Inspiring and Surprising Keynotes at DevLearn 2012
This year’s line-up of keynote speakers includes individuals who have pushed the creative envelope, defied conventional thinking, climbed the tallest peaks, taken enormous risks, and reached for the stars. Their refusal to accept the status quo is the essence of what has made them successful in their chosen fields. This is your opportunity to be inspired by their stories, and to learn how you can achieve similar successes in your life.
Jon Landau, Academy Award-winning Producer of Avatar and Titanic
Wednesday, October 31, 8:30a – 10:00a
Jon Landau embraces technology so aggressively and successfully that he’s earned an Academy Award and two Golden Globes for his work producing the two highest-grossing movies of all-time, Avatar and Titanic. His understanding of complex technologies, his experience working with creative talent of the highest caliber, and his ability to motivate people has enabled him to have a significant impact on the motion picture industry. At DevLearn, Mr. Landau will share his keen film-industry insights and management and motivational philosophies. He will encourage you to lead your organization, your career, and your life into the brave new world of technology, and the creative possibilities that lie ahead.
Brian Brushwood, Scam School Creator and Entertainer
Wednesday, October 31, 4:15p - 5:15p
Trick and treat! Halloween at DevLearn includes an evening with the amazing Brian Brushwood – magician, entertainer, Podcast host, and author who’s wise to the tricks of frauds and scam artists. In his books, videos, and Podcasts he treats his fans to a healthy dose of wit and wisdom, teaching the tricks of the trade and the human psychology behind it all. Don’t let the hair spikes fool you … he gets it! And when it comes to tech and teaching he’s leading the revolution. Join your eLearning colleagues as Mr. Brushwood takes us all to "scam school", and to a Halloween you’ll never forget!
Alison Levine, Adventurer and Faculty at West Point
Thursday, November 1, 8:30a – 9:45a
Alison Levine is a lifelong learner and teacher. She’s learned perseverance and leadership surviving sub-zero temperatures, hurricane force winds, sudden avalanches ... and a career on Wall Street. As a teacher she shares her leadership experience with future leaders at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Since surviving a life-threatening heart condition, Ms. Levine has embraced challenges of life that most of us will never know including leading the first all-women U.S. Everest team. Join her as she shares her passion and lessons learned, encouraging us to face the fear and uncertainty that surrounds the rapidly changing world.
Jeffrey Ma, Entrepreneur, Author, and Inspiration for the movie 21
Thursday, November 1, 12:15p – 1:30p
When playing blackjack (21) … do you hold on 16? In your organization … should you implement a new training solution? Jeffrey Ma can answer both questions – if you have the right data, analyze it rationally, and have the courage to follow through on the sometimes counterintuitive answers the data provides. Mr. Ma is the subject of the best-selling book Bringing Down the House and the hit movie 21. His book, The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big in Business, tells how he embraced the numbers, moving beyond the blackjack table to win big in the business world. Learn how the power of numbers can change your world.
Dayna Steele, Serial Entrepreneur, Radio & TV Personality, Author
Friday, November 2, 11:00a – 12:15p
In the music industry, the term “going platinum” is synonymous with success. Are you creating platinum eLearning? If not, maybe some rock n’ roll inspiration will help. Legendary Radio Hall of Fame DJ Dayna Steele has found platinum success teaching the leadership lessons she learned from the most successful entertainers of our generation, including Bono and Bruce Springsteen. Don’t let the rock n’ roll mystique fool you; she's the creator of the Space Store, the world’s largest space-related e-commerce venture, and founder of Smart Girls Rock, a social media network and product line encouraging girls to make “smart the new cool.” Her latest book, 101 Ways to Rock Your World.