Speaker Bios

Sue Ellspermann
President, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
Dr. Sue Ellspermann has more than 30 years in higher education, economic and workforce development, and public service. In May 2016, she was selected to serve as president of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. She is the ninth individual to hold this position and the first female president for the college. She replaced Thomas J. Snyder who announced his retirement in September of 2015 after serving as president since 2007. Ellspermann assumed the role as president July 1, 2016.
About
RaiAnna Arscott-Hopson
Associate Scientist, Amvac Chemical Corp.

Dr. RaiAnna Arscott-Hopson was born in Houston, Texas. Dr. Arscott-Hopson graduated from Barbara Jordan High School at 15 years old with highest honors. RaiAnna went on the study Chemistry on the Pre-Med Track at Texas Southern University where she was the youngest student at 19 to receive a bachelor’s degree out of the TSU LSAMP program. While at Texas Southern, RaiAnna received many awards including the WELCH fellowship, Golden Key Honor Society, General University Scholarship, Texas Southern University President’s List, Early Medical School Admission to UTMB, and the Texas Early High School Graduate Scholarship.

RaiAnna is an active member of the American Chemical Society, and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. RaiAnna earned her PhD in Chemistry at Oklahoma State University under the advisement of Prof. Toby L. Nelson. During her time at OSU, she received the OK-LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate and Skinner Fellowships, and Walt Kolb Scholarship.

RaiAnna was awarded the National Research Council Research Associateship. Where she served as Fellow with the United States Air Force. Dr. Arscott-Hopson is currently employed as a scientist for a major agricultural company near Mobile, Alabama. RaiAnna is married and the mother of a darling little girl.

Brian Thomas
Founder, KIPNspire Group
Brian Thomas is originally from Dallas, Texas where he graduated from Dallas Lincoln High School before traveling for college to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Graduating college Summa Cum Laude as a collegiate athlete and quickly moving up in his professional career. Brian is currently a Plant Manager in the Automotive Industry where he is responsible for leading a team of 160 people as part of a $90 Million dollar operation. In 2014, Brian founded his company KIPNspire Group where he educates and motivates the masses through educational and motivational teachings of professional development and life skills.

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