Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with co-chair Melinda Gates, he shapes and approves grantmaking strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization.
Bill and Melinda Gates work together to expand opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged people by collaborating with grantees and partners. They also participate in national and international events and travel extensively to focus attention on the issues the foundation champions.
Gates began his major philanthropic efforts in 1994, when he created the William H. Gates Foundation, which focused on global health. Three years later, he and Melinda created the Gates Library Foundation, which worked to bring public access computers with Internet connections to libraries in the United States. Its name changed to the Gates Learning Foundation in 1999 to reflect its focus on ensuring that low-income minority students are prepared for college and have the means to attend. In 2000, to increase efficiency and communication, the two groups merged into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In 1975, Gates left Harvard University in his junior year to focus on Microsoft, the company he founded with his childhood friend Paul Allen. As chief software architect and chairman, Gates led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software, services, and solutions. In July 2008, Gates transitioned into a new role as chairman of Microsoft and advisor on some key development projects. (See Microsoft’s web site for more information on his work with the company.)
Gates also founded Corbis, which is developing a comprehensive digital archive of art and photography from public and private collections around the globe. He is a member of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
Gates grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. His father, William H. Gates Sr., is a co-chair of the foundation and a retired attorney. His late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International. The Gateses have three children.
Common has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought after leading men and is a world-renowned lyricist, actor and entertainment icon. Chicago native Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. better known by his stage name, Common, continues to break down barriers in film, music and social impact. In 2000, he launched his own philanthropic effort, The Common Ground Foundation, whose mission is dedicated to the empowerment and development of disadvantaged youth in urban communities by mentoring in three areas: character development, creative expression and healthy living.
Common was recently seen on the big screen in the Oscar nominated film, Selma, a film centered around the civil rights marches that changed America. He won a 2015 Academy Award, alongside John Legend, for “Best Original Song In A Motion Picture” for “Glory” from the motion picture Selma. In addition, “Glory” won a 2015 Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song In A Motion Picture” and a Critics Choice Award for “Best Song.”
Prior to acting, Common rose to prominence as one of hip hop’s most poetic and respected lyricists. He has recorded 10 studio albums and garnered three Grammy Awards. His most recent album Nobody’s Smiling debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Chart and was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
Whether inspiring audiences through music, movies, television, books or his foundation, Common continues to break new ground, and remains one of hip hop’s most innovative, positive voices.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.
From January 2005 to 2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position. Rice served as Stanford University’s Provost from 1993-1999, during which she was the institution’s chief budget and academic officer. As Provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender — Integrated Training in the Military. From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. She served as Director; Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As professor of Political Science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors – the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.
She has authored and coauthored numerous books, including two bestsellers, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010). She also wrote Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984). In 1991, Rice cofounded the Center for a New Generation (CNG), an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America). CNG has since expanded to local BGCA chapters in Birmingham, Atlanta, and Dallas. She remains an active proponent of an extended learning day through after school programs.
Since 2009, Rice has served as a founding partner at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm works with senior executives of major companies to implement strategic plans and expand in emerging markets. Other partners include former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.
Rice currently serves on the boards of Dropbox, an online-storage technology company; C3, an energy software company; and Makena Capital, a private endowment firm. In addition, she is chair of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and a member of the boards of the George W. Bush Institute and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
In 2013, Rice was appointed to the College Football Playoff Committee, formerly the Bowl Championship Series.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Rice is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded eleven honorary doctorates. She currently resides in Stanford, California.
Michael M. Crow is an academic leader and educator, designer of knowledge enterprises, and science and technology policy scholar. He has been the sixteenth president of Arizona State University since July, 2002. He is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities, an institution that combines the highest levels of academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic, and maximum societal impact—a model he designed known as the “New American University.” Under his leadership ASU has established major interdisciplinary research initiatives such as the Biodesign Institute, Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS), and more than a dozen new transdisciplinary schools, and witnessed an unprecedented academic infrastructure expansion, quadrupling of research expenditures, and attainment of record levels of diversity in the student body. Crow was previously professor of science and technology policy and executive vice provost of Columbia University, where he served as chief strategist of Columbia’s research enterprise and technology transfer operations. He has been an advisor to the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, and Energy, as well as defense and intelligence agencies and a number of nation-states on matters of science and technology policy in areas related to intelligence and national security, and knowledge enterprise design. An elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and National Academy of Public Administration, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations and U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, he is the author of books and articles analyzing knowledge enterprises, science and technology policy and the design of higher education institutions and systems. Crow received his PhD in Public Administration (Science and Technology Policy) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.
Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Qualcomm Incorporated, where he is responsible for helping guide the development of new technologies and Qualcomm’s long-term opportunities.
A leader in the field of mobile communications for more than 25 years and a key architect of Qualcomm’s strategic vision, Dr. Jacobs spearheaded Qualcomm’s efforts to develop and commercialize mobile technology breakthroughs that have significantly contributed to the growth of both the Company and the industry. Important developments which began under Dr. Jacobs include: the first smartphone based on Palm OS®; inclusion of GPS capabilities in mobile phones (which led to the acquisition of SnapTrack™ GPS and Qualcomm’s development of gpsOne™ position-location technology); the Brew® platform, which enables over-the-air downloading of applications; QChat™ platform, a Voice over IP, push-to-talk system; Qualcomm® Mirasol™ display technology, a novel reflective display technology; and the Qualcomm® Toq™ smartwatch.
Following the completion of his Ph.D. in 1989 and a year as a post-doctoral researcher at a French government lab in Toulouse, Dr. Jacobs joined the Company fulltime in 1990 as a development engineer leading the mobile phone digital signal processor software team. Five years later, Dr. Jacobs became Vice President and General Manager of the combined handset and integrated circuit division, which was subsequently divided into Qualcomm Consumer Products and QCT, respectively. Dr. Jacobs served as CEO from July 2005 to March 2014 when he was appointed as Executive Chairman. He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors since March 2009.
As an innovative leader of a broad range of technical teams within Qualcomm, Dr. Jacobs has been granted more than 50 patents related to wireless technology and devices. Dr. Jacobs chairs the U.S.-Korea Business Council and the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley, where he inaugurated the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation; Vice chairman and co-owner of the NBA Sacramento Kings; a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum; a member of the US-India CEO Forum; and serves on the Board of Directors for FIRST®, OneWeb and Light.
Dr. Jacobs received his bachelor’s (1984) and master’s (1986) degrees, as well as his doctorate (1989) in electrical engineering, from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Jacobs is a recipient of a number of industry, academic and corporate leadership awards:
2007–2014 Institutional Investor, List of America’s Best (Telecom Sector) – Best CEO
2008 Berkeley Engineering Innovation Award
2008 Radio Club of America, The Sarnoff Citation
2009 IEEE CASS Industrial Pioneer Award
2010 Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award
2011 Laptop Magazine, 25 Most Influential People in Mobile
2011 NCAFP Global Business Leadership Award
2011–2012 Global Telecoms Business, Power 100
2012 VentureBeat, Top Ten Mobile Movers
2012 FORTUNE, Ten Brilliant Technology Visionaries
2012 Samsung Award of Honor
2013 Sesame Workshop, Corporate Leadership Award
2013 Edison Achievement Award
2014 GSMA Chairman’s Award
2014 UCLA Anderson School of Management, John Wooden Global Leadership Award
2015 IEEE Distinguished Industry Leader Award
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Vanity Fair called Frank Gehry “the most important architect of our age.” He has received every possible award in the World of architecture, but not everyone recognizes his absolute passion for defending the power of the arts in transforming K-12 education — especially in high poverty, low performing public schools.
Gravely concerned about the erosion of the arts in public education, Frank is a Co-Founder, funder and Board member of Turnaround Arts California, the state affiliate program of the national initiative. Started by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Turnaround Arts is a national organization that provides critical art programs and tools to highest need schools in partnership with local organizations, while building sustainable environments for lasting student impact. Today, Turnaround Arts serves 50 schools nationally including Burbank Elementary School in San Diego. Research has shown that the programs deliver dramatic improvement in student engagement, academic achievement, parental involvement, and school culture.
Raised in Toronto, Canada, Frank Gehry moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1947. Mr. Gehry received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1954, and he studied City Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In subsequent years, Mr. Gehry has built an architectural career that has spanned over five decades and produced public and private buildings in America, Europe and Asia. His work has earned Mr. Gehry several of the most significant awards in the architectural field, including the Pritzker Prize.
A few of Mr. Gehry’s notable projects include Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California; Eight Spruce Street Residential Tower located in New York City; and Opus Hong Kong Residential. Current projects include Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; Foundation Louis Vuitton Museum in Paris, France; Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building for the University of Technology, in Sydney, Australia; and West Campus for Facebook in Menlo Park, California.
All Turnaround Arts schools have an artist mentor, and Mr. Gehry’s adopted school is Hoopa Valley Elementary in Hoopa, CA. He has worked with students on design projects, and encouraged them to learn creatively, express themselves, and take ownership in their work.
Frank Gehry’s unwavering focus on having direct and long-term impact on children via arts education, has been evidenced by his classroom work with students for the past 50+ years. Said Mr. Gehry: “Every child should have access to art and creativity in school. No matter what career path they choose. This creative play sets them up to trust their instincts, believe in themselves and to solve problems. I was afforded this as a child, and it changed my life. I know the profound difference that Turnaround Arts and Arts Education can make, and every child should have that opportunity.”
Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, a brand ambassador for Mercedes Benz USA, and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). He was also the chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
Legendary author and business guru Jim Collins is arguably the most influential expert in the world on leadership and how to build great, enduring businesses. Jim will be leading a two-hour session focusing on developing fundamentals that result in lasting, transformative impact.
Jim Collins is a student and teacher of leadership and what makes great companies tick. Having invested a quarter century of research into the topic, he has authored or co-authored six books that have sold in total more than ten million copies worldwide. They include: Good To Great, the #1 bestseller, which examines why some companies and leaders make the leap to superior results, along with its companion work Good To Great And The Social Sectors; Built To Last, which explores how some leaders build companies that remain visionary for generations; How The Mighty Fall, which delves into how once-great companies can self-destruct; and most recently, Great By Choice, which is about thriving in chaos—why some do, and others don’t—and the leadership behaviors needed in a world beset by turbulence, disruption, uncertainty, and dramatic change.
Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he conducts research and engages in Socratic dialogue with CEOs and senior leadership teams. Jim has passion for learning and teaching in the social sectors, including education, healthcare, government, faith-based organizations, social ventures, and cause-driven non-profits. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences and an MBA from Stanford University, and honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado and the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.
Joel Spolsky is CEO and co-founder of Stack Overflow. As a globally recognized expert on software development, Joel has not only built the foundation for the world’s largest developer community, but has also scaled three companies based around his innovative set of best practices in attracting and retaining top technical talent.
In 2000, Joel founded his first company, Fog Creek Software, which creates project management tools for software developers and most recently launched a group project management sharing tool, Trello. Prior to this, he worked at Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, where he developed an Internet client used by millions. Joel is also a world-renowned speaker and has written four books, including User Interface Design for Programmers and Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent. His personal website, Joel on Software, has been popular with developers around the world since its inception in 2000 and has been translated into over 30 languages. Joel graduated from Yale University with a computer science degree.
Stack Overflow is the preeminent site for programmers to find, ask, and answer questions about software development. Co-founded in 2008 by Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood, the company was built on the premise that serving the developer community at large would lead to a better, smarter Internet. Since then, Stack Overflow has become the most trusted developer resource on the Internet and currently serves more than 40 million programmers every month.
Mark Hoplamazian was appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2006 and named President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation in December 2006.
Prior to being appointed to his present position, Mr. Hoplamazian served as President of The Pritzker Organization, LLC (“TPO”), the principal financial and investment advisor for Pritzker family business interests. During his 17 year tenure with TPO he served as advisor to various Pritzker family-owned companies, including Hyatt Hotels Corporation and its predecessors. He previously worked in international mergers and acquisitions at The First Boston Corporation in New York.
Mr. Hoplamazian was appointed to the VF Corporation Board of Directors in February 2015, and serves on the Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves, the Council on the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of World Business Chicago, and the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute and of the Latin School of Chicago. Mr. Hoplamazian is a member of the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Commercial Club of Chicago and is a member of the Discovery Class of the Henry Crown Fellowship.
Michael is co-founder, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer of GSV Capital, as well as co-founder of GSV Asset Management and an advisor to GSV Advisors. Widely regarded as one of the world’s preeminent authorities on growth investing, he authored the acclaimed book Finding the Next Starbucks: How to Identify and Invest in the Hot Stocks of Tomorrow (Penguin Group). Michael has been an active investor in game changing education companies such as 2U, Avenues, Chegg, Declara, and Coursera. Additionally, he is Co-Author of the white paper, American Revolution 2.0, How Education Innovation is Going to Revitalize America and Transform the U.S. Economy.
Salman Khan is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Khan Academy, a not-for-profit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy is a learning platform which is comprised of instructional videos, practice exercises, dashboard analytics and teacher tools which empower learners in and outside of the classroom to study at their own pace.
Khan Academy currently reaches over 34 million registered students in 190 countries, features a library of over 7,000 video lessons in more than 36 languages and covers a variety of subjects from math to science, history, economics, computer science and more.
Khan holds three degrees from MIT and a MBA from Harvard Business School. Khan has been profiled by 60 Minutes, featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine, and recognized as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In late 2012, Khan released his book The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.
Described by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates as “perhaps the finest leader in combat” he has ever seen, four-star general (retired) Stanley McChrystal is the former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan and the former commander of the premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He is best known for developing and implementing the current counter-insurgency strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the interagency operating culture.
The son of Major General Herbert McChrystal, Stanley McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976. Over the course of his career, he held leadership positions in the Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, 82nd Airborne Division, the XVIII Army Airborne Corps, and the Joint Staff. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College and he completed fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2000.
After 9/11 until his retirement in 2010, General McChrystal spent more than seven years deployed in combat, serving in a variety of leadership positions. In 2002, he was the chief of staff for military operations in Afghanistan. From 2003 to 2008, McChrystal commanded JSOC where he led the U.S. Military’s global counter-terrorism efforts. From 2008 to 2009, General McChrystal served as the Director of the Joint Staff. In June of 2009, the President of the United States and the Secretary General of NATO appointed General McChrystal to be the Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan and NATO ISAF. His command included more than 150,000 troops from 45 allied countries. General McChrystal retired from the U.S. Army in 2010.
Stanley McChrystal is the Chairman of the Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project, dedicated to promoting national service initiatives among American youth. He is also a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on Leadership in Operation. He sits on the board of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Navistar International Corporation, and JetBlue. General McChrystal co-founded the McChrystal Group in 2011 to deliver innovative leadership solutions to American businesses, helping them transform and succeed in challenging and dynamic environments.
General McChrystal resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife of 35 years, Annie.
Ted Mitchell is the under secretary of education. He has served in this post since his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on May 8, 2014, following his nomination by President Barack Obama on Oct. 31, 2013. Mitchell reports to Acting Secretary of Education John King and oversees policies, programs, and activities related to postsecondary education, adult, career and technical education, federal student aid, five White House Initiatives — Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Educational Excellence for African Americans, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and American Indian and Alaska Native Education— and the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
To spur education, economic growth, and social prosperity, Mitchell is charged with planning and policy responsibilities to implement President Obama’s goal for the U.S. to have “the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world” as measured by the proportion of college graduates by the year 2020. Mitchell and his team are keenly focused on implementing President Obama’s American Graduation Initiative to improve college access, affordability, quality, and completion.
Mitchell is the former CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund and served as the president of the California State Board of Education. Through his long career in higher education, Mitchell has served as the president of Occidental College, vice chancellor and dean of the School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and professor and chair of the Department of Education at Dartmouth College.
Mitchell received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Christine, and their two children.
W. Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian based in The People’s Republic of Berkeley, CA. Kamau is the host the CNN docu-series United Shades of America, which premieres on April 24th. Kamau is best known for his critically acclaimed, but criminally short-lived FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Kamau is also proud to be the ACLU’s Ambassador of Racial Justice. Although he’s pretty upset that they didn’t give him a badge along with the title. Kamau sits on the advisory board of Race Forward, a racial justice think tank, and Hollaback, a non-profit movement to end street harassment. The New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” And Salon.com listed Kamau on their “Sexiest Men of 2012” list, calling the series “surreptitiously revolutionary in its effortless diversity and humanism.” The New Yorker said, “Bell’s gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women’s issues as inseparable.” The San Francisco Chronicle raved, “it makes The Daily Show seem like something your dad watches.” In its brief time Totally Biased was nominated for both an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Award. Totally Biased was executive produced by Chris Rock, who became a fan after seeing a performance of Kamau’s one man show, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour. Kamau still performs that show at colleges across the country. He’s especially busy with it in February.
Kamau has released two stand up comedy albums: One NIGht Only and Face Full of Flour. Face Full of Flour was named one of the Top 10 Best Comedy Albums of the year by iTunes and Punchline Magazine. Kamau has recently signed with Kill Rock Stars who plan to to release his next stand-up album as an actual album! (It’ll be available as zeros and ones also.)
Kamau has appeared on various Comedy Central programs (including @midnight and John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show), HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Conan, WTF with Marc Maron, The Rachel Maddow Show, The View, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Henry Louis Gates Jr’s Many Rivers To Cross, Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell, The Nerdist, and This American Life, among others. And yes, he will do your podcast if you ask him nicely and if he has the time.
His writing has appeared in VanityFair.com, Salon, MSNBC.com, Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Book Review, and The Hollywood Reporter.
These days Kamau might be most excited about his weekly podcast with fellow comedian Kevin Avery entitled Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period. They are reviewing every Denzel Washington movie in mostly alphabetical order in hopes of proving… well, you read the name already. The podcast has also featured interviews with Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, India Arie, and many more. The podcast has been listed on Entertainment Weekly’s Must List, and it has been featured several times in the AV Club. Fast Company Magazine put Kevin and Kamau on their list of Innovative Podcasters. Essence Magazine listed it on their Top Ten Podcasts Every Black Woman Should Hear. You can listen at to DWITGAOATP at Earwolf.com and every other place that you find podcasts.
Praised by Punchline Magazine as “one of our nation’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit,” Kamau was voted San Francisco’s best comedian by the SF Weekly, the SF Bay Guardian, and 7×7 Magazine. Robin Williams called Kamau “ferociously funny,” The New Yorker said, “Bell’s gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women’s issues as inseparable.” The SF Weekly called Kamau “smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle,” though he was more excited that they called him “handsome.”
Aaron Skonnard is the CEO of Pluralsight, a leader in online training for technology and creative professionals. Aaron cofounded Pluralsight in 2004 with a small team of internationally renowned software developers with one goal: to democratize professional learning for people around the globe.
Aaron’s passion and curiosity for technology began when his father purchased him an Apple Macintosh and one of the first Compaq PCs. His father taught him the importance of programming from an early age, and through Aaron’s leadership, Pluralsight has flourished.
Aaron led Pluralsight through two rounds of funding, including securing $135 million during a Series B round in August 2014. This was one of the largest minority rounds ever in the state of Utah and brought the company’s valuation to almost $1 billion.
Over the course of the last two years, Aaron has helped Pluralsight acquire six companies. In 2013, TrainSignal, PeepCode and TekPub joined Pluralsight, adding IT admin and open source training to its expanding library. In 2014, Pluralsight acquired two more companies: Digital-Tutors, which marked the company’s entrance into the creative skills e-learning space, and Smarterer, a revolutionary tool that accurately quantifies skills. And in early 2015, Code School, an interactive, learn-to-code experience, became the company’s sixth acquisition.
As CEO, Aaron focuses on Pluralsight’s business strategy, future direction, product development and strategic partnerships. On a day-to-day basis, Aaron works closely with the entire Pluralsight management team in different capacities, including recruiting, brand management, marketing, sales, feature planning and content acquisition.
Prior to founding Pluralsight, Aaron earned his degree in computer science at Brigham Young University. After college, Aaron worked at 3M, Intel and Axiom Technologies, and also as a professional instructor at DevelopMentor, where he became passionate about teaching technology.
Throughout his career, Aaron has written hundreds of articles, whitepapers and several books, was a long-time contributing editor to MSDN Magazine, and is now a regular Inc. Magazine columnist. Aaron is thought-leader in the industry, speaking at events around the world. As a result of his efforts in the business world and community, Aaron was named Ernst &Young’s 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Utah Region and 2015 Utah CEO of the Year from StartSLC.
Aarti Dhupelia is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at National Louis University, where she oversees the Harrison Professional Pathways Program, an innovative undergraduate degree program designed to close the achievement gap in higher education by offering students affordability, strong individualized support, and a competency-driven, adaptive curriculum. Prior to joining NLU, Aarti spent 8 years in senior leadership roles at Chicago Public Schools, most recently serving as CPS’ Chief Officer for the Office of College and Career Success, where she drove strategies around attendance and truancy, drop-out re-engagement, out-of-school time, social and emotional learning, college and career planning, and early college and career acceleration coursework. Before joining CPS, Aarti spent several years as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies at Marakon Associates. Aarti holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.
Abhinav Mital is Managing Director at Parthenon-EY and member of the worldwide Education Practice. During his 8 years at Parthenon, he has led more than 90 engagements in over 45 countries. As a leader in the education sector, his experience spans sectors. Mr. Mital frequently advises investors in the education industry and has been consulted for some of the largest education deals globally. He has advised leading school companies and universities and his clientele includes the largest study abroad company in the world. Abhinav has worked extensively across continents, with a particular focus on Southeast Asian and Latin American education markets. He has authored several reports on global education trends and is a frequent speaker at major conferences worldwide.
Mr. Mital holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business and a Bachelor’s of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology.
Adam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founder of both MissionU, a newly created college alternative for the 21st century, and Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has built more than 325 schools supporting children and teachers across the developing world. In 2015, he also served as the Director of the Global Education Platform, an initiative conceived by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education to accelerate breakthroughs in learning innovation.
He has been featured as a speaker at The White House, the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been named to Business Insider’s 40 Under 40, Wired Magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the World, and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s original ten Global Shapers.
His book The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and went on to become a #1 national bestseller.
Adam Freed is the CEO of Teachers Pay Teachers (or TpT), a community of over 3.8 million educators who come together to share their work, insights, and inspiration with each other. TpT is the world’s first and largest open marketplace where teachers share, sell, and buy original educational resources. There are more than 2 million available resources for every aspect of PreK-12 education. In 2015 alone, two in three U.S. teachers downloaded a teaching resource from TpT.
Prior to joining TpT, Freed was the COO of Etsy.com and led International Product Management and Online International Sales Operations teams at Google. He speaks 10 languages including Japanese and Spanish, and holds a Master’s degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Harvard. Freed also co-chairs the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
Adam is a founding partner of Tyton Partners. Adam has more than 15 years of experience in consulting and market research, management, banking, and teaching across all segments of the education sector. Prior to founding Tyton Partners, Adam was a director at Berkery Noyes, a mergers and acquisitions firm serving the information industry. Adam originated the firm’s strategic advisory practice for education companies and investors. While at Berkery Noyes, he also launched the Venture Capital in Education Summit, an annual event convening the most dynamic and innovative early-stage companies and entrepreneurs across the preK–12, postsecondary, corporate training, and consumer markets. Previously, Adam served as managing vice president at Eduventures, a market research and consulting firm supporting the education industry. Adam led the firm’s industry solutions division, which worked with executives to develop and drive corporate and growth strategy initiatives through both syndicated market research and proprietary consulting. Prior to Eduventures, Adam served as a senior manager at the Corporate Executive Board in the company’s corporate strategy board practice, working closely with senior strategy executives at Global 2000 companies. Adam began his professional career as a K–12 educator and athletic coach at schools in Boston, MA, and New Orleans, LA. He holds an AB in English from Duke University.
