Baba Brinkman, Rap Artist, Playwright, and Creator of “The Rap Guide to Consciousness”

Baba Brinkman is a rap artist, award-winning playwright, and former tree-planter who has personally planted more than one million trees. (What a legacy!) His best known for his “Rap Guide” series of plays and albums, including his latest work, The Rap Guide to Consciousness. I must admit that I don’t consider myself much of a fan of rap music, but I’m going to have to rewire my brain on that subject.

Futurist Bill Jensen: Are You Ready for the Future?

Futurist, change expert and CEO of the Jensen Group, Bill Jensen (aka “Simpleton Bill”) helps companies, teams, and individuals double their productivity and pursue their passions. Bill has spent the past 25 years studying how work gets done, and I was thrilled to have him join our Brain Matters Online Conference in 2015. Future Strong is his eighth book and we’re featuring it on Margie’s Bookshelf. You can find all of his work at http://www.simplerwork.com.

Bill and I got together to talk about his unique perspective on Joseph’s Campbell’s work, how Millennials (and many others) view their employers, and how we can all be more resilient in the face of disruptive change by facing five fundamental choices in our lives.

I strongly recommend this podcast for every learning professional – you’ll see why when you listen!

Dr. Greg Gage – Backyard Brains – Neuroscience for Everyone!

Dr. Greg Gage is a neuroscientist, biomedical engineer, co-founder of Backyard Brains, and TED Fellow. He spent many years as an electrical engineer designing retail systems before returning to grad school to pursue his passion for neuroscience. We talked about his exciting project to create a community of amateur neuroscientists, his plan to teach a generation of kids to think like a scientist and the complexity of the brain in this fun and fascinating conversation.

Chad Bellin – Getting Started in Augmented and Virtual Reality

Chad Bellin is a technology executive with over 18 years experience across several industries. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Chad has had the opportunity to work for some amazing startups as well as with larger companies like Mitel, Rockwell Automation, and IBM. With a passion for product development, Chad enjoys both gathering market data and leading engineers to build amazing solutions. At Mindspace, Chad leads several groups, including the engineering team responsible for the development of the Fathom LMS. We got together to talk about our shared interest the exciting opportunities to enhance learning with Augmented and Virtual Reality.

Mike Simmons – Sales Training with the Brain in Mind

If you’re thinking that this topic is only for those of us who directly design and deliver sales training, think again! Every learning professional must “sell” content and target behaviors to be effective. My guest in this session is Mike Simmons, co-founder of Catalyst Sale, a full-service Sales Management Consultancy that builds Sales capability and capacity for organizations.

Lisa Fain – The Power of Cultural Competency

Lisa Fain is the Leadership Development Services’ Vice President and lead in diversity strategy, cross-cultural competency and conflict resolution at the Center for Mentoring Excellence. Her passion for diversity and inclusion work fuels her strong conviction that leveraging differences creates a better workplace and drives better business results. Lisa has trained thousands of employees at a variety of companies, large and small, on how to create a better workplace. Lisa is a life coach and a certified mediator. She graduated with a B.S. in Social Policy from Northwestern University and holds a JD from Northwestern University School of Law.