Karen Gross Society Guru

Karen is #6 LinkedIn Global Top Voice 2018 - Education. She was also an Education Top Voice in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She is an educator and an author. Prior to becoming a college president, she was a tenured law professor for two plus decades. Her academic areas of expertise include trauma, toxic stress, consumer finance, overindebtedness and asset building in low income communities. She currently serves as Senior Counsel at Finn Partners Company. From 2011 to 2013, She served (part and full time) as Senior Policy Advisor to the US Department of Education in Washington, DC. She was the Department's representative on the interagency task force charged with redesigning the transition assistance program for returning service members and their families. From 2006 to 2014, she was President of Southern Vermont College, a small, private, affordable, four-year college located in Bennington, VT. In Spring 2016, she was a visiting faculty member at Bennington College in VT. She also teaches part-time st Molly Stark Elementary School, also in Vt. She is also an Affiliate of the Penn Center for MSIs. She is the author of adult and children’s books, the most recent of which are titled Breakaway Learners (adult) and  Lucy’s Dragon Quest. Karen holds a bachelor degree in English and Spanish from Smith College and Juris Doctor degree (JD) in Law from Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law.


HIMSS Day Three: A WOW on Wearable Devices and Usable Programs

To be candid, I was getting worried about this HIMSS conference. There were abundant presentations and exhibits but at least for me, they seemed too theoretical or too technical. Many were at the 30,000 foot level. Many were engineer driven. The words “interoperable,” and “silos” and “coordinated efforts” and “shared efforts” were repeated again and again. 


HIMSS2019: Day Two Begins

Today was supposed to begin with the Keynote addresses --- starting at 8:30 a.m. Well, despite a timely departure, there were delays getting to the Convention Center (the bus took the wrong route and several wrong turns). This prevented an on-time arrival -- kind of like flights to a meeting where one experiences delays. And, even when my busload of folks arrived at the Convention Center, it was like we were at the bottom of a ski slope where one then needed a chairlift or gondola to get to the point where one begins the actual activities. 


HIMSS19: Pre-Conference Observations and Initial Findings

When I left DC this morning, an icy rain was falling. By way of contrast, Orlando, FL, where the HIMSS conference is being held, is muggy and hot. Although I much prefer cold weather generally, the conference is housed in a massive conference center – as in massive. So, I am indoors in an air-conditioned place that actually could be anywhere. That’s not unique for conferences in general although other events pale in size. There are over 40,000 attendees in attendance. More on that later.


When Reading is a Negative

I spend a good deal of my current professional life writing books (including children's books -- see @kidbooksbykaren) and helping children and their families appreciate the enormous power of reading. Indeed, reading is one key skill for ascertaining educational success. Starting in infancy, we recognize reading develops vocabulary, imagination, memory and creativity.


2019 HIMSS Conference: Expectations and Education

I’m excited to be the BBN Times correspondent at the 2019 HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) conference in Orlando, FL from Monday, February 11th thru Thursday, Feb. 14th. This is the leading (and largest as best as I can tell) health information and technology conference in the world, with an expected 45,000 attendees.