Adrian Malik Fenty is a member of the business development team at Perkins Coie LLP and a special advisor at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He also serves on the Board of Directors of three nonprofits: Genesys Works-Bay Area, College Track and Fight for Children. He has also embarked on a career as a paid speaker and part-time college professor. Previously, Fenty served as the sixth mayor of the District of Columbia and a council member for six years. A Washington, D.C. native, Fenty is a graduate of Oberlin College and Howard University Law School.
Dr. Adrian B. Mims Sr. is the founder of The Calculus Project, a program that was derived from his dissertation, Improving African American Achievement in Geometry Honors. The goal of the project is to increase the number of Black, Hispanic and low income students enrolled in Calculus Honors, AP Calculus and AP Statistics so they can pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). He currently serves as the National Calculus Project Director at Cambridge Education and the Project Director of the Calculus Project and Leadership Academy at Boston University. His program pre-teaches core mathematical concepts and teaches leadership skills to Black, Latino, and low-income students in a college setting from the moment they enter the eighth grade until they become seniors in high school.
From 2013 to 2015 he was the National Calculus Project Director at Replications Inc., a nonprofit based in New York. There he successfully implemented the program in over twenty-five (25) schools located in Florida, New York and Massachusetts. His math program was inducted into the Minority Student Achievement Network’s Promising Practices Clearinghouse in 2011. In 2012, the College Board awarded Dr. Mims the Asa G. Hilliard Models of Success award for his commitment to closing the achievement gap for African Americans in mathematics and the Dr. Carlene Riccelli Assembly Leadership Award. In 2016, Dr. Mims was honored by Amtrak and the Boston Celtics during half-time where he received the Amtrak Pioneer Award for his work with Boston youth through The Calculus Project.
Dr. Mims is a former adjunct faculty member at Simmons College where he taught an Organizational Management course to graduate students who are aspiring educational leaders. He also taught mathematics at Brookline High School for 19 years while serving in several leadership positions such as: Summer School Director, Associate Dean and Dean of Students.
Dr. Mims is a former trustee of the College Board and former board member of The Brookline Teen Center. He currently serves on the board of Noonan Scholars, a nonprofit organization that helps high-achieving, under-resourced students from the Greater Boston area prepare for success in college.
Adrian Sannier is the Chief Academic Technology Officer for ASU Online and a Professor of Practice in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Engineering at Arizona State University. He is part of the ASU team pursuing an ambitious program of general education reform that Inside Higher Education called “ground zero for data-driven teaching in higher education”, combining Big Data, social networking, and evidence based instruction to drive better student outcomes at scale. A signature part of this initiative is the Global Freshman Academy, offering learners anywhere in the world the opportunity to complete a Freshman year for free, paying for college credit when successful.
Previously, Sannier was Senior Vice President for Product at Pearson, where he helped forge the partnership between ASU Online and Pearson. Sannier also served as CIO at ASU, and was the Stanley Professor for Interdisciplinary Engineering and the Associate Director of the Virtual Reality Applications Center at Iowa State University.
Al serves as Matchbook Learning’s Chief Technology Officer, responsible for overseeing all our company and schools’ IT hardware, software and instructional technology design and implementation needs. As a member of the operations team, he leads the identification and deployment of new tools and platforms to achieve the organization’s academic mission. He also develops systems, supports, and trainings to maximize Matchbook Learning’s staff and students’ daily technology use. Prior to joining Matchbook Learning, Al served the same capacity for Touchstone Education, a leading blended charter management organization based in Newark, NJ.
Prior to Touchstone, Al was the Director of Information Technology at Mastery Charter Schools, a charter management organization in Philadelphia, PA. He was also a Vice President at Monarch Consulting, which provides technology solutions for small business, education and non profits.
Al got his start in technology while attending Pennsylvania State University. He worked at PSU’s Center For Academic Computing where he worked as a computer lab consultant.
Alan Arkatov is the Katzman/Ernst Chair for Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation at USC’s Rossier School of Education, an appointment with an interdisciplinary emphasis, leveraging the work at USC’s Schools of Communications, Cinematic Arts, Medicine, Public Policy, and Business. He previously was the President of Changing.edu, CEO of the Teaching Channel, one of the creators and an EVP for 2U, President of eEducation Group, and the founder and Chairman of OnlineLearning.net. Alan has guided some of the preeminent communications companies in the US, and as a political media consultant, helped produce the ads for over a dozen successful Mayoral, Gubernatorial, US Senate and Presidential campaigns.
In addition to serving on California’s State Board of Education, Alan was the Chair of California’s Post-Secondary Education Commission, a US Secretary of Education appointee to the Congressional Web-Based Education Commission, President of the LA Commission for Children, Youth and Families, and Chair of the LA Information Technology Agency. He currently serves on the National Boards of Facing History and Ourselves, Road Trip Nation, Alliance for College Ready Schools, Think Together, and 2U. A happily retired concert violinist and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Alan resides in Los Angeles with his wife, two sons, and their Labradoodle.
Alejandro Caballero is a Senior Education Specialist at Health & Education team of the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank, where he evaluates investments in private education companies. Prior to joining IFC, Alejandro was a Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank, working with governments in Higher Education and Science, Technology and Innovation in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, with a strong focus on student lending, higher education quality assurance, graduate education and university-industry linkages in research and development, among other areas. Prior to joining the World Bank Group in 2006, Alejandro was a Vice President with Deutsche Bank AG where he worked in Singapore, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. He held previous positions with Oliver Wyman, Booz Allen and Hamilton and Goldman Sachs and was an advisor to the CEO of Action Aid, a global international development organization.
Alejandro holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Master in Education from Stanford Graduate School of Education. He also holds BA degrees in Law and in Economic Science/ Management from ICADE, Madrid.
Alex is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, where he is globally or jointly responsible for the firm’s Prime Brokerage, Listed Derivatives, OTC Clearing, and Fund Administration businesses. He is also a member of the Firm’s Equity Operating Committee. Alex joined Morgan Stanley in August 2009 following six years as Global Head of Prime Services at UBS, and 22 years at Goldman Sachs, where he served as Global Co-Head of Prime Brokerage from 1998 to 2003. Alex and his wife Cheryl have been married for 26 years, and have raised three extremely lovely young men in Chappaqua NY and London England. Alex serves on the Boards of iMentor, ThanksUSA, Portfolios With Purpose and UJA-Federation.
Alex Paris joined Barrington Research in 1987 within the Equity Research group, and currently serves as President and Senior Managing Director.
His research focus is broadly within the Consumer Services sector, specializing in niches that primarily include education, education technology, corporate training and other business and consumer services companies.
Mr. Paris has more than 25 years experience in the investment industry, and has received numerous accolades for his investment performance. He is a five-time winner of The Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” analyst survey, a two-time winner of Forbes’ “All-Star Analyst” rankings, Smart Money Magazine named him one of its “Hot Analysts,” and StarMine Corp. ranked him fourth in a recent survey of over 3,500 analysts (regardless of industry coverage) for his stock-picking track record. He has also been prominently featured in The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Investor’s Business Daily, The New York Times, Crain’s Chicago Business, Business Week and The Chicago Tribune, as well as many other local, regional, and national publications.
Mr. Paris holds a BS in Economics from Northern Illinois University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Alex Bernadotte is the founder and CEO of Beyond 12, a nonprofit that integrates personalized coaching for students with intelligent technology for high schools and colleges to increase the number of traditionally underserved students who graduate from college. She has more than 16 years of executive management and strategic development experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Before creating Beyond 12, she served as an Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund. In 2009, Alex became an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at NewSchools, where she developed the business plan for Beyond 12.
Alex’s previous professional experience includes serving as executive director of The Princeton Review’s Silicon Valley office, co-founder and vice president of marketing and online strategy at educational travel startup Explorica, director of operations at EF Education, and operations manager at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she coordinated the efforts of an international youth substance abuse prevention foundation. Alex was also the executive director of Foundation for a College Education (FCE), a nonprofit in East Palo Alto, California. She currently serves on the FCE advisory board as well as the board of directors of Great Oakland Public Schools.
Alex received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and earned a master’s degree with a concentration in policy and organizational leadership from Stanford University. In 2011, Alex won the NewSchools Venture Fund Entrepreneur of the Year award. She is an Ashoka Fellow, one of the highest honors for social entrepreneurs in the world, and won a 2012 Jefferson Award for Public Service. In addition, Beyond 12 was recognized in 2014 as one of the world’s 10 most innovative companies in education by Fast Company.
Alexis Ringwald is an entrepreneur with a passion for solving massive social challenges. She co-founded LearnUp after spending six months in America’s unemployment offices researching the education and jobs crisis.
Prior to LearnUp, Alexis lived in India for three years as a Fulbright Scholar. While there, she co-directed a Climate Solutions Road Tour, driving 2,400 miles across India in solar plug-in electric cars. Alexis then co-founded Valence Energy, which was acquired by Serious Energy in 2010.
Alexis is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and on Forbes “30 Under 30” and Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Tech.” She completed her BA/MEM from Yale University, and speaks French, German, Spanish and basic Hindi.
Alicia Grunow is a senior partner and director of the improvement science and analytics groups at Carnegie. In that role, she oversees the core capacities that support all networked improvement communities: analytics, developmental evaluation, design and development, program technologies and improvement research.
Alicia completed the Improvement Advisor program at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in 2011 and currently leads the Foundation’s efforts to adapt these methodologies for the field of education. At Carnegie, she has worked as an improvement advisor to networks dedicated to improving developmental math outcomes in Community Colleges and new teacher retention rates. She teaches improvement workshops and coaches improvement teams outside of the organization.
Before coming to Carnegie, Alicia was an instructor in Stanford’s Teacher Education Program (STEP), where she taught practices to support the academic achievement of English language learners. Her research at Stanford used a range of quantitative methodologies to examine policy issues regarding English language learners. Alicia received her B.A. in psychology from Reed College. She has a master’s degree in economics and a doctorate in educational administration and policy analysis from Stanford University. Before graduate school, she taught for seven years in transitional bilingual and dual language elementary school programs in both Denver and New York City. She completed the Bilingual and ESL Teachers Leadership Academy at Bank Street College. At the core, she will always identify as a practitioner.
Alisa Miller is a recognized media and technology leader, who advocates for technological innovation to help people live better lives. As President and CEO of PRI, she has led the organization’s transformation from a creator and distributor of radio programming to a rapidly-growing multi-platform digital news/lifestyle media organization demonstrating audio, journalism and engagement leadership that empowers people to act.
Today, PRI reaches approximately 20MM people each month across all platforms. Named one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology, Miller is considered a leading digital media executive who has experience on a global stage. Her TEDTalk on media has been viewed 1.5M+ times/translated into 45 languages. She regularly speaks about the powerful intersection of people’s interests, mobile, storytelling and media.
Miller is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Lumina Foundation Board of Directors and has received a University of Chicago Booth School of Business 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Allan C. Golston, president of the United States Program, leads the foundation’s efforts to help all students graduate from high school and get to and through college. Originally joining the foundation in 2000 as the chief financial officer, Allan felt a deep connection to the U.S. Program work—which spans early learning, K-12, and postsecondary—and began serving as president in 2006.
Allan believes education provides a bridge to opportunity unlike any other in America, and he is committed to ensuring all young people have the education and opportunity they deserve. This includes a deep focus on equity in education and using data to get to better outcomes for students of all backgrounds.
Allan’s professional background is in finance, health care, and education. He served as the director of finance at Swedish Medical Center and spent several years as an adjunct professor teaching accounting and finance at the Community College of Denver.
Allan holds an MBA from Seattle University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado. He is an active community volunteer and serves on the boards of a number of regional and national organizations, including Seattle University, Charter Schools Growth Fund, and Stryker Corporation.
Allison Dembeck is the Executive Director of Congressional Public Affairs on Education, Labor, and Workforce Development issues at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She has been with the Chamber since September 2012.
Before coming to the Chamber, Allison was the education, labor, pensions, and welfare policy analyst on the Senate Republican Policy Committee—first under the Chairmanship of Senator John Thune (R-SD) and then under the Chairmanship of Senator John Barasso (R-WY). Prior to joining the staff at the Republican Policy Committee, Allison spent several years as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), where she handled education, labor, pension, and child/family issues, as well as a couple of years as the Manager of Government Relations for Ceridian Corporation, a third-party benefits administrator, where she focused on pension, healthcare, and payroll compliance issues.
Allison also did two stints with U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce—the first during former Speaker of the House John Boehner’s (OH) tenure as Committee Chairman and the second under current Chairman John Kline (MN).
Allison is a former adjunct faculty member of Montgomery College. She has an M.A. from The George Washington University and a B.A. from Binghamton University-State University of New York (SUNY).
Alvin Abraham is the Executive Director of the education nonprofit KIPP Minnesota. He has worked with KIPP since 2012, leading the organization through extensive growth and is currently working on expansion. He also serves on The Collective’s National Advisory Board at Teach For America as well as Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota’s Board of Directors.
A veteran school leader, Alvin began his career in education as a 2002 Teach For America corps member. Prior to moving to Minnesota, Alvin led one of Houston ISD’s schools in the Apollo 20 program, a bold initiative to transform public education in Houston, in partnership with Harvard University’s Education Innovation Laboratory. Alvin earned a BS from Texas A&M University and a M.Ed. from the University of Houston.
Amanda Meyer is an improvement specialist at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where she supports educators in leveraging the tools of improvement science to solve critical problems. She provides improvement expertise to a number of Foundation initiatives, including the Carnegie Higher Education Network, and also teaches within Carnegie’s external-facing workshops.
Amanda joined the Carnegie Foundation in 2013 as a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow, supporting the work of the Building a Teaching Effectiveness Network (BTEN). In addition to her role at Carnegie, she has taught English language arts for a college access program in San Francisco and continues to volunteer as a mentor for first-generation college students. Amanda began her career as a Teach For America corps member, teaching English as a Second Language at Lanier High School in San Antonio, Texas. She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies, Spanish, and Educational Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Her professional interests include user-centered design, systems thinking, and college access for underserved students.
Amit is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Laureate South Asia region and also the CEO for Laureate India. Earlier Amit was CEO for Laureate Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore and also the Chief Executive Officer for INTI Education Group. Prior to these roles, Amit served as the Chief Operating Officer of University of Technology of Mexico (UNITEC) which is one of the Laureate’s largest and most successful private institutions.
Prior to joining Laureate, Amit was Vice President of DeVry University in Chicago. Before that, he held positions with Siebel Systems, Bain & Company, as well as several years of teaching and research in the US and in Asia. Amit has a B.A. in Economics & Sociology from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Amjed Saffarini is CEO of Graham Holdings’ CyberVista cybersecurity education unit. CyberVista brings a validated learning science approach to its cybersecurity training programs, which range from board and executive cyber literacy courses and tools to security certification prep offerings.
Amjed was President at Graham Holdings’ Kaplan unit in charge of the University Innovations Group, which brings the best of cutting edge student learning, retention, marketing and engagement solutions to top traditional universities and enables their academic programs online.
As prior co-head of Kaplan’s Chief Delivery Office, he worked to implement a re-organization of Kaplan’s markets through broad scale collaboration initiatives with Kaplan’s senior executive team and an organization of 24,000 employees.
Starting as a faculty instructor and throughout his 16 years at Kaplan, he has led teams in brand management and marketing, product development, instructional pedagogy, curricular products and assets, and online technology platforms. Over that time these teams brought many industry firsts to market including the first comprehensive online course in 2003, first live-online program in 2008, and first hybrid in-class/synchronous online learning program in 2010. Today these programs represent more than half of all student learning hours at Kaplan Test Prep.
Amjed’s professional focus areas include learning data analytics research and learning interventions systems. He has a BS in Cell Biology and Neuroscience from Rutgers University, and lives in the New York City area with his wife and three children.
Amy Hoffmaster, Deputy Director of Program Design, Citizen Schools: Amy has a background in science education and served in instructional and program management positions at the Museum Institute for Teaching Science, and the Dorr Museum of Natural History at the College of the Atlantic prior to joining Citizen Schools in 2011. She also served as a Fellow with Education Pioneers and Combined Jewish Philanthropies and as a Research Assistant at the Ubiquitous Biology Project, the EcoMUVE Project, and the Distributed Collaborative Learning Communities Project. She earned an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from College of the Atlantic in Human Ecology.
Amy Klement is a partner at Omidyar Network and leads our Education initiative globally.
Amy was previously responsible for our work in the Financial Inclusion, Property Rights, and Consumer Internet & Mobile initiatives in key geographies. She has held board seats or observer roles with Kiva, Living Goods, Bridge International Academies, Social Finance US, Mimoni, Andela, and Off Grid Electric.
Prior to Omidyar Network, Amy worked for eBay where she served as vice president of relationship marketing, leading email, on-site, and other retention marketing channels and as vice president of product strategy and operations, driving the development of the company’s long-term product vision and leading user experience and design. Amy formerly worked for PayPal, joining as one of its earliest employees in 1999. As vice president of product for PayPal, she and her team developed the company’s payments platform, facilitated the company’s overseas expansion into Europe and Asia, and was instrumental in the launch of PayPal Mobile. Earlier in her career, Amy worked in corporate strategy and development at Gap Inc. and as an analyst at JPMorgan & Co.
Amy holds a B.S. in mathematics from Bucknell University, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works. Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT’s Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook “Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits.” Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World- Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes’ list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. Anant, a pioneer in computer architecture, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM. He hacks on WebSim, an online circuits laboratory, in his spare time. Anant holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a bachelor’s from IIT Madras.
Andre Dua is the Founder and Chairman of McKinsey Academy, the firm’s platform for leadership development, which is working across the world to change the trajectory of careers, companies and countries. He is also the Leader of McKinsey’s State and Local Government Practice, and a Leader of the Education Practice. Andre is the Founder of the Gotham Space Agency, a group of enthusiasts who send weather balloons into space and who are collaborating with MIT’s AeroAstro program on a satellite launch in 2017. He serves on the Board of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and the Citizens’ Budget Commission. He was previously selected by the WEF as a Global Leader for Tomorrow.
Andrea Bishop has been teaching in Baltimore County for the past four years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She is certified to teach both Elementary and Special Education. Andrea is part of a primary math cadre in Baltimore County. This cadre meets regularly to collaborate and share best practices with other teachers in the county. She also wrote and edited curriculum with the Language Arts office in Baltimore County this past summer. Outside of teaching, Andrea enjoys running, traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and rooting for the Baltimore Ravens and Maryland Terrapins.
Andrew A. Davis is the Founder of Education Equity Inc. EEI is a for-profit student funding company that uses an equity-based model that closely aligns funder’s goals with those of the student. EEI identifies cost effective educational programs and funds students in those programs in return for a fixed percentage of the student’s future income for a fixed period of time.
From 2005 through 2010, Davis was the Executive Director of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). He re-focused the agency on Illinois students, and restructured ISAC’s business’s. ISAC sold more than three billion dollars’ of non-strategic student loan assets, in 2007 prior to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). ISAC earned over one hundred million dollars on these transactions and entered the GFC with a strong balance sheet and a clear focus on Illinois students.
From 1980 through 2005, Davis was active in the market for foreign exchange options, petroleum options, and the development of electronic trading of equity securities.
A 1979 graduate of Beloit College, he served on Beloit’s Board of Trustees for seventeen years, and was Chairman of the Board from 2000 through 2005.
As Deputy Director for Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), Andrew Calkins helps to lead a national effort, managed by the nonprofit organization EDUCAUSE and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation along with several other philanthropies, to fundamentally transform secondary and postsecondary education through the development of personalized, competency-based, student-centered, blended learning models, enabled in part by technology. Since its inception late in 2010, NGLC has invested more than $65 million in a range of “building block” innovations and whole-school and college degree-program models designed by educators to create more personalized learning and substantially improved outcomes for students. These grants have catalyzed many of the leading new models in postsecondary education (SNHU’s College for America and Northern Arizona’s Division of Personalized Learning, for example) and K-12 (Summit, Design Tech, Brooklyn LAB, Cornerstone, MATCH Next, Matchbook, USC Hybrid High, and Horry County Public Schools, for example). The NGLC Regional Funds, six regional or city-based incubators, are using NGLC funds, supports, and modeling to catalyze 50 more personalized, competency-based, student-centered, blended schools – both charters and in-district schools, by Fall 2016. Together, these breakthrough grantees constitute perhaps the nation’s foremost network of schools, colleges, and universities creating fundamentally new models of learning and institutional organization.
Calkins brings three decades of experience in education reform in leadership positions at Scholastic Inc., where he served as editor of Electronic Learning magazine, Recruiting New Teachers Inc., Mass Insight Education and Research Institute, and the Stupski Foundation. He was the lead author of the influential Mass Insight report, The Turnaround Challenge, which helped to launch the nation’s focused efforts to turn around its most consistently under-performing schools and has been down-loaded more than a quarter-million times. Calkins writes frequently for national publications and websites and has spoken at education conferences and other events across the country. He earned his B.A. from Harvard College and was a Henry Fellow at Pembroke College in the UK.
Calkins served for six years as an elected member of the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee and for five years as chair of the board of trustees for the Waring School. He lives in Gloucester, MA with his wife and three daughters.
Cerego Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Andrew Smith Lewis is one of the original co-inventors of the Cerego Learning Methodology and has several patents in his name. He founded Cerego to create an open platform to improve memory and quantify knowledge. He wrote his first book in Japanese “Learn Faster, Remember Longer,” and he co-authored “Social Learning Revolution” in 2008. These days he spends equal time on R&D and working with our partners and advisors around the world. His passion for research stretches back to his high school days at Bronx Science, and inspired him to start three education and technology companies in Tokyo, where he lived for nearly 25 years. Andrew has many years of conference speaking experience. Most recently he has presented at top industry events such as SXSW, EDUCAUSE, ASU/GSV, and EdTech Europe.
Andrew Sutherland founded Quizlet for a French class in high school. He has since made improving education his life’s goal, and is excited about Quizlet’s potential to positively impact every student in the world.
Andrew Titen is the Chief Executive Officer of Bisk Education. Previously, Mr. Titen served as Bisk Education’s President and Chief Operating Officer and before that as its Chief Financial Officer. During his tenure as President and COO, Bisk Education has grown to become one of the nation’s largest providers of online degree and certificate programs through its association with leading universities. Prior to joining Bisk, Mr. Titen spent 11 years in public accounting and industry with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cherry Bekaert, Hacker Johnson & Smith and Auto Club Group.
Mr. Titen received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tulane University. In 2005, Mr. Titen was inducted into the University of Central Florida’s College of Business Administration Hall of Fame. He is an honorary member of Beta Alpha Psi and serves on the University of Central Florida College of Business Administration Dean’s Executive Council.
Mr. Titen is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Andy Chan is the Vice President for Innovation and Career Development at Wake Forest University (WFU). From his work at WFU and across the higher education industry, Chan is leading the transformation of traditional career services into a mission-critical component of the college experience. At WFU, Chan oversees the Office of Personal and Career Development, the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship and the Mentoring Resource Center. Chan also coordinates university-wide strategy and innovation initiatives and projects.
