Association of
Leadership Educators

Ricky Kidd | Exoneree and Founder of I Am Resilience

Monday, June 27th | Opening Plenary Session

The Consequence of Leadership

In 1996, Ricky Kidd was wrongfully convicted of a double homicide in Kansas City, MO. Despite an airtight alibi for his whereabouts at the time of the crime, he was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole. In 2019, with the assistance of the Midwest Innocence Project, Ricky was exonerated of the crime after having served nearly 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
Ricky Kidd is now living in his freedom and helping others find theirs. He is a justice advocate and activist, speaker, author, and the founder of I AM RESILIENCE, a global transformational change platform that helps people tap into their own resilience.

Join us to hear Ricky’s inspiring story about how leadership played a role in his conviction and ultimate release. One court decision away from spending the rest of his life in prison, Ricky will share the impact of one judge—one leader—whose leadership ultimately led to Ricky’s release. His story is founded in the power of everyday people, acting in their own everyday leadership, as change agents for themselves and their communities.

Keondria E. McClish-Boyd, PhD

Tuesday, June 28th | Breakfast Plenary Session

Caring For Ourselves And Each Other During Unprecedented Times

The terms unprecedented times, racial unrest, quarantine, isolation, and fatality became a regular part of our vocabulary during the recent multiple pandemics. As we continue to traverse environmental and social injustice, racial unrest, and COVID-19, many of us, notably our students from historically marginalized communities, are processing what we have lived through and making meaning of this extraordinary time. Because of these experiences, there is no such thing as normal. We are not the same today as yesterday; our experiences have changed how we see ourselves and others and all of this influences the way we show up in the world. 

As each of us attends to our daily encounters, we may also find ourselves considering what introspection may look like in this new space of paradox within the academy. As the ceiling of complexity becomes more complex, we must embrace conversations that include how we are caring for ourselves and others as we process our lived realities. This session will focus on how we might meet students from historically marginalized communities where they are and what that might look like collectively in the academy as we care for ourselves and each other.

About Dr. McClish-Boyd: Keondria attended Kansas State University, where she completed the Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Learning and Leadership, and graduate certificates in Qualitative Inquiry and Gerontology. She has been an educator for over 8 years holding numerous instructor appointments serving undergraduate and graduate programs in higher education teaching a range of courses in Lifespan and Human Development and Qualitative Research. In addition, she co-authored a textbook about diversity entitled Cultural Diversity in Family Life Education and numerous articles. Her research focuses on the psychosocial development of Black women, adult learning, and ethnogerontology.

Keondria also owns Sienna and Slate Co., an academic wellness coaching business to help scholars facilitate introspection, accountability, and goal achievement as they journey through academia to balance the emotional and mental aspects of the writing process. Through Sienna and Slate, she offers a range of coaching programs and services - from individual coaching to small group coaching, and seminars.

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