​#FearBoss Judi Holler Announced as Keynote Speaker for PLTW Summit

INDIANAPOLIS  – Project Lead The Way (PLTW) today announced Judi Holler as the keynote speaker for the 2019-20 PLTW Summit experiences. Holler’s book titled “Fear Is My Homeboy: How to Slay Doubt, Boss Up, and Succeed on Your Own Terms” helps readers transform fear into a powerful secret weapon to fear less and succeed on their own terms.

At PLTW Summit, she’ll share with the PLTW network how to overcome fear and use it as a tool to achieve peak performance and empower their students and inspire creativity and innovation.

“The courage we see in educators is contagious,” Holler said. “When we see teachers do brave things inside and outside of the classroom, it makes us want to be braver for ourselves. The moment we really begin to understand how to manage fear both personally and professionally, we will begin to fear LESS and DO more.  This is how we make change in our lives, in our schools, in our classrooms, and with our students."

Holler has a vision for a world so brave that fear is actually a motivator. She is a keynote speaker, best-selling author, and a professionally trained improviser and alumni of The Second City’s Conservatory in Chicago.

“PLTW is proud to partner with our teachers and educational leaders to provide an inspiring, engaging, and empowering experience for our students,” said Vince Bertram, PLTW president and CEO. “That’s why we look forward to sharing Judi’s expertise on how to be comfortable with fear and ignite creativity and innovation in their classrooms, schools, and districts.”

PLTW Summit is the premier gathering for the PLTW network of individuals dedicated to preparing students with the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills they need to succeed in college and careers. PLTW provides access to the PLTW Summit experiences in four cities across the nation:

Hundreds of guests at each location – including educators, students, and business and industry leaders – will discover best practices for delivering and supporting hands-on learning experiences through interactive workshops and other exciting sessions.

Guests will have access to scaffolded professional development around topics relevant to any education professional to enhance professional growth beyond PLTW. Attendees will also have opportunities to earn continuing education units (CEUs) awarded by PLTW, an International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Accredited Provider. IACET CEUs are recognized by a wide range of organizations including several state departments of education and school districts.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW)) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Approximately 11,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.

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