Within higher education, Chan speaks to university presidents and senior leaders about the challenges and solutions for realizing the full value of a college education. Chan also advises parents on how to successfully guide their students on path from high school to college to career. Chan and the OPCD have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, NPR, TEDx, USA Today, Inside Higher Ed, Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Chan previously led the MBA Career Management Center at Stanford University and has held executive leadership roles in venture-backed startups. Having also worked in educational technology, consumer marketing, and management consulting – combined with a political science degree and an MBA from Stanford, Chan’s diverse experiences have prepared him well to educate and equip today’s college students – each who will likely have over 20 jobs in a lifetime.
Andy is a General Manager at bgC3 where he manages strategy, education and online initiatives including Gates Notes and Big History. Prior to bgC3, Andy spent 10 years at Microsoft in both marketing and product management roles. Andy’s experience spans a wide range of industries and sectors, having worked in venture capital, investment banking, brand strategy, and even as an instructor and development officer for Outward Bound. Andy holds a BA degree from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Duke University. Andy grew up in Santa Barbara and currently lives in Seattle where 2 kids, Max (8yrs.) and Zander (8yrs) keep him and his wife Juli quite busy.
Andrew S. Rosen is Chairman and CEO of Kaplan, Inc., among the largest, most diverse global education organizations and the largest subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company. He also serves as Executive Vice President of Graham Holdings Company.
Throughout his career, Rosen has helped pioneer much of Kaplan’s innovation and growth, with a focus on student success and outcomes. These include the founding of Concord Law School, the first fully online law school in the U.S.; the development of Kaplan University; and the creation of new blended online and classroom-based learning opportunities for both working adults and test preparation students.
Rosen’s book Change.edu: Rebooting for the new talent economy details the history of American higher education and describes how to restore its pre-eminence by focusing on the goals of learning outcomes, access, affordability, and accountability. The book earned positive reviews in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, Fortune, and elsewhere. Bill Gates called it “truly important” for the debate about improving higher education; Joel Klein called it a “must-read book.”
Rosen joined Kaplan in 1992 and served as its Chairman and CEO from 2008 until March 2014, when he left his role as CEO to become Executive Vice President of Graham Holdings Company. He again assumed the role of Kaplan’s CEO in August 2015, and continues as GHC’s Executive Vice President.
Before Kaplan, Rosen was an attorney at The Washington Post newspaper and associate counsel at Newsweek. He holds an A.B. degree from Duke University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Andy Snyder is currently CEO of Cambridge Information Group, a family-owned investment and management firm, and Chairman of ProQuest, CIG’s subsidiary which is a leading information and technology business serving higher education worldwide. He also serves on the Board of Blucora, Inc. (BCOR), in which CIG is a significant shareholder.
Andy began his work with CIG in 2003 and is responsible for the management of all CIG operating companies as well as the investment and acquisition process for CIG and its companies. Under Andy’s leadership, CIG has grown at an annual rate of over 25% for the past ten years and now includes over 2000 employees in 36 countries. Prior to joining CIG, Andy spent seven years at the Goldman Sachs Group where he focused on traditional media, technology and services investing for the firm’s private equity fund. Andy also spent one year as the Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs.
Andy graduated cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated magna cum laude. Andy currently serves on the Board of Overseers of Penn Libraries, Board of The Browning School, and the Board of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). He and his wife live in New York City with their two children.
Angela Baldasare serves as the Assistant Provost for Institutional Research at the University of Arizona, providing leadership and support for the University by providing data to support strategic planning, management decision-making, and policy analysis. Working in collaboration with the Business Intelligence team within the University Analytics and Institutional Research organization (UAIR), Dr. Baldasare is focused on improving and expanding the delivery of actionable information to campus by increasing the use of data visualizations, interactive dashboards, flexible modeling tools, and predictive analytics.
Having earned her PhD in sociology from the University of Arizona, Dr. Baldasare is a proud alumni dedicated to student success. From 2010-2014, Dr. Baldasare served as the Director of Divisional Assessment & Research for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at UA, where she led the charge in advancing the division’s data-driven approach and strategic plan. Prior to her return to UA in 2010, Dr. Baldasare was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Dayton. Angela also spent 10 years as a research, evaluation, and technical assistance consultant on international public health projects, as well as statewide and tribal initiatives for the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children, Youth, and Families.
Dr. Angeline Godwin became the third president of Patrick Henry Community College on July 1, 2012. Dr. Godwin holds an associate’s degree from Gulf Coast Community College in Florida, a bachelor’s degree from Troy State University in Alabama, a master’s degree in English from The University of Alabama, a master’s degree in English Education as well as a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University and a doctorate of jurisprudence from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan.
Before coming to PHCC, Dr. Godwin’s community college experience includes being President of Ashland Community and Technical College District in Kentucky, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Jackson State Community College in Tennessee, and the Director for the Center for Innovative Technologies at Enterprise State Community College in Alabama. Her other higher education roles were Vice President of Research and Economic Development at the University of Southern Mississippi, and a technology developer, a public television executive producer and a writing professor at Michigan State University.
Dr. Godwin was the founding CEO and President of the Mississippi Technology Alliance, a statewide innovation-based economic development organization in Mississippi [now Innovate Mississippi Inc.] and the creator of its award-winning magazine Pointe Innovation.
She also served as the CEO and President of the Area Development Partnership, the economic development and chamber of commerce organization for a multi-county, multi-city region in south Mississippi.
A serial entrepreneur, Dr. Godwin has started, owned and operated a number of retail, technology and service companies.
Anne Dwane is Partner and Co-Founder of GSV Acceleration Fund. GSV Acceleration Fund backs entrepreneurs leveraging technology to fundamentally improve learning and talent development from K-12 through higher education and career advancement. With globalization, networks, automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence, much of the $5T spent worldwide on education and training is ripe for disruption. Learning has never been more essential; fortunately, technology can make learning more accessible, affordable and effective.
Previously, Anne was Chief Business Officer at Chegg (NYSE: CHGG). She joined Chegg through the acquisition of Zinch, where she was CEO. Zinch enabled students to showcase themselves as “more than test scores” to be matched with colleges, scholarships and graduate programs. Prior, Anne co-founded Military Advantage (www.Military.com) to connect service members and veterans to benefits, including GI Bill and career services. Military Advantage was acquired by Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW), where she was General Manager, Affinity Networks, leading businesses in lifelong learning and career advancement.
Earlier, Anne was in business development at Paul Allen’s Interval Research Corporation and in brand management at Nabisco. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing & International Management from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Anne co-authored Getting In: The Zinch Guide to College Admissions & Financial Aid in the Digital Age (Wiley 2011). She is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
Anne Wintroub is the Director of Social Innovation for AT&T, specializing in ed tech and workforce development. She leads the AT&T Aspire Accelerator and the Nanodegree partnership with Udacity, as well as the AT&T Aspire social innovation philanthropic program. Previously, she was the Director of Citizenship and Sustainability for AT&T California, and managed a wide array of corporate social responsibility initiatives, including AT&T Aspire and the It Can Wait anti-texting campaign. With expertise spanning social responsibility, public affairs and communications for both business and non-profit organizations, Anne is also the founder of The Augie Fund, which provides free glasses and lenses to children across the Bay Area. She was previously the Deputy Director for the San Francisco Public Library Foundation and the Director of Communications for KQED Public Broadcasting, the highest rated public broadcasting station in the country. She also supervised national promotions for the PBS Kids literacy series Between the Lions (WGBH), and has worked with a wide variety of clients including HBO, NBC Universal, Sesame Workshop and Whole Foods. Anne received her Master of Arts from New York University and her Bachelor of Arts from UC Davis, and lives in San Francisco’s Mission District with her husband and two sons.
Tony Miller is a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer of The Vistria Group, a Chicago-based private equity firm that makes controlling equity investments in mid-sized companies operating in the education, healthcare, and financial services sectors. Mr. Miller is involved in all aspects of Vistria’s business including investment sourcing, investment management, fundraising and firm management.
Before launching The Vistria Group, Mr. Miller was the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer at the U.S. Department of Education, a Cabinet-level agency with a ~$77 billion budget and ~15,000 employees and contractors. In his role, Mr. Miller oversaw day-to-day operations for a broad range of management, policy and program functions, spanning early childhood through post-secondary education. Mr. Miller was also responsible for overseeing ~$100 billion in one-time education program funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. During his tenure, the Department undertook a number of signature reform efforts including the Race to the Top, Investing in Innovation, and School Improvement Grant/School Turnaround Programs. Miller also oversaw implementation of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act which shifted all federally guaranteed student loans to the Federal Direct Loan program.
In addition to his operational responsibilities, Mr. Miller represented the U.S. Government at education and workforce development international forums and led the Department’s missions to China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador, Brazil and Russia.
Prior to his Presidential Appointment, Mr. Miller was a Director with Silver Lake, a global leader in technology investing, with over $12 billion in combined assets under management. Before joining Silver Lake, Mr. Miller was Executive Vice President Operations at LRN, a market leading provider of governance, risk, compliance and ethics eLearning software products and services. Before taking on an operating executive role, Mr. Miller was a Partner with McKinsey & Company, serving healthcare and technology companies throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
He holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he completed his studies at Stanford’s Japan Center for Technology and Innovation and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He serves on the Boards of the Chicago Public Education Fund, the Chicago’s Academy of Urban School Leadership, and the Hope Street Group, a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.
In his role leading the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education, Anthony Salcito works to help empower educators and inspire students to achieve more. He aims to transform the way we learn with the support of the best technology to help build critical skills for the modern, global workplace.
Prior to taking this role in 2009, Salcito was general manager of education in the United States, supporting schools and universities across the country. During this time, he helped launch the company’s cornerstone education programs. He was also at the center of Microsoft’s involvement in the creation of the School of the Future – a pioneering partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and now the first of many Microsoft Showcase Schools around the world.
Salcito joined Microsoft in 1992, spending his early years at the company architecting high profile product launches for Windows NT and Windows 95. He is involved with a variety of outreach projects; has served on the board of directors for Stevens Institute of Technology WebCampus, and currently serves on the boards of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Junior Achievement of Washington, the European Foundation for Management Development, the National Community Education Association and Western Governors University.
With a belief that educators will forever be the heroes of the classroom, Salcito authors Daily Edventures (http://dailyedventures.com/), which highlights the inspiring stories of educators, students, education thought leaders and school leaders from around the world.
As the CEO of Emagen Entertainment Group Inc and an artist manager with C3 Management, Anthony Saleh oversees the careers of singer Alina Baraz, Future and multi-platinum rap legend, Nas. He previously partnered with Troy Carter to be the Executive Vice President of Atom Factory where he helped represent Nicki Minaj, Robin Thicke, Mary J. Blige, Lady Gaga, and Priyanka Chopra.
Anthony is also an influential member and part-time resident of Silicon Valley, where he is an avid angel and seed investor and advisor to many of America’s top technology start-up companies. His portfolio of 150+ companies includes Change.org, Fancy, Rap Genius, Tradesy, Casper Sleep, Crowdtilt, DropBox, Lyft, Thrive Market, PillPack, and many more.
Anthony Saleh has also been named as Forbes 30 Under 30, Billboard’s Top 30 Under 30 and won an Emmy for his work in the ESPN documentary Survival 1.
Anthony is a leader who is able to merge his many relationships across various platforms and provides them opportunities to grow. His uncanny ability to fuse the worlds of fashion, entertainment and business and finance makes him a strong asset in all of his ventures.
In 2013 Antonio Villaraigosa finished his two terms as 41st Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, after eight years of major strides in transportation, crime reduction, infrastructure, energy and resource sustainability, right-sizing government, business development and education reform.
Prior to his election as Mayor, Mr. Villaraigosa served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 2003 to 2005. From 1994 through 2000, Mr. Villaraigosa served in the California State Assembly as Democratic Whip, Majority Leader and Speaker of the Assembly.
Arjun Singh is the CEO and co-founder of Gradescope, an online grading platform for handwritten and digital exams, homeworks, and projects. While a PhD student at UC Berkeley, Arjun built the first version of Gradescope to cut exam grading time in half, without compromising on quality. To date, over eight million student answers have been graded on the platform. Arjun also spent time at edX to integrate Berkeley’s early online course system and build the core for one of Berkeley’s first MOOCs: Artificial Intelligence. His graduate research with Prof. Pieter Abbeel is on large-scale robotic perception.
Art Shectman is Founder and President of ULTRA Testing (a social impact firm employing Autistic individuals as software testers) and Elephant Ventures (a n open innovation and Agile technology engineering firm based in New York City) as well as . He is a digital architect and strategist with more than 20 years of experience delivering cutting edge technology solutions spanning a broad range of technologies. H e h as spent his entire career integrating and building upon cutting edge technologies to produce functional systems for use today.
Mr. Shectman is frequently called upon as a systems integration and performance tuning expert to help build or diagnose and correct extremely complex system behaviors. H is systems integration experience in the technology sector spans the technology landscape from artificially intelligent robots to high security trading networks to giant billboards in times square. His experience includes clients in industries that range from advertising and casinos to financial services and social media. He has consulted at the executive level for Fortune 1000 companies. H is recent experiences include complex applied mathematics for marketing optimization and performance engineering for large scale data warehouse analytics and trend discovery.
Mr. Shectman h as been providing strategy in Internet Marketing and Technology to US and global companies for the last decade. He has also provided hyperaccurate assessments to venture capital firms about the likely success of proposed teams and investments.
Additionally, Mr. Shectman is recognized as a thought leader in the gaming and casino industry, especially the need to master Internet marketing and adapt to the new marketplace conditions that technology, ecommerce and iGaming will create. He has spoken at conferences on the speed of change in the marketplace regarding online advertising and competition.
Mr. Shectman holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and worked in the MIT Artificial Intelligence laboratory building and programming autonomous microrobots for use on land and underwater for the US military.
Arthur Levine is the sixth president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Before his appointment at Woodrow Wilson, he was president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He also previously served as chair of the higher education program, chair of the Institute for Educational Management, and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Levine is the author of dozens of articles and reviews, including a series of reports for the Education Schools Project on the preparation of school leaders, teachers, and education researchers. Dr. Levine’s numerous commentaries appear in such publications as The New York Times; The Los Angeles Times; The Wall Street Journal; The Washington Post; Education Week; and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
His most recent book is Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student (with Diane Dean, 2012). Among his other volumes are Unequal Fortunes: Snapshots from the South Bronx; When Hope and Fear Collide: A Portrait of Today’s College Student (with Jeanette S. Cureton); Beating the Odds: How the Poor Get to College (with Jana Nidiffer); Higher Learning in America; Shaping Higher Education’s Future; When Dreams and Heroes Died: A Portrait of Today’s College Students; Handbook on Undergraduate Curriculum; Quest for Common Learning (with Ernest Boyer); Opportunity in Adversity(with Janice Green); and Why Innovation Fails.
Dr. Levine has received numerous honors, including Carnegie, Guggenheim, and Rockefeller Fellowships as well as the American Council on Education’s Book of the Year award (for Reform of Undergraduate Education), the Educational Press Association’s Annual Award for writing (three times), and 25 honorary degrees. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and currently sits on the board of the Educational Testing Service and Say Yes to Education.
Dr. Levine was also previously President of Bradford College (1982-1989) and Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation and Carnegie Council for Policy Studies in Higher Education (1975-1982). He received his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Aylon Samouha is co-founder of Transcend, a non-profit organization dedicated to partnering with practitioners to build and replicate breakthrough school models. Aylon has been a design provocateur providing strategy and design services to education organizations, schools, and foundations. Most recently, Aylon has been designing and building two new “Greenfield” school models for the Achievement First Network, which are being piloted in the 2015-16 school year. He also led the field research for Charter School Growth Fund and the Clay Christensen Institute for the 2014 publication, “Schools and Software: What’s Now, What’s Next”. In 2013, Aylon pioneered the Chicago Breakthrough Schools Fellowship in conjunction with New Schools for Chicago, NGLC, and the Broad Foundation.
Prior to co-founding Transcend, Aylon served as Chief Schools Officer at Rocketship Education; leading the highest performing network of low-income schools in the state of California, designing the academic model and blended learning approach, and growing the network from 3 to 7 schools. Aylon also spent several years as a Senior Vice President at Teach For America, leading pre-service institutes and in-service support for corps members in their 2-year teaching commitments during a period of growth from 4,000 to 8,000 corps members.
After graduating from Columbia University with a BA in English, Aylon spent the first part of his career at Score Educational Centers working with families, leading K-8 learning centers and ultimately managing 60+ branches across the country.
Aylon is a proud husband and father and an accomplished jazz guitarist with two released albums and regular performances throughout the Midwest.
Bart Epstein is Founding CEO of the Jefferson Education Accelerator and Managing Director of the Jefferson Education Fund. These companies seek to help the most promising growth-stage education companies grow faster, serve more students, and perform research to confirm/demonstrate that their products actually work.
Bart previously spent ten years helping to build, run and eventually sell the world’s largest online tutoring and homework help service — Tutor.com. Shortly before Bart departed Tutor.com, it announced its acquisition of The Princeton Review – the iconic education company where Bart was once its youngest Master Teacher and Director of Field Operations.
In addition to his work leading Jefferson Education and his previous work as a corporate attorney, Bart has for many years advised, served on the board, and/or owned stakes in a variety of startup and growth-stage education and technology companies. He has mentored or coached scores of founders companies through his work with the Grubstakes Breakfast, as a guest lecturer at the Georgetown University MBA program, in his ongoing work as a mentor and judge for the StartupWeekend EDU program, and in his current capacity as a Research Associate Professor at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education.
In his free time Bart occasionally serves as a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, flying sick children from rural locations to urban medical treatment. He has also served multiple times as a civilian pilot for a NASA human factors research program.
Ben Daley is the chief academic officer for High Tech High. He acts as an advisor to fifteen high school students and teaches and advises students in the HTH Graduate School of Education. Ben joined High Tech High to teach physics as a founding faculty member in fall 2000. He was the second director of High Tech High Original Recipe.
A New Hampshire native, Ben wisely moved to San Diego, CA at the first opportunity. As a student at Haverford College, Ben majored in physics and was credentialed in secondary physics and math. After graduation, he traveled to the Philippines and taught science and math at an international school in Manila. Upon his return to the U.S., he taught physics and AP physics at the Madeira School, a girls boarding school in suburban Washington, D.C. He then moved to California to coach basketball and to teach physics at Pomona and Pitzer Colleges. He earned an M.A. in science education at University of California, Santa Barbara and is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the fifth class of the Aspen-Pahara Education Fellows.
Dr. Ben Erlandson is Chief Technology Officer of McKinsey Social Initiative, a nonprofit which brings together expert problem solvers to develop innovative approaches to complex social challenges. He is passionate about building efficient and effective technological platforms to support and enhance organizational performance. Ben has designed and developed learning and assessment systems and materials for a wide variety of domains across the globe, including: urban hospitals, libraries, and museums, as well as formal and informal learning spaces for K-12, university, and corporate settings. His research and development work has been published extensively in peer reviewed academic journals, and he co-authored the textbook Design for Learning in Virtual Worlds. Ben is Chair of the Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning SIG of the American Educational Research Association, as well as an Associate Editor of Technology, Knowledge, and Learning. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Arizona State University, an M.A. in New Media Production from Emerson College, and a B.A. in Multimedia Arts and Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He lives in Alexandria, VA.
Ben Nelson is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva Project, a reinvented university experience for the brightest and most motivated students.
Previously, Ben spent more than 10 years at Snapfish seeing the company through from an idea to the world’s largest personal publishing service. With over 42 million transactions across 22 countries, nearly five times its closest competitor, Snapfish today is among the top handful of e-commerce services in the world. Ben was Snapfish’s CEO from 2005 to June 2010, beginning his tenure by leading Snapfish’s sale to Hewlett Packard for $300M. Ben joined Snapfish at the end of 1999 as leader of the company’s corporate development operations and less than one year later took over company-wide responsibilities for finance.
Prior to joining Snapfish, Ben was President and CEO of Community Ventures, a network of locally branded portals for America’s communities. Previously, as a consultant, Ben was instrumental in the launching of several ventures within both large and emerging companies.
Ben holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors. It was at Penn that Ben first realized his passion for reforming undergraduate education. After creating a blueprint for curricular reform in his first year of school, Ben went on to become the chair of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (SCUE), a pedagogical think tank that is the oldest and only non-elected student government body at Penn.
Ben Wallerstein is the co-founder of Whiteboard Advisors, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm and publisher of Education Insider.
Ben specializes in the intersection of public policy and innovation, with deep experience in the complex regulatory and political environment that impacts entrepreneurs focused on education, health and wellness.
An active education investor, Ben serves as a Senior Advisor to New Markets Venture Partners. He is also a member of the Advisory Council for Rethink Education and the investment committee for the Jefferson Education Fund, which was founded by the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education Foundation.
In 2014, Ben curated “Three Minutes to Launch” for the New York Times Schools of Tomorrow Summit. His writing has appeared in publications including TechCrunch, VentureBeat, The Huffington Post, and EdSurge.
Beth Akers is a fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Center on Children and Families and a Fellow at the Brown Center on Education Policy. She is an expert on the economics of education, with a focus on higher education policy.
Akers’s recent writing has been on the topics of student loan debt, information in higher education and extended time-to-degree. She previously held the position of staff economist with the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, where she worked on federal student lending policy as well as other education and labor issues. Akers received a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from SUNY Albany and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. She is often cited by major media outlets and has briefed policy makers on the topic of student loans.
Betsy Corcoran is co-founder and CEO of EdSurge, an award-winning go-to resource on education technology, devoted to helping schools discover the best technology for their needs. Betsy has received national recognition for her work as a journalist. She’s been a staff writer and editor for: Scientific American magazine, the Washington Post and Forbes. She has a degree from Georgetown University and was also a Fellow in the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has served as an advisor to several charter schools and a Trustee of her local library. She lives in California where her children attend public school.
Bev Perdue was elected North Carolina’s 73rd Governor in 2008, the first woman to serve as chief executive of the state. Her trailblazing administration was dedicated to protecting and strengthening education, creating jobs, accountability and transparency, and shepherding the state through the worse economic climate since the Great Depression. During her tenure, North Carolina was one of only eight states to maintain a AAA bond rating for four consecutive years. In addition, she announced more than 100,000 new jobs and more than $22.5 billion in corporate investment during that time. While governor, North Carolina was consistently ranked as one of the best states in the country in which to do business.
Governor Perdue’s pioneering efforts in education innovation and reform are the hallmark of her more than 25 years in public service, including two terms as Lieutenant Governor and seven terms in the North Carolina Senate and House. Her Career & College: Ready, Set Go! agenda for PreK through post-secondary education was an innovative, comprehensive approach to keeping students on grade level, improving graduation rates and increasing the number of students seeking college degrees or career training after high school. Perdue was one of the first governors to adopt the career and college statewide standards and she was the first governor to direct all levels of the state’s schools, colleges and universities to adopt the standards. At the end of her tenure as governor, North Carolina’s graduation rate topped 80-percent for the first time ever.
Perdue led the transformation of North Carolina’s classrooms for the 21st century by investing in innovative education technology and creating public-private partnerships to fully integrate technology into the state’s education system. Under her leadership, North Carolina’s statewide broadband education network for public schools, universities and community colleges was created. The partnership and network are recognized as a national model because now North Carolina school districts collectively use six times the bandwidth while expending essentially the same costs they did more than five years ago. She also led a statewide reading initiative so that students were on grade level by third grade by investing in technology tools to personalize learning, invested $22 million for a School Connectivity initiative, and created the state’s first Virtual Public School. Governor Perdue’s leadership in taking innovative education technology initiatives to a statewide scale will be a lasting legacy.
