Bernardo, Lynch Round Out NeXC2012 Keynoters

Theresa Bernardo, Founding Director of the Information Technology Center, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Amy Lynch, author and generations expert, will join futurist Devin Fidler as keynote speakers for the 2012 National eXtension Conference, October 1-5, 2012.

Dr. Theresa Bernardo works at the intersection of new information technologies with health, education and international development. She is currently leading multidisciplinary initiatives at Michigan State University that incorporate new media and collaborative behaviors to promote healthy people, communities, environments and economies. She has over a decade of international experience in the United Nations and Inter-American systems in health informatics (humans/food/animals/plants).

Amy Lynch understands the differences between generations as well as the key needs and values that bring them together. She helps leaders, managers, and co-workers understand how to turn generational awareness into action, providing practical solutions for how to recruit, retain, train, engage, and communicate with all four generations more effectively. Her work is based on hundreds of interviews, focus groups, and surveys with the Traditionalists, Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials who make up today’s workforce. For more than 10 years, Amy has been researching the generations and wrote the award-winning book How Can You Say That? about parent-teen communication. Today she brings her deep understanding of the psychology and work ethic of each generation to the workplace.

“Once again we are thrilled to announce that two more exciting speakers are joining our NeXC2012 program,” said Carla Craycraft, NeXC2012 program committee chair. “With these three top notch speakers and over 30 concurrent sessions and general sessions, this program will be a great opportunity for CES professional development.”

The deadline for submission of breakout and IGNITE sessions was June 29. Review of the proposals is underway and should be announced on July 20.

Nominations are also being accepted for Community of Practice awards, Be, Grow, Create Institutional Team Awards, and new “Working Differently” awards. Award nominations are due August 1, 2012!