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Because You Need to Know – 9th Midwest KM Symposium (USA)

Friday 16 June 2023, in-person (not online), registrations close 2 June 2023

This podcast is part of the Because You Need to Know series from Pioneer Knowledge Services.

The Midwest KM Symposium is an annual knowledge sharing event held in the United States for the development of the knowledge management (KM) community. In this Because You Need to Know podcast, some of the people leading the 9th Midwest KM Symposium introduce the event.

The first Midwest KM Symposium was held in Detroit in 2008. The next two were held in Chicago in 2009 and 2010. Cleveland was the location in 2011, 2017, and 2018. The last in-person event was in Cincinnati in 2019, and there was a virtual symposium in 2020.

9th Midwest KM Symposium (USA)
Where: Kent State University
When: Friday 16 June 2023, with workshops and welcome dinner on Thursday 15 June
Updated program: Symposium Program
Further information: Midwest KM Symposium and 2023 Midwest KM Symposium
Deadline for participant registration: 2 June 2023
Information updates: SIKM Leaders Community

Thomas A. Stewart and Zach Wahl to Deliver Keynotes at 9th Midwest Knowledge Management Symposium

The 9th Midwest Knowledge (KM) Symposium will be held at Kent State University on Friday, June 16, 2023, preceded by a welcome dinner on Thursday, June 15. Keynote speakers are Thomas A. Stewart, author and former Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Business Review, and Zach Wahl, Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Knowledge, LLC. Stewart will present “Facing the Customer: Knowledge Management and Customer Experience” and Wahl will present “Making Knowledge Management Clickable.’

The event features 17 additional presentations by leading knowledge management practitioners and thought leaders:

1. “Knowledge, Networks and Innovation” by Valdis Krebs
2. “AI Ethics Impact on Knowledge Management” by Tony Rhem
3. “Right-Sizing Your KM Function: Defining an Achievable Vision that Fits Your Organizational Purpose, Needs and Structure” by Ari Kramer
4. “You’ve Implemented Knowledge, Now What?” by Jessica DeMay and Heather Irvin Hauser
5. “Using Text Analysis and SNA to Transform Communities” by Dan Ranta
6. “KM Made Simpler, But Not Easy – Lessons in Practice” by Bill Kaplan
7. “The Five Cs of Knowledge Management” by Stan Garfield
8. “A knowledge sharing portal for a sustainable smart city future” by Christina Turner, Kendra Albright, and Bill Edgar
9. “KM and Innovation; Partnering to Create Impact” by Linda Lavelle
10. “Embracing Personal KM after a 23-Year Career in the U.S. Navy” by Cindy Young
11. “Know the unknown faster with Rapid Learning Cycles” by Jim Clarke
12. “Lessons from the plumber – Sustainable KM” by Rajesh Dhillon
13. “Applying Knowledge Transfer: Real life tools in real life examples” by Rachel Teague
14. “The Perils of Taxonomy/Ontology Management” by Darrin Brogan
15. “To ISO or not to ISO” by Patricia Eng
16. “How to Make KM Sticky: Steps to Achieving a Knowledge Sharing Culture” by Maggie Starkey
17. “Organizational Culture and AI” by John Antill

The co-chairs for this event are Linda Hummel, Strategy Knowledge Manager, EY Parthenon and Kendra Albright, Goodyear Endowed Professor of Knowledge Management, School of Information, College of Communications and Information, Kent State University. The event sponsors are Lucidea (, Enterprise Knowledge (, and Bloomfire (

Because You Need to Know guests:

Ninez Piezas JerbiNinez Piezas-Jerbi is former Chief of the KM Section of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland.  She is also holder of the CILIP Chartership in KM.  After more than 30 years of service at the WTO, she retired in July 2022 and is now based in the USA. She has an Executive Master’s Degree in Positive Leadership and Strategy from the IE School of Human Sciences and Technology in Madrid and a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics from the University of the Philippines.  Ninez continues to share her expertise and experience in the workplace as KM Consultant and Executive/Professional Development Coach (ICF ACC). She is also a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher (500HR) that promotes physical and mental vitality towards Transformational Leadership.  More information on Ninez can be found on her website,

Stan GarfieldStan Garfield holds a BS in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis. He leads the SIKM Leaders Community with over 1,100 members globally, and is invited to present at numerous conferences, including KMWorld and the APQC KM Conference. Stan has published over 800 articles on leadership, innovation, knowledge management, communities of practice, enterprise social networks, and social media. He is the author of the Profiles in Knowledge series featuring knowledge management thought leaders.

Kendra AlbrightKendra Albright, Ph.D. is the Goodyear Endowed Professor in Knowledge Management in the School of Information at Kent State University. She has taught graduate and undergraduate level courses in knowledge management, including Business Intelligence, Information Economics, and Leadership across four institutions in three countries, including the U.S., UK, Georgia, and Brazil. Dr. Albright’s research interests focus on the ways in which users understand and use knowledge to facilitate positive change and solve organizational problems. Dr. Albright serves as a consultant to corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations and has been invited to speak at numerous conferences including the Henley Knowledge Forum in the UK. Dr. Albright is widely published and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Libri, the international journal of libraries and information studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Communications, a Master of Science in Library Science, and a B.S. in Human Development.

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Edwin K. Morris

Edwin K. Morris is the president and founder of Pioneer Knowledge Services which produces the educational program, Because You Need To Know. It is part of the mission to educate and bring awareness around knowledge management and nonprofit concerns.

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