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Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander is a futurist, researcher, writer, speaker,consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry. Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative.
From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow. Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda.
In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad. Bryan also speaks widely and publishes frequently.
 

Joyce Gioia, MBA, CMC, CSP.

Celebrity Futurist, Certified Speaking Professional, and Certified Management Consultant Gioia [joy-yah] has helped thousands of clients create a more stable workforce, by focusing on the human side of business. Her clients have included American Honda, Caterpillar, Procter and Gamble, MetLife, AT&T, SAP, the Government of Singapore, and the States of Colorado, Kansas, and North Carolina. A sought-after professional speaker for over 20 years, Gioia has spoken in 47 states and on seven continents. She is featured regularly in national media like Industry Week, Inc., The Christian Science Monitor, Business Week, Entrepreneur, National Public Radio, and MSNBC. Having earned three masters degrees, including an MBA, Gioia is also author of five books, including three business bestsellers: Impending Crisis: Too Many Jobs, Too Few People and How to Become an Employer of Choice, and Lean & Meaningful. She has appeared on local and national television over 50 times in the last 19 months. Most recently, Gioia has a new TV show, called Looking Forward with Joyce Gioia, where she interviews the top thought leaders in their fields to keep her viewers “ahead of the curve”. 

 Bob Stein

Bob Stein has been engaged with electronic publishing full-time since 1980, when he spent a year researching and writing a paper forEncyclopedia Britannica - "EB and the Intellectual Tools of the Future."  In 1984 he founded The Criterion Collection, a critically acclaimed series of definitive films, which included the first supplementary sections and director commentaries and introduced the letterbox format. He also founded The Voyager Company, which in 1989 published one of the first commercial CD-ROMs, The CD Companion to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. In 1992 Voyager published the first electronic books, including Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park.
In 2004 The Macarthur Foundation provided a generous grant with which Stein founded the Institute for the Future of the Book, a small think & do tank aimed at exploring and influencing the evolution of new forms of intellectual expression. In 2005 the Institute published the first "networked books," which were instrumental in the recognition of the important shift to social reading and writing as discourse moves from printed pages to networked screens. 


 

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