World Future Forum is an international conference that provides a platform for research and discussions of excellence in high school and the transition into higher education and career paths. Situated in Chicago, World Future Forum will bring together a diverse group of secondary and post-secondary educators, administrators, academics, and other professionals to enrich their knowledge of preparing students for today’s job market and workforce.



Transitioning to Tomorrow: College and Career Readiness for Success

The first annual World Future Forum was a success!
Click below to experience World Future Forum 2019 (#WFF2019)


World Future Forum 2019 presented high-level speakers, ranging from educators over top business leaders to researchers and policy makers.
*List will be updated as speakers confirm.
Chad Gough
Chad Gough - Illinois, USA
Nivine Megahed, Illinois, USA
Nivine Megahed, Ph. D. - Illinois, USA
Elaine Maimon, Ph.D.
Elaine P. Maimon, Ph.D. - Illinois, USA



World Future Forum covered these interdependent areas:

 College Transition and Persistence
 Workforce Skills and Demands
 Next Generation High Schools
 College and Career Outcomes of High Schools
 Academic Preparation for College Readiness
 Post-High School Challenges
 Technology and Innovation in Education


*Academic papers and best practices were presented during the breakout sessions and poster presentations were available throughout the conference.

Click on the sessions below to view more detailed information.

Master of Ceremonies: 

Michael Puccinelli, Anchor at CBS Chicago – Illinois, USA

Welcoming Remarks: 

Charles Franklin, Owner and Attorney at Franklin Law Group – Illinois, USA




Student Performances: 

Horizon Science Academy Advanced Choir, McKinley Park School – Illinois, USA


Topic: Workforce Skills and Demands
Paper: A Mixed-Method Investigation of Problem-Based Learning and Technical Students in General Studies Courses at a Midwest Technical College
Barbara Primm Department Chairperson of General Education at Ranken Technical College – Missouri, USA

Topic: College Transition and Persistence
Paper: The Impact of Learning Communities on the Integrative Learning Practices of Academically At-Risk Students
Richard Gebauer
 Executive Director of the First Year Experience and Student Transitions at Cabrini University – Pennsylvania, USA


Topic: College and Career Outcomes of High Schools
Paper: College and Career Readiness Guidance: Where We are Today and Where We Need to be Tomorrow
Curt Baker 
Graduate Student at University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education – Pennsylvania, USA


Topic: Technology and Innovation in Education
Paper: Statistically Enhanced Academic Recommendations for Educational Environment to Reduce Dropout of Students Using Ensemble Classification
Khawar Shakeel
System Administrator at Jinnah Model High School – Punjab, Pakistan


Topic: College Transition & Persistence
Best Practice: Advanced Experience: Early Academic and Professional Exposure as Tools for College Success
Kofi Appiah Okyere, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Accounting Programs at Syracuse University – New York, USA


This panel will highlight the work that is published in Future Review, our publication. Two of the first authors to publish in this journal will discuss their work on student success. The panel features both quantitative and qualitative research, and highlights the different ways of conceptualizing student success in higher education. Panelists will also discuss how their research can be used by practitioners in higher education, and why they chose Future Review as a venue for their research.

John Klatt, Ph.D. Assistant Dean for Student Development in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison – Wisconsin, USA




Jason Bryer, Ph.D. Executive Director & Principal Investigator Diagnostic Assessment & Achievement of College Skills at Excelsior College – New York, USA



Adele Lozano, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Student Affairs Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse – Wisconsin, USA


Topic: Workforce Skills and Demands
Paper: Engaging Professionals in Preparation for the First Professional Experience
Alexander Christoforidis Graduate Architecture Professor at University of Cincinnati – Ohio, USA


Topic: College Transition and Persistence
Paper: Student Success as Measured by Retention and Graduation Rates
Bahman Ghorashi, Ph.D. Professor at Tennessee Tech University – Tennessee, USA


Topic: Technology and Innovation in Education
Paper: autOObserver UR: An Educational Purpose Web/Mobile Application for Self-Regulated Learning in Higher Education
Rafael Alberto Mendez Romero, Ph.D. Coordinator of the Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Program at Universidad del Rosario – Bogota, Colombia


Jenniffer Lopera Moreno Assistant Professor and Education Researcher at Universidad del Rosario – Bogota, Colombia



Miguel Ángel Orjuela Adjunct Lecturer on Probability and Statistics at Universidad Piloto de Colombia



Topic: College Transition & Persistence 
Best Practice: Remediation or Preparation: A Rose By Any Other Name?
William Speer, Ph.D. Director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Mathematics Learning Center – Nevada, USA


Topic: Academic Preparation for College Readiness
Best Practice: Early Colleges: Pathways to Higher Education for Low-Income, First Generation, Under-represented Students
Isabelle Cherney, Ph.D. 
Dean of Education and Social Policy at Merrimack College – Massachusetts, USA


