Keynote Speakers

Jaclyn Gallo

Keynote date: Friday, June 7, 2024
Keynote title: “The Art of Bouncing Back: How to Embrace Failure & Build Resilience”

Jaclyn Gallo is a speaker, writer and life coach helping people create lives that spark the light inside of them. She’s a 2x bestselling author, host of the top 100 podcast Spark Your Light, and TEDx speaker who has delivered keynotes across the globe to organizations including Deloitte and Comcast NBCUniversal. Jaclyn is also the founder and CEO of Spark Your Light Studios, a media company that has proudly reached millions of women in 96 countries. Jaclyn’s work has been featured by Forbes, Elite Daily, Bustle and Good Morning Washington.

Dr. Patrick Turner

Keynote date: Saturday, June 8, 2024
Keynote title: “Belonging: Creating a space of engagement and validation for Men of Color”

Dr. Patrick TURNER has over 25 years working in higher education, specializing in the areas of academic affairs, student support services, faculty development, curricula analytics student and persistence. Patrick serves as the Associate Provost of Student Success (APSS) and Director of the Men of Color Initiative at New Mexico State University- Office of the Provost. He holds a bachelor in Public Administration, master’s degree in Human Resource Development, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership-Curriculum and Instruction. The APSS collaborates with the Provost, Deans, Department Heads, Student Affairs, diversity programs, two-year colleges, and local high schools to address issues of social justice and educational access. With a research focus on the first-year experience, student retention, persistence, and academic success, his body of work investigates institutional factors that act as a support mechanism or barrier to the academic and social integration of students, particularly those from underrepresented, marginalized, and minoritized populations. Three years ago, Dr. Turner established the Men of Color Initiative at New Mexico State University which uses an asset-based approach to the development and engagement of the intersecting identities of male students.

Additionally, Dr. Turner is the Co-Principal Investigator (PI) on several grants funded by the Undergraduate Education Research Universities (UERU) and Association of Public Land Grant University (APLU) to promote “Transforming Institutions to Increase Student Success.” These projects focus on the use of inclusive excellence and curricular analytics to drive equity in academic outcomes and closing the opportunity gap. Leadership services roles include membership on the Provost Council of African American Affairs, Western Land-grant Cluster- APLU, editorial board member for the Journal of Postsecondary Student Success (JPSS) at Florida State University, President of the National Organization of Student Success-Southwest chapter (NOSS) and professional coach for Complete College American (CCA) leadership academy for Predominantly Black and Historically Black Community Colleges (PBI/HBCU).