, he continues to enjoy lifelong learning every day.


June 6, 2020

Crystal Kiekel (MSW, Ed.D), Faculty and Director of Center for Academic Success, Los Angeles Pierce College; co-coordinator for the Learning Assistance Project, California Community Colleges’ Success Network (3CSN)

Crystal Kiekel is a full-time faculty member at Los Angeles Pierce College. There, she directs the Center for Academic Success, which provides course-embedded tutoring, general tutoring, workshops, a writing lab, a math center, and internships to currently enrolled students. She also serves as a Coordinator for the California Community Colleges’ Success Network (3CSN), which is a statewide network that provides professional learning opportunities across California that foster institutional transformation to increase student equity and success.

As a 3CSN Coordinator, Dr. Kiekel co-coordinates the Learning Assistance Project, a statewide professional learning network for tutors, Supplemental Instruction leaders, and other learning assistance professionals. She co-coordinates several local statewide events designed to create stronger networks and knowledge among learning assistance professionals. These events include an annual statewide conference known as Tutor Expo in the spring semester, as well as the Supplemental Instruction Conference in the fall semester.

Dr. Kiekel earned a Master’s of Social Welfare (MSW) from UCLA with an emphasis on management and planning of nonprofit organizations, and a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) at Cal State Northridge with an emphasis on community college leadership and policy development.