Lou Figueroa, Inspirational Speaker and Train Accident Survivor
Growing up in Southern California before moving to Colorado with his family in 1991, Lou Figueroa was an avid snowboarder and mountain biker who enjoyed the outdoors. At the age of twenty-seven while out celebrating with a group of friends in the downtown district of Denver, Lou experienced a rapid onset of intoxication from an alcoholic beverage causing him to become lost and disoriented. Separated from his friends he walked nearly two miles before he was found lying in the Union Station rail yard unconscious and unaware of his surroundings. In the early hours of the morning a train was approaching the rail yard when they saw Lou’s body at the last minute. The result would be the loss of both legs. After surviving a week long coma gripping to life, Lou awoke in the hospital. Since his amputations, Lou has traveled the globe sharing messages of hope and inspiration to hundreds of audiences including medical associations, chambers of commerce and universities. In recent months Lou met with Ossur prosthetics and is currently working with the clinical team to test and give patient feedback on product trials. Today, Lou lives in Los Angeles where he advocates for drink safety and has created a website titled Guard Your Drink.com. Lou’s mission is to bring awareness to drug facilitated crimes on college campuses
Kim Novak - Back by popular demand!
CEO Novak Talks
Kim Novak is an independent consultant for Campus Safety, Student Risk Management and Student Organization Development. Additionally she serves Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity as the Director of Health & Safety. She is recognized as a national expert in student-focused risk management, organization conduct, hazing prevention, and involving students in campus safety efforts. She has been invited to speak at national conferences and on college campuses around the country and has served as faculty for several nationally sponsored professional institutes including HazingPrevention.Org’s institute, which was renamed in her honor in 2010 as the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention.
Kim served as a Fellow for the U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Center and on several national advisory boards. She has served on the Board of Directors for HazingPrevention.Org, and The Association of Student Conduct Administrators. Kim currently serves as the Fraternity Executive Association’s Dean for the Interfraternity Institute (IFI) and on the Advisory Board for the University of Vermont Higher Ed Law Conference. In 2008 Kim served as an advisor on the national Response-Ability Bystander Intervention Project, a national fraternity and sorority educational initiative. Additionally, she served as the lead editor of the Student Risk Management Compendium published by NACUA in 2006.
Prior to embarking on her consulting career, Kim served as the Director for Student and Campus Community Development at Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus. Her primary responsibilities involved the development of and supervision of a team that led Student Conduct Programs, High Risk Behavior Education, Student Affairs Risk Management, Student Advocacy Services, Crisis Intervention and Response as well as Campus Safety for the new urban campus. She was also the Assistant Director for Student Affairs Risk Management at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus where she led the design and implementation of a comprehensive and proactive risk management model for The Division of Student Affairs. Prior to joining the ASU community, Kim worked for eight years at Texas A&M University where she served as Program Coordinator for Risk Management and Organizational Development and led the implementation of the University's internationally recognized proactive risk management plan for student organizations.
Kim has been awarded countless honors for her work with college students and professionals. Including Interfraternal accolades from Kappa Alpha Order, Zeta Beta Tau, Pi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Phi Beta. In 2013 she was honored with the Silver Medal By the North American Inter-Fraternal Conference for her leadership in advancing the fraternal movement and for her hazing prevention work.
Kim approaches her work with college students and those that support them with the heart of an advocate and is committed to the advancement of communities of care on college campuses across the country.