photo Marian Liebowitz

In a 34-year career, Dr. Liebowitz has achieved international credentials as an executive director, a professor, a consultant, and a classical clarinetist. She has served as a career consultant through several courses she has taught at SDSU, and has traveled worldwide sharing ideas for career and organizational development under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State. Her latest venture is Marian Liebowitz Artist Management, an agency through which she schedules emerging musicians for concerts worldwide. Attendees have characterized Dr. Liebowitz’s presentations as comprising of her expertise in career development along with her vibrant sense of humor.

Session: Recharging Your Future
Time: 9:10 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Montezuma Hall


photo of Wendy Patrick

Dr. Patrick is a business ethics lecturer at San Diego State University for the Management Department in the Fowler College of Business, and has taught both on campus and abroad—including teaching in Barcelona, Spain, Prague, and Czech Republic.  She is a regular guest lecturer at other educational institutions, including the University of San Diego and Horizon University.

Dr. Patrick is also a career trial attorney, recognized by her peers as one of the Top Ten Criminal Attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript, and named the Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar Public Law Section.  Dr. Patrick has completed over 160 trials ranging from hate crimes, to domestic violence, to first-degree murder.

Session: Effective Communication with Difficult People
Time: 10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Theatre (Room 270)
Session: Reading People and Judging Credibility
Time: 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Theatre (Room 270)


photo of Christine Probett

Christine was born and raised in San Diego and earned three degrees from San Diego State University:  a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science/History, a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and an Executive Master’s of Business Administration. 

Christine had an exciting career in the Aerospace Industry with jobs at NASA, Northrop and Goodrich.  She returned to SDSU to “give back” to the University that prepared her so well for her successful career.  She is now in her 11th year as a Lecturer for the Fowler College of Business teaching operations management and as a Faculty Fellow for the Weber Honors College teaching leadership seminars.  She has been honored with several teaching awards over the years and the 2017 Monty Award as a Distinguished SDSU Alumna.  Christine served as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for the Fowler College of Business until she retired from SDSU in 2014.  Christine also enjoys contributing to student success as a coach for student competitions, as the faculty advisor for several student organizations and as the licensee for TEDxSDSU annual conferences.

Session: Personal Branding
Time: 10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Templo Mayor (Room 231)
Session: Effective Presentations
Time: 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Templo Mayor (Room 231)

photo of Kevin Corcoran Jr.

Kevin Corcoran Jr. is an award-winning communication educator, professional speaker, and published author who loves to explore the positive benefits of courage, even if it means swimming in Icelandic glacial lagoons, rappelling off cliffs during rain storms, or jumping out of planes. Over the years, he has worked with Apple, Sony, TEDx, Coldwell Banker, and American Red Cross, where he specializes in immersive team-building, leadership, mindfulness, and courageous communication. When he's not speaking, teaching, or writing, you'll find him walking barefoot, exploring the outdoors, and daring you to join him on his next wild adventure.

Session: Courageous Communication: The Science and Secrets Behind Unstoppable Confidence
Time: 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Park Boulevard (Room 141)

Photo of Jason Edgar

Jason Edgar is SDSU’s new Director of Forensics in the School of Communication. He has been involved in competitive debate activities since his freshman year at Aurora High School. After high school, he competed for Missouri Southern State University, and was also a Forensics Graduate Assistant at the University of Arkansas. As a debate coach, Mr. Edgar has three State Titles, six National Championships, and was named “Coach of the Year” by the Missouri Association of Forensics Activities in 2016. His debate interests include Nuclear Waste Disposal, Renewable Portfolio Standards, Asteroid Retrieval Missions, Genetically Modified Salmon, and Energy Storage during the Zombie Apocalypse.  At SDSU, Mr. Edgar teaches Argumentation, Advanced Public Speaking, and Interscholastic Speech & Debate.

