eXtension Announces Speakers for March National Conference

The eXtension Foundation announced today the lineup of speakers who will headline its National eXtension Conference: From Innovation to Impact to be held March 22-25 in San Antonio, Texas. All Extension professionals are invited to attend this conference that offers a rich array of innovation and professional development learning opportunities.

John StepperKeynote speaker on Wednesday, March 23, will be John Stepper, author of Working Out Loud, widely heralded as the new roadmap for working more effectively in our new increasingly digital environment. Says Stepper of his concept, “Working Out Loud starts with making your work visible in such a way that it might help others. When you do that – when you work in a more open, connected way – you can build a purposeful network that makes you more effective and provides access to more opportunities.”
Paul Pangaro, PhDKeynote speaker on Thursday, March 24, will be Paul Pangaro, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the MFA Interaction Design program at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Dr. Pangaro teaches, researches and consults on “designing for conversation” to develop and implement innovations, software and organizational processes. In sessions in both conference tracks, he will show how designing new conversations with the right range of perspectives can take impact to the next level.
Tom FoxCapstone speaker on Friday, March 25, will be Tom Fox, Vice President for Leadership and Innovation at the Partnership for Public Service. He oversees the Partnership’s Center for Government Leadership (CGL) and growing portfolio on innovation in government. He also writes the FedCoach column for The Washington Post. Reflecting innovation, he comments, “…too many people give up too easily. If you’re certain your idea is worth implementation, listen to the feedback you receive and continue improving upon your idea until it prevails.”

Also speaking on Friday morning will be two Cooperative Extension System and ECOP (Extension Committee on Organization and Policy) leaders.

Michelle Rodgers, PhD

Michelle Rodgers, PhD, Chair of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) and Associate Director Cooperative Extension and Outreach at the University of Delaware.
Keith L. Smith, PhD

Keith L. Smith, PhD, retired Director of Cooperative Extension at The Ohio State University, a strong advocate for innovation in the Cooperative Extension System and Chair of the new ECOP Innovation Task Force, a follow-up of the Cooperative Extension System Innovation Inventory, which he also chaired.

Together Drs. Rodgers and Smith will launch the new ECOP Innovation Task Force in conjunction with the task force’s first meeting held at the National eXtension Conference. The Innovation Task Force’s objective will be to build on the findings of the Innovation Inventory to develop guidelines for implementing innovation strategies throughout the Extension system.

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