2019 Featured Speakers

USMA has assembled over 40 speakers and faculty for the 2019 USMA Educational Conference. Register today to gain wisdom, insight and a business edge.

Michael Hummel, P.E., General Manager & Chief Executive Officer, Salt River Project
Robyn Beninicasa
Margaret Morford (use the photo and bio currently on this page from 2018)
Kate Vitasek

Robyn Beninicasa

Award-Winning Keynote Speaker / 2x Adventure Racing World Champion / CNN Hero / 20 Year Veteran San Diego Fire Fighter

Robyn Benincasa is a World Champion Adventure Racer, 3x Guinness World Record kayaker, San Diego firefighter, 10x Ironman triathlete, New York Times bestselling author, proud owner of two bionic metal hips, and the Founder and CEO of The 501c3 Project Athena Foundation, which helps survivors live an adventurous dream as part of their recovery.

For the past 20 years, Robyn and her teammates have studied teambuilding, leadership and performance in the most extreme classrooms on Earth: the jungles of Borneo, the Himalayan peaks of Tibet, the rivers of Fiji, the rainforests of Ecuador, and the epic brush fires of Southern California (just to name a few)! It is through these harrowing, life affirming, and often hilarious experiences that Robyn has emerged with her unique perspective on what it takes to succeed against all odds and go the distance in any endeavor.

Michael Hummel, P.E.

General Manager & Chief Executive Officer, Salt River Project

Mr. Hummel has served as General Manager and CEO at Salt River Project since May 2018. He was Deputy General Manager of Resources and Finance at SRP and has served in various executive positions prior to that. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona Stat University and a Bachelor of Science degree Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Arizona and Nevada and has successfully completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Nuclear Reactor Technology Program.

Margaret Morford

CEO, The HR Edge, Inc.

Margaret Morford has proven her expertise as a workplace expert through her best-selling books, national seminars and television interviews. Her insight offers you an edge over other workers and managers in the areas of workplace communication and the critical role human factors will play in the future. She has practical, real world experience as a manager, as the VP of Human Resources at several companies, and as a lawyer with a JD Degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law. She has a perspective few people have and an ability to help people not just prepare for, but thrive, in the future.

Kate Vitasek

Author, educator and architect of the Vested business

Kate Vitasek is an international authority for her award-winning research and Vested® business model for highly collaborative relationships. Vitasek, a Faculty member at the University of Tennessee. has been lauded by World Trade Magazine as one of the “Fabulous 50+1” most influential people impacting global commerce. Her work has led to 6 books, including: Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing, Vested: How P&G, McDonald’s and Microsoft Are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships and Getting to We: Negotiating Agreements for Highly Collaborative Relationships Vitasek has also been featured on CNN International, Bloomberg, NPR, and on Fox Business News.

Past Featured Speakers

Jake Wood

Leigh Gallagher

Alison Levine

Oz Pearlman

James Carville & Mary Matalin

Newt Gingrich

Herman Cain

Brian Shul

Steve Ford

Captain Gerald Coffee

Margaret Morford

Andy Serwer