Mr. Estin Talavera, keynote speaker February 6th
The use of technology is an integral part of our lives. For people with disabilities, technology is even more vital as it balances the playing field and helps ensure success and independence. Estin has been totally blind since the age of 7 months due to a traumatic brain injury caused by a baby-sitter. Estin attended regular public schools and began college at the age of 19 and lived independently on campus until he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree. Estin began utilizing technology at a very young age, both in school and in his everyday life. In his senior year of college, Estin started his own company called En-sight. He realized that there was a desperate need within the school systems for someone to teach technology and to make the current technology accessible to the disabled student. Estin became the expert. He works with teachers and students alike to ensure that their educational experience is a success. As the word of Estin’s company got out, the corporate world also began requesting Estin’s services. He often works with company’s to ensure their software is accessible to employees with disabilities; and recently began working with software companies to ensure that the software they were selling was accessible.
Due to rapid evolution of technology, Estin also does monthly Podcasts and is very active on Twitter. The name of Estin’s Podcasts is “The Way I See It.”
Ms. Lauren Scofield, Ms. Montana 2016, lunch keynote February 7th
Miss Montana 2016, Lauren Scofield, is a 22-year- old graduate of Carroll College with a degree in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology, and a minor in Gender Studies. Since her crowning in June, she has been working with local and national organizations, including the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative and the National Girls Collaborative Project, to help grow and enhance her personal STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) platform.
Lauren’s STEM platform was inspired by the encouragement she received at a young age from positive female role models in these fields. Lauren wants to not only encourage young girls to be excited or interested in STEM, but to also
encourage boys to consider these challenging vocations. She will teach the importance of pushing through failure and challenges in order to solve a problem. She will also utilize the potential that STEM has to teach critical thinking skills and
create a pipeline of innovative leaders with the students of Montana. Lauren believes that it is important to reach students of all ages and backgrounds across the entire state of Montana.