General Session Speakers

Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson

Keynote Address - Monday

An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world's leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks at the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.

Sir Robinson works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and leading cultural organizations. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of SE Asia.

Called "one of the world's elite thinkers on creativity and innovation" by Fast Company magazine, Robinson has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in the Thinkers50 list of the world's leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME/Fortune/CNN's Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published by Viking in May 2013 and is also a New York Times bestseller. His latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), written with Robinson's trademark wit and engaging style, includes groundbreaking research and tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation's troubled educational system.

Susan Cain

Susan Cain

NBOA Leadership Awards Lunch - Tuesday

Susan Cain is the co-founder of Quiet Revolution and the author of the bestsellers Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, which has been translated into 40 languages, has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over four years, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Cain one of its Most Creative People in Business. Cain is also the co-founder of the Quiet Schools Network and the Quiet Leadership Institute.

Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 14 million times and was named by Bill Gates one of his all-time favorite talks. Cain has also spoken at Microsoft, Google, the US Treasury, the SEC, Harvard, Yale, West Point and the US Naval Academy. She received Harvard Law School's Celebration Award for Thought Leadership, the Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award for Communication and Leadership, and was named one of the world's top 50 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc. Magazine. She is an honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons. Visit Cain and the Quiet Revolution at www.quietrev.com.

Scott Bauer

Anne-Marie Balzano

Scott Bauer and Anne-Marie Balzano

Business Officer Breakfast - Wednesday

Scott C. Bauer is professor and director of the Education Leadership program in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. His research and teaching focus on the development of teacher leaders, the organizational design of schools, the connection of education research to practice and the preparation of school leaders.

Anne-Marie Balzano is an assistant professor and academic coordinator of the Education Leadership program in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. She teaches courses about developing and evaluating curriculum, leading school and communities, and using research to lead school improvement. She began her career in education as a middle school language arts teacher and a secondary school administrator.