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We will update the list of keynote speakers, presenters and panelists regularly.  

Keynote Speakers

Valerie Jarrett; Senior Advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn, and a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School

Valerie B. Jarrett is a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn and a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. She also serves on the boards of Ariel Capital Management Holdings, 2U, and Lyft.

Ms. Jarrett was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Jarrett worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates. She led the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy. She championed the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world. She oversaw the Administration’s advocacy for workplace policies that empower working families, including equal pay, raising the minimum wage, paid leave, paid sick days, workplace flexibility, and affordable childcare, and led the campaigns to reform our criminal justice system, end sexual assault, and reduce gun violence.

Ms. Jarrett has a background in both the public and private sectors. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, Commissioner of Planning and Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also served as the director of numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards including Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Ms. Jarrett has also received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including TIME’s “100 Most Influential People.”

Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.


Luis Benitez; Director; Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office and motivational speaker

Over the course of a decade, Luis Benitez has quietly emerged amongst a growing field of climbers as one of the more experienced, respected and busiest professional guides and leadership development consultants in the world. Throughout his career, Luis has summited the top of the famed “Seven Summits” a cumulative 32 times, including being a six-time summiteer of Mt. Everest. Between managing expeditions on some of the most remote peaks in the world, while consulting with a deep and varied group of clientele, Benitez works to tie the lessons available from the outdoors and carry them back to the everyday challenges of life and business during his keynote presentations and seminars. Benitez has currently grown to have a deeper investment in public service by serving as a Town Councilman in Eagle, Colorado and now currently serving as the first State Director for the Outdoor Recreation Industry office for the State of Colorado.



Manuel Calvo; Mastermind of Sevilla, Spain's bicycle network, and Sustainability Senior Consultant for EstudioMC

Manuel Calvo is the Sustainability Senior Consultant for EstudioMC, a sustainable mobility and planning firm, in Sevilla, Spain. As the author and strategy advisor of Sevilla's bicycle plan during its implementation from 2007-2010, Manuel became one of the primary architects of Sevilla’s Cycle-Lane Network, now comprising more than 160 km of separated cycle tracks or traffic-calmed streets throughout the city. Implementing this network in only three years, combined with the pedestrianization of central boulevards and plazas in the city’s core and launch of a fleet of 2,600, resulted in a rapid shifts to bicycling. Today, more than 70,000 bikes are used daily for trips throughout Sevilla, compared to close to zero only a few years ago. Manuel has worked alongside city officials and community advocates to build the necessary political and community support that allowed rapid acceleration of the city’s infrastructure network, overcome adversity and obstacles in public perception and technical design, and ultimately create a successful movement that was too powerful to roll back, even in the face of looming economic and political challenges in the years ahead.

Stan Day; President; SRAM

Bio coming soon

Doug Gordon; Writer and Producer; BrooklynSpoke.com

Doug Gordon is a seasoned TV producer and writer with credits for ABC, PBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery, History, Travel Channel, and more. He's fascinated by the ways in which the media covers issues related to transportation, safe streets, and personal mobility and has been called “a master of images that subvert anti-bike stereotypes." His blog BrooklynSpoke.com and associated Twitter feed @BrooklynSpoke have made him an authoritative voice on the bicycling revolution happening in New York City, across the United States, and in cities around the world. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two children.

Toks Omishakin; Assistant Commissioner and Chief of the Bureau of Environment and Planning; Tennessee Department of Transportation

Toks Omishakin leads TDOT's continued success in establishing environmental, multi-modal and transportation planning policies and is responsible for the bureau’s administrative and project budget that exceeds $300 million annually. He leads the activities of the divisions of Environmental Services, Long-Range Planning, and Multimodal Transportation Resources. Prior to joining TDOT, he served as the Director of Healthy Living Initiatives in the Office of Mayor - Karl Dean in Nashville, Tennessee. There he led efforts to develop Metro Nashville’s - Complete Streets Policy and helped establish a more balanced approach to transportation planning and design for the city. He also spearheaded the creation of two Bicycle Sharing programs (Nashville BCycle and Nashville Green Bikes) for the city. He was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to the Board of the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway Authority in 2012 and the Governor’s Rural Development Task Force in 2015. He also serves on the Board of Directors at America Walks, the Civil Engineering and Environment Advisory Board at Tennessee Tech University and is Co-Chair of the Tennessee Regions Roundtable Network. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) with concentrations in transportation planning and urban design from Jackson State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology from Mississippi Valley State University.

