Keynote Speakers




Senior Lecturer, Director of Making Caring Common, and Co-Director of the Human Development and Psychology Program,
Harvard Graduate School of Education

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RICHARD WEISSBOURD is a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he co-directs the Human Development and Psychology Program, and the Kennedy School of Government. His work focuses on moral development, vulnerability and resilience in childhood and effective schools and services for children. He directs the Making Caring Common Project, a national effort to make moral and social development priorities in child-raising and to provide strategies to schools and parents for promoting in children caring, a commitment to justice and other key moral and social capacities. He is currently working with numerous college admissions offices to elevate and more effectively assess ethical character, to reduce excessive achievement pressure and to increase equity and access in the college admissions process. He is also conducting research on how older adults can better mentor young adults and teenagers in developing caring, ethical, mature romantic relationships.  

He is a founder of several interventions for at-risk children, including ReadBoston and WriteBoston, city-wide literacy initiatives led by Mayor Menino. He is also a founder of a pilot school in Boston, the Lee Academy, that begins with children at 3 years old. He has advised on the city, state and federal levels on family policy and school reform and has written for numerous scholarly and popular publications and blogs, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and NPR.  He is the author of The Vulnerable Child: What Really Hurts America’s Children and What We Can Do About It (Addison-Wesley, 1996), named by the American School Board Journal as one of the top 10 education books of all time.  His most recent book, The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development (Houghton Mifflin 2009), was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 24 books of 2009.



Senior Lecturer,
Stanford Graduate School of Education;
Co-Founder, Challenge Success

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DENISE POPE, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention project that provides schools and families the tools they need to raise healthy, motivated students. Challenge Success is an expanded version of the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project that Dr. Pope founded and directed from 2003-2008. 

She is the author of, "Doing School": How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (Yale University Press, 2001), which was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001, and lead author of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids (Jossey-Bass, 2015). She also co-hosts the Stanford University SiriusXM radio show called “School’s In.” 

Dr. Pope lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. She is a 3-time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award and was honored with the 2012 Education Professor of the Year "Educators' Voice Award" from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University. 




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Having been part of the U.S. Navy, MICHAEL J. MCCULLEY became a test pilot, flying over 50 aircraft types and logging more than 5,000 hours of flying. Mike was selected by NASA for training as a pilot on Space Shuttle flight crews. After completing a variety of assignments and leading the Astronaut Support Team at the Kennedy Space Center, he was pilot on mission STS-34 and logged a total of 119 hours and 41 minutes in space. As he continued his NASA career, he was part of the crew aboard Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis and successfully deployed the Galileo spacecraft on its journey to explore Jupiter.

Following his time at NASA, he was employed by Lockheed Martin Space Operations and served as Launch Site Director at Kennedy Space Center. Mike was named President and Chief Executive Officer of United Space Alliance.

With a belief in the value of education, he has served on the curriculum advisory committee for the Purdue University College of Engineering. He was also awarded the Child Advocate of the Year Award for the state of Florida.



Coaching Specialist,
College of Health Professions and Sciences, University of Central Florida

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Dr. Jeff Duke is a leading expert regarding the cultural influence in the sport coaching profession on society’s mores. He has developed and authored the “Three Dimensional Coaching” curriculum that has revolutionized the sport coaching landscape. His methodology allows coaches to discover a style that produces the ultimate athlete performance. He titles his workshop, “How to Capture the Body, Mind and Spirit of the 21st Century Athlete”.  

Dr. Duke has coached 5 different sports and directly supervised 200 plus coaches in seventeen different sports. His coaching experience encompasses the youth level through the professional ranks, coupled with a multi-year stint with the legendary football coach, Bobby Bowden. He is highly sought after to lead workshops, seminars, and training on the “cultural influence of the sport coach”. Dr. Duke spent ten (10) years developing an international expertise on elite coaching education. This includes extensive travels throughout Europe and the Americas. His Doctoral research (Florida State University) created baseline data on how to analyze proficient elite level coaching methods.

Today, you will find Dr. Duke serving as the coaching specialist/ lecturer for the Sport and Exercise Science degree program at the University of Central Florida and the National Coaches Ministry Training Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.   He travels extensively throughout the United States and world-wide, leading and facilitating workshops with the sport coaching culture on creating eternal legacy through the significant influence of the coach.  

Throughout his career, Dr. Duke has also developed an expertise in the area of facility development including professional staffing and operational structure.  As of this date, he has collaborated as project manager and senior consultant for a wide array of sport construction projects. These projects include new construction, renovation, and/ or Olympic training venues of twenty three different sports, i.e., archery, badminton, baseball, diving, equestrian, football, table tennis, taekwondo, track & field, soccer, softball, swimming, synchronized swimming, triathlon, volleyball and weight lifting.

Dr. Duke has been married for 43 years to his beautiful wife Dana, and is a proud father of four sons (Bo, Cameron, Matt & Mark). He enjoys many outdoor & recreational pursuits and his classes and workshops are taught with this same fervor and passion. Dr. Duke creates a collaborating learning environment of student engagement, industry experience and qualitative research.