ALA Cognotes January 2019 Preview - 1

JANUARY 25-29, 2019



Journalist and Author Isha Sesay
to Close the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting
her studies and ultimately matriculated to
Trinity College, Cambridge, where she read
English. After graduating, she joined the
BBC Networks as a researcher, then moved
to Sky Sports News where she hosted "Good
Morning Sports Fans."
Sesay will close the 2019 Midwinter
Closing General Session
Monday 1/28, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
WSCC Ballroom 6 A-B

Isha Sesay


sha Sesay was born in England and at the
age of seven moved with her family to her
parents' homeland of Sierra Leone. At
age 16 she moved back to London to pursue

Meeting on Monday, January 28, 2:00 -
3:00 p.m.
In 2005, Sesay joined CNN International
as an anchor and correspondent covering
major breaking news stories and global events.
Her impressive roster of interviews includes
numerous global leaders, such as the prime
ministers of Kenya and Australia as well as the
presidents of Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone; a host of newsmakers

including Nancy Pelosi, David Beckham, Bill
Gates, Bono, Richard Branson, Matt Damon,
and Michelle Obama; and Nobel Peace Prize
Laureates Wangari Maathai, Malala Yousafzai,
Leymeh Gbowee, and Denis Mukwege.
Sesay played an integral role in CNN U.S.
and CNN International's joint coverage of
major events including the protests in Egypt,
Japan's nuclear reactor crisis, the Amanda Knox
trial, the fall of Tripoli, and the royal wedding
in London. She also reported on the deadly
Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the death
of Nelson Mandela. In 2014, Sesay broke the
story of the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram. Her team at CNN was
recognized with a Peabody Award for coverage
of the story, and Sesay received a Gracie Award
for Outstanding Anchor.
In August of 2018, Sesay left CNN to
pursue other projects, including her book
Beneath the Tamarind Tree, available July
2019. The book is the first definitive account
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Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo to Speak on Saturday
Auditorium Speaker Series
Saturday 1/26, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
WSCC Ballroom 6 A-B


ylvia Acevedo has worn many hats:
engineer at IBM, rocket scientist at
NASA, award-winning
entrepreneur, commissioner
on the White House Initiative
for Education Excellence for
Hispanics, and currently CEO
of the Girl Scouts of the USA.
In Path to the Stars: My Journey
from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist
(Camino a las estrellas: Mi recorrido de Girl Scout a ingeniera
astronáutica), Acevedo's memoir
aimed at young readers (available now), retraces her journey
from a young girl in an underprivileged
New Mexico neighborhood to becoming


one of the most accomplished and insightful
women in modern history. She tells her story
as part of the Auditorium Speakers Series,
Saturday, January 26, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
As she struggled with the aftermath of
loss, the difficulties of her home life, and the
poverty in her neighborhood, the trajectory
of her young life changed when she joined a
local Brownie troop. The Girl
Scouts taught her how to take
control of her world and nourished her love of numbers and
science. With new confidence,
Acevedo navigated shifting
cultural expectations at school
and at home - forging her
own trail to become one of the
first Latinx to graduate with a
master's in engineering from
Stanford University and going
on to become a rocket scientist
at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 
Acevedo's absorbing story of overcoming


Author Melinda
Gates to Open


o-chair of the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the
world, Melinda Gates has dedicated her
life to achieving transformational improvements in
the health and
prosperity of
families, communities, and
societies. Core
to her work is
women and
girls to help
them realize
their full potential. She has Melinda Gates
said, "if you invest in a girl or a woman, you're investing
in everyone else." The session will take
place on Friday, January 25, 4:00 - 5:15
p.m. at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle. 
For the last 20 years, Gates' mission
has been to find solutions for people
with the most urgent needs, wherever
they live. And her journey's discovery
has made one thing undeniably clear -
if you want to lift a society up - invest
in women. 
In April 2019, Gates will debut
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering
Women Changes the World, a timely and
necessary call to action for women's
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Sylvia Acevedo

obstacles with confidence, hard work, and
education is an inspiration to people of all
ages. She continues her work motivating and
inspiring children to achieve their dreams. 
Acevedo's appearance is sponsored by
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Add to your
schedule now.



Symposium on the
Future of Libraries


ALA President's Program




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