Windward Oahu Business Expo Presentation: Leveraging for Linchpins

My School, Le Jardin Academy, along with the Kailua Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2012 Windward Business Expo 

and asked me to present. I decided that the most applicable topic would be my Personal Branding presentation from Punahou Lab School (augmented to include a business leader perspective). I fashioned the title after Seth Godin’s marvelous book: Linchpin.

Here’s the overview:

Leveraging Tech for Linchpins

If you are an entrepreneur, or a creative leader in your field, you are more significant than your current situation. It’s time to leverage the web to show how indispensible you are.  In his best-seller Linchpin, author Seth Godin identifies linchpins a people who “stand out…invent, lead (regardless of their title), connect others, make things happen…delight and challenge their customers and peers…and turn each day into a kind of art”. How do you go about creating a personal brand that transcends your company? This workshop offers tips on clever and responsible use of social media, as well as elegant and innovative tools to augment your digital presence and networking. Please bring a device of your choice.

It was difficult to prepare for, as I had just returned from 3 separate presentations in Canada and the SOTF conference (my presentation on Data Viz in the classroom), AND I was nursing  a fever. All went well, however.

Here is a brief slide show intro I used to give my audience some perspective:

Leveraging4Linchpins (Keynote converted to PPT)

Slideshare: (fancy-schmancy transitions not working)

CLICK HERE FOR THE SITE: “Leveraging for Legacy”

The particular part of the site dedicated to professionals looks like this:

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Infographicmania! Schools of the Future Conference, 2012

The “Stained glass windows of our century”

I think I’ve always been a little obsessed with data visualization – perhaps it’s because I have a thing for mid-century minimalism and many “infographics” and other examples of data viz embody that.

Like this one:


In the past couple of years I’ve used data visualization in the high school classroom in the Theory of Knowledge course (as an exploratory theme addressing sense perception, the arts, the nature of data/information, etc.) and in World History (as a culminating unit project).

***scroll to bottom of post for links to these

Personally, I think analyzing, interpreting, critiquing, and even creating visualizations with data sets is an essential part of media literacy.

I’ve been a part of the Hawaii Association of Independent SchoolsSchools of the Future grant program (and a team member at my school) for the past 4 years. In 2011 I co-presented in a workshop about E-Portfolios (which led to some of my personal branding efforts later).

For this year’s SOTF Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center I was privileged to present


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Site link:

Once again, I found that creating an HTML website using Wix allowed me to embed and organize all the elements I wanted, set up a contact page for further queries, and offer the attendees something of a “digital goodie bag” to take home.


Links to some of my other Theory of Knowledge posts on Data Viz:

IGNITE Honolulu #4: Parody-So


While meeting with fellow TEDxHonoluluEd curator Casey Agena about my session on Personal Branding  at Punahou Lab School, 2012, he asked if I would like to present an “Ignite” talk. The event was to be sort of a culminating fanfare for Punahou Lab, and featured a few educators from Punahou and other schools, as well as some incredible tech/geek-cool people.


The format of an Ignite talk is a bit like pecha kucha – you have only 5 minutes on stage to share 20 slides, which advance automatically after displaying for 15 seconds.

I was really stressed about the fact that I couldn’t use my trusted Prezi format, but would have to go with PowerPoint (yuk) or Apple’s Keynote (this was my first time trying keynote professionally).

Keynote is stunning and simple in its design, and I was able to do some animations as far as the text floating in (not shown in the pdf to follow).

As for the topic, they wanted me to share something related to my experience with History for Music Lovers, but I knew I needed a twist and should make it slightly humorous, yet informative. I went with a play on words – “PARODY-SO”, like Dante Alighieri’s Paradiso in the Divine Comedy. It worked out great- I was able to relate a lot of points back to some Divine Comedy analogies, and stress, that, like Dante’s trip, our trip has been both wild and inspiring…we’ve really learned quite a bit from putting ourselves “out there”.

I practiced to get the timing just right, but the night prior to the event, (this was after the dress-rehearsal), I was told that my timing was all off due to the transitions and animation, and that we’d have to shave off about about 8 minutes! More practicing…I felt like Robin Williams! I ended up cutting some dialogue out, but in the end was satisfied.

In the end it was a great evening with amazing peers and lots of mingling – even did a bit of karaoke afterwards!


here’s a news review

Download this file

Personal Branding with DigiPorts (my talk at Schools of the Future)

Find more videos like this on Schools of the Future

Here’ s my actual Prezi with links…I was a bit rushed in the actual presentation…