2018 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Michael Hinojosa

Dr. Michael Hinojosa

Dr. Michael Hinojosa returned to Dallas ISD when he was named by the board of trustees to serve as superintendent in October 2015. Dr. Hinojosa has served 20 years as a superintendent/CEO of six public education systems, including two of the 25 largest school systems in America, Dallas ISD in Texas and the Cobb County School District in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. His career in public education, from teacher and coach to superintendent/CEO, spans more than three decades.

With a firm belief that education and not environment is the key to a student’s success, he has led several school districts to improved student achievement. Dr. Hinojosa’s recognitions include being named 2002 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards and 2005 Superintendent of the Year by the University of Texas at Austin. He was honored as Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Education at Texas Tech University and as the Outstanding Latino Educator by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents in 2014. He is a past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators. He has served as an educational consultant for various organizations that support public education, including as a master teacher and coach for the American Association of School Administrators and the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.

Dr. Hinojosa, a proud graduate of Dallas Independent School District, holds a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at Austin. He and wife Kitty have two sons, graduates of Princeton University and Harvard University. He has a son from a previous marriage who graduated from Texas Tech University. All three attended Dallas ISD for a significant portion of their K-12 careers.

We all know that safety is any school’s first and most important responsibility.  Michael Dorn serves as the Executive Director of Safe Havens International Inc., a global non-profit school safety center whose analysts have worked in more than two dozen countries. During his 36-year career, Michael served as a campus police officer, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and school district police chief. He was then appointed as the School Safety Specialist for the State of Georgia and later as the Lead Program Manager of the Terrorism Division of the Georgia Office of Homeland Security.  Michael was selected as the top school safety expert by Jane’s, the British intelligence, defense and security publisher after an international search.  Michael has also provided post-incident assistance to law firms, school systems, state agencies and insurance carriers for thirteen active shooter and targeted school shooting incidents in K12 schools in the United States and Canada.

“I was truly impressed by Michael Dorn’s presentations on school violence, bullying, school emergency preparedness and schools and terrorism given at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University. The content was very relevant and useful as these topics are new here in Vietnam.  Thank you ever so much for sharing with us such an excellent presentation.”

Phuong Nguyen, Ph.D.  Country Director, Vietnam Education Foundation, Hanoi, Vietnam

Michael is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has received extensive antiterrorism training in the United States and in Israel.  Michael’s work has taken him to Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Trinidad-Tobago, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, India, Vietnam and Israel. Michael has authored, co-authored and served as a contributing author for 27 books on school safety and public safety. His latest book Staying Alive – How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters was released by Barron’s in May 2014.  Michael is currently co-authoring a 600-page higher education textbook with the working title Extreme Violence – Protecting People From and Understanding Active Assailant, Hate Crimes and Acts of Terrorism due for publication by Cognella in 2019. Michael also served on the team that co-authored the IS360 – Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education and Houses of Worship web course for the United States Department of Homeland Security as part of the 2013 White House School Safety Initiative.

Michael also authored and co-authored hundreds of web courses, journal articles, magazine articles, blogs and columns for Campus Safety Magazine, Police Chief, Law and Order, Police, the Journal of Emergency Management, School Planning and Management, College Planning and Management and other national level publications.  He has appeared in numerous campus safety training videos as well as audio and video training podcasts. Michael is regularly interviewed by national and international media organizations including NPR, 20/20, CNN, CNN Headline News, Good Morning America, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, FOX News, CBS, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine,the New York Times, the London Times, Univision, the BBC, Canadian Television News, and Tokyo Broadcasting. Michael has appeared in live interviews following major school safety events for programs as diverse as Anderson Cooper 360, Al Jazeera America and Hannity.

A graduate of the 181st session of the FBI National Academy, Michael received advanced anti-terrorism training in Israel as a delegate with the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange Program and have provided training to two groups of ranking personnel from the Israel National Police.  Michael regularly keynotes major conferences such as the International Bullying Prevention Conference, The International Conference on Safe School Design, The First National School Violence Prevention Conference in Trinidad-Tobago, School Safety conferences at Vietnam National University in Saigon, Vietnam and at the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Annual Conference in Quebec City, Canada. Michael has captivated audiences of up to 3,500 people from Virginia to Vietnam with his powerful and unforgettable presentations. You will never forget Michael’s gripping, information packed and informative training sessions.


Karen Reivich is the Director of Resilience and Positive Psychology Training at the Positive Psychology Center and an instructor in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a leader in the fields of resilience, optimism, and Positive Psychology. Dr. Reivich completed her B.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Reivich’s work focuses on helping educators, organizations, the US Army and First Responders promote resilience and well-being in themselves and those they serve. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Education. She provides workshops and consultation for schools and organizations throughout the US and internationally.  Dr. Reivich’s scholarly publications have appeared in academic journals including Psychological Science, Journal of Early Adolescence, School Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She is a co-author of the books The Optimistic Child and The Resilience Factor. Dr. Reivich is the mother of four delightful children.