2021 Keynote Speakers
A driven and enthusiastic leader, Dr. Andrew P. Daire joined the VCU School of Education as its new dean in June 2016. Daire came to VCU from the University of Houston, where he served as the College of Education’s associate dean for research for nearly two years. His resume also includes more than 25 years of experience in higher education, 13 of which came at the University of Central Florida, where he co-founded the university's Marriage and Family Research Institute, also served as the College of Education’s associate dean for research, among other accomplishments.
A prolific researcher and scholar, Daire has received over $16 million in external funding with $15M supporting his research in family stability and mobility with economically marginalized couples and families and $1M from NSF supporting his secondary research interest in career development STEM recruitment and retention. He remains research and scholarly active in these areas through refereed and scholarly publications and presentations along with being a Senior Fellow in the Consortium for Family Strengthening Research.
Combining an academic and clinical background in counseling and psychology with expertise in research, Daire's style of transformative leadership emphasizes personal and professional development, and motivating faculty, staff and students towards excellence, innovation and impact in their work every day.
A big believer in the value of community engagement as well, Daire believes research and instruction are at their best (and most innovative) when focused on serving the public, particularly those most in need.
David L. Blustein is a Professor and Duganne Faculty Fellow in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. David is the author of The Psychology of Working: A New Perspective for Career Development, Counseling, and Public Policy and the recently published The Importance of Work in an Age of Uncertainty: The Eroding Experience of Work in America. He also has contributed research articles and book chapters on psychology of working theory, career and work-based counseling, decent work, dignity at work, precarious work, relationships and work, and other aspects of the role of work in people’s lives. David has consulted with national and international organizations, such as the International Labor Organization and the United Nations Development Program. He also has given keynote addresses in Portugal, Poland, Italy, Iceland, Norway, Israel, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. David’s faculty webpage is available via the following link: https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/schools/lsoe/faculty-research/faculty-directory/david-blustein.html
As President of Challenge Factory and the Centre for Career Innovation, Lisa offers a dynamic perspective on the Future of Work and how demographics, the freelance economy and new market dynamics present opportunities to gain strategic advantage.
Lisa is the author of Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small Business and Retain and Gain: Career Management for Non-Profits and Charities, two sector-specific playbooks chock full of low-cost and no-cost activities for managers. Her third book, The Talent Revolution: Longevity and the Future of Work is published by the University of Toronto Press - Rotman Imprint (2019).
With an MBA in Strategic Management and Public Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Lisa held progressive roles at Deloitte and Hewlett-Packard. In 2014, Lisa was recognized by the Urban Land Institute as one of Canada's Top 100 Women for her work in the areas of leadership, employment and city building.
Lisa is a Canadian Special Operations Forces Regiment Association Board Member and just completed her term on the Dean's Advisory Council, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. Lisa sits on the Board of Directors for CERIC and co-chairs the Marketing Committee. She is a member of the Canadian Council of Career Development Association (CCCD) Standards and Guidelines stakeholder committee and a member of Team Canada for the 2019 International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy Symposium in Norway.
Lisa is a sought-after expert, speaker and columnist. Her clients rely on her invaluable insights and real-world know-how. Lisa's expertise is widely recognized in the Globe & Mail, The Wall Street Journal, CBC, TVO and other major outlets.