Joe Feldman


Author, Grading for Equity


Joe Feldman has worked in education for over 20 years as a teacher, principal, and district administrator, and is the founder and CEO of Crescendo Education Group, which supports K-12 schools, districts, and colleges/universities in order to improve grading and assessment practices. He leads the Equitable Grading Project and has presented at numerous education conferences.

Joe’s writings have been published in Education WeekKappanEducation LeadershipDistrict Administrator, and Black Press USA. His book, Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms (Corwin) was published in 2018. Crescendo Education Group has partnered with the National Education Association as well as the American Federation of Teachers, National Association of Independent Schools, and Stanford University’s Challenge Success.

Joe earned his B.A. from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard School of Education. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two children.


Ivory Toldson

Dr. Ivory Toldson

Author, No BS (Bad Stats): Black people need people who believe in black people enough to not believe every bad thing they hear about Black People


Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D. is a professor of Counseling Psychology at Howard University, the president of Quality Education for Minorities, the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Negro Education, and executive editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Research, published by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. He is the author of Brill Bestseller, No BS (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People Enough Not to Believe Every Bad Thing They Hear about Black People

Dr. Toldson is ranked among the nation’s top education professors as a member of Education Week’s Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, an annual list recognizes university-based scholars across the nation who are champions in shaping educational practice and policy. He was previously appointed by President Barack Obama to be the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 


Dr. Cile Chavez

Author, Spirit Movers: Attributes for Transforming Leadership

  Cile Chavez is the founder and was president of Cile Chavez Consulting, Inc., for 25 years, which provided motivation and expertise to organizations in the private and public sectors on Leadership and Human Development. Her passion has always been to guide others in realizing their skills, talents, and potential in both their personal and professional lives. Her unique mixture of humor, storytelling, ideas, and metaphors helped make her one of the most sought-after speakers on contemporary leadership issues and possibilities. Cile’s book, “Spirit Movers: Attributes for Transforming Leadership” captures the essence of what it takes to achieve transformational leadership.

Cile served as Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of Littleton Public Schools; Assistant Dean of the College of Education, University of Northern Colorado; and as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the State Colleges of Colorado.  She is the former Colorado State Director of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and President of the Colorado Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). She is serving in her 9th year as trustee for the Boettcher Foundation. The Foundation recently established the Cile Chavez Fellows program for the Rural Superintendent Academy. 


Manley Feinberg

Manley Feinberg

Author, Reaching Your Next Summit


Manley Feinberg is the founder of Vertical Lessons, Inc., and an award winning international keynote speaker, business leader, and author.  Leveraging more than twenty years of business, professional speaking, and adventure experience, his insight and energy will inspire and equip you to step up and reach your next summit. Manley authored the book, Reaching Your Next Summit!  9 Vertical Lessons to Lead with More Impact.

Manley’s 11 years of leadership influence contributed to a workplace culture that landed Build-A-Bear Workshop on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® List four years in a row. On a personal note, Manley likes to sleep on the side of mountains and even more shocking is that his wife has been putting up with that for more than two decades. He also has two teens that still kiss him on the cheek in front of their friends.