2013 Hatton W. Sumners Undergraduate Student Leadership Conference
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Dave Levin is a native of New York City, where in 1995 he co-founded - and currently serves as superintendent of - KIPP NYC, the family of all KIPP programming in New York City.
After graduating from Yale University in 1992, Levin joined Teach for America and taught fifth grade in Houston, Texas. In 1994, he co-founded the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) with Mike Feinberg and won the Jefferson Award for outstanding community service in the city of Houston. In the same year, he earned Teacher of the Year honors from his school in Houston and an outstanding teaching award from Teach for America. Passionate about innovative teaching, Levin co-authored KIPP Math, a comprehensive math curriculum for students in grades five through eight that culminates in students completing a two-year high school Algebra I course by the end of eighth grade. Levin also has a master's in education from National Louis University.
In the spring of 2000, Levin and Feinberg were approached by Doris and Don Fisher, founders of Gap, Inc., to replicate KIPP's success nationwide. Together they co-founded the KIPP Foundation which supports the opening, growth, and evaluation of KIPP schools around the country. KIPP has grown from two schools serving 400 kids in Houston and New York City to 99 schools serving over 27,000 kids in 20 states and the District of Columbia. 88% of the KIPP alumni have matriculated to four-year colleges and universities, and KIPP has quadrupled the college graduation rate for kids from underserved communities.
In 2007, Levin, along with Norman Atkins from Uncommon Schools and Dacia Toll at Achievement First, co-founded UKA (Uncommon Knowledge and Achievement) and launched Teacher U in partnership with Hunter College. Teacher U is a master's program designed to prepare teachers with the best of both theory and practice so that their students can develop the transformative academic and character skills needed to succeed in college and life.
In the spring of 1999, KIPP was named one of the 25 most effective schools in the nation in low-income communities. Of these 25 schools, Levin was selected as one of the seven most effective principals. He is the recipient of the Robin Hood Foundation's John F. Kennedy, Jr. Hero Award in Education and an Ashoka Fellowship, awarded to leading social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions and the potential to change patterns across society. Levin also served on the New York State Commission for Education Reform. In 2010, Levin and Feinberg spoke at TED on the topic of how to reform America's public education system. Most recently, they were awarded the Thomas Fordham Foundation Prize for Valor; the National Jefferson Award for Distinguished Public Service by a Private Citizen; the Charles Bronfman Prize, an honorary degree from Yale University; and the Presidential Citizen's Medal, our nation's second highest presidential award for a private citizen. Levin and Feinberg's work is the subject of the best-selling book Work Hard, Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created America's Most Promising Schools.
Levin speaks regularly to groups from across the country on issues relating to leadership, teaching, coaching, transforming education, character development, motivation, and parenting. Levin currently serves as the superintendent of KIPP NYC and plays an active role in the leadership of the KIPP Foundation and Teacher U.
Jack Beach, Ph.D.
Jack Beach recently retired as an Executive Leadership Development Consultant for IBM. In this role he was responsible for overseeing the leadership development of IBM's senior executives. In addition to that, he led the teams that created IBM's Leadership Framework and articulated the current set of IBM Competencies. During his tenure, IBM has repeatedly been ranked as the #1 company for leadership development.
Prior to arriving at IBM, Jack spent nearly thirty years in the U.S. Army. His career started as a draftee in 1969. He was trained as a combat medic and served with the 101st Airborne Division in the Republic of Vietnam where he experienced his first of many personal leadership experiences. He very quickly advanced from Private to Sergeant. Commissioned in 1973, he rose to the rank of Colonel and spent nearly eighteen years as a Professor and Director of the Psychology Programs in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. Before arriving at West Point, he taught at the U.S. Army's Academy of Health Sciences Fort Sam Houston, TX, where he was a key member of the team who created a course for training the military's paraprofessional counselors.
Jack as consulted extensively throughout the world. His clients have included Chiefs of Staff of foreign services such as Sri Lanka and Republic of Maldives; Deans of foreign Military Academies (Sri Lanka, Macedonia, and Bulgaria); the Los Angeles Police Department; Los Angeles Sherriff's Department; and various senior leaders of the Army and Department of Defense. From 1993-1998, he consulted with the Menninger Foundation, Topeka, Kansas and the Senior Panel on Sexual Harassment for the Department of Defense.
Jack is the author of Leadership in My Rearview Mirror: Reflections from Vietnam, West Point, and IBM, published by MC Press.
