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ANTSHE Conference 2019 Speakers

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APRIL 4 – 6, 2019 | Orlando, Florida 

Thursday April 4 - 12:30 PM

    David A. Vise

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Executive

Director, Modern States Education Alliance

David A. Vise serves as the executive director of Modern States’ "Freshman Year for Free," a

philanthropy dedicated to making college more accessible and affordable for all. He is also a senior advisor to New Mountain Capital, a New York-based investment firm.

A Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vise spent more than 20 years as a reporter at The Washington Post. He has authored or co-authored four books, including “The Google Story”, a national bestseller published in more than two dozen languages.

Vise received his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he is included on a list of 125 most influential alumni. The School also honored him with The Joseph Wharton Award for career achievement and community service. Vise studied at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary doctorate of literary letters from Cumberland University.

A past president of Washington Hebrew Congregation, Vise was a member of the first delegation of liberal Jews to meet with the Vatican. He is a first-generation American whose parents escaped Nazi Germany. Vise is married to his wife, Lori, an education consultant who focuses on college planning for high school students with learning differences. They have two daughters.

Topics: Innovative online programs making college more accessible for non-traditional students, why alternative pathways to college are needed and Modern States and the CLEP exam as a resource for non-traditional students

Thursday, April 4 - 2:40 PM

Venita R. Thomas

Ph.D. Student in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute & University

Venita “Vee” Thomas, a native Cincinnatian served in the U.S. Army as an Executive Administrative Assistance [71 Lima] assigned to the G2 (Military Intelligence) for Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 3rd Infantry Division; Würzburg, Germany. Venita graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management, Master of Art in Labor (Law) & Employment Relations and from Xavier University (Cincinnati) with a Master in Education. Venita is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute & University (Cincinnati) majoring in Higher Education; her dissertation will focus on African American female veterans and the transition breach between military and civilian career preparation.

In Addition to being an Adjunct Associate Professor, Motivational Speaker & talk radio host- some of her community involvement includes the YWCA and Serve City & Chosen (Hamilton, Ohio) Board of Directors, Chairwoman for Vocation Consulting Creation sponsor of G.R.O.W. (Girls Ready and Organized for Work) which is a six week Summer program for teenagers focusing on Business as a career. Venita’s passion and calling are mentoring those under-served and underprivileged. Venita’s Motto: "Nothing beats a failure but a try, so NEVER GIVE UP!"

Topics: The reintegration process of veterans and as Educators. The mindset, work habits, and expectations of veterans from authoritative figures. Concepts of duties, rights and obligations of veterans.

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April 1 - October 31

  • Early Registration
May 15
  • Call for Proposals Open
January 14
  • Call for Proposals Closed
February 1
  • Deadline for Presenters to Register to be included in Program
April 4-6, 2019
  • ANTSHE Conference 2019




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