2018 Keynote Speakers


sarah newcomb

Dr. Sarah Newcomb is a behavioral economist at Morningstar where she works to integrate findings from behavioral science into tools for individuals and financial advisors. Ms. Newcomb’s research is devoted to finding simple, changeable factors in human psychology that affect financial decisions, and using these insights to develop innovative content and products that improve every day money management. Her work involving the human side of money has earned mentions in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger, Bloomberg, and Time. She is a regular contributor to PsychologyToday.com, and the author of LOADED: Money, psychology, and how to get ahead without leaving your values behind.

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mark mitsui

Mark Mitsui began his tenure as president of Portland Community College on September 1, 2016.

Previously, President Mitsui served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges within the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education for the U.S. Department of Education. In Washington he worked to advance President Obama’s community college agenda through partnerships with numerous federal agencies and national stakeholders. In this capacity he co-led the My Brother’s Keeper Postsecondary Completion interagency team working to improve college access and completion for the nation’s young men of color.

Before serving in the Obama administration, he was president of North Seattle College in Washington state from 2010 to 2013. While at North Seattle, President Mitsui was founding chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Association of Colleges and Universities, a member of the National Asian/Pacific Islander Council of the American Association of Community Colleges, and in 2013 was honored with the Rhonda Quash Coates Award for contributions to the Multicultural Student Services Directors Council of Washington state.

From 2006 to 2010 he served as Vice President of Student Services at South Seattle College, and before that worked as a senior administrator and teacher at educational institutions across the Pacific Northwest, where he has deep roots.

President Mitsui holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Western Washington University, and completed a master’s degree and doctoral studies in Education at the University of Washington.

For more on President Mitsui's personal story, read his profile in PCC Communities Magazine, "Going Far Together".

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Eric Monday

Dr. Eric N. Monday became Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration at the University of Kentucky (UK) in December 2012. In this role, he serves as the chief non-academic administrative officer of the University, which has over 30,000 students, approximately 20,000 full and part-time employees, and a budget of more than $3.7 billion.

Dr. Monday has executive responsibilities for a wide range of business services and auxiliary enterprises that provide the financial, administrative, and operational responsibilities for the University. He directs the development of the budget, provides administrative services, allocates fiscal resources, and manages the elements of fiscal accountability necessary to accomplish the University's mission.

His areas of interest include auxiliary and business services at colleges and universities, student retention strategies, public-private university partnerships, and the financial wellness of college students.

A Louisiana native, Monday received his Ph.D., Master of Public Administration, and Bachelor of Science degrees from LSU.


Monica Pohlmann

With over 25 years of experience as a trusted advisor and leader in community development and sustainability issues, Monica brings a background as an urban planner and sustainability strategy consultant to her work with Reos Partners. Monica is passionate about building the social infrastructure of sustainability—the collective capacity to gain insights into complex challenges and discover new solutions that can be co-created and co-implemented. She has extensive Social Lab experience, namely, working collaboratively, systemically and experimentally. She is project leader of the Emergency Aid Lab, which is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is focused on college student success.

An avid traveler, nature lover, and devoted parent, Monica lives near the ocean in Western Canada.