Invited Speakers 2020

NDLA is proud to announce these engaging speakers for the 2020 conference:

Thursday Keynote

Dr. Trish Holliday, Consultant & Founding Partner—Holliday|Kenning

Learning as a Cultural Catalyst

Description: At a time when the shelf life for knowledge is decreasing and the pressure to manage critical skills gaps is increasing, continuous upskilling and reskilling has become a strategic imperative for any organization seeking a high performing, engaged workforce in an age of disruption. The importance of continuous learning and professional development has reached an all-time premium in organizations. Recognizing the importance of establishing positive interpersonal relationships is a key component of any learning culture. There are current challenges to address as  the growing attrition of eligible retirees increases and organizational cultures often fail to attract the new worker due to the lack of understanding of what draws new employees to an employer. The research linking learning to business success is compelling. The opportunity for digital learning to play a heightened role in the education and workforce development arenas is persuasive and highlights the urgency for creating a learning culture.

Bio: As a consultant and founding partner of Holliday|Kenning, Trish Holliday provides leaders in the private and public sectors with an organizational playbook that focuses on growing leaders and driving performance. The Playbook offers five distinct plays that are critical for a winning workplace that attracts and retains top talent.

As the state of Tennessee’s first Chief Learning Officer, Trish was recognized by Governing Magazine as being instrumental in the successful transformation of the state workforce. She drove change through continuous improvement, leadership development and employee learning at the macro and micro levels.

As an adjunct professor, Trish teaches undergraduates to doctoral students in areas like Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Human Resources Leadership and Management, and Personal Leadership Development. After receiving her Doctorate in Education, she wants to help students at all levels realize the importance of life-long learning.

Trish is a speaker at the local, national, and international level. She serves on various non-profit and academic boards and enjoys giving back to the community. Trish was a founding board member of the non-profit organization, Impact Nashville. As a Young Leader alum, she values paying it forward. Trish volunteers with the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence on the Board of Examiners.

From her days in the Appalachian missionary field through her work in government, she has found enormous joy in helping people become their best selves and organizations to reach optimal performance.

Friday Keynote

Dr. Robbie K. Melton, 1st Appologist—Education IOE Mobile Emerging Technology & Workforce Consultant

The Emergence of The Internet of Everything (IoE)
Smart Connected Devices and EduGadgets for Real-Time On-Demand Transformation of Education and the 21st Century Digital Workforce

Description: Gartner (2014) defines the Internet of Everything (IoE) as the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment. The rise of these connected ‘smart’ technologies provide new opportunities for transforming teaching and learning, as well as real-time, on-demand data, for evoking immediate changes. This presentation will address the possibilities and challenges of IoE Smart Technologies (EduGadgets) as data drived tools for improving academic and social performance and a showcase of technology highlighting the latest innovations in emerging technologies of wearables, mobile devices, health and fitness aids, STEM, mixed realities (VR/AR/Gamification/Holograms) across the education disciplines and K-16 spectrum.

Bio: Robbie K. Melton, Ph.D. is a tenured full professor at Tennessee State University. Melton formally served for twenty years as the chief administrator for the Tennessee Board of Regents’ (6th largest system for higher education in USA, 2016) for overseeing the vision, mission, and initiatives for the Strategic Planning for Emerging Mobile Smart “The Internet of Everything” (IOE) Technologies for Global Education.”

Melton is a renown international presenter, researcher, and technology evaluator regarding the transformation of smart mobile devices, wearable technologies, and mixed reality technologies of virtual (VR), augmented (AR), and holograms (HR) technologies for immersive learning. She has presented across the U.S. and internationally, and has acquired a new distinction as an “App-ologist” due to her study of the pedagogy teaching with mobile apps, and her curation of mobile apps for all spectrum of education.

Melton is the winner of numerous international technology awards; the latest being the 2016 MERLOT Technology Distinguished Leadership Award, CDE Top 30- 2014 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers Award, 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator, WCET 2012 Technology WOW Teaching Award, coordinating educational professional development and training with HP, Microsoft, Dell, Samsung, Apple, Google, Verizon Wireless, ATT, etc. and championing her organization to be recognized as the 2017 ‘100 Outstanding Organizational Leaders in Educational Technology. Her mission is for digital equity!