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Why AttendAction CollabsFacilitators
President and Founder
Lisa Petrides is president and founder of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), an independent non-profit educational research institute. Her research seeks to inform and improve the ways in which those in formal and informal education foster the creation and sharing of information, apply it to well-defined problems, and create knowledge-driven environments focused on improved learning and organizational success.
Jonah Houston is a designer at IDEO. He focuses on bringing the tools of design and design thinking into new markets and industries. Jonah's recent work has focused on helping large, complex organizations discover and leverage their full potential by taking a human-centered approach to the design of the organization itself.
Director of Training & Design
Samantha extends ISKME’s leadership in education innovation into the field by creating curriculum, designing workshops and training facilitators to get groups to stretch their thinking and create real change in education. Her background includes facilitating group therapy, teaching college courses, training unemployed adults on the importance of networking, and managing after school art programs.
Teacher and Performer
Chris Miller is an improviser, musician, and facilitator. In 2000 he co-founded LifePlays to bring the skills embedded in improv to forward thinking companies such as Google, Genentech, Microsoft, Whole Foods Markets. He’s delivered improv-based workshops on leadership, innovation, team development, and public speaking. Since 2009 Chris has worked with ISKME to help design Action Collabs for Big Ideas Fest. He also teaches in the Executive MBA program at the University of San Francisco.