GeoTech Lecture Series

The GeoTech Lecture Series serves the spirit of common inquiry among students, faculty and staff, helping enhance Bishop Dunne as a vibrant learning community.

This series of lectures throughout the school year brings to the Bishop Dunne community nationally and internationally recognized academics, scientists, authors, educators, and social justice activists who are known for their research and contributions to exploration and who will lend their expertise through public lectures, small group discussions, and/or classroom visits. The GeoTech Lecture Series serves the spirit of common inquiry among students, faculty and staff, helping enhance Bishop Dunne as a vibrant learning community.

2017 Women's Empowerment Conference

2018 Keynote Speaker Bertie Gregory

2018 Speakers

Eddie Reeves

Eddie Reeves of Reeves Strategy Group, will be training the senior class on the value of networking through the professional site, LinkedIn. Mr. Reeves brings a unique and invaluable perspective on marketing, public relations, communications, and social media use to our students, advising them how to build a powerful network with college admissions departments and future employment prospects. Networking is one of the most important tools a young college graduate and professional can utilize.

Students will build a benefits oriented profile and learn how to make strategic connections and relationships that will help them to showcase their expertise. Tactical use of LinkedIn will help students promote themselves in a professional manner and give them an edge with college admissions and job networking.

Eddie Reeves is passionate about marketing and promotion, as well as Bishop Dunne. The father of a graduate, Ryan Reeves – Class of 2017, he is happy to help our seniors get ahead.

Bertie Gregory

Bertie Gregory is a 23 year-old wildlife filmmaker, photographer and presenter. In July, 2014, Gregory graduated in zoology with first class honors from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. The next day, he boarded a plane to begin assisting Steve Winter in South Africa on assignment for National Geographic. Following this baptism of fire, the project evolved into a television program. Bertie’s task was to film Steve as he attempted to photograph the urban leopards of Mumbai and the jungle leopards of Sri Lanka. This one hour special premiered on Nat Geo WILD in 2016. Gregory is a National Geographic Young Explorer and was named the Scientific Exploration Society Zenith Explorer 2015.

Gregory’s aim was to track down and film the illusive coastal wolf on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. This project then became Gregory’s first solo assignment for National Geographic – a 16-part weekly digital series that launched in the summer of 2016. Prior to landing the job with Steve Winter, Gregory was named “Youth Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2012” and his first film, West Coast Adventure, was nominated for the Youth Award of the Wildscreen Panda Awards 2014.


Liz Cedillo-Pereira, Esq.

Mary Elizabeth Cedillo-Pereira is the director of the Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs which was established on March 20, 2017. The Dallas Welcoming Communities office seeks to be a bridge connecting Dallas’ diverse immigrant communities with existing Dallas residents so that common ground and shared leadership can be realized.

A Dallas native, Liz has more than 15 years of experience at the federal, state and local level on immigration related matters. Prior to joining the City of Dallas management team, Liz served as the Obama administration’s senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where she focused on immigration policy and community engagement to foster relations in communities across the U.S. An attorney, advocate and policy advisor, Liz is dedicated to improving and strengthening our nation’s immigration system.

Among numerous awards for commitment to service and excellence in the legal profession, Liz has been conferred with the Distinguished Alumni Award by SMU Dedman School of Law, the Ohtli Award from the Republic of Mexico, and the Maura Award by the Dallas Women’s Foundation. Liz is a proud former recipient of Hispanic Scholarship Fund recipient.

Liz is board certified in immigration and nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and graduated from North Dallas High School, the University of Pennsylvania, and Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward, whose novel Salvage the Bones won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction, has been called "fearless and toughly lyrical" by The Library Journal. Her unflinching portrayals of young black men and women struggling to thrive in a South ravaged by poverty and natural disaster have been praised for their "graphic clarity" by The Boston Globe and for their "hugeness of heart" by O, The Oprah Magazine. Her memoir, Men We Reaped, deals with the loss of five young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that follows people who live in poverty.

In 2016, Ward edited the critically acclaimed anthology The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, which was a New York Times bestseller. Her next novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, has just been published and nominated for the National Book Award and Kirkus Prize. Ward is the winner of the 2016 Strauss Living Award and an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University. Ward's precise and graceful narratives make her a fitting heir to the rich literary tradition of the American South.

