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Meet The Speakers:

Public Policy 2020

February 15, 2020 @ 9:00am EST


kelly page, ph.d.

Sarah Lester is the Director of Cornerstone West CDC and is responsible for overseeing Cornerstone's housing and community economic development programs, including West Side Grows Together. Sarah has cross-sector experience growing businesses and coordinating networks, events, and resources to strengthen communities. A native Delawarean, Sarah spent several years in Rhode Island working as an Americorps VISTA for Ashoka's Youth Venture and for a food hub where she managed all aspects of the farmers’ market program. Sarah returned to the Mid-Atlantic region to pursue her Masters of Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania, and now loves living and working in the West Side of Wilmington. Sarah has a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University. 

david stevenson

Dave has spent the last eight years as the Director of the Center for Energy
Competitiveness for the Caesar Rodney Institute. Dave has published over 100 analytic studies including a major peer reviewed paper published in the Cato Journal this year titled “A Review of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative”. He has worked on such issues as the EPA Clean Power Plan, electric grid reliability, the public policy drivers of energy cost, and climate change.  Dave has been a leader on energy and environmental policy in the State Policy Network. He
served on President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency Transition Team, and has become a resource for national energy and environmental issues.  Dave is a veteran executive of the Dupont Company where he led seven successful business expansions and start-ups. After leaving DuPont Dave started six successful
businesses with four of the companies now run by family members. Dave also founded “Save the Persecuted”, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the persecution of religious minorities, and resettling refugees of religious persecution.

John Stapleford

Dr. Stapleford earned a PhD in urban and regional economics from the University of Delaware. For more than a decade he was the director of the University's Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

He started the Delaware Small Business Development Center and taught in the department of economics.


Previously, John was chair of the department of business and economics at Eastern University and is a professor emeritus of economic development with Eastern. Most recently he was an associate director and senior economist with Moody's Analytics.

Michael Maibach

Michael Maibach is a seasoned professional in global business diplomacy, advisor to civic organizations, and a supporter of good causes.  While in college he was elected to the DeKalb County Board (Illinois), the first person elected to public office under 21 years of age in US history.





DR. Stacie


Dr. Stacie Beck is a current Associate Professor of economics at the University of Delaware. She has been with the University since 1986. Stacie earned a B.S. in Economics from Boston College and earned her economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. She has nearly a dozen research publications in peer-reviewed journals such as the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Education, and Journal of Applied Econometrics. She is an editorial board member of Eastern Economics Journal.

john r. toedtman

Social Contract’s co-founder and Managing Partner, Catherine “Cat” Lindroth, is a 2008 graduate of Yale University and a lifelong student of social change. Cat is passionate about transforming how communities finance social change efforts.  At Social Contract, she spearheads initiatives that aid community, government and philanthropy to discover and scale up the highest value strategies required to drive progress on a specific social issue. Cat is committed to community progress and empowerment, and has spent her career seeking solutions to educational and social inequities that plague low-income children. Prior to Social Contract, Cat helped to launch Teach For America – Delaware. As Director of Community Impact, she founded the FirstGen Network and SummerCollab, a nationally recognized summer learning system serving over 2000 low-income youth, reversing summer learning loss for its eighth straight year. Combining experience in education, organizational management, facilitation, and program design, Cat brings a comprehensive community organizing approach to empower community leaders to navigate their most pressing social challenges, and lift up collaborative endeavors that thrive. Catherine’s focus on equity has inspired her to work not only locally, but internationally, as she has spearheaded youth programming efforts in Kenya, Seychelles and India. She is most recently a 2018 Roselyn Jaffe Everyday Hero Award winner. 

Started business career in 1970 at Engelhard Industries, world’s largest precious metals company. Appointed Group Vice President, Metallurgical Group at 28, youngest in Fortune 100 company. From 1976 to present, his career encompassed investment banking/corporate finance in smaller broker dealers on and off for 8 years and the rest of the time in senior operating management positions in early stage tech companies specializing in medical device, diagnostics, healthcare IT, and sterile injectables. He’s been on the Board of Directors of 7 generally smaller public companies, founded several tech companies, knows corporate governance, securities regs and entrepreneurship. At present he is an advisor to the American Hospital Assoc. sponsored venture fund in reviewing potential investments in medical companies. Graduated Georgetown University undergrad and graduate school in economics and International Economics respectively. Lives in Lewes, DE. Has five delightful
children and nine even more delightful grandchildren. His hobbies have always included public policy so what better place to be than Caesar Rodney Institute.

Director of Bennett Labs at Bennett Day School, Dr. Kelly Page is a social and digital innovator, entrepreneur, educator and learning consultant, she has a Ph.D. in the Psychology of Web Knowledge and an obsession with social digital storytelling. She has over 18 years of experience working at the intersection of social innovation, social design and learning of mediated social experiences for Startups, Universities, Schools and School Districts, to Fortune 500 companies. Her work has been featured in Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and on the TEDx stage and she has partnered with companies such as Microsoft, Google, General Assembly, Element AI, MediaSnackers, TESCO, TEDxYouth, EarthTech and learning initiatives spanning multiple countries.


She believes that at the heart of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking is creating truly social cultures, organizations, and leaders.


Her work has been published in leading peer-reviewed academic business, education and technology journals, such as Journal of Business Research, Studies in Higher Education, Computers in Human Behavior, International Journal of Interactive Marketing, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Psychology & Marketing, Behavior & Information Technology. Her work has received awards from IDMA and a BIMA - Best in British Digital and Social Impact for Women and Diversity. Kelly is regularly invited to speak on topics such as Educational Innovation, Social Leadership, The Art of Social Media and Women in Business and Technology. A member of the TEDx community, Kelly has served as social media consultant and speaker coach for TEDx. She has spoken at TEDx, Ignite and Pecha Kucha, locally and internationally and opened TedxCardiff with her talk: "Rediscovering Friendship.”

Kelly served as the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) and Research Fellow in Residence (2017-2019) at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) and is founder of the social design studio, Live What You Love, LLC. She also serves as a team lead consultant for the Arts and Business Council (A&BC) of Chicago.