Mayor's Panel

Mayor Greg Ballard; Indianapolis, Indiana (2008 - 2016)

    Mayor Gregory A. Ballard, a native Hoosier, was elected as the 48th Mayor of Indianapolis. After earning his undergraduate degree in Economics from Indiana University, Mayor Ballard entered the United States Marine Corps. During his time in the Marines, he served in the Persian Gulf War and upon his retirement, was awarded the Legion of Merit. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 23 years service. Mayor Ballard has been active in the community, serving as a tutor and an Advisory Board Member for the Lilly Boys and Girls Club, as a contributing editor to both the Indiana Minority Business Magazine and the Indiana Parenting Magazine, and as founder of the Indianapolis Writers Group.

Mayor James Brainard; Carmel, Indiana

    Mayor Jim Brainard is Carmel’s first six-term mayor. During his terms in office, Carmel has grown in population from 25,000 to almost 90,000. Parkland, greenspace and trails have increased. The development of an Arts & Design District, a downtown called City Center and a new Midtown project joining the two together, has helped in the creation of a vibrant, thriving city where companies want to locate, where employees want to live and where families want to raise their children. Mayor Brainard has encouraged the construction of roundabouts, which reduced accidents with injury almost 80 percent at intersections when contrasted to signalized intersections. During his tenure, Carmel has received honorable mention for Municipal Excellence from the National League of Cities and has been designated a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

Mayor Lori Buck; Fruita, Colorado




Michael Andersen; PlacesForBikes Staff Writer; PeopleForBikes

Michael may be the only person to have ever simultaneously been a member of the Online News Association and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. He covers the spread of low-stress biking networks in a reported blog on PeopleForBikes.org. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he also served three years as news editor of BikePortland.org. You can follow his reporting at @PlacesForBikes on Facebook and Twitter.


Mike Basarich; Manager of Cycling Infrastructure; Saris Cycling Group

Mike uses bikes to mark key moments in his life: his youth (his first new bike, a black Trek 820), his college years (a 10-speed road bike), his time as a legislative aid in Washington DC without a car (a used Peugeot), several years working with the National Park Service (a mountain bike), and his return home to Wisconsin in 2008 (a triathlon bike). Now with a garage full of bikes, Mike is dedicated to ensuring safe, accessible places to ride through his role as a category manager in the Cycling Infrastructure division at Saris. In addition to managing new product development and governmental affairs, he consults with cities and communities across the globe to help them become more bicycle-friendly. Because Saris believes that a better world has more bikes.


Tim Blumenthal; President; PeopleForBikes

Tim Blumenthal is the president of the PeopleForBikes Coalition, the U.S. bicycling industry association dedicated to putting more people on bicycles more often and making bike riding better for everyone. Tim also heads the PeopleForBikes Foundation, which includes more than 1,160,000 individual supporters and backs the acclaimed Green Lane Project to develop protected bikeways. PeopleForBikes was called Bikes Belong from its 1999 launch until its 2013 renaming and rebranding. Tim previously served 11 years as the first executive director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association and was earlier a top editor at Bicycling Magazine and VeloNews. Tim served as a writer and advisor for NBC's cycling coverage of seven Summer Olympic Games (1984-2008). He was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2002. Tim was named to the UCI Advocacy Commission in 2014 and was selected for the Steering Board of the World Cycling Alliance that same year.


