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Plenary Speakers

7th Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning at CNM

Heather McGowan

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The morning keynote speaker will be Heather McGowan. Recognized as the 2017 #1 global voice for Education on LinkedIn media network, Heather McGowan is an internationally known speaker, writer, and thought leader. McGowan prepares leaders to most-effectively react to rapid and disruptive changes in education, work, and society. As an innovation strategist, Heather has worked with diverse teams to address these challenges. Recognizing that business innovation begins with education, specifically learning faster than your competition, she has worked with university presidents and corporate human resources managers to prepare both graduates and workers for jobs that do not yet exist. She was the strategic architect of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce at Philadelphia University (now Jefferson), the first undergraduate college explicitly focused on innovation. At Becker College, she crafted the Agile Mindset learning framework used to prepare students to work in an uncertain future. She assists corporate executives in rethinking their business models, teams, and organizational structures to become resilient in changing markets. Her corporate clients range from start-ups to publicly traded, Fortune 500 companies, including Autodesk and BD Medical. Often quoted in the media, notably by NYT columnist Thomas L Friedman for her thought leadership in the Future of Work, McGowan also serves on the advisory board for Sparks & Honey, a New York-based culture focused agency focused on the future for brands. 

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Michelle DuVal

Michelle DuVal

Michelle DuVal will provide the closing plenary keynote address. Michelle is the leading provider of Mindfulness Training in the Southwest United States, with her ongoing programs appearing in such top institutions as Presbyterian, the New Mexico Heart Institute, Sandia National Laboratories, the University of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Public School system, the American Lung Association, and more. Her skill in teaching comes not only from her training with the top meditation masters in the world, but also from her father, who started The Mindful Center more than 25 years ago after meditation literally saved his life, and he responded to the powerful need to share the practice with others. All of her programs are evidence based, steeped in research, and skillfully interweave the profundity of the practice and the humor of insight every step of the way.

During the conference day, multiple concurrent sessions will address the future of work and learning, wellness inside and outside of the classroom, professionalism and soft skills, and a variety of topics in teaching and learning, including active learning and student engagement, digital pedagogy, diversity, distance learning, and other topics related to best practices in teaching adults at the community college. The presenters come from CNM and several other institutions in New Mexico and Arizona, with more than 1/3 of the sessions presented by faculty and staff from outside of CNM. As much as the venue allows, sessions will model an educational culture and philosophy promoting small group, workshop-style sessions. 

Afternoon Plenary Address Resources

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