NOSS 2021 Conference Keynote Speakers


Dr. Keon M. McGuire

"Beyond Rhetoric:  Enacting Social Justice in Praxis and Relationships"

Dr. Keon M. McGuire is an Associate Professor of Higher and Postsecondary Education in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Dr. McGuire received a joint PhD in Higher Education and Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and in 2019, he was named a National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow and ACPA Emerging Scholar. Currently, Dr. McGuire serves on the editorial board for the Journal of College Student Development and as Associate Editor of Educational Researcher.

Dr. McGuire's research focuses on minoritized students’ lives across postsecondary educational contexts and how race, gender and religion shape students’ everyday experiences. Additionally, he investigates the ways racism, sexism, and heteronormativity undermine the experiences of minoritized college students as well as they ways students resist and respond to such marginalization.



Jessica Rector

"Blaze your Brain"

Jessica’s vision is simple: Transform Lives. Because her brother died, her mission is to help others truly live. As the top burnout and mind wellness expert, she is the authority on breaking through burnout and tackling your inner game and turning it into outer success and positive action! As a former TV talk show host and award winning #1 sales performer at a Fortune 100 company, Jessica uses her company’s research to help organizations, leaders, and teams to fire up their thinking and extinguish burnout. Jessica has three college degrees, including an MBA and has written ten books. As a #1 best-selling author, she has shared the stage with Michelle Obama and worked with clients such as Fortune’s #2 “Best Company to work for,” NBCUniversal, and the Dallas Mavericks, and has been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX for creating change. When she’s not traveling around the world for work, Jessica spends her time learning about the exciting world of Transformers, so she can carry on real conversations with her eight-year-old son, Blaise, who is a #1 best-seller author and the youngest published author in the United States. 


Information on our 3rd Keynote Speaker will be posetd soon.  Stay tuned!

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