Tim Resnick, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Vice Provost, and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University
Tim has served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Honors Program. Since 2008, he has directed the student success and enrollment efforts of the university, overseeing among the fastest improving graduation rates in the nation and the elimination of all achievement gaps based on students’ race, ethnicity or income level. Dr. Renick has testified on strategies for helping university students succeed before the U.S. Senate and has twice been invited to speak at the White House. His work has been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and CNN and cited by President Obama. He was named one of 2016’s Most Innovative People in Higher Education by Washington Monthly and was the recipient of the 2015-16 Award for National Leadership in Student Success Innovation from the University Innovation Alliance. He currently is principal investigator for a $9 million U.S. Department of Education grant to study the impact of proactive, predictive-analytics-based advisement on ten-thousand low-income and first-generation students nationally. A summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Renick holds his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.
Tawanna Dillahunt, Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan
Besides Tawanna’s role at the University of Michigan’s School of Information she holds a courtesy appointment with the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. Tawanna received her Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) from Carnegie Mellon University. In collaboration with colleagues, Tawanna uses human-centered and participatory design approaches, and research from multiple disciplines (i.e., psychology, ubiquitous computing, law, sociology, economics, design, and health) to explore the ways in which technology can be used to solve real-world problems, particularly among disadvantaged communities. Her most recent research investigates ways in which technology can address issues related to economic mobility and employment. For example, she has investigated how learners leverage Massive Open Online Courses for employment and how effectively these platforms support employability. She has uncovered the need to provide resume and interview feedback, access to social connections that can offer mentorship and employment information to underserved job seekers.
Denise Reading, Founder and CEO of LDR Global & Co-Founder of WorkerFIT Partners
Dr. Reading’s lifelong vision has been to prove that there is nothing more powerful than helping individuals and organizations realize the value of learning. For almost 30 years, she has been a social entrepreneur who has committed her life to finding new venues to demonstrate the impact that learning can have on individuals, organizations, communities and nations. Most recently, Dr. Reading has been working to close the talent gap that exists in the world by enabling businesses and organizations to become more innovative, more productive, and thus more profitable by investing in their most valuable resource, their people. She has fulfilled this vision through the creation of new models for higher education partnerships with business and industry including Global Corporate College’s partnership with the Fortune 500 – a finalist for E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year – Northeast Ohio.
In her role as an educational entrepreneur and an advocate for educational access, Reading has supported a number of organizations in creating access points to economic freedom through education. Her contributions include: founding the SPROUT Program at Baldwin-Wallace University to create access and support for teen moms who desire a college education; founding the Scholars Program helping young African American men graduate from high school in the Cleveland Municipal Schools and pursue a higher education; supporting groups like the YWCA of Cleveland in developing their NIA program providing education and job support for young women leaving foster care; or working with women and other under represented professionals throughout the nation in moving their careers forward and breaking barriers to success.
She received her BA from the University of Arkansas in Communication, MA from Bowling Green State University in College Student Personnel, and her PhD from Kent State University in Higher Education Administration.