2012 Summer Council of Presidents: Speakers

Mercedes Ramirez Johnson

Mercedes Ramirez JohnsonAudiences describe Mercedes and her programs as transformational, passionate, inspiring and genuine. Weaving workable solutions throughout an emotionally compelling story, she touches people’s hearts and minds. Her proprietary Second Chance Living™ concept offers participants a blueprint for change along with specific tools they can use immediately in their professional and personal endeavors.
Prior to becoming a speaker, Mercedes, a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, spent nearly a decade in high-level sales in the pharmaceutical industry where she became the youngest female and sole Latina account executive at Cerner Corporation.

Charlan Jeanne Nemeth

Charlan Jeanne NemethCharlan Jeanne Nemeth is a professor in the Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley. Her background includes a B.A. in Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in Psychology from Cornell University.
Her specialties are influence, creativity and small group decision making and her work has been broadly applied, most notably in jury decision-making and the managing of innovation in organizational settings.
Her most recent work has been on the topic of creativity and innovation and has included interviews with Nobel laureates in the sciences as well as entrepreneurs and CEOs of innovative companies.

Dr. Roberta Ness

Dr. Roberta NessWhether you are a student or an established scientist, researcher or engineer, you can learn to be more innovative. In “Innovation Generation,” internationally renowned physician and scientist Roberta B. Ness, M.D., M.P.H., presents methods for enhancing individual creativity and innovation. Based on a program at The University of Texas, Ness’ book provides rigorously tested techniques to expand an individual’s ability to generate original ideas. These tools include analogy, expanding assumptions, pulling questions apart, changing one’s point of view, reversing one’s thinking and getting the most out of multidisciplinary groups, to name a few. The book also explains how to integrate these newly acquired innovative thinking skills with the normal process of scientific thinking.

Ellen Bradbury Reid

Ellen Bradbury ReidAmerica’s oldest capital city, Santa Fe, is rich in history, diversity and blending of cultures. More than 400 years old, Santa Fe is renowned as a center of the arts, creative inspiration and natural beauty. A New Mexico native and former curator, art festival director, editor, author and educator and now director of Recursos de Santa Fe, Bradbury-Reid will share her unique perspective of New Mexico History and Culture. Her insights into this special place will inform our thinking as we explore the notion of leading with creativity, developing ones personal creative abilities and thinking in transformative ways.