The 2017 conference features a keynote address by Dr. Michael Gillilan, Director of Student Rights and Community Standards. Michael Gillilan earned his PhD in Higher Education Administration, after completing a master's degree from Western Kentucky University as well as bachelor's degree in English and Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Gillilan  has also facilitated at the 2016 Sexual Misconduct Institute, and regularly presents at conferences on topics ranging from alcohol use and student conduct to freedom of speech on college campuses.