Becky Sipos, President, Character.org
Becky has been in education for 40 years. She joined Character.org in 2007 and has served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Communications. Prior to starting at Character.org, Becky, a reading specialist, taught English and journalism for more than 30 years. At her last school, she directed various character education programs that led her school to recognition as a National School of Character finalist. She also has worked as a news reporter, freelance writer and editor. Becky has received numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year, Thomas Jefferson Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Journalism Education Association’s Medal of Merit. She continues to serve on the advisory board for the Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University. Becky holds a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a bachelor’s degree in English from Drake University. She is married to Larry Sipos, and they have two grown children and four grandchildren.
Tony Devine Ed.D, Vice President, Education, Global Peace Foundation
Tony has more then 30 years of leadership experience with Non-Governmental Organization’s (NGO’s). He is the founder of the Character and Creativity Initiative that transforms public high schools by exposing faculty and students to an experiential learning environment that builds 21st Century Leadership Skills that prepares youth for the modern workplace and world. This initiative is being developed in Kenya, Uganda, Paraguay, Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines. He advises governments to pursue necessary public, private, social partnerships around a common vision in making education relevant in our modern fast changing interconnected world. He is the founder of Leap Hubs which are converted spaces in schools whereby students with the leadership, drive and entrepreneurial spirit are stimulated to develop ideas to solve problems through the creation of businesses and social enterprises currently being piloted in Kenya. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences in more that 25 countries.
\Joseph Carvin, CEO, One World United and Virtuous
Joe is the founder of One World United and Virtuous an organization committed to improving human understanding and cooperation. The primary vehicle is One World Youth Clubs which serve 500 students in 25 schools in 6 different countries. The goal of One World Youth Clubs is create a global learning network of leaders of character, knowledgeable of the world around them and capable of changing it for the better.
Prior to founding One World Joe worked in emerging market finance for 30 years with a focus on South America. In addition to his background in finance, Joe recently completed 8 years as Town Supervisor of the Town of Rye.
Libby Giles, Global Citizenship Education Director, New Zealand Centre for Global Studies
Libby Giles is currently Head of Religious Education at St Cuthbert's College in Auckland, New Zealand. She is a representative of the New Zealand Association of Philosophy Teachers and is Global Citizenship Education Director for independent think tank, the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies (NZCGS). Libby has been actively engaged with the promotion and development of global citizenship education (GCED) for some years. Most recently she has been at the center of a project funded by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO researching the development of Global Citizenship Education, building a community of like-minded individuals and groups, and facilitating student conferences.