Since retiring from public service, Governor Perdue founded and is chair of DigiLEARN: Digital Learning Institute, a non-profit institution funded by two nationally renowned foundations to accelerate digital learning at all ages. The DigiLEARN board is nonpartisan and is comprised of other former governors, state legislators and other digital learning experts. She serves as an advisor to Rosetta Stone, is a member of the Hanban Chinese Confucius Schools Board of Trustees, and she is Managing Director of the Perdue Strategy Group, working with clients to develop short and long term strategic plans and solutions involving planning, policy and political issues in both public and private sectors. She also serves as Senior Advisor to Whiteboard Advisors, a unique strategy and consulting firm. She has served as a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and served as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Duke University.
A 28-year veteran of Discovery Communications, Bill Goodwyn is President and CEO of Discovery Education. As the leading provider of digital textbooks, curriculum-based digital content, and professional development, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning by helping schools and school systems worldwide create modern digital learning environments that support the success of each learner. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, the company’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Under Mr. Goodwyn’s leadership, Discovery Education pioneered the development and implementation of digital textbooks in a. Designed to replace traditional, hardcopy textbooks as the primary resource for classroom instruction, Discovery Education’s engaging digital textbooks, or Techbooks, are among the first to be adopted in multiple U.S. states. In addition, Mr. Goodwyn launched the company’s efforts to forge strategic alliances with Fortune 500 companies, foundations, and associations supporting public education initiatives in the fields of STEM, sustainability, health, financial literacy, and more. Previously, Mr. Goodwyn oversaw all content distribution strategy, sales and marketing in North America for Discovery’s digital content and portfolio of 13 US networks, including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Oprah Winfrey Network and Science Channel. Mr. Goodwyn was subsequently promoted to President of Global Distribution where he was responsible for content distribution for Discovery’s more than 100 networks in over 180 countries and territories around the world. In recognition of his career achievements, Mr. Goodwyn was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2013. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mr. Goodwyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications.
Bill Ning is Partner of Future Works, the first angel fund focusing on Edtech startups in China. Future Works’ accelerator brand “LanXiang” (meaning “Blue Elephant” in Chinese) has invested in over 20 Edtech startups in seed round. 40% of them have received the next round and the largest has grown to a 50 million USD valuation.
Bill is an investor with solid hands-on startup experience especially in product design and branding. He has been working in education industry for over 12 years and his areas of expertise include pre-K education, STEAM education, language training and overseas test-prep training. He founded two new business divisions – MOBBY Kid Education and LeJiaLe K12 English in TAL Education (NYSE:XRS). His education career started in New Oriental Education (NYSE: EDU) , working as instructor trainer for TOEFL teachers.
Bill acquired a Bachelor of Science Degree in Peking university. He loves travel, movie, reading and badminton.
Bob Regan is the Director of Education at bgC3 where he helps to drive initiatives like the Big History Project and Graphite. Passionate about the role of technology to transform teaching and learning, Bob looks for opportunities to create tools that enable teachers to create the best possible learning environments for students. Before joining bgC3, Bob worked as a product manager and director at Adobe. Focused on education and learning, Bob worked to professionalize Career and Technical Education globally and develop new tools for learning. But, Bob began his career in the classroom in New York City teaching math, technology and art for middle schools students and as an adjunct professor of education. Bob currently lives in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters.
Bonny Simi is the President of JetBlue Technology Ventures, the innovation hub for JetBlue Airway’s investment and incubation of emerging startups at the intersection of travel and technology. She also is the founder of JetBlue Scholars, an innovative internal “startup” at JetBlue that is revolutionizing the accessibility of college education for working adults.
She joined JetBlue in 2003 and has served in operational and strategic roles within Flight Operations, System Operations, People, Airports, Customer Support and most recently was the Vice President Talent, overseeing hiring and professional development for the airline. Uniquely, she is also a qualified airline captain for JetBlue and flies frequently.
Prior to JetBlue, Ms. Simi was a Captain at United Airlines, flying 727, 737 and 777 jets domestically and internationally. Better known by her maiden name of Bonny Warner, she is a 3 time Olympian and 10 time national champion in the sports of luge and bobsled. Ms. Simi is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business as well as the Stanford School of Engineering.
Brandon Avrutin is a Partner at Rethink Education, a venture capital firm focused on early and growth stage education technology. Brandon has been with the firm since its inception and has worked closely with companies including Engrade (acquired by McGraw-Hill Education), Smarterer (acquired by Pluralsight), BrightBytes, Civitas Learning, and Burning Glass. Prior to Rethink Education, Brandon spent several years at Lazard in M&A and Restructuring. Brandon received his B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from Middlebury College.
As Executive Director, Education and Workforce Development, Brandon Busteed leads Gallup’s education work. His career spans a wide range of important work in education as an educational entrepreneur, speaker, writer, and university trustee. Brandon’s work integrates Gallup’s research and science on talent selection, strengths, engagement, and well-being to improve student success, teacher effectiveness, and educational outcomes. His mission is to create a national movement to measure the educational outcomes that matter most, connect education to jobs and job creation, and promote a paradigm shift from knowledge mastery to emotional engagement in education.
With Brandon’s leadership, Gallup Education released several ground-breaking Gallup studies in 2014. These include State of America’s Schools: The Path to Winning Again in Education, which explores student and teacher engagement in public schools, and Great Jobs, Great Lives: The 2014 Gallup-Purdue Index Report, a comprehensive, nationally representative study of U.S. college graduates that focuses on their long-term outcomes in work and life.
Brandon has founded two companies and one nonprofit organization as a social entrepreneur. He is the founder and former CEO of Outside The Classroom, a company that pioneered adaptive online education in alcohol abuse prevention. A three-year, 30-school, national study funded by the National Institutes of Health showed that AlcoholEdu — the organization’s flagship alcohol-abuse prevention program — was effective in reducing binge drinking, drunk driving, and sexual assaults. More than 5 million students have participated in the program. The company was acquired by EverFi in 2011.
An internationally known speaker and author on education policy, Brandon has written frequently for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Trusteeship Magazine, The Huffington Post, and other publications. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and USA Today and on NPR and the NBC News “TODAY” show, among others.
Brandon received his bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University. He is a trustee emeritus of Duke and has served on the Board of Visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy. A former two-sport NCAA Division 1 athlete at Duke, Brandon continues to hone his competitive drive as an avid CrossFitter. He lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife, Deanna, and two children, Anabelle and Harrison.
I have the uncommon privilege of leading recruitment for the company that has and continues to completely redefine and transform the world of talent…LinkedIn. I have been in recruiting and HR for 15+ years and am fortunate to have had amazing experiences working in markets across the globe from coast to coast in the US, across EMEA and throughout APAC with incredible colleagues solving hard and meaningful problems. I have worked at organizations big and small from Microsoft to Northwestern Mutual to start-ups in Silicon Valley and am passionate about education and serve on the Board of the Jean Weingarten Children’s Center.
Bret Starr is founder and CEO of The Starr Conspiracy, a marketing agency that has served thousands of enterprise software clients around the world since 1999. Mr. Starr has dedicated his career to developing brands, messages, and marketing strategies that help businesses connect with buyers on a human level. His work has been the subject of two books and many articles featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and multiple regional media outlets. Mr. Starr is an author and a speaker, but spends most of his time researching new marketing strategies and tactics, and consulting directly with clients. His agency has been the recipient of more than a dozen local, state, and national “best places to work” awards, along with numerous marketing awards. Mr. Starr lives with his wife and two children in Fort Worth, Texas.
The areas of Mr. Starr’s expertise include branding, message, advertising, public relations, mergers and acquisitions, market research, and management consulting.
Brett Kopf is the CEO and co-founder of Remind, a secure messaging app that connects 30 million teachers, students and parents. Brett grew up in Skokie, Ill., and was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia in 5th grade. While school was challenging for him, support from his high school teacher, Mrs. Whitefield, and his parents helped him graduate. Brett realized that if he could empower the “Mrs. Whitefields” of the world to connect with students and parents, education would improve exponentially. Brett and his brother were named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2012 and Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 2015.
For the past decade, Bridget has been advising university presidents, chancellors, and state policy leaders on higher education strategy, policy, and innovation. As Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, she leads a national consortium of large public research universities collaborating to improve outcomes for students across the socioeconomic spectrum through innovation, scale, and diffusion of best practices.
Previously an ACE Fellow with Michael Crow at Arizona State University, she also served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor for the Oregon University System. In 2011, she led the successful legislative effort to free Oregon’s seven universities from state agency status (SB 242), for which she received the national award for innovation in government relations (the Crawford Award) from colleagues spanning the national higher education landscape (AASCU, APLU, AACC, and CASE).
Bridget was a national associate for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, an advisor to the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), and has served on numerous public governing boards including the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, Oregon Student Assistance Commission, Oregon Commission for Children and Families, and Public Commission on the Oregon Legislature.
Bror Saxberg is Chief Learning Officer for Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC), and a leading global provider of educational services offering post-secondary education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, university preparation, and K12 offerings to individuals, institutions and businesses.
Saxberg is responsible for the research and development of innovative learning strategies, technologies, and products across Kaplan’s full range of educational services offerings. He also oversees future developments and adoptions of innovative learning technologies and maintains consistent academic standards for Kaplan’s products and courses.
Saxberg speaks often at education, business, and public policy conferences, including: recent appearances at Microsoft’s CEO Summit, TEDx, the Stanford Digital Learning Forum, and the “Education Datapalooza” conference, hosted by the White House and US Department of Education. He is the co-author of “Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age” (2014) with Frederick M. Hess. His articles have been published in a host of academic, educational, and scientific journals.
He previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer at K12, Inc., where he was responsible for designing both online and offline learning environments and developing new student products and services. Prior to joining K12, Inc., he was Vice President at Knowledge Universe, where he co-founded the testing and assessment division which became known as Knowledge Testing Enterprises (KTE).
Saxberg began his career at McKinsey & Company, Inc. and later served as Vice President and General Manager for London-based DK Multimedia, part of DK Publishing, an education and reference publisher.
Saxberg holds a B.A. in Mathematics and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, both received in 1980. As a Rhodes Scholar, he received a M.A. in Mathematics from Oxford University, and also received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1989 and a M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1990.
He is married with three children.
Burck Smith is the CEO and founder of StraighterLine, the fastest growing provider of affordable college credit. Ten years before launching StraighterLine in 2009, he co-founded SMARTHINKING, the largest online tutoring provider for schools and colleges (now a Pearson company). Burck has written chapters for three books on education policy for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Prior to starting SMARTHINKING, Burck was independent consultant and journalist whose clients included the Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Computer Curriculum Corporation, the CEO Forum on Education and Technology, the Milken Exchange on Education and Technology, Teaching Matters Inc., Converge Magazine, Wired Magazine, Wired News, University Business, the National School Boards Association and more. Burck holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Williams College.
Byron G. Auguste is Managing Director & Co-Founder or Opportunity@Work. Byron was inspired by a diverse set of experiences to conceive and co-found Opportunity@Work in 2015.
From his large extended family to a diverse range of friends in his “hometowns” of Detroit, Michigan and Phoenix, Arizona, he knows so many people who found themselves stuck, unable to contribute their full talents, nor to be rewarded for them. As an economist, he sees this waste of talent as a classic market failure. From his extensive work advising businesses, he knows the internal processes, constraints and risk aversion that shape employer behavior. In his public service, he has seen both the catalytic possibilities and the significant limits of workforce policy solutions. He has seen heroic non-profit efforts achieve inclusion but fall short of scale. Byron has never met a Mayor or Governor of either party who doesn’t want to bring good jobs to her or his community, and is struck by the massive and inclusive economic benefits of re-wiring the labor market.
Byron served for two years (2013-15) in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, where his policy portfolio included job creation and labor markets, skills and workforce policies, innovation, investment, infrastructure, transportation and goods movement.
Until 2013, Byron was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company in Washington DC and in Los Angeles, where he was elected Principal in 1999 and Director in 2005. Over 20 years at McKinsey, he worked primarily in the fields of technology, information & media, services-based businesses, education, economic development, and innovation. He led McKinsey’s High Tech Services sector from 2002 to 2006, and its global Social Sector from 2007 to 2012. He co-authored several McKinsey Global Institute reports, including Changing the Fortunes of America’s Workforce (2009), Growth and Renewal in the United States: Retooling America’s Economic Engine (2011), and An Economy That Works: Job Creation and America’s Future (2011), and Help Wanted: the Future of Work in Advanced Economies (2012). Byron previously worked as an economist at LMC International, Oxford University, and the African Development Bank. He is the author of The Economics of International Payments Unions and Clearinghouses (MacMillan Press, 1995).
Before his White House appointment, Byron was active in a number of not-for-profit organizations, and as a member of the boards of trustees of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Yale University. He currently serves on the board of Hope Street Group and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy.
Byron earned a B.A. summa cum laude in economics and political science from Yale University, where he was awarded a Truman Scholarship and the James Gordon Bennet Prize, and a M. Phil. and D.Phil. in economics from Oxford University, as a Marshall Scholar.
Award winning journalist Campbell Brown is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Seventy Four, a non-profit news site that covers education and education reform issues around the country. Prior to launching The Seventy Four, Brown founded the Partnership for Educational Justice (PEJ), a non-profit that supports parents pushing for great public schools through advocacy and legal action. PEJ is currently helping parents in New York sue the state, challenging teacher tenure, last-in first-out laws and special dismissal protections on constitutional grounds. Brown began her career as a journalist covering stories around the globe for NBC News, where she was recognized for her outstanding reporting on a range of issues and topics including the 2000 Presidential election and Hurricane Katrina. Brown later hosted her own primetime show on CNN. Brown has also written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and Slate.
Candice is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Fullbridge, a company dedicated to empowering college students and young adults to succeed in the global economy. The company runs both revolutionary business boot camps for high-performing college students and broad-based high impact programs for large student populations in East Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. In all cases the goal is the same: giving participants the skills and mindsets to make a significant contribution to the workplace on day one. We partner with leading professional firms, universities and governments to accomplish this objective.
After holding new business positions at Time Warner and American Express, Candice became the co-founder and CEO of iVillage.com, the pioneer in online social networks. iVillage focused on parenting, health, and other topics of interest to busy women, utilizing peer advice to leverage women’s time. She led the company from 1994 until 2001 and was one of the first women in the U.S. to lead an IPO. NBC purchased iVillage.com in 2006 for $600 million.
In recognition of Candice’s business contributions, she received an Emmy Award for prime-time documentary television programming; the Matrix Award (media peer award) for online innovation; and the MIT Institute Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Candice was elected to the Saatchi and Saatchi Board in 2000. She received a B.A. from Stanford University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and Masters in History/Theology from Union and in Education from Columbia, and served as a reviewer for articles chosen for HBR.
She is a founding Board member of the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, which seeks to offer high level IB college preparatory education to a student population broadly reflective of Brooklyn neighborhoods. She was a NOLS/Outward Bound instructor and an accomplished rock climber for 7 years. Her first book, Chapters: Create a Life of Exhilaration and Accomplishment in the Face of Change, was published in September 2001. Candice is married to her soul mate and has seven children. She spends her free time mountain biking, trail-running and snowboarding.
A proud native New Yorker, Carlos Moreno is a passionate educational leader committed to supporting school and district leaders who are creating high-quality, non-traditional schools. He is a Co-Executive Director for Big Picture Learning, a nonprofit organization that, since 1995, has developed over 150 such schools in the United States and throughout the world.
As Big Picture’s Co-Executive Director, Carlos is the visionary for all U.S. school and district wide programs. Carlos leads a national team of regional directors, designs and leads Big Picture’s several annual conferences, and coordinates leadership development and support services for school and district leaders and works with scores of non-Big Picture schools that wish to incorporate elements of the Big Picture Learning design. He also leads the Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship in partnership with the Internationals Network for Public Schools.
After a successful career in the corporate and international non-profit sectors, Carlos has played many roles in the Big Picture Learning network. First, in 2002, as a teacher and then principal (2006), Assistant Superintendent, and Interim Superintendent (2008-10) at the Met School in Providence, Big Picture’s first school. Carlos left beautiful New England to formally join the BPL Leadership team as a regional director in New Jersey (2010) where he supported the innovation and change efforts in Newark Public Schools and throughout the state. Carlos was then named National Director of Schools in 2012, serving as a tenacious voice for enriching and expanding opportunities for all youth.
Carlos is an author and speaker, but is happiest as a roll-up-your-sleeves, “let’s get it done” expert practitioner in designing highly engaging schools and environments for youth, particularly those who have not been served well by traditional schools. He is currently leading a William & Flora Hewlett Foundation supported national project focused on developing leaders and leadership for Deeper Learning and equity.
Carlos holds undergraduate degrees in marketing and business from Johnson & Wales University along with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Most recently Carlos was named as a 2015 Pahara Institute Fellow – a fellowship designed to sustain diverse, high-potential leaders who are reimagining public education and who will shape the future of the educational excellence and equity movement.
Co-founder and CEO of OZY Media and Host of PBS Late Night, Carlos is an entrepreneur and Emmy-winning journalist based in Silicon Valley. In 2013 Carlos co-founded OZY, a breakthrough digital news and culture magazine custom built for the curious. OZY helps over 20 million readers catch up on the day’s most important news with its Presidential Daily Brief (PDB), and vault ahead with eight original features dedicated to what’s new and what’s next. Each day OZY unveils a handful of rising stars, emerging trends, new gadgets and provocative ideas. Carlos brings to OZY a textured background in both business and media. He is the host of PBS’ new late night talk show,Point Taken, and previously anchored shows on CNN and MSNBC and hosted a series of Emmy-winning interview specials. As a businessman, Carlos built Achieva College Prep Services into one of the nation’s largest college prep companies before selling it to the Washington Post/Kaplan. He also worked as the Global Head of Education Investment Banking for Goldman Sachs and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Carlos grew up in Miami and holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Carmita Vaughan is a trailblazer and visionary with a passion for leading high-impact initiatives that benefit urban youth and transform urban communities. Carmita’s passion for empowering our country’s most under-served youth led her to create The Surge Institute, a Chicago-based education leadership development organization. The Surge Fellowship, the Institute’s signature program, is transforming education by providing emerging leaders of color executive skills training, leadership development experiences, enhanced visibility and access to valuable networks through a year-long cohort based experience. Carmita holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in urban education. She is a 2013 Marshall Memorial Fellow, a 2010 Aspen/NewSchools Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellow, a 2009 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, and a 2005-2007 Broad Residency alumna. Carmita is also a member of the Kellogg Alumni Council and serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy for Urban School Leadership, Marwen, and America’s Promise Alliance.
Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research demonstrates the critical role of mindsets in achievement, and shows how praise for intelligence or talent can undermine motivation and learning.
She has also held professorships at Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured to education, business, and sports groups all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Her work has been prominently featured in almost every major news publication and on numerous TV and radio shows, and her best-selling book Mindset (Random House) has been widely acclaimed and has been translated into over 25 languages.
Carol D’Amico is a nationally recognized expert in designing and leading strategies related to higher education, workforce development, and business-led involvement in education reform.
As USA Funds®’ executive vice president, National Engagement and Philanthropy, D’Amico plays a key role in developing national and state-based philanthropic initiatives involving the higher education, business and workforce development sectors. USA Funds’ philanthropic and investment activities advance USA Funds’ guiding principle of Completion With a PurposeSM, building a more purposeful path for students to and through college and on to rewarding careers and successful lives.
She joined USA Funds in August 2013.
D’Amico served in the U.S. Department of Education as assistant secretary for adult and vocational education from 2001-2003. While serving as a senior fellow in education and co-director of the Center for Workforce Development at the Hudson Institute, she co-wrote “Workforce 2020.” The book describes the demographics of the future U.S. workforce and the challenges in preparing the American workforce to prosper in the global economy.
She also previously was executive vice president and chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, where she was responsible for the development of statewide strategy and programming and workforce development to boost the state’s economy. Additionally, D’Amico has served as president and chief executive officer of Conexus Indiana, a manufacturing and logistics initiative.
D’Amico has chaired and served on several national- and state-level boards, including a multi-term appointment by President George W. Bush to the Institute for Education Sciences and appointments to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity and the National Assessment Governing Board.
She serves on The U.S. Conference of Mayors Business Council and the board of the Indiana Secondary Market, and is a past member of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. D’Amico holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy studies and a master’s degree in adult education and organizational development from Indiana University.
Caryn Voskuil works in the education studio at IDEO in San Francisco. Caryn takes a dual role working with design teams to help them understand how design and innovation will impact clients as well as working directly with clients to think strategically about what challenges and engagements IDEO can best help them to address. Caryn works specifically with clients where systems design, technology and tool design, and creative confidence can impact education, domestically and internationally.
Before joining IDEO, Caryn worked at a charter school network managing their school model design. She got her start in education as a public school teacher in Washington D.C. with Teach for America. She has stints working for USAID in Ethiopia and a graphic design firm in the Czech Republic. She holds a MA in the Arts of Teaching from American University and a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Cathy Lewis Long is the founding executive director of The Sprout Fund, Pittsburgh’s leading non-profit supporting innovative ideas, catalyzing community change, and making our region a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family.
Under Cathy’s leadership, Sprout has invested more than $5 million in more than 700 early-stage ideas in areas as varied as learning innovation, arts and culture, transportation, biodiversity, and civic engagement.
Since 2011, Sprout has stewarded an interdisciplinary network of leading civic, commercial, cultural, and academic organizations working to create remarkable learning experiences for children and youth—forging a 21st century ecosystem for learning, innovation, and creativity in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
As a speaker, Cathy has presented on grassroots approaches to catalyzing community innovation and participated in panel discussions about learning innovation networks at several national conferences including Techonomy: Detroit, The Summit to Reconnect Learning, the National Conference of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Games for Change Festival, Oppi Festival NYC, City Innovate Summit, internationally at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) and locally at the Pittsburgh Community Development Summit.
As an active member of many of Pittsburgh’s civic and cultural organizations, Cathy currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Cathy is a former board member of Artist and Cities, Beginning with Books, the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh, the Ellis School, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, the Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and Working Order.
Cathy graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a dual degree in Professional Writing and Literary Cultural Studies.
Charles Thornburgh is the founder and CEO of Civitas Learning.
Charles fell in love with education while attending Stanford University and considered becoming a teacher. However, he also truly enjoyed technology and business, so decided to explore new ways of affecting education in a more scalable way. Combining these passions, he bought an education business upon graduation and started three more education technology businesses, all with the expressed purpose of pursuing the use of data and technology to improve access and efficacy in education. His work caught the interest of Kaplan Education, who acquired one of his businesses and retained him as an in-house entrepreneur for nine years, during which time he launched many other successful start-ups and served on the executive team of Kaplan Higher Education.
All of this experience led Charles to the conclusion that he could build something even bigger, a platform for innovation that would impact both access and efficacy on a dramatically larger scale. With this in mind, he launched Civitas Learning® in 2013. An outcomes-based company, Civitas Learning was designed to bring together the best of leading-edge technology, design thinking, and data science in its mission to help students successfully traverse the complex journey of higher education.