Jennifer Boldry, Ph.D.; Director of Research; PeopleForBikes

At PeopleForBikes, Jennifer connects the dots between great places to ride and ridership of all kinds. She aggregates and synthesizes secondary research and directs the primary research program. Jennifer’s background is in statistical modeling with a focus on non-independent data. Jennifer has extensive experience applying her methodological expertise to help outdoor, bike, run, and snow sports companies grow their businesses and industries. She has directed research at National Analysts Worldwide, Leisure Trends Group, and most recently as President of Breakaway Research Group; and as Assistant Professor, taught courses at Montana State University. Jennifer holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University, where she was trained in experimental social psychology.


John Burke; President; Trek Bicycle Company

John Burke began working at Trek Bicycle in 1984 and has been president of the company since 1997. In addition to leading Trek, Mr. Burke served as chairman of President George W. Bush’s President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and is a founding member of PeopleForBikes. Mr. Burke is an avid cyclist, runner, and a published author. His most recent book, 12 Simple Solutions to Save America, was released in June of 2016. John and his wife, Tania, live in Madison, Wisconsin.


Jenn Dice; VP Business Network and Government Relations; PeopleForBikes

Jenn’s team works with governments at the federal, state and local level to make bicycling better for everyone. The Business Network represents the bike industry by leading with the voice of business – economic development, job creation, and improving communities and health through bicycling. Business Network programs include public policy, congressional development, Washington, D.C. executive fly-ins, industry leadership gatherings, and bike entrepreneur meetups. In 2011, Jenn was recognized by Outside Magazine’s “power list” of the top 25 people that influence the world outside for her time working for the International Mountain Bicycling Association and was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2014. She has worked for the South Dakota, Kansas and Colorado state legislatures. Jenn is an avid endurance mountain biker who has completed the Leadville Trail 100 14 times and was the first woman to hike up, and mountain bike down Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.


Timur Ender; Project Manager; Portland Bureau of Transportation

Timur began working on tactical urbanism projects in 2014 with Better Block PDX. In 2015, he successfully infiltrated City Hall when he was appointed as transportation policy advisor to City Commissioner Steve Novick. In 2017, Timur transitioned to the Portland Bureau of Transportation where he helps manage Better Naito, one of nation’s largest tactical urbanism projects. Timur works with advocates and stakeholders to ensure tactical urbanism projects occur as smoothly as possible. This often means bringing together multiple City bureaus, coordinating stakeholder meetings, and leveraging the entire arsenal of communication tools, hardware, and talent of City government to ensure projects are viewed positively and can help build momentum for future street redesigns.


Tony Garcia; Principal; Street Plans Collaborative

Tony Garcia is a Principal of Street Plans Collaborative, and leads the firm’s Miami office. Anthony is a nationally recognized architect, writer, speaker and advocate in the in the field of transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. As a writer and advocate, Tony’s work has appeared in or been featured by numerous publications. Tony is a coauthor of the globally acclaimed series Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change Vol. 2, and together with Mike Lydon is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize and co-author of Tactical Urbanism, published by Island Press in March 2015. He is the former Chairman of the Green Mobility Network, the largest bicycle pedestrian advocacy organization in South Florida, and co-founded the Ludlam Trail project, which will result in the addition of over 50 acres of new park space in Miami-Dade County. From 2008 to 2012 he was the Publisher and Managing editor of the transportation advocacy blog TransitMiami.com, an award winning web journal dedicated to public participation and discourse in South Florida. Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Design from New York University and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Miami.

Tom Hanley; CEO; Nine13 Sports

Tom is familiar with the many aspects of the cycling industry through his extensive participation in the sport as a competitive cyclist, employment experience in bicycle retail sales, and beneficial partnerships with bicycle and cycling component manufacturers through sponsorships and product testing. He is a 2009 graduate from IUPUI, having earned a Bachelor Degree with a personal penchant toward business and law. As a competitive cyclist, Tom became a four-time USA Cycling National Champion. The focus of Nine13sports is to inspire, educate and provide hands-on cycling experience to youth in his community. In 2012, Nine13sports had the capacity to serve approximately 1,000 Central Indiana kids through the organization’s Kids Riding Bike Program. In 2018, the program will reach 30,000 Central Indiana kids. Nine13sports will also launch a new program in 2018 called Kids Building Bikes that will not only apply STEM tactics to teach kids basic bicycle maintenance and repair and ride safety, but also will see kids receiving a brand-new bike, lock and helmet upon their completion of the program. 


