Keynote Speakers

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October 23-26, 2018
Radisson La Crosse and La Crosse Convention Center
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601


Wednesday, October 24

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Madison SybilIgniting Interest in Every Child at Every Level

Sybil Madison-Boyd, Ph.D.
Dr. Sybil Madison-Boyd is a systems change coach/consultant with 20 years of experience enabling institutions to achieve positive outcomes for under-resourced youth and families. A clinical and community psychologist by training, Sybil has leveraged her academic training to facilitate the translation of research into effective practice in urban schools and communities.

For almost a decade, Sybil has worked directly with school administrators, teachers, and staff through coaching and professional development to improve instruction, student learning and achievement outcomes through the development of school teams that use data strategically to develop and implement targeted school-wide plans for improvement.

She is Research Associate and Director at Chicago City of Learning and the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Her team, the Digital Youth Network, was instrumental in designing the YOUMedia spaces at Chicago Public Library.


Friday, October 26

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Lowe Chloris

Chloris Lowe is a member of the Sky Clan of the sovereign Ho-Chunk Nation (HCN). He has dedicated well over two decades of his professional life to working with and for the Native American Nations. Lowe's leadership was instrumental in the planning, development and implementation of the economic foundation of a multi-billion dollar tribal economy. The Nations members have twice elected him the leader of the Ho-Chunk Nation. He personally negotiated on behalf of the HCN with the U.S. government for recovery of 1200 acres of Traditional land for the Ho-Chunk Nation and the co-management of 6,369 acres with the State of Wisconsin. Following his last term of office as President of the Nation (1997), Chloris accepted a position with the National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Chloris has developed day-to-day working relationships with Tribal Leaders from all over the Americas. Since 1980 he has successfully worked and negotiated with U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, Governors and local officials to develop and bring projects into Indian Country which have benefited both the native and non-native communities.

He resides within the traditional territory established by his ancestors thousands of years ago in what is now known as the southern half of Wisconsin and northwestern Illinois.


11:00 a.m. - Noon

Caserotti Gretchen

Choose Leadership: Are You Ready?

Gretchen Caserotti is the library director at Meridian Library District in a fast-growing suburb of Boise, ID. Formerly the head of children and teen services and then the assistant director for public services at Darien Library (CT), she developed a national reputation for innovative and technology-driven projects and was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010. She began her career as a children’s librarian at New York Public Library. Her interest in design and usability principles was developed while she completed the MLIS program at Pratt Institute in New York City.