Meet the Keynotes

We are honored to have three brilliant Keynote Speakers to offer us insights into the disconnections and polarizations of people and places.  Their scholarship and lived experiences will enhance our knowledge and encourage our work.

Thursday, Nov. 10th – Dr. Shakti Butler


Shakti Butler, PhD, filmmaker and Founder & President of World Trust, is a dynamic educator in the field of diversity and racial equity.  Dr. Butler engages audiences with participatory keynotes and workshops, often using clips from her films. Known as a catalyst for change, she is hired by organizations seeking broader support for their diversity & inclusion goals.

Dr Butler served as an advisor for Disney’s “Zootopia” and this is what the creators had to say about her influence:

"What we learned from Dr. Shakti Butler and Cracking the Codes had a profound effect on the entire story-telling team behind Zootopia. It not only changed, but forever deepened the way we approached bias and stereotype." - Jared Bush (writer & co-director of Zootopia)

Friday, November 11th – Brenda Toineeta Pipestem


Brenda’s career is marked by her significant service on tribal courts, as well as her experience in both the executive and legislative branches of federal government.  Brenda presently serves as an Associate Justice on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Supreme Court, a position she has held since 2000.  She has also served as an Associate Justice on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Supreme Court since 2008.  Brenda is also the Chair of the Repatriation Committee of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Board of Trustees.

Saturday, November 12th – John (Jack) Condon


John (“Jack”) Condon, considered one of the founders of the field of intercultural communication, lived in or near large cities for much of his life (Chicago, Mexico City, Tokyo).  After nearly a third of his adult life outside of the U.S., for the past three decades his home has been in the very small village of Jemez Springs, New Mexico, in the high desert of the Jemez Mountains. He is an emeritus professor at the University of New Mexico and an award winning author of many books on intercultural communication, including the first dedicated university textbook. As founder and director of the Jimez Institute, he offers fieldtrip seminars in New Mexico on Intercultural Relations.


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