Symposium on the Future of Libraries - Plenary Sessions

Join us each morning to explore what's next for communities, cities, and campuses. 


Libraries Transform – Social Innovation
Saturday, January 26 8:30 am - 10:00 am
WSCC-Room 611-612

Arnold Phommavong

 

Arnold Phommavong
Design for Good, AIGA Seattle 
An art director at the Hilt agency, Arnold distills brand clutter into simplicity and purity—uncovering compelling stories, one pixel at a time. He believes every designer should feel empowered to use their passions to help create positive social change in the world. He’s spent the past six years working with nonprofit organizations, including a year volunteering with Americorps VISTA. 
Sarah Studer

 

Sarah Studer
Assistant Director, Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Washington - Michael G. Foster School of Business
Sarah Studer is Assistant Director of the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship
at the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business. She was previously the managing director of Impact Hub Seattle, a locally rooted, globally connected coworking space in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. More than just an open office, Impact Hub gathers a diverse community of members and collaborators who inspire, connect, and encourage positive social impact in Seattle. Studer was a driving force at Impact Hub, always seeking new and creative ways for companies and organizations to partner and support the Seattle community

 

Libraries Transform – Civic Innovation
Sunday, January 27 8:30 am - 10:00 am
WSCC-Room 611-612

Lesley Bain

 

Lesley Bain, FAIA
Principal & Co-Founder, Framework
A passionate and successful advocate for urban life, Lesley has found in her native Seattle a fertile laboratory to influence new models of urban life and provide the kind of leadership that is increasingly needed from the architecture community. The palette of opportunity runs from working with communities to transformation of the small nooks of neighborhoods and alleys to working with city and state agencies on bold moves of new urban infrastructure. Her work includes award-winning mixed-use architecture that breathes life into the edges of the public realm, and brings the activities of street life into and through their site. 

 

Amie ThaoAmie Thao
Civic Designer
Innovation and Performance Team, City of Seattle

Amie serves as Civic Designer for the City of Seattle. She works to bring design-based innovation expertise and creativity to the team's work. During her time at the City, she has worked across multiple social issues including racial equity, homelessness, and economic development. She has spent the last decade helping start-ups, public sector and non-profit clients use human-centered design to fulfill their missions and to create a more kind and equitable world. 

 

Libraries Transform – Education Innovation
Monday, January 28 8:30 am - 10:00 am
WSCC-Room 611-612

Betheny Gross

 

Betheny Gross
Senior Research Analyst and Research Director, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Betheny Gross is a senior research analyst and research director at the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) and Affiliate Faculty, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, at the University of Washington Bothell. She is an authority on systemic strategies to help families to access school choice, including unified enrollment systems, information systems, and other efforts to support choosing. She has examined evidence and outcomes of district and state reforms across the country, and has advised and consulted with districts leaders to formulate strategy and implementation.
Rolin Moe

 

Rolin Moe
Director of Academic Innovation, Seattle Pacific University
Rolin Moe is an education administrator with over a decade of experience leading people towards a shared vision of equity and access in learning environments, specifically distance/digital education and educational innovation. He has worked closely with formal and non-formal learning institutions of all sizes and grade levels, conceptualizing and implementing programs and strategies to increase learning and improve teaching.