Meet the Speakers

Meet the speakers

Meet the Plenary Speakers for Unmask Your Potential!

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Dr. Dale Blythe

Professor Emeritus, College of Education & Human Development, UMN

Dr. Dale Blyth is a senior research consultant and advisor who is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education & Human Development at the University of Minnesota where he served as the Howland Endowed Chair in Youth Development Leadership and Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement. For 15 years he served as Associate Dean directing the Center for Youth Development. The Center was home to the Minnesota 4-H Program (with over 100 staff and 10,000 volunteers touching 130,000 youth); the Youth Work Institute (focused on professional development for 4,000 youth workers), the statewide Mott network, and conducting applied research and evaluation. He has led an initiative to advance social & emotional learning in Minnesota, is a consultant to CASEL, and serves on several community, state and national groups related to social emotional learning, out of school time, assessment, data systems, and youth development.

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Amy Meuers

National Youth Leadership Council

Meuers is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Leadership Council, an international nonprofit organization that is committed to ensuring all young people become civically informed and engaged global citizens. Meuers joined NYLC in 2004 after working for ten years in marketing and communications with Travelers Insurance. She became CEO in 2015 after serving in various positions at NYLC including Chief Operations Officer and Chief Marketing Officer. Meuers has spoken at national and international conferences, led sessions on service-learning and youth engagement, and written numerous articles and blogs on the importance of youth voice and civic action. She believes when young people are engaged in real-world experiences as part of their education, they become passionate advocates for making the world a better place.

In addition, Meuers holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Regis University, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Globe University, as well as an Executive Leadership Certificate from Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation in partnership with the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the National Human Services Assembly. Learn more about Meuers and NYLC.

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Eric Rowles

President & CEO, Leading to Change

One-part motivational speaker, one-part DJ, and two parts community organizer and parent of two daughters, Rowles runs a customized consulting and facilitation practice that, through a network of over 20 dynamic and diversely talented trainers, works with for profit and non-profit organizations to achieve progressive and dynamic change.

Additionally, Rowles through his double bachelors and Master of Science degrees in Ethnic Studies and Educational Leadership, has served as a faculty member at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte as well as Rutgers University (NJ) and has over a decade of innovative and cutting-edge classroom instruction and facilitation experience. He has also been a volunteer trainer and partner for a wide range of social change agencies and organizations including the National Conference on Community and Justice, College Leadership Diversity Conference, and Teaching Tolerance Curriculum Instruction. Learn more about Rowles and Leading to Change.

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Ekansh Tambe

High School Sophomore, St. Mark's School of Texas

Tambe resides in Dallas with his parents, younger sister, and dog (Ricky). He loves reading, traveling, meeting new people, playing ping pong with his sister, and competing in local tennis tournaments. Science is his favorite subject and he is intrigued by dominance and recessiveness in genetics. He loves photography and has a collection of over ten thousand photos shot along the various borders he has visited, thanks to the mentoring and assistance from his parents. He is actively engaged in public speaking, educating citizens on borders and photography.

Tambe’s photography project chronicles the fence, the culture, and the people as he encountered them while on an eleven-day journey with his family along most of the 1,900 miles of the US-Mexican land border. Agents shared their views on border security and the everyday challenges they face. Residents of both countries provided insight into their daily routines and their perspective on the border. As they shared inspiring and heartbreaking stories, Tambe got a sense of the drug situation firsthand, hearing it from the people whose lives have been affected the most. As he listened, the impact the border has on citizens, residents, immigrants, and federal agents began to unfold. Learn more about Tambe and his photo exhibit.

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