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Keynote Speakers 

Advancing the EOPS Legacy:  People, Passion, Purpose
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Dr. Mike Munoz


Dr. Mike Muñoz is Long Beach Community College District’s Superintendent-President. Dr. Muñoz started in his new role at Long Beach City College on March 4, 2021.

Dr. Muñoz is a nationally recognized transformational leader in higher education. He is an expert in closing racial equity gaps for students of color, creating inclusive campus cultures for LGBTQIA+ students, and effectively leading for transformational change.


Ruben E. Canedo


Ruben E. Canedo (he/they) was born in Indio, California, USA and raised in the border valleys of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, Imperial Valley, California, USA, and Coachella Valley, California, USA.

He was raised in a mixed-status household with a mother who was a first-generation college graduate from U.N.A.M. in Mexico City and a father who was the Captain and later Coach of the Mexican Karate Federation National Team.


Dr. Karen L. Semien-McBride


 Dr. Karen L. Semien-McBride, renowned executive, professional, business coach, business strategist, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker puts theory to practice by overlapping psychology theory and business acumen as a way of conceptualizing how individuals execute decision making, strategies, human interaction, operational styles, emotional intelligence, and mindset shift.


She is the Chief Executive Officer of MKCircle CEO Institute. Through her commitment to creating emotional Intelligence leaders, MKCircle CEO Institute is leading a new movement in Executive Coaching programs, Corporate Counseling/P-EAP, Small Business Coaching programs, and Leadership programs for individuals, which support professional advancement and personal growth.


Erica Alfaro


Erica Alfaro is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, and education advocate. Her story became known in 2019 when her graduation pictures went viral and made headlines around the world. Her story was featured in major media outlets such as CNN, The Huffington Post, Yahoo news, and many more. Erica is currently a senior human resources generalist at one of the largest farms in the area of North County, California. In 2022, she joined the SIATech Board of Directors and was selected as the president of Toastmasters Club 47. 


Erica was an EOPS student at MiraCosta College, where she earned her associate degree and an office administration certificate. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University San Marcos and her master’s in Education with a concentration in Counseling from San Diego State University. Erica obtained a Human Resources Professional Certificate in Agriculture from the agricultural personnel management association and is currently enrolled in the human resources management program at UC San Diego. 

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