Keynote Speakers

Eduardo Briceño

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

Eduardo is the most booked keynote speaker and workshop facilitator on growth mindset and the Learning Zone. In 2007, along with Carol Dweck and Lisa Blackwell, he co-founded Mindset Works, the pioneer in growth mindset development services and programs, which served and influenced thousands of organizations in their advancement of learning-oriented cultures and systems. Eduardo’s TEDx and TED talks on growth mindset and improvement have each been viewed by millions. 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.

Prior to Mindset Works, Eduardo was a Principal at the Sprout Group, a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, where he was part of the technology investment team and served on several for-profit and non-profit boards. Before that he was an investment banking analyst with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

Eduardo grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. He holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MBA and M.A. in education from Stanford University. Most importantly, he continues to enjoy lifelong learning every day.

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Dr. Crystal Kiekel

Center for Academic Success Director, Los Angeles Pierce College & Learning Assistance Project Coordinator, California Community Colleges’ Success Network

Dr. Crystal Kiekel is a full-time faculty member at Los Angeles Pierce College (LAPC), where she directs the Center for Academic Success, which provides course-embedded tutoring, general tutoring, workshops, and internships to LAPC students. She is also a coordinator for the California Community Colleges’ Success Network (3CSN), a professional learning network for California community college educators with a focus on improving student equity and success.

She leads 3CSN’s “Learning Assistance Project,” which builds opportunities for peer educators statewide (including SI leaders, tutors, and peer mentors) to learn and grow together as a professional community. Crystal earned a Masters 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.

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