2014 Spring Conference

Restoring Respect - 3rd Annual Conference Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue

“Creating A Culture of Civility”


Joan Kroc Institute For Peace and Justice
The University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA


Friday, March 21, 2014
Registration: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Conference: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Garden of the Sky Plaza
Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

Registration and Cost:

Free attendance and parking. Register online.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse
Dr. Lukensmeyer previously served as Founder and President of AmericaSpeaks, an award-winning nonprofit organization based in Washington D.C. that promotes nonpartisan initiatives to engage citizens and leaders through the development of innovative public policy tools and strategies. During her tenure, AmericaSpeaks has engaged more than 165,000 people and has hosted events across all 50 states and throughout the world. Dr. Lukensmeyer formerly served as Consultant to the White House Chief of Staff from 1993-94 and on the National Performance Review where she steered internal management and oversaw government-wide reforms. She was the Chief of Staff to Ohio Governor Richard F. Celeste from 1986-91, becoming the first woman to serve in this capacity. She earned her PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and has completed postgraduate training at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

Opening Remarks:

Reverend George Walker Smith Reverend George Walker Smith Founder, Catfish Club of San Diego
Mary Lyons, Ph.D. Mary Lyons, Ph.D. President of the University of San Diego
Constance Carroll, Ph.D. Constance Carroll, Ph.D. Chancellor, San Diego Community College District
Cindy Marten Cindy Marten Superintendent San Diego Unified School District


Jerry Sanders Jerry Sanders President/CEO San Diego Chamber of Commerce, Former Mayor of San Diego
Richard Barrera Richard Barrera Secretary/Treasurer, San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council & Member San Diego Unified Board of Education
Thella Bowens Thella Bowens President & CEO San Diego Airport Authority
Scott Lewis Scott Lewis CEO Voice of San Diego
Martin Carcasson, Ph.D. Martin Carcasson, Ph.D. Director of the Center For Public Engagement, Colorado State University


Carl Luna, Ph.D. Carl Luna, Ph.D. Professor of Political Science, San Diego Mesa College