2018 CEO Forum at the ASTC Annual Conference

The CEO forum is designed for chief executives of science centers, museums, and institutions. Preregistration is required.

Friday, September 28, 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Hartford Marriott Downtown, Hartford, Connecticut

Join your peers in the 2018 CEO Forum, which focuses on concrete tools that help science centers put their community needs and aspirations at the forefront of their work by better understanding the ecosystems and networks in which they operate.

Leadership Speakers include Alfred Mays, Program Officer at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, a biomedical research foundation; Talia Milgrom-Elcott, Executive Director of 100Kin10, a networked effort of 250+ partners working to support STEM educators and to train 100,000 excellent new STEM teachers by 2021; and Ron Ottinger, Executive Director of STEM Next, a national leader in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning that works to increase opportunities for youth in and out of school.


Sign up for the CEO Forum when you register for ASTC2018, or add it to your existing registration.


About Alfred Mays

Alfred Mays, Program Officer at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, is responsible for managing grant competitions in science education and diversity of science.  He was the founder of EdSync Strategies, Inc., an education contract service that provided assistance to the North Carolina eLearning Commission, North Carolina STEM Learning Network, rural North Carolina public school systems, and the Public School Forum.  From 2007 to 2011, he served as the assistant director of the Collaborative Project, an initiative that sought to strengthen participating school systems serving low-income students in rural areas of North Carolina. Mays has also worked with the University of North Carolina General Administration, serving as the director of information resources and director of special projects. He received his B.S. from Wilmington College and M.S. in Administration from Central Michigan University. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 to 1994, providing information system and data management support for various Air Force missions.


About Talia Milgrom-Elcott

Talia Milgrom-Elcott is recognized for her innovative approach to tackling large, systemic challenges. At 100Kin10, she’s creating a new model for networked, nimble, and iterative collaboration that’s relentlessly focused on identifying—and solving—some of our most intractable social challenges. Under her leadership, what began as a call in President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address for 100,000 excellent STEM teachers in 10 years is becoming a reality, with more than 250 leading organizations from across sectors coming together in an unprecedented movement to train and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021. Milgrom-Elcott is a frequent public speaker and moderator, focusing on social innovation, science and technology, education, philanthropy, and the tenuous balancing act that is running a start-up, being a mother, and trying to have a life. Over the past several years, she’s led sessions or been a featured speaker at the White House, SXSW, Business Innovation Factory, the Philanthropy Roundtable, Scientific American, US News STEM Solutions, the (U.S.) National Institutes of Health, the Yale School of Management, and the Social Impact Exchange’s Conference on Scaling Impact, among others. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three little kids. She used to read lots of books and magazines, run, practice yoga, and sit in cafes reading the Sunday New York Times. Now she plays with Legos, magnetiles, and “stuffies,” and reads books with pictures, a great tradeoff, all things considered.


About Ron Ottinger

A national leader and expert in STEM learning, Ron Ottinger is known for his expertise in informal and out-of-school time STEM education and in building collaborations among schools, science centers, communities and afterschool programs that increase STEM learning opportunities for young people. Ron is Executive Director of STEM Next and serves as co-chair of the national STEM Funders Network. Additionally, Ron is the co-chair for the STEM Learning Ecosystem Initiative. As the Executive Editor of STEM Ready America, Ron convened the nation’s leading STEM experts presenting bold and persuasive evidence—as well as real-world examples of effective practices, programs, and partnerships on how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics knowledge and skills are preparing young people to be successful in school today and the workforce tomorrow. For the past nine years, he led the Noyce Foundation, which for a quarter-century was dedicated to helping young people become curious, thoughtful, and engaged learners. Prior to joining Noyce, Ron served for fourteen years as National Associate Director of the nonprofit AVID Center. He was elected to three terms on the San Diego City Schools’ Board of Education from 1992 to 2004, during a period of major reform of the school system, and was the longest running board president.