MATTERING IS THE AGENDA
Angela Maiers is considered one of today’s most influential thought leaders in education and transformative thinking. It is fair to say when she speaks, she leaves no room unchanged. She has been praised by leaders in business, the military, and administrators of schools of every level from elementary to graduate, around the globe for the life-changing, world-changing impact she has had on the hundreds of thousands of lives with whom she has reached with her message of Mattering. Most recently, she has been named by Forbes as one of the Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch; by IBM as one of the Top 20 Global Influencers, among the Top 100 Women in Technology by On analytics, and among the Top 20 Education Thought Leaders by TrustEd. She is the author of 9 books on education, including the noted Genius Matters and Classroom Habitudes, and was for many years a prolific contributor to the Huffington Post on innovation, technology, and education. An educator for 30 years, Angela’s work in 78,000 classrooms across 100 countries has rallied more than a million children who have banded together to launch 170 social enterprises and pass 17 laws. In 2011, she gave a TED Talk on the power of two simple words: You Matter, and the video went viral. What resulted was the start of a movement which became the global non-profit organization, Choose2Matter. As its Founder, Angela’s mission is to help individuals recognize their value and potential contribution to change both their own lives and the world. With her background in education and neuroscience, she initially sought to challenge and inspire students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems. In recent years, Choose2Matter has evolved into a movement that supports parents, educators, employees, and members of the military everywhere. As a result of her work, organizations across all industries are finding new ways to ignite the genius of their employees, successfully addressing a $15 trillion employee engagement problem. Angela earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a minor in Neuroscience from the University of Iowa and completed her graduate and post-graduate work at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Angela holds two master’s degrees in Literacy and Ed Leadership and today lives in Lone Tree, Colorado.
MATTERING IS THE AGENDA (Angela Maiers)
When we think of people who made the biggest impact in our lives, it was the ones who most sincerely believed in us and who let us know through their words and actions that we mattered. Everyone in our lives needs that same validation. Mattering is a universal human need. We cannot capture the minds of our students, colleagues, employees, and customers if we do not first capture their hearts. Research shows that feeling like we matter at work and in the world is not a “nice to have.” It is a fundamental human need critical for motivation, fulfillment and wellbeing. You matter is not a statement of inspiration. It is not a project, strategy, event, or item on the agenda. It is the agenda. Mattering is not something that just happens to you. It is something you actively pursue. In this session, we will:
• Discover ingredients for mattering that lead to meaning and significance.
• Explore the practice of mattering in our lives and work.
• Understand how to make people feel noticed, valued and needed.