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Mike Walsh to Keynote ACTFL 2016 in Boston

CONTACT: Julia Richardson
(703) 894-2900 ext. 104

ARLINGTON, VA — Author and innovator Mike Walsh will kick off ACTFL 2016 with a keynote speech at the Opening General Session on Friday, November 18 on “The Language Factor: Impacting the Future.” Walsh is CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing business for the 21st century advising leaders on how to thrive in this era of disruptive technological change. His best-selling book, Futuretainment: Yesterday the World Changed, Now It’s Your Turn, focuses on the “seismic changes” have taken place in the structure and direction of the media and entertainment industries and how patterns of consumer behavior have adapted and evolved enormously, embracing new opportunities and having an indelible impact upon the media and society.

Rather than focusing on the distant future, Walsh takes an anthropological approach—scanning the near horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior, and then translating these into pragmatic plans for transformation. Constantly traveling the world for the best ideas, Walsh spends more than 300 days a year on the road interviewing innovators, entrepreneurs, and corporate revolutionaries. His broad, informed perspective will provide attendees at the ACTFL Convention with a fresh and compelling vision of tomorrow’s opportunities.

To learn more about the 2016 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in Boston, Nov. 18-20 or to register, visit www.actfl.org/convention-expo.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,500 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.

Since its founding in 1967, ACTFL has become synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability in meeting the changing needs of language educators and their students. From the development of Proficiency Guidelines, to its leadership role in the creation of national standards, ACTFL focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of both the profession and the individual teacher.

Thursday, March 24, 2016