Keynote Speaker: Ravi Hutheesing

Convention Opening Keynote Speaker Ravi Hutheesing 

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Education & Cultural Futurist

Ravi Hutheesing dives into how our education philosophy needs to teach students how to pivot, an essential skill to becoming a lifelong learner that can successfully navigate an ever-changing world.


Ravi at IASB's 78th Annual Convention

Opening General Session

PIVOT—Empowering Students Today to Succeed in an Unpredictable Tomorrow

Thursday, Nov. 16 at 8 a.m.

With 40% of today’s jobs about to be automated, students need to learn how to build cross-cultural networks, create global opportunities and adapt to changing personal and professional circumstances. Discovering their individual strengths in context with the world around them will help students grow into compassionate global citizens while mastering the necessary skills for the future of work in an ever-changing world.

Ravi will take the audience on his exciting journey as a rock star (really!), entrepreneur, aviator, and cultural diplomat, showing how education empowered him to build the relationships and skills to pivot whenever necessary. He unpacks his “four pillars” of lifelong learning (inspiring curiosity, nurturing talent, provoking critical thinking, and fostering communication) with real-world examples of how he has put each into practice.

Using humor, stories that resonate and make you think, and statistics that make you question what you thought, Ravi will shift your perspective on how public education can empower students to cross cultural boundaries, engage in civil discourse, and overcome generations of implicit biases. This will lead to personal and professional success while also putting society on a path to equity, unity and, ultimately, a more peaceful world.

Special thanks to DLR Group for sponsoring the Opening General Session.

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Education Session

A Q&A & Deeper Dive with Ravi Hutheesing

Thursday, Nov. 16 at 9:30 a.m.10:15 a.m.

In this Q&A, keynote speaker Ravi Hutheesing will dive deeper into how education can empower students with the skills necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world. He will further unpack his "four pillars" of lifelong learning: inspiring curiosity, nurturing talent, provoking critical thinking, and fostering communication. Stop by, ask questions and explore how educational leaders can pivot to prepare students for an unpredictable future.

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Full Biography

Meet Ravi

Ravi is the first American-born descendant of India’s Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty. However, he pursued his passion for music and in 1997 became the guitarist of triple-Grammy-nominee Hanson, performing at the White House, Madison Square Garden, Saturday Night Live and The Today Show, among others. 

Following the global financial crisis of 2008, he pivoted and became a pilot and aviation speaker, helping the industry attract new students. Upon being diagnosed with an inner-ear infection that affected his balance, he pivoted again in 2015, this time toward his roots in politics and became a cultural diplomat for the U.S. Department of State, creating cultural programs in Russia, Iraq, Lebanon and Indonesia.

A highly respected advocate for education, Ravi is also the founder of Ravi Unites Schools, a network of international K-12 schools spanning the socio-economic spectrum, and author of PIVOTEmpowering Students Today to Succeed in an Unpredictable Tomorrow.


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