2020 Virtual Conference Keynote Speakers

Monday Keynote - Shayla Rivera

Shayla Rivera was born and raised in Puerto Rico where she claims she was a geek. Aerospace Engineer for NASA, turned sales person and corporate trainer, turned motivational speaker and comedian. Shayla says every change made in her life has been a personal turning point where she became aware of and was able to move away from the beliefs that held her back. She has analyzed and formulated the Awareness Steps she has used for her journey and shares them in her presentations.

Helping people become clear about the good possibilities that exist for their lives is Shayla’s life passion. She loves to make people laugh at her jokes and at themselves, “Many times those two things are the same” she says, “There is nothing funnier than the truth.”

Shayla has graced conferences and corporate events nationwide. She speaks to students, faculty and parents at schools from elementary to college. She has appeared on Comedy Central, Comics Unleashed, and has performed in many television programs and in live theater. Proof that engineers are creative people. She is most proud of participating in numerous military comedy tours around the world, where she had the privilege of bringing a little bit of home to our troops.

Tuesday Keynote - Anson Green

“Adult education thrives on contributing  partnerships. Because community and faith-based organizations reach populations who are often missed by schools and colleges, they are a critical partner to achieving educational success in local communities.” – Anson Green

State Director of Adult Education and Literacy

For over 20 years Anson Green has been a leader adult education, workforce development, and community college instructional design. His passion is developing and deploying innovative programs for Texans who desire to increase their education and preparedness to attain their career ambitions. He loves to challenge legacy perspectives and the status quo in education. This year, Mr. Green was recognized as the 2020 National Adult Education Administrator of the Year.

In 2013 Anson joined the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) as the State Director of the Adult Education and Literacy program, managing the transfer and transformation of the $73,000,000 program into a fully integrated part of the Texas Workforce Solutions system. In his first two years he introduced a rigorous performance and accountability quality model, expanded distance learning and career pathways options while increasing funding and engagement with non-profit organizations, libraries, and community colleges. Mr. Green is a member of both the National Reporting System Technical Workgroup and WIOA Data Infrastructure workgroup. He also served as a member of Workforce Solutions Alamo Board of Directors.

In 2000, Mr. Green served as a research fellow at the National Institute for Literacy in Washington studying women’s barriers to employment and education.  He has held teaching posts at St. Philip’s College, San Antonio College, Northwest Vista College, Florida State University, Texas Lutheran University, and Northside Independent School District.

Mr. Green’s diverse background spanning national, state, and local leadership positions in adult and developmental education, workforce development, and in community colleges affords him the ability develop and direct a wide variety of innovative service delivery models to support student success.

His publications include Job Readiness in the Adult Education Classroom (Oklahoma Department of Education) and Ready for Work! An Employment Curriculum for Women (Grassroots Press, 2001).