Charles started Civitas Learning with the idea that technology and data, used in the right way, can help address a growing problem in higher education, one that is costing the U.S. more than $4 Trillion. He recognized that the only way to address a need of that magnitude was to bring together a diverse, talented group of people from across industries (high-tech, healthcare, education, public safety, etc.), harnessing the transformative phenomena that is sweeping across industries in relation to data science combined with machine learning, and its use in improving outcomes.
By focusing on deep data science and creating a business model of partnering with higher education institutions to help create and test new ideas and build new solutions, Civitas Learning has become one of the fastest growing ed-tech startups of all time and is reaching over 2.5 million students. Based in Austin, TX, the company attracts talent from all over the world and is continuing to grow its partner base and product ecosystem.
After having two children of his own, Charles became even more convinced of the need to address educational issues in a data-driven practical manner, and not just in the U.S. Civitas Learning is now in the U.K., Ireland, and Mexico, helping even more students achieve success.
Charles is named one of the “16 People Changing the Landscape of Online Education Forever” by Find Education Online. He is a frequent speaker at education and business events around the country when he is not home in Austin, TX enjoying the outdoors with his wife and two young sons.
Chas served as Apollo’s CEO and Co-CEO from the time he joined the company in August of 2008 thru his 4 year term in office. In this role, Chas has championed many strategic initiatives at the company, including student protections and student experience enhancements at its Flagship University of Phoenix, as well as diversification initiatives including Apollo’s efforts to provide post-secondary educational services both internationally and to traditional institutions of higher learning.
Currently, Chas advises Apollo Education in a number of strategic areas. He also serves as a Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Heavener Family Office. Additionally, he serves in an advisory capacity to Madison Dearborn Partners, a Chicago based private equity firm. Chas also serves on the board of directors of Triumph Higher Education Group.
Before joining Apollo Group, Chas spent more than 20 years with Credit Suisse, where he most recently served as Managing Director and head of the firm’s Midwest investment banking practice based in Chicago. Chas also founded and headed the firm’s Global Services Group within the Investment Banking Division. In these roles, Chas provided financial advice to dozens of companies in the education, business services and industrial industries, raising billions of dollars through capital markets and merger & acquisition transactions.
Chas’ passion for education is evident not only in his professional endeavors, but also in his community involvement, where he serves on the Chicago board of both Junior Achievement and Teach For America. Chas holds his B.A. from the University of Illinois, where he graduated with Bronze Plaque honors and high distinction. He holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar. Chas also is the recipient of an honorary doctorate for University of Phoenix.
Chip Paucek is the co-founder and CEO of 2U, Inc., an education technology company that partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs. In March 2014, Paucek led the company’s successful Initial Public Offering, establishing 2U as one of the leaders in ed tech. Prior to 2U, Pauck served as CEO of Smarterville, Inc., the parent company of Hooked on Phonics. Earlier he served as vice president of business development and then president of Educate Products for Educate, Inc. Paucek began his career in 1993 by co-founding Cerebellum Corporation, the media company behind the award-winning educational television program and video series Standard Deviants, and he led Cerebellum as co-chief executive officer until 2003. In 2004, Paucek served as deputy campaign manager for the successful re-election campaign of United States Senator Barbara Mikulski.
Paucek’s innovative work at 2U has earned him many accolades, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012, the Goldman Sachs 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs Award in 2013, and multiple Highest Rated CEO awards from Glassdoor. He holds a BA from the George Washington University and is currently enrolled in the 2U-powered MBA@UNC program at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Chris Caren joined Turnitin in 2009 as Chief Executive Officer. Although his career has focused on software businesses, he comes from a family of scientists and educators — a background which helped draw him to Turnitin. Chris previously worked for Microsoft Corporation as General Manager of Microsoft Business Solutions and Office Business Applications. His previous experience includes vice president of products and marketing at Business Objects (now part of SAP), product marketing at Manugistics Group Inc., head of sales and marketing at an Oracle financial applications company, and a leadership position at Accenture. He holds an MBA with distinction from Kellogg Business School and a bachelor of science in engineering from Stanford University.
Chris Duffus has a broad, though impactful background working with innovative organizations in finance, technology, and politics. Chris is a founder of LEAF College Savings, the leading employee marketplace for 529 college savings plans. At LEAF, Chris is responsible for business and corporate development as well as the overall strategy of the organization. He also serves on the board of the National Education Association Foundation.
Prior to LEAF, Chris worked with a number of venture-backed start-ups in the FinTech and Wireless industries; cumulatively raising nearly $50million from top-tier VC firms (and as co-founder with his current team) successfully exited payment provider Govolution. Chris was also the deputy CEO of Finance and Administration for the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee in Denver, Colorado. He began his career with Goldman Sachs.
Chris is a Graduate of Florida A&M University and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business where he currently serves as a member of the Alumni Board of Trustees.
Finally, Chris is the founder of the Scholar’s Club, an extracurricular academic organization focused on developing a peer culture of accomplishment and academic excellence among disadvantaged and underserved students. It has become one of Southwest Florida’s premier academic organizations having served nearly +100thousand students since it’s founding.
Part of the Pahara Institute NextGen Leaders cohort for Fall 2015 and named as one of the Top 40 Innovators in Educations in 2013 by the Center for Digital Education, Chris is currently the the Chief of Learning Innovation at LEAP Innovations, a nonprofit in Chicago that supports the development and evaluation of personalized learning models, teaching practices, and tools grounded in their research-based LEAP Learning Framework. LEAP provides professional development to educators and runs formal pilots to connect entrepreneurs, tech companies, learning scientists, and educators to develop next-generation models, share ideas, and co-develop solutions. In LEAP’s first Pilot Network Cohort, the size of impact on a leading national assessment equated to a 45% reduction in the achievement gap for students who qualified for free or reduced lunch.
He is also a co-founder and on the steering committee of the Community of Innovative Practice, a safe, honest place for practitioners of personalized learning education models to discuss challenges in the work. Most recently, Chris led the transition to personalized learning for FirstLine Schools in New Orleans where schools experienced record academic growth and cost savings. Liang-Vergara has taught at all grade levels, set growth records at many of his former institutions, and has experience in public, private, and charter school institutions. He holds BAs in Biology and Secondary Education from Washington University in St. Louis and an Ed.M. in Curriculum, Technology, and Education Reform from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a proud husband and father, which grounds his work in education transformation.
Dr. Christine Johns is in her tenth year as Superintendent of Utica Community Schools, Michigan’s second largest school district. Under her leadership, student achievement levels continue to outpace state and national averages. The district has become an educational leader in the fields of engineering technology, advanced manufacturing and robotics through its location in heart of the automotive and defense industries.
UCS has a national reputation for its innovative use of technology. The district’s K-2 personalized learning model and its Center for Science and Industry have earned District of Distinction Awards from District Administration Magazine. Dr. Johns was also recently named a Tech Savvy Superintendent of the Year by eSchool News. The district’s technology focus has been featured in national case studies and publications.
Dr. Johns also promotes the use of technology through the League of Innovative Schools, a bipartisan White House and Congressionally-authorized initiative that brings select educational leaders together to study best practices for the nation’s classrooms. Dr. Johns has participated in White House policy meetings, including the recent National Connected Superintendents Summit.
Recently named one of the most-admired CEOs by the San Diego Business Journal and one of San Diego’s new civic power brokers by San Diego Magazine, Christopher Yanov raised and awarded over $1,000,000 in scholarships to inner-city students before turning 30 years old. Mr. Yanov earned four degrees in just five years and is the only person to win an Alumni Award from both UC San Diego and the University of San Diego.
Previously, Mr. Yanov worked with gang members for five years before starting Reality Changers in May 2001 with just $300, yet now the program’s students have earned $77,000,000 in scholarships from all sources. He credits his appearance on Wheel of Fortune in late 2001 for providing the initial financial support for Reality Changers to truly become a bona fide program.
Mr. Yanov has also served on the San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention & Intervention as well as the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Education & Workforce Development Committee. Currently, Mr. Yanov is a member of Rotary Club 33 and serves on the Tijuana Innovadora Binational Committee, the University of San Diego’s Emerging Leaders Council, the Voice of San Diego Member Council, and the Federal Employees Scholarship Foundation. He is also putting the finishing touches on his book, “The Tightrope Theory: Why Prevention Programs May Do More Harm Than Good.”
Cindy Mi is the founder and CEO of VIPKID, an education technology company that connects K-8 students in China with teachers in North America for online English immersion. Founded in 2013, VIPKID has become one of China’s leading education startups, growing 40% month over month and attracting investments from Northern Light Venture Capital, Innovation Works, Matrix Partners, and Sequoia Capital. VIPKID, which offers a progressive pedagogy based on the Common Core curriculum, now serves over 150,000 students from all of China’s provinces. The company is regularly featured in the Chinese media and has won accolades from technology giants like Tencent.
Ms. Mi, a lifelong entrepreneur, is passionate about the power of education to transform and empower students, parents and teachers. Prior to founding VIPKID, she was a classroom teacher and a co-founder of ABC English, a tutoring company, where she led business development and campus expansion across China. She serves on the advisory boards of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business Alumni Association and Learn Lab, an education accelerator.
Connie is the visionary and CEO of LRNG. She brings considerable experience from the MacArthur Foundation, where as Director of Education she oversaw a $200 million effort over 10 years to support research and design experiments in Digital Media & Learning. Prior to joining the Foundation, Connie was an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, publishing scholarly work that examined the complex interplay among young people’s emerging identity, their social context and achievement. Connie briefly served as Policy Analyst in the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton Administration and has worked closely with teachers and administrators to develop programs for youth development.
In 2004, Connie received the Distinguished Fellows Award from the William T. Grant Foundation, an award to support scholars seeking to bridge research and practice, under which she worked with the National Writing Project to develop approaches that integrate web 2.0 technologies into the social practices of teachers.
Connie earned her bachelor’s degree from Yale, and her PhD from Stanford University.
Corey Greendale is a senior vice president specializing in research and investment in software-as-a-service (SaaS) businesses, particularly in human capital technology. He provides research coverage of leading private and publicly traded companies in his sectors. His work has been cited for excellence in the Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” survey, in Forbes, and in the Financial Times. Prior to joining First Analysis in 2000, he was a development analyst at Systema Corp., where he designed training programs for several large pharmaceutical companies. He earned an MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Cory Reid is the ceo of MasteryConnect, a super passionate bunch that while intense, love to laugh. They’re laser focused on contributing to the nation’s movement to mastery learning in K-12 education. They are also deep believers in the Teachers in the trenches, and are developing resources to help them identify levels of student understanding, real time, so they can personalize learning, remediate, and improve student outcomes!
Since joining MasteryConnect in early 2011, Cory has lead corporate strategic initiatives, sales / business development, operations and fundraising, having raised over $29M in venture capital. The team has created a platform that serves over 3.2M teachers, and 38M students in 85% of the US School Districts and 170 countries.
Prior to MasteryConnect Cory was the ceo of Instructure, a Learning Management System company focused on higher education. There he was recruited to lead and grow while in pre-beta, and was responsible for creating the business plan, setting Instructure’s overall corporate strategy, raising a venture capital round, as well as developing and directing business operations.
Cory brings more than 20 years of experience including high profile roles in executive-level management, operations, marketing, and sales positions, and he is known for his extensive experience in building successful businesses across a variety of industry categories.
Craig Heldman is responsible for all facets of the day-to-day operations and strategic planning at Hobsons. Since 1995, Craig has directed the restructuring and expansion of the sales organization, overseen the expansion of Hobsons’ product offerings, and established strategic partnerships to solidify Hobsons’ leadership position within the industry.
As CEO, Craig has learned that a company’s people and culture are critical to success. This is why he defines Hobsons’ culture of collaboration and passion for education as “the engine driving Hobsons’ business.” He is also an active participant in a number of industry organizations, including the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Association of International Educators (NAFSA), and Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), where he holds a position on the Corporate & Philanthropic Council. Locally in Cincinnati, Craig serves on the Board of Directors for Adopt A Class Foundation. Prior to joining Hobsons, Craig held a variety of sales management positions at Procter & Gamble USA.
Craig earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from Michigan State University.
Cynthia McGee Burton, M.A. Currently Cynthia works as the Family Involvement Specialist and as a Licensed Practitioner/Trainer for Restorative Practice for the Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) program at the San Diego County Office of Education. Cynthia holds a Bachelor’s in Behavioral Science and a Master’s in Human Behavior. In her role as the Family Involvement Specialist, one of her core responsibilities is managing the Title 1 parent involvement requirements. In doing so, she championed the work of creating JCCS’s first Parent Support Network Centers located in the North, South, East and Central main office sites. She has exercised her passion and service in the field of education for over 40 years.
Cynthia has been a national motivational speaker, trainer and facilitator for the past 25 years. She has conducted a number of community mobilization forums and educational assemblies. Workshops and trainings on; alcohol and drug prevention, multicultural diversity/cultural proficiency, youth and parent leadership development.
As a former Channel 10 Leadership Award and East County Community Leadership Award recipient her professional strengths are manifested through her dedication toward the work of empowering families in the urban community to exercise their excellence, gifts and talents in order to foster generational success!
She also works as a part time City Liaison, Instructor and Coach for the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative for Southern California. She works with and supports urban leaders in youth ministry across the country on developing and empowering their leadership skills in order to ultimately impact the lives of urban youth in their communities.
Cynthia authored and taught two youth development programs; Academic Success Apprenticeship Program (ASAP) and Community Youth Leadership Alliance (CYLA) for high school students. Cynthia is recognized for her work in the faith community for creating and directing (for over 20 years), San Diego’s first Gospel Signing Choir which provided a musical experience for the deaf and hearing impaired. Cynthia is also an Evangelist Missionary serving in Family Ministry and the co-founder of Centered Life Tea Ministries where she serves urban families a high class, royal experience in spiritual well-being while dining.
Dai Ellis is an education entrepreneur building ventures that prepare youth in Africa for success in 21st century careers. Most recently, Dai co-founded the Nova Pioneer Group to build the first pan-African network of primary and secondary schools that provide a world-class education at a cost that is affordable to working families.
Dai is also a co-founder of Spire and Kepler. Spire is a corporate training venture that helps some of the fastest-growing companies in Africa expand and thrive by turbocharging the growth of their junior staff. Meanwhile, Kepler is reimagining higher education with a disruptive bachelor’s degree offering that produces vastly superior employment outcomes at low cost. Both Kepler and Spire use a delivery model that combines world-class online content, high-quality in-person coaching, and extensive on-the-job practice.
Dai previously served as CEO of Excel Academy Charter Schools, where he was responsible for building a network of high-performing urban schools in Boston. Dai has also worked at McKinsey and later spent five years leading the Clinton Foundation’s work on improving the marketplace for drugs, vaccines, and other essential health products in the developing world. Dai is a graduate of Yale Law School.
Dale Russakoff spent twenty-eight years as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering politics, education, social policy, and other topics. From 1994 to 2008, she served in the Post’s New York Bureau, which covered the mid-Atlantic region, including Newark, New Jersey.
Dale grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, attended public schools and graduated from Harvard University. She credits her parents with encouraging her to question the politics of the world around her, particularly the racial segregation and inequity in her own hometown. She dedicated her book to their memory, as that encouragement led her to a lifelong career in investigating and reporting social issues.
The Prize, serialized in The New Yorker, is her first book. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband Matthew Purdy, an editor at The New York Times. They have two grown sons.
Dale Stephens is the founder of uncollege.org and their innovative Gap Year program which partners with universities to make the higher education practical and experiential. In May 2011, at age nineteen, Stephens was selected out of thousands of individuals around the world as a Thiel Fellow, a program recognizing the top young entrepreneurs around the world.
Penguin published his book, Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands and Learn More than Your Peers Ever Will, in April 2013. He wrote the book because of his unique perspective on the future of education: he left school at age twelve. He is a sought-after education expert and regularly appears in national and international media including New York Magazine, CNN, ABC, NPR, and CBS. His writing has been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Forbes.
Stephens speaks regularly at high-profile events around the world. He has debated education at TED 2012, lectured at the New York Times, and spoken to C-level executives at NBC Universal, among many other engagements.
Forbes has recognized him as a 30 Under 30 Leader in education.
Dan oversees the development of standards for the B Impact Assessment, the exclusive tool used to certify B Corporations and issue GIIRS Ratings. The B Impact Assessment is currently used by over 40,000 businesses to measure and manage their impact on stakeholders including workers, community, customers, and the environment. Dan received a Master’s degree in Philosophy and taught Ethics at Texas Tech, building on undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Economics from Wake Forest University.
A tireless advocate for better student outcomes, Dan Rosensweig, joined Chegg to disrupt the fragmented $1 trillion U.S. education market. Leveraging Chegg’s popularity with students, Dan and his team have transformed Chegg into a force for positive and sustaining change in higher education. As Chairman and CEO of Chegg, Dan commits the company to fulfilling its mission of putting students first and helping them save time, save money and get smarter. Under Dan’s direction, Chegg has become the Student Hub, a connected learning platform that brings together people who want to learn with the tools and resources that accelerate the achievement of their educational goals and improve their outcomes. Prior to Chegg, Dan has also served as CEO of Guitar Hero, COO of Yahoo!, and CEO of ZDNet. Dan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, New York. When Dan isn’t attending a Springsteen concert or enjoying quality time with his wife and two daughters, he sits on the Board of Trustees of Colgate University, the Board of Directors for Adobe Systems, Inc., Rent-the-Runway, Birchbox, Reputation.com and the Advisory Board of the non-profit DonorsChoose.org.
Daniel Cohen is the Founder and CEO of Graduway.
Graduway is the leading provider of alumni networking and mentoring platforms with over 200 clients spanning 30 countries.
Daniel is recognized as a leading thinker, writer and speaker in alumni relations and was recently recognized by LinkedIn as one of their Top Influencers in Education. Daniel recently published “The Alumni Revolution”, a thought provoking collection of essays dealing with contemporary issues facing alumni relations professionals.
Daniel also chairs the bi-annual Global Leaders Summit, a gathering of global executives to discuss best practice and strategic trends in alumni relations.
Prior to Graduway Daniel held positions at Procter & Gamble and Merck & Co. Daniel is originally from London, UK, and has been based in Tel Aviv, Israel for the last 10 years.
Daniel Hamburger is President and Chief Executive Officer of DeVry Education Group.
DeVry Group’s purpose is to empower its students to achieve their educational and career goals. DeVry Group (NYSE: DV) is a global provider of educational services, with revenues approaching $2B. It is the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Carrington College, Chamberlain College of Nursing, DeVry Brasil, DeVry University, and Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
These institutions offer a wide array of programs in healthcare, business, technology, accounting, finance and law. DeVry Group is widely recognized as a leader in driving digital innovation in education.
Hamburger joined DeVry Group in 2002 as Executive Vice President, responsible for online operations. He was named President and COO in 2004, and CEO in 2006. Under his leadership, DeVry Group has undergone significant transformation, from less than 5% to more than 50% of revenue derived outside the domestic-only operations of DeVry University.
Prior to DeVry Group, Hamburger served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Indeliq, now owned by Accenture. His prior experience includes serving as President of WW Grainger’s Internet Commerce group, growing revenues from $10M to over $100M in one year. Previously, Hamburger started the Internet Services Group for RR Donnelley’s Metromail division, and was responsible for its venture capital investments. He also served as a consultant with Bain & Company in London, Warsaw and Boston.
Hamburger serves on the boards of DeVry Group and World Business Chicago. He is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, The Commercial Club of Chicago, and World Presidents Organization. He is a past member / director of CEOs Against Cancer, America’s Promise Alliance.
Hamburger earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Daniel is a co-founder and Managing Director of University Ventures, a leading higher education focused investment fund with approximately $300M under management. Daniel started his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, but quickly realized that he wanted to combine private capital with the creation of a next generation of socially beneficial education companies. Since leaving Goldman, he has invested in, founded, advised, or led in a number of education related businesses that led to the creation of University Ventures. Daniel currently sits on the boards of Ponce School of Medicine, Synergis Education, Galvanize, Qubed and EDEX. Daniel is also involved in his community, serving on the Board of Trustees of Harlem Village Academies and the Alumni Council of Horace Mann. Daniel graduated from Columbia University and holds an MBA and Masters of Education from Stanford University
Darrell is the CEO and co-founder of Thinkful, the largest online coding bootcamp. Founded in 2012, Thinkful provides 1-on-1, mentor-led online training for new programmers in web development, mobile and design. Before Thinkful, Darrell founded Perpetually, the online archiving company, which he sold to Dell in 2012. He graduated from Columbia with a major in Art History and minor in Computer Science.
Darryl makes strategic investments in charter school networks located in Tennessee, Florida, and Chicago and across the country through the Emerging CMO Fund. Prior to joining CSGF in 2010, Darryl was the CEO of a turnaround charter school in Chicago. He also previously served as the chief learning officer at the KIPP Foundation, where he led a portfolio of learning programs, including principal and teacher leader development. Before KIPP, Darryl worked as a management consultant at Accenture and Diamond Cluster. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has an MBA from Kellogg/Northwestern. Darryl is a Pahara Aspen Fellow and Broad resident and serves on the board of the Surge Institute, the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, and the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO). Darryl resides in Chicago with his wife and two children.
Dave Cutler is the CEO of mLevel, creator of the award-winning mLevel learning platform that combines innovative technology with the latest in learning science to provide a next generation learning solution used by Global Fortune 500 companies and leading learning institutions such as Microsoft, Pearson and JP Morgan Chase.
Dave has demonstrated a deep passion throughout his career for combining advances in technology with elegant, user-centered designs to solve complex problems with surprisingly simple solutions. He has a proven track record as a founder and senior leader in multiple startups with successful exits. Dave has also held leadership positions at Accenture where he was a partner responsible for the growth of their North American mobility practice to a $50M business as well as Slalom Consulting where he was a General Manager and built key technology practices from nothing to over $40M in revenue in just three years.
Dave co-founded mLevel in 2012 to apply his entrepreneurial expertise and leadership skills to drastically improve the effectiveness of the tools currently used to train and teach. The result is a learning solution that seamlessly integrates microlearning, adaptive learning and educational games into an easy to use platform that has proved to significantly increase learner engagement and outcomes.
David Blake is Co-Founder and CEO of Degreed. It is David’s belief that learning is too important to stay the way it is and has spent his career innovating higher education and lifelong learning.
Prior to Degreed, he helped launched a competency-based, accredited university and was a founding team member at Zinch (acquired by Chegg NASDQ: CHGG). David was selected as a Top EdTech Entrepreneur by the Stanford d.School EdTech Lab which is sponsored by Teach For America and NewSchools Venture Fund.
David has been published in Harvard Technology Review, Business Insider, TechCrunch, and Huffington Post. He has spoken around the world on the topic of the future of learning, including at the ASU GSV Summit, EdTech Europe, and at TEDx.
David Klein is CEO and Co-Founder of CommonBond, a leading marketplace lending platform that lowers the cost of student loans for borrowers and provides financial returns to investors. Prior to CommonBond, David worked in consumer finance at American Express, as Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development, where he led a $250M annual business. David started his professional career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he advised clients in the financial services industry. David graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in Politics, Economics and International Business, and attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. David is also a former Board Member of the Bronx Charter School for the Arts in New York.
