Learning 2016

Astronaut Scott Kelly Announced as a Featured Keynote Speaker

Scott KellySaratoga Springs, NY (USA), March 2016 - Elliott Masie has announced that astronaut Scott Kelly will be a featured keynote speaker at Learning 2016, taking place 23-26 October in Orlando, Florida. Back from his historic record-breaking year in space, NASA astronaut Captain Scott Kelly has laid the groundwork for the future of space travel and exploration and continues to garner media exposure like no other pioneer of our time. 

From the cover of TIME, to live interviews on TODAY, to features in Forbes and on CNN, to a Twitter following that is rapidly approaching one million, the world remains in awe as we celebrate a hero's return to the planet that is home, from an adventure that is extraordinary. With life lessons and personal stories that reveal unique and valuable advice on pushing one's own limits, along with insight on the leadership and teamwork required in such demanding conditions, and other challenges such as long-term deprivation from loved ones and planet Earth, Kelly will reflect at Learning 2016 on the choices and life events that paved his journey's path.

A number of the learning industry's top leaders have reacted to the announcement of Captain Kelly keynoting at Learning 2016, including the Comcast Chief Talent Development Officer and Senior Vice President Martha Soehren, who said, "I am thrilled that Astronaut Scott Kelly will be the keynote for Learning 2016. One who has climbed into the heavens can certainly speak to the power of learning and ladders!"

According to the Chief Learning Officer for McDonald's, Rob Lauber, "Scott Kelly will be a great Learning 2016 Keynoter! He has literally seen the ‘big picture’ and has had time to reflect and learn in unique ways."

"Scott Kelly has done what no American has ever done before - and he did it in the name of learning. I am looking forward to hearing from this hero, explorer, astronaut, and teacher at the 2016 Masie Learning Consortium," said American Express Chief Learning Officer David Clark.

For 26 years, Elliott Masie's events have been the premier conferences for leaders in the learning-and-development industry. Learning 2016, which will be held at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center 23-26 October, will bring together 2,000 US and global learning leaders from over 800 companies to attend six keynotes, over 150 breakout sessions, MeetUps, and many more experiential elements, including an active gamification component.

In addition, Masie is pleased to announce that the following learning suppliers are sponsoring Showcase Sessions at Learning 2016: Xerox Learning, Bluewater Learning, Harvard Business Publishing, Capsim Management Simulations, Intrepid Learning, CrossKnowledge, Harrison Assessments, Americas, Inkling, Axonify, Interactive Services, OpenSesame, Richardson, ApprenNet, and Transperfect.