Matt’s humor, quick wit and ability to connect with people creates meaningful attitude changes. Matt has enjoyed getting to share his message throughout the United States and with international audiences around the world.
Matt grew up on a farm in southwest Wisconsin in the heartland of America. He lives in Dubuque, Iowa on the banks of a small creek that feeds into the mighty Mississippi with his lovely wife Joie and their sons Carter and Graham. Matt enjoys hiking with his family, fishing with his boys and taking his wife out for dinner.
Matt received his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin and then graduated with his master’s in communication from the University of Dubuque. Most recently Matt was awarded the highly esteemed CSP, Certified Speaking Professional. The CSP designation is conferred by the National Speakers Association only on those speakers who have earned it by meeting strict qualifying criteria. The letters CSP following a speaker’s name identify that speaker as a speaking professional with a proven track record for understanding and delivering value from the platform.
Director of ENGR[x] Program
Professor of Practice
College of Engineering
Texas A&M University
Shayla Rivera is an aerospace engineer and former rocket scientist with NASA turned salesperson,
corporate trainer and now international keynote speaker, TV and radio host, emcee/host, comedian, actor, writer, producer, seminar facilitator, panel moderator and as of 2017, director of the ENGR[x] program and professor of practice with the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Rivera grew up with an avid interest in human behavior, science,
machinery and fixing things. Rivera attended Texas A&M University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering with additional credits in her other passion, psychology. After graduation she joined McDonnell Douglas Space Systems at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where she worked on the NASA space shuttle and space station programs for five years.
Rivera left NASA to pursue her abiding interest in psychology. This pursuit took her through several years in technical sales of environmental systems and water treatment chemicals, financial products and finally guiding her into becoming a corporate trainer. Rivera began facilitating seminars on stress management for executives at companies around the country.
Shortly thereafter, she began giving motivational speeches. While conducting seminars and giving
speeches, Rivera discovered her comedic skills. Encouraged by many of her clients she signed up for a
weekend seminar on stand-up comedy, at the end of which she performed a five-minute routine. It was a personal turning point. “I knew I’d found what I was looking for,” Rivera recalled.
Almost immediately, Rivera became a regular at comedy clubs nationwide. She used her experiences to
create the hit one woman show “Rocket Science and Salsa,” directed by Debbie Allen for which Rivera
earned a "Best Lead Actress" nomination by the NAACP Theater Awards, as well as a nomination for "Best Choreography" for Allen.
Rivera hosted the 13 episode TV series “You’re Not The Man I Married” for Lifetime Real Women Network and has appeared on television shows such as “Comics Unleashed,” "Xtreme Fakeovers," "National Lampoon’s Funny Money," “Funny is Funny" and many others. She has been a guest on the “The Dennis Miller Show,” “The Roseanne Show,” ”The Martin Short Show,” was featured in the "Paul Rodriguez Latin All Stars" and was part of the Comedy Central special, “Comedy Rehab” with Paul Rodriguez. She has performed and headlined on entertainment programs for Univision, Galavision, HBO Latino and on “The Latino Comedy Jam” for Telemundo. She was named "Funniest Latina Comedian" by the organization "Latin 2015."
Rivera has been speaking and performing in both English and Spanish for 27 years. Her clients around the world include Fortune 500 companies, national and regional organizations as well as students, parents and faculty from elementary schools to colleges. Rivera often applies her expertise to host/emcee many fundraising events for non-profit organizations, charitable and educational programs as well as award galas and conferences.
In 2004, Rivera received the “Mario Moreno Cantinflas Award” presented by the city of Los Angeles in
recognition of entertainers who "represent the Latino community with the same humor as the great
Comedian Cantinflas did" and for her involvement in the community. In 2007, Rivera received the
President’s Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Council on Service Participation. In 2010, she
received the Award for Excellence in Public Speaking by the Latino Speakers Bureau.
Rivera performs live stand-up comedy worldwide and is extremely proud of her comedy and speaking
tours for our servicemen and women stationed around the world in Greenland, Diego Garcia, Asia,
Europe, Central America and the Middle East. She has seen, first-hand, the impact the Latino population and culture has had in all levels of American corporations, organizations and education, and is focused on helping make this merging occur as smoothly as possible
Shayla was thrilled to accept faculty and staff positions at her alma mater, Texas A&M University. She is very excited to bring her expertise in self-development and awareness to the engineering students at Texas A&M as a professor of practice and as director of ENGR[x], a new program with the objective of providing undergraduate engineering students with professional skills and experiences beyond their engineering degree requirements, making them more attractive to employers.
Shayla is not easily placed in just one category or class; she defines her own. She finally remarks,
“Now I even can add Breast Cancer Survivor to my resume. I am grateful.”
Innovation and Change Management Strategist
Jack Shaw is an innovation and change management strategist with more than 30 years of experience
helping leaders transform their organizations' digital ecosystems amid new waves of technology.
A global thought leader, he was voted one of the World's Top 25 Speakers and one of the Top Five
Technology Futurists in polls conducted by Speaking.com. Jack has shared his insights and advice with
nearly 300,000 of the world's top leaders and professionals.
Having a sensible, practical approach to how tomorrow's new technologies will drive change and spur
innovation, Jack has advised key decision-makers at Fortune 500 organizations such as Mercedes Benz,
Bosch, GE, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Oracle and SAP.
Jack integrates his executive experience in industry, technology and consulting to speak on innovation,
change management and transformational leadership. He has decades of experience designing,
developing, and implementing emerging technologies and how these will impact business and society. This experience enables him to speak with unique perspective and a deep understanding of such current
leading edge technologies as artificial intelligence, blockchain, 5G and the internet of things.
Jack has delivered more than 1,000 keynote presentations and executive forums in 26 countries and every state across the U.S. He is a Yale University graduate and he holds a Kellogg M.B.A. degree specializing in finance and marketing.