2017 Plenaries

This year, the Forum features two Opening Plenaries on Wednesday morning (running simultaneously) in lieu of the Opening Keynote and Breakfast.

7 Seconds that Change Your Life: Presentation & Listening Skills

Allison Clarke

Wednesday, May 31 @ 8:45 AM Liberty Ballroom, Marriott Marquis

Can you step out from behind your emails, tweets, and texts and deliver a face-to-face, short, compelling message with passion and clarity? We know that first impressions are made in the blink of an eye. The ability to capture and keep individuals’ and groups’ attention will ensure you gain more buy in, generate better results, and forge stronger relationships with everyone you encounter. Topics include:

  • Increase your confidence in delivering your message.
  • Learn the single most important secret for effective public speaking.
  • Be more aware of what your body language is saying and manage it.
  • Learn how to maximize your human side for accelerated business results.
  • Listen, connect, and build trust.

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Allison Clarke, CSP is an expert in leadership and influence who brings over 20 years experience in corporate training. She believes no change can happen without the right attitude, a strong vision and effective coaching. She’s helped thousands around the world break through barriers to get results that improve their productivity and profitability.


Drinking from a Firehose: Can Our Ability to Use Data Keep Up with the Flow of New Data?

Jeff Strohl

Wednesday, May 31 @ 8:45 AM Independence Ballroom, Marriott Marquis

This presentation features the idea that education markets are imperfect markets requiring information to reduce structural friction. From this basis, the presentation details areas of evolving practical use of data to guide education and workforce policy. The discussion ends with the statement that information literacy is a larger barrier to progress than is the availability of data.

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Jeff Strohl is Director of Research at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce where he continues his long involvement in the analysis of education and labor market outcomes and policy. He leads the Center's research investigating the supply and demand of education, and how education enhances career opportunities for today's workforce. Before moving to the Center, Dr. Strohl was a Senior Analyst and Project Director at Westat, Inc. Dr. Strohl received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from American University.