PeopleConnect LIVE 2022 – Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Candace Doby

Courage Coach and Author

Candace Doby is a speaker, author and coach whose mission is to make courage fun to talk about, easy to digest and practical to activate.

She works with universities and organizations across the U.S. to help emerging leaders build courage in themselves to lead with authenticity, navigate through uncertainty and transition from old realities to new possibilities. She has spent a decade researching courage. And, combines that research with her experiences leading marketing teams at a global brand, running her own coaching business and traveling the world solo. Her work has been featured on MSNBC and NPR.

When she’s not speaking or writing, she’s hosting The Courage Hotline podcast and designing her line of Pep Talker greeting cards, sold online and in select stores. Candace is a University of North Carolina Tar Heel and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Morris Morrison

Speaker, Show Host, Author and Entrepreneur

Morris Morrison is obsessed with building Stronger, Kinder, Connected human beings. As the owner of Windmill Park Media, Morris is a world-class Entertainer, Show Host, Writer and Entrepreneur who's journey began in New York City before a doctor’s words changed his life forever, after being orphaned a second time.

Today, many global leaders have witnessed his impact live on stage and in his latest books titled: Overnight Success and Disrupt Yourself. His message is powerful, his story is unforgettable, and his focus is clear: to bring families & teams closer, and make organizations more impactful, through personal ownership, service and generosity. Hear from Morris in this video!

Session Speakers

Rishi Rana

General Manager and Executive Vice President


Rishi Rana is GM (CEO) of the Higher-Ed business in the edtech sector for PowerSchool Group LLC, leading strategy, growth, and with direct ownership of Product, R&D, Services, Customer Success, Sales, and Marketing.

Hardeep Gulati

Chief Executive Officer


Hardeep is an innovative leader and executive with more than two decades of experience leading software businesses. Hardeep’s passion for education and proven expertise in guiding companies through periods of growth has been instrumental to PowerSchool’s growth. Under Hardeep’s leadership, PowerSchool has introduced award-winning, unified education technology solutions and made a lasting impact on the future of K-12 education. For Hardeep, leading a company that includes thousands of educators and technology specialists is a natural evolution of his lifelong commitment to harnessing the power of technology to transform lives and unlock student potential. Hardeep brings that ethos and his belief that a high-quality education is a fundamental right to his leadership of PowerSchool.

Omkar Deo

Senior Director, Software Engineering


With over 20 years’ experience, Omkar joined PeopleAdmin in 2019 and leads the Higher Ed Platform Engineering teams, spearheading advanced product development efforts for Unified Insight Analytics platform and Candidate Relationship Management. He’s worked in HigherEd technology for the last five years and previously spent over 20 years leading ERP product development teams at Oracle.

Monte Morast

Associate Director, Software Engineering


Monte Morast leads PeopleAdmin's engineering function as an Associate Director with 23 years of experience working in R&D. Monte loves cultivating successful teams, building predictable and reliable engineering processes, and bringing a high level of creative innovation to any project that he is part of. When he's not architecting new solutions, solving complex integration challenges, or coaching team members, he enjoys spending time with his family and dogs. Monte brings passion, steady determination, and meticulous intelligence our teams.

Monte has a talent for enabling engineering teams to produce the best work they possibly can.

Joe Mullen

Senior Director, Sales


Joe is a senior-level sales executive with more than 25 years of sales and sales management experience in the higher education technology space. Joe has extensive experience helping institutions of higher education leverage technology to benefit students, faculty, and staff. He lives in Denver with his wife and three kids, where they enjoy many of the great outdoor activities Colorado has to offer.

Courtney Prato

Senior Director, Solution Marketing


As Senior Director, Solution Marketing, Courtney leads the marketing, go-to-market strategy, messaging, communications, partnerships and integrations, and events for PeopleAdmin.

Courtney brings a wealth of experience in marketing strategy and communications to fuel organizational growth. Prior to joining the PeopleAdmin team, she led the marketing department for a national health research program at the Scripps Research Institute, as a senior marketing leader owning digital marketing, event management, and sales funnel optimization at Vistage International, and has worked in B2B, B2C, agency-side, and across a range of industries including biotech, executive leadership development, retail, wireless, and more.

Sarah Renneker

Senior Product Manager


Sarah has been working in the HigherEd talent technology space for the past five years and is excited to be part of the digital transformation of systems across campuses. Her current focus is on PeopleAdmin’s Faculty Information System. She brings detailed knowledge of the higher education market to create the best solutions for faculty, academic affairs, and staff. She works closely with PeopleAdmin's brilliant leaders, engineers, sales, services, and support professionals to bring our vision to life for customers.

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