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Keynote Speakers

R. Ethan Braden

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Purdue University and Purdue University Global

Braden leads the Purdue University system in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap by passionately positioning, promoting, and protecting the Purdue brand and portfolio worldwide. In 2021, Fast Company magazine selected Purdue as one of its inaugural Brands That Matter alongside such global brand powerhouses as Nike, 3M, McDonald’s, Ford, and Yeti. In 2020, the American Marketing Association recognized Braden as Higher Education Marketer of the Year while also honoring Purdue’s central marketing and communications team as the Higher Education Marketing Team of the Year. Prior to his arrival at Purdue in 2018, Braden spent more than a decade in various senior leadership roles at Eli Lilly and Company.
Braden leads the Purdue University system in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap by passionately positioning, promoting, and protecting the Purdue brand and portfolio worldwide. In 2021, Fast Company magazine selected Purdue as one of its inaugural Brands That Matter alongside such global brand powerhouses as Nike, 3M, McDonald’s, Ford, and Yeti. In 2020, the American Marketing Association recognized Braden as Higher Education Marketer of the Year while also honoring Purdue’s central marketing and communications team as the Higher Education Marketing Team of the Year. Prior to his arrival at Purdue in 2018, Braden spent more than a decade in various senior leadership roles at Eli Lilly and Company.

Frank Dooley

Chancellor
Purdue University Global

Dooley is an academic leader with an international reputation as a gifted, innovative teacher and a creative researcher. He became the second chancellor of Purdue University Global in May 2020 and is leading its growth as one of the top universities focused on the education of adult learners. Previously, Dooley was the senior vice provost for teaching and learning at Purdue, providing leadership for undergraduate academic affairs, teaching success, student success, academic advising, career success, summer session, and digital education. In that role, he led three Purdue Moves strategic initiatives: a faculty development program (IMPACT), the expansion of summer session, and online education.
Dooley is an academic leader with an international reputation as a gifted, innovative teacher and a creative researcher. He became the second chancellor of Purdue University Global in May 2020 and is leading its growth as one of the top universities focused on the education of adult learners. Previously, Dooley was the senior vice provost for teaching and learning at Purdue, providing leadership for undergraduate academic affairs, teaching success, student success, academic advising, career success, summer session, and digital education. In that role, he led three Purdue Moves strategic initiatives: a faculty development program (IMPACT), the expansion of summer session, and online education.

Louis Tay

William C. Byham Associate Professor in Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Purdue University

Tay is a leading scholar on well-being and is a coeditor of the books Handbook of Well-Being, The Oxford Handbook of the Positive Humanities, and Big Data in Psychological Research. He has contributed to well-being reports for many organizations, including the United Nations and the Aspen Institute. He loves sharing his knowledge at Purdue through teaching the Science of Well-Being psychology course and collaborating on Purdue’s Steps to Leaps framework to enhance student well-being and success. He is also the founder of the Purdue-based tech startup ExpiWell.
Tay is a leading scholar on well-being and is a coeditor of the books Handbook of Well-Being, The Oxford Handbook of the Positive Humanities, and Big Data in Psychological Research. He has contributed to well-being reports for many organizations, including the United Nations and the Aspen Institute. He loves sharing his knowledge at Purdue through teaching the Science of Well-Being psychology course and collaborating on Purdue’s Steps to Leaps framework to enhance student well-being and success. He is also the founder of the Purdue-based tech startup ExpiWell.

Session Speakers

Session Speakers

Session Speakers

Alex Bosch

(BA’91)

President
Purdue Army ROTC Alumni Network

Bosch is the director of business operations for comparative medicine at Northwestern University. After graduating from Purdue with a degree in history, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Purdue Army ROTC Boiler Battalion. Bosch served in the U.S. Army Reserves, eventually attaining the rank of captain. He is a founding member of the Purdue Army ROTC Alumni Network, which formed in 2021.
Bosch is the director of business operations for comparative medicine at Northwestern University. After graduating from Purdue with a degree in history, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Purdue Army ROTC Boiler Battalion. Bosch served in the U.S. Army Reserves, eventually attaining the rank of captain. He is a founding member of the Purdue Army ROTC Alumni Network, which formed in 2021.

Lisa Bracher

(CE’83)

President
Purdue Alumni Club of Southeast Michigan

Now retired, Bracher spent 36 years as an engineer for the Nissan Technical Center and the Chrysler Corporation. Her career was a springboard for many roles as a volunteer, including serving as a mentor for children through the Junior Optimist Club of Southeast Michigan and First United Methodist Church. Bracher is also engaged in a Thanksgiving food-security mission for her local community and serves in the civil engineering mentor program at Purdue.
Now retired, Bracher spent 36 years as an engineer for the Nissan Technical Center and the Chrysler Corporation. Her career was a springboard for many roles as a volunteer, including serving as a mentor for children through the Junior Optimist Club of Southeast Michigan and First United Methodist Church. Bracher is also engaged in a Thanksgiving food-security mission for her local community and serves in the civil engineering mentor program at Purdue.

Courtney Cassady

(M’04, MS HHS’06)

Senior Director of Outreach and Volunteerism
Purdue for Life Foundation

Cassady is responsible for leading the Purdue for Life Foundation’s office of volunteerism, which enables people who love the University to stay connected and provides opportunities for them to give back with their time and talent. She has served in alumni outreach and engagement roles at Purdue for more than five years. As a Purdue student, Cassady was a walk-on member of the varsity track and field team who eventually earned a full scholarship and was named team captain.
Cassady is responsible for leading the Purdue for Life Foundation’s office of volunteerism, which enables people who love the University to stay connected and provides opportunities for them to give back with their time and talent. She has served in alumni outreach and engagement roles at Purdue for more than five years. As a Purdue student, Cassady was a walk-on member of the varsity track and field team who eventually earned a full scholarship and was named team captain.

Jimmy Cox

(BA’09)

Senior Director of Student-Alumni Programs
Purdue for Life Foundation

Cox oversees student and recent-graduate initiatives and works with alumni of fraternities, sororities, and cooperative houses. His team also manages the Boilermaker Station Welcome Center in Stewart Center. He previously worked as a consultant for Theta Chi Fraternity International Headquarters and in the student affairs office at Marian University in Indianapolis.
Cox oversees student and recent-graduate initiatives and works with alumni of fraternities, sororities, and cooperative houses. His team also manages the Boilermaker Station Welcome Center in Stewart Center. He previously worked as a consultant for Theta Chi Fraternity International Headquarters and in the student affairs office at Marian University in Indianapolis.

Casey Dexter

(HHS’01)

Senior Director of Operations and Special Events, College of Health and Human Sciences
Purdue University

Dexter began her professional career at the Purdue Memorial Union in 2002, working first in the Union Club Hotel and then transitioning into catering and events. In 2014, she joined the University Development Office as director of donor relations and special events for the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS). In fall 2021, Dexter began working directly for HHS as senior director of operations and special events.
Dexter began her professional career at the Purdue Memorial Union in 2002, working first in the Union Club Hotel and then transitioning into catering and events. In 2014, she joined the University Development Office as director of donor relations and special events for the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS). In fall 2021, Dexter began working directly for HHS as senior director of operations and special events.