November 2, 2012

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John Hill

John Hill

John Hill is the Higher Education Evangelist for LinkedIn. Hill speaks internationally to Higher Education professionals, students and alumni on how to utilize social media effectively. He's given 500 presentations to roughly 85,000 people over the last 5 years on social media's impact on the job search, networking and personal branding. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Hill was the director of alumni career services and internship development at Michigan State University. He also worked as associate editor/online editor for Athlon Sports and market development manager for Gannett. Building relationships and connecting people with opportunity are at his core. He relies heavily on online networks like LinkedIn to facilitate each.

Timothy Dechant

Tim Dechant

Tim Dechant is director of technology at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich.

In this role, he is responsible for directing the administrative, developmental, and operational aspects of technology and has overall responsibility for the information and technical architecture at WKKF.

Previously, he was manager of technology at the foundation. Before joining the organization, he was a senior consultant at Milwaukee-based Ernst & Young. There he contributed to a variety of computer projects for manufacturing concerns including systems selection and implementation, detailed business area analysis, system design, and system construction.

A member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Dechant earned a bachelor's degree in business administration/finance at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He earned a master's degree in business administration/production and operations management at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit