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 2016 Nonprofit Day Conference Keynote Speakers

Michael Diaz - Rivera

Michael Diaz-Rivera is a 5th grade teacher at University Prep in Denver, CO. He graduated from Sierra High School in 2005; then from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in art with an emphasis on “at-risk youth” in 2014. Born and raised in an vulnerable environment, Michael chose his career path because he felt in debt to those who helped him along the way and hopes to be able to “pay it forward.” In fact Michael feels that he owes a large part of his success to the work of nonprofits that were able to see his potential before he could see it in himself.  After receiving his education, Michael worked with Denver Parks and Rec as an instructor focusing on sports, the arts, culture and education. He later worked as a mentor coordinator for Friends for Youth before starting his current position as a way to broaden his impact. Michael is not only a teacher but a mentor and community activist. He has worked with numerous nonprofit organizations in Colorado Springs and Denver.  In the future, Michael will continue to work with nonprofits because of his love for grassroots movements. 

Mike Gemm, For Impact | The Suddes Group 

Mike is a veteran coach with For Impact, tracing his roots back to 2003. Mike has a background in business, including several years in finance/accounting and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. After graduation, Mike decided to transition from the world of business to the social sector as an AmeriCorps volunteer, where he truly had an epiphany that “he could really have an impact on the world in a meaningful way in this sector.” From that experience, Mike joined For Impact originally in 2003 before rejoining in 2010, following several years in education at College Summit. During his time with For Impact, he’s now trained and coached thousands of staff, board, and organizations across the globe.  Throughout his career, Mike has been recognized as a catalyst, sharing his contagious enthusiasm for life and constant improvement. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Colorado Springs with their sons Nathaniel and Alexander. He’s passionate about training, personal development, and seeing people reach their potential.

Lauren Hug,  HugSpeak

Lauren Hug, founder of HugSpeak Consulting, has helped people present themselves and their ideas for 20 years. For the past decade, she has applied analytical and communication skills to market research, branding, and, increasingly, social media needs of both businesses and individuals, empowering clients to proactively manage reputations through thoughtful messaging and responsive engagement. Lauren is an attorney and certified mediator whose academic credentials include an LL.M. with merit from the University of London, a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, and a Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Texas. She is the author of The Professional Woman's Guide to Getting Promoted and The Manager's Guide to Presentations

Dr. Pamela Shockley-Zalabak, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs 

Professor of Communication, wheat farmer, grandmother, author, television producer, student advocate. These are some of the words one could use to describe the Chancellor of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Dr. Pam Shockley-Zalabak. Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, Dr. Shockley-Zalabak can still describe in detail dry land, no-till farming practices. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.  Later, she earned a PhD. in Organizational Communication from University of Colorado, Boulder.  In addition to Chancellor duties Dr. Shockley-Zalabak continues to teach and research with students. The author of nine books and over 100 articles and productions focusing on organizational communication, Dr. Shockley- Zalabak’s research focuses on organizational trust. Her latest book, “Fundamentals of Organizational Communication” carries a copyright of 2015.

Dr. Shockley-Zalabak is the recipient of several awards to include the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Faculty, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Women in Business Award, the 2005 Student Choice for Instructor of the Year, the 2008 Colorado Springs Business Journal Women of Influence Award, the 2013 Pikes Peak Range Riders Silver Spur award and the S. Jerrard Smith for contributions to the community.


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