About the Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dana Mortenson
Co-founder and Executive Director, World Savvy

Dana Mortenson is the Co-Founder and CEO of World Savvy, and an award-winning social entrepreneur leading a movement to re-imagine K-12 education for a more diverse, interconnected world. World Savvy is a national education nonprofit working to educate and engage youth as responsible global citizens. World Savvy supports change agents in K-12 education to create more inclusive, adaptive schools that ensure all young people can develop the skills and dispositions needed to thrive in a more diverse, interconnected world. Since 2002 Dana has led the organization through significant national expansion, reaching more than 655,000 middle and high school youth and 4,500 educators across 25 states and 5 countries, from offices based in Minneapolis, San Francisco and New York.

Patti Talbot
Educational Consultant, Blue Roads Educational Group

Patricia A. Talbot, Ed. D., is an educational consultant with Blue Roads Education Group, an organization she co-founded to support professional learning for rural teachers sand leaders striving to prepare citizens for a rapidly changing world. She has over 35 years of experience with public K-12 and higher education predominantly in nearby Montgomery County Public Schools and Radford University. Dr. Talbot provides highly interactive learning experiences that help educators and students to create "homegrown solutions" utilizing local issues and contexts to develop the global competencies necessary for positive changemakers to live and work successfully "anywhere, on anything, with anyone."