Ed Harper

PathFinder 2 Recording: The Entrepreneurial Mindset in Continuing Education

PathFinder Session 2 Downloadable document below

Session Speaker

Alicia R. (Hooks) Dickens Ph. D., D.B.A.

Alicia R. (Hooks) Dickens Ph. D., D.B.A.

Associate Vice Chancellor Workforce & Economic Development Metropolitan Community College
Alicia Dickens is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce & Economic Development at Metropolitan Community College. Dr. Dickens is a public speaker who has spoken at regional and national conferences. She has previously served as the Director of Technology & Workforce at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Dr. Dickens been a faculty member at the University of Phoenix and Ottawa University in the areas of psychology and substance abuse. She is a published author, has been featured in national magazines, on at least two cable television shows, and is a contributing writer to an international blog for women of color. Previously she worked in the capacity of Executive Director, Operations Manager, Clinical Director, Intervention Specialist, Instructor, Trainer, and Counselor with various organizations. She has personally assisted numerous for profit and not-for-profit businesses in organizational start-up and growth.

Dr. Dickens’ governmental experience includes having served as the Senior Constituent Services Aide to Congressman Dennis Moore and Legislative Aide to State Senator David Haley supporting her knowledge base for helping contractors obtain state and federal contracts.

Volunteerism/Community Service:

Dr. Dickens serves as a board member of Envision Homes, El Centro, Ride KC Development Corporation, Kansas City Kansas Unified Government’s Alcohol and Drug Advisory committee, the Sheer Essence School of Etiquette and Leadership Development, and formerly the Joseph Business School in Kansas City, Missouri. She has volunteered to work with those incarcerated in Wyandotte and Jackson County Jails, Lansing Correctional Facility, and was among the first missionary group allowed to visit death row inmates at the Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks (Prison). She has mentored youth and volunteered extensively with the homeless.


Dr. Dickens has completed her Ph.D. in Neuropsychology and another doctoral degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on nascent entrepreneurialism and growth strategies. Her Master’s Degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University is in Organizational Administration, with a focus in Leadership; her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with additional graduate studies in Mental Health, was from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She received approval for mediation in civil and core matters by the Kansas Supreme Court. Additionally, her certification in various accelerated human change technologies includes being a Certified Master Practitioner and Trainer in Neuro- Linguistics Programming, and a Master Level Coach.


Guest Panelist

Dr. Baz Abouelenein

Dr. Baz Abouelenein

CEO Zealoton
“As a CIO and a global thought leader on the strategic use of Information Technology, I’m dedicated to improving business performance through technology and innovation. Refusing to allow technological obstacles to stand in the way of achieving strategic organizational objectives, I'm committed to finding and implementing the right solution to even the most complex business challenge: “if a technology exists to address our business need, I'll find it.”

“Over the years, I’ve forged a reputation for identifying and instituting leading-edge technologies that enhance business performance and create competitive advantage, and I’ve garnered extensive online recognition for this. EdTech Magazine named me a “Top-100 Social CIOs globally” and one of the “top-13 Social CIOs in Higher Education.” The Huffington Post listed me as a top-20 “rising star” among global social CIOs.”
“As a global thought leader and trusted advisor on technology innovation, I enjoy discussing social media as a business communications tool and leading conversations on social media, mobile, BYOD, cloud computing, and other leading-edge technology.”

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