Alison Bell is the Regional Vice President of Western Governors University’s Central Region, which consists of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. She also serves as Chancellor of WGU Indiana. Bell has more than 20 years of higher education leadership experience, including four years of prior experience with WGU Indiana as their general manager of operations from 2010-2014.
Bell currently serves on the advisory board for TechPoint and for Career Ready Indiana, an Indianapolis Business Journal publication. She previously served on several higher education committees during her tenure at IUPUI, including: Academic Policies and Procedures Committee, the Campus Advising Council, the Recruitment Council, the Welcoming Campus Task Force, and the Mid-North Promise Program. She was also the recipient of WGU’s Excellence in University Service Award in 2011.
“Across rural and urban areas of our region, talent is equally distributed, but unfortunately access to higher education is not. Our goal at WGU is to make sure that students of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life have access to a flexible, affordable higher education to fulfill their potential and the opportunity to thrive in today’s ever evolving workforce.” - Alison Bell, WGU Regional Vice President
Her session will explore the psychology of creativity and identifies ways in which we can find inspiration for ourselves and for our teams. By attending this session, you will learn about the many habits that hold back our creative selves, including fear of judgment, self-doubt, the problem with being too busy, and the many distractions that interrupt the creative thought process.
Kate Maxwell is the Chief Technology Officer for Defense & Intelligence in Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector, where she delivers on Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.
Kate was named one of “100 Women in Tech Leaders to Watch in 2022” by WomenTech Network, and #40 of the “Top 100 Women in Tech” by Technology Magazine in 2021. She was named the Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ) Tech Executive of the Year in 2022, was a Forty Under 40 recipient in 2021, and a Woman of Influence in 2019. Kate is active in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and has won both the Emerging Leader award and the Work/Life Integration award.