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Featured Speakers (check back for updates)
Charles Schwab
Dr. Lawrence Fung
Dr. Marilu Gorno Tempini
Dr. Maryanne Wolf
Dr. Esther Murphy
David Hornik
Dr. Nicole Ofiesh
Larry Robertson



8:30-9:00AM Check in and Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:45 AM Welcome Remarks: Coffee and Conversation with Charles Schwab and Nicole Ofiesh
9:45-10:00 AM Break
10:00-12:15 PM Dyslexia and Neurodiversity Research Presentations (Fung, Gorno Tempini, Murphy, Wolf)
12:15-1:00 PM Lunch and Community Partner Resource Fair
1:00-1:45 PM Creativity Presentation (Robertson)
1:45-2:30 PM Creative Arts Panel
2:30-2:45 PM Break
2:45-3:30 PM Entrepreneurship Presentation (Hornik)
3:30-4:15 PM Entrepreneurship Panel
4:15-4:30 PM Closing themes/take-aways (Ofiesh)
4:30-5:00 PM Continued Community Partner Resource Fair
5:00 PM Symposium ends


Charles R. Schwab

Chairman of the Board

Charles (“Chuck”) R. Schwab started the San Francisco-based Charles Schwab Corporation in 1971 as a traditional brokerage company and in 1974 became a pioneer in the discount brokerage business.

Mr. Schwab took an early lead, offering a combination of low prices with fast, efficient order executions, and soon became the nation's largest discount broker. Today, the company is the nation's largest publicly traded investment services firm with around $3.43 trillion in client assets. Often credited with “democratizing” investment, Chuck Schwab has driven countless innovations in the investment services industry designed to help individuals make the most of saving and investing, including 24/7 access to services, the one-stop mutual fund supermarket providing access to thousands of no-load, no transaction fee mutual funds, custodial services for independent registered investment advisors, online trading and many others. Today, the company has expanded from its roots as a discount brokerage and provides a full-service investing and banking experience to clients domestically and abroad and serves around 11.5 million accounts.

Mr. Schwab has been Chairman of The Charles Schwab Corporation since its inception and has served as Chief Executive officer for most of its history until October 2008. He is also Chairman of Charles Schwab Bank. Mr. Schwab served as Chairman and trustee of The Charles Schwab Family of Funds, Schwab Investments, Schwab Capital Trust, Schwab Annuity Portfolios, Laudus Trust and Laudus Institutional Trust, all registered investment companies, through 2015.

In addition to his professional commitments, Mr. Schwab takes an active interest in a variety of volunteer and non-profit activities. Along with his wife Helen, he is the co-founder and chairman of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, a private foundation that supports entrepreneurial organizations working in education, poverty prevention, human services and health. Mr. Schwab also serves as chairman of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

On January 22, 2008, President George W. Bush named Mr. Schwab chairman of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, a groundbreaking initiative which advised the President and the Secretary of the Treasury on ways to promote and enhance financial literacy among the American people.

He is the author of several bestselling investment books, including, How to Be Your Own Stockbroker, Charles Schwab's Guide to Financial Independence, It Pays To Talk, written with his daughter, Carrie Schwab Pomerantz, and You're Fifty — Now What?

Mr. Schwab was born in Sacramento, CA. He is a graduate of Stanford University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

A father of five children, Mr. Schwab resides with his wife, Helen, in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Dr. Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini

Dr. Gorno Tempini is a behavioral neurologist, currently directing the Language Neurobiology Laboratory of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and serving as the neurology lead of the UCSF Dyslexia Center. She obtained her medical degree and clinical neurology specialty training in Italy, and has a doctorate in the neuroimaging of language from University College London.

Her clinical work concentrates on behavioral neurology across the lifespan, and her research investigates the neural basis of higher cognitive functions such as language and memory. Dr. Gorno Tempini has applied her expertise in cognitive neurology to neurodegenerative diseases, particularly primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and to language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. In 2011, Dr. Gorno Tempini’s NIH-funded research resulted in new diagnostic criteria for PPA and its variants.

