#BbWorld16 – General Session: Innovating for the future: customer-centric solutions


Blackboard is thoughtfully innovating to solve your most pressing problems, and inspiring learners’ everywhere. Learn more about what Blackboard is doing for local organizations, and how your institution benefits.   And don’t miss Captain Mark Kelly deliver the closing keynote address, sharing his perspective on non-traditional learning and the use of analytics apply to education in space—and in everyday life.  This closing session will be full of inspirational moments and many exciting surprises. Sponsored by: IBM


  • Katie Blot, Senior Vice President, Global Strategy, Marketing and Business Line Management
  • Blackboard Charitable Giving Program – Reimagining education through charitable giving Blackboard is proud to reimagine education through charitable giving. Blackboard’s Charitable Giving Committee, established in 2014, is one of many ways in which Blackboard gives back to the broader community.
  • Blackboard Teacher of the Year
    • Congratulations to Carrie Romines Brookland Public Schools in Arkansas!

Captain Mark Kelly – Mark Kelly is an American astronaut, retired United States Navy Captain, #1 New York Times best-selling author, and an experienced naval aviator and test pilot who flew combat missions during the Gulf War.

  • The power of goals and plans and working hard.
  • I want to be the first person to walk on Mars – didn’t make it there, but I made it to space 4 times!
  • Plan to be naval aviator and then go into space.
  • Practice persistence and not giving up.
  • Life is about challenges and not giving up.
  • Winston Churchill – “There is nothing more exciting then getting shot at, but missed.”
  • Focusing on the stuff you can control and not worrying about the stuff outside of control.
  • Timely and accurate communication is everything.

None of us is as dumb as all of us. Sometimes a team of people can make a bad decision… NASA is all about group thinking, but sometimes a bad decision can be made. Opinions need to be heard by all members of a team.

  • Pay attention to the details, attempt to mitigate the risks.
  • Put great teams of people together.
  • Got a problem? We are going to figure this out together!
  • The human spirit is incredible to strive to overcome and to fight hard, yet to not take yourself so seriously.

Be bold be courageous and be your best!


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