Kimberly Novak, CEO NovakTalks is an independent consultant for Campus Safety, Student Risk Management and Student Organization Development. Additionally she serves Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity as the Director of Health & Safety. She is recognized as a national expert in student-focused risk management, organization conduct, hazing prevention, and involving students in campus safety efforts. She has been invited to speak at national conferences and on college campuses around the country and has served as faculty for several nationally sponsored professional institutes including HazingPrevention.Org’s institute, which was renamed in her honor in 2010 as the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention.
Kim served as a Fellow for the U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Center and on several national advisory boards. She has served on the Board of Directors for HazingPrevention.Org, and The Association of Student Conduct Administrators. Kim currently serves as the Fraternity Executive Association’s Dean for the Interfraternity Institute (IFI) and on the Advisory Board for the University of Vermont Higher Ed Law Conference. In 2008 Kim served as an advisor on the national Response-Ability Bystander Intervention Project, a national fraternity and sorority educational initiative. Additionally, she served as the lead editor of the Student Risk Management Compendium published by NACUA in 2006.
Prior to embarking on her consulting career, Kim served as the Director for Student and Campus Community Development at Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus. Her primary responsibilities involved the oversight and development of administration and supervision of a team that led Student Conduct Programs, High Risk Behavior Education, Student Affairs Risk Management, Student Advocacy Services, Crisis Intervention and Response as well as Campus Safety for the new urban campus. She was also the Assistant Director for Student Affairs Risk Management at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus where she led the design and implementation of a comprehensive and proactive risk management model for The Division of Student Affairs. Prior to joining the ASU community, Kim worked for eight years at Texas A&M University where she served as Program Coordinator for Risk Management and Organizational Development and led the implementation of the University’s internationally recognized proactive risk management plan for student organizations.
She has been honored for her service to the Association of Student Conduct Administrators and In 2012 Kim was presented the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. In 2013 she was honored with the Silver Medal By the North American Inter-Fraternal Conference for her leadership in advancing the fraternal movement and for her hazing prevention work.
Dr. Maura Cullen is the author of 35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap and a highly-acclaimed diversity trainer who has educated and inspired people worldwide on how to be more inclusive, understanding and authentic when communicating with others. Her approach is compassionate, yet down to earth and entertaining. She breaks down difficult topics into practical applications, giving people the vital skills needed to make immediate and significant change. Utilizing her wonderful sense of humor and real life stories, she resonates with her audience by educating not humiliating. As one participant noted, “I was required to attend Maura’s session and without question I will never see things the same way again. It is a defining moment in my life”.
• 30 years experience working with over 500 organizations
• Doctorate in Social Justice & Diversity Education
• Author of a practical and thought provoking diversity book
• Consistently top-rated keynote speaker