New Webinar Series: Stronger, Safer–The New Normal

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Register here for free sessions beginning the week of May 11th.

Noted higher education experts Dr. Wallace Pond, Yolanda Gallegos, and Anthony Bieda are offering a new, free webinar series dedicated to surviving and thriving through the current crisis. The series was designed for higher education, providing content that applies broadly across all sectors of post-secondary education, with a particular focus on private sector schools. Webinars are currently scheduled starting the week of May 11 through the end of June, with more to come after that!

The series covers everything from the nuts and bolts of the CARES Act and regulatory & accreditation issues, to critically important subjects such as change and crisis management, leadership, and wellbeing in a time of overwhelming stress.

You can register for any combination or all of the sessions at no cost, thanks to support from the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools (KACCS). Each session will be offered twice, on different days and different times to ensure the most flexibility for attendees.

Feel free to share this notice with anyone who has an interest in effectively managing the transition from the acute phase we are in now to the coming new normal.

Profile of Presenters


Wallace K. Pond, Ph.D.

Dr. Pond, Education Practice Partner at Top Gun Ventures and founder,, has been a mission-driven educator and leader for over 30 years. For the last 20 years, Wallace has been a senior leader in higher education, holding both campus and system level positions overseeing single and large, multi-campus and online institutions of higher education in the US and internationally. He has served as chancellor, president, COO, CEO, CAO (Chief Academic Officer), and board member, bringing exceptional value as a strategic-servant leader through extensive experience and acumen in strategic planning, change management, crisis management/turn around, organizational design and development, P&L, human capital development, innovation, new programs, and deep operational expertise among other areas of impact.

Dr. Pond provides thought leadership and high-impact consulting across a variety of educational and leadership topics including strategy, innovation, healthy organizational culture, executive coaching, change and crisis management and other high ROI areas. You can learn more at


Yolanda Gallegos, Esq.

Ms. Gallegos has represented private sector institutions for more than 30 years focused on guiding schools through critical events including governmental and accreditor investigations, corporate expansions and downsizing, and operational adjustments required in response to regulatory changes. She has served as an expert witness in federal and state courts on matters related to the regulation of student financial aid and is a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of regulatory topics affecting higher education including her chapter on the Violence Against Woman Act regulations (Thomson Reuters: Emerging Issues in College and University Security.) She has successfully defended dozens of institutions in program reviews and audits before the U.S. Department of Education. She has extensive experience in accreditation and state licensing. She received her J.D. from the University Of New Mexico School of Law and her LLM in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center. She is a member of both the bars of the District of Columbia and New Mexico and is a recipient of the D.C. Bar’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award for her refugee advocacy.

Ms. Gallegos offers professional fee-based consultation on legal and regulatory matters. Contact her at


Anthony S. Bieda, MBA

Mr. Bieda is Ex. Dir. of KACCS and CEO of ASB34 Policy Resources, a public policy and organizational communications firm. He has more than 40 years’ experience in communications and public policy, including telecommunications, proprietary and public higher education and public lands/natural resources. He is former Executive-In-Charge of ACICS; Asst. County Administrator of Lane County, OR; Asst. Vice President for Government Affairs, Arizona Board of Regents; and Director of Public Relations for U S West – Arizona. He earned a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Northern Colorado, an MBA in accounting and finance from Regis College, and completed coursework toward his Ph.D. in public policy at George Mason University.

Mr. Bieda offers professional fee-based consultation on regulatory and accreditation compliance, government relations and organizational communications. Contact him at

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