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MI ACE Conference Keynote Speakers

June 4 Keynote Speaker: Mona Hanna-Attisha
First generation Iraqi immigrant and Detroit-raised pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha is the whistleblower who exposed the dangerous levels of lead in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water after testing blood lead levels in its children. Dr. Hanna-Attisha announced her research findings to the national press and then took further action, including founding the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, which has raised millions of dollars to date. She is director of the pediatrics residency at the Hurley Medical Center and an assistant professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where she leads Hurley Children’s Hospital Public Health Initiative, an innovative program that provides the public health tools to advocate for Flint’s children’s healthy development. In 2016, TIME Magazine named Mona one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
June 4 Luncheon Speaker: Beverly Walker-Griffea, Ph.D.

Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea became the seventh president of Mott Community College  in August 2014. Mott Community College has a legacy of student success and academic excellence that Dr. Walker-Griffea is proud to join. Recently under her leadership, Mott Community College was once again selected by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program as one of the nation’s top community colleges.

Walker-Griffea has been a long-time advocate for collegiate student success, serving community college students in various capacities for more than 20 years. Dr. Beverly, as she prefers to be called, has a passion for ensuring all students have access to quality, affordable, and effective learning experiences. She chose to share her talents with community college institutions because of her deep connection to the community college mission and commitment to meet the academic, training, and lifelong learning needs of communities by educating all citizens that desire to learn. She believes community colleges must support the local community’s economic viability by preparing a skilled and successful workforce.

Since joining Mott Community College, Dr. Beverly has worked together with the MCC family of faculty, staff, administrators, and students to chart the College’s preferred future. Together MCC has established new programming, created structured student completion pathways, reduced potential enrollment and retention barriers, revamped the College website, improved and remodeled facilities and continued to foster a safe and healthy college environment. Under Dr. Beverly’s tenure, Mott Community College has maintained the legacy of serving Flint and Genesee County as a stable foundation, anchor for the region and a safe haven for MCC students.

Prior to joining the MCC family, Dr. Walker-Griffea served as Senior Vice President for Student Services at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, Vice President of Student Affairs at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia; Dean of Student Development at Houston Community College-Central Campus; and Interim Dean of Health and Environmental Sciences at Spokane Community College. Additionally, while at Spokane Community College, Dr. Beverly earned tenure in three years as a counseling faculty member leading the award-winning Single-Parent Program, and served as Chair for the Institutional Diversity Department.

Service is important to Dr. Beverly. She serves nationally as the Immediate Past President for the American Association for Women in Community Colleges and as a member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors, as well as Chair of AACC’s Leadership and Professional Development Commission. She also Chairs the Oklahoma State University Division of Institutional Diversity, Advisory Council.

Locally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Flint Health Coalition, McLaren-Flint Hospital, Carriage Town Ministries, Metro Community Development, and the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA). In addition, Dr. Beverly is a member of several committees for the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce including the Operating Board of Directors, Genesee Global Action Team, and the Regional Leadership Council. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Flint Rotary Club, and the Flint Chapter of the NAACP.

Dr. Beverly is the first female and first African American president in Mott Community College’s history. She is committed to academic excellence, student access and success, dynamic industry partnerships, and significantly impacting local economies. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, she holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Child Development from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Broadcasting from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

June 5 Keynote Speaker: Judith Simpson White

Judith Simpson White

Dr. Judith S. White has been president and executive director of Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) since June 2005. During the early years of her tenure, the signature HERS Institute was redesigned and expanded to three locations, offering an enhanced curriculum to serve 200 women faculty and administrators annually. She has led HERS’ efforts to recruit more intensively among women of color and women at historically minority-serving institutions and community colleges.

She now leads HERS’ partnership initiatives, including the 2012 and 2014 HERS Summits for Women Presidents and Chancellors; a research collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership; and most recently a $450K grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for supporting women in STEM Leadership. Dr. White was a co-author of the HERS Research Report, Stories from the Summit Trail: Leadership Journeys of Senior Women in Higher Education, and author of articles about HERS and women’s leadership topics.  Additionally, she currently writes a monthly column for Inside Higher Education, “Leading with HERS.”

Dr. White has been a Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), serving as Chair of the Campus Women Lead Initiative.  She served on the board of Re: Gender (formerly the National Council for Research on Women).  She has been active with the American Council on Education (ACE) Moving the Needle Initiative and presented with the ACE State Women’s Network at the International Leadership Association Women and Leadership Conferences, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Before her tenure at HERS, Dr. White was an administrator and faculty member at Duke University, Dartmouth College, and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She earned her A.B. at Princeton, M.A. at Columbia, and Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. Dr. White is a HERS Bryn Mawr alumna of 1996.