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Keynote Speakers

photo of speaker Louis Mangione
Senior Teaching Coach

Following nearly 20 years of classroom teaching, Louis Mangione began to share his highly effective strategies for engaging students with content through a series of workshops designed for teachers of all disciplines in 1997. Since that time, he has worked to develop cross-curricular seminars for educators K-12. Since 2013, Louis has worked with Balmert Consulting as senior Teaching Coach, providing instructional coaching for trainers in industry across the globe. These inspiring sessions -- focusing on instructional expertise based on developments in brain research and an up-to-date understanding of best practices -- have received high praise from teachers, administrators and corporate training leaders across the country and abroad. His workshop sessions and keynote addresses are a highlight at university, state and national conferences. Louis continues to share his expertise and enthusiasm for teaching and learning with talented teaching/training professionals.  

photo of speaker Frederic Bertley, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President of Science and Education

As the Senior Vice President for Science and Education, Dr. Frederic Bertley oversees a diverse portfolio of initiatives supporting innovation in STEM learning, as well as departments and programs that capture the history and legacy of The Franklin Institute. Dr. Bertley also plays a critical role in the operations and fundraising practices of the Institute.

With a focus on improving the quality of science education throughout the K-16 arena, and augmenting science literacy for families and the non-scientist adult population, Dr. Bertley directs various departments supporting research-based projects as well as program development and implementation. Specific departments include: Gender, Adult Learning and Community Engagement; Professional Development; Learning Technologies; and Youth Programs and The Franklin Institute's magnet high school, Science Leadership Academy. Dr. Bertley also oversees the PECO/EXELON Education Program, GSK's Science in the Summer program and the nationally implemented initiative Leap into Science. Dr. Bertley founded and directs the Color of ScienceTM, which highlights the incredible contributions of women and persons of color to modern day science and engineering. In addition to these STEM education programs, Dr. Bertley's purview includes the prestigious Franklin Institute Awards Program, the long-running Journal of The Franklin Institute, the Collections & Curatorial Department and the Institute's international programs, including projects in Canada, Africa, and South America.

Dr. Bertley has a strong record in academia, studying Physiology, Mathematics, and the History of Science as an undergraduate student. Following his B.Sc., he obtained a Ph.D. in Immunology, both degrees from McGill University, and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Highly relevant to his position at The Franklin Institute is his formidable background in applied science and science education and his passion for distilling complex scientific principles to more easily understood concepts for a wide and inclusive audience.

After graduating from McGill, Dr. Bertley turned his attention to the lack of primary healthcare, preventative medicine, and basic vaccines in developing nations where he managed multinational teams in Haiti, The Sudan, and the Canadian Arctic. Dr. Bertley continued this focus by joining a vaccine research group at Harvard Medical School focusing on the development of DNA vaccines for HIV/AIDS. In addition, Dr. Bertley worked for three years at the prestigious A-List law firm, WilmerHale LLP (formally Hale and Dorr) as a Technology Specialist. Working in the intellectual property division, Bertley prosecuted patents, analyzed and drafted claim construction and performed freedom-to-operate studies for multi-national corporations.

Dr. Bertley has lectured on a variety of science and education topics at universities, colleges, cultural institutions, and government agencies throughout the world. He has keynoted and been an invited speaker at several distinguished institutions including The United Nations, The White House, the US Department of Interior, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Science Foundation here in the U.S., as well as in Canada, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Africa. Dr. Bertley sits on numerous boards including Health NewsWorks, iPRAXIS, and the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM). He also is a member of the selection committee for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Public Engagement with Science Award. Dr. Bertley has received numerous honors some of which include: Dell Inc. Inspire 100 World Changers, Harvard Medical School Dean's Service Award, Philadelphia Business Journal's 40 Under 40, Philadelphia Business Journal Minority Business Leader of The Year, The President's Award (Merck), Citation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and a Mid-Atlantic, National Academy of Television and Science EMMYTM.

Dr. Bertley's keynote at the Virginia Children's Engineering Convention will focus on the role of science as an integrator in STEM-based K-5 instruction.

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