Keynote Speakers

peter BishopIn 2013, Dr. Peter Bishop retired as an Associate Professor of Strategic Foresight and Director of the graduate program in Foresight at the University of Houston.  He has published two books on the subject: Thinking about the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight (2007) and Teaching about the Future: The Basics of Foresight Education (2012), both with co-author Andy Hines.  He delivers keynote addresses and conducts seminars on the future for business, government and not-for-profit organizations.  He also facilitates groups in developing scenarios, visions and strategic plans for the future.

Mukti Khaire is an Associate Professor and Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School. She teaches an elective course on entrepreneurship in creative industries that examines the relationship between business and culture.  She has also taught in the HBS Executive Education programs, including custom executive education offerings, the pre-MBA, and START. Mukti currently serves as the Faculty Chair of the School’s 2+2 initiative and is closely involved in the Harvard Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Mukti received her PhD in Management from Columbia Business School.

Featured Speakers

Linda C. CookLinda C. Cook is the Chief Executive Officer of the Edmonton Public Library System. She is responsible for one of the most innovative public library systems in Canada, with 19 branches, a staff complement in excess of 600 people, and a budget of $52 million. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership and contribution to library service, including the University of Alberta’s Library and Information Studies Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award, both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, given for outstanding service to the community, Canadian Association of Public Libraries’ Outstanding Public Library Service Award, Library Association of Alberta’s President’s Award and the Canadian Library Association’s highest honor – Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award.

Corinne Hill has been Executive Director of the Chattanooga Public Library since March 2012. As a sought after public speaker and thought leader on the future of public libraries, Hill has addressed the FCC during the 2013 Broadband Summit and again in 2014 for the E-rate Modernization Workshop. Hill was recently named Library Journal’s 2014 Librarian of the Year and was the 2013 recipient of the Urban Libraries Council’s Joey Rodgers Leadership Award.

Nate HillNate Hill is Deputy Director of the Chattanooga Public Library, where he instigated The 4th Floor project.  In addition to his work at the library, Nate serves on the board of Chattanooga’s Enterprise Center as well as the nonprofit Causeway. He’s been recognized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as an American representative for the International Network of Emerging Library Innovators (INELI) program, and he was named a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2012.  Nate has an undergraduate degree in art from Skidmore College, and a masters degree in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute.  He spends his free time traveling, hiking, or playing blocks, cars, and trains with his awesome wife, son, and daughter.

Melanie HugginsMelanie Huggins is the executive director of Richland Library in Columbia, SC. A noted expert in the areas of strategic planning, collaborations, leadership development and library staffing, she is a frequent speaker and facilitator for other libraries and organizations. Huggins came to Richland Library in 2009 from St. Paul Public Library, where she served as the director.

PilarWith over 20 years’ experience working in regional and public libraries, Pilar Martinez is presently the Deputy CEO at Edmonton Public Library where she is responsible, along with a great team, for leading the overall planning, development, analysis, implementation and strategic management of marketing, communications, fund development, collections , IT, and branch services.   Currently the Past President of the Canadian Library Association, Pilar has served as President of local and provincial library associations.  In 2012, Pilar was recognized for her leadership with the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship Award.

Greg MickellsGreg Mickells started his position of Library Director for Madison Public Library in 2012. Prior to his current position, Mickells held positions as Assistant Director for Lincoln City Libraries (NE), and Library Manager for Douglas County Libraries (CO).  He recently oversaw the completion of a $29M renovation of Madison’s Central Library which opened to the public in September 2013. The new Central Library features “The Bubbler”, a program philosophy to create a platform for makers projects and other creators.

Rebecca MillerRebecca T. Miller  is Editorial Director, Library Journal and School Library Journal. Her background in libraries dates to 1998 when she joined the book review staff of the Library Journal. In the intervening years, serving as Executive Editor for LJ and subsequently Editor-in-Chief of School Library Journal, she helped launch several new products and drove the evolution of the content strategy of these key brands. She also served for six years on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, two as President.

Tyler YountTyler Yount is working to improve the way city government interacts with citizens as Civic Engagement Coordinator for the City of Chattanooga. He works to train neighborhood leaders on how to build their organizational capacity, bring user experience design to city hall, create more opportunities for citizens to get involved with City projects and initiatives, and improve government’s relationship with community stakeholders.

Tyler also loves politics. He worked as a field organizer for political campaigns after graduating high school and while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Indiana University. Prior to working in Civic Engagement, he managed campaigns for candidates running for local office in East Tennessee.

November 13-14, 2014

Chattanooga Public Library
1001 Broad St
Chattanooga, TN 37402

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