2018 MASA Fall Conference

Lead. Innovate. Learn.

September 19 to September 21, 2018
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Join your MASA colleagues and other experts who are passionate about public education at the 2018 MASA Fall Conference. This year’s conference will feature a thought-provoking keynote speaker and more than 30 Learning Sessions. Attendees will also get an update from the Michigan Department of Education and hear news about initiatives such as Launch Michigan and the School Finance Research Collaborative.

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Opening Keynote: “Charting the Course Through Demographic Change”

MASA is excited to announce our keynote speaker for the opening session of the 2018 Fall Conference: John Maketa.

John is a thought leader who has immersed himself in years of demographic study, enabling him to forecast societal, political, economic, cultural and commercial phenomena with uncanny accuracy.

How will our children’s children get their education? How will manufacturing change? How will the United States’ workforce change? Will the United States economy improve and will we see the return of the middle class? What countries and continents are demographically positioned to excel? Will big data change marketing and branding forever? What is the fate of mass media?

John will bring insight into how demographics are playing a significant role in the 21st century workplace, major competency gaps of next generation leaders, and introduce the competencies required to succeed in the 21st century.

Learn all this and more during the opening keynote on Sept. 19.

Who is John Maketa?

John is a Fellow and advisory board member of The Work Institute and a guest lecturer at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. In 2013, he was invited as a subject matter expert to participate in the Global Digital Innovation Initiative at the United Nations General Assembly.

John is a co-author of the bestselling book “Now You’re Thinking!” and a research analyst of the 2014 EDA Trends in Executive Development Benchmark Report.

Hot Topics Session

This year’s Hot Topic Session expands into a Hot Topics Session, focused on timely issues on the education landscape. This session on the secondary of the conference will bring together knowledgeable presenters, and leave time for a Q&A after each presentation. Topics include:

  • Competency-Based Education
  • Reading Now Network: New Data Review
  • School Finance Research Collaborative
  • Balanced Calendar

Women in Leadership Pre-conference: Mindful & Compassionate Leadership

Featured Presenter: Caryn Wells

Mindfulness has become mainstream as corporations, hospitals, and other large industries have embraced mindful practice for its ability to reduce stress and improve interactions with other people. Come and find out what others have been learning about Mindfulness practice and learn how it can benefit you, with a state of intentional presence.  This pre-conference is designed to restore, renew and inspire.

Caryn Wells will facilitate this pre-conference.  She presents to professional organizations, teachers, school and business leaders.  She has extensive training in this practice.


MASA has reserved a block of rooms at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. To book your room, click here and use the promo code MASA2018.

Overflow Hotel

Accommodations also are available at Sleep Inn & Suites, 5520 US 31 North, Acme, MI  49610. To book a room, call 231.938.7000. Ask for the MASA block of rooms, which are available for $110 a night plus tax. The cut-off to reserve a room in the block in Sep. 7th.