Education Expo Speakers & Mentors

Education Expo 2014 Speaker by Nicole Burton

The SXSWedu Education Expo is proud to present compelling speakers and knowledgeable mentors available in each pavilion throughout the duration of the event.

Speakers will deliver short, high-energy talks that align with pavilion themes. Topics range from innovative local education initiatives to current and future career opportunities and employment trends.

Have specific questions? Mentors will be available to provide one-on-one guidance in their area of expertise.

Additional speakers and mentors will be added soon! Stay tuned to the SXSWedu website for further updates, speaker, mentor and scheduling announcements.

College Pavilion


4 Important Considerations for Choosing a College Major and Career
Amy Wolfgang (Owner and Career Counselor, Wolfgang Career Coaching)

I’m Going to College…Now What?!
Abby Ames (Director of Programs, Breakthrough Austin)
Sarah Perry (Associate Director of ManorPrograms, Breakthrough Austin)


College for All
Ivanna Crippa (Program Coordinator, Breakthrough Austin)

Major, Career, Resume & Interview Preparation
Amy Wolfgang (Career Counselor, Wolfgang Career Coaching)
Melissa Victor Totah (Career Counselor, Wolfgang Career Coaching)
Scott Jukowski (Career Counselor, Wolfgang Career Coaching)

Navigating the College System
Byron Ceasar (Program Coordinator, Breakthrough Austin)

Representing Your Best Self in College Admissions Applications
Katie Pritchett
Director of Community-Based Learning, The University of Texas at Austin

Continuing & Informal Education Pavilion


Dyslexia - Think Big!
Ben Cooper (Student and National Dyslexia Advocate, Decoding Dyslexia-

Smart Screen Time®
Ben Kramer (Director of Education, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS)


Dyslexia Services in Austin ISD
Rachel Robillard PhD, LSSP
504 Services Administrative Supervisor, Austin ISD

Parenting Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities
Heather Hardeman (Co-Founder, Dyslexia Parent Network)

PBS Resources for all Families & Devices
Ben Kramer (Director of Education, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS)

Success in Middle School
Daniel Jackson (Associate Director of College Completion, Breakthrough Austin)

Supporting All Students’ Success
John Fuerst (Executive Director of Special Programs, Hays Consolidated ISD)

Transitioning from Middle School to High School
Oscar Ramos (Program Coordinator, Breakthrough Austin)

Employer Pavilion


How to Conduct a Strategic Job Search
Karen Landolt (Career Coach, The University of Texas at Austin)


Career Planning & Job Search
Karen Landolt (The University of Texas at Austin)

Health & Wellness Pavilion


Does YOUR family get enough MVPA?
Erica Gordon (National Director of Programs, Marathon Kids)

Making Healthy Easier Everywhere
Sarah Jefferson (Programs Manager, IT’S TIME TEXAS)
Angel Toscano (Out of School Time Manager, IT’S TIME TEXAS)


Choosing Healthier in Your Community
Tom Young (Lead Representative, IT'S TIME TEXAS)

Music & Arts Pavilion

Speakers and mentors coming soon!

STEM Pavilion hosted by MAES

Speakers and mentors coming soon!

Photo by Nicole Burton