Win­kler will head Out­look Con­fer­ence

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page - By AL­LI­SON GATLIN Val­ley Press Staff Writer

LAN­CASTER — This year’s edi­tion of the An­te­lope Val­ley Board of Trade’s Busi­ness Out­look Con­fer­ence will carry a theme of ed­u­ca­tion and “Build­ing Ca­reers, Build­ing Com­mu­ni­ties.”

The an­nual event, which brings to­gether myr­iad busi­nesses and lo­cal of­fi­icials, will take place from 7 a.m. to noon Feb. 28 at the An­te­lope Val­ley Fair­grounds.

Head­lin­ing the speak­ers this year is ac­tor and au­thor Henry Win­kler, per­haps best known for his role as Fonzie in the tele­vi­sion se­ries “Happy Days.”

Win­kler has en­joyed more than four decades suc­cess in Hol­ly­wood, most re­cently in the HBO dark com­edy “Barry,” for which he won an Emmy.

He is also a New York Times best-sell­ing au­thor with his Hank Zipzer se­ries of chil­dren’s books co-au­thored with Lin Oliver. The books were in­spired with Win­kler’s own strug­gles in school; he has dys­lexia, but it was not di­ag­nosed un­til he was an adult.

Long con­cerned with the qual­ity of chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion pro­gram­ming, Win­kler has pro­duced a num­ber of projects for young au­di­ences.

Also on the stage at the Busi­ness Out­look Con­fer­ence will be ed­u­ca­tion and lead­er­ship in­no­va­tor Ge­orge Couros.

Now a speaker, con­sul­tant and au­thor, Couros has more than 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in kinder­garten through 12th grade ed­u­ca­tion. He pre­vi­ously

served as the Divi­sion Prin­ci­pal of In­no­va­tive Teach­ing and Learn­ing for the Park­land School Divi­sion in Al­berta, Canada.

He is a leader in the area of in­no­va­tion, but his fo­cus is al­ways the de­vel­op­ment of lead­er­ship and peo­ple to do what is best for kids. His mix of re­search, per­sonal sto­ries, and prac­ti­cal ways to im­ple­ment new learn­ing helps oth­ers feel com­fort­able in tak­ing risks in their own learn­ing.

A year ago, or­ga­niz­ers changed the con­fer­ence pro­gram some­what, with the agenda sized to fit in a half day rather than run­ning un­til mid­af­ter­noon, what or­ga­niz­ers termed “the ul­ti­mate power break­fast.”

The change was based on feed­back from at­ten­dees and to make the event bet­ter meet the needs of the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Tick­ets are re­quired and may be pur­chased through the An­te­lope Val­ley Board of Trade web­site at

Tick­ets are $75 each for mem­bers, $90 for non­mem­bers. Ta­bles of eight may be pur­chased for $550 for mem­bers and $700 for non­mem­bers.

For de­tails, con­tact AVBOT at ad­min­is­tra­[email protected] or 661­441­2957.



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