Lauren SchifterTowson University Student
Lauren is a full-time, second year graduate student and assistant at Towson University, majoring in Autism Studies and Clinician-Administrator Transitioning, where she is set to graduate in May of 2020. Lauren also became an alumni of Towson University in May of 2018, majoring in Special Education and Disability Studies. She currently works in Post-Secondary Services at Kennedy Krieger Institute as an Employment Training Specialist working with adults with disabilities and is also involved at the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism.
Lauren’s personal experience with her adult brother with Autism, has led to her commitment of serving individuals with disabilities. Her personal experience led to her role in advocacy and awareness in the community. She presents Disability Awareness Workshops and ‘Spread the Word, to End the Word’ campaigns at local schools. Lauren’s passion for working with individuals with disabilities is seen through her involvement within the community and dedication to the success of each individual. She continues to spread the same message across all platforms that there is the vast ability to create endless opportunities for everyone and with a step in the right direction towards acceptance of a more neurodiverse community, anything is possible!
Lauren’s long-term career goal involves completing her Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) and opening a large therapy clinic including herself, a physical therapist, and a speech-language pathologist with an Autism outreach and advocacy network next door that seeks the active participation of siblings of individuals with disabilities.
Tobin PorterfieldChair, Towson University Department of Business Analytics & Technology Management
Tobin Porterfield is an Associate Professor and chairman of the Department of Business Analytics & Technology Management at Towson University. After a seventeen year industry career, he completed his Ph.D. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Maryland and joined Towson University in 2007.
His passion for teaching centers on helping his students understand how they will apply their knowledge and technical skills to their careers. This led him to research the additional “soft skills” that are also needed for career success. His 2017 book, The 55 Soft Skills That Guide Employee and Organizational Success, documents this wide array of skills and launched his current mission to help people develop soft skills that complement their technical skills.
Jaellin KingTowson University Student
Jaellin Megan King is currently a junior at Towson University, majoring in English with a concentration in Writing and a minor in Communication Studies. Her love for spoken word poetry and the English language has carried itself throughout much of her adolescence and intensified within her collegiate experience.
Jaellin was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York by her parents who were born in the West Indies. Much of her identity is rooted within these diverse cultures and throughout her life she has had to learn how to navigate the world while trying to remain true to herself. These different cultures are composed of unique perspectives and customs, but most noticeably, different dialects. Growing up, she was aware of how instinctual it was to adjust her language in accordance to the occasion, friend group, and/or setting, but not educated on why this happens and how it impacts her life.
Jaellin will present at TEDxTowsonU 2019 to discuss the linguistic phenomena that it utilized by, if not all, then a vast majority of the public and explain how it can positively impact how they navigate the world around them.
Sarah HemmingerCo-Founder and CEO, Thread
Sarah Hemminger is a social entrepreneur, scientist, and ice dancer who co-founded Thread with her husband Ryan Hemminger in 2004. Equipped with the fundamental understanding that we all need deep interpersonal bonds to thrive, Sarah knows that caring relationships have the power to radically and permanently alter the social support structure of everyone involved. She has 15 years of experience in nonprofit management and expertise in the development, expansion, and replication of innovative, paradigm-shifting models of forming relationships across lines of difference between high school students, volunteers and collaborators. Sarah was awarded fellowships from Ashoka, Echoing Green Foundation, Open Society Institute, and the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program, which support social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas. In 2010, Sarah received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University for her work on the role of the cerebellum and the primary motor cortex on the time scales of consolidation of motor memory. She received the prestigious Siebel Scholars Award for outstanding work in the field of technology and engineering. Her research was published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, and Cerebral Cortex and she has lectured internationally on her work. Sarah received her undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 2002, and prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked as an engineer for Medtronic XOMED.
Shavise GlascoeDirector, Towson University Wellness Center
Shavise Glascoe, M.S., is the director of the Towson University Wellness Center and a certified exercise physiologist. She has worked with individuals of all ages and fitness levels and specializes in program design for weight management, chronic disease prevention and treatment. Her mission is to empower others to improve their quality of life and incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily lives.
Jordan DeVeauxTowson University Student
Jordan DeVeaux is 19 years old and graduated from Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, MD in 2018. She is now a second-year student at Towson University majoring in psychology with a minor in family studies. She aspires to ultimately pursue a career in geriatric psychology with a specialty in hospice care. Jordan serves as the President Pro-Tempore of the Student Senate of Towson University, working tirelessly to foster an environment where all voices and perspectives are valued. In addition to her role at Towson University, she cares deeply about the intersections of intellectual inquiry and spiritual practice. She preached her first sermon in 2014 and intends to continue ministerial studies after completing her undergraduate studies. In knowing Jordan, the one common factor, transcending discipline or creed, is truly evident — the devotion to upholding the dignity of every human person.