Session: Argumentation and Critical Decision Making
Time: 10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Park Boulevard (Room 141)

Photo of Megan Prager

Megan Prager is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor, a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor, a Certified Yoga Instructor, Director of Outreach at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, and Adjunct Faculty at San Diego State University. In addition to teaching mindfulness-based programs, Megan specializes in developing and delivering mindfulness trainings for Fortune 500 companies as well as for educational, healthcare, and academic settings. Megan is one of the founders of the UCSD Center’s Work-Life Integration Program and co-founder and teacher trainer for the UCSD Professional Training Institute’s 9-Day MBSR Teacher Training Practicum. In all her ventures, Megan’s passion and mission are the same: to empower individuals with an understanding of the important role they play in shaping their lives and well-being. Megan believes that through compassionate awareness, individuals are able to utilize the best resource they have: themselves.

Session: The Practice and Science of Mindfulness
Time: 10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Council Chambers (Room 380)

photo of Ken Murczek

Ken is currently working on his dissertation from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in Kinesiology. His dissertation is focused on identifying stress, exhaustion, and burnout along with providing strategies for an intervention. Ken received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University in 1998 before earning a Master's Degree in Teaching and Teacher Education from Arizona in 2000. He also holds a secondary education teaching credential in Physical Education and Science from the State of Indiana, and a Master's in Sport Management from Western Michigan University (2007). Ken has coached volleyball at the collegiate level for the last 15 years and currently serves as the women’s assistant volleyball coach at San Diego State University.

Session: Stress Prevention and Intervention in the Work Place
Time: 10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Tehuanco (Room 211)

photo of Marilee Bresciani Ludvik

Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, Ph.D., serves as a professor of postsecondary educational leadership at San Diego State University. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Vice President of Institutional Assessment at Texas A&M University and in a variety of student, academic affairs, and alumni relations leadership roles at various types of institutions.  Marilee has empowered over 200 institutions and their leaders on organizational learning assessment and accountability decision-making processes.  In addition, Marilee assists organizational leaders to identify and leverage opportunities to collaborate across division lines, using mindfulness-based inquiry practices, nonviolent communication, difficult conversation practices, and paradigm busting processes, compassion practices, restorative justice, and design thinking. As a transformational life coach who uses the evocative method (certification scheduled for March 11, 2018), Marilee is a Fellow of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate.

Marilee is a certified meditation and yoga instructor, certified Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute teacher, and a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher on the certification path.   Marilee’s research focuses on using translational neuroscience and mindful compassion practices to inform the design and evaluation of workshops, curriculum, and coaching practices to decrease students’, faculty, and administrators’ stress and anxiety while also increasing their attention and emotion regulation, cognitive flexibility, and enhancing compassion, inquiry, creativity, and overall well-being.

Session: Crash Course in Courageous Thinking: Choosing to Live the Life I Love
Time: 10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Legacy Suite (Room 372)

photo of Billy Fallon

Billy Fallon is a full-time lecturer at San Diego State University. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Communication from San Diego State University in 2003, and continued on to earn his Master's Degree in Communication from SDSU in 2005. He has also taught at the University of San Diego, Grossmont College and Miramar College. His teaching expertise is in the areas of public speaking and professional communication. In addition to teaching at the university level, he has worked with clients in corporate, non-profit, and military arenas. Billy has won speaking awards, and continues to speak publicly. He conducts communication workshops that focus on public speaking, professional communication, interpersonal communication, and communicating humor. He lives in San Diego with his wife, and has two grown children.

Session: Maintaining Professional Relationships
Time: 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Legacy Suite (Room 372)

photo of Amy Harker-Rosskopf

Amy Harker-Rosskopf has been teaching Group Exercise classes for 20 years and is passionate about fitness and well-being. She is certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and currently teaches a variety of formats such as Yoga, Cardio Dance, Aerobics, Kickboxing, Conditioning, and Flexibility classes. She is also a French Lecturer at San Diego State University, and she understands how simple wellness techniques can benefit individuals in all disciplines. 

Session: Breathe, Stretch and Strengthen Your Way to Well-Being
Time: 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Pride Suite (Room 132)