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NACE19 Featured Speakers

Thomas Mazloum

Thomas Mazloum

Senior Vice President, Resort & Transportation Operations, Walt Disney World Resort

Thomas Mazloum serves as Senior Vice President of Resort & Transportation Operations at the Walt Disney World Resort. A veteran of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Thomas oversees 28 resort hotels as well as transportation operations that rival mid-sized American cities, all located at the world’s premier vacation destination.

Thomas began his Disney career in 1998 as a hotel director for Disney Cruise Line. He was instrumental in launching the Disney Wonder, the second ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, while directing a cast and crew of nearly 700 individuals representing 52 countries around the world. Thomas then went on to serve as the General Manager of Food & Beverage & Special Events at Epcot, where he supervised the park’s diverse restaurant operations and pursued collaborative business opportunities.

Sponsored by Disney Internships & Programs

Alma Clayton-Pedersen

Alma Clayton-Pedersen

Chief Executive Officer, Emeritus Consulting Group
Knowledge-Based Director, 2018-20 NACE Board of Directors

Clayton-Pedersen is the chief executive officer of Emeritus Consulting Group. Previously, she served as a senior scholar at the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) from 2010 – 2013, and as AAC&U’s vice president for education and institutional renewal from 2001 – 2010.

At AAC&U, Alma established the association’s national Inclusive Excellence initiative, which advanced AAC&U’s strategic priority: Aim High and Make Excellence Inclusive. She is also the co-author of a number of publications, including Making a Real Difference With Diversity: A Guide to Institutional Change and Enacting Diverse Learning Environments: Improving the Climate for Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education, which focus on practices designed to enhance a climate of diversity, and The Revolving Door for Underrepresented Minority Faculty in Higher Education, which identifies factors that can contribute to successful recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority faculty.

In her role as a Knowledge-Based Director, Alma will assist NACE in developing strategies and action plans around practices of excellence to fulfill NACE’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Erik Qualman

Erik Qualman

Top Technology and Motivational Speaker, Bestselling Author, and Futurist

Number 1 bestselling author and motivational speaker Erik Qualman has performed in 53 countries and reached 25 million people this decade.

His book Socialnomics has been featured on “60 Minutes” as well as in The Wall Street Journal and has been used by the National Guard and even NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling.

What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and his books are used in more than 200 of the world's top universities.

His latest book, How to Sell on LinkedIn is becoming mandatory reading for sales teams. Erik was formerly a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT's edX labs.

Sponsored by VMock, Inc.

Richard Pimental

Richard Pimental

Keynote, Corporate, and Motivational Speaker; Comedian; Author

Richard Pimentel is a nationally renowned expert on Disability Management, Job Recruitment, Job Retention, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Attitude Change.

As a consultant, keynote speaker, professional trainer, and author of numerous curricula and training guides, Richard is distinguished by his ability to predict industry trends and the needs of employers. He has designed and implemented return-to-work systems for the private sector and government employers throughout the country. He has also pioneered proactive risk management and equal employment opportunity (EEO) programs to generate both cost savings and enduring attitudinal changes in corporate culture.

Sponsored by Macy’s, Inc.