For Ward, her prose is personal. All three of her books—two novels and a memoir—are set on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where Ward grew up and still makes her home. Shortly after Ward received her MFA, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, and Ward and her family were forced to evacuate their rapidly-flooding home. Later, as a professor at the University of New Orleans, Ward drove to and from work through neighborhoods leveled by the storm. Her experiences in the communities most egregiously affected by the hurricane come through in her novels, which subtly blend the creative and the personal, the imagined, and the remembered.

In her talks, Ward shares her writing process and how her experiences growing up poor and black in the South continue to influence her work. As Ward said in her acceptance speech at the National Book Awards, “I understood that I wanted to write about the experiences of the poor, and the black and the rural people of the South, so that the culture that marginalized us for so long would see that our stories were as universal, our lives as fraught and lovely and important, as theirs.”

Dr. Leslie Dewan

Dr. Leslie Dewan is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Transatomic Power, a nuclear reactor design company developing safe and environmentally friendly power plants that run entirely on nuclear waste. She received her Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT in 2013, with a research focus on computational nuclear materials. She also holds degrees from MIT in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering. Leslie has been awarded an MIT Presidential Fellowship and a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. She is a member of the MIT Corporation, MIT’s board of trustees. She was named a TIME Magazine "30 People Under 30 Changing the World," a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, an MIT Technology Review "Innovator Under 35," and a Forbes "30 Under 30" in Energy.

Dr. Dewan is helping revolutionize the nuclear power industry. She and MIT colleague have designed a new type of nuclear reactor, which is a safer, more efficient alternative to the current light water reactors in use today. Called the “Waste-Annihilating Molten-Salt Reactor,” Dewan’s design is based on molten-salt reactors that were originally proposed in the 1950s as a way to power aircraft. The main advantage of molten-salt reactors is that they use liquid rather than solid fuel, making them more efficient and safer. The original molten-salt prototypes, however, were bulky, expensive and had a low power density. Dewan has introduced new materials and a new shape that allowed her to increase power output by 30 times.

With the Waste-Annihilating Molten-Salt Reactor, 96 percent of the energy can be extracted, compared to only 3 or 4 percent with conventional reactors. By extracting more of the energy, the radio-active life of the majority of the waste can be reduced to just a few hundred years, compared to conventional nuclear waste that is radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years. An environmentalist at heart, Dewan says we need nuclear power if we are to have any hope of reducing fossil fuel emissions and preventing climate change.

Stephanie G. Kunkle-Timko

Animal advocate Stephanie G. Kunkle-Timko serves as Dallas Animal Advisory Board commissioner for Council District 7. Chair of the Dowdy Ferry Placing of the Crosses, Stephanie and her team annually place crosses on Dowdy Ferry Road in memory of the dumped and abandoned dogs found there, bringing local and national attention to the cause of abused and abandoned dogs. In partnership with Paul Quinn College, Stephanie convened the first Southern Dallas Animal Initiative to address the loose and stray dog crisis. In October 2016, Stephanie began working with pet owners in underserved neighborhoods to provide fence repair, veterinary care, and access to low cost spay/neuter and vaccination services. Today, her outreach work partners with Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Paul Quinn College, Spay Neuter Network and Duck Team 6 Street Dog Rescue, to bring much needed education, medical care and comfort to pets in the neighborhoods of Fair Park, South Oak Cliff, and Bon Ton. Their outreach efforts are changing Dallas…..one dog at a time!

Stephanie will be hosting a panel of the leaders of the major Dallas animal rescue groups and work with students in promoting educational components of Bishop Dunne’s outreach and establishing guidelines for replicable animal rescue groups within schools.


KA Holt

Kari Anne Holt is the author of several middle grade novels in verse including House Arrest (Chronicle), a Bank Street Best Book of the Year 2015, and Rhyme Schemer (Chronicle), an Amazon Best Book for Kids and Teens, and a Bank Street Best Book of the Year. Her novel in haiku, Brains for Lunch, was highlighted on the Texas Library Association’s Annotated Lone Star Reading List for 2011. She is also the author of the space western, Red Moon Rising, and Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel, a nominee for the 2014 Connecticut Library Association Nutmeg Book Award and the 2013 Maud Hart Lovelace Award. Kari has recently contributed to the anthology, Dear Teen Me: authors write letters to their teen selves. She lives in Austin, Texas.