Mayor Joe Hogsett; Indianapolis, Indiana

Joseph Hadden “Joe” Hogsett is the 49th mayor of Indianapolis. Before taking office in 2016, Mayor Hogsett served as Indiana’s Secretary of State and United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. Mayor Hogsett’s focus is on preventing crime, protecting taxpayers, and creating opportunities for working families. He is also dedicated to investing Indianapolis’ resources back into our neighborhoods. A lifelong Hoosier, Mayor Hogsett has lived and worked in Indianapolis for more than 30 years. He earned his law degree and undergraduate degree from Indiana University. He received graduate degrees from Butler University and the Christian Theological Seminary.

Jenny H. Liu, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning + Assistant Director, Northwest Economic Research Center; Portland State University


Nicholas Oyler; Bikeway and Pedestrian Program Manager; City of Memphis

Passionate about cities in general and his hometown of Memphis in particular, Nicholas left home for a number of years in search of lessons on the topic of great cities. This pursuit of knowledge and experience rewarded him with a Master of Urban Planning degree from Texas A&M University, four years of life and employment in Germany at the Federal Ministry of Transportation and the Rhine-Ruhr Transit Association, and one year as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow engaged in advancing sustainable transportation. Having returned home, he assumed the role of Bikeway and Pedestrian Program Manager with the City of Memphis in 2016, and with it the responsibility of improving the local conditions for walking and bicycling. His office's progress can be followed on Facebook and Twitter: @BikePedMemphis.

Brian Payne; President and CEO; Central Indiana Community Foundation

Brian Payne is President and CEO of the $725 million Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) and The Indianapolis Foundation. Since he joined CICF in November 2000, the Foundation’s annual grantmaking has doubled to almost $50 million. Mr. Payne is the Founder/Leader of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick, a $63 million dollar, eight-mile, beautifully designed and landscaped pedestrian and bicycle pathway that connects every significant arts, cultural, heritage, sports and entertainment venue in Indianapolis' dynamic downtown. It was created by taking a lane of traffic away from cars and dedicating it to people on foot, bikes, Segways and wheelchairs. The national consulting firm, Project for Public Spaces chose the Indianapolis Cultural Trail as the best North American example of a big, bold, transformative project that is changing the way we think of cities and city life.


Paxton Roberts; Chief Bicycle Officer; BikeNWA

Paxton Roberts is the CBO (Chief Bicycle Officer) of the nonprofit BikeNWA, the Bike Alliance of Northwest Arkansas. BikeNWA is the lead advocate and go-to resource for biking working with individuals, bike-related nonprofits, philanthropic foundations, and businesses to continue transforming NWA into a world class destination for biking whether to live, work, or play. BikeNWA has partnered on projects to create a regional map and smartphone application to navigate all trails (paved and MTB), install bike racks in downtown areas, studied safe routes to school, and most recently helped launch three tactical urbanism pilot projects in Bella Vista, Bentonville, and Rogers.

Haydée Santana; Community Engagement Director; Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

Haydée Santana is inspired by the power of active transportation to connect us with our city, its communities and with each other. She began working with volunteers in Spring of 2015 through the Bike Valet program and later through Atlanta Streets Alive. In her current role, Haydée draws from an extensive background in marketing and communications as well as from her leadership of member- and volunteer-driven organizations where she has a history of forging relationships and fostering engagement. Haydée enjoys walking and running around the Edgewood neighborhood where she resides, and hiking trails in and around the city with Riley, her Great Danebull. And, of course, you"ll also find her exploring Atlanta’s neighborhoods and urban treasures by bike.