Topic: Workforce Skills and Demands
Paper: Futures Thinking in Organizations and Preparation of Future-Oriented Leaders
Deborah Schreiber, Ed.D. RKFutures, LLC – Washington DC, USA


Topic: Post-High School Challenges
Paper: Mental Health Challenges for New Post-secondary Students; Exploring Interventions for Success
Jennifer Laffier, Ph.D. Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology – Ontario, Canada


Topic: College Transition and Persistence
Paper: Reimagining Summer Bridge: Integrating Head-start in the IU South Bend’s Early Start Summer Academy
Michelle Rosemond, Ph.D. Executive Director of Retention Initiatives and Campuswide Advising at Indiana University South Bend – Indiana, USA


Jann Joseph, Ph.D. Interim Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor at Indiana University-South Bend – Indiana, USA



Topic: Technology and Innovation in Education
Best Practice: Entrepreneurship as STEM-Ed Stimulus
Margaret Johnsson Professor at the College of Business and Management at Northeastern Illinois University – Illinois, USA


*Small Round Table Discussion with industry experts is an optional addition and is $10.00.

(Each session is limited to 25 guests)

Apprenticeships & Work-Based Learning 
Topic: Workforce Skills & Demands
Virginia Rounds, Director of Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT)
Apprenticeships are an excellent alternative to the current 4-year college model, but not all apprenticeships are created equal. Virginia Rounds, Director of the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT)  Apprenticeship Program, will lead the discussion on different apprenticeship models and what educators can look for to help identify the right program for their students.

Topic: Technology and Innovation in Education
Stacey Gonzales, Ph.D. Top 30 Technology Transformers & Trailblazers in 2017 & Director of Curriculum of Orland Park Schools



Topic: College Transition and Persistence
Elizabeth Houlihan, Director of the Office of First-Year Initiatives at the University of Illinois-Chicago



Topic: Next Generation High School
Roger Sanders & Living miDream students, Valley Education for Employment System and Living miDream
Engage in a discussion with high school students who see the world differently. Living miDream has empowered them to see people, the planet and profit in a new way. Living miDream challenges students and teachers to make a paradigm shift in how they see the high school experience.  How is Living miDream different than the typical high school experience?  As one student says, “School tells me what to do and how to do it.  In Living miDream I own it.  It is all mine.” The Next Generation High School is one where students accept the offer to advocate for themselves through Individual Responsibility (reflective thought, key beliefs, personal vision), Individual Personal Development (leveraging talents and passion), & Individual Career Plan (connecting skill training, career preparation, and ROI). Living miDream allows you to embed this paradigm shift throughout the school in a way that is customized for your situation.

The cruise tour, dinner, and music on Thursday, April 25, 2019 is an optional addition to the conference and is $30.00.

  • 6:00-6:30 pm ​Trip ​to ​Navy ​Pier ​(Free transportation ​will ​be ​provided.)
  • 6:30-7:00 pm ​Boarding
  • ​7:00-9:30 pm ​Cruise, Full Buffet Dinner, and Music

8:00 am - 8:50 am
Check-in, Continental Breakfast and Student Performances

Master of Ceremonies:

Michelle Relerford, Assignment Reporter and Fill-In Anchor at NBC 5 News – Illinois, USA



Welcoming Remarks: 

Benjamin Forsyth, Ph.D., Department Head of Educational Psychology and Foundations at the University of Northern Iowa – Iowa, USA



Student Performances: 

Horizon Science Academy Robotics, McKinley Park School – Illinois, USA



Virginia Rounds, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest – Illinois, USA



Chad Gough Partner of 4Discovery Digital Forensics – Illinois, USA



Alderman Joe Moore Alderman of Chicago’s 49th Ward – Illinois, USA



Paul Rimington Emeritus CEO & Safety Officer for Diemasters Manufacturing, Inc. – Illinois, USA



Thy Nguyen Executive Director, Career Center, University of Illinois at Chicago – Illinois, USA



Hans Kraus Corporate Director of Manufacturing at Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp. – Illinois, USA


Topic: Next Generation High Schools
Paper: Tacoma Health Careers High School Community Collaborative
Mark Pagano, Ph.D. Chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma – Washington, USA


Toni Pace Assistant Superintendent of K-12 Support for Tacoma Public Schools – Washington, USA



Victoria Bergsagel Founder and President of Architects of Achievement – Washington, USA



Lois Bernstein Chief Community Executive at MultiCare Health System – Washington, USA



Topic: College Transition and Persistence
Paper: Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence for Increasing College Aspirations and Enrollment Behaviors
Carol Cutler White, MPA, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Community College Leadership at Mississippi State University – Mississippi , USA


