plenary speakers

We are pleased to begin announcing our forward thinking plenary speakers for the 2020 National Student Success Conference!  Check back to see the full lineup for the third annual conference in Tampa.


photo of Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California

Shaun R. Harper. Ph.D. is a Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He also is the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, founder and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center, president-elect of the American Educational Research Association, and a past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Dr. Harper’s research focuses primarily on race, gender, and other dimensions of equity in an array of organizational contexts, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporations. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. Review of Research in Education, Teachers College Record, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, and Review of Higher Education are some journals in which his research is published. Johns Hopkins University Press is publishing his thirteenth book Race Matters in College. His research has been cited in nearly 12,000 published studies.

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and several thousand other news outlets have quoted Professor Harper and featured his research. He has interviewed on CNN, ESPN, and NPR. He has testified to the U.S. House of Representatives, and presented his research at various White House and U.S. Department of Education convenings. He was appointed to President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper advisory council in 2015, and recognized in Education Week as one of the 10 most influential professors in the field of education in 2017.


photo of Tricia Wang, PhD Global Tech Ethnographer and Co-founder of Sudden Compass

Global technology ethnographer Tricia Wang, Ph.D. helps companies innovate and grow by integrating big data — all that you know about your customers and your market — with thick data, the human element that is invisible to quantitative data analysis. Tricia is the cofounder of Sudden Compass, a firm that helps companies leverage data to move at the speed of their customers. Past clients they have worked with include Fortune 500 companies to tech start-ups such as Proctor and Gamble to Spotify. She also co-founded Magpie Kingdom, a consultancy that advises companies on how to build off of cultural innovation in China and publishing their popular newsletter on youth and internet culture. She is a recognized leading authority on digital transformation, operationalizing data science, customer experience, and ethics of personal data usage in artificial intelligence. In addition to her work in industry, Tricia has spent decades researching youth culture, social media, and Chinese internet culture. Her TED talk on big data and human insights has more than 1.6 million viewers.


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