Margie Meacham, “the Brain Lady”
Brain-aware Instructional design and performance improvement consultant Margie Meacham, “The Brain Lady,” is a scholar-practitioner in the field of education and learning and president of Learningtogo. She specializes in practical applications for neuroscience to enhance learning and performance. Margie’s clients include businesses, schools and universities. In addition to her Brain Matters Blog on learningtogo.info, she also writes a popular blog for the Association of Talent Development (ATD) and has published her first book, Brain Matters: How to help anyone learn anything using neuroscience.
Margie first became interested in the brain as a child with undiagnosed dyslexia. Reading and math were a challenge to her because her brain kept juxtaposing letters and numbers. It didn’t help that one teacher tried to teach Margie to be right-handed when she clearly had a bias for her left hand. Her teachers wanted to hold her back in first grade because she was “slow,” but her parents believed in her and refused to let that happen. Instead, they worked with her at home, helping her learn to read. Although she struggled in the early grades, Margie eventually taught herself how to overcome the challenge of a slight learning disability and became her high school valedictorian. She graduated magna cum laude from Centenary University and earned a Master’s degree in Education from Capella University with a 4.0 average.
Margie started her professional career in high tech sales, where she found that the best way to sell something to a customer was to teach them how it worked. When she was promoted to director of training, Margie discovered her passion for teaching and helping people learn. She became one of the first corporate trainers to use video conferencing and elearning and ventured out into her own consulting company from there. Today she consults for many organizations, helping them design learning experiences that will form new neural connections and marry neuroscience theory with practice.
Margie offers tools and templates for educators on her Learningtogo.info site and is available for keynote speaking appearances, workshops and online conferences. Her online conference, Brain Matters 2015, took place in November 2015. The conference investigated the nature of genius through the lens of neuroscience.
“I believe we are on the verge of so many wonderful discoveries about how we learn. Understanding what happens in the brain is making us better leaders, teachers, parents and employees. We have no limits to what we can accomplish with our wonderful brains – the best survival machines ever built.”
- Brain Matters: How to help anyone learn anything using neuroscience. Book available on Amazon.com
- Brain Matters Blog, Learningtogo.info
- Science of Learning blog, Association for Talent Development
- The MMS Instructional Design Model: A Delphi Study
- A Practical Model for Teaching Leaders How to Think: Solving the impending leadership crisis through neuroscience
- Essentials of Brain-Based Learning (Sponsored by the Association for Talent Development)
- The Neuroscience of Learning, February, 2015, for American Express
- Brainware: The Killer App that Changes Everything ASTD Benchmarking Forum, 11/7/2012
- Mapping Brain Science to Application: A Practical Blueprint, 2015 Learning Solutions, The eLearning Guild
- Applying Brain Science to the Mentoring Process, International Mentoring Association (IMA) April 24, 2015
- Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Kaplan University Annual Conference, 2011
- Web 2.0 Applications in Online Education, Kaplan University Annual Conference, and October 2009
- ADDIE and Rapid Design. Society of Applied Learning Technology conference, 2007
- Linking Competencies and Professional Development. ASTD ICE, 2006