Keynote Speakers

Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa, MBA, PHDHC
Founder & Chair of the Board, 8 80 Cities

Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. Gil advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of social, economic, or ethnic background. His focus is the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, cycling, and public transit. Gil is Founder and Chair of the Board of 8 80 Cities. Gil also runs his own international consulting firm, Gil Penalosa & Associates, and is an accomplished presenter and inspirational speaker. Because of Gil’s unique blend of pragmatism and passion, his leadership and advice is sought out by many cities and organizations. Over the past eight years, Gil has worked in over 180 different cities across six continents. As former Commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for the City of Bogotá, Colombia, Gil was an integral part of the city’s much celebrated transformation of public space and sustainable mobility during the late 1990s. Gil successfully led the design and development of over 200 parks including Simon Bolivar, a 113-hectare park in the heart of the city. Gil’s team also initiated the “new Ciclovia,” a program that sees over one million people walk, run, skate, and bike along 121 kilometers of Bogotá’s city roads every Sunday, and today is internationally recognized and emulated. Gil also works as Urban Expert on Mobility and Citizen Engagement for the renowned Danish firm Gehl Architects. He serves on the Board of Directors of City Parks Alliance, USA, and is a Senior Advisor to StreetFilms in NYC, American Trails, and America Walks. Gil holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he recently was selected as one of the “100 Most Inspirational Alumni” in the school’s history. In 2013 he received the Queen Elizabeth II – Diamond Jubilee Medal, given by the Governor General of Canada, and was named one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians”. In 2014 Gil received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at the prominent Swedish University SLU. Gil has also contributed chapters to three books: Enabling Cycling Cities: Ingredients for Success–CIVITAS, Europe; Facilities for Cyclists–Copenhagen, Denmark; Resilient Sustainable Cities, Melbourne, Australia.


Ihuoma Eneli, MD, MS, FAAP
Director, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition (CHWN), Columbus Ohio

Dr Eneli is a board certified general pediatrician and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio. In her role as the Director of CHWN, Dr Eneli oversees a comprehensive pediatric obesity center with activities that include advocacy, prevention, medical weight management and adolescent bariatric surgery. Dr Eneli also directs the Primary Care Obesity Network (PCON) which provides obesity-related training, resources and community integration for 21 primary care practices in Central Ohio. She is actively engaged in research, has published several papers and book chapters and has received funding from multiple sources including the National Institute of Health. She has particular interest in intervention research for pediatric obesity. Dr Eneli has served in different capacities on regional and national childhood obesity workgroups including, the Children’s Hospitals Association (CHA) Focus on a Fitter Future Group; Lead of the HRSA Region 5 National Initiative for Children Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) Healthy Weight Collaborative team, steering committee member on the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight (IHCW), the National Pediatric Learning Health System (PEDSnet) Healthy Weight Network, co-Lead for the AAP and CHA Obesity Expert Exchange program and member, Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. Dr Eneli received her medical degree from the University of Nigeria and completed her pediatric residency at Michigan State University where she served as Chief Resident. She also received a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology and completed an NIH-K30 institutional clinical research fellowship from Michigan State University.


Jennifer Toole, AICP, ASLA
Founder and President of Toole Design Group

Jennifer has over 20 years of experience planning and designing multimodal transportation systems. As a certified planner with a degree in Landscape Architecture, Jennifer has a strong background in urban design and a keen understanding of how to design streets that work for all users. She has been involved in numerous projects of national significance for the Federal Highway Administration, AASHTO and NHTSA, and was awarded the Professional of the Year award by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Jennifer served as the Principal Investigator for the 2012 Edition of the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities and co-authored Complete Streets guidelines for Dallas, TX and Boston, MA. She served as an expert on bicycle and pedestrian design for the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, and served as a co-author of the Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, DC. Jennifer is a runner and bicyclist who is a daily user of the extensive trail network near her home in Columbia, MD.


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Mike Patrick, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Medical Director of Interactive Media for Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Since 2006, he has served as host of PediaCast: a pediatric podcast for parents. This weekly award-winning podcast reaches listeners in all 50 states and over 100 countries with news parents can use, answers to listener questions and interviews with pediatric experts. In 2015, he launched PediaCast CME: a pediatric podcast for healthcare providers. This continuing medical education podcast offers free CME credit for listeners. Both podcasts are available on the web (PediaCast.org and PediaCastCME.org), in iTunes and on iHeartRadio.


Kevin Carroll
Founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC and author

Kevin Carroll is the founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC and the author of three highly successful books, Rules of the Red Rubber Ball, What’s Your Red Rubber Ball?! and The Red Rubber Ball at Work, published by ESPN, Disney Press and McGraw-Hill. As an author, speaker and agent for social change (a.k.a. the Katalyst), it is Carroll’s “job” to inspire businesses, organizations and individuals—from CEOs and employees of Fortune 500 companies to schoolchildren—to embrace their spirit of play and creativity to maximize their human potential and sustain more meaningful business and personal growth.

With his consulting endeavors, Carroll has helped turn creative ideas into reality for organizations such as the National Hockey League, ESPN, Nike, Starbucks (his words appeared on 17 million Grande cups), The National Basketball Association, Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Hasbro, Procter & Gamble, Discovery Channel, Capital One and many others. Raised by his grandparents in Philadelphia, Carroll spent endless hours at the neighborhood playground where he found his calling: a red rubber ball. His subsequent pursuit of play and his “red rubber ball” took him overseas with the Air Force, where he served as a language interpreter and translator, gaining fluency in Croatian, Czech, Serbian and German.

After serving in the Air Force for ten years and earning his college degree, Carroll became an athletic trainer at the high school and collegiate levels in Philadelphia. His expertise in sport performance recognized by the 76ers organization and led to his job as the head athletic trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers in 1995. While at the 76ers, Nike tapped Carroll to bring his unique experiences to the sneaker giant in 1997. Although no job “officially” existed at the time, Carroll was directed to create a position at the company that would add value to the overall mission of the brand. Carroll accepted the challenge and stayed for seven years as “Katalyst” (the ‘K’ is for Kevin)—a creative change agent. At Nike he was instrumental in helping the company develop a deeper understanding of athletic product performance, team dynamics and interpersonal communication. Carroll left Nike in 2004 to create his own company, Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC, committed to elevating the power of sport and play around the world.

Carroll has dedicated his life to advancing sports and play as a vehicle for social change. He partners with nongovernmental organizations and businesses around the world that share his vision and goals. He was honored to address the United Nations as part of the UN Year of Sports for Development and Peace in 2005 and to serve as the host of the Beyond Sport Summit & Awards that featured Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2009.

Carroll holds a Master of Science degree in Health Education from St. Joseph’s University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication with a minor in Physical Education from Angelo State University and an Associates Degree in Interpreting and Translating from the Community College of the Air Force. Carroll is a frequent visiting professor across the United States.