2015 Annual Conference Speakers

2015 Annual Conference
Hyatt Regency San Antonio
123 Losoya Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
April 20-23, 2015

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Dan Cardinali HeadshotDan Cardinali, President, Communities In Schools, Inc.

Dan Cardinali is president of Communities In Schools, Inc., the nation's largest dropout prevention organization, with operations in 26 states and the District of Columbia. Established in 1977, Communities In Schools serves more than 1.3 million of America's most disenfranchised students each year. Under his leadership, the organization has developed and embraced an evidence-based model of integrated student service provision and has launched a national growth strategy to increase the organization's impact on improving public education. 

Dan is a 2007 Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellow. He also currently serves as a trustee for America's Promise, a director on the board of Peace First, Independent Sector and Child Trends. In May 2011 Dan Cardinali was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Trained as a community organizer in Guadalajara, Mexico, he served on a team organizing a "squatter" community of 120,000 to secure land rights, running water and public education. He returned to Washington, D.C., to receive a one-year research fellowship at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.

Dan holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a master's degree in philosophy from Fordham University.  

Bob HarringtonBob Harrington, Partner, La Piana Associates, Inc. 

Bob's work embodies a deep commitment to helping organizations align around common goals to achieve demonstrable, sustainable results. Using proven methodologies and insights gained from years of practical experience, Bob works hand-in-hand with nonprofits and foundations to help them create successful partnerships, and manage organizational change.

Bob is a sought-after speaker on collaboration and strategic restructuring among nonprofits. Prior to joining La Piana Consulting, he was executive director of Children's Garden of California until it merged with Sunny Hills Children's Services; he then served as COO of the merged organization.

He has extensive nonprofit management experience working in complex human services fields. Bob has an MSW from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Davis.

Hallie Preskill Hallie Preskilll, Managing Director, FSG

Hallie Preskill, PhD, is a Managing Director with FSG, where she oversees the firm's Strategic Learning & Evaluation practice and advises on a wide variety of evaluation and learning projects with foundations, nonprofits, corporations, and government organizations.

Prior to joining FSG, Hallie spent more than 20 years in academia, teaching graduate level courses in program evaluation, training design and development, organizational learning, appreciative inquiry and consulting. Her research has focused on evaluation capacity building, transfer of learning/training, evaluation use, and evaluation as a catalyst for individual, team, and organizational learning. Hallie's books include Becoming the Change (2011), Reframing Evaluation through Appreciative Inquiry (2006), Building Evaluation Capacity: 72 Activities for Teaching and Training (2005), Evaluation Strategies for Communicating and Reporting (1999, 2005), and Evaluation in Organizations: A Systematic Approach to Enhancing Learning, Performance & Change (2001, 2009).

Dr. Preskill was the 2007 President of the American Evaluation Association. She received the American Evaluation Association's Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award for Outstanding Professional Practice in 2002 and the University of Illinois Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004. Over the years, she has provided workshops on various evaluation and training related workshops, and has conducted evaluations the areas of education, arts and culture, economic development, public and mental health, media and information, the environment, poverty, and global development. Hallie holds a PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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