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

Speakers

5:00pm | I’m Going to College…Now What?!
Abby Ames (Director of Programs, Breakthrough Austin)
Sarah Perry (Associate Director of ManorPrograms, Breakthrough Austin)

6:00pm | Four Important Considerations for Choosing a College Major and Career
Amy Wolfgang (Owner and Career Counselor, Wolfgang Career Coaching)

Mentors

3:00pm - 5:00pm | Representing Your Best Self in College Admissions Applications
Katie Pritchett
Director of Community-Based Learning, The University of Texas at Austin

5:15pm - 6:00pm | College for All
Ivanna Crippa (Program Coordinator, Breakthrough Austin)

6:15pm - 7:00pm | Major, Career, Resume & Interview Preparation
Amy Wolfgang (Career Counselor, Wolfgang Career Coaching)
Melissa Victor Totah (Career Counselor, Wolfgang Career Coaching)
Scott Kukowski (Career Counselor, Wolfgang Career Coaching)

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

Continuing & Informal Education Pavilion

Speakers

5:00pm | Smart Screen Time®
Ben Kramer (Director of Education, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS)

6:00pm | Dyslexia - Think Big!
Ben Cooper (Student and National Dyslexia Advocate, Decoding Dyslexia- MapGoals.org)

Mentors

4:00pm - 4:45pm | Success in Middle School
Daniel Jackson (Associate Director of College Completion, Breakthrough Austin)

4:00pm - 4:45pm | Transitioning from Middle School to High School
Oscar Ramos (Program Coordinator, Breakthrough Austin)

5:15pm - 6:00pm | PBS Resources for all Families & Devices
Ben Kramer (Director of Education, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS)

6:15pm - 7:00pm | Dyslexia Services in Austin ISD
Rachel Robillard PhD, LSSP
504 Services Administrative Supervisor, Austin ISD

6:15pm - 7:00pm | Parenting Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities
Heather Hardeman (Co-Founder, Dyslexia Parent Network)

6:15pm - 7:00pm | Supporting All Students’ Success
John Fuerst (Executive Director of Special Programs, Hays Consolidated ISD)

Employer Pavilion

Speakers

3:00pm | Connect to Your Future: College and Career Access Through Storytelling and Technology
Keith Frome (CEO-Elect, College Summit)

5:00pm | How to Conduct a Strategic Job Search
Karen Landolt (Career Coach, The University of Texas at Austin)

Mentors

3:15 pm - 4:00pm | Connect to Your Future: College and Career Access Through Storytelling and Technology
Keith Frome (CEO- Elect, College Summit)
Michelle Tafel (Chief Innovation Officer, College Summit)
Rebecca Banks (Curriculum & Implementation Specialist, College Summit)
Allen Goldberg (Chief Marketing Officer, College Summit)

5:!5pm - 6:00pm | Career Planning & Job Search
Karen Landolt (The University of Texas at Austin)

Health & Wellness Pavilion

Speakers

3:00pm | Does YOUR family get enough MVPA?
Erica Gordon (National Director of Programs, Marathon Kids)

4:00pm | Making Healthy Easier Everywhere
Sara Jefferson (Programs Manager, IT’S TIME TEXAS)
Angel Toscano (Out of School Time Manager, IT’S TIME TEXAS)

Mentors

3:15pm-4:00pm | Everyday MVPA: Making Movement a Habit
Chad Mann (Regional Program Administrator, Marathon Kids)

3:15pm-4:00pm | Running for Regular People
William Dyson (Grassroots Engagement, Marathon Kids)

3:15pm-4:00pm | Families: How to Stay Healthy Together
Dr. Stephen Pont MD, MPH, FAAP (Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity)

4:15 - 5:00pm | Choosing Healthier in Your Community
Tom Young (Director of Choose Healthier, IT'S TIME TEXAS)

Music & Arts Pavilion

Speakers

4:00pm | Unlocking Your Creative Force
Sophi Hopkins (Director of Teen Programs, Creative Action)
Jules Pashall (Associate Program Director, Creative Action)

6:00pm | Breaking into the Music Business - How to get your portfolio to the top of the Heap
Glenn Richter (Professor of Music, The University of Texas at Austin)

Mentors

4:15pm - 5:00pm | How You Can Use the Arts to Change the World
Sophi Hopkins (Director of Teen Programs, Creative Action)
Jules Pashall (Associate Program Director, Creative Action)

6:15pm - 7:00pm | Breaking into the Music Business - How to Get Your Portfolio to the Top of the Heap
Glenn Richter (Professor of Music, The University of Texas at Austin)

STEM Pavilion hosted by MAES

Speakers

3:00pm | Project Based Learning — A Student Perspective
Andrew Adams (Senior, Manor New Technology High School)
Ashley Maynard (Sophomore, Manor New Technology High School)

5:00pm | 21st Century Learning: Preparing for a new Economic Reality
Lyel Resner (Head of K-12, The Flatiron School, Adjunct Professor, NYU Stern)

Mentors

3:15pm - 4:15pm | Helping Girls to be Brave, Creative, and Curious with STEM
Julie Shannan (Deputy Director, Girlstart)

3:15pm - 4:15pm | Project Based Learning- A Student Perspective
Andrew Adams (Senior, Manor New Technology High School)
Ashley Maynard (Sophomore, Manor New Technology High School)

5:15pm - 6:00pm | 21st Century Learning: Preparing for a new Economic Reality
Lyel Resner (Head of K-12, The Flatiron School, Adjunct Professor, NYU Stern)

Photo by Nicole Burton