Jack received his Ph.D. in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Maine, Orono and B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. He is a graduate of various military schools to include Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
In 2002, Melissa Stockwell graduated from the University of Colorado and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army as part of the Transportation Corps. In March 2004, she deployed with the 1st Cavalry Division to Baghdad, Iraq. On April 13, 2004, she was on a routine convoy when her HUMVEE was hit by a roadside bomb. The blast resulted in the amputation of her left leg above the knee and she became the first female to ever loose a limb in active combat. After spending a year at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and undergoing multiple surgeries and rehabilitation, she was medically retired from the Army. For her courageous service, she was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
Following her retirement from the Army, athletics become a way of life for Melissa. In April of 2008, Melissa became the first Iraqi War Veteran to qualify for the Paralympics when she earned her spot on the U.S. Swim Team. In the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, she represented the U.S. in the 100 freestyle, 400 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. She was also selected to carry the American flag in the Beijing closing ceremonies. After Beijing Melissa turned to the sport of Paratriathlon. She has been part of the Paratriathlon national team for the past 3 years and is the current 3x Paratriathlon World Champion in the TRI2 division. She was named as the female Paratriathlete of the year for two consecutive years and has goals to compete in the 2016 Paralympics in the sport of Paratriathlon. Melissa loves any athletic challenge she can find and has also completed the NYC marathon, a 1/2 Ironman, and multiple running races.
In 2008, Melissa also completed the prosthetic practitioner program at Century College in Minnesota where she learned to fit other amputees with artificial limbs. She currently works as a certified prosthetist at Scheck and Siress Prosthetics in Chicago. She is also a level 1 certified triathlon coach and is a co-founder and coach of the dare2tri Paratriathlon club in the Chicago area that helps athletes with disabilities compete in the sport of Triathlon.
Melissa is a on the board of directors for the Wounded Warrior Project and loves giving back to the organization that has helped her so much throughout the years. She also does motivational speaking in hopes to inspire others to overcome any obstacles that come their way.
Melissa has been featured in number significant media outlets. The most recent and notable were the cover of USA Triathlon, CNN, Sports Illustrated, a Hartford commercial and Master swimming magazine. She was also featured in a documentary called "From Baghdad to Beijing" which chronicled Melissa and 3 other wounded warrior's journey from the roads of Baghdad to the Paralympics in Beijing.
Melissa is a proud American and has done more with one leg than she ever imagined she would do with two. She is a lover of life and looks forward to what the next couple of years will bring.
Howard T. Prince II
Howard T. Prince II is a clinical professor and holds the Loyd Hackler Endowed Chair in Ethical Leadership in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a Fellow in the Center for Politics and Governance and was initially appointed to the Sid Richardson Chair in Public Affairs as Visiting Professor in September 1999. He has received numerous teaching awards including the Texas Exes Excellence in Teaching Award as the outstanding teacher in the LBJ School for AY 2001-2002 by nomination of the student body. In 2008 he was chosen by The Eyes of Texas, a student organization, for The Eyes of Texas Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to student life.
Dr. Prince is a 1962 honor graduate of West Point and also holds the Master of Arts degree in International Relations from American University. During 1965-67 he studied economics, history, law, political science and sociology at the University of Bonn in Germany as an Olmsted Scholar, and earned a PhD in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. A clinical psychologist, he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is also a graduate of the U. S. Army War College. In 2006 he was selected for the highest honor given by West Point to its alumni, the Distinguished Graduate Award. Dr. Prince is an accomplished educator and leader who has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout a lifetime of public service. He is an experienced teacher who also has published widely on contemporary leadership topics and is the senior editor of a leadership textbook. He has been active in promoting leadership education and leader development on the national and international levels for many years as a consultant and speaker. In 1996 the Association of Leadership Educators honored Dr. Prince with its Distinguished Leadership Service Award. In 2009, Division 19, the Society of Military Psychology of the American Psychological Association presented him with the John R. Flanagan Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Previously he served as founding dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, where he was responsible for the development of the first undergraduate leadership degree program in the world where he also held the George and Virginia Modlin Endowed Chair as Professor of Leadership Studies. Before going to Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Prince was Professor and Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U. S. Military Academy, West Point, New York where he developed both graduate and undergraduate leadership programs and was instrumental in reshaping leader development throughout the U. S. Army.
After serving for over twenty-eight years in the United States Army, upon his retirement, he was advanced on the Army retired list to the rank of Brigadier General and presented with the army's highest award for service, the Distinguished Service Medal. While on active duty he held a variety of troop command and staff positions in the 82nd Airborne and 1st Cavalry divisions before joining the permanent faculty at West Point. His other military awards and decorations include two awards of the Purple Heart for combat wounds, two Bronze Stars for valor, the Bronze Star for service, the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor, the Silver Star for valor, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. He was also an Army Ranger and a senior parachutist.