Debjani Biswas

Debjani Biswas Photo 2014 (1024x1024)Debjani Mukherjee Biswas is the author of Unleash the Power of Diversity (AuthorHouse 2013) and has spoken at the last three NAPE Professional Development Conferences and Summits. Unleash the Power of Diversity was a 2014 NAPE Book Club Selection.

Ms. Biswas is a National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) Woman of the Year recipient and recently completed a US Barnes & Noble book tour. She is an international speaker, business strategist, and the trusted advisor to CEOs and global leaders. A Chemical Engineer from IIT, she also holds an MBA in Marketing and a MS in Organizational Strategy and International Management. She is a certified Emotional Intelligence practitioner, who consults with leaders around the world on leadership and diversity solutions.

Ms. Biswas’ executive and global corporate experience, coupled with an engineering and management background, results in her innovative, cutting-edge approach. Her application of engineering principles of data harvesting and pattern recognition to emotional intelligence and behavioral change is powerful and unique. A STEM Advocate, she is on the Board of Directors of her engineering alumni association IIT-NT, an active volunteer and a NAPE Diversity consultant.

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TitleIQ+EQ +? = QEI The impact of Emotional Intelligence on Classroom and Workforce STEM Success


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Michael Brustein, Esquire

Michael BrusteinMichael Brustein, Esquire


Michael Brustein is a private attorney and founding partner of Brustein and Manasevit, PLLC, a Washington D.C. based firm with a national education practice. Michael was a former federal attorney and helped draft the OCR Guidelines. He has worked with Congress in drafting the Perkins law, and has authored a number of books on Perkins and workforce development. Michael was one of the principals in the establishment of NAPE.


TitleThe Perkins Act – the evolution of civil rights in career and technical education policy 

Time: Tuesday, Workshop Session 2, 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Thread: Public Policy – Supporting Equity and Education

Linda Darling-Hammond, Ed.D.


Linda Darling-Hammond is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University where she is faculty director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. She is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her research and policy work focus on issues of educational equity, teaching quality, and school reform. She has advised school leaders and policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. In 2008, she served as director of President Obama’s education policy transition team. Her book, The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity will Determine our Future, received the coveted Grawemeyer Award in 2012. Among her most recent books are Getting Teacher Evaluation Right: What Really Matters for Effectiveness and Improvement (2013) and Beyond the Bubble Test: How Performance Assessments Support 21st Century Learning (2014).

Award-winning author and educational leader Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond will provide the keynote speech during the opening session at the National Summit for Educational Equity, Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

Eddie Moore, Ph.D.

emj-promophotoDr. Eddie Moore, Jr. has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity, leadership and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege and leadership trainings/workshops. Dr. Moore is recognized as one of the nation’s top motivational speakers/educators especially for his work with students K-16. Dr. Moore is the Founder/Program Director of the White Privilege Conference (WPC). His interview with Wisconsin Public Radio won the 2015 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association’s Best Interview in Medium Market Radio, 1st Place, and he is featured in the film “I’m not Racist….Am I?” 

Dr. Moore earned his Ph.D. in Education: Social Foundations, from the University of Iowa. His dissertation focused on the educational experiences of African-American football players at small colleges in the Midwest. Dr. Moore is an ex-student athlete and is committed to the influence of athletics and academics in the lives of all students working as a Camp Counselor and Coach for the Loras College All-Sport Camp, for four summers. As counselor, Dr. Moore supervised and coached students, ages 7-14, in developing skills in a variety of sports and activities. Dr. Moore also served as an Assistant Football Coach for the Loras Duhawks and coached quarterbacks and recruited athletes from the Florida area.

Under the direction of Dr. Moore and his inclusive relationship model the WPC has become one of the top national and international conferences for participants who want to move beyond dialogue and into action around issues of diversity, power, privilege, and leadership. In 2014 Dr. Moore founded The Privilege Institute that engages people in research, education, action and leadership through workshops, conferences, publications and strategic partnerships and relationships. He is co-founder of the on-line journal Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, co-editor of Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories and The White Women’s Guide to Teaching Black Males. 

Dr. Moore will be the NSEE Awards Luncheon keynote speaker on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

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Alan Blankstein

alan_blanksteinAward-winning author and educational leader Alan Blankstein will provide the keynote speech during the closing luncheon of the 2016 National Summit for Educational Equity. During his speech on Thursday, April 14, 2016, titled  “Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student,” Alan will lay out the new paradigm for success with every student, as exemplified by numerous award-winning schools, districts, provinces, and even countries.

Immediately following the luncheon, Alan will sign copies of his book, Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student, which will be available for purchase.

Alan served for 25 years as president of the HOPE
Foundation. A former “high-risk” youth, he began his career in education as a music teacher. He worked for Phi Delta Kappa, March of Dimes, and Solution Tree, which he founded in 1987 and directed for 12 years while launching Professional Learning Communities. He is the author of the best-selling book Failure Is Not an Option®: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools. Alan is senior editor, lead contributor, and/or author of 18 books and has authored 20 articles in leading education journals. He has provided keynote presentations and workshops for virtually every major U.S. educational organization and throughout the UK, Africa, and the Middle East. Read full biography