Tom Vander Ark

Author. Speaker. Thought leader.


Tom is available to lead high engagement sessions - from keynote speeches to design workshops - that help leaders chart the path forward. Tom advocates for innovations that customize and motivate learning and extend access. From learning to leadership, we can customize an engagement to fit the needs of your event and audience.

Tom regularly speaks on the following:

  • Future of Work: The organizational and civic implications of life with smart machines and what graduates need to know and be able to do to thrive in the innovation economy.

  • Future of Learning: New learning models, personalized and project-based learning, the power of purpose and the magic of place, and new trends and tools.

  • Leadership: Building community, mobilizing for scale, balancing innovation and improvement, and working in networks.

  • Contribution: Finding and doing purpose-driven work.




2017 ForwARd Thinking Conference

CGTN's Susan Robert's talks to Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart.

2015 National Forum on Education Policy - Education Commission of the States

2nd Annual West Virginia Education Summit

TEDx Manhattan Beach - Innovations In Education


"Thank you Tom for all the confidence, resources and support at the beginning of this journey 20 years ago that resulted in this amazing network of deeper learning schools 200 strong and growing."
- Attendee to keynote, #ntac16

"You absolutely knocked it out of the park! We couldn't have asked for a more personal and relevant experience for our participants."
- Apex Learning, Personalized Learning event 2015

"Tom's caring demeanor and encouragement generated ideas from the audience about how they are or how they envisioned moving learning forward at an accelerated pace. Tom build community in one short hour!"
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Digital Learning Academy event 2015

"Thank you so much for so beautifully guiding us through our tangled tale. You are such a pro and make it look easy to ask deep questions, manage the energy, and guide the group."
- Philanthropy Roundtable event 2014

"Tom gave the most cogent and wonderful webinar about interconnection between blended learning and 21st Century outcomes that we've had. He just really did such a great job."
- EdLeader21 Webinar

"We were so happy with how the event turned out. Mr. Vander Ark brought so much to our event."
- WV Education Summit 2014

"I cannot thank each of you enough for an incredibly rewarding Academy course unit. We were so pleased with your engagement and with the thoughtful planning and execution of the course activities, lessons, and discussion. The personal and professional connections you brought to the group were second to none."
- Executive Leadership Academy 2013