Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran is the founder and CEO of the Digital Citizenship Institute. As a mother and a connected educator she has served as an associate professor, middle school teacher, principal and library media specialist. As a pioneer in digital citizenship, she developed and created the first 3-credit digital citizenship course for teachers in the United States. She co-founded the digital citizenship chat in Twitter (2011) and the Digital Citizenship Summit (2015). She chairs the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) digital citizenship PLN and is a researcher, keynote and TEDxYouth speaker.
Dr. Curran is committed to promoting social good through the use of social media and technology. She believes in a community-driven approach to educating and empowering digital citizens to solve problems in local, global and digital communities. Her mission is to turn negatives into positives and help to transform participants into designers, creative thinkers, global collaborators, problem solvers and justice-oriented digital citizens.
Joanne Sweeney-Burke is the CEO of Digital Training Institute, a digital marketing and training agency. Joanne is a published author and is currently writing her second social media book. She is a former journalist and PR practitioner.
She is a writer for Social Media Examiner, the world’s largest social media website.
Joanne has a keen interest in Digital Citizenship and previously developed e-learning modules for parents and teens for Kaspersky Lab along with her 21-year old daughter Sophie.
Joanne and Sophie spoke at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco at the global Digital Citizenship Summit in October 2016. Joanne explains in a blog post why parenting at 17 years old inspired her to be a DigCit parent.
A life-long learner Joanne holds a Masters Degree in Journalism and a Masters Degree in Digital Marketing. She hosts a weekly podcast called JSB Talks Digital and delivers monthly webinars on Big Marker, the world’s largest webinar community.
Her blog took silver at the 2016 Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards Ireland and was named one of Ireland’s best marketing blogs by US-based website Search Engine Journal.