Keynote Speakers

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Introducing the ACCESSE20 Keynote Speakers

The ACCESSE20 keynotes present distinct, visionary speakers who provide inspirational ideas in topics pertinent to STEM society leaders and professionals. The speakers are essential to the conference and demonstrate the qualities that CESSE looks to develop with each of our members and partners.

How to Access Recorded Sessions

All registered attendees can view the Virtual Session Gallery to watch the recorded ACCESSE20 sessions. The recordings will be available for up to one year after the event. 

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Wednesday, July 22

Emotional Intelligence for Extraordinary Leadership

Keynote Steve GutzlerSteve Gutzler
President of Leadership Quest

Research shows that 83% of the time, people can effectively manage relationships and tasks. However, in those 17% moments - when interactions become more challenging and work becomes more difficult - people discover the hard truth of whether or not they are able to continue to operate at their full potential. This truth is at the heart of emotional intelligence and leadership.

Steve Gutzler is a dynamic speaker who engages audiences everywhere on leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal transformation. He has an exceptional ability to communicate clear leadership and business solutions with humor, clarity, and insight. Most importantly, Steve provides strategies on how to self-manage those 17% moments in business and life.

Through his programs, Steve inspires greatness for individuals at every level. He believes every keynote presentation should transform a life and inspire leadership, and he presents with passion and conviction.

His clients include Microsoft, Seattle Seahawks, LinkedIn, Pandora Radio, Starbucks, and Ritz Carlton. Steve is also an executive coach to many CEOs, business executives, and leading entrepreneurs.


Thursday, July 23

Understanding the Importance of Allyship: How we can leverage young professionals to change our organizations from within

Elena GerstmannElena Gerstmann, PhD, FASAE, CAE
Executive Director, INFORMS

Elena serves as a consultant, facilitator, researcher and leader on key client projects. Prior to INFORMS, Elena was on the senior executive team at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) where she was responsible for strategy and planning, volunteer leadership development, corporate communications, international relationships and board relationships and operations. Before being recruited to ASME, she was an executive with IEEE, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology. 

Elena is a committed leader within the association industry. She has served on many volunteer boards/committees, including serving on the ASAE Board of Directors, chairing the ASAE Fellows Committee, co-chairing the CESSE annual conference and chairing the ASAE Research Committee. She is routinely called upon to provide expert advice on research techniques, methodology and data interpretation. In addition, she has been called a “strategy guru” and has had success helping boards and executive teams come together to form strategies that guide the organization for years. In 2014, she was selected as one of four ASAE Fellows, a designation bestowed on fewer than 1% of ASAE members. Elena received her doctorate degree from Rutgers University in Social Psychology. 


Elena GerstmannDamita Snow
Senior Manager for Publishing Technologies, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Damita Snow serves as the senior manager for publishing technologies at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) where she manages the publication content of the corporate website as well as the Society’s online library of publications, ASCE Library. She is also in charge of all aspects of maintaining the user interface of ASCE Library and serves on ASCE’s Communications, Cooperation, and Culture Committee. She is also the chair of ASCE’s Staff Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Council, a group that she founded and developed within ASCE.  

She co-chairs the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Society for Scholarly Publishing. Snow also serves on the Education Committee and is an EXCEL awards judge for Association, Media and Publishing. She co-chairs the Publications Special Interest Group for Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives and is a past Annual Meeting Committee member. Currently, she is also a Gold Circle Awards judge and member of the Artificial Intelligence Ethics Committee for the American Society of Association Executives.

We're About Trust

The keyword that comes up again and again at CESSE is trust. Our community members meet through our hallmark events and continue the conversations well beyond. Whether you are looking for a sounding board to help you work through a challenge, tips and advice on industry practices, or referrals to other people who have a solution you can use, CESSE is here to be, or become, your professional network of choice.

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