#BIF10 = Business Innovation Factory Summit, year 10. It was held at Trinity Rep in Providence.

A selfie with Wendy Cotta, fellow MassCUE board member. Excited for the day to begin!

Wow, what an experience. We listened to the stories of so many influential, innovative, inspiring, and successful people. From Richard Wurman (the co-founder of TED talks) to Camille Beatty, a 14-year old girl who founded her own robotics company (beatty-robotics.com), I was left with my mouth gaping open after hearing each story.

Ethan Zuckerman, inventor of the pop-up ad

I am incredibly thankful and appreciative to the Business Innovation Factory for selecting me for one of their Community Scholarships, which waived the $2,000 registration fee. As you can imagine, a $2,000 registration fee for a conference is not typically the sort of thing that a school district is willing to fund for a teacher. An experience like this was priceless.  I met so many great people, made so many connections, and have a new outlook and excitement about entrepreneurship and innovation in my classroom.

Me with Pat Page

I even got to reconnect with Pat Page, RI Teacher of the Year. We presented a workshop together at a financial literacy training session at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston in June.

Thank you, #BIF10. What a great couple of days!

Me on the #BIF10 stage . . . maybe someday! 🙂