Public Media Thought Leaders Forum
        presented by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting


  Monday January 22

11:30 AM


Opening Remarks
Patricia de Stacy Harrison, CPB president and CEO
Eric Hyyppa, NETA president
Paula Kerger, PBS president and CEO
Elizabeth Sembler, member, CPB board of directors
Deb Sanchez, CPB senior vice president, education & children's content
How to Utilize Disruption
with Michael Horn, moderated by Steve Bass, Oregon Public Broadcasting president and CEO. 


Speaker: Michael Horn is chief strategy officer for Entangled Ventures, an education technology studio, co-founder and distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute, a nonprofit think tank. He is a nationally recognized expert on disruptive innovation and the future of education.

  2:00 PM

Who's Funding What, and Why?
Anne Brachman, senior vice president, government affairs, CPB
Molly Phillips, e
xecutive director and general manager, Iowa Public Television
David Callahan, founder and editor, Inside Philanthropy and author of "The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age." Mr. Callahan provides expert perspective on the expectations of funders and philanthropists and the basic questions of who is funding what and why.
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 3:00 PM

Engaging The People formerly known as "The Audience"
Linda Burch, co-founder and chief education and strategy officer, Common Sense Media. Ms. Burch leads the organization’s efforts to provide parents and educators with information, advice, and tools to help harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

Kevin Clark, professor of learning technologies and founding director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity at George Mason University. Dr. Clark’s research focuses on the role of interactive and digital media in education, broadening participation in STEM, and issues of diversity in children’s media.
Mimi Ito, MacArthur Foundation chair in digital media and learning at the  University of California Irvine. Dr. Ito is a cultural anthropologist and author of “Participatory Culture in a Networked Era” and “Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Youth Living and Learning with New Media”. Dr. Ito’s career as a cultural anthropologist focuses on technology use and examining children and youth’s changing relationships to media and communications.

  4:15 PM

Connecting to Your Community: Virtually and in Real Time

Learn from your colleagues about successful practices in education and community engagement that helped strengthen their service and bring in new audiences.

Darcy Bakkegard, teacher ambassador, Prairie Public Broadcasting (invited)

Roy Clem, executive director, Alabama Public Television

Jennifer Crutchfield, director of public relations, WTCI/Chattanooga

Scott Finn, executive director and CEO, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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5:15 PM Book Signing
5:45 PM Reception

6:45 PM

Dinner - A Conversation with J.D. Vance
J.D. Vance’s bestselling “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” gave millions of readers a better understanding of the parts of society that feel forgotten in America today. He is a much sought-after speaker on achievement, overcoming obstacles and investing in transformative economic development. As we reflect on the first day of the Thought Leader Forum, Vance will inspire attendees to think critically about public media service in the future.


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 Tuesday January 23 - Public Media Thought Leader Forum
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  7:45 AM

American Graduate: Getting to Work
Building on the lessons learned on day one, we will explore how through American Graduate stations can prioritize learning, meet the expectations of funders and engage new audiences by focusing on college and career readiness.

John Bridgeland, founder and CEO, Civic LLC. Mr. Bridgeland has led many social enterprise efforts including the Service Year Alliance at The Aspen Institute and the GradNation campaign, for which he co-authored the report, “Building a Grad Nation,” which was key to the development of public media’s American Graduate initiative.

Brandon Busteed, executive director, education and workforce development, Gallup. Mr. Busteed has an expertise in measuring the educational outcomes that matter most and connecting education to jobs and job creation.

Carol D'Amico, vice president, mission advancement and philanthropy, Strada Education Network. Ms. D’Amico is a nationally recognized expert in higher education, workforce development, and business-led involvement in education reform.

John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance. Mr. Gomperts’ experience includes design and implementation of strategic initiatives and forging partnerships and coalitions to ensure student success and engage communities.

  9:45 AM

The legendary rapper, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, noted author, and co-founder of The Felix Organization Darryl McDaniels (@THEKINGDMC) takes the stage.


The 2018 NETA Conference continues after a mid-morning break.
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