Physics for Rock Stars!

Christine McKinley, author of "Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You", will be one of our Keynoters at Learning 2017.

STEM activist Christine McKinley is a mechanical engineer, musician, author and host of Discovery Channel’s Decoded, and author of Physics For Rock Stars

  • Christine McKinley is a mechanical engineer, rock star, television icon, and author of Physics for Rock Stars.

  • Christine co-hosted Under New York for Discovery Channel and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded for History Channel while continuing her work as an engineer.

  • Her musical Gracie and the Atom, won a Portland Drammy for Original Score.

  • Her book, Physics for Rock Stars has been described as “…an enthusiastic appreciation for science as described by an unconventional narrator. Not a nerdy guy, but a bright and over-achieving female sings the siren song for science.”—Dan Coffey, a.k.a. public radio’s Dr. Science

  • She has spent most of her engineering career designing and managing the construction of power plants, semiconductor facilities, hospitals, and schools.

Christine will be an amazing, rocking Keynoter at Learning 2017!


PITCH! for Learning

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Learning 2017 is excited to introduce a high energy set of experiences called "PITCH! for Learning"

There will be several PITCH! for Learning Sessions at Learning 2017 including:

  • Start Up PITCH! for Learning: You will hear short "elevator pitches" from early stage start ups in the Learning or EdTech area.  Ala Shark Tank, we will explore how these makers of learning "apps", systems or tools might eventually impact workplace learning.
  • Reverse PITCH! for Learning: Three Chief Learning Officers will tell a wide range of learning suppliers and vendors about their wish list for new and disruptive learning innovations and technologies.
  • PITCH! for Learning from Other Fields: We will take a deep look at learning innovations that are working in the K to 12 School Area, in Higher Education, Religion or Hobby Areas.  Let's learn, borrow and "steal" learning ideas from other fields.
  • Gadget & Tech Stretch PITCH! for Learning: What about emerging technology from other worlds - Your Alexa from Amazon, FitBit, VR & Mixed Realities, 3D Printing and other technologies - that might be STRETCHED for Learning in the coming years for workplace learning.

Learning 2017 participants will participate in these PITCH! for Learning Sessions to be energized on the disruptive future.


Former First Lady Michelle Obama to Keynote Learning 2017


Former First Lady Michelle Obama will be the keynote speaker at Elliott Masie’s Learning 2017 conference on October 23rd in Orlando, Florida.

Michelle Robinson Obama served as First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017.

As a transformative First Lady, Mrs. Obama launched and led four key initiatives: Let’s Move!, to address the challenge of childhood obesity; Joining Forces, to support veterans, service members and their families; Reach Higher, to inspire young people to seek higher education; and Let Girls Learn, to help adolescent girls around the world go to school.

Before becoming First Lady, Michelle Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She started her career as an attorney at the Chicago law firm, Sidley & Austin, where she met her future husband, Barack Obama. She later worked in the Chicago mayor’s office, the University of Chicago, and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Mrs. Obama also founded the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an organization that prepares young people for careers in public service.

Mrs. Obama was born on January 17, 1964. She married Barack Obama in 1992. They currently live in Washington, DC and have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

“Mrs. Obama’s presentation will set the stage for rich dialogues at Learning 2017”, says Elliott Masie, Host and Chair of the event.

Learning 2017 will be held in Orlando, Florida from October 22 to October 25 at Walt Disney World.

Learning 2017 is produced by a collaborative of 200 global corporations, focused on improving workplace learning and training. Hosted and curated by Elliott Masie, Learning 2017 brings together several thousand learning professionals as they focus on the changing nature of workplace education and development. In previous years, keynotes have included General Colin Powell, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, President Bill Clinton, Apolo Ohno, Captain Sully Sullenberger, ABC’s Robin Roberts, and business authors Marshall Goldsmith, Ken Blanchard and Tom Peters.

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Learning Cruise Invite

You and your family are invited to join Elliott Masie and other colleagues for a special Learning Cruise right after Learning 2017:

Simple and very affordable Learning vacation after Learning 2017:

  • We will sail on the LIBERTY from Carnival.  It will leave from Port Canaveral (1 hour from Orlando and we provide the bus from Disney) on Thursday, October 26th, the day after our event ends.

  • The prices start at $229 per person, depending on the type of cabin and location.

  • The cruise lasts 3 nights and we return to port early on Sunday morning.  You will need to get a bus transfer to the airport and can fly out mid day back to your home.

  • We will visit Nassau and have a day at sea.

  • And, we will have many informal get together times aboard the Cruise.  It is a social cruise with learning colleagues - and a chance for some wonderful conversations while enjoying the Cruise together.

  • Here is the link with information about the cruise, boat and prices:

If you are planning on taking the cruise, please send a note to AnneMarie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know.  There are no extra charges from The MASIE Center.  Just book your cruise and we will provide a bus from the Learning 2017 hotel to the cruise departure on Thursday.

To book, and for details regarding pricing and cabin availability, please contact Stephanie Garrett at Liberty Travel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 518-587-1600) and be sure to tell her you are with the MASIE group.

Hope to see many of you on our Learning Cruise! 


Content Map 1.0 :)

Today, we begin the exciting and engaging process of creating and curating the "Content, Themes, Issues, Innovations & Conversations for Learning 2017.

The overall theme for 2017 will be "Learning Changes!"


Based on my on-going dialogues with learning leaders and colleagues around the world, we are clearly living in a time with "Learning Changes".  Changing Learner Expectations, Changing Technology, Changing Workplaces and more.

In the coming weeks, we will develop topics, labs, conversations, controversies and sessions that are fully focused on how Learning Changes in many areas.  Here is our version 1.0 idea map for this year:

We will be building a complete Learning 2017 Agenda and Community Engagement on how Learning Changes in these areas and more.

As you register for Learning 2017, we will reach out for your input, ideas, key challenges and perspectives.

This is the 27th year that I am honored to Host our Learning event.  I invite you to join me in exploring the ways in which Learning Changes! and how we can create the best learning opportunities for our employees and organizations.

Yours in learning.
Elliott Masie


Follow Design Updates!

For the past six years, I have shared an on-going Design Update blog as we have created and produced our annual Learning event in Orlando.

Each week or so, we will share the background on the Design decisions and process, as we focus the themes for Learning 2017, the wide range of Keynoters, the activity and engagement choices and the collective shared design process.

For example, last year, we were asked if we might experiment with a "Learning Escape Room".  So, we reached out to some learning colleagues to help design and produce this at Learning 2016 and some magic happened:

As soon as we announced our plans for a Learning Escape Room, participants shared ideas and their own experiences with adding a more "extreme" experience to a learning activity.  Thanks to this Design Update blog, we were able to engage folks from around the world in the design.

So, check back to the site and you can even ask to receive an email from us or follow us at @learning2017 for updates.



Registration Now Open!

Registration is Now Open!

Learning 2017 will be held at Disney's Coronado Springs Convention Center

  • $1,595 Very Early Corporate Rate
  • $1,495 Very early Learning CONSORTIUM Rate (also for Government, Non-Profit and Academic)
  • Group Rates for 5 or more (from one organization) are available. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Your conference registration fee includes a continental breakfast on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as lunch on Monday and Tuesday.

There will be a $50 cancellation fee for any cancellations for Learning 2017 between now and October 1, 2017. Cancellations October 2nd through the 21st will incur a $100 fee. After October 22nd, there will be no refunds. No-shows will be responsible for the entire tuition amount. Substitutions may be made at any time at no cost.


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