Rick Miller

Rick Miller has spent 47 years educating, advocating, caring, and supporting the futures of all youth. Thirty of those years were spent within the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s movement including positions as the National Director of Government Relations in Washington DC and the President and Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix.


Rick has also been an adjunct faculty member with Arizona State University since 1984.


Beginning in 1993 Rick led a seven year research literature review to better understand the dynamics that lead to success or failure. His findings have revolutionized the understanding of child and youth development.


His breadth of understanding from an academic, and practitioner’s perspective establishes his credentials as one of most informed and effective spokespersons for children.  He is able to translate complicated theory and research into straightforward and powerful expressions about what is best for youth.


Rick received Arizona State University’s Visionary Award, the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, George Washington Honor Medal, and the City of Phoenix’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Living the Dream Award in 2011.



Marisel Herrera

Marisel Herrera is a certified coach, author, motivational speaker, and university educator.


Marisel is the Owner of MariselSpeaks which offers speaking, coaching, and consulting services aimed at empowering others to go to the next level in their success. Whether speaking to an individual or to standing room only audiences, her authentic, inspiring and bold message is fueled by lessons that she learned throughout her journey from the housing projects of New York City to academia to a Spirit-led life. Characterized by grit and grace, Marisel imparts lessons that affirm the power of faith, education, resiliency, culture, and community to transform one’s life.


She holds a bachelor’s in Social Work from Marist College and a Master’s in Education in Higher and Adult Education from Arizona State University. Marisel has received leadership training from the Harvard University JFK School of Government, the Center for Creative Leadership, and advanced training and certifications from the Certified Coach Federation (CCF) , the Coaching & Positive Psychology (CAPP) Institute, as well as, the Gallup Institute.