David Kuntz currently leads future-oriented research efforts at Knewton, focusing on better understanding and modeling student learning in personalized contexts, at macro-scale. For five years prior, as VP of research and adaptive learning at Knewton, he led the development of all of Knewton’s core adaptive models and psychometric infrastructure. Before coming to Knewton, he held senior positions at Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Among other inventions, he created the first efficient automated test assembly algorithm and system for the LSAT, the first web-based test delivery and item-banking system, and the first large-scale web-based portfolio scoring and management system. He has been awarded five assessment-related patents. David holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Brown, an M.A. in Philosophy from Rutgers, and an MBA/MSE from Wharton and the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
David Levin is the president and CEO of McGraw-Hill Education, a leading learning science company, and is responsible for the growth and management of its global business. He assumed this role in April 2014. Previously, David was the chief executive of UBM, a multinational media company headquartered in London. Over his nearly nine years leading UBM, he reoriented the company’s business mix toward emerging markets, while growing its U.S. revenues. He also shifted UBM’s business models away from print and toward live events and online communities, and renewed the company’s culture, fostering an open, collaborative, and social environment. Under his leadership, UBM realigned its portfolio through more than 100 acquisitions. Before joining UBM, David was chief executive of Symbian Software, a U.K.-based software group that built the operating system to power the first generation of smartphones. Previously, he served as chief executive of Psion PLC, a London-based consumer and business technology company. He also served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC and as the president of Institutional Investor, the financial information business. He served for seven years as a non-executive on the Finance Committee of the Oxford University Press. David holds a bachelor’s degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford University and a M.B.A. from Stanford University.
David Liu is the President and Chief Operating Officer at Knewton. He oversees all of the company’s operations including technology, product management, business development, marketing, finance, and human resources. Since joining Knewton in 2010, David has helped spearhead its growth from an early stage company serving the test prep market to a global growth company serving most of K-20 education with more than 10 million students in 21 countries. He oversaw the creation and launch of the Knewton Platform and API through which the company distributes its industry-leading adaptive learning technology to education companies and institutions around the world.
Prior to Knewton, David was senior vice president of Global Messaging at AOL where he led AIM and ICQ, led the creation of AOL Lifestream and before that founded the aol.com portal. He was previously a management consultant for A.T. Kearney in Hong Kong and New York.
David currently serves as a board director at Knewton and is an angel investor and advisor to several tech startups. He holds a U.S. patent for web-based content personalization. David has spoken at international conferences including the World Economic Forum Meeting of Champions, The Economist Higher Education Forum, TechCrunch Disrupt, and Bloomberg’s Next Big Thing Summit and has been interviewed by or contributed to a variety of news outlets including Education Week, Fortune, TechCrunch, and FastCompany.
David holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Brown, an M.A. in Philosophy from Rutgers, and an MBA/MSE from Wharton and the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
As CEO of MasterClass, David Rogier leads the company’s vision of redefining digital learning by leveraging the skills and expertise from world-class experts with a cutting-edge technology platform. Launched in 2014 and based in San Francisco, MasterClass works with world-renowned instructors including Kevin Spacey, Christina Aguilera, James Patterson, Usher, and Serena Williams to develop a thoughtful combination of online classes and interactive assignments creating an unique educational experience that’s exclusive to the site. Alongside co-founder Aaron Rasmussen, David drives MasterClass’ goal of becoming the premier online education platform through fostering effective business development, strategy, establishing and vetting the roster of instructors and course expansion.
David sold his first company at the age of 12 and received his MBA from Stanford University.
David’s 25-year career in the U.S. and global education sector began with educational publishing and software development at MECC, the company behind The Oregon Trail, where he served as VP and Executive Producer. That led to 15 years at Pearson, with executive roles including VP of Product Strategy, CMO of the $2 billion U.S. Schools division, and President of Global Schools. He also served as Achieve3000’s first CMO. Most recently, David was EVP and General Manager for Capstone, a global publisher of children’s books and software. Before transitioning to education, David had a successful career in theatre and television, winning an Emmy as a producer of children’s programming.
Dawn is the Executive Vice President of the Berggruen Institute. In this position, she develops strategy and oversees all aspects of the organization. The key projects of the institute include, the Berggruen Institute on Governance, including the 21st Century Council and the Council for the Future of Europe, as well as the Berggruen Institute of Philosophy and Culture. In addition, Dawn is the Chief Operating Officer of BIG Holdings, Inc., a holding company for The WorldPost publication and she is also the President of the Think Long Committee, Inc.
Prior to joining the Berggruen Institute, Dawn was the Executive Vice President of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a global affairs organization based in Los Angeles. In addition to leading the organization, she drove several special initiatives including the Energy and Security Committee and the Equitable Globalization Committee. She also co-directed the California Adaptation Advisory Council to the State of California under Governor Schwarzenegger, overseeing the project while writing and researching the water adaptation sections of the report.
Dawn was a consultant for McKinsey & Company for 4 years where she advised the world’s largest companies in biotech, technology and retail. She received her MBA from the University of Chicago, where she earned Dean’s List distinction for her outstanding academic performance. She was also selected to the faculty of the LEAD program teaching first year students leadership skills.
She sits on the board of the Values Schools charter schools, Think Long Committee, Inc., BIG Holdings, Inc. and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
Deborah Berebichez is a Physicist, Data Scientist & TV host. She is the first Mexican woman to complete a physics Ph.D. from Stanford University. After that she pursued two postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University’s Applied Math and Physics Department and at NYU’s Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences. She has expertise in scientific research and advanced analysis and has helped automate decision-making and uncover patterns in large amounts of data. As Chief Data Scientist at Metis she oversees the company’s data science training capabilities along its four pillars: bootcamps, corporate training, professional development and online courses.
Ms. Berebichez is the co-host of Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science TV show (2012 – present). Her work in STEM outreach has been recognized by the WSJ, Oprah, Dr. Oz, CNN, TED, DLD, WIRED and others. Her passion is to inspire young people to pursue careers in science. For her Ph.D. at Stanford she invented a highly effective technique in the field of wireless communications whereby a cell phone user can communicate with a desired target user in a location far away. She is a John C. Whitehead Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, the recipient of the SHPE’s STAR Award and of the Top Latina Tech Blogger awarded by the Association of Latinos in Social Media LATISM.
Deborah Quazzo is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Advisors, a broker dealer providing advisory services to the education and human capital sectors. In addition, she is an active angel investor having made over 40 investments in the education and employment technology sectors. She also co-hosts, with Arizona State University, the annual ASU GSV Education Innovation Summit. This event, now in its 7th year, with over 2,500 in attendance, celebrates innovations and innovators across the global education and human capital landscape.
In 2001, Deborah co-founded ThinkEquity Partners, an investment bank with offices across the U.S. which was acquired in 2007. She was previously a Managing Director in Investment Banking and head of the Global Growth Group at Merrill Lynch & Co.
Deborah currently serves on the board of Degreed and Web.com (NASDAQ: WWWW). She is a member of the boards of The Chicago Public Education Fund, The Common Ground Foundation, KIPP: Chicago, Marwen, National Louis University, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and The Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. She has also previously served on the board of a number of education organizations including the Chicago Board of Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Teach for America Chicago, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Chicago. Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University 1987.
Dennis Yang is the CEO of San Francisco-based Udemy, the leading marketplace for online learning and teaching. Dennis drives the company in its mission to empower individuals and organizations to gain the skills they need to compete and thrive in the new global economy. Dennis is an entrepreneur with a passion for the intersection of education and technology and a proven track record leading high-growth organizations. He has decades of mobile and software experience at both consumer and enterprise technology companies, including Good Technology, Siebel and 4INFO. He holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BS from Northwestern University.
DeRonda Williams is the Founder and President of DGW Consulting Group, a consulting firm based outside of Chicago. DeRonda and her firm serve education and non-profit organizations across the country, providing executive search to identify and attract diverse talent, and supporting organizations to deliver on strategic initiatives. The firm is a certified minority business enterprise (MBE).
DeRonda has over 20 years of business experience across multiple industries. For five years, she served as Finance Director for the KIPP Foundation. Prior to joining KIPP, DeRonda spent over ten years at Pearson Education as a Vice President, Director of Finance for the K-12 and college divisions. She also has prior experience in manufacturing, where she worked as an Industrial Engineer for Olin Corporation.
In 2013, DeRonda was appointed to the Illinois State Charter School Commission, where she is one of nine commissioners and serves as the Commission Chair. DeRonda is also the co-founder of Ops360, a non-profit organization that provides training and leadership development to build the capacity of finance/operations leaders of charter schools and charter management organizations in Memphis and New Orleans.
DeRonda is actively involved as a volunteer and board member with several community organizations, including the Primo Red Hot Board and The Common Ground Foundation. DeRonda has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Derrick leads Ayala Education Inc.’s (AEI’s) effort to transform the classroom. AEI delivers constructivist based learning. They built technology into the classroom, from productive device to learning content management systems, for less than $100 per learner per year. They developed a uniquely challenging and supportive English immersion classroom. And, AEI has only just begun to connect employers with the classroom through their employer partner network.
Derrick holds a degree in economics, served in the US military and completed an MLS in cognitive psychology. For 15 years he ran learning & development operations for blue chip technology and telecommunications companies opening and operating in South America and Southeast Asia.
Derrick worked with Ayala Corporation to begin Ayala Education in 2012. AEI opened their first junior high school in 2013 and invested in their first college in 2015. AEI’s first graduates from high school and college have achieved 90% employment within 90 days of graduation and 29% higher wages. AEI will continue to grow their school network, throughout the Philippines, in order to deliver 21st century world-class education at a remarkably affordable price.
Dr. Devin Vodicka was hired as Superintendent of Schools for Vista Unified in July 2012.
Vista Unified School District has received numerous awards and recognition while Dr. Vodicka has been Superintendent, including the “Golden Bell” award from the California School Boards Association and acceptance into the prestigious League of Innovative Schools. Dr. Vodicka was one of 30 Superintendents from across the United States that participated in the Superintendents Technical Working Group in collaboration with the US Department of Education Office of Educational Technology and he was invited to the launch of the President’sConnectEd to the Future summit at the White House in November 2014. Vista Unified was selected as one of four featured districts across the country at the 2015 Digital Learning Day hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education.
Dr. Vodicka was recognized as “Superintendent of the Year” for 2015 by Pepperdine University. He also received the California “Superintendent of the Year” award by the Association of California School Administrators in 2015 and the “Innovative Superintendent Award” from the Classroom of the Future Foundation in 2014.
Dr. Vodicka’s education includes a doctorate in Organizational Leadership and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership—both from Pepperdine University—and an undergraduate degree in History from UC Santa Cruz. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine in their doctoral program where he has taught courses on quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
Diane is Chief Marketing Officer of GSVlabs, a leading Silicon Valley accelerator for individuals, startups and corporations seeking growth and innovation. Co-founder of ReBoot Career Accelerator for Women returning to the workforce after taking a work pause. ReBoot gets women current, connected, and confident to return by teaching essential workplace tech skills and providing a community of like-minded returners. Chair marketing and branding efforts for several non-profit organizations. Passionate about helping women find their passions and purpose, and helping them land their dream encore career. BA Economics from Stanford. MBA from Harvard.
Din Heiman is the Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of BrainPOP.
Din joined BrainPOP in 2007 as COO and General Manager, part of what he refers to as an All Star leadership team that has grown the company’s global footprint in the K-12 space, at schools and in homes.
Since graduating with an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, Din has held multiple management and turnaround positions in education. Prior to that he served for multiple years as a career diplomat.
He’s a skeptic of those who question the potential for innovation in education, and often disputes the claim that education hasn’t changed since the advent of the industrial age.
Don is currently the President of Pearson North America. He is focused on accelerating the shift to services and digital, and transforming Pearson’s North American business by putting learner outcomes at the center of what Pearson does.
Prior this role, Don served as CEO of Pearson Learning Solutions and Vice Chairman of Higher Education. From 1998 until 2008, Don served as President of Pearson Custom Publishing with responsibility for overseeing its higher education services and solutions business. Before joining Pearson, Don spent 12 years at Simon and Schuster Custom Publishing during which he served as editor-in-chief for six years, and then later as President of the business for six years. Don also worked for the Xerox Corporation and served as a Director of Interactive Data Corporation.
Doug Lederman is co-editor and one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Scott Jaschik, he leads the site’s editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Princeton Alumni Weekly. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated from Princeton University. Doug lives in Bethesda, Md.
D’Andre Weaver is a proud product of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system, attending both elementary and high school in Chicago. Upon graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and being recruited by the Champaign Community Unit #4 School District, D’Andre began his career in education as an English and AVID Teacher/Coordinator at Centennial High School. Over the course of five years, D’Andre taught Honors English Literature, coordinated programs that improved the percentage of college eligible minority students, improved the ACT scores of African American students, tripled the percentage of African American and Hispanic students enrolled and passing Advanced Placement Courses, led the AVID program at two high schools, and sent 100% of his AVID students to four-year universities.
Currently, D’Andre is the Principal at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, one of eleven Selective Enrollment High Schools in Chicago. Brooks serves a population of students that are 99% minority and over 75% low income. During his tenure, graduation rates, college entrance and retention rates, and freshmen on-track rates have all improved to all time highs. As a result, U.S. News and World Report has recognized Brooks as the #16 best high school in Illinois and has awarded the school it’s second Gold Medal status award. In 2014, Brooks was recognized has having the highest year-to-year growth on ACT in the entire Chicago Public Schools system. Under D’Andre’s leadership, the number of Advanced Placement and Dual Credit course offerings at Brooks has more than doubled, the school has taken on an ambitious approach to STEM education, and as a result of receiving a Next Generation Learning Challenge grant, D’Andre is currently leading a school-wide redesign effort to personalize the learning experiences for every student at the school.
Before accepting the position of Principal at Brooks, D’Andre served as an Assistant Principal at Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, currently the #2 best high school in Illinois and the #66 best high school in the U.S. according to U.S. News and World Report.
D’Andre is married to his high school sweetheart, is the proud father of two little girls, and is completing his dissertation for a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.
Edward Fields has more than 20 years of experience developing and marketing educational technology and enterprise software solutions. Prior to founding HotChalk, Edward served as Senior Vice President of Marketing, Agile Software Corporation, President and CEO of ProductFactory, Inc. (a software firm he co-founded that was acquired by Agile Software in 2003), and Director of Interactive Publishing at The Learning Company. Edward has a bachelor’s in Mass Communications from the University of Denver.
Eileen Murphy is the founder and CEO of ThinkCERCA, a web-based platform that provides the tools and content teachers need to personalize critical thinking instruction across disciplines. She taught English for 15 years and was the founding English Department Chair at Walter Payton College Prep as well as the author of 360 Degrees of Text (NCTE, 2011). As the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for over 100 of Chicago’s highest performing schools, she became passionate about the role technology could play in education in the 21st century and left CPS in 2012 to develop ThinkCERCA to help all students achieve career and college readiness. ThinkCERCA is one of the top Literacy Courseware Challenge winners (Gates Foundation).
Eileen Rudden is a co-founder of LearnLaunch, which drives innovation to transform learning. Based in Boston, LearnLaunch supports and connects both educators and edtech entrepreneurs through its edtech accelerator, co-working campus and its non-profit Institute. A member of the board of directors of Education Pioneers, The Achievement Network, and KnowledgeWorks, she served as Chief Officer, College and Career Preparation, for Chicago Public Schools. Rudden has been a leader in software for 30 years. She led the Unified Communications Division of Avaya, a Fortune 500 global business communications leader and was SVP and GM of Lotus Notes, which was acquired by IBM. Under her leadership, more than 50 million people began using the software and she was named to serve on IBM’s Technical Leadership Council. Eileen received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Brown University, where she served as a trustee and is currently Chair of the Advisory Committee on Computing and Information Technology.
Elijah Mayfield is Vice President of New Technologies at Turnitin, where he focuses on building automated feedback and assessment technologies to improve student writing and learning. Elijah joined Turnitin in October 2014 when they acquired LightSide Labs, where he served as co-founder and CEO. He received his master’s degree in language technology from Carnegie Mellon University. Before exiting his Ph.D. program to found LightSide, he was a recipient of a 2011 Siebel Scholarship and a 2013 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship. Elijah’s research on automated assessment of writing was highlighted as an Editor’s Choice in Science, and he is an author or co-author on more than 25 peer-reviewed publications on language technologies, learning sciences, and human-computer interaction. Elijah is the director of Turnitin’s Pittsburgh office, where they develop Revision Assistant, Turnitin’s next-generation product to improve student writing skills using novel machine learning, natural language processing, and intelligent tutoring algorithms.
Dr. Ellen Meier is Associate Professor of Practice, Computing, and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Director of the Center for Technology and School Change. She also coordinates the Technology Specialist Certification Program for the Department of Math, Science and Technology. Her research is focused on the emerging role of technology in creating engaging learning environments, particularly for urban students. The Center has worked with scores of schools and hundreds of teachers to identify the factors that affect meaningful use of technology. The resulting model, “Innovating Instruction,” is currently funded by the National Science Foundation. Meier has also worked with educators in Ghana, Bulgaria, Mexico, Chile and Korea. She is Co-Chair for the University of the State of New York’s Technology Policy and Practice Council, which advises the Board of Regents on technology issues, and serves on the New York Online Advisory Council. She is a Co-Editor for the Contemporary Issues in Teachers and Teacher Education Journal.
Eric Bonabeau is the Dean of Global Affairs and formerly the founding Dean of Computational Sciences at The Minerva Schools at KGI (Keck Graduate Institute). The Minerva Schools represent a major innovation in the design and delivery of higher education, combining online classes with a strong residential campus experience, and an active learning approach informed by the science of learning.
The founder and Chairman of Cambridge, MA-based Icosystem Corporation, Eric is one of the world’s leading experts in complex systems and distributed adaptive problem solving. His book Swarm Intelligence (Oxford University Press) has been a scientific bestseller for 17 years and provided the inspiration for a popular bestseller, Michael Crichton’s Prey. Eric is also a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complexity.
Eric’s experience includes years of research and development at US and European telecommunications and software companies. Prior to founding Icosystem, a research and development firm and technology incubator, Eric was the CEO of Eurobios, a joint venture with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young to apply the science of complex adaptive systems to business issues. In the 1990s, he has been a research engineer with France Telecom R&D, an R&D engineer with Cadence Design Systems, and the Interval Research Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. He was also a Practitioner Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2013-2014).
His work in the last two decades has focused on exploring the limits of human decision making in a complex, decentralized and unpredictable world –and how technology can push these limits. Computational models of behavior and decision making, predictive analytics, machine learning and search and discovery techniques form the core of his approach to decision support.
Eric was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journals Advances in Complex Systems (World Scientific) and ACM Transactions on Adaptive and Autonomous Systems (ACM Press) and serves as a member of the editorial board of multiple scientific journals. In addition to Swarm Intelligence and more than one hundred and fifty scientific articles, Eric is the co-author of Self-Organization in Biological Systems (Princeton University Press), a biology textbook. He is a co-inventor on 18 granted patents. He received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Paris-Sud University Orsay in France, and is an alumnus of two French “Grandes Ecoles”, Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications.
Eric Frank is Co-Founder and CEO of Acrobatiq, a learning optimization company enabling the measurable improvement of student learning outcomes through its adaptive learning and analytics platform, services, and courseware library.
Acrobatiq is a spin-out of the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a pioneer in evidence-driven course design and learning measurement. It draws upon CMU’s longstanding leadership in cognitive science, human-computer interaction, and software engineering.
Formerly, Eric was Co-Founder and President of Flat World Knowledge, the world’s first commercial openly-licensed higher education textbook publishing company. Prior to starting Flat World Knowledge, Eric held various product development, marketing, and executive roles at Pearson Education and Cengage Learning.
Eric is a frequent speaker at conferences on the topic of innovation in education, and his work has been covered in the New York Times, Wired, US News & World Report, Fast Company, NPR, Time, the Washington Post, and others. Eric serves as an advisor to the Center for Education Technology in Tel-Aviv.
Eric Jensen is a former teacher who grew up in San Diego, California. With a PhD in Human Development, he has synthesized brain research and developed practical applications to solve educational problems.
Jensen is working on solving the dangerous problem of poverty.
He has authored over 28 books including Enriching the Brain, Teaching with Poverty in Mind, Tools for Engagement, Engaging students with Poverty in Mind, Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain and Different Brains, Different Learners.
Jensen is a member of the invitation-only Society for Neuroscience, the President’s Club at Salk Institute of Biological Studies and the New York Academy of Sciences.
He co-founded the first and largest brain-compatible academic enrichment program, now held in 16 countries with over 65,000 graduates.
Today, Jensen’s work can be found at Jensenlearning.com
Eric Schneider is in his fifth year as Assistant Superintendent for Instruction in Minnetonka Public Schools, a highly innovative district with academic achievement that ranks in the nation’s top tier. In addition to its high levels of student achievement, Minnetonka is recognized as a national leader in innovation, using crowdsourcing software to identify new solutions that have the potential to improve the student experience and better prepare graduates for the 21st century economy. Minnetonka has a strong history of implementing innovative programs and uses a proprietary instructional framework through which all innovation must pass to ensure that all initiatives have an instructional focus. Schneider taught high school English in Minneapolis (MN), served as a Director of Curriculum in Osseo (MN), and was the principal of Vintage HS in Napa (CA). Schneider uses the Twitter handle @EduTonka and blogs at http://listenlearnleadaterics.blogspot.com.
Dr. Farouk Dey is the Dean of Career Education and Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Stanford University. He is leading the expansion of career education at Stanford and developing Vision 2020, a reinvented model of career and professional development for college students and alumni. Dr. Dey has held leadership roles at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Florida, the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). His credentials include a PhD in Higher Education Administration, EdS in Higher Education Administration, MBA, MEd in Counseling Psychology, and BBA in Finance. Author of several articles and book chapters, Dr. Dey has served as a keynote speaker at many conferences in the US and around the world.
Freada Kapor Klein, PhD is Partner at the Kapor Center. She is an entrepreneur, activist and leader in the field of organizational culture and diversity. Freada is a pioneer in developing models for revenue and sustainability of non-profits, and is an active advisor and mentor to social entrepreneurs. She is also an advocate for entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds, especially people of color and women.
Dr. Klein was the first Director of Organizational Development, Training and Employee Relations for Lotus Development Corporation. Her consulting firm, Klein Associates, specializes in employee surveys, training, and consulting on all forms of bias, harassment, and discrimination in the workplace. Klein’s client base ranges from Harvard Business School to the World Bank to top tier international professional services firms, and tech start-ups.In 2001 she founded the Level Playing Field Institute, a non-profit which promotes innovative approaches to fairness in higher education and workplaces by removing barriers to full participation; it houses the SMASH (Summer Math and Science Honors) Academy for low income high school students of color. Klein is the author of “Giving Notice: Why the Best and the Brightest Leave the Workplace and How You Can Help Them Stay”.
Fred Singer is an Internet pioneer and entrepreneur whose career and philanthropic activities have spanned a broad range of interests from media, arts, education, science and veteran affairs. Today, he serves as CEO of Echo360, a student engagement platform used by over 3 million students. In addition to his role as CEO of Echo360, Fred also serves as Chairman of Grab Media.
Before Echo360 and Grab Media, Fred was a Senior Advisor to Masayoshi Son, President and CEO of Softbank Corporation in Japan and was also active as a venture partner at Softbank Capital in the US.
Prior to Softbank, Fred held a number of senior roles at AOL including Chief Operating Officer of AOL Studios/Interactive Services, Chief Operating Officer for ICQ (instant messaging) and Senior Vice President of Emerging Products. Prior to AOL, Fred was a founder of the Washington Post Online Service (now WashingtonPost.com) and a Consultant with Bain & Company.
