education-keynote-speaker Getting Smart Speaking We're here to help inspire and invigorate your team on the future of learning, leadership and work.

The Getting Smart team is available for all types of speaking and moderating engagements such as keynotes, panel discussions, roundtables 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.

What do we love talking about?

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 innovative learning models and school design, personalized and project-based learning, design thinking, place-based learning, social and emotional learning, competency-based education, advisory systems, and formative assessment.

Who does the talking?

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.

Eric Nentrup’s years inside the classroom and up-close with edtech product have made him an impassioned speaker on student-centered instructional technology strategy, edtech, blended learning and competency-based learning.

If you are interested in having a member of our team speak at your next event contact Allison at or fill out our speaking engagement survey below. For more information on Tom Vander Ark specifically, please visit