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ACUI Region VII Conference – Navigating the Current 

Conference Keynotes

  Ann Marie Klotz  

Ann Marie Klotz

Ann Marie Klotz is the dean for campus life and chief student affairs officer on the Manhattan campus of the New York Institute of Technology. Previously, she spent 14 years working in housing and residence life at Oregon State University, DePaul University, Ball State University, and Albion College. Klotz earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Grand Valley State University and masters' degrees in student affairs from Michigan State University and in women and gender studies from DePaul University.  She earned her doctorate from DePaul University, where she studied the career trajectory and leadership styles of 10 female university presidents.  

She has served in multiple regional and national roles for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), most notably with the Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community. She is the recent recipient of the American College Personnel Administrators (ACPA) Standing Committee for Women Research and Scholarship Award. Her personal and research interests include women’s career development, professional staff recruitment, developing online communities, personal branding, and first-generation college students.  Learn more at
James Robilotta

James Robilotta
James Robilotta is an author, professional speaker, personal coach, and entrepreneur. His first book, Leading Imperfectly: The value of being authentic for leaders, professionals, and human beings, came out in the summer of 2015. He speaks internationally to audiences about authentic leadership and promoting memorability. As a speaker, Robilotta is doing the two things he loves the most: causing audiences to think critically about their leadership journeys, and making people laugh! His thought-proving talks are infused with self-awareness and comedy stemming from his background as a trained stand-up and improv comedian. Originally from Sayville, N.Y., Robilotta attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington as an undergraduate. He then pursued his master's in counseling in higher education, earning his degree in 2007 from Clemson University. He worked on college campuses for more than 10 years to develop student leaders and higher education professionals before going full-time with his speaking and coaching career. Robilotta now lives in New York and, when not traveling, performs with his hip-hop comedy improv team, North Coast. To learn more about Robilotta, his book, and to read his leadership blog, please visit his website at or follow him on Twitter @JamesTRobo.



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Updated Oct. 4, 2016