Custom Conference Consulting (Field Guide Base Station)

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The Field Guide Base Station was designed as a ‘just-in-time’ resource to enhance the conference experience. "Stop by" anytime by visiting us in the Conference Canvas space or on Slack for help, guidance, recommendations, and custom consulting on making the most of your conference experience!

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Dr. Tom Butkiewicz is a core research faculty member in the PhD in Management program (College of Management and Technology). His scholarly experience includes dissertation chair, second committee member, URR, lead faculty for dissertation and research courses, mentor at residencies and intensives, and reviewer for the International Journal of Applied Management and Technology. He functioned as a committee member voting on the Curriculum and Academic Policy committee. Tom serves as the vice president on the leadership board for the Walden University Virtual Fulbright Association. He also fulfills the role of faculty advisor for the National Society of Leadership and Success. Tom's research interests consist of management, positive leadership, business strategies, organizational behavior, workplace spirituality, emotional intelligence, social change, diversity, appreciative inquiry, and virtue ethics. He worked 26 years in the auto industry for Mitsubishi Motors in operations management, corporate strategic planning, training and development, marketing, district and region management, and customer service. Tom proudly concluded 20 years of honorable service as a Chief Warrant Officer—CWO3 in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Dr. John C. Maxwell, International Leadership Expert certified Tom as a Global Leadership Speaker, Coach, and Trainer equipped to partner with individuals groups, teams, and organizations for influencing positive social change. Tom pursues positive social change further by supporting the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) society. His commitment to the MS Society involves fundraising via community walks, and bicycle rides for 18 years. Tom's positive social change focus also is shown by membership in the strategic development committee for a new church building project in CA.
Dr. Allison Rief is an Associate Professor and Associate Director in the Academic Engagement Center at the University of Arizona Global Campus. Allison earned a Doctorate of Education with a specialization in Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies from the University of Southern California; a Master of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Bachelor of Arts in Literatures in English at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Rief began her career as an elementary and preschool teacher. She maintains a National Board Certification and was awarded the Teacher of the Year for both the Los Angeles Unified School District and Los Angeles County. Within higher education, she has had experience launching new programs and revising existing programs, developing courses, providing professional development, and working with collaborative teams across the university. Currently, Dr. Rief is a member of the Change Advisory Group, Student Conduct and Community Standards Committee, Forbes Center for Women’s Leadership, Turn the Tide, and oversees the partnership with No Excuses University schools. Beyond the programs she leads, she also serves on Doctoral committees and teaches the Doctoral In-Residence.

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