2017 Conference - Wednesday Full Schedule
2017 Wednesday agenda

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This page provides details on each scheduled session and other program highlights for Wednesday, January 18. To see detailed information for the other days of the conference, please use the navigation links to the right.

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Wednesday, January 18

7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Marketplace Open - Breakfast in Marketplace

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

First-timers Event

10:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Demo Connections

12:45 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.

Lunch in Marketplace

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Teen Press: A Wild & Precious Perspective on Listening
Presenters: John Boettner & Friends, Teen Press

Oprah, Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Lawrence, Norman Lear . . . John Lewis, Malala, Jesse Jackson, Angelina Jolie . . . the commander of the Osama Bin Laden mission, the woman who held President Obama’s hand across that bridge in Selma, a young Rwandan who lost his hands to genocide . . . .

What would you ask if you could sit down with one them? What would your first question be? More importantly, why would you ask it? Would you remember to introduce yourself? . . . to reach out and shake hands? . . . to hold on if their eyes and fingers asked you to? How close would you sit? Would you allow them pause? What would you do if they cried? If you cried? If they started asking you questions?

And, my gosh, what if you were a teenager sent to conduct this interview???!!!

John Seigel Boettner, CEO (Chief Enchantment Officer) of Teen Press and two of his young journalists bring their classroom to QRCA to experience what the perspective of youth might bring to our endeavors as researchers — and humans. They’ll share their award-winning film, Teen Press . . . telling stories of the people they’ve met . . . leading hands-on, heads-on, hearts-on activities . . . and even having an unrehearsed, live on-stage conversation with an unplanned attendee.

“It takes a very long time to become young.”
— Pablo Picasso

Bio: John Seigel Boettner, Teen Press CEO (Chief Enchantment Officer) has yet to grow up. Being around kids for as long as he can remember, John’s calling has allowed him to bind work to play. Son, husband, and dad . . . teacher, student, and friend . . . John is a humble, wand-waving member of the good fairies — those charged with keeping alive the sparkle of wonder in children young and old . . . of noticing the extraordinary in the everyday . . . of holding hands and genuflecting at the little altars around every corner.

For over 40 years, John has been rediscovering joy, mystery, and excitement in classrooms of all kinds and all over the world. John is the author of Hey Mom, Can I Ride My Bike Across America?, the story of the crowning good and humanhood five kids discovered on their four-month ride from sea to shining sea. He and his wife Lynn have bicycled with kids all over the world (Japan, Rwanda, Ireland, Italy, France, Austria, Canada) collecting stories and connecting with people through the magic of two wheels.

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception in Marketplace

7:00 p.m.

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