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June 7-9, 2021 – Online

Let’s navigate the admissions horizon together.


Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP (she/her)

Caroline is one of the world’s leading experts on the science behind successful goal setting and the use of ‘good grit’ to achieve hard things. For more than 30 years, she’s been sharing her research-backed, actionable strategies to help people cultivate more grit and dig deeper to clarify and achieve their toughest goals. 

Angela Duckworth, winner of the 2013 MacArthur Genius grant for her research on grit, said of Caroline: “I don’t know anybody who has thought more than Caroline about how to apply the scientific research on grit and achievement to our own lives!”  

Caroline is a TEDx speaker and author of six best-selling books, including Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017) and Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009).

Caroline’s keynote will include:

  • Why grit matters and what the research predicts about this quality
  • Tips on how to interview applicants so that their grit is observable
  • Understand key behavioural contributors to good grit, such as a growth mindset, willpower, and humility
  • How “changing the channel” in one’s head can help one become gritty

Sunjay Nath

Sunjay Nath (MBA, CSP, HoF) (he/him)

Sunjay Nath is an expert in Strength-Based Leadership and has presented more than 2,000 presentations worldwide. Applying the 10-80-10 Principle®, Sunjay helps institutions successfully manage culture shifts, increase job satisfaction, lower stress in the workplace and at home, and reduce turnover.

The 10-80-10 Principle is a framework that allows you to increase your performance and results by focusing your energy and efforts on the highest yielding activities. Every person or group already exhibits behaviours that are Top 10 (percent) – those behaviours that lead to high performance and achievement. What people lack is the knowledge to consistently operate at that dynamic Top 10 level.

Sunjay’s keynote will include:

  • Opportunity for the audience to identify their Top and Bottom 10 and then demonstrate Awareness, Choice, Time (A.C.T) with the 10-80-10 Principle to create greater performance levels in their lives
  • Allow admissions teams to create a healthier institutional culture by cultivating and training toward team members’ strengths
  • Increase team cohesion by increasing output with fewer resources
  • Help reduce stress and increase fulfillment on the job while navigating complex situations with maximum results

Evolve Benton

Evolve Benton, MA, MFA (they/them)

Evolve is an Equity and Inclusion Manager at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) responsible for creating programs such as The Differences Matter New Student Orientation, and overseeing/advising underrepresented student leadership and retention.

They are also a speaker, educator and curator who inspires audiences to think about questions of performance, diversity, inclusion, transformation, climate, and equality. Their passion for social justice and real change manifests in their inspirational speeches, which they further support with visuals, personal stories, and other experiential tools and strategies.

Evolve will take you through a thoughtful narrative of the medical student experience beyond the application. This talk will focus on tips to anchor you in curating an inclusive admission process that centers performance without stress and empowers self love. 

Evolve’s keynote will include:

  • Reflection on UCSF student narratives post application
  • How stress shows up in our application processes
  • Tools to manage your unconscious bias
  • Understand the student experience and reflect on your personal responsibility to empower holistic admissions processes
  • Tools for participants to be proud of diversity but be moved towards admission environments that are anchored in inclusivity.
Stephen Treciak

Dr. Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH (he/him)

Stephen is a physician scientist, professor and chair of medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, and the chief of medicine at Cooper University Health Care in Camden, New Jersey. He is also a clinical researcher with more than 100 publications and a leading expert in the field of compassion science, having spoken on the topic at TEDx.

Stephen is also the co-author of the best-selling book COMPASSIONOMICS: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence that Caring Makes a Difference, which has been featured in numerous media outlets including CNN, NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, and Freakonomics.

Stephen’s approach to compassion science is to look at familiar things in unfamiliar ways. Instead of only viewing compassion and kindness through the lenses of virtue or emotion, he rigorously examines them through the lens of science.

For this work, he was awarded the Influencers of Healthcare Award by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Stephen’s life mission is to make the world more compassionate through science.

Stephen’s keynote will include:

  •  The current state of empathy and compassion in 2021
  •  The evidence that compassion and kindness are skills (not traits) and can be taught and learned
  •  A compassion science-informed approach to vetting candidates for admission
  •  The scientifically proven benefits of compassion and kindness for the giver
  •  The best advice to find happiness and success, according to science

Valerie Alexander (she/her)

Valerie Alexander is a renowned expert on happiness and inclusion, and a globally-recognized speaker on the topics of happiness in the workplace, the advancement of women, and unconscious bias. She’s been studying the brain science behind instinctive male and female behavior and bias triggers for more than a decade. 

Valerie started her career as a corporate securities lawyer, investment banker and Internet executive in the Silicon Valley, working on some of the biggest IPOs of the Internet era before transitioning to Hollywood, where she enjoyed success as a screenwriter and director. 

One of the things our Valerie wants us to understand is how our brains function naturally, by instinct, and what we can do to overcome thoughts, behavior and reactions that happen — sometimes without us even being aware — that we need and want to correct ourselves. 

She will take the blame and judgment out of discussing our biases, and give us, as individuals and in our companies, tools that we can use to outsmart our own unconscious bias.

Valerie’s keynote will include:

  • How the standards they use to assess candidates may come from a place of bias
  • How potentially amazing students can be passed over or failed out because of identity-based expectations of them
  • How a lack of inclusion on campuses and in classrooms stifles learning and creativity
  • Five actions anyone can take to outsmart unconscious bias in the classroom and the conference room

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