Keynote Speaker
Soledad O'Brien
Award Winning Journalist, Documentarian, News Anchor, Producer, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
Through the power of storytelling, Soledad O’Brien brings a fresh perspective on diverse and contemporary issues to foster change in your own community or organization.

As the host and executive producer of the new 13 episode true crime series “Mysteries & Scandals” on OXYGEN, and host of "Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien" a weekly political magazine show syndicated across the country on hundreds of TV stations, Soledad has established herself as one of the most recognized names in broadcasting by telling the stories behind the most important issues, people and events of the day. A champion of diversity, she gives voice to the underserved and disenfranchised through her Emmy-winning reporting and acclaimed documentary series, “Black in America” and “Latino in America.” While also the contributing editor, reporting in-depth news magazine pieces for "PBS NewsHour" and correspondent for "HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel." A prominent philanthropist, Soledad is the founder of PowHERful, a foundation that mentors and funds college tuition and expenses for young women.

With eloquence and a measured ability to make often-divisive issues such as race relations, social inequality and mass incarceration accessible to all, she moves audiences to delve deeper into the headlines that shape our lives, outlooks and daily interactions.

On stage, Soledad draws from her life and career to stimulate thoughtful conversation on the roles we each play within our communities and organizations, leaving audiences with memorable takeaways on the power of individuals and companies to make meaningful and lasting change.

NSPA is proud to welcome Soledad O'Brien's foundation, PowHERful, as one of our newest members!

General Session Speakers
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
 Tanaya Winder
Tanaya Winder is a writer, educator, motivational speaker, and performance poet from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. She grew up on the Southern Ute Indian reservation and attended college at Stanford University where she earned a BA in English and the University of New Mexico where she received an MFA in creative writing. Since then she has co-founded As/Us: A Space for Women of the World and founded Dream Warriors, an Indigenous artist management company. She guest lectures, teaches creative writing workshops, and speaks at high schools, universities, and communities internationally. Tanaya writes and teaches about different expressions of love (self love, intimate love, social love, community love, and universal love); she is an advocate of heartwork and believes everyone has a gift they’ve been placed on this earth to share.

 Alison Malmon
Alison Malmon is the founder and Executive Director of Active Minds, Inc., the leading national organization that uses students as the driving force to change the perception about mental health on college campuses. Alison formed the organization following the suicide of her only sibling, twenty-two year old brother Brian Malmon. Wanting to combat the stigma that had caused her brother to suffer in silence and ultimately take his own life, she created a group on her campus at the University of Pennsylvania that promoted an open, enlightened dialogue around the issues. Just after graduating in 2003, Alison formed the 501(c)3 organization in order to develop and support chapters of the student group on campuses around the country. From that moment forward, she has served as Executive Director of the non-profit, leading the organization as it engages tens of thousands of student leaders nationwide and promotes a unified national voice for young adults in the mental health awareness movement.

For her efforts, Alison has been named one of the "Top 15 Global Emerging Social Innovators" by Ashoka Changemakers and American Express, Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine, and a Woman of Distinction by the American Association of University Women. She has also received the Destigmatization Award from the National Council of Behavioral Healthcare, Tipper Gore Remember the Children Award from Mental Health America, inaugural Young Leadership Award from the National Mental Health Research Association (NARSAD), and more. Alison has been profiled as a "Person you Should Know" on CNN, and in stories in the New York Times, Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, and Glamour Magazine.

Student Panel: 
Julia Kohler                   Anaclare Sullivan

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

  Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller
Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller serves as a Professor of Sociology and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Miller oversees a range of offices and initiatives related to faculty development and student success. A sociologist by training, Dr. Miller's primary expertise is in gender studies and culture. She currently focuses her research on student engagement, diversity, and inclusion in higher education.

Dr. Miller received an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama, a Masters of Arts in Sociology at the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. Dr. Miller’s primary areas of scholarly expertise are in gender studies, diversity, culture, and social change, and she has published in a range of professional journals on topics related to childbirth practices, culture, deviance and social movements. In addition, Dr. Miller conducts research on student success, retention, and student engagement, with a particular focus on the experiences of diverse “millennials” in higher education.
*NSPA Member


Book Your Hotel Today!

Click here for more information about the conference venue. 
Click here to book your room.

2018 NSPA Conference Sponsors

For more information about becoming a 2018 NSPA Conference Sponsor, contact Jackie Bright at

Below is a list of available sponsorship levels.

Keynote and Leadership Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors


Copper Sponsors

Scholarship Provider of the Year Sponsor