Fred has served on a number of business, charitable and educational boards including DoubleClick, Motley Fool Company, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (International Committee), Queens School of Business, and Upper Canada College. His current board work includes the Langley School and “Warriors to Cyber Warriors” which focuses on helping wounded warriors find meaningful training and careers in cybersecurity.
In August 2013, Dr. Campbell became the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Morehouse College. Dr. Campbell earned his BA in mathematics from Swarthmore College, where he was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and an Academic All-American in wrestling. He went on to graduate school at Rutgers University where he earned his PhD in mathematics, having been awarded a Minority Graduate Fellowship by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Dr. Campbell went on to be a member of Swarthmore’s faculty for more than 15 years. His research has focused on finding elliptic curves with an emphasis on finding curves with specific algebraic properties. Throughout his teaching career, he helped shape programs designed to increase the numbers and success of students underrepresented in the sciences. As a graduate student he served as a teaching assistant in the Professional Development Program targeted for talented African-American, Latino, and Native American math students at the University of California, Berkeley; helped design and administer alternative assessments for a scholarship program at the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME); and mentored students in the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Program for Women in Mathematics, a joint program of Spelman and Bryn Mawr Colleges. In addition, he has taught in summer programs with similar missions at California Institute of Technology and Drexel University.
He held several leadership positions at Swarthmore, including associate dean for academic affairs, acting dean of students, and associate vice president for strategic planning. As associate dean for academic affairs, he facilitated the development of new processes and technology to improve Swarthmore’s ability to collect, manage, and track feedback from faculty, information about the academic performance of students, and other data relevant to student success. As associate vice president for strategic planning, he collaborated with faculty, staff, board members, and students to drive a data-based, values-driven planning process that resulted in a comprehensive 10-year strategic plan.
While at Swarthmore, Campbell was awarded the Lindback Minority Junior Faculty Grant and the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship. He was also awarded the Henry Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). He currently also sits on the faculty at Morehouse as a professor of Mathematics.
Garrett Lord is the Founder and CEO of Handshake, the ultimate career network and recruiting platform for college students and young alumni. Handshake has more than 400,000 students actively looking for jobs, and 55,000 companies (including 80% of the Fortune 100) actively looking for students across 75 schools, including Stanford, Princeton, Cal, Michigan, UVA, Chicago, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Emory, Wake Forest, and Texas. Garrett is an alumnus of Michigan Technological University, which he left in 2014 to work on Handshake full time, and previously worked at Palantir as a Forward Deployed Engineer.
In 2007, Gary Brahm became the founding chancellor of Brandman University and today, oversees a network of 29 campuses, more than 2,500 faculty and staff, 12,000 students and an annual budget in excess of $ 100 million.
Brandman offers bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees. Over the past two years, Brandman has been recognized as a leader in competency-based education and was the fourth institution in the nation that was approved to award direct assessment financial aid.
Prior to his present position, Brahm served as the executive vice president for finance and administration and chief operating officer of Chapman. Prior to joining Chapman, Brahm was the CFO of National University.
He has periodically served as chair of numerous WASC accreditation visiting teams and has served a 3-year term on the Interim Report Committee. He has presented on non-traditional education, online, and competency-based education at the American Council for Higher Education annual meeting, the Association of Governing Boards National Conference on Trusteeship, the Credit Suisse Global Conference, the WASC Academic Resource Conference and many others.
Brahm received a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, Northridge and a master’s in business administration from the University of Southern California.
Gaurav Mehra is a Partner at Kaizen Private Equity, Asia’s only Education focused fund, where he leads the fund’s Education Technology investments. With 25 years in building technology and scaling global product and service operations, Gaurav helps portfolio companies shape defensible growth strategies.
Prior to joining Kaizen, Gaurav co-founded Saba Software, and helped build it into a $150 million public company and a global leader in Talent Management software solutions. He built Saba’s Indian operation from scratch to over 300 employees and led the development of 3 generations of Saba’s industry-leading product suites. As a member of the company’s Executive Council, Gaurav helped shape strategy and drive growth in Asian markets and key verticals. He also holds patents for a number of technologies developed at Saba.
Gaurav holds a BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Gene M. Kerns, Ed. D., is a third-generation educator with teaching experience from elementary through the university level and K-12 administrative experience. He currently serves as Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of Renaissance Learning.
With nearly 20 years of experience of leading staff development and speaking at national and international conferences, his former clients include administrators’ associations across the country, the Ministry of Education of Singapore, and London’s Westminster Education Forum.
Gene received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from Longwood College in Virginia, and also holds a Doctor of Education (Ed .D.) from the University of Delaware with an emphasis in Education Leadership.
His most recent work has been focused on assessment and the new standards in both the US and the UK and his book, inFormative Assessment: When It’s Not About a Grade is published by Corwin Press in both English and Arabic.
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Goldie Blumenstyk is one of the nation’s most respected higher-education journalists. As a reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education since 1988, she has covered a wide range of topics, including distance education, the Internet boom, bust, and boom, state politics, and fund raising. She is nationally known for her expertise on for-profit higher education, college finances, and the commercialization of academic research. She has reported for The Chronicle from China, Israel, Peru and several countries in Europe, and her stories have received numerous awards. Goldie has been a frequent guest on public radio and public-affairs shows and at events, and her work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today. She’s also a co-founder of theChronicle’s new reporting project, “Re:Learning | Mapping the New Education Landscape.” Before joining The Chronicle, she covered government issues and City Hall at The Orlando Sentinel. Her bestselling book, American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know, was published by Oxford University Press, 2015. Goldie has a B.A. (History) from Colgate University, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Gordon Jones is the founding Dean of the College of Innovation and Design (CID) at Boise State University as of June 2015. CID is a diploma granting college tasked with identifying new pathways of learning (from new degrees to co-curricular learning experiences) that yield skills to meet emerging workplace needs for students across public higher education.
Prior to his role at Boise State, Gordon served as the Evans Family Foundation Managing Director of the Harvard Innovation Lab. Hired as the inaugural Director in 2011, Gordon has led the i-lab from launch to maturity with 600 ventures incubated and $250MM raised in professional funding since opening.
Gordon has 20 years of experience in senior roles with startups, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries. He has also served as an Adjunct Lecturer at Bentley University, teaching marketing to MBA and undergraduate students. Organizations with whom he has worked include: American Biophysics (purchased by Woodstream), Universal Pest Solutions, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and The Orme School. He graduated from Brown University (BA) and earned an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Greg Amrofell is co-founder and partner at Intentional Futures, a Seattle-based strategy & design studio founded in 2010. He sets overall direction for the fast-growing company and leads a multi-talented team that does work across the innovation cycle – from defining strategy based on in-depth research, to conceptualizing new products and experiences, to envisioning and expressing how new ideas can transform markets. Greg’s work at Intentional Futures spans sectors undergoing major changes, including technology, K12 education, higher education, global development, and healthcare.
Prior to launching Intentional Futures, Greg was a product manager for Microsoft, a startup marketing strategist in Silicon Valley, and a high school teacher. He holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and a Bachelors in International Affairs from Georgetown. Outside of work, Greg is an avid tennis player, reader and soccer fan who enjoys getting outdoors as often as possible with wife and two kids.
As a former fellow and lecturer at the d.school, Guido Kovalskys has applied the principles of design thinking to deeply understand the needs of teachers and students in the modern classroom. Nearpod, the edtech start up he co-founded in 2012, is a result of hundreds of hours of classroom observation, and countless prototypes.
Prior to Nearpod, Guido co-founded Bionexo, a leading healthcare marketplace where hospitals and other health-care institutions purchase services and supplies. The company, now backed by private equity firm Insight Venture Partners, started in Brazil and operates in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Spain.
Guido received his undergraduate degree from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and his MBA from the University of California (Berkeley). He went on to work for McKinsey & Company in San Francisco before launching his entrepreneurial career, during which he has launched 4 companies. Guido and his wife Priscila live in Menlo Park with their two kids, Vini and Olivia.
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Hailly T.N. Korman is a principal at Bellwether Education Partners on the Policy and Thought Leadership team. She joined the organization in January 2016 and focuses on correctional education, justice-involved youth, and school discipline. Hailly supports justice agencies and their education partners as they work to craft practices that significantly improve outcomes for justice-involved students and advocates for systemic reforms that mitigate the institutional obstacles to providing high-quality education services to youth in secure schools.
Prior to joining Bellwether, Hailly was director of special projects at the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings, where she provided direct support to an emerging cohort of reform-minded education and youth justice system leaders across the country. Previous to that, she was an attorney at Morrison & Foerster LLP, where she served as pro bono counsel in Reed v. State of California, representing student plaintiffs at underperforming Los Angeles public schools challenging the constitutionality of strict reverse-seniority layoffs. In 2010, she received both Public Counsel’s Impact Litigation Award and the ACLU’s Social Justice Award for her work on that case. Before law school, Hailly spent nine years teaching primary grades; she has also taught an undergraduate seminar at UCLA on education policy and politics and a “know your rights” course at a local alternative high school.
Hailly is a graduate of Brandeis University with a major in Politics and minors in Legal Studies and Education. She also holds a JD from UCLA School of Law, where she was a member of the Public Interest and Critical Race Studies programs and the Collegium of University Teaching Fellows. She is also an Education Pioneers (LA ’08) and Teach for America (LA ’02) alumna.
Prior to joining TEC, Hal was the Chief Information Officer at The New York City Department of Education, America’s largest school district, encompassing over 1 million students, more than 100,000 employees, 1,800 schools and a $25 billion budget. Under Hal, the IT division of NYC DOE (DIIT) operated a municipal optical network that supported nearly a million devices in schools, and built and supported over 200 software applications designed for student information, safety and human resource systems, among other uses. While CIO, Hal worked with a network of fellow CIOs around the country who were battling a complex and unpredictable process of selecting and buying technology for their schools, a problem that often resulted in students and teachers failing to benefit from the devices and software purchased for their classrooms. He co-founded TEC to help solve that problem.
Hans VanDerSchaaf, Senior Project Manager at Portland State University, helps lead efforts to build and use technology-supported innovations that transform the student experience and improve attainment by applying project management, design thinking and service design. In this role he also leads the co-creation and implementation of a project management framework for academic innovation and student success units, which is somewhat unique in higher education. The precursor to his current work was playing a key role as Senior Project Manager in Portland State University’s Provost’s Challenge, a $3M portfolio of 24 faculty-staff projects that engaged more than 150 formal collaborators to accelerate online learning and the use of innovative technology in educational delivery and to improve student success and graduation. The selected projects achieved their goals on time and under budget. They emerged from 162 ideas that were proposed by more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students.
He feels fortunate to work with others to unleash the power of human-centered design, and is continually inspired by the innovations and engagement it helps create.
Hardeep is an experienced executive with 18 plus years of experience in successful software businesses and is passionate about education. Hardeep brings proven experience leading companies through periods of growth, and will architect the next phase of PowerSchool’s growth plan to have an even greater impact on K-12 education.
Hardeep was CEO of SumTotal Systems, where he led the company’s ground-breaking innovation of its next generation Talent Expansion platform which enables continuous and contextual learning for employees to improve talent engagement, productivity and business results. He led SumTotal to be the #1 market leader in Enterprise Learning systems and record-breaking growth in cloud. SumTotal provided Talent expansion solutions to 43 million users with many small midsize business and half of Fortune 500 companies. After the Skillsoft acquisition of SumTotal, Hardeep was General Manager of the SumTotal business unit advancing the Talent Expansion vision by bringing together the most robust platform with Skillsoft’s 60,000 learning content and books.
Hardeep joined SumTotal from Oracle where he provided years of leadership in product and strategy across a variety of enterprise application areas. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Product Strategy for Oracle Corp. for Product Lifecycle Management and Master Data Management, where he played a key management role in bringing these product lines from concept to market leadership with organic and acquisition strategies, including a key acquisition of Agile Software Corp, a public company.
Prior to Oracle, Hardeep was Vice President of Products at SpinCircuit, an information exchange enterprise software company founded by Cadence, HP, Flextronics, and Avnet. He was also founder and CTO at eBizAutomation, an enterprise integration company that was acquired by SpinCircuit. Early in his career, Hardeep held senior consulting positions at Lucent Technologies and Dun & Bradstreet.
Hardeep loves to spend time with family – traveling, biking, playing golf, and chess with his kids. He loves to coach-mentor his son’s Lego robotics team and be a guinea pig for chess tactics practice for his other son who is a nationally ranked scholastic chess player.
Recognized as an online edupreneur and visionary e-learning innovator in a career spanning more than 13 years, Harman Singh is the Founder and CEO of WizIQ, the most comprehensive cloud-based education platform in the world. With WizIQ, Harman has successfully leveraged technology to replicate the classroom experience online making it more accessible, for both students and teachers. He spearheads both strategic and tactical direction, and contributes significantly towards developing WizIQ’s vision and business strategy.
Harman has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University, located in Raleigh, N.C., USA. He was one of the co-founders of AuthorGEN, the company which evolved into WizIQ.
Singh is recognized for his expertise in conceptualizing, planning and developing specialized solutions for the online learning industry. His leadership and determination has enabled WizIQ to consistently excel at developing and implementing solutions that create value for working professionals, instructors and corporations. Under his able leadership, the company has received multiple leading awards for its innovative solution, including the Global e-Learning Awards 2012 for the ‘Best Virtual Classroom Provider’ from the World Education Congress (WEC). His visionary entrepreneurial approach and its innovative implementation also won him the LMA-Trident Award for “Best Young and Innovative Entrepreneur of 2011”.
Heather Y. Anichini is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Chicago Public Education Fund. The Chicago Public Education Fund is a nonprofit venture philanthropy organization dedicated to growing the number of world-class public schools in Chicago. The organization raises and invests “funds” in four-year cycles, setting goals for the impact of the investment strategy and measuring outcomes for the students served. In 2013, The Fund launched their fourth fund, dedicated to doubling the number of high-performing principals in Chicago, and to growing the number of sustainable, high-performing school models in the City. Some of The Fund’s signature programs and investments include the Summer Design Program, The Chicago Principals Fellowship and Breakthrough Schools: Chicago.
Heather oversees all aspects of Fund programs and operations. She is responsible for fostering The Fund’s existing partnerships with stakeholders, including investors, Chicago Public Schools and City Hall. Heather came to The Fund from Teach For America, where she served as vice president for Career Leadership Initiatives for six years. Heather began her education career working on Chicago’s West Side and also worked in CPS’ Office of Planning and Development during the Arne Duncan administration. She holds several advanced degrees, including a master’s degree in Public Service from DePaul University and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University.
Helayne Jones joined the foundation in April 2015 as a Sr. Program Officer developing and implementing the Innovation & Personalized Learning strategy. Prior to joining the foundation, Jones was the President & CEO of the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), formerly known as the Colorado Legacy Foundation. As the leader of CEI, a dynamic, growing organization, Jones drew on 15 years of expertise gained as an education consultant, her experience as a college professor, and her previous work as a marketing executive. Her consulting experience includes work with, for profit & not for profit education firms, school districts and education foundations in Colorado and throughout the country to focus on systems change resulting in improved student outcomes for all students. She also has extensive experience with private-sector and nonprofit organizations to facilitate strategic planning, board communications, and managing the impact of change.
Helayne received her doctoral degree in educational administration from the Columbia University Teachers College with an emphasis on school reform. She received a master’s in English from the University of Massachusetts and a bachelor’s, honors college, from the University of Michigan.
Himanshu Aggarwal is the CEO of Aspiring Minds, he co-founded in 2008. Aspiring Minds is a global job skills credentialing leader set up with a vision to create a merit driven talent ecosystem and enable efficient job skills matching by crafting credible and intelligent assessments. The flagship product AMCAT, is the world’s most widely-taken employability test helping over 3 million candidates find the ‘right’ jobs every year. Backed by state–of–the-art, research, big data and machine learning algorithms – it allows adaptive, standardized and reliable measurement of generic employability skills (language, cognitive, behavior) and a wide range of functional skills using simulated assessments. With its extensive job-skill taxonomy mapping 900+ job roles, big data around jobs and capabilities, Aspiring Minds enables individual and corporations make the right talent decisions. Aspiring Minds enables job seekers to evaluate their job skills, earn industry recognized credentials and find appropriate career and learning opportunities. We also help companies dramatically improve their quality and efficiency of hiring and are today associated with more than 3000 corporations with more than 100 fortune 500 companies. Aspiring Minds is a 500+ people strong organization with operations in US, China, India, Middle East, Philippines and Sub-Saharan Africa. For more information, log on to www.aspiringminds.com or www.myamcat.com
Prior to Aspiring Minds, Himanshu was part of the research and development team at Network Appliance Inc., a leader in network attached storage devices. Based out of Boston and Research Triangle Park, NC, Himanshu helped design the next generation of intelligent, large-scale storage technology. He holds 8 US patents from his work at Network Appliances.
Himanshu holds a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the renowned Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. He is a recipient of the prestigious NTSE scholarship, a National level scholarship program organized by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) administered by the Indian government.
Ian Fordham is the CEO of Edtech UK, a new strategic body set up to accelerate the growth of the UK’s education and learning technology sector in Britain and globally. He is also Co-founder of The Education Foundation, the UK’s first cross sector education think tank and Director of the Edtech Incubator, Europe’s first edtech accelerator programme. Ian is recognised as one of the Europe’s leading education innovators and education technology thought leaders and has 20 years experience in the education, technology and policy world. Recent work includes major collaborations in Europe & the USA with Facebook, IBM, Samsung and Skype, running the first Education Reform Summits in Britain and co-founding the Global Edtech Startup Awards. He was previously Deputy Director of the British Council for School Environments; Head of Policy for ContinYou, the UK’s not for profit for Full Service Schooling; and Training Manager for Education Extra, the UK’s not for profit for out of school hours time.
Imad Ghandour is the Co-founder & Managing Director of CedarBridge, an investment company focused on high growth opportunities in education, healthcare and retail in MENA.
Imad has more than 10 years experience in private equity and investments throughout the MENA and China with particular focus on education and healthcare. He is currently a director in the board of Kids First Group, the region’s largest chain of nurseries; SAE Arabia, a specialized college in UAE; AlShams Laboratories, one of the largest diagnostic chains in MENA; and Sisters Beauty Lounge, the largest chain of beauty salons in UAE. He had also served as a director in the board of CIRA, the largest chain of schools in Egypt; Maarif Education, the largest educational group in Saudi Arabia; TechnoScan, the largest chain of radiology centers in Middle East; and Advanced Laboratory Services, the largest reference lab in Saudi Arabia.
Imad is also a co-founder of the MENA Private Equity Association, and was awarded by Private Equity World the prestigious Private Equity MENA Merit Award for 2011.
Inessa Rifkin immigrated to the US in 1988. As she and many of her immigrant friends quickly thrived in demanding technical careers, Inessa came to understand the unique value of the rigorous mathematics education that they had received in Russia.
When she realized the gap between her education and the education of her children, she made a life-changing choice to focus on finding a way to close this gap. RSM was founded in 1997 when she partnered with friend and educator Irina Khavinson in an attempt to translate their own experiences with specialized Russian math programs into a school that offered the same opportunity to American children.
As an active member of the global international education community, Jack is now the CEO of Lanxum Education.
Lanxum is a leading public company specialized in education and information security in China traded under 300010 on the China Shenzhen Stock Exchange with market cap at more than 3.5 billion USD.
In his current positon, Jack makes and executes the overall education strategy of Lanxum leading to the building and development of Lanxum international education ecosystem. As such, Lanxum has ambitious international M&A program with US as the primary market.
Prior to Lanxum, Jack served as the President of China for Chegg, the leading connected student hub in USA and the GM of the Language Testing Division of Pearson in APAC.
Jack graduates from HEC Paris with MBA and Edinburgh Napier University with MSc, both with Distinction. Jack also has BSc degree from Harbin Institute of Technology in China.
Dr. Jacqueline Hill currently serves as the Associate Provost of Academic Affairs for Miami Dade College. In this role, she provides leadership and administrative oversight of academic programs and strategic initiatives for academic partnerships, access, success, and quality. She is often described as a strategic facilitator for innovations. Dr. Hill has been in academic leadership since 1990 serving in various leadership roles in higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Administration, Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, and a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Leadership from Vanderbilt University.
She has extensive experience in program development and assessments of various undergraduate and graduate programs. In order to support faculty productivity and innovations, Dr. Hill has served as a mentor for service learning projects and conducted numerous professional development opportunities spanning from primary education to post-graduate education. She has over 15 years of collegiate level teaching experience with graduate and undergraduate courses in biological sciences, curriculum, educational leadership and organizational policy development. She has served as a research mentor and facilitated research projects resulting in organizational and academic restructuring. Her research interests are student engagement impact on progression and the analysis of leadership experiences among diverse populations.
Jacqueline designs and launches university-wide initiatives that support Arizona State University’s charter and design aspirations. Jacqueline developed and now oversees over $40 million in grant-funded projects related to leadership development, student success, workforce innovation and online learning communities. She also cultivates early-career higher education professionals through an award-winning university innovation fellowship program. Outside of ASU, Jacqueline serves on the Tempe Youth Leadership committee (provides teens monthly opportunities to learn about and serve the community) and the Manifesto Project board (engages early career professionals with one-year apprenticeship opportunities on local boards to build social cohesion and retain talent in Arizona). She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics and law degree from Georgetown University.
Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of fostering inquiry-driven project-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with educational organizations and leaders building innovation and iteration into our education practices. He speaks on the subject of technology, education, and innovation at events around the world.
In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on a number of Boards, including the Arizona Science Foundation and Inquire Schools. He serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on education, technology, and equity. Jaime is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership.
Jake Schwartz is CEO of General Assembly, which is pioneering a new kind of education for a global community of entrepreneurs and professionals. Under his leadership, General Assembly has scaled to fourteen cities and has helped more than 240,000 students create opportunities and pursue work they love through educational programming in technology, business and design. Jake has guided the strategic direction and growth of the company, which offers full-time immersive programs, part-time courses, classes, workshops and online educational programming on the most relevant skills of the 21st century economy, including web development, user experience design, product management, digital marketing and data science.
Innovate+Educate is an industry-led nonprofit implementing research-based strategies to close the national skills gap and bridge the opportunity divide. In 2009, Blivin approached Intel, Lockheed Martin and other leading companies to form the organization, believing that industry alignment for STEM and workforce development was critical to solve the issues the U.S. faces to develop an innovation economy. Since that time, Innovate+Educate has become a leading voice across States for industry alignment to advance education to employment.
Jamai has consulted and worked extensively with State programs, IT Companies, Higher Ed Institutions, and K-12 Systems to promote education to workforce strategies. Blivin spent 17 years in the investment banking field before retiring to pursue her passion for education and industry partnerships. After teaching middle school in Little Rock, Arkansas and Durham, North Carolina (2000-2005) Blivin assumed the position as Education Foundation Director at the North Carolina Technology Association in Raleigh, NC and led the education efforts statewide to advance STEM education with industry partners. She returned to the Southwest in 2008 and launched Innovate+Educate in January 2009.
Jamai is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and educational conferences sharing her passion and vision for education to employment, with a focus on underserved young adults. In 2010, Innovate+ Educate was nominated for and received the New Mexico Business Weekly’s “Small Business Heavyweights” award for their success in developing the first public-private partnership in New Mexico to advance STEM and workforce (the NM STEM Network). In 2011, Blivin was named Top CEO by New Mexico Business Weekly for the nonprofit category.
Jamai holds a BSBA and MBA in Finance from the University of Arkansas. She and her husband have seven children, with two remaining at home. The others are figuring out their own pathway from education to employment.
