AFA Annual Meeting Keynotes

Priya Parker

Priya Parker invigorates how people come together to banish stale conferences and unproductive meetings. In her interactive talks and book, "The Art of Gathering: How We Meet & Why It Matters," she challenges audiences to get to the root of why and how we make connections, create communities, and build organizations. Parker is a founding member of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, where she worked on race relations on college campuses. Her TEDx talk on purpose has been viewed over one million times. Parker studied organizational design at M.I.T., public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and political and social thought at the University of Virginia.


Shaun R. Harper

Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., is a provost professor in the Rosier School of Education and Marshall School of Business at USC, the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center. Prior to joining USC, he spent a decade on the University of Pennsylvania faculty, where he founded the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education. Professor Harper’s research has been cited in more than 8,000 published studies. Professor Harper has been interviewed on CNN, ESPN, and NPR, and featured or quoted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and over 11,000 news outlets in the U.S. and abroad.


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