2021 logo round edges.jpg

George Couros


George Couros is a worldwide leader in the area of innovative teaching, learning, and leading, and has a focus on innovation as a human endeavor.  his belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people's hearts, is modeled in his writing and speaking.  He has worked with all levels of schools, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is currently an Adjunct Instructor with the Graduate School of Education at University of Pennsylvania.  George is also the author of the book, The Innovator's Mindset, Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a culture of Creativity.  His latest book is Innovative Inside the Box.

Chase Mielke


Chase Mielke has been awarded multiple honors, including being a Michigan Teach of the Year nominee and an Allegan County "Outstanding People for Education" recipient.  For his work minimizing the achievement gap with at-risk high schoolers, his Positive Psychology program received a Michigan Association of School Administrator's "Winner's Circle Award."  The program teaches concepts of positive emotion, engagement, meaning, and accomplishment to hundreds of students each year, especially at-risk high schoolers.  Consistently, students reduce failure rates by at leave 50% each year.  As an engaging, nationally recognized speaker, he has traveled across the nation to speak with students and educators on topics of resilience, mindset, applied neuroscience, and positive psychology.