Jesup Scott Honors College

Speakers for Youth Nations


2015 Youth Nation Speakers:  Students also will hear from speakers throughout the week, including:


Clint Longenecker Dr. Clinton O. Longenecker is an award-winning educator, one of America’s leaders in the area of rapid performance improvement and the Stranahan Professor of Leadership and Organizational Excellence in UT’s College of Business and Innovation. Longenecker is an active management consultant, educator and executive coach whose clients include a wide variety of Fortune 500 firms and entrepreneurial organizations, including Harley-Davidson, ConAgra Foods, Inc., SSOE Group, ProMedica, Whirlpool, Eaton, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Dana Holding Corporation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Owens-Illinois, Inc. Longenecker has been described by Career Publications as “one of the top motivational speakers in the U.S. who can blend cutting edge research, common sense, humor and conviction into a real and inspiring call for better performance that can help us all.”
Doc Hendley Doc Hendley started the organization and label Wine To Water to help the more than 1.1 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean water. At the bars where he worked, he started raising money to fight this water epidemic the best way he knew how, by pouring wine and playing music. Hendley has taken personal risks to do the hard work of providing water and clean water education in far flung locations around the globe. He worked in dozens of refugee camps installing water systems for victims of Darfur's government supported genocide. Often inside the United Nations' dangerous "no-go" zones, he distributed water or chlorine tablets to people with only plastic sheeting for shelter. Hendley was named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2009.
Lakeesha Ransom Dr. Lakeesha Ransom, dean of UT’s Jesup Scott Honors College, has an extensive background in international relations and strategy, having worked at international organizations based in the U.S. and abroad. She served at the U.S. Embassy to Austria and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Vienna, and has advised and been invited to present on behalf of the Swiss-based World Economic Forum and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Program based in Rome. Prior to joining UT, Ransom was a member of the graduate business faculty at Assumption University of Thailand, where she taught in the MBA program, conducted research on emerging Southeast Asian trends and worked as a consultant to organizations throughout the region. She earned a doctorate in strategic management and international human resource development from the University of Minnesota, where she served on the Board of Regents for six years.






Last Updated: 6/26/15