Saturday, February 23, 2019



John Quinones
Co-Anchor, ABC's "Primetime"
Tuesday, Mar
ch 26 - 9:30 am
John Quiñones is the Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC newsmagazine "Primetime" and has been with the network nearly 25 years. He is the sole anchor of the "Primetime" series "What Would You Do?," one of the highest-rated newsmagazine franchises of recent years. During his tenure he has reported extensively for ABC News, predominantly serving as a correspondent for "Primetime" and "20/20". Quiñones' work for "What Would You Do?" captures people's reactions when confronted with dilemmas compelling them to either act or walk away.

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Stan Pearson
"How to be the IT in Your Industry"

Wednesday, March 27 - 8:30 am

When you see someone successful, talented or famous, you often hear others say, “Wow, they really have 'IT' or 'IT' really moved me”. We can go a lifetime saying the phrase while wondering why we don’t feel like we have “IT”, know what “IT” is, or how to use “IT” once you know what “IT” all means. With humor and powerful-to-implement ways, Stan helps you outline your skill set and plan of action in achieving. Learn techniques that will help you reach your new height and how to be the best at what you do. When you leave, you will know and understand, how to be the “IT”.

Stan Pearson is a Salsa dancing, Spanish-speaking presenter who uses comedy, interactive activities, and real life easy-to-apply expertise to connect to his audience. He has spoken in over 40 states in the U.S. in addition to Mexico, British Virgin Islands and Canada. His presentations connect, entertain and educate everyone regardless of race, cultural or socio-economic backgrounds.

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 Dr. Susan Aldridge
"Why Quality Matters in the Battle for Online Education’s Future"
Thursday, March 28 - 12:00 pm

Although online education has been around for 20 years now, the MOOC phenomenon has suddenly sent educators running to jump on the bandwagon, turning skeptics into converts almost overnight. But as MOOCs gain momentum among high profile providers, institutional brand has quickly become a substitute for effective teaching and learning, ignoring decades of groundbreaking distance education research and practice. Consequently, most of these massive experiments fail to capitalize on the real power of technology as an exceptional tool for engaging learners in active and authentic learning experiences. In moving past the hype, Dr. Susan Aldridge will take an in-depth look at how online pioneers can refocus the spotlight on quality, and why our efforts are so critical to the future of online education.

Dr. Aldridge is a Senior Fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in Washington, DC where her research, writing, and frequent speeches focus on higher education leadership, university growth strategies, technology mediated models of education, student enrollment and retention, and adult education including military students and veterans. She is writing a book for university presidents regarding distance education, MOOCs and successful delivery models for higher education. As the former President of the University of Maryland University College, Dr. Aldridge is also a consultant on international education initiatives, strategies for developing distance education models, aligning student services with growth strategies, and retention/degree completion opportunities.

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