Judith L. Meece, Ph.D. Professor of Education Emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – North Carolina, USA



Topic: Post-High School Challenges
Paper: The Disconnect Between High School and College: A Study of Retention of Students Who are at Risk of Leaving College Before Completing a Degree
Peggy Sherwin, Ed.D. Adjunct Instructor in Psychology at Ranken Technical College – Missouri , USA


Topic: College and Career Outcomes of High Schools
Paper: Nigeria National Policy on Education and Career Development of Students in Ondo Town
Ireti Alao, Ph.D. Chief Lecturer in the Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling at Adeyemi College of Education – Ondo, Nigeria


Topic: Workforce Skills & Demands
Paper: Compliance throughout Organizational Change Processes
Charlotte Johnson, D.M. Online Adjunct Faculty at Grand Canyon University – Arizona, USA


Topic: Technology and Innovation in Education
Best Practice: Online Feedback, What do Students Like?
Ni Chang, Ed.D.  Professor at School of Education at Indiana University South Bend – Indiana, USA

Topic: Workforce Skills and Demands
Paper: ePortfolio: Making the Academic Experience Relevant In the Workplace
Marie Harper, Ph.D., CPC Program Director of Management at American Public University – Delaware, USA


Christine Muncy Associate Vice President of Career Services at American Public University – Virginia, USA



Christi Smith Faculty Member at American Public University – West Virginia, USA




Wanda Curlee, D.M. Associate Professor at American Public University – West Virginia, USA



Topic: College Transition and Persistence
Paper: Maximizing Entry Survey Results for Prediction and Support for Academic Success
Paula Hodgson, Ph.D. Senior Education Development Officer at The Chinese University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China


Josephine Csete, Ph.D. Senior Educational Development Officer at Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Hong Kong, China



Topic: Technology and Innovation in Education
Paper: Instagram’s Social and Digital Influence in the Classroom
Gunjali Trikha Assistant Professor of Marketing at Marymount Manhattan College – New York, USA


Topic: Post-High School Challenges
Best Practice: Universal Design for Learning: Conquering Learning Challenges
Georgieann Bogdan 
Director of Academic Accessibility at Greensboro College – North Carolina, USA


Topic: Workforce Skills & Demands
Best Practice: Automation-Proof College Majors
Michael Jones, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Economics and Academic Director for the Master’s in Applied Economics program at the University of Cincinnati – Ohio, USA


Topic: Technology and Innovation in Education
Best Practice: From Adobe to Assessment: Bringing Digital Literacy & Digital Creativity into the Curriculum
Justin Hodgson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric in the English Department at Indiana University – Indiana, USA


Jill Gray Senior Customer Service Success Manager-Education for Adobe- Illinois, USA



Topic: Workforce Skills and Demands
Paper: A Business Application of Clinical Skills Assessment: A framework to meet workforce skills and demands
Jeb Gorham, Ph.D. Professor of Business at Southern Vermont College – Vermont, USA


Stacey Hills, Ph.D. Chair and Associate Professor at Southern Vermont College – Vermont, USA



Topic: Academic Preparation for College Readiness
Paper: Non-Cognitive Factors and Academic Performance
Scott Richardson, P.T, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at Franklin Pierce University at Goodyear, Arizona – Arizona, USA


Topic: Technology and Innovation in Education
Paper: The Subject of “Mathematical Ideas” as an Innovation Project for Critical Mathematical Citizens
Rafael Alberto Mendez Romero, Ph.D. Coordinator of the Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Program at Universidad del Rosario – Bogota, Colombia


María Angélica Suavita Professor at Universidad del Rosario – Bogota, Colombia




Valérie Gauthier Mathematician at Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia – Bogota, Colombia



Topic: Workforce Skills and Demands
Best Practice: Preparing a Workforce for Interprofessional Practice
Cynthia Love-Williams, RN, DNS Associate Professor of Nursing at Utica College – New York, USA


Annmarie Kinsella, OTD Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Utica College – New York, USA



Dawn Evans, DPT Professor of Practice at Utica College – New York, USA




Topic: College Transition and Persistence
Best Practice: Benefits of Peer Mentoring During the High School to University Transition
Veronica Arreola Program Director for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Latin@s Gaining Access to Networks for Advancement in Science program – Illinois, USA

Master of Ceremonies:

Rafer Weigel, Emmy Award-Winning Anchor & Reporter at Fox 32 Chicago – Illinois, USA



Closing Remarks: 

Radhi Al-Mabuk, Ph.D., Director of Future Institute Research Center – Iowa, USA




Student Performances: 

Horizon Science Academy Band, McKinley Park School – Illinois, USA



Award Ceremony:

  • Best Paper Presentations
  • Best Poster Presentation
  • Best Practice Presentation



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