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Keynote Speakers

General Session

Wednesday, January 17, 10 AM

WI Center, Ballroom CD

Ravi Hutheesing

Ravi Hutheesing

Keynote Speaker

Ravi Hutheesing has built his brand globally as a cultural entrepreneur. As a cultural diplomat, Ravi makes the case
that millennials, who are the largest generation and soon to be the most economically influential, must not be ignored. His philosophies and strategies have helped businesses, educators, and over a million people throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia bridge generational and cultural divides. The U.S. State Department engages Ravi as a cultural diplomat to create programs worldwide that foster cultural exchange and mutual understanding.

His worldwide visibility skyrocketed as the guitarist for triple Grammy nominee, Hanson. Their massive fan base of the earliest millennials made them the top-selling band in the world. As a cultural diplomat, Ravi conducted songwriting and cultural entrepreneurship programs earlier this year in Iraq, which included four students from Mosul who had been liberated from ISIS just three days before, and in Lebanon, which included work in Syrian refugee camps.

Ravi also partners with Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in India, which serves as a home and non-sectarian boarding school providing a holistic upbringing in a high-quality educational setting for the poorest of the poor. Current graduates are employed by American Express, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, and others, and the school is the subject of the Netflix series, “Daughters of Destiny.”

Watch a short video sent by Ravi to preview his keynote at the 2018 State Education Convention.

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Thursday, January 18, 7 AM

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George Koonce

George Koonce

Keynote Speaker

George Koonce played professional football as a linebacker for a decade, the majority of those years with the Green Bay Packers, including as a member of the winning Super Bowl XXXI team in 1997. Following his playing career, George received his Ph.D. from Marquette University. His doctoral dissertation focused on the “Role Transition of National Football League Players: Using the Grounded Theory,” which became the basis of his recently released book, “Is There Life After Football.”

Currently, George serves as Vice President of the Office of Advancement for Marian University in Fond du Lac, where he provides leadership and strategic direction and is responsible for growing awareness and increasing philanthropic support through community and alumni engagement.

George will share his story of growing up in a socially and economically deprived area of eastern North Carolina, finding success on the gridiron with legends Brett Favre and Reggie White, and how the importance of education drove him to receive a doctorate and dedicate his second career to higher education. In July, George spoke at the WASB Summer Leadership Institute. Attendees enjoyed his message and we’re excited to have him join us in Milwaukee.

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General Session

Thursday, January 18, 3 PM

WI Center, Ballroom CD

Dr. Bill Daggett

Dr. Bill Daggett

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bill Daggett, founder and chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move preK-12 education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. He has assisted a number of states and hundreds of school districts with their school improvement initiatives.

Dr. Daggett is the creator of the Application Model and Rigor/Relevance Framework™, a practical planning and instructional tool for determining the relevance of curriculum and assessment to real-world situations. Dr. Daggett’s Rigor/Relevance Framework has become a cornerstone of many school reform efforts throughout the U.S.

Dr. Daggett has spoken to hundreds of thousands of educators and education stakeholders in all 50 states. His enlightening, entertaining, and motivating messages have helped his listeners to look at education differently by challenging their assumptions about the purposes, benefits, and effectiveness of American schools. Dr. Daggett inspires his audiences both to embrace what is best about our education system and to make the changes necessary to meet the needs of students in the 21st century.

 

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General Session

Friday, January 19, 10:30 AM

WI Center, Ballroom AB

Alton Fitzgerald White

Alton Fitzgerald White

Keynote Speaker

Growing up in the housing projects of Cincinnati as the youngest of seven children, Alton Fitzgerald White dreamt the impossible dream. He wanted to be an actor and singer. But first, he had to conquer his greatest fear — standing on stage, performing in front of others. The triple-talented singer, actor, and dancer has gone on to star in six smash Broadway hits, including Disney’s The Lion King.

In his record-breaking 4,300 performances as King Mufasa, Alton found a way to bring his best to each and every show using what he calls “the power of redefining service.” Alton believes that authentic power is within each of us, the control and focus of it in our hands.

Drawing on his life and career and the rich lore of The Lion King, Alton recently released his first book, “My Pride: Mastering Life’s Daily Performance.” It delivers his message of service — taking responsibility for and deriving happiness from commonplace achievements — as a philosophy that anyone can get through each day with satisfaction, pride and a sense of accomplishment.

Forbes Magazine recently interviewed Alton about his new book.

 

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