Former First Lady Laura Bush

A Special Keynote Speaker Announcement from Elliott Masie:

Former First Lady 
Laura W. Bush


We are pleased to announce former First Lady Laura W. Bush as a keynote speaker at Learning 2018.

Mrs. Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009), is a leading voice for spreading freedom and promoting human rights across the globe. As First Lady, Mrs. Bush advocated the importance of literacy and education to advance opportunity for America’s young people and to foster healthy families and communities. Today, Mrs. Bush pursues her work on global healthcare innovations and empowering women in emerging democracies through the George W. Bush Institute.

Mrs. Bush is the author of the bestselling memoir, Spoken From the Heart. She serves on many boards, including the National Advisory Board for the Salvation Army, the Council for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Board of Trustees for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

Recently, Mrs. Bush authored the foreword to We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope (March, 2016). The book chronicles powerful stories of courageous women in Afghanistan and the risks they face on their journey to build peaceful communities in their country.

Born in Midland, Texas to Jenna and Harold Welch, Laura Bush holds a degree in education and a master’s degree in library science. She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, and worked as a public school librarian.

“Mrs. Bush’s presentation and will set the stage for rich dialogues at Learning 2018”, says Elliott Masie, Host and Chair of the event.

Learning 2018 will be held in Orlando, Florida from November 4 to 7 at Walt Disney World.

Other Learning 2018 keynote speakers include: Leslie Odom, Jr., star of “Hamilton” and author of “Failing Up”; author Daniel Pink; and VR specialist Vicki Lau. Learning 2018 is produced by a collaborative of 200 global corporations, focused on improving workplace learning and training. 

Vicki Lau - Disruptive Keynoter on VR

Vicki Lau will be a Disruptive Keynoter at Learning 2018! 

Entering the Hollywood film industry from Singapore with no connections, Vicki Lau landed portfolio blockbuster movies and shows such as “The Walking Dead” and “War for the Planet of the Apes,” becoming a sought-after VFX freelancer in under 2 years, whilst working at mobile and VR early-stage startups in Silicon Valley and Beach. Independently, she had amassed 40 crew members for her short film, which debuted at film festivals. An artist, programmer and entrepreneur, Vicki brings her experiences from varying industries to provide a Disruptive Interactive Keynote at Learning 2018!

Genius Bar for Learning!

Learning Genius Bar for Learning Innovations!  We are very excited to add a "Learning Genius Bar" at Learning 2018 - harnessing the expertise, experience and collaboration of our 2,000 global learning participants.

Our "Genius" Volunteers will be organized by area of expertise (eg. Design Models, xAPI, Mobile Tech, Assessment, Organizational Politics, Compliance, UserExperience, Facilitation, Leadership and more).   Learning 2018 Participants can reserve time at the Genius Bar as individuals or as a small group from a company with a common concern. 

Dan Pink, Author of "When"

We are honored to have Dan Pink as one of our featured keynoters at Learning 2018.

Daniel H. Pink is one of the best-selling nonfiction authors of the last decade. His books on work, business, and behavior have been translated into 35 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. His books include:

  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (January 2018)
  • To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
  • The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need.
  • Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself

Pink was host and co-executive producer of Crowd Control, a National Geographic Television series on behavioral science. He also appears frequently on NPR’s Hidden Brain, the PBS NewsHour, and other TV and radio networks in the US and abroad.

His TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 19 million views. His RSA Animate video about the ideas in his book, Drive, has collected more than 14 million views.

He currently serves on the advisory boards of Hubspot, Heleo, Betterment Institutional, and RiseSmart.


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