Keynote Speakers

CASC is fortunate to have three renowned individuals who have revolutionized the lives of others through their unique work and life's calling at this year's conference!

Dr. Calvin Mackie

Dr. Calvin Mackie
Dr. Calvin Mackie is a former engineering professor, an author, internationally renowned speaker, and entrepreneur.  His recent standing-ovation presentation at the American School Counselor Conference in Denver, Colorado was motivational, inspiring each of us to do our personal best to prepare and connect with all students to increase their college and career potential. Dr. Mackie shares concepts and ideologies with school counselors to help them develop courage to confront and defeat obstacles that may prevent them from maximizing their potential as professionals. His message originates from his journey through the education system where he graduated from high school with low test scores and poor grades to go on to graduate Magna Cum Laude. His message transcends race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and time.

Senator Ricardo Lara

Senator Lara made history as the first openly gay person of color elected to the California Senate. He has authored numerous legislation to the benefit of California students including the California L.E.A.R.N. Initiative expanding multilingual programs; the California DREAM Loan Program which helps CSU and UC DREAM students apply for loans: and the successful passage of SB451, which updated the CA education code (CEC 49600) amending the job responsibilities for CA school counselors to align with the LCAP and the ASCA National Model.

Eric Waldo

As Executive Director of Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, Eric Waldo is working to inspire every student in the U.S. to take charge of their future by completing their post-secondary education, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a 2-year or 4-year college or university. His role cuts across policy, advocacy, and community engagement to further the goal that the U.S. once again leads the world in terms of college graduates. After leaving the White House, Waldo has moved over to the non-profit, Civic Nation, where he continues to lead Mrs. Obama's college access and completion initiative.