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Keynote Speakers

Many exciting sessions are scheduled for this conference. Details on the featured speakers are listed below – indicative of what you can look forward to at this conference.


Dr. David Hill, Member, Idaho State Board of Education

david hill headshotDr. David Hill,  Idaho State Board of Education, will deliver his lecture on Wednesday, July 26 2017, 9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.  in the Student Union Building, Jordan D Ballroom.

Dr. Hill held the position of Deputy for Science and Technology at Idaho National Laboratory from November 1, 2005 to December 2012 where he directed all Science and Technology programs for a Laboratory with an overall budget of about 1B$. INL is the lead federal lab for nuclear energy related matters and conducts research into every aspect of nuclear energy and nuclear nonproliferation in addition to significant programs in National and Homeland Security, focusing on wireless communication, cyber security and the electric grid, and Energy and Environmental S&T, focusing on energy systems integration. Currently, Dr. Hill is a member of the State Board of Education, Chair of the Stem Action Center Board and Chair of the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Council for the State of Idaho. In addition, he is a director of both Terrestrial Energy Inc. and Terrestrial Energy USA, innovative small reactor companies. He also serves on the Board of the Friends of Idaho Public Television. He has both a BSc (1st Class) in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London University, and a MBA from the Graduate School of Business. University of Chicago.

Megan Ronk, Director, Idaho Department of Commerce

Megan Ronk headshotMegan Ronk, Idaho Department of Commerce, will deliver her lecture on Wednesday, July 26 2017, 9:25 a.m.-10:15 a.m. in the Student Union Building, Jordan D Ballroom.

In January 2016, Megan Ronk was appointed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter to lead the Idaho Department of Commerce and further the mission of driving Idaho’s economic growth. Megan has played a leadership role on the Idaho Commerce team since January 2012, most recently serving as the agency’s Chief Operating Officer where she was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the Idaho Tax Reimbursement Incentive (TRI) in 2014. TRI has been successful in leveraging nearly 5,000 new jobs, over $2 billion in new payroll, and $683 million in capital investment to support the expansion of both existing Idaho businesses along with companies new to the state. Prior to serving at Idaho Commerce, Megan has held a variety of leadership roles in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She launched and served as Executive Director of the Idaho Meth Project, led international projects for Blue Cross of Idaho, and was a Policy Advisor to former Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne, specializing in economic development and criminal justice issues. Megan holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the College of Idaho and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is an adjunct faculty member at the College of Western Idaho and is actively involved in a number of nonprofit organizations. She was named one of the Idaho Business Review’s “Women of the Year” in 2015 and 2017, and was one of the newspaper’s “Accomplished Under 40” award recipients in 2008. However, Megan’s highest priority and greatest accomplishment is her family including husband Jayson and two young sons, Simon and Harrison

Robin Woods, Co-owner and President, Alturas Analytics, Inc. 

Robin Woods headshotRobin Woods, Co-owner and President of Alturas Analytics, Inc., will deliver her lecture on Thursday, July 27 2017, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. in the Student Union Building, Jordan D Ballroom.

Ms. Robin Woods is co-owner and president of Alturas Analytics, Inc., a pharmaceutical testing laboratory located in Moscow, Idaho. With an entrepreneurial spirit spanning more than 20 years, she has also started two other testing labs in Washington and Idaho, both of which specialize in environmental analyses. Currently, Ms. Woods serves on the Idaho Economic Advisory Council as well as the board secretary/treasurer of Gritman Medical Center and president of the Idaho Research Foundation. Ms. Woods holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University and lives in Moscow.


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