We welcome Leslie Fisher as our 2017 keynote presenter.
Leslie’s interest in technology began while studying music at the University of Southern California. She quickly realized the value of utilizing computers for music mixing and recording. She grabbed her 300 baud modem, jumped on the Internet (before anyone really called it the internet) and started looking for music resources. She soon realized she was spending more time discovering technology than playing music so she changed her major and tried to figure out what geeky thing she could do for the rest of her life.
After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation.
In 1997, Leslie was roadkill on Apple’s road to recovery and part of their massive lay off. Leslie planned to spend most of her huge severance package golfing and waiting a few months to look for a job. The day after her layoff, her phone began to ring with Apple customers requesting consulting, training and presentation services. Before she could say fore, Fisher Technologies Inc. was created to help educators with their technology implementations and decisions.
Fisher Technologies Inc. is now a worldwide company (meaning one employee named Leslie gets to travel the world teaching) specializing in presenting emerging and exciting technology solutions to educators all over the world.
Keynote: A Struggle to Learn
Good grades? Don’t ask Leslie Fisher about them. As a visual learner in a time of little visuals, Leslie struggled throughout her formal education trying her best to keep up and understand the content being presented. It was not until she got her first computer (ironically at graduation) that she learned she had always been a lifelong learner in need of the proper tools.
With an impressive 20-year professional educational technology presenting career, Leslie will share how someone who never really enjoyed school has focused her entire professional career on helping teachers keep their classrooms engaging. She will also share some of the success stories teachers have shared with her along the way.