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Develop This: Economic and Community Development

Feb 8, 2023

Dennis is joined by KEVIN J FLEMING PHD a scholar, author, global keynote speaker, & philomath. Lover of life, bacon, & the counter-narrative.

Kevin was one of the first Develop This! guests in July of 2018. Luckily not much has changed since then. Dennis and kevin discuss Kevin's work since he created his first video and wrote his first book and talk about how the economy and workforce preparation for our young people has changed.

  • Are we making any progress?
  • How do we reach today’s students and their parents?
  • How can economic development professionals make an impact in this space?

Dr. Kevin J Fleming is Founder & CEO of Catapult, the producer of multiple viral animation videos including Success in the New Economy, and author of the bestseller, (Re)Defining the Goal, He is a passionate advocate for ensuring all students enter the labor market with a competitive advantage.

Kevin Fleming videos

As the Founder & CEO of Catapult, he is redefining leadership & professional development through dynamic masterclasses curated for K-16 institutions. As Innovation & Strategic Development Specialist for the Los Angeles Regional Consortium, he supports CTE & workforce development with 19 community colleges in the 17th largest economy in the world. Dr. Fleming previously served as a college Vice President and as Dean of Instruction, Career & Technical Education at Norco College. Prior, he analyzed industry trends and labor market research through the Centers of Excellence for the California Community College system; the largest public education system in America. He has founded five private-sector companies in different service sectors, plus the National Center for Supply Chain Automation funded by the National Science Foundation (Washington DC).

Dr. Kevin J Fleming is an accomplished leader with teaching & administrative experience at 4-year public, 4-year private, and 2-year public institutions. He has competitively secured/managed over $85 Million to advance economic & educational opportunity. Dr. Fleming has expertise in workforce development, education, research, educational innovation, strategic initiative execution, and career readiness. He has conducted leadership trainings for over 25 years accompanied by numerous conference presentations and published articles/books. His career activities have helped influence state legislation, district student-success initiatives, and funding allocations within 38 states/countries.

Dr. Kevin J Fleming is a faculty member, thought leader, and a recovering academic elitist. A true life-long learner, he has earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Loyola Marymount University (Psychology & Philosophy); a Master of Arts from The Ohio State University (Educational Policy & Leadership), an MBA from the University of Redlands, and a Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate University...but it was his CTE industry certification in geographical information systems (GIS) that lifted him out of working poverty.

He has been honored with the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement and Service from Loyola Marymount University and the Corona Chamber of Commerce “40 Under 40” award. Dr. Kevin J Fleming is a proud eagle scout, husband, father, certified etiquette trainer, has completed five marathons, and remains an active volunteer with Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity (Distinguished Alumnus Award), and his local church. Dr. Fleming works tirelessly towards an educational model that is flexible, purpose-driven, student-focused, and career-minded.  Energetic, passionate, & principled, he believes in the power of education to transform lives.