Keynote Speakers

2020 Featured Speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.  Check back soon for more details.  

2019 Featured Keynote Speaker

Jacqueline L. Ryle, Ph.D.

Photo courtesy of Gordon Howell.

Dr. Jacqueline L. “Jackie” Ryle owns Ryle Resources/Empowerment Strategies, offering individual and organizational facilitation and consultation.  Known nationally for her training, facilitation, seminars and workshops, Dr. Ryle offers organizational intervention on a wide variety of topics, focusing on collaboration, communications, motivation, conflict resolution, and strategic planning.  She is dedicated to assisting individuals to realize and fulfill their potential, and to assisting organizations in capacity building and strategic planning to effectively meet their goals and objectives. Her published book, “All I Want Is A Little Peace” is distributed internationally and in use by crisis interventions teams of World Vision in South Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Ryle hosted a weekly television interview program on community affairs for 22 consecutive years, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning at Fresno State University, and the Shinzen Garden Advisory Committee.  She is Past President of the Fresno Cultural Arts Rotary Club.  She served as Charter President of the Central California affiliate of the Dispute Resolution Association and the Central California Division of the City Clerks Association of California, and is a graduate of the inaugural class of the San Joaquin Valley Civic Leadership Program, and Class One of Leadership Fresno.

Dr. Ryle has a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development, a Masters Degree in Human Resources and Organization Development, a Masters Degree in Human Development, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration.  She holds a Lifetime Distinction with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Advanced Academy for Education, is a Certified Municipal Clerk, and holds certificates in facilitation, mediation, and managerial coaching.

Professionally, Dr. Ryle served as City Clerk for the City of Fresno for 28 of her 32 years with the City; coordinated the City’s Human Resource and Organizational Development Program; and currently instructs courses for Alliant International University in the Masters in Organization Behavior and PsyD in Organizational Psychology Programs.  She has presented to delegations from Belarus, Kostromos and Vladivostok, Russia on behalf of the Community Connections Program, CSUF, and has facilitated nationally for the National Association for Community Mediation, and the Health Education Council.

Dr. Ryle’s 40+ year span of community service is extensive, and includes service to dozens of non profit agencies and the Counties of Fresno, Madera, Merced, Kings, Tulare, Stanislaus and Placer.

2019 Event Facilitator

Emily Hentschke

We are thrilled to announce that Emily Hentschke will be returning as the event facilitator.  At the inaugural event, participants loved her engaging facilitation and supportive spirit.

Emily Hentschke is a social psychology graduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her applied, community-engaged research focuses on poverty alleviation and social policy. Her past work has explored how volunteering with people who are unhoused shapes class consciousness and beliefs about poverty. Emily received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from California State University, Fresno with a Humanics Certificate in Community Benefit Organization Leadership and Management as well as a Certificate in Serving At Risk Youth. At Fresno State she developed a passion for community engagement through internships with the Fresno Rescue Mission and West African Vocational Schools. Emily was also actively engaged with the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning as a founding member of the SERVE Committee and a as a Richter Center Ambassador. Presently, Emily serves as a volunteer and researcher with the Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz.