Angela Maiers

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About Angela Maiers - Award-Winning Educator, Global Expert and Speaker on Literacy & Leadership:

Angela Maiers is considered one of today’s most influential thought leaders in education and transformative thinking. It is fair to say when she speaks, she leaves no room unchanged. Widely regarded as a global expert - Angela is considered a futurist, innovator, educator, entrepreneur - and change maker. She is on a mission to disrupt the status quo and to empower every individual to change their own world - if not the world around them, for the better.

She has been praised by leaders in business, the military, and administrators of schools of every level from elementary to graduate - around the globe for the life-changing, world-changing impact she has had on the hundreds of thousands of lives with whom she has reached with her message of Mattering.

Most recently, Angela was named by Forbes as one of the Top 5 Edupreneurs to Watch; by IBM as one of the Top 20 Global Influencers, among the Top 100 Women in Technology by Onalytics, and among the Top 20 Education Thought Leaders by TrustEd. She is the author of 9 books on education, including the noted Genius Matters and Classroom Habitudes - and was for many years a prolific contributor to the Huffington Post on innovation, technology, and education.

A much sought-after speaker at conferences, organizations, schools and communities around the globe, Angela’s singular focus is on transforming the people she reaches - to set in motion a change of behaviours and perspectives that will draw out the potential in every person and result in a positive impact on the world. She describes her transformative message and methods as common sense put it into common practice - though deeply-grounded in science.

An educator for 30 years, Angela's work in 78,000 classrooms across 100 countries has rallied more than a million children - who have banded together to launch 170 social enterprises and pass 17 laws. In 2011, she gave a TEDTalk on the power of two simple words: You Matter, and the video went viral. What resulted was the start of a movement which became the global non-profit organization, Choose2Matter. As its Founder, Angela’s mission is to help individuals recognize their value and potential contribution - to change both their own lives and the world.

With her background in education and neuroscience, Angela initially sought to challenge and inspire students to work collaboratively - to develop innovative solutions to social problems. In recent years, Choose2Matter has evolved into a movement that supports parents, educators, employees, and members of the military everywhere. As a result of her work, organizations across all industries are finding new ways to ignite the genius of their employees - successfully addressing a $15 trillion employee engagement problem.

Angela earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a minor in Neuroscience from the University of Iowa - and completed her graduate and post-graduate work at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Angela holds two master's degrees in Literacy and Ed Leadership - and today lives in Lone Tree, Colorado.

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What Angela Maiers Talks About:

HUMANOLOGY: GETTING HUMAN RIGHT IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY
Technology is shaping the future, but it will be HUMANOLOGY that will determine how technology is used – to transform the way we learn, work and live. To stay ahead of an increasingly digital and automated world, we need to start cultivating our most human abilities – and put a premium on our uniquely human skills: judgment, vision, wisdom, creativity, and resilience.

There’s nothing soft about these skills, and we can’t afford to leave them to chance. Harnessing wide-ranging research on human evolution, biology, and psychology – Angela shares a framework for illustrating and understanding what is possible when we blend our technology with our humanity and work, and when we work together toward making the world a better place to be human for us and for our children.

MATTERING IS THE AGENDA
When we think of people who made the biggest impact in our lives, it was the ones who most sincerely believed in us – and who let us know through their words and actions that we mattered. Everyone in our lives need that same validation.

Insignificance is the single most common ailment of the modern world – and does not discriminate by age, title, or position. The impact of insignificance holds true whether you are a brand fighting for a place in the market – or you are a person fighting for your place in the world.

Mattering a universal human need – we cannot capture the minds of our students, colleagues, employees and customers if we do not first capture their hearts. Mattering is as essential to our life, work and well being as is food, water, shelter, and air. Angela explores how to take these common-sense principles and turn them into commonplace and common practice – with frameworks grounded in neuroscience, and proven by 31 years of practice.

You matter is not a statement of inspiration. It is not a project, or strategy, an event, or an item on the agenda – it is the agenda. Mattering is not something that just happens to you. It is something you actively pursue.

