Nationally Renowned Speakers Will Open and Close the 2023 Education Forum

The 2023 Education Forum continues its tradition of delivering some of the most exciting, useful, and thought-provoking presentations with the opening and closing speakers scheduled for this year’s event.

Meet Our Opening Keynote Speaker: Crystal Washington

Hear Crystal Washington, Certified Speaking Professional, on Thursday, October 12 for her opening session: “The Future is NOW: Technology & Trends That Will Revolutionize Post-Graduate Education.”

Washington works with organizations that want to leverage technology to increase profits and productivity. As a technology strategist and certified futurist, Washington takes complex social media, app, and web topics and makes them easy to understand and accessible to everyday people.

Washington’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, including Google, Microsoft, and GE.

As a sought-after keynote speaker, she has entertained and educated audiences around the globe. As one of Forbes’ 50 Leading Female Futurists, Washington appears weekly on season two of the Emmy-nominated documentary show “Life 2.0,” and she’s appeared in numerous publications, including Entrepreneur and Bloomberg Businessweek.

She is regularly called on by major television networks as a tech expert. Washington is the author of the books “One Tech Action” and “The Social Media Why.”

Closing Keynote Speaker: Denise Soler Cox

Denise Soler Cox will present “The Magic of Belonging,” at the closing session on Saturday, October 14.

Soler Cox is an award-winning activist filmmaker, top podcaster, speaker, and author.

She has spoken on hundreds of stages and worked with major brands like Microsoft, Starbucks and L’Oreal. Soler Cox’s work with Project Eñye has been featured by, among others, NBC Nightly News,, and CNN.

She is a distinguished member of the Stanford Latino Leaders Entrepreneur Program and was honored with the 2018 “Bridge Builder Award in Education” from the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Soler Cox is currently producing her second feature-length documentary and writing a book on belonging.

On her website, Soler Cox says in her approach, she “takes the promise of diversity and inclusion and gives it a purpose – belonging – which is vital to everything from market differentiation to employee retention.”

These opening and closing speakers are sure to start the Education Forum with important lessons about how technology can be a partner in your work and end the Forum with lessons on the value of inclusion. However, there will be many other education sessions and events, including the Fall Workshops that precede the Forum, that will make your time in New Orleans valuable and enjoyable. 

Please plan to see both speakers and take advantage of as many of the other benefits of Forum as you can squeeze into this whirlwind of learning and community! Watch the Networker and this website for the latest on the 2023 Education Forum and Fall Workshops.

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