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Speakers

BbWorld 2018 will feature an amazing line-up of talented speakers, including keynotes, clients, and industry experts.

Tuesday Keynote: Sheila C. Johnson

Sheila C. Johnson, founder of Salamander Hotels and Resorts and Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, will deliver a keynote address at BbWorld 2018.

Ms. Johnson is a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist whose accomplishments span hospitality, sports, TV/film, the arts, education, women’s empowerment and community development. She is the founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, a collection of luxury properties. In addition, as Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Ms. Johnson is the only African-American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.

A fervent supporter of education, Ms. Johnson serves on the Board of Governors of Parsons The New School for Design in New York, and is a member of the Leadership Council at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership (CPL) and founder of the Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellowship, which supports emerging leaders who share a commitment to reducing disparities in African-American communities. She is also a board member of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Watch a video from Ms. Johnson

Wednesday: Inclusive Education Panel

One fundamental challenge in today’s complex education landscape is ensuring that every student has access to an inclusive learning environment. While checking a box to meet legal requirements was once the norm, many schools and institutions are broadening how they think about inclusive education to meet the needs of all learners–regardless of physical or cognitive disabilities or learning preferences – to drive student success. Let’s talk to experts about how they’re changing the conversation around inclusive education, and the culture change that can drive student success for all.

Moderator: Scott Jaschik

Editor/Co-Founder, Inside Higher Ed

Panelist: Heidi Pettyjohn

EIT Accessibility Coordinator and Director of Strategic Priorities, University of Cincinnati 

Panelist: Lucy Grecko

Web Accessibility Evangelist, University of California, Berkeley

Panelist: Marie
Cini

President, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Panelist: Marc Booker

Associate Provost, Strategic Initiatives and Implementation, University of Phoenix

Thursday Keynote: Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam is the host of NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast and radio show. His goal is to help people think about the world in new and interesting ways. He is endlessly fascinated by research in fields ranging from psychology and history to sociology and economics.

Before joining NPR in 2011, Vedantam spent 10 years as a reporter at The Washington Post. From 2007 to 2009, he was also a columnist, and wrote the Department of Human Behavior column for the Post.

Vedantam is the author of the non-fiction book, The Hidden Brain: How our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Our Lives. The book, published in 2010, describes how unconscious biases influence people.

In 2009-2010, Vedantam served as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

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