Keynote Speakers

Sunday, October 21

Dr. Josie Ahlquist

Dr. Josie Ahlquist has trained thousands of professionals and students around the globe on how to thrive online and in life. As a speaker, researcher and author on digital leadership she takes a personal approach to transforming how we view technology through the lens of empathy and empowerment that will result in stronger companies, communities, schools and future leaders.

As a writer, she is a co-author in the Handbook of Student Affairs Administration textbook, writing the chapter on Computer-Mediated Communication and Social Media. She is also published in The Journal of Leadership Studies, in a thought piece called Trending Now: Digital Leadership Education using Social Media and the Social Change Model.  She is also a co-editor and author in the New Directions in Student Services volume, “Engaging the Digital Generation," as well as co-editor and author in the recently published New Directions in Student Leadership, "Going Digital in Student Leadership." She brings over a decade of experience in the field of higher education in areas such as student activities, campus recreation, student unions, marketing, residence life, judicial affairs, student leadership and new student orientation 

Monday, October 22

Dr. George L. Mehaffy

Join Keynote Dr. George L. Mehaffy from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) for a conversation about strategies for leading change within your campus and organization. Dr. Mehaffy will be the keynote speaker on Monday, October 22. 

Dr. Mehaffy has served for 18 years as the Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change at the AASCU in Washington, D.C., a higher education association representing 400 public colleges and universities and their 3.9 million students.  His division is responsible for developing and managing programs for member institutions in areas such as leadership development, undergraduate education, technology, international education and teacher education. He works closely with university presidents and chief academic officers on a variety of national initiatives. Most recently, he organized a series of national projects around student success, including Re-Imagining the First Year, an effort to transform the first year of college, involving 44 AASCU member institutions.

Tuesday, October 23

Paula M. Mendoza

The closing keynote for the 2018 TACUSPA conference will be led by Paula Mendoza, as she outlines foundations and principles of effective change and how to manage the inevitability of change.

Mendoza currently serves as secretary on the University of Houston System Board of Regents, and is the President & CEO of Possible Missions, Inc., as company she established in 2001. As a Regent, during this academic year she will chair the Facilities, Construction and Master Planning Committee and is vice chair of the Academic and Student Success Committee. She is past chair of the State of Texas Ethics Commission, past board member of the Texas Board of Public Accountants, and past chair of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce. Mendoza is a native Houstonian and has been featured on 2015's Small Business Today Magazine cover, one of Houston's 50 Women of Influence. 

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