In 2014, Dr. Gorno Tempini co-founded the UCSF Dyslexia Center, which aims to classify dyslexia into behavioral phenotypes defined by patterns of neuropsychological strengths and weaknesses. These efforts will lead to more targeted assessments and treatments amongst clinical and educational systems. The UCSF Dyslexia Center brings together neurologists, psychiatrists, biomedical engineers, radiologists, neuropsychologists, speech-language pathologists and research coordinators to discover structural and functional differences in the brains of children and older adults with dyslexia.

Dr. Gorno Tempini leads many projects at UCSF and is funded by the NIH and various philanthropic sources. She is particularly dedicated to mentoring and was awarded an NIH K24 grant to mentor interdisciplinary researchers in the field of clinical cognitive neuroscience.


Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Lawrence Fung is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He received his Bachelors of Science degree with honors from University of California at Berkeley, Masters of Science in Engineering degree from Johns Hopkins University, Doctor of Philosophy degree from Cornell University, and Doctor of Medicine degree from George Washington University. Dr. Fung completed his general psychiatry residency, child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship, and postdoctoral research fellowship at Stanford University. Dr. Fung is a researcher and clinician specialized in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and the father of a neurodiverse teenager with ASD. As a recipient of a career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), he studies the neurobiology of ASD by state-of-the-art molecular neuroimaging. He investigates the biology of neurosteroids and related pharmacologic interventions, including pregnenolone. Dr. Fung is the director of the Stanford Neurodiversity Project, which strives to uncover the strengths of neurodiverse individuals and utilize their talents to increase innovation and productivity of the society as a whole. Dr. Fung directs the Adult Neurodevelopment Clinic, which specializes in assessing and treating adults with ASD. Dr. Fung is the recipient of several awards including the Pilot Research Award from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Outstanding Resident Award from the NIMH.


Maryanne Wolf

Maryanne Wolf is Visiting Professor and Director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA and the former John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. She is Chapman University’s Presidential Fellow (2018-2020) and past Fellow (2014-2015) and Research Affiliate (2016-2017) at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Her awards include highest honors from International Dyslexia Association (Geschwind and Orton awards) and Dyslexia Foundation (Einstein Prize); Distinguished Researcher of the Year for Learning Disabilities in Australia; Distinguished Teacher of the Year from state and national American Psychological Association; Fulbright Fellowship ( Germany); and Columbus Award for Intellectual Innovation for co-founding Curious Learning: A Global Literacy Initiative, with deployments in Africa, India, Australia, and rural United States. She is external advisor to the International Monetary Fund, Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation, and other Boards, and a frequent speaker about global literacy at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. She has authored over 160 scientific publications; RAVE-O reading curriculum for dyslexia; RAN/RAS tests of reading prediction with Martha Denckla; and Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (13 translations; HarperCollins, 2007); Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2016); and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital Culture (HarperCollins, 2018).


David Hornik

David Hornik is a General Partner at August Capital where he invests in consumer and enterprise software and services. He has worked closely with startups for the last 20 years. Prior to joining August, David was a litigator at Cravath Swaine & Moore, and corporate and licensing attorney at Venture Law Group and Perkins Coie. David is the author of the first venture capital blog, VentureBlog, and the first venture capital podcast, VentureCast. He is the founder and producer of The Lobby conferences, a series of events that gather the thought leaders in consumer and enterprise technology. David holds an AB in Computer Music from Stanford, an M.Phil in Criminology from Cambridge University, and a JD from Harvard Law School. David teaches entrepreneurship and venture capital at Harvard Law School and at Stanford Business School. Along with sitting on the boards of numerous technology startups, David also sits on the board of GLAAD.




Larry Robertson

Larry Robertson works at the nexus of: creativity, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
in other words, at that critical intersection where change becomes an asset, growth happens, and human progress starts.

In 1992, he founded Lighthouse Consulting, which guides growing ventures, their leaders, and those who invest in them. Lighthouse focuses on the practical realities of adaptability, change management, and making breakthrough ideas real.

