Keynote Speakers

Thomas C. Murray serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools®, a project of All4ED, located in Washington, D.C. He has testified before the United States Congress and has worked alongside that body, the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered learning while helping to lead Future Ready Schools® and Digital Learning Day. An ASCD best-selling author, Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named the "2018 National/Global EdTech Leader of the Year," by EdTech Digest, the "2017 Education Thought Leader of the Year," one of "20 to Watch" by NSBA in 2016, and the "Education Policy Person of the Year" by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His best-selling book,  Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today, co-authored with Eric Sheninger and published by ASCD, was released in June 2017. His most recent book, Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Impact a Lifetime, was released in October of 2019. Prior to moving to his role in Washington, D.C., Murray served as an elementary teacher, middle school teacher, middle school principal, elementary principal, and at the district level. He is most passionate about creating cultures of innovation where teachers are empowered to create the types of learning experiences today's modern learners need to thrive.

Kim Strobel is a renowned motivational speaker with a global reach, inspiring schools, businesses, and organizations to prioritize happiness and strive for greater fulfillment in life. With her powerful presence and expertise, Kim acts as an influencer, consultant, and author, transforming the way institutions focus on well-being. By teaching individuals how to reclaim happiness, ignite their passion, and lead with purpose, Kim’s refreshing “real talk” approach allows her to connect authentically with audiences worldwide. Drawing on her extensive 25-year education career as a former teacher and curriculum director, Kim has collaborated with educators at all levels to introduce innovative and inspiring practices in the classroom. Her efforts have resulted in increased academic achievement and the creation of positive school-wide environments. Through thought-provoking research, heartfelt stories, and actionable steps, Kim aims to inspire individuals to achieve life-changing results.


Recognizing the impact of her work, esteemed entities such as Google, State Departments of Education, and various schools, organizations, and corporations consistently seek Kim’s guidance to enhance their overall culture and performance. As a consultant, she assists these organizations in cultivating happiness and well-being habits that facilitate mindshifts for tangible results.


When not captivating audiences on stage, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, son, extended family, and three rescue dogs. She is a dedicated runner, an avid book lover, and has been faithfully enjoying Friday lunch dates with her beloved 99-year-old grandmother for the past 23 years. As an animal rescuer, Kim has personally saved 187 dogs to date, demonstrating her compassion and commitment to making a positive impact.

Spotlight Speakers

Buddy Berry has a passion for reinventing the K-12 school experience. His School on FIRE (Framework of Innovation for Reinventing Education) model is currently in it's 9th full year of implementation and is seeing dramatic results. Dr. Berry is in his 12th year as Superintendent of Eminence Independent Schools and his team’s success has allowed him to be invited to the White House twice, the first as one of the 100 top school Superintendents in America at their only National Connected Superintendents Summit. Dr. Berry’s work and school district has also been the focus of numerous media and news stories released by Edutopia (George Lucas Films) for several videos. Most importantly, Buddy is married to the amazing Jessica Berry and the father of four, Brooke, Blaze, Bryce, and Brax.

Jennifer Hasser is a nationally recognized advocate, author, and trainer in the field of reading. The parent of a daughter with dyslexia, Jennifer knows firsthand the challenges children and adolescents with learning difficulties face and has devoted her life to leveling the playing field. Jennifer’s passion for education began in the high school behavior disorder classroom where she was awarded Special Education Teacher of the Year by Georgia State University. After earning degrees in Education, Political Science, and History as well as a Masters of Education in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders, she went on to found Syllables Learning Center and author the Kendore Kingdom curriculum (formerly called SMART). Currently Executive Director of Kendore Learning and Syllables Learning Center, Jennifer uses her expertise to guide reading remediation and enrichment in both one-on-one and classroom settings.

Since 2003, Jennifer has trained more than a thousand teachers in the Kendore/SMART curriculum and helped thousands of students acquire language skills. She is a regular presenter at reading and dyslexia conferences and serves as an educational consultant to a number of Atlanta-area schools. In addition, she designs, develops and implements RTI plans for public schools. Jennifer’s literacy advocacy extends beyond the classroom to funding and awareness. Most recently, she launched Kendore Cares, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing literacy services to underserved students.

Kevin Dill serves as President and C.E.O. of SNT Ed. Consulting, LLC. He trains teachers, school leaders, and other education support personnel across the country on best practices for teaching and supporting students with chronic disruptive behavior and learning challenges.

During his tenure in education, Kevin served as a Special Education Teacher, Principal, and Director of Special Education. He is a specialist in the area of student behavior focusing on systems change and innovative practices to eliminate chronic disruptive behavior- with over 20 years of teaching the most chronically disruptive students.

As the chief consultant and advisor with many school districts and corporations throughout the United States, Kevin has worked with schools to design and change systems and teaching to eliminate disruptive behavior, improve social-emotional learning, and student engagement. He has authored several education resources including the Most Powerful Solutions to Eliminating Chronic Disruptive Behavior in Your Classroom. 

Shelly Wilfong, is assistant superintendent of Wawasee Community School Corporation in Syracuse, Indiana. She has been an educational professional for 30 years, with 19 years as a classroom teacher. Dr. Wilfong’s main responsibilities include all aspects of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She also enjoys working with educational professionals as an adjunct for Indiana State University. Prior to her current role, Dr. Wilfong served as a district chief analytics officer, her main responsibilities including assessment and data analysis, support to staff in understanding and interpreting data, program evaluation, and leading initiatives to improve student achievement.

Throughout her career, Dr. Wilfong has presented at multiple national and international conferences, including for ASCD, International Baccalaureate Americas, and Indiana Association of School Principals. Dr. Wilfong became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2000, and while a teacher, she was a guest panelist for National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation on the topics of teaching students about the presidential election (2000) and student reaction to the Iraq war (2003).

Dr. Wilfong earned a bachelor’s degree in history and education from Huntington University in Indiana, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a doctorate from Indiana State University.

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