2023-24 HYPE Speakers
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- HYPE Career Ready®
- 2023-24 HYPE Speakers
Speakers for the HYPE Career Ready® Program will expose students to inspiring stories of leadership, dedication, and success. Each HYPE Day will feature one keynote speaker to kick-off the day.
NFL veteran, Ivy League professor, financial education consultant, philanthropist and real estate developer
Brandon Copeland is a member of CNBC’s Financial Wellness Council, a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, an NFL Player’s Inc. Advisory Committee member and a recipient of the NFLPA’s highest honor, the Alan Page Community Service Award. Additionally, Brandon stars in the Netflix series, “Buy My House.” He has encouraged and empowered others mentally and financially by headlining events aimed at sharing his unique personality, perspective, and experiences with the world.
Transformational Change Expert
Crystal Kadakia began her professional career in Chemical Engineering before turning to Organizational Change Leader, empowering her to provide globally relevant workplace insight. Her unique perspective also represents a melting pot of eastern and western culture with left and right brain thinking a focus on reframing and operationalizing culture, technology, and generation changes.
Future of Work Expert
Cheryl Cran is the founder of NextMapping™/NextMapping.com, creator of the NextNow podcast and the CEO of parent company Synthesis at Work Inc. She is a best-sellers author for her books NextMapping – Anticipate, Navigate and Create The Future of Work and The Art of Change Leadership – Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced-World. She is passionate about helping leaders and teams develop the crucial human skills needed to lead a human-focused future where we leverage technology to automate the mundane so that we can elevate the humane.
Innovative Technology Expert
John Imah is a former executive leader at Snap Inc., serving as the Global Head of Partnerships, and reporting to Snap's C-suite executive leader. He founded and was in charge of the company's global partnerships, strategy, and business development team, which included gaming, augmented reality commerce and shopping, brands, and entertainment. John has been featured in national publications, including USA Today, Fortune, Variety, Mashable, Complex, The Verge, Fast Company, Tech Crunch, Ad Week, PC Magazine, and BBC News.