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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 guides TDOT’s continued success in establishing transportation planning, policy, and performance and the necessary communication that is required with other governmental agencies, organizations, and the general public and legislative bodies. He is responsible for the bureau’s administrative and project budget that exceeds $250 million annually. He leads the activities of the divisions of Environment, Long-Range Planning, Project Planning and Multimodal Transportation Resources. Prior to joining TDOT, Toks served as the Director of Healthy Living Initiatives in the Office of Mayor – Karl Dean in Nashville, Tennessee, where he led efforts to develop a Complete Streets policy for Nashville and helped established a more balanced approach to transportation planning and design for the city.
Toks 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. His work has been published in The American Journal of Preventative Medicine and profiled in The Wall Street Journal, HBO documentaries and Newsweek magazine. Mr. Omishakin is an active member of the American Planning Association, Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

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 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.


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.

Tim Blumenthal, president, PeopleForBikes

Bio coming soon

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.

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.


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.



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