COURTNEY MILLER sits at the intersection of media, technology and academia and is helping to drive education strategy at Adobe. She is recognized as a leading expert on digital literacy and launched a successful start-up within a Tier 1 private research institution that has received critical acclaim. She previously served as the Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at the top-ranked USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Her leadership included the creation and direction of a cutting-edge digital makerspace, an Adobe Certification Center that offers over 15 courses and 500 Adobe Certified Associate exams a year, and an innovative approach to product implementation that now has 86% of all Annenberg students using the Adobe Creative Cloud. In addition to her leadership role, she also taught courses and spearheaded a major curriculum overhaul.
She began her career working in entertainment, where she spent two years as a Field Producer for Oprah’s Oxygen Television Network, shooting documentaries for their primetime news magazine show including coverage of the Emmys and Oscars. She has further produced hundreds of events throughout Southern California with world-renown artists including Yo Yo Ma and John Williams, and also worked in audio for the inventor of THX sound. Her ideas and overall approach to leadership has been largely informed by her international portfolio, with professional and personal travel to over 70 countries. As a former professor on the Semester at Sea study abroad program, she lived on a ship for years where she taught multimedia journalism, restructured and directed the shipboard multimedia department, and led students on service learning projects around the world. She is honored to serve as an Adobe Education Leader, has been a regular contributor to the Horizon Report and has been invited to speak at numerous conferences around the world. She holds a B.A. in Cinema-Television and an MFA in Writing from the University of Southern California, and is also an avid cyclist, certified kundalini yogi/meditation teacher and spa aficionado.