July 24, 2017


Keynote Speaker

Hildy Gottlieb


Hildy Gottlieb is a social scientist and asker of powerful questions. She is the co-founder and Chief Boundary Pusher at Creating the Future, a 10-year experiment to answer the question, “If people everywhere are asking the kinds of questions that bring out the best in themselves and those around them, how much more humane could the world be?”

In addition to her role at Creating the Future, Hildy is a speaker and consultant, helping organizations and companies bring out the best in their own situation, reaching for what is possible inside and outside their own four walls.

Hildy is a TEDx speaker, as well as a contributor to  The Huffington Post, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She is also the creator and host of the Making Change podcast, where she has interviewed leaders from around the world about the factors that create powerful, positive change.

All Hildy’s work is rooted in a combination of research and practical experience, built upon her decades as a consultant, a social scientist, and a serial social entrepreneur. Hildy helped develop the current Masters degree program in Community Leadership at Duquesne University (pron. Dew-cáyne), where she and her partner, Dimitri Petropolis, have taught as professors. The team also co-founded the world’s first Diaper Bank, sparking the diaper banking movement across North America, and garnering them a Points of Light Citation from President Bill Clinton.

Hildy’s best-selling books on the nuts and bolts of social change have all become industry standards and are used as texts in both undergraduate and graduate programs around the world.

When not working, Hildy can be found in the garden, at the movies, shooting photos, or traveling the world in search of a quiet cafe to write. (Bio pulled from Hildy’s website)

Hildy will help us to Change the Questions, Change the World at the AzLA 2017 Annual Conference Keynote stage the morning of Thursday, October 26th

One Book One Conference Speaker

Becky Masterman

Becky Masterman has lived with her husband in Tucson for the past twelve years, transplanted from Florida.  Before her retirement in early 2014 to write full time, she worked as a commissioning editor for a scientific reference publisher, acquiring books in forensic science and law enforcement.  She doesn’t know much about forensics, but she knows everyone who does.

Becky debuted Rage Against the Dying in 2013.  The thriller features a retired female FBI agent who is 59 years old–but no Miss Marple.  The Washington Post wrote: “Anyone who appreciates graceful, thoughtful, suspenseful writing will be glad to meet sexy, tough, conflicted, compassionate Brigid Quinn.” Recommended by AARP, and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” translated into twenty languages, Rage went on to be nominated for seven awards.

Fear the Darkness followed up in 2015 to an equally good reception.  According to Janet Maslin, reviewing for The New York Times, ” … another strong display of the author’s ingenuity … this novel is no replay of the first … ” and Tom Nolan in The Wall Street Journal declares the book, ” … idiosyncratic and engaging … pulls the rug out from beneath expectations.”

Her latest book in the series, A Twist of the Knife, was published in March of 2017, and features Brigid Quinn fighting against the entire criminal justice system…and her mom.