The Getting Smart team is available for all types of speaking engagements such as keynotes, panel discussions, roundtables, discussions and workshop sessions. From learning to leadership, we can customize an engagement to fit the needs of your event and audience.


A Getting Smart keynote presentation is the perfect way to inspire, energize and inform the path forward. We specialize in speaking to rooms (screens) of district leaders, workplace leaders, educators and much more


At Getting Smart we believe in the power of a webinar to be a powerful interactive experience with the viewers, a place to personalize big trends and data and a way to introduce you to some of the most innovative leaders and locations in education.

Panel Facilitation

One of our strengths is our ability to connect some of our favorite partners, districts and orgs and put together an incredible panel on a theme. Because we’ve called the group to assembly, we then are able to eruditely moderate the conversation to get to the highlights of each persons’ unique experience.


The power of the workshop is the ability to get an outside perspective, a set aside time for internal alignment and collaboration and a unique space for design thinking, creativity and ideation. We’re here to catalyze your next best step.

Let’s Learn Together

The Future of Work

 We discuss the ethical, economic and educational impacts of artificial intelligence and the Fourth Industrial Revolution and unpack what this means for workers and learners.


We discuss the many benefits of design thinking, strategy and innovation, public-private partnerships, impact investing, mindsets and public policy.


We demonstrate and discuss school design, personalized and project-based learning, social and emotional learning, competency-based education, advisory systems, and formative assessment.


We demonstrate and discuss innovative learning models, design thinking, place-based learning, social and emotional learning, purpose-based learning and more.

Interested in having one of our members collaborate with you on a learning experience? Learn more about our team below.

We Can’t Wait to Meet You

Tom - Speaking Engagements

Tom is a thought leader in the future of work and learning, leadership, impact investing, place-based education and difference making. His experience ranges from districts to non-profits and he has a track record of being ahead of education industry trends for the last 25 years.

Rebecca Midles

Rebecca Midles is a thought leader transforming systems, learner-centered instructional frameworks & design, and social and emotional learning frameworks. She also can speak to creating a productive and inclusive school and district culture and modern leadership design.

Caroline Vander Ark specializes in speaking on community leadership, marketing, social media and storytelling. Her passion is growing people and enabling them to grow themselves.


Rashawn Caruthers is a longtime educator with a background in marketing, journalism and advertising. She loves to speak out the intersection of business and education, noting the importance of lifelong learning and CTE. She also speaks on community building and equity and diversity in learning.

Jessica’s experiences in customer experience and communications engagements have instilled a passion for people and building trust-filled, lasting relationships between organizations and their audience. She loves speaking on community engagement, marketing strategies, social media and more.

Mason Pashia - Getting Smart

Mason is a passionate storyteller, arts advocate and lifelong learner. He can speak about the importance of user experience, design thinking, finding a personal brand, communications strategies, contribution and more.