Be prepared to be transformed. This workshop will leave you with the knowledge, habits and attitudes you need to transform the culture in your organization – into one in which everyone knows they matter.

LET’S START CALLING THEM REAL SKILLS
Curiosity, courage, creativity, agility and adaptability are not fluffy, nice-to-have value-adds. They’re hard-won and rigorously maintained abilities – that are better referred to as “power skills” so vital to personal and organizational success across and within every field and discipline.

The best part is they are teachable, and we have the data to prove that not only can they be taught at every level – they must be. Come explore with me what that looks like, sounds like – and feels like in your organization.

TACICAL SERENDIPITY
It’s going to be a brave, new digital world in 2020 – but only for those who make the time. Taking the time – to create an effective strategy that aligns their value with what their audience is actively seeking to solve their challenges.

Social media is maturing as an industry; it’s simply not what it used to be. No longer can you just set up a profile, page or a group – and hope to see the “halo” effects. It is no longer just about your posts and likes. It’s not about the number of fans.

Creating a breakthrough Social Media Digital Strategy for 2020 and beyond – requires a balance of randomness and structure.

In this session we will explore:

  • How to create digital ‘moments’ that moves your customer forward towards action
  • How to create a foundation and a keystone that showcases your real value to your audience
  • How to future-proof your business with a strategic architecture that provides flexibility and fluidity in your business – and gives you the focus to create your own break-through

You are merely a click away from your goals and your competitors!

THE BRAVE LEADER: BRINGING COURAGE INTO PRACTICE
For centuries, bravery has been a crucible of leadership – and a fundamental principle for battle of any type and kind.

  • But, what does BRAVE look like?
  • How does BRAVE act and behave?
  • And most importantly – how big can YOUR BRAVE be?

This presentation seeks to answer these questions by putting these elusive concepts of leadership and learning in place – to deliver better results faster for you and those you seek to lead and serve.

Your mission is sacred. The world is hungry for people to step onto their power to affect change. It is by daring to act with the courage we wish to see more of – that we grow our capacity for influence and amplify our impact in the world.

Let’s not wait another second!

RE-IMAGINING INNOVATION
Imagine a classroom where passion-driven genius work is not extracurricular, but is a part of the routine. Students are invited and expected to collaborate to support each other’s genius – to experiment with ideas, discover new possibilities and make epic things happen.

Genius hour is more than a “program” where students do fun projects together. It is an unprecedented opportunity for teachers to guide students in how to be effective learners and citizens – by helping them connect what they do in school to the broader community.

It’s our job to nurture our geniuses so they can change the world. Join us today to unlock a world of genuine curiosity, wonder, and innovation.

CREATING MAGIC FOR YOUR COMMUNITY AND CUSTOMERS
Magic is when your customers trust you enough to allow you to change their story. Learn about the five necessary mind shifts in how you approach the selling process.

Grounded in science, these practical changes are needed to shift your relationship to a more human-based one – and increase success with customers and prospects. It’s a powerful and transformative strategy of taking common sense and putting it into common practice – to not only compete in the marketplace, but eliminate the competition.

YOU ARE A BRAND: WOULD YOU PICK YOURSELF?
Whether it is seeking to excite leaders within your organization about new projects or trying to secure new business contracts – it’s important that you bring your best version of yourself and your business to the process.

It begins with one requirement. You must first value yourself – and understand your worthiness. Setting yourself up for success involves a few key steps that will better position you to win business and make the most of the contacts you have – to build authentic relationships that can lead to new business opportunities.

Angela Maiers will share what steps you need to take as a professional and as a business owner – to be a business that is worthy of being picked. Gain an understanding of what you need to do to enhance business relationships and strengthen your networking strategies.

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 Recent Publications

When I began to assemble the program for my first Community Manager Conference, I was eager to bring in a closing keynote speaker who would attract registrants, create a buzz - and send the attendees home on a high note. Angela Maiers was all of this and more - her keynote was inspiring and actionable, and people still talk about it.

Director of Community - Huffington Post

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