Friday, November 9
If anyone in the last 100 years brings new meaning to the phrase 'age is just a number,' this young lady indeed does it so effortlessly, that she has got the global business and civil society talking. ELLE Magazine named her in its prestigious list of "33 Women Who Changed The World" in 2015. On January 6th 2017, she was honored at the US State Department in Washington DC by Secretary of State John Kerry, for her global work on Girls Education and Gender Development.
Born in Los Angeles, Zuriel founded her Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up project in March 2013 to inspire young children globally to dream big, and reach higher. Along the way, she has spoken to more than 26,100 youths in 14 countries on education and its economic empowerment in just 2 years. An inspiration to the young, old, business and political leaders alike as an example of what can be accomplished at an early age.
As of June 2018, she is 15, in the 12th grade (two years ahead of her age peers), and an English and Mandarin speaker. Zuriel hopes to be a leader in the field of Robotics engineering, but in the future, the President of the United States of America or the Secretary General of the United Nations.
Lexi Anderson, Ed.D.
Thursday, November 8
Lexi Anderson joined Education Commission of the States in August 2013 as an intern and then full-time in February 2014. Lexi works on many postsecondary topics including adult learners, attainment and completion, transfer and articulation and credit accumulation. Prior to working at Education Commission of the States, Lexi worked on multiple college campuses in academic advising and orientation programming.
Lexi earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in leadership in student affairs and a doctorate in higher education. In her free time, Lexi enjoys running marathons, climbing, skiing the rocky mountains and keeping up with her hilarious toddler.