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Tuesday, April 2 • 9:45am - 10:15am
Lightning Round 1

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Since our first Net Inclusion, NDIA has featured Lightning Rounds in plenary sessions as a way to shine a spotlight on dozens of great digital inclusion initiatives and to encourage the peer-to-peer networking. Net Inclusion 2019 will feature four 30-minute Lightning Rounds, accommodating a total of 25 to 30 presentations, each with a four-minute presentation.


Beth Thompson

Principal, Charlotte-Mecklenberg School District
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Kay Fleury

Head of Content & Strategy, Techboomers.com
Techboomers is all about digital literacy training materials & techniques. Ask me where to find online (and free) resources for learning/teaching tech. Our website offers 100% free-to-use and modify resources for librarians, tech trainers, or anyone teaching technology, including... Read More →
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Tom Mehlert

Executive Director, Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology
Tom Mehlert, MAEd serves as the Executive Director for Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology (AZ StRUT), a non-profit organization that facilitates the refurbishing of computers from industry by students for other non-profit organizations and schools. He also served on the AZ... Read More →
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Wendy Pearson

Strategic Initiatives Manager, Kansas City Public Library
I have developed and now oversee Tech Access, a collection of resources at the Kansas City Public Library, to help our adult patrons achieve their goals in digital literacy and workforce skills development. I look forward to catching up with friends and sharing success stories, challenges... Read More →

James Jack

human I-T
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Nicole Umayam

Digital Inclusion Librarian, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
Archivist & linguist turned librarian. I got in the digital inclusion game as part of NDIA's Digital Inclusion Corps, and have since been involved in projects such as wi-fi hotspot and laptop lending, broadband 101 training for rural tribal libraries, and digital inclusion strategic... Read More →
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Melissa Sassi

Chief Pinguin, IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator, IBM
Digital Inclusion Advocate | Startup Boss | Chair IEEE Digital Intelligence Working Group | IBMer | CEO & Founder | Social Entrepreneur | UN, World Economic Forum, Microsoft & IBM Speaker | Youth & Female Empowerment