Leadership Challenge Keynotes
Morning Keynote Speaker
Jearlyn Steele is a media personality, performing artist and advocate for women. A native of Indiana, Jearlyn Steele’s voice can be heard on various movie soundtracks as well as national and local commercials. Just returning from Scotland, Jearlyn, along with her siblings, The Steeles, performed in the pop/gospel musical “Gospel at Colonus” which has presented on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Guthrie, and the Ordway.
Currently the entertainment reporter for TPT’s Almanac, she is also a frequent guest on the prestigious radio broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. As host of WCCO Radio 830AM show, Steele Talkin’, airing Sunday night’s, Jearlyn can be heard in 30 states and most of Canada. On May 14, 2011, she finally accomplished a lifelong goal; graduating from Concordia University St. Paul with a degree in Organizational Management and Leadership.
The mother of two, Jearlyn has branched out to become more involved in creating ways to positively affect women and children’s lives through music and public speaking.
Afternoon Keynote Speaker
Luis Moreno is a business and community leader who has consistently shown a strong interest in supporting students and peers to grow personally and professionally. Luis has been promoting continuous, integral, and holistic education and intellectual curiosity as vehicles to improve the quality of people’s lives. While attending the University of Minnesota, Luis led The GLOBE, an organization to internationalize the Carlson School and co-founded an International Student Advisory Board to help the school to better assist international students. While working at Ecolab, he co-founded and led EcoMondo, an ERG for associates with international interests.
Luis was elected Senator at the U of M Senate, Chair of Communications and Public Relations for General Mills’ Hispanic Network, and Board Member of Land O'Lakes' Diversity Employee Council. Luis was also a Board Member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), a Board Member of the Latino Employee Networks of the Twin Cities (LENTC), and a Volunteer and Judge with The BrandLab, an organization to help minority students learn about Marketing and Advertising. In 2008, Luis and colleague Darcy Douglas founded The Twin Cities Business Peer Network (The TCBPN), an organization to help students and peers grow personally and professionally. Today, he sits on the Board with Darcy and colleague Tomas Perez. The group, which was meant to have up to 20 members, has over 1,500 members today and has been recognized by multiple organizations, the media, and Minnesota State Governor, who proclaimed July 18th 2013 as “Twin Cities Business Peer Network Day”. Luis completed an MBA at the Carlson School in 2001 and in a 12-year period received employment offers from 6 prestigious Fortune 250 companies, including Marketing CPG giant Procter & Gamble, Food giants General Mills and Land O’Lakes, and one of the largest companies in the world and his current employer, GE. Luis has received multiple awards, including Carlson’s Outstanding International Student of the Year Award, Ecolab's Fueling the Future Award, General Mills' Commitment to Leadership Excellence Award and GE’s Bravo Award. He has been listed as a “Top National Champion of Diversity” by DiversityBusiness Magazine, a “Community Connector” by Pollen, one of the “Forty Under 40” by the Minneapolis St Paul Business Journal, and one of the “20 On the Rise” by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota. With over 165 recommendations and over 1,500 endorsements, Luis has been considered among the 100 most recommended people on LinkedIn worldwide. Luis is currently in the Public Policy Fellowship Program at the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the U of M.
Luis has contributed with the Latino Executive Committee, an initiative formed by the State Government to help improve the socioeconomic conditions of the Latino community in Minnesota. Given Luis’ continuous efforts to promote education and intellectual curiosity, Argosy University incorporated him in its Advisory Board for its Doctorate Programs in Organizational Leadership and Business Administration. The Minneapolis-St Paul Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) gave Luis the Outstanding Member of the Year Award and the President of the University of Minnesota recognized him with the Presidential Award to Leadership and Service, which has been given to about 0.5% of the students over the years.