World Future Forum 2019 Testimonials

Thank you for being part of World Future Forum 2019. Here are some testimonials from conference participants.
We hope to see you next year!

The World Future Forum conference is getting educators and academics together to discuss the issues that they have in this transition, empowering students, teaching them, discussing what works what doesn’t work, what issues they confront every day and then not only everyday but over the terms that they are at school whether it is in high school or post-high school.
Charles FranklinVice President of the Future Institute Board of Directors & Owner/Attorney at Franklin Law Group
This conference brings together so many different backgrounds but with the same purpose and that is for student success.
GEORGIEANN BOGDANDirector of Academic Accessibility at Greensboro College
We want to open up the knowledge and the awareness in the country about other opportunities for great careers in addition to four-year college and apprenticeships are certainly one of those.
Virginia RoundsDirector of the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT) Program
You have got a great thing going here! The World Future Forum because without education there is no future.
Lou Agosta, Ph.D.Assistant Professor at Ross Medical University
I really think that everyone should think about putting this on their schedule for next year because you really get a wealth of information. I love the diversity here. It is just great, and I think this is a very good thing to have. Everything is just very good!
Barbara Primm, Ph.D.Department Chairperson of General Education at Ranken Technical College
I think the World Future Forum is going to be a go-to place for educators to get that information that they need to help themselves and their students to become better teachers.
Peggy Sherwin, Ph.D.Adjunct Instructor at Ranken Technical College
I think what is happening right now in our country is going to impact how things go in the future with education whether it is K-12 or higher education… It is good to take little steps towards progress but how can we do some bigger things to transform higher education? So, we are being future oriented. How do we change education at the K-12 level, at the higher education level?
Adele Lozano, Ph.D.Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse
I think it is very important that educators hear from the industry perspective the need for workforce skills and apprenticeship programs.
Hans KrausCorporate Director of Manufacturing at Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp.
In this context of tremendous change, sharing ideas is critical for getting people across school systems, across the nation, across states, and really across the world to identify what might work for them in their environment.
JOHN KLATT, PH.D.Assistant Dean at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Not only as educators do we wish to make an impact on our students, we also hope that we can help our students see how they can make an impact on themselves, and others, and in the world at large. And in the context of the World Future Forum, that certainly has a huge impact relative, to education around the world. So we are excited to get to share that message and both their technical and work and the general experience that the students have in that process.
ROGER SANDERS Valley Education for Employment System and Living miDream Leader
I have come here to gain more knowledge on how to help students in secondary school on their career development activities.
Ireti alao, Ph.D. Chief Lecturer in the Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling at Adeyemi College of Education
It is so important to have organizations and events like the World Future Forum that really bring people together outside of their everyday world. In academia, in education we are so focused on helping young people and in industry for the employer they are so interesting in just getting the job done and making sure they can continue to have those jobs and it is rare to have the opportunity to bring those together. That is why I found this to be a really great event to start talking about that, to ask those questions, to have both sides get to know the other perspective a little bit better, so they can work together to change that conversation and make sure young people can succeed.
Virginia RoundsDirector of the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT) Program
The fact that you have lots of K-12 individuals, university individuals and industry individuals great things can happen from that… The panel this morning from the industry professionals was excellent. Just talking about what are their needs and what can we can do to help out. As a four-year institution, there are times when we push a very traditional, four-year kind of education, but to expand our thoughts about that is an important message to give.
Benjamin Forsyth, Ph.D.Department Head of Educational Psychology and Foundations at the University of Northern Iowa
I think the benefit of this is that these are mostly educators and what I think is very helpful is for us [employers] to be able to communicate is what we need in terms of a worker and the process to get to a skilled worker… We [employers] are a big part of the problem because if we do not communicate what our needs are then we are not going to have somebody that is ready to enter the workforce.
Paul Rimington Emeritus CEO & Safety Officer for Diemasters Manufacturing, Inc.
One of the things that came out of the conversation is that there is an opportunity for more dialogue and there is a lot of shared experience… my takeaway is that there’s not an ‘either/or.’ There’s lots of pathways as well. I think the more we can have that conversation the better it will be for everyone.
Thy NguyenExecutive Director of the Career Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Instead of dropping people into the pool and just saying “swim” we are trying to give them the lessons on how they can swim and swim better so that’s what we are doing with the Future Institute and what the conference is about today with all the various panels and breakout sessions.
Charles FranklinVice President of the Future Institute Board of Directors & Owner/Attorney at Franklin Law Group
I think we need to continue to send that message that education is the key to our future. It is the key to our next generation’s future… Sending that message to educators and everyone involved in that discipline that ‘we support what you do, we encourage what you do, and we want to see you succeed. We want to see your students succeed.’
Michelle RelerfordAssignment Reporter and Fill-In Anchor at NBC 5 News
The World Future Forum and the publications related contributions are providing, I would say, significant data around the importance of education and how to make a difference in the transition from lower school to high school and from high school to college and universities because that is important and it’s going to make a difference to our economy and the quality of life in this country and on the planet.”
Lou Agosta, Ph.D.Assistant Professor at Ross Medical University
This is a time in education where little plans just don’t cut it. We have to think in terms of transformation and revolution.
Elaine Maimon, Ph.D. President at Governors State University
Being revolutionary can simply mean making a real change in a really big way. Dismantling, even, what we have now and reconstruct it in a way that is going to better serve our students.
Adele Lozano, Ph.D.Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse
Because I am a serial entrepreneur, I think we need to take an entrepreneurial approach in how we reinvigorate and reinvent education.
Margaret Johnsson Professor at the College of Business and Management at Northeastern Illinois University
I was able to get a wealth of good information and some things that I am actually going to take back to my institution and hopefully implement. But I think the mixture of knowledge is phenomenal. I love it… I was really able to find out what other people with other institutions were doing. I got some really good insight on how to get students motivated. I think we all agree that with the modern student, today, we have to incorporate various things we hadn’t done in the past in order to keep them engaged, and to keep them focused and keep them in the seat.
Barbara Primm, Ph.D.Department Chairperson of General Education at Ranken Technical College
I think the panel was great. It really helps bridge that gap between what the educators are doing and what the students are doing and, hopefully, narrows the gap of what they need in education and start their career. How they can be more prepared for that… there needs to be a better partnership between a lot of the employers and the schools and the colleges. And even taking some of the students out and learning what it would be like to spend a day doing what you are actually going to school for.
Chad Gough Partner of 4Discovery Digital Forensics
A big piece of the work today is really closing the equity gap that exists not only locally but globally and that’s a big piece of what we do today.
Nivine Megahed, Ph.D. President at National Louis University
One of the takeaways that I had from what I see at this event and the great conversations that we’ve been having is, quite frankly, the need for MORE. The need for more exchange, the need for more conversations, so that our students can have more information that they need to make a good choice, that their parents have that information so our teachers and counselors have more information so they can help guide people to the right choice… I am excited about events like this one, the next event, and the next one after that so we can truly continue the conversation.
Virginia RoundsDirector of the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT) Program
I think the event is splendid. It really focuses on the issue areas of college and career readiness guidance and its interesting because the problem hard because you got both K-12 level and post-secondary level and those levels often don’t interact. There’s a chasm between the two. And with conferences such as these do is help you to see the entire spectrum of issues which is really how you get to solutions.
Curt Baker Graduate Student at University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education