SoTE 5 Keynote

Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Hoffmire

John Hoffmire

Presentation Title: Student Engagement, Impact Investing and Economic Development Toward Poverty Alleviation

John’s background involves a twenty-year career in impact investing, venture capital, consulting and investment banking. His work has had a particular focus on Employee Stock Ownership Plans and their use to make impact investing even more impactful.  John left American Capital as Senior Investment Officer when the company reached $1 billion in assets. After leaving American Capital, John was Vice President at Ampersand Ventures, formerly Paine Webber's private equity group. Earlier in his career, after he finished his Ph.D. at Stanford University, he was a consultant at Bain & Company; John created the first known Employee Stock Ownership Plan for a microfinance institution when he helped the employees of K-REP buy part of their bank.

He directs the Saïd Business School Venture Fund, one of the largest impact investment funds in the world when measured by the number of principals.  He also directs the Center on Business and Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He serves on the board of directors of two companies in the media and finance industries.

John has participated in work, research and speaking tours in 88 countries. He was awarded the Darwin Nelson Community Impact Award for his efforts to help business work for more people


Plenary Speakers: 

Ronda Menlove

Dr. Ronda Menlove 

Presentation Title: Reaching Beyond Our Offices and Classrooms: Access, Affordability, and Community Impact

Ronda R. Menlove is the Senior Vice Provost and an Associate Professor in Special Education at Utah State University (USU). She is currently on special assignment working on a USU partnership with Salt Lake Community College to deliver bachelor’s degree programs in the Salt Lake area.

Previously, Dr. Menlove led the USU Regional Campuses and Distance Education organization overseeing a period of significant growth in the regional campuses and in the delivery of USU courses and degree programs via distance education.

In her faculty role, she directed the Mild/Moderate Special Education Distance Education bachelor’s degree and teacher license program.  She has a strong record of professional publications and presentations. Her areas of expertise include Special Education Law, Special Education Personnel Preparation and Attrition, working with at-risk youth, and Distance Education.

Prior to coming to Utah State University, Dr. Menlove was an elementary school principal, a high school assistant principal, a special education teacher and a Spanish teacher.

Dr. Menlove is a member of the Utah House of Representatives, serving in her ninth year. Previously, she served as the House Majority Assistant Whip.

Dr. Menlove is married to Martell Menlove, State Superintendent of Utah Public Education.  They have five children, all with degrees from USU, and seven grandchildren.


Dr. Russell Osguthorpe

Presentation Title: Developing a Culture of Assessment

Russell T. Osguthorpe, a professor of instructional psychology and technology, currently serves as director of the Center for Teaching & Learning at Brigham Young University. He has also served as chair of his department and associate dean of the David O. McKay School of Education. In 1998, he was awarded the Martha Jane Knowlton Corey University Professorship. Prior to joining Brigham Young University, he served on the faculty of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York.

He speaks several languages, has collaborated on educational projects in China, Europe, and Polynesia, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto and the University of Paris. He has authored five books and more than 50 journal articles on instructional design, teacher education, and special education. He currently serves as the Sunday School General President for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.