Sara Studdard; Community Engagement & Marketing Director; Explore Bike Share

Sara Studdard has been part of Explore Bike Share since its research phase and now serves as our Community Engagement & Marketing Director. In this role, she expands on the civic-focused process that initially determined the feasibility of bike share in Memphis. As EBS moved from concept to reality, Sara served as Project Manager in her position at DCA and President of Explore Bike Share’s Board of Directors. She spent three years becoming expert in global models for bike share, from system planning to launch to operations, and led the community input campaign to assure that Memphians guided the design of the system. During this period, she also managed marketing communications projects for DCA clients. Prior to her work with EBS, Sara demonstrated her commitment to further Memphis’ growth during nine years of experience with other grassroots organizations and worked with a variety of stakeholders including Mid-South farmers, neighborhood groups, non-profit leaders, corporate presidents, national voices on equity, and creative placemaking advocates.

Joanna Taft; Founding Executive Director; Harrison Center for the Arts

Joanna Taft is a leader in grassroots cultural development in Indianapolis. In addition to her work at the Harrison Center for the Arts, she is the founder and board chair emeritus of Herron High School, ranking the top 3% of public schools nationwide; and founder of the Cultural Entrepreneur Initiative and the City Gallery: Indy’s Urban Living Center. She is a pioneer in creative placemaking including both the Great Places Initiative and Lift Indy. She has received the Indianapolis Business Journal Women of Influence Award, the Girls Inc. Touchstone Award, Arts Council of Indianapolis Arts Council of Indianapolis ARTI Award, Jefferson Award, and two Cultural Vision awards. She also is chair of the Marion County Board of Zoning Appeals, Indiana Association for Community and Economic Development, Indianapolis Library Foundation, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, and is president of the Katharine B. Sutphin Foundation. She is a graduate of Covenant College, the Stanley K. Lacy Class XXXII, and was a 2012 Creative Renewal Fellow.

Kyla Templeton; League Director; Arkansas NICA

  Kyla Templeton is the co-founder and League Director of the Arkansas NICA Student Mountain Bike League. Originally a reluctant mountain biker, she has embraced the sport while being empowered to learn new skills. She looks forward to the joy of being in the woods on singletrack and of riding bikes with her two sons as they grow up. She was the Safe Routes to School Coordinator in Bentonville for 2 years and now rides bikes with her boys to school each day. In 2012, she founded Girls Bike Bentonville, a Northwest Arkansas women’s cycling group. Kyla fell in love with cycling after college and has a passion for getting women riding bicycles, whether a road bike, mountain bike, or riding on the paved trails in town. Kyla is a USA Triathlon certified coach and has coached youth and women to tri success. She has a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MS in Leadership and Ethics. Kyla worked in both project management and training and development at Walmart and Sam’s Club for seven years.

Anthony Taylor; Adventures Director; The Loppet Foundation 


Kyle Wagenschutz; Director of Local Innovation; PeopleForBikes

Kyle is leading a three-year initiative called The Big Jump Project to expedite the planning and development of comfortable bicycling networks with a goal of doubling or tripling bicycle rates in 10 U.S. communities by 2020. Hired in 2010 as the first Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager for the City of Memphis, Tennessee, Kyle’s job was to establish Memphis as a national leader and innovator on applying bicycle and pedestrian programs. In 2013, the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals awarded Kyle with its Young Professional of the Year Award for exceptional accomplishments in the field of walking and biking. In 2015, Kyle was named a Champion of Change at a ceremony at the White House for his work in Memphis.

Kevin Williams; Managing Director; BBC Research


For the past decade, Kevin has been instrumental in building BBC’s Diversity Research and Disparity Studies and Market and Customer Research practice areas, supporting a wide range of clients around the country. He brings a variety of quantitative and qualitative skills to his work, having been groomed as an engineer at CU Boulder and a solar start-up, then switching gears and becoming a nonprofit management consultant and policy nut after completing a Master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He loves working with a team of dedicated, intelligent people to help clients solve problems related to economics and public policy. At BBC, Kevin has worked with Caltrans, The Denver Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation.




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