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Concurrent Sessions (Keynote)

Business, STEM, and Entrepreneurship - We All Need Each Other

Opening Keynote - Sponsored by DECA

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opening keynote session in which Shashi Jain will highlight the connections and collaboration between business and STEM. Shashi will show that businesses prepared for the future are led by a team steeped in entrepreneurship,  business administration and STEM domains.  Shashi will share lessons learned from the high tech community, the startup community, and with high school entrepreneurs through the TiE Young Entrepreneurs program.

Shashi Jain is a Portland-based entrepreneur, technologist, startup mentor, and instructor. He currently serves at Intel Corporation as an IoT Innovation Manager, pathfinding new applications for Intel IoT modules such as Edison, Curie, and Quark D1000. Outside of work, he organizes the Portland 3D Printing Lab Meetup, 3D prints prosthetic hands for kids via the eNABLE community, teaches innovation and entrepreneurship to high school students through TYE Oregon, and actively mentors early stage startups. He was a lead organizer of Portland Startup Weekend and remains active as a facilitator and community organizer.


Game-Changing Strategies for Significant Enrollment, Retention, & Performance Results

Featured Keynote

Join dynamic education expert Mark C. Perna as he unveils the groundbreaking strategies that are changing the game for CTE. Maximize CTE’s exclusive competitive advantage to boost your enrollment, retention, and performance. Discover the revolutionary Education with Purpose® philosophy, key generational insights, and proven Light at the End of the Tunnel strategy. Plus, experience the Career Tree®, a breakthrough classroom tool to spark ongoing student dialogue and demolish stigmas. You and your team will join thousands of colleagues nationwide who are using these cutting-edge best practices to enroll, retain, and engage Generations Y and Z like never before!

Mark C. Perna is the founder, author, and CEO of Tools for Schools (TFS) in Cleveland, Ohio, a full-service strategic communications and consulting firm whose mission is to share and support every client’s desire to make a difference. Mark, a graduate of John Carroll University, has many years of experience addressing industry leaders on the topic of expanding their reach in an increasingly global marketplace. As a noted expert on Generations Y and Z, Mark has devoted his career to empowering educators and employers to unleash the tremendous potential of today’s young people, both in the classroom and on the job.

At TFS, Mark heads an energetic team of talented professionals who share his vision of making a bigger difference in education and workforce development. TFS partners with schools, districts, businesses, and state organizations of all sizes nationwide to help them experience significant gains in enrollment, engagement, retention, and performance rates.


Ethics Training Through Analytical Projects

Featured Presentation

What if we were able to teach Ethical Leadership by focusing on Leadership Strategies? 

Join Nathan Knottingham from the Knowledge Coop as he focuses on providing ethics education through Project-Based Learning (PBL). Depending on whom you talk to, "truth" is either objective or subjective and difficult to define for most. The world needs ethical leaders who will consider the benefits of all in their decision-making process. Perhaps it is time to change the way we present ethics in training from a defined solution to a thoughtful presentation and deep dive into leadership traits. 

Let's look at new ways to present PBL in an effort to help individual students define ethical leadership by learning and applying leadership traits from some of the most widely read and respected sources in the world today. 


Your 7th Sense Together at Work and School

Featured Presentation

Locally, how many schools and businesses partner annually? Not enough. Of those few schools and businesses who do partner, how many are recognized by their respective peers or earn awards? Nowhere near enough. Nationally, how many schools and business associations have partnerships? Still not enough.

In the new age of constant connection, those communities which develop an understanding of networks--a seventh sense--will thrive in the world. Both the quality and quantity of these connected networks affect our schools and businesses. Skeptical? Airbnb saw unused bedrooms as a way to make (a lot) of money by developing a network that connected homeowners with travelers, while Uber saw unused personal cars as disruptive public transportation. What if we saw high school business and marketing programs as unused agencies with opportunities to strengthen programs and student learning through strong, sustained partnerships? 

During this interactive session, attendees will explore this "what if" with the only professional marketing association partnering with high schools anywhere in the U.S. and a one-of-a-kind business and school partnership. Each piece of both professional association and business partnerships will be revealed in depth with the explicit intention of audience adoption and expansion of their own networks. Power comes from the number, the type, and the speed of relationships that networks establish and then use. 

As we explore your seventh sense, we will examine and unlock your ability to look at anything (i.e., High School of Business, CTSO Chapters, etc.) and see the way in which it can be changed by business engagement.

Join Brandon Pelissero and Rhace Smith of Ecolink Inc. (Tucker, GA) and Kari Palmer from Sequoyah High School (Canton, GA) as they share their experiences and ideas on how to engage business.


Hide and Go Speak: Helping Those Around You Find Their True Voices

Closing Keynote

Join us on Monday morning, October 9, to find out how Frank Tate, a dedicated father and successful entrepreneur (5 Minute Walk Records, Super Franks Fun Adventure, MindQuilt, The Knowledge Coop), proposes we improve our lives and our businesses by simply analyzing and applying quantitative and qualitative data (both filtered and raw). Frank will share his story of how growing up in the Foster Care system of California forged his signature perspective on Screaming Data, which guides his decision-making process in both his personal and professional life. Frank will share his premise that our job as parents, spouses, educators, colleagues, and executive leaders is to EDIT people's stories, rather than AUTHOR them. Learn how the application of this principle has played a key role in Frank not only loving his journey and creating multiple successful businesses, but helping countless others listen to their data, so they can live their "best story" both personally and professionally.

Frank Tate is a husband, father, entrepreneur (5 Minute Walk Records, Super Franks Fun Adventure, MindQuilt, The Knowledge Coop), and author who has a passion to encourage and motivate people to live a great story, no matter how their past chapters have played out. Frank spent 10 years in foster care (ages 8-18) and shares how being invited into a loving foster home changed the trajectory of his journey and gave him great insights as he continues to write and live his own story. Frank advises numerous companies, groups, and entrepreneurs. He loves his family, mountain biking, going to Maui, and watching the amazing Oakland A's. Frank's memoir, Foster Kid, is very close to publication.