2018 Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker Day 1

Antonia Jiménez, BS | Acting Director for the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) County of Los Angeles | Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Montezuma Hall


Antonia Jiménez is the Acting Director for the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) County of Los Angeles.  Having a workforce of nearly 14,000 employees, an annual budget of approximately $4 billion and providing services to over 3.5 million low-income residents, DPSS is the second largest locally-operated social services agency in the nation.  Prior to this, Antonia served as the Chief Deputy for DPSS and Deputy Chief Executive Officer for the Children and Families’ Well-Being Cluster. 

In addition to her career with the County of Los Angeles, she has over 25 years of extensive experience as a senior executive within government and the private sector, ten years working with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State legislature.  She served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services for Massachusetts where she designed and directed a $2.4 billion effort to reform the purchase of services and served as the Special Assistant to the Governor of Massachusetts and the Chief Financial Officer for Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Education.   

She also worked as a Senior Manager for Deloitte Consulting, undertaking several major projects in New York City, Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare, and Solano County’s Health and Human Services Department.   

Antonia earned a Bachelor of Science from Emmanuel College and has attended both the program for Senior Managers and the Senior Executive Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.   

Keynote Speaker Day 2

Christopher “Chip” Paucek, MBA | CEO and Co-Founder – 2U
Friday, June 15, 2018


Christopher Paucek is the co-founder and CEO of 2U, Inc., an education technology company that partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs. In March 2014, Paucek led the company’s successful Initial Public Offering, establishing 2U as one of the leaders in ed tech. Prior to 2U, Paucek served as CEO of Smarterville, Inc., the parent company of Hooked on Phonics. Earlier he served as vice president of business development and then president of Educate Products for Educate, Inc. Paucek began his career in 1993 by co-founding Cerebellum Corporation, the media company behind the award-winning educational television program and video series Standard Deviants, and he led Cerebellum as co-chief executive officer until 2003. In 2004, Paucek served as deputy campaign manager for the successful re-election campaign of United States Senator Barbara Mikulski.

Paucek’s innovative work at 2U has earned him many accolades, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012, the Goldman Sachs 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs Award in 2013, and multiple Highest Rated CEO awards from Glassdoor. He holds a BA from the George Washington University and an MBA from the 2U-powered MBA at UNC program at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.