We are happy to announce this year’s theme of Access and Innovation!

A copy of the preliminary program can be downloaded below. Times are subject to change. Program Updated as of 10/31/19

Keynote Speakers

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Nancy L. Zimpher is Chancellor Emeritus of The State University of New York (SUNY). 

From 2009 to 2017, Dr. Zimpher served as the twelfth chancellor of The State University of New York, the nation’s largest comprehensive system of public higher education. Prior to SUNY, she served as president of the University of Cincinnati, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and executive dean of the Professional Colleges and dean of the College of Education at The Ohio State University.

Throughout a career, Dr. Zimpher has formed a paradigm-shifting vision that rises to meet the expansive responsibilities of public higher education in the 21st century. “To educate more people and to educate them better” is the mantra at the center of her collective-impact theory of action, which she exercises in several key areas, including building on university strengths to drive regional and local economic development; creating seamless cradle-to-career education pipelines in every community; and systemically transforming teacher education into a rigorous practice that reliably creates great teachers for every classroom and student.

Dr. Zimpher is co-founder and immediate past chair of StriveTogether, a national network of innovative partnerships that holistically address challenges across the education pipeline. As SUNY chancellor, she served as chair of the National Association of System Heads from 2014–2017, the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences from 2011–2016, and CEOs for Cities from 2012–2013, and led the national Coalition of Urban Serving Universities from 2005–2011.

Dr. Zimpher holds a BA in English Education and Speech, an MA in English Literature, and a PhD in Teacher Education and Higher Education Administration, all from The Ohio State University.

Raj Mehta is Vice Provost International Affairs at the University of Cincinnati. He works closely with UC’s administration to achieve university goals, particularly those related to strategic international partnerships and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Mehta focuses on building comprehensive partnerships with institutions of higher learning in all regions of the world. As a Carnegie-rated Research 1 University, UC creates these sustainable partnerships to support innovative, interdisciplinary research collaborations that can solve complex world problems. The partnerships offer UC students an international education that prepares them for the borderless workplace of the future.

Under Dr. Mehta’s early leadership, UC developed the Joint Co-op Institute with Chongqing University, the first of its kind in China to use UC’s model of mandatory co-op in engineering programs. He also helped create the unique agreement with Future University in Egypt, through which UC helps the developing university with curriculum, accreditation and administration issues. UC now has 11 strategic partners around the globe.

Dr. Mehta’s office is responsible for recruitment and retention of international students and faculty. As director of UC’s University Honors Program, Dr. Mehta also helps recruit and retain the top 5-7% of students at the university.

Dr. Mehta is a professor of marketing in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. He researches and publishes on the role of technology in marketing, specifically the influence of new technologies on the diffusion of new products and ideas.His teaching interests are in international business and the startup of for-profit social enterprises in a global economy.

Martin Wilhelmy is a University of Cincinnati graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering and attained a Master’s in Business Administration from INSEAD – Business School for the World in Fontainebleau, France. As an engineering undergraduate he participated in UC’s International Co-op Program, learning Japanese and spent eight months co-oping with a Civil Engineering company in Fukuoka, Japan, shortly after the Kobe earthquake. He’s currently Senior Vice President for Investments at FRANK WILHELMY HEARN Wealth Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, specializing in private client portfolio management. Mr. Wilhelmy spent time living in Germany, Japan, Norway, Austria and France, and serves as the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Cincinnati, responsible for southern Ohio and central and eastern Kentucky. Mr. Wilhelmy in active parishioner at Old St. Mary’s church. He holds several other positions including Trustee at the World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Member of the Munich Sister Cities Association. Mr. Wilhelmy resides in Cincinnati with his wife Dagmar and four children.