Conference Speakers

Past Speakers

Dr. Lori Simons

Distinguished University Professor and a Professor of Psychology in the Social Science Department at Widener University

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Topic: Reassessing the Value of Experiential Learning: Benefits for Students and Universities

She is an Educational Psychologist and serves as both the Coordinator of the Psychology Department’s Practicum/Internship Program and the Co-Director of the University’s Academic Service-Learning Faculty Development Program. Dr. Simons serves as President of the State of Pennsylvania’s Certification Board and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate. Dr. Simons has worked as a professor in higher education for over two-decades. She teaches courses in Careers in Psychology, Multicultural Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Practicum/Internship courses. Her research focuses on assessment and evaluation, pedagogical impacts, and student learning. She has authored over 50 peer review articles and book chapters on the impacts from service-learning, diversity learning, and experiential learning on student development of cultural competence and civic engagement. Her work has been disseminated at several International and National Conferences. Dr. Simons is the recipient and nominee of several teaching, research, and civic engagement awards.

Dr. Shimon Azulay

Senior lecturer in Ono Academic College (Israel) and teaches in the department of philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Topic: To Be a Player of Meaning: Mistakes and Solutions towards 21th century Challenges in Education

His main research focuses on the concepts of meaning and community and their various applications in education and leadership.
For the last twenty years Dr. Azulay developed pedagogical programs in Branco Weiss Institute (Israel) and leads applications of the unique model he developed (Community of Meaning) in a variety of organizations.


Senior Associate Professor at University of Aizu, Japan
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Title: A Solution-focused Team Meeting Method with Business Facilitation: from Japanese Educational Settings

Olivia Chisato Ogawa is a senior associate professor at University of Aizu, Japan. She is researching in the areas of clinical sports psychology and business administration. Her research includes the interaction between athletes’ mental health, psychological development and educators’ skills from clinical psychology, in order to build effective human resource strategies. She holds a PhD in business administration and a master’s degree in clinical psychology.