July 10-14, 2023

Vienna, Austria

EdMedia Keynote & Invited Speakers

Keynote & Invited Speakers

Warren Berger
Author & Questionologist

Natalie Nixon
Figure 8 Thinking, LLC

Taryn Sullivan

Monday, June 20

Warren Berger, New York Times Best-selling Author & Questionologist
“Encouraging Beautiful Questions in the Classroom”

Abstract: In this presentation, the author of “Beautiful Questions in the Classroom” will discuss the untapped power of student questioning in classrooms and look at ways to encourage more student questioning. With a focus on innovative strategies and approaches–including new exercises, techniques, innovative classroom design, and more–that can spark curiosity and motivate students to share their questions and even act on them.

Bio: Warren Bergerdeveloped his inquiry skills as a journalist for The New York Times but first declared himself a “questionologist” with the publication of his best-selling book, A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION. The book shows that questioning has been the starting point of everything from the cell phone, to Netflix, to the International Red Cross. A More Beautiful Question has been embraced by the NASA space program and the U.S. Army, as well as by companies such as Starbucks, Chanel, Pfizer, and Microsoft.

In 2018, Berger released a follow-up book on questioning, THE BOOK OF BEAUTIFUL QUESTIONS.

And most recently, he published BEAUTIFUL QUESTIONS IN THE CLASSROOM, which offers strategies and exercises that can help teachers to inspire more curiosity and inquiry among their students.

Overall, Berger has authored or co-authored 10 books. He has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered, CNN, and NBC’s Today Show, and he contributes regularly to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Psychology Today, where he writes the “Questionologist” column.

His website is www.amorebeautifulquestion.com

Tuesday, June 21

Natalie Nixon, Figure 8 Thinking, LLC
“Flourishing in a Hybrid Work World”

Abstract: What exactly does “working in the office” mean in a pandemic reality world? There are lots of opportunities to reframe collaboration, teaming and leadership to yield the best innovation and meaningful work. The place to start is by applying Natalie Nixon’s 3i Creativity™ framework: inquiry, improvisation and intuition. In this talk, Natalie shares examples and tactical methods to boost emerging critical skills in our new working world of blurred boundaries and ubiquitous technology.

Bio: Creativity strategist Natalie Nixon is “the creativity whisperer for the C-Suite”. She is a highly sought after for her accessible expertise on creativity, the future of work and innovation.

Natalie advises leaders on transformation by applying wonder and rigor to amplify growth and business value. She brings an innovative and unique perspective to every keynote, strategic advisory engagement, and leadership coaching session. Her experience living in 5 countries combined with her background in anthropology, fashion, academia, and dance distinguish her as a one-of-a-kind creativity expert.

Natalie has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company and INC. She’s the author of the award-winning The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation and Intuition at Work and her firm Figure 8 Thinking, was named among the top women-led innovation firms by Core 77.

Natalie received her BA (honors) from Vassar College, and her PhD from the University of Westminster in London. Follow her @natwnixon.

Wednesday, June 22

Taryn Sullivan, Project Manager at Google
“Learning is Personal”

Abstract: Time is one of the major limiting factors in today’s educational environment, due to both the necessity for more personalized experiences which have been demonstrated to result in better learning outcomes along with the increased administrative burden placed on teachers. Adaptive learning technology can go a long way in addressing these challenges in a scalable way that keeps teachers at the helm.

Bio: Taryn Sullivan is an entrepreneurial vision builder with over a decade of experience in technology, manufacturing, global supply chains and education. It’s been a wild ride including: beginning her career in sourcing and product development, building a $100m line of business at Improvements Catalog in two years
; revamping the sourcing and supply chain operations at Pacific Trade International, and developing an in-house sourcing management software solution to do so; founding Efficiency Exchange (EEx), an energy efficiency software services company, and EEx Charge, a factory-facing energy & cost management platform designed specifically for Chinese factories; revamping business operations from supply chain to product strategy at Dexter Industries as COO, growing revenue by 300%, and existing COO for Workbench building new product strategy and restructure operations across the company to enable working with large partners and resulting in an acquisition by Google

Whether she’s raising capital, building a team, developing new products or leveraging new technology to drive operational efficiencies, Taryn is a driven, creative, and ambitious problem-solver always interested in learning about what’s next.




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