Opening Keynote Speaker – Michael Bodekaer

Michael Bodekaer is a tireless visionary and the founder of multiple technology companies. His goal is to solve world problems through innovation, bold ideas and enthusiastic, engaged teamwork. One of his companies is Labster; a revolutionary provider of virtual learning simulations that is at the forefront of education technology. Labster is leading the charge of offering high-quality virtual scientific learning content on both web and VR platforms. In his spare time Michael is an avid kite surfer, wakeboarder and Starcraft II enthusiast. He has delivered a number of inspiring presentations that can be found on TED.com and YouTube.

Closing Keynote Speaker – Andy Masters

Andy Masters, MA, CSP is an award-winning author and international speaker based in Orlando, Florida, who has presented over 650+ educational success and professional development programs for faculty, staff, and students.  Andy also served as keynote speaker for the prestigious NISOD “International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence” Conference with over 1,400+ attendees.   Andy has earned 4 degrees and written 5 books–including “37 Keys to College Success: Balancing Student Life & Academics”, “Things LEADERS Say”, and “Life After College: What to Expect and How to Succeed in Your Career.” He is also creator of the recognized “From High School2College” preparation program.  Andy has received the prestigious “CSP” award/designation of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the highest international recognition for professional speakers, of which less than 10% of over 5,000+ speakers worldwide have achieved.  His website is www.Andy-Masters.com (Click on Education).

How to Engage & Inspire Today’s Generation of Students

Andy Masters has presented hundreds of entertaining and inspirational academic success and career development programs for students across North America. He now shares his techniques with college faculty & staff on how to motivate and engage students, while sharing research on what really makes this generation of student “tick.” Andy explores the use of humor, pop culture references, incorporating technology which speaks their language, and inspiring students with young success stories which bring cool careers to LIFE.  He also how we can unleash this “A.D.D.”, tech-savvy generation into the future through incorporating easy “technology in the classroom” techniques–which directly impact student attendance and student retention.  Lastly, Andy shares his inspirational story of how the care and belief of one faculty member and one counselor changed his life forever. Simply put, Andy helps inspire us to inspire our students to even greater heights!