General Sessions

ACCESSE22 Keynotes

The ACCESSE22 general sessions present distinct, visionary speakers who provide inspirational ideas on topics pertinent to STEM society leaders and professionals. The speakers are essential to the leadership conference and demonstrate the qualities that CESSE looks to develop with each of our members and partners.

CAE CreditsAttendees can earn 11 CAE credits.

Attendees can earn 11 CMP credits. 

Wednesday, July 20

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Journey: A Focus on Solutions

Let’s go beyond the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusions basics and dive into a rich, solutions-based conversation. You will hear perspectives from two dynamic STEM society representatives; Cathy Diana of AIChE and Dr. Chhavi Chauhan of the American Society for Investigative Pathology, who will share lessons learned in their EDI program successes, missteps, and how EDI programs are making a difference in their society.

We’ll also have the highly respected input from EDI consultant, Dr. James H. Pogue of JP Enterprises, providing an outside perspective to help answer some tough questions. Our goal is for you to be invigorated and ready to bring new findings to benefit your organization!

Chhavi Chauhan James Pogue Cathy Diana Cathy Diana

Dr. Chhavi Chauhan
Director, Scientific Outreach, ASIP
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Dr. James Pogue
CEO, JP Enterprises
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Cathy Diana
Chief of Administration, AIChE
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Moderator: Gina M. Gatto
Director, Membership & Volunteer Services, AIChE
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Thursday, July 21

Mindful Leadership: Rest, Eat, Move 

Stress, anxiety, poor health and work/life imbalances are rampant inside most organizations. How can you produce results and inspire those around you when the world just keeps speeding up?

Join Kristen Brogan, Mindful Living Expert and Dietitian at On Target Living as she shows you how to be a mindful leader who stays focused amongst constant distractions, maintains a high level of energy in the present moment, and has the ability to stay calm in a world of chaos and stress. In this eye-opening presentation, Kristen will share groundbreaking insights for expanding human capacity through her signature rest, eat, and move practices.

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Kristen BroganKristen Johnson Brogan, RD LDN ACE-PT, International Keynote Speaker & The Chief Mindful Living Officer, On Target Living
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Kristen Brogan is a private chef and works as a consulting Dietitian for her family’s health and performance company, On Target Living, where she provides speaking engagements and wellness retreats for organizations and business executives. Kristen is the author of Target To Table, Healthy & Delicious Meals One Superfood at a Time and a certified yoga instructor and personal trainer.

She teaches a lifestyle that blends mindful eating, mindful moving, and mindful resting to build your whole self. Her dream is to one day have her own cooking show on the Food Network, titled Mindfully Delicious. 


Transformative Leadership through Innovation

How do we continue to meet the needs of those we serve in a post-pandemic world?

Business plans and mission statements tend to tackle past challenges while we’re often left to intuit responses to newer, more complicated ones in current climates. Ace will guide audiences through shifting energy from predicting and reacting to scanning and anti-fragility for the unpredictable future we face. He draws from the pandemic’s long-term lessons about positioning our organizations to flex and respond appropriately in the face of uncertainty to make us stronger. He’ll teach skills that allow you to build anti-fragility into your organization’s strategic planning and cultural mindset, leading employees to constantly scan for risk and explore new growth opportunities.

Drawing from the schools of design thinking, crisis management, and old-fashioned asset-sweating, Ace guides you through practical exercises you, as leaders, can guide your teams through. And how to communicate the strategies you build in a way that engages and motivates your employees to make change happen.

Ace Callwood

Ace Callwood, Director at Envoy
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Ace Callwood is a Director at Envoy, a consulting firm that investigates and influences human decision-making. He spent the early part of his career building tech companies such as Painless1099, a tax and finance platform for freelancers, and Coffitivity, one of TIME Magazine’s Top 50 Sites of 2013.

He’s also been the Entrepreneur in Residence at the VCU School of Business, Lead Consultant and Facilitator at TMI Consulting, and member of the Virginia Governor’s Council for Youth Entrepreneurship. Ace teaches skills such as aligning motives for access and connection, integrating DEI into core business functions, generating ideas for optimal solutions, and building deep partnerships.


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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