Conference Speakers - WAIC: Western Association of Independent Camps
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Speaker Highlights
Kat Clowes, MBA

Kat Clowes is the CEO and Founder of March Consulting, a college and career firm that helps students with the college application and career search process, and the CEO of Higher Scores Test Prep, providing affordable, online test prep to students. In 2022 alone, her students earned over $8 million dollars in scholarships and were accepted to over 200 schools across the country. She earned an MBA from Mount Saint Mary’s University with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship, a BA in communications from Santa Clara University, and a post-graduate certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from University of California, Irvine.

Working daily with Generation Z, she discovered a few years ago that there was a definite shift in her students, their view of the world, and how she needed to present information, expectations, and assignments. She is the co-author of Managing Generation Z, helping employers welcome a new generation into the workforce, which was recently added to the Leadership Library of Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. of the USAF. She is also the author of Put College to Work, a book created to help her students maximize their time in college in a way that will prepare them for a successful career.

Her favorite part of her job, however, is watching clients discover that they have something to offer the world and find the means of communicating it. She has been featured in US News and World Report, HerCampus, and other publications.
Education Sessions Also Featuring...
Max Claman
A former camp director and administrator, Max has worked in the experiential education field for close to two decades, having held leadership roles with both day and residential camps, for both private and nonprofit organizations. Max serves as an educational consultant, speaker, trainer, and author, facilitating workshops and presenting at conferences across the country. Max has helped support dozens of camps throughout North America, and has engaged with thousands of camp professionals and staff since 2008. His workshops have ranged in size from one-on-one coaching sessions to large-scale trainings with over 1,000 participants.
Dave Brown: Dave Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in nonprofits, public schools and camps. Since 2010, he has worked as a Director for Mountain Camp, supporting staff and camper mental health, well-being, and development. He offers training, consulting, and speaking through Fence Post Learning, an online staff training resource, and maintains a small telehealth therapy practice from his home in the Bay Area. He loves beach volleyball and daydreams of owning vintage musical instruments he can’t even play.
Mario Del Cueto: Mario Del Cueto is an 18-year camp veteran with a passion for the intersection of sports/games, youth development, and business. Mario has spent ample time in the business world, serving as a consultant at Bain & Company and the National Football League, and recently graduated with business + education master's degrees from Stanford. Mario currently resides in New York City and spent Summer 2023 as a Division Director at Mohawk Day Camp in Westchester, NY.
Lorraine Schneider: Lorraine Schneider is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), who currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for The Resiliency Initiative, a crisis management consulting firm dedicated to empowering communities and organizations to become self-reliant. Previously, she developed groundbreaking training, exercise, and preparedness programs serving The Walt Disney Company and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Lorraine is Chairwoman of the Board for Project:Camp, a nonprofit that pops up camps for children impacted by disaster. She graduated with a Master of Science in International Strategy and Diplomacy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and received a Certificate degree in Emergency Management & Homeland Security from UCLA Extension, along with a Bachelor of Arts degree in North American Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin.
Alex Bailey:Alex Bailey is an educator and third-generation outdoor enthusiast, who uses his imagination to re-envision outdoor programming for Black youth. He began his education career as a camp counselor, witnessing first-hand the transformative power the outdoors can have on youth while also recognizing the lack of diversity in the summer camp industry. Today, he works to cultivate spaces that meet Black youth and families at the intersection of joy, cultural relevancy, and outdoor exploration. Alex is the founding Executive Director of Black Outside, Inc and is a TedxSan Antonio speaker and proud alum of Teach for America, Echoing Green, and the Aspen Institute Healthy Communities Fellowship.
Emily Dills:With over 15 years as an educator in public schools, I've taken my classroom expertise outside the school walls to consult with out-of-school time programs including many camp programs. My frameworks translate powerful teaching practices into actionable support for camp professionals who bring fresh passion to creating positive youth experiences.