Upcoming Speakers

Our Curriculum Committee has done an outstanding job selecting distinguished, informative and entertaining speakers covering topics including Health, History, Science, Social, and Political issues of the day.

Topic: The Rising Tide of Scams Against Seniors

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Internet and phone scams targeting older adults is an epidemic. Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Vento, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, explains why con artists’ target seniors, what the latest scams are, and how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud and stopping scammers from stealing your hard-earned money and your peace of mind.

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IntelliSite, the industry's most dynamic open software suite of  Internet of Things (Io T), AI and Sensors.

Per Bernard Marr, Forbes Magazine: "When “things” such as wearable devices, refrigerators, digital assistants, sensors and other equipment are connected to the internet, can be recognized by other devices and collect and process data, you have the internet of things." "Artificial intelligence is when a system can complete a set of tasks or learn from data in a way that seems intelligent."

With an early background in nuclear physics and reactor engineering and over 20 years of business-to-business technology and information security expertise, Ken serves as the Chief Executive Officer of IntelliSite, the industry’s most dynamic, open software suite of IoT, AI and Sensors for mid-market and large enterprise customers, global technology partners and governments worldwide.

Prior to joining IntelliSite, Ken was the General Manager & Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Dell Technologies Safety & Security, IoT, and Computer Vision business unit. During his tenure, he was recognized as one of Dell Technologies top security and public safety experts who were instrumental in establishing and growing Dell Technologies Safety and Security solutions.

Prior to Dell Technologies, Ken was a Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. Earlier in his career, he spent close to eight years building a hyper-growth business for Cisco’s Safety and Security, Access Control, and Emergency Response business unit. Previously, Ken was a Partner in one of the largest contract field sales organizations in the United States and served as a Nuclear Engineer for the United States Navy.

Ken holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Clemson University. He is a member of the Security Industry Association (SIA) and serves on the Cybersecurity Advisory Committee for the University of South Florida Muma College of Business as well as an Advisory Board Member for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security.

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Your committee (or online group) can’t seem to accomplish anything?  There may be a good reason. Dr. Blanchard explains the science of Group Dynamics and why some groups succeed and others are doomed to fail.


Dr. Anita Blanchard is an Associate Professor of Psychological and Organization Science at UNCC. Her research interests encompass how people interact and succeed in online and in face-to-face groups. She studies the individual, group, and organizational outcomes of belonging to groups and communities. She received her B.S. and M.S. from UNC Chapel Hill and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University.  She writes and talks extensively on topics of human interactions in businesses and in daily life.  Among other topics,  she has written recently on ‘The Difficulty of Social Distancing.


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Being in high school for today's teens is equivalent to .... well.... life. Things may have changed a bit since your days in high school, so come hear the CMS Teacher of the Year, Kimberly Tuttle, discuss how there's still a student within us all.

Ms. Tuttle began her teaching career 20 years ago. At the end of her first year, she was named New Teacher of the Year for Charlotte-Mecklenburg. This year she was selected as the CMS Southeast Learning Community Teacher of the Year and was selected as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Teacher of the Year.
Every day is a good day in Ms. Tuttle's classroom. She is always prepared each day, not only with a quality lesson plan, but with a welcoming smile and a nurturing learning environment. Ms. Tuttle does not just teach English. She teaches children. She makes learning exciting and relevant. Ms. Tuttle believes that before she can reach her kids' heads, she must reach their heart. At the end of each class, Ms. Tuttle shares this message to all of her students: "Be blessed, be safe, be wise, make good decisions. I will see you tomorrow."

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Many approaches have emerged to tackle reducing the effects of climate change. No one proposal by itself will likely reduce emissions fast enough for those worried about climate catastrophe nor convince those who believe fossil fuels remain crucial to national greatness to reduce demand.

It has been argued that we must adopt first political and then technological solutions to tackle the possible negative consequence of climate change. Dr. Bullock will discuss the many components of the climate change challenge. 


Dr Bullock is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at Davidson College. He earned his Ph.D at the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University and an A. B. from Princeton University. His areas of expertise are: U.S. Politics, Environmental Politics and Policy,     Citizenship and Deliberative Policymaking and China/East Asia.

Dr. Bullock teaches courses in American politics and environmental politics, with a focus on how individual citizens, consumers, and policy entrepreneurs engage in collective action.

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Dr. Kevin Soden, an Emmy, Telly, and International Freddie Award-winning medical journalist for more than 20 years, can now be seen each day as the host of Healthline, a daily half-hour medical show on the Retirement Living Network.

Kevin currently serves as the worldwide Medical Director for Texas Instruments and the Cardinal Health Corporation and teaches as a courtesy Professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

In 2003, Kevin published “The Art of Medicine: What Every Doctor and Patient Should Know”. He is also the primary author of a consumer medical book “Special Treatment: How to Get the High-Quality Care Your Doctor Gets” published in September, 2003. He is also a contributing author to the recently published “A Practical Approach to Occupational and Environmental Medicine” and to “Physician Leaders: Who, How and Why Now?” He is soon to publish his third book, “Women, Stress and Happiness: 10 Steps to Having It All and Saving Your Life.”

Dr. Soden graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Medicine. He also has a Masters in Public Health from the Medical College of Wisconsin and a Masters in Personnel Administration from Florida State University. He graduated from Belmont Abbey College with a degree in History (Yes, you can get a job with a history degree.)

Stay tuned for an update on the continuation of virtual speaker presentations or a return to Providence United Methodist Church. Senior Scholars will always put the health and safety of our members and speakers first.

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Maria Vento, Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of North Carolina

Maria Vento serves as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Elder Justice Coordinator for the Western District of North Carolina, where she prosecutes a wide variety of matters with an emphasis on financial crimes, including securities and accounting fraud, bank and mortgage fraud, and money laundering.  She recently returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office after serving a two-year detail in the Bank Integrity Unit of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ). During her almost ten years with the DOJ, AUSA Vento’s work has focused almost exclusively on large, complex, white collar fraud cases.  She is a graduate of Boston College Law School.