Keynote Speaker

2018 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Avis Proctor serves as Broward College's Vice President for Academic Affairs and North Campus President.  As a higher education scholar, Dr. Proctor contributes to the professional discourse on leadership, research-based instructional strategies, progressive administrative practices, and strategic community engagement.  She has provided collaborative leadership for early childhood education, dual enrollment, college readiness initiatives, and professional development for current and future mathematics and science teachers.  She cultivates building the STEM pipeline for underrepresented groups.   Dr. Proctor has a great appreciation for the arts and community service and recognizes their transformative power. She currently serves as a board member of Junior Achievement of South Florida @ Broward College, Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.  A 2012 graduate of the Florida Department of Education’s Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar, Dr. Proctor was recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals in Business and Industry for Broward County in 2014 and also received the 2015 Community Servant Award from the American Society for Public Administration South Florida Chapter.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Florida A&M University, a Master of Science in Teaching Mathematics from Florida Atlantic University, and her Doctorate in Higher Education from Florida International University.


David Hartleb has served as a Leadership Coach for Achieving the Dream, Inc., following his retirement as a college president. He has worked with eighteen colleges in thirteen different states over more than six years. He also works as the Leadership Coach Advisor and Liaison for ATD.  Achieving the Dream is a national non-profit organization with a network of over 220 colleges. The mission of ATD is “to achieve sustainable institutional transformation through sharing knowledge, innovative solutions and effective practices and policies leading to improved outcomes for all students.”  The focus of Leadership Coaching is to improve the completion rate for students, especially students of color and low income.  

David Hartleb served as President of Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts for over fifteen years. He focused on increasing access to low income and minority students, in part by having the Lawrence Campus designated as an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).    Under his leadership the college won designation as an Achieving the Dream college in 2007 and in 2011 was awarded Leader College status. Also, he was a champion of Appreciative Inquiry which is a positive, strengths-based process used in management and planning which helped transform the culture at the college.

Prior to moving to Northern Essex Community College, Hartleb worked for twenty-seven years at the University of Cincinnati as a professor, Dean and Vice President.