ACHE is excited to announce that our team of keynote speakers for the 2016 ACHE Conference & Meeting has been finalized. These individuals are all distinguished thought leaders who strive to innovate, transform, and provide excellence in service.
Look for more information about each of these individuals and their speaking topics in coming weeks, and don’t forget to visit our conference website to register to attend!
F. King Alexander, President, Louisiana State University
A Kentucky native who grew up in north Florida, F. King Alexander has enjoyed a long career in higher education that includes many accomplishments and honors.
Alexander has been asked to represent public higher education colleges and universities on numerous occasions to the United States Congress on issues of college affordability, student indebtedness, and institutional efficiency and effectiveness in efforts to address many of the growing challenges facing American higher education. Due to his national recognition and involvement on higher education issues, Alexander has served on numerous U.S. higher education and statewide organizational leadership boards where he remains very active. He was named the president of Louisiana State University in 2013.
Before accepting his current position as president of Louisiana State University, Alexander served as president of California State University, Long Beach (2005-2013), one of the nation’s largest public universities located in Southern California. During his more than seven-year tenure there, Alexander was twice named the California State University Association (CSSA) “President of the Year,” which represents all 23 California State Universities and its more than 440,000 students.
As a teacher and administrator, Alexander received the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education Alumni Achievement Award (2002). He has research university faculty affiliations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Study of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) and Cornell University Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI).
Alexander received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in higher education administration with a focus on finance and educational policy analysis, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England in comparative educational studies. Alexander and his wide, Shenette, have three children: Kylie, Savannah, and Madison.
Kim Weitkamp, Owner, TreeHouse Artists
Humorist, keynote speaker, presenter, coach, singer, songwriter, producer, and spoken word artist. Kim Weitkamp might be known by many titles, but one theme ties them all together: Story.
For more than 23 years, Weitkamp has been helping educators, organizations, and businesses utilize the power of story.
Weitkamp has been a keynote speaker for some of Forbes most recognized companies and has been the closing speaker for many high profile charity events, helping organizations reach their financial goals. She regularly works as a coach and consultant for companies and nonprofits such as Purina, Nestle, Edward Jones, Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America, International Storytelling Center, and many others.
Weitkamp speaks and performs to tens of thousands of people each year. She is a storyteller at the top of her craft, and whether the story is tucked into a speech, performed from stage, or used as a tool for learning, Weitkamp blends her mastery of humor, story, and communication into her presentations, making them entertaining, enlightening, and educational.
She is a recipient of the prestigious Leadership in Communication Award from Toastmasters Int’l, the Blue Ridge Excellence in the Arts Award, and several Storytelling World Awards. She is the owner of a design company, Treehouse Artists, and a record label, Road Candy Records. She has written, produced, and recorded eight audio collections, six of them award winners. She is also the founder of the Wrinkles Project and creator of the Peace by Piece project in conjunction with the Taubman Museum of Fine Art.
Zach Stone, Cofounder and Chief Strategy Officer, Red Kite Consulting, Inc.
Having spent 16 years as an educator, mediator, facilitator, and corporate coach, Zach Stone has worked in the juvenile justice system, the NGO and nonprofit sector, the private sector, and has trained more than 5,000 first responders in the medical, transportation, and social services community.
Stone helped found the world's first workforce development based resiliency building firm that uses methods built in war zones to help professionals in the harshest jobs to survive and thrive.
He has been a featured lecturer for the Association for Conflict Resolution, the International Coaching Federation, the American Public Transportation Association, the Department of State, and the International Trauma Conference. He has been featured by Apple Inc. twice for innovation in the field of training and education, and he recently developed and delivered curricula for the Department of State-sponsored program, the American Field Service, in both New York City and Washington D.C.
Stone holds a degree in counseling and behavioral health from Drexel University, certificates in crisis intervention and human services, and is a graduate of the Entrepreneurship and Organizational Development program at Babson College and Goldman Sachs. He is passionate about the use of martial arts to help heal trauma, and he loves adventuring with his wife and Akita Shepherd through New England whenever they have the chance.