55th Annual conference Keynote Speakers


Distinguished speakers will be featured throughout the conference. Each will address important issues in mathematics education and leadership. Each of the celebrated speakers below will present a session during the 55th Anniversary conference in Washington, D.C

2023 Keynote Speaker

Lacey Robinson


We are excited to share that our keynote speaker will be Lacey Robinson!

As President and Chief Executive Officer of UnboundEd, Lacey Robinson sets the organization’s vision for equity-driven national change as she carries the pride and tears of her enslaved ancestors and the native sons and daughters of this sacred land to this work. While continually monitoring the design, delivery, and quality of UnboundEd’s antiracist work, Robinson concurrently maintains the nonprofit’s health, sustainability and future-driven vision for what teaching and learning can be in the 21st century. 

Robinson engaged with industry partners to support standards-aligned, content-focused, equity-driven adult professional learning and development from the organization’s infancy as its Chief of Program and Engagement. She also supported vital design and execution elements for UnboundEd’s signature professional learning opportunity, the illustrious Standards Institute. Robinson’s contributions led to the rapid growth of the organization and positioned UnboundEd as industry leaders. Robinson spearheaded migrating this work into a virtual space during the pandemic to meet the needs of educators.

As a teacher, principal, and staff development specialist, Robinson maintained a focus on literacy, equity, and school leadership for more than two decades. Her life’s work aims to help educators in school systems disrupt systemic racism and all of its legacies in classrooms. Inspired by Langston Hughes, her path is to build temples for tomorrow, as strongly and bravely as she knows how, and to ensure that future generations can stand freely within themselves to be whomever they choose to be. As CEO, Robinson pursues this passion by leading an organization known for the highest integrity in professional development.


2023 Closing Speaker


Ken Williams


We are also excited to share that our closing speaker will be Ken Williams, CEO of Unfold the Soul!

Ken Williams is a husband, father, nationally-recognized trainer, speaker, coach, and consultant in leadership and school culture. A practitioner for nearly three decades. Ken led the improvement efforts at two schools by leveraging the Professional Learning Communities at Work process. Through his company, Unfold The Soul, Ken is skilled in joining the why of the work to the how of the work. He is known for his powerful and engaging combination of “heart, humor, and hammer.” He is the author of several books including his latest, Ruthless Equity! 

Major Session Speakers

See the schedule for presentation dates and times.

Maggie McGatha
Jenny Bay-Wiiliams
Jill Griffin
Kris Childs
Mo Thomas
Cathery Yeh
Lateefah Id-Deen
Paul Gray
Neven Holland
Armani Alexander
John Staley
Peter Liljedahl
India White
Vanessa Cerrahoglu
Shelbi Cole
Crystal Watson
Cathy Seeley
Shelly Jones
Lou Matthews
Yolanda Parker
Imani Gofney
Latrenda Knighten


Spotlight Speakers

We have added a new feature that will spotlight some favorite speakers in addition to the major speakers. These are well-known presenters that submitted proposals and presented at our previous conferences.

Marlene Megos
Ushawnda Mitchell
Violet Jimenez Sims
Cherly Tobey
Julie McDonald-Plumb
Steve Leinwand
Graham Fletcher
Tracy Zager
Christina Lincoln Moore
Tashana Howse
Lybyra Kebreab
Pam Seda
Jody Guarino
Berkley Everett
Amanda Jansen
Megan Staples
Gladis Kersaint
Fabiana Cardetti
Jennifer Michalek
Juli Dixon
Mike Flynn
Mona Toncheff
Ho Nguyen
Toni Allen
John SanGiovanni
Abigail Ruiz
Nisha Philip
Karen Riley Jeffers
Esau Foster
Marcie Sun
Carlene Young
Donicka Herod
Grace Kelemanik
Amy Lucenta
Tammi Chandler
Skip Fennell
Beth Kobett
Jon Wray
Latrenda Knighten
John Drake
Susie Katt
Joanna Hayman