Larry is a recognized expert in creativity, entrepreneurship, and leadership, and as such, a highly sought after speaker, advisor, and facilitator in public, private, and academic forums. He writes recurring columns for Inc. Magazine and The Creativity Post and is a regular contributor to Fast Company. His articles have frequently been chosen as feature pieces, Top Recommended Reads, and earned Most Read honors. Larry has also been featured in or on MSNBC, the Chicago Tribune, AdAge, SmartBrief, Productive Flourishing, numerous podcasts, and elsewhere.

He is the author of 2 award-winning books that have earned a combined 17 honors. His first, A Deliberate Pause: Entrepreneurship and its Moment in Human Progress, has received wide acclaim for its unique and insightful look at how entrepreneurship works and for its accessible, actionable guidance about how each of us can tap this powerful force that enables humanity to progress. His newest, The Language of Man. Learning to Speak Creativity, has been described as "utterly captivating", "a critical contribution", "rare... and exactly what you want", and "a remarkable book".

Beyond his own ventures, Larry’s past professional career has included roles with J.P. Morgan, the Walt Disney Company, and Robertson, Stephens & Company. He has been and continues to be a board member and advisor for a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Larry graduated with Distinction from Stanford University and from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He was also as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business.

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Dr. Nicole Ofiesh
Director, Schwab Learning Center

Founder and Director, UDL Innovation Studio
Senior Researcher, CAST

Nicole Ofiesh, Ph.D. studies the intersection of learner variance and performance at school and work. With expertise in learning disorders and attentional issues, she employs this knowledge to implement innovative approaches with a variety of learners and professionals from high school through adulthood. As Director of the Schwab Learning Center at Stanford University and Sr. Research Scientist at CAST, Dr. Ofiesh believes in practices grounded in a strengths-based model of learning. This model includes Universal Design for Learning (UDL), technology, research-based learning strategies that stem from neuroscience, self-awareness, choice, and engagement. She has been in hundreds of classrooms over the past thirty years implementing, observing and studying various types of education for all learners. She often teaches courses for faculty and educators in Special Education instruction and assessment, as well the neuroscience of learning. Dr. Ofiesh is an expert in test accommodations and universally designed assessment.

As Director of the UDL Innovation Studio in Partnership with CAST, she encourages leaders to bridge the gap between learner variability and performance in college, work and life through UDL innovation and design. CAST is a nationally recognized not-for-profit education innovation organization and the originator of the UDL framework. Under the SLC and in partnership with BEAM, the Studio serves as a hub where researchers, faculty, clinicians, students, and technology developers work together to develop new tools, models and practices for educating all students as they prepare for the lifespan. She has held faculty and research positions at Stanford University, Penn State University, Providence College, University of Arizona and Notre Dame de Namur University, where she was Program Director of Special Education and Department Chair of Teacher Education.


Dr. Esther Murphy

Dr. Esther Murphy is a Research Fellow with Trinity College’s Centre of Ageing & Intellectual Disability at Trinity College of Dublin, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Trinity College of Dublin School of Education’s IES Research Group where she works as Module Lead for Trinity’s Centre for Intellectual Disabilities Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice.

Since completing her PhD in Disability Studies and Intercultural Studies at Dublin City University (2011), Dr. Murphy has worked as a postdoctoral researcher in academia and non-government agencies. In particular Dr. Murphy contributed to IES research projects 'Inclusive Research in Irish Schools' (Project IRIS) and Transitions for students with disabilities and/or SEN into third level and further education. As the lead Irish researcher for the EU Life Long Learning funded digital inclusion project at NCBI’s Centre for Inclusive Technology, Dr. Murphy has led several national and European collaborative inclusive technology education workshops.

Recently Dr. Murphy was the Principal Investigator for two recent national AHEAD/IES access to higher education projects with 1) students with a visual impairment (2014) 2) students with mental health difficulties (2016). Dr. Murphy supervises Masters in Education (M.Ed.) inclusive education projects including a recent project focused the experiences of students with dyslexia in senior school and the impact of learning difficulties on students’ well-being.