John F. McKnight Jr., Connecticut College

John F. McKnight

John McKnight, Ed.D. joined Connecticut College in 2016 as dean of institutional equity and inclusion. He is responsible for the overall vision and leadership of the work of equity and inclusion, and collaborates with leaders across campus to fulfill its commitment to full participation. He oversees the offices of the equity and compliance programs, gender and sexuality programs, race and ethnicity programs, and religious and spiritual programs. Throughout his career, McKnight has held a variety of administrative positions, first at Lehigh University and later, at Lafayette College, where he designed and implemented successful initiatives to foster inclusive campus communities. Of particular note are the programs in intercultural competency and in social justice peer education that he established at Lafayette, both of which have had a singular impact on the campus culture. As dean of intercultural development and deputy Title IX coordinator at Lafayette College, McKnight was responsible for managing five areas within the campus life division, including student leadership and involvement, religious and spiritual life, gender and sexuality programs, international student advising, and intercultural development. He designed and implemented an annual social justice ally development retreat for students and, as coordinator of the bias-response team, co-led the “Civility Project,” a proactive approach to bias education. A natural collaborator, John worked closely with faculty, staff, and students across the divisions to advance programming, advocacy for underrepresented populations, and community building. He also transformed Lafayette’s multicultural recruitment efforts in partnership with the enrollment management division. He was twice named the Aaron O. Hoff Administrator of the Year, and also received an Excellence in Mentorship Award at Lafayette, in recognition of these efforts. McKnight holds a doctorate of education in administration and leadership studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master of science in higher education administration from Indiana University and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Florida.


Gordon Loeb, Loeb Leadership Development Group


Gordon Loeb

Gordon is the COO of Loeb Leadership, a leadership and management development company. His responsibilities include business development, marketing, financials, and client and consultant relations. Gordon helped grow LCG from a single independent consultancy to a thriving company with over 25 consultants that provides training and development, executive coaching, public workshops and student leadership development programs. Gordon has an extensive entrepreneurial and corporate background including starting and growing two successful companies and running a division of Automatic Data Processing (ADP). Gordon is the proud co-founder of a teen advisory committee in Marlboro, NJ — an organization that helps teens develop leadership skills through community service projects. The organization has over 1,500 local teen members and is the recipient of a 2015 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award.

Alix Cohler, Collegiate Empowerment

Alix Cohler

From the spelling of her nickname, Alix has always been an iconoclast. A native Manhattanite (in other words a unicorn), she’s been performing since age three. Fluent in French, she went to Pomona College to see what the fabled West Coast was like. While she loved the sunshine, she missed seasons and came back East. What Alix is most passionate about is showing others, both by example and more deliberately, that they don’t have to be stuck in the boxes to which they’ve been assigned. As an actress, she has played such “forbidden” roles as Hamlet and Iago. As an edutainer, she inspires students to go after their own dreams, even if they have to break down some walls along the way. She also loves traveling and meeting new people and learning from their experiences – especially when they’re different from her own. In addition to her work on stage as an educational performer, Alix is also a content developer with Collegiate Empowerment’s sexual assault education project, The Zero Shades® Trilogy.

Scott Allen, John Carroll University

Scott Allan

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. Allen is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He’s received the Wasmer Outstanding Teaching Award for his work in the classroom. Scott served as a Mulwick Scholar in the Boler College of Business, and his primary stream of research focuses on leadership development. Scott has published more than 50 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. He is the co-author of The Little Book of Leadership Development: 50 Ways to Bring Out the Leader in Every Employee, Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: A Guide for College Students, and the textbook Discovering Leadership: Designing Your Success (2019). Scott’s most recent publication is Captovation: Online Presentations by Design. He is also the host of the podcast – Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders. In addition to writing and speaking, Scott consults, facilitates workshops, and leads retreats across industries. He is a faculty member of the Institute for Management Studies, and recent engagements include: Lubrizol, Key Bank, EY, Siegfried Group, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Sherwin Williams, Progressive, NASA-Glenn, FedEx Custom Critical, Thompson Hine LLP, Cleveland Clinic, Leadership Cleveland, and Cleveland Bridge Builders. Scott is the chair and co-founder of Captovation, a services firm dedicated to “Presentation Coaching for the Digital Age.” He is also the co-founder of the Collegiate Leadership Competition. He has served on the board of the International Leadership Association, Association of Leadership Educators, and Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society.