General Session Speakers

Thursday, March 2

10:15am – 12:15pm
Superintendent of the Year Announcement –
The Great Conversation: Harnessing the power of the community to neutralize negativity, create allies and increase support for its public schools

speaker-jamie-vollmerJamie Vollmer
President, Vollmer Inc.

A session designed to help educators across the country engage in local Great Conversations: formal and informal discussions with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, business leaders and elected officials that both neutralize the viral negativity surrounding America’s public schools and result in community-wide efforts to create schools that prepare all students to thrive and prosper as adults.


Friday, March 3

8 – 10am
Millennial Mojo

speaker-ravi-hutheesingRavi Hutheesing
Global Keynote Speaker, Artist Entrepreneur and Cultural Diplomat – RaviUnites.com

Throughout his life in the spotlight as a musician, aviator, entrepreneur and cultural diplomat, Ravi Hutheesing’s story is one of being a bridge between millennials and baby boomers. Millennials are the largest and most influential generation in the global economy. Rather than trying to analyze this resourceful yet misunderstood generation, educators must empathize with them and embrace their culture in order to bring out their strengths and positively influence their actions. By bridging the gap between baby boomers and millennials, both can maintain principles while finding common ground, learning from each other and excelling together.


Saturday, March 4

10:30am – 12:00pm
All’s Fair: Love, War and Politics

speaker-james-carville-and-mary-matalinJames Carville, Political Icon and
Mary Matalin, Celebrated Conservative Voice and Former Presidential Advisor

One of America’s best-loved political couples—James Carville and Mary Matalin—give audiences an enlightening and entertaining look at today’s most important political issues, the 2016 race for the White House and a behind-the-scenes look at politics inside Washington, DC. Matalin and Carville are key players on the national political stage—they each have over 30 years of experience in politics and have individually worked for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. They combine their unique experiences to provide audiences with a stimulating, candid and provocative conversation from both sides of the political aisle.