Jamai and her husband live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her favorite past times are Razorback sports, yoga and working with youth.
James Pitman is Managing Director for Study Group’s Higher Education Division (Bellerbys College and International Study Centres), throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, including the company’s on-line business for this region. This encompasses partnerships with over 20 universities, 12 of which rank in the top 200 in the world.
Prior to joining Study Group in February 2007, James was Managing Director of the EMEA businesses of Rosetta Stone, a market leading, global e-learning software provider.
During the 1990s, James held a variety of senior international roles, including those of Vice President of International Marketing and Vice President of Operations and Business Development with Warner Music International and EMI Music. This followed eight years in international education publishing.
James has a BA(Hons) and MA from the University of Cambridge in Natural Sciences and a MBA from IMD in Switzerland and he is a trustee of the Australian Music Foundation.
As Global Chief Marketing Officer, Jamie Gutfreund leads Wunderman’s global marketing and communications initiatives. Partnering with Wunderman’s leadership team, Jamie is responsible for building innovative programs to drive global awareness of Wunderman’s unique blend of data and creativity.
Over the span of 20 years, Jamie has served as a dynamic and motivating business catalyst. Most recently, she was chief marketing officer for Deep Focus, where she managed the marketing and communications efforts for the agency. She was also responsible for the on-going development and expansion of the Cassandra Report, the leading syndicated research study of young consumers.
A frequent public speaker, Jamie’s commentary on youth culture and millennial marketing strategies can be found in such publications as AdWeek, CNBC, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal. She has also been a featured speaker at conferences including the Milken Institute Global conference, The Future of Story Telling and the Berggruen Institute Global conference.
An early pioneer in digital content and commerce, Jamie has a breadth of experience identifying opportunities and building partnerships between brands and technology companies. She has worked for Microsoft, Expedia and Prodigy, developing original content and business strategies for clients, brands and entertainment companies. Jamie has also served as a business development executive focused on international marketing for Saatchi & Saatchi in London, where she led campaigns for Lufthansa, Procter & Gamble Europe and the Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
Jasmine Johnson is currently involved with Roadtrip Nation, a company designed to help students find themselves through selfexploratory road trips. Jasmine first became involved with RN three years ago as one of four FirstGeneration college students featured in the documentary “Why Not Us?”. Following the publication of the documentary “Why Not Us?”., Jasmine has traveled the country with Roadtrip Nation presenting the struggles of firstgeneration college students, helping rural and firstgen students stay in college, and closing the gap between education and technology. She has spoken at several College Board conferences across the country as well as the First Lady’s Beat the Odds Summit 2015 at the White House.
Currently, Jasmine is in the process of founding FreeIIBe____, a rehabilitative assistance network for current juvenile justice students to become Free To Be whomever they desire by connecting them to the proper resources and support services.
Jasmine is currently a senior at the University of South Carolina Columbia. She is completing her bachelor’s degree in Middle Level Education: Science and Social Studies concentration. She will begin her Master’s degree in the summer at Liberty University in Educational Technology and Online Instruction. Jasmine is also a South Carolina Teaching Fellow, serving as a Teaching Fellows Advisory board member for the past three years. She will begin her teaching career in the fall at Northwest Middle School in Traveler’s Rest, SC.
Jason Palmer, Deputy Director, Postsecondary Success leads the foundation’s efforts in online and blended learning solutions, digital courseware, student coaching and advising, competency-based learning, seamless credit transfer, and employer pathways.
Prior to the foundation in 2013, Jason founded and grew three investor-backed technology and services companies before holding a series of executive positions at Microsoft, SchoolNet, Kaplan, and StraighterLine. At Microsoft Education, Jason was responsible for developing and launching the world’s first learning management system for tablet-based education. At SchoolNet, Jason was responsible for helping the fast growing startup establish partnerships with Scantron, The Princeton Review, Kaplan and ETS. At Kaplan, Jason led three education businesses as general manager or president, in addition to leading the company’s venture capital effort and serving as a board member to startups like Moodlerooms and iProf India. Jason was also one of the first employees at StraighterLine, serving as its first chief product officer, as well as an entrepreneur-in-residence at New Markets Venture Partners, a leading education-focused VC.
Jason holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and also serves on the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education Foundation Board.
Jason A. Tyszko is executive director of education and workforce policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation where he advances policies and programs that preserve America’s competitiveness and enhance the career readiness of youth and adult learners.
Tyszko’s prior experience focused on coordinating interagency education, workforce, and economic development initiatives, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. In 2009, he served as a policy adviser to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration where he led the launch of Illinois Pathways, the state’s signature STEM education initiative. In addition, Tyszko was deputy chief of staff and senior policy adviser to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Tyszko received his Master of Arts from the University of Chicago and his Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University. He is a certified teacher in Illinois.
Javier Guzman has served youth for the last twenty years in multiple capacities, including: middle and high school teacher, literacy coordinator, assistant principal, founding principal of a Big Picture Learning school in Brooklyn, New York, principal of New Village Girls Academy in Los Angeles (also a Big Picture Learning school), and now as Regional Director for Network Support and Innovation. Currently, he works with districts across the southwest to help transform learning and schools into places that honor and value students’ interests and passions in real and meaningful ways. Javier has a specific interest in alternative education programs, which are rife with inequity. He believes there is a unique and urgent need to innovate there and is focused on building a consortium of alternative education school leaders who have the courage and the vision to improve learning for our most marginalized students.
Javier lives in Los Angeles with his partner, Lennon Parham, daughter Saraya, and Nina, their cat. He also loves trail running and climbing stairs.
Jeff Fernandez is passionate about empowering people to do their best work. As the Cofounder and CEO of Grovo, he’s reinventing employee learning for the enterprise and building an award-winning company culture in the process.
Under Jeff’s leadership, Grovo has delivered 5 million learning moments at organizations across 190 countries. The fast-growing SaaS was recently named “The Best Place to Work in NY Tech” by Internet Week and one of “30 Upstarts Changing the World” by CNN Money.
Prior to Grovo, Jeff served as product manager at Clickable (acquired by Syncapse), a web service that brings simplicity to online advertising. Previously, he led business development and sales for Doostang (acquired by Universum Global), an online career networking community.
Originally from Dumont, N.J., Jeff graduated with highest honors from Harvard College, where he penned his thesis on maximizing human performance. He has spoken at events including TEDx, SXSW, Internet Week, The Next Web Conference, and TechWeek, and has contributed to Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, and more. Jeff currently lives in New York City with his wife Cori.
Jeff Hobbs attended Yale University, where he won awards for his writing and his running. He graduated in 2002 with a BA in English language & literature and spent the next three years living in Tanzania and New York City while working for the African Rainforest Conservancy. His first novel, The Tourists, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2007 and was a national bestseller. His first work of nonfiction, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, was published by Scribner in 2014 and was a New York Times bestseller, a notable book of the year by the New York Times, Washington Post, Amazon, Apple, and NPR, winner of the LA Times book award for current interest, finalist for the Pen Award in biography, and runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children, where he is working on his second nonfiction book about primary education while also traveling the country speaking to high school and college students.
After teaching high school English for 8 years and grading 15,000 papers, Jeff created NoRedInk to help his students improve their grammar and writing skills. A National Board Certified Teacher, former debate director, and speaker on education innovation, he is intent on improving the feedback loop in classrooms and empowering students to become skilled, creative, and confident writers. He holds an MA in Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a BA from Oberlin College.
Jeffrey J. Selingo has written about higher education for two decades. He is author of three books and a regular contributor to the Washington Post. His newest book, There Is Life After College (HarperCollins, 2016), explores how today’s young adults need to navigate school in order to succeed in the job market of tomorrow. His first book, College (Un)Bound, was a New York Times best-selling education book.
Jeff is the former editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Slate, and he has appeared on ABC, CNN, PBS, and NPR. He is a special advisor and professor of practice at Arizona State University.
Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in government from the Johns Hopkins University. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Medbery, founder and CEO of Kickboard, drives the company’s vision, strategy, and growth. Jen is a software developer who spent three years as a high school math teacher. After receiving her degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, Jen joined Teach For America and then became a Founding Teacher at one of New Orleans’ highest-performing open-enrollment high schools. She has been featured as a Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc. 30 Under 30, and White House Champion of Change honoree.
Kickboard was developed out of Jen’s first-hand experience in the classroom to solve an age-old problem: schools are not well-equipped to address kids’ emotional well-being. The SaaS platform enables parents and educators to communicate about kids’ emotional well being and how it manifests in the classroom (student behavior) in order to intervene faster and foster a positive learning environment.
Prior to founding Andela, Jeremy co-founded 2U, one of the fastest growing education technology startups in history. 2U went public in 2014 (NASDAQ:TWOU) and continues to transform higher education by delivering the world’s best online degree programs with top tier universities.
Jeremy is recognized broadly for his work as an education innovator. He has spoken on education and entrepreneurship at meetings hosted by the White House and Congress. His speaking appearances include conferences and college campuses around the world as well as media outlets like NBC, ABC, FOX, and CNBC. Jeremy was named “30 Under 30” by Inc. Magazine in 2012 and Forbes in 2013 and 2014.
Outside of Andela, Jeremy serves on the board of the Young Entrepreneur Council and the education non-profit PENCIL and co-authored a book for the World Economic Forum: ‘Education & Skills 2.0: New Targets & Innovative Approaches’.
Jessica is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur, a New York Times best selling author and the co-founder and COO of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). ). SHOFCO combats extreme poverty and gender inequality by linking schools for girls to a set of high-value, holistic community services for all. Jessica is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and New York Times best selling author. Upon first meeting Kennedy Odede in 2007 when working with SHOFCO in Kibera as a study abroad student, she became one of the first outsiders to live inside the slum and was deeply moved by the struggles facing the Kibera community. During Kenya’s 2007 post-election crisis, Jessica urged Kennedy to apply to U.S. universities. When Kennedy joined Jessica at Wesleyan University, fulfilling his own dreams of an education, they co-founded Shining Hope for Communities in 2009. That year, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors in African-American Studies. She won the 2010 Do Something Award and was named “America’s top-world changer 25 and under” live on VH1. Jessica also received the prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship. Jessica and her husband, Kennedy, recently released their New York Times best-selling memoir, titled Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in An African Slum.
Jessie Woolley-Wilson is chair, CEO & president of DreamBox Learning®, Inc., the company that pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ and is heralded as a “game changer” in the Ed-Tech sector by nationally renowned academic and technology experts. Throughout her life and career, Jessie Woolley-Wilson has been driven by a singular belief that all children need and deserve high-quality learning opportunities, regardless of who they are or where they live. Woolley-Wilson has nearly two decades of experience in K12 e-learning and has held several leadership roles in prominent education companies. Before joining DreamBox Learning, she was President of Blackboard’s K12 Group where she led the company’s growth for the virtual and blended online learning market. Prior to Blackboard, she was President of LeapFrog SchoolHouse where she established SchoolHouse as a leader in Ed-Tech and one of the fastest growing educational software producers in the U.S. Woolley-Wilson also held leadership positions at collegeboard.com, the interactive division of the College Board, and at Kaplan, the leading test preparation company in the U.S.
Jessie supports the broader K12 industry by serving on the boards of several educational organizations including the International Association for K12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Camelot, Woodrow Wilson Foundation and Islandwood. Jessie has been a featured speaker at international events including TEDx Rainier, SXSWedu, and DENT. She was awarded the 2015 Executive Excellence Award in the CEO of the Year category by Seattle Business magazine; she was also on the Forbes “Impact 15” list for being a disruptor of education, and was honored as a “Woman of Influence” by Puget Sound Business Journal for making an impact in the Ed-Tech industry.
Woolley-Wilson has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in English from the University of Virginia. She is a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow and moderator of the Aspen Institute.
Jim Deters has spent the last 14 years starting, building, and investing in companies on the leading edge of technology and social enterprise. Jim’s most recent exit was Ascendant Technology, a $100MM global systems integrator widely regarded as one of IBM’s best digital innovators. Ascendant was acquired by Avnet in April 2012.
Jim dedicates his life to disrupting traditional business practices and believes in creating opportunities for others through entrepreneurship and education. His most recent endeavor, Galvanize, harnesses his passion for tech, community and education. Jim has witnessed and embraced what he calls the current “entrepreneurial renaissance,” recognizing tech-savvy and resourceful millennials are the catalysts for social and economic development.
As CEO and co-founder of Galvanize, Jim aims to bring communities together across the US to provide entrepreneurs and learners with life- changing opportunities for growth. Founded in 2012, Galvanize now provides industry-aligned education on campuses in Denver, San Francisco, Boulder, and Seattle, with Austin slated to open in early 2016.
Jim is a Principal Product Manager at Microsoft in the education product team. In this role, Jim drives the formation and execution of Microsoft’s education product and services roadmap and most importantly, he listens hard to educator and student feedback. Jim participates on a number of education technology boards where he advises school leaders on topics such as digital transformation, the user of open educational content, and personalized learning.
Jim McCorkell is CEO and Founder of College Possible, a nonprofit organization dedicated to coaching low-income students to-and-through college. Known for an innovative approach that brings together hard-working students and idealistic AmeriCorps coaches, College Possible earns the best results in the country and is growing to serve students in 10 cities by 2020. McCorkell leads the organization’s programmatic, strategic, philanthropic and policy direction.
McCorkell’s own experiences as a first-generation college graduate motivated him to start College Possible after earning a Master’s of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. His commitment to a future in which America’s children go as far as their talent, motivation and effort can take them has been rewarded; McCorkell has received an Ashoka Fellowship, he is the recipient of the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Alumni Achievement Award, and was recognized by President Obama at a convening of nonprofit innovators at the White House. Prior to launching College Possible, McCorkell worked for City Year, a national nonprofit service and youth development organization and served as deputy finance director for U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone’s 1996 reelection campaign.
McCorkell lives in St. Paul with his wife, Dr. Christine Greenhow, their son Jack and their dog, Milly.
Jim Meyerle is currently Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Founders Factory – a venture fund and incubator backed by leading global corporations, including Macmillan and Guardian Media. The Factory provides early stage capital, access to senior teams at leading corporations, as well as an internal team of dedicated operators to support early product development and launch. Closely affiliated with the Founders Forum and its global network of entrepreneurs and corporate leaders, the Factory has introduced a new model for innovation – combining together the best of traditional accelerators, incubators and early stage venture funds.
Prior to the Factory, Jim was Co-Founder of Evolv, ranked by Fast Company as a Top 10 Innovator in Big Data, and backed by top tier Bay Area venture funds, including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, GGV, Vantage Point and Silicon Valley Bank. Evolv’s software as a service platform enabled global corporations to derive meaningful insight into the core drivers of workforce performance. Evolv empowered organizations to use predictive analytics and machine learning to hire, organize and manage their teams, realizing in the process quantifiable improvements in customer satisfaction, retention, sales performance, NPS and hiring productivity. Evolv’s customers included Xerox, IBM, Amazon, Ebay, AT&T – 20% of the Fortune 100 in total. Evolv was also a regular feature in national press. Evolv was acquired by Cornerstone (CSOD) in November 2014.
Prior to Evolv, Jim was Co-Founder of a private equity search fund, investing in the hospital revenue cycle. They acquired several technology-enabled services business, reorganized these under a single common technology platform to service some of the largest US hospital systems and then exited the aggregate business.
Jim also advises several early stage technology companies in the Bay Area and London, has held positions in strategy consulting and structured finance, and was most recently interim VP Marketing at Support.com (SPRT).
Jim is also a proud supporter of the University of Virginia where he was an Echols Scholar and Saint Andrews University, Scotland where he was a recipient of the Saint Andrews Fellowship. Originally from Boulder, Colorado and most recently from San Francisco, Jim is located in London.
James “Jim” Shelton is currently the President and Chief Impact Officer of 2U, Inc. In this role, Jim is responsible for managing programs 2U operates with its partner universities. He also oversees university partner program implementation, research and university relations along with internal efforts to ensure the organization continues to deliver exceptional quality and innovative solutions as it achieves the next level of scale.
Prior to 2U, Jim served the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Education. In this role, Jim led a range of management, policy, and program functions in support of educational access and excellence for America’s children, especially those least advantaged.
Jim has focused most of his career on accelerating and scaling innovation, most recently in the public and social sectors. While in government, he served as the Executive Director of the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative; and served on and led multiple interagency efforts focused on poverty reduction, economic development, entrepreneurship, and increased opportunity including the National Science and Technology Council. From these roles, he implemented new approaches to using technology, data, evidence, public-private partnership and collective action to increase impact in numerous policies and programs including the Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), Promise Neighborhoods, ConnectED and others focused on everything from early learning to learning technology-enabled accelerated job training.
Jim began his career developing computer systems; and later served as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company advising CEOs and other for-profit and non-profit executives. After McKinsey, Jim joined Knowledge Universe, Inc., where he invested in and operated a range of education related businesses until he co-founded LearnNow, a company dedicated to providing high quality schools – “community academies” – in low-income communities.
Jim was also a partner at NewSchools Venture Fund and then the program director for education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he managed a $2-3 billion portfolio of non-profit investments targeting increased high school and college graduation rates (e.g. Small Schools of Choice ). He has chaired numerous non-profit boards and led domestic and international social sector initiatives ranging from economic development to voter education in emerging democracies.
Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Morehouse College as well as master’s degrees in both business administration and education from Stanford GSB and GSE.
He currently resides in his hometown, Washington, D.C., with his wife Sonia and their two sons.
A native of Israel, Joanna Schneier, CEO of Cognotion, Inc. has been developing cutting-edge Educational technology products since 1999. With her Cognotion colleagues, she built the two leading digital language products delivered via the Internet in the US foreign language K-12 market. She has also developed learning applications for governmental and corporate environments that were validated by third party efficacy trials as highly impactful.
Prior to Cognotion, Ms. Schneier built an internationally recognized, full-fledged end-to-end business strategy and marketing consultancy, Third Space Creative, which has served large corporations, governments, the world’s largest publishers and leading universities. She has also served as a consultant for distinguished nonprofits in the field of human trafficking, including USAID.
Ms. Schneier is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, a graduate of Techstars and Cognotion recently won 1776 New York.
As Senior Vice President for University Partnerships at Revature, Joe works with universities to help prepare graduates for successful careers in the IT sector. Students from more than 600 universities have already been hired through Revature’s program, and 1,000 more students are currently engaged in Revature training programs at no cost to student or their universities. Prior to joining Revature, Joe spent more than 15 years working with top tier universities across North America and Europe to successfully scale their online operations, including as Executive Director at Pearson Online Learning Services where he led the development of several of Pearson’s largest university partnerships. Joe is passionate about working with universities to provide affordable and accessible education to help ensure students can improve their lives and realize their career goals.
Joe Wiseman has been an educator for over 15 years. Throughout his career he has been dedicated to working in urban schools and improving outcomes for underserved students. Joe is currently the Principal of the Monarch School in San Diego California within Juvenile Court and Community Schools. Monarch serves students in grades K-12 impacted by homelessness. In his 3 years at Monarch, his leadership has played an instrumental role in transforming the organizational framework of this unique school resulting in improved outcomes for students.
Joe was a member of the administrative team tasked with re-opening Lincoln High School and was the lead administrator for one of the campuses four small schools. He also has experience as a lead teacher, a special education administrator, and as a vice principal. Joe has taught in university teacher preparation programs and has served as an educational consultant for varying districts.
Joe’s mantra is “Students first, every day.” His core belief is that all students can learn, achieve and succeed.
Joe is a husband and the father of two boys. He is a graduate of the Education Leadership Development Academy at the University of San Diego where he earned his Administrative Credential. He earned a Masters Degree in Education at California State University San Marcos where he also earned a special education and multiple subject credential. Joe holds an undergraduate degree in Linguistics from San Diego State University.
Johan is a co-founder and CEO of Kahoot!, now one of the world’s fastest growing learning brands, used by millions each day in over 180 countries.
Prior to Kahoot! he was a founding partner at We Are Human, a co-creative company that helped global brands build longterm value through behavioural design, storytelling and inclusive technology.
He is currently an advisor to the innovative shared working space The Trampery in London and Oslo Business Region, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and speaks regularly about the future of learning and entrepreneurship at events including SXSW, OECD, NOAH, Design Week, UCL and UiO.
In 2015 Johan was awarded Founder of the Year at the Norwegian Nordic Startup Awards, and named on of the 100 most influential leaders in EdTech.
John Campbell serves as Chief Executive Officer of Cambium Learning Group. Mr. Campbell served as President of Cambium Learning Technologies from December 2009 until March 2013, and COO of Voyager from January 2007 through December 2009. He joined ProQuest in January of 2004, which sold off its library business and changed its name to Voyager in January of 2007. Before joining Cambium Learning Group, Mr. Campbell served as Chief Operating Officer and business unit head of a research-based reading company (Breakthrough to Literacy) within McGraw-Hill. Prior to joining Breakthrough/McGraw-Hill, he served as Director of Technology for Tribune Education. Additionally, Mr. Campbell has experience as General Manager of a software start-up (Insight Industries Inc.) and as Director of Applications and Technical Support for a hardware manufacturer (Commodore International). John has also served on the Education Board for the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA).
As Apple’s vice president of Education, John Couch has been responsible for driving Apple’s renewed success in the education market. He has over forty years experience as a computer scientist, executive and advocate for technology in education. During his current tenure at Apple, John has grown Apple’s education business to 9 billion dollars.
Directly prior to his current position at Apple, Couch was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DoubleTwist Inc, a leading provider of genomic information and bioinformatic analysis technologies which made headlines by provide a comprehensive annotation of the human genome. The year before joining DoubleTwist, he was Executive in Residence for Mayfield Fund, a Venture Capital firm, where he provided strategic planning, management and technology advice to high technology companies.
Couch began his professional career in 1972 as a software engineer at Hewlett- Packard, where he held held various management positions.
In 1978 he joined Apple as Director of New Products reporting to Steve Jobs. He was Apple’s first Vice President of Software and Vice President/General Manager for the Lisa division, Apple’s first Graphics User Interface computer.
In 1985, he turned his focus to education at the Santa Fe Christian School where he created a business plan for the debt-laden private school into one of the first examples of how the creative use of technology can revolutionize learning in the classroom. Under his leadership as Chairman of the Board, the school’s annual losses were annulled and the student body grew from 150 to 1000. The school’s rented facilities were expanded via the purchase of the 17-acre site, offering a range of world-class resources, including a fiber optic network of Macintosh computers.
Couch holds a Bachelor degree in computer science and a Masters degree in electrical engineering and computer science, both from the University of California at Berkeley where he was honored in 2000 as a Distinguished Alumnus. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and a “Leadership in Innovation Award” from Philadelphia University. He is the author of the science research associates textbook, Compiler Construction: Theory and Practice and has taught at both University of California, Berkeley and at Cal State San Jose.
John Denniston is Chairman of the Board of Shared-X. Shared-X is an agriculture impact company aiming to generate strong investor returns, while at the same time lift thousands of smallholder farmers out of poverty, by collapsing the dramatic yield gap separating developed and emerging country crop production through the deployment of advanced, sustainable farming techniques.
John was previously a Senior Partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he co-founded and co-ran the firm’s $1 billion Green Growth Fund. KPCB’s Green Growth Fund invests in sustainability companies in their growth stage.
Prior to Kleiner Perkins, John was a Managing Director and Head of Technology Investment Banking for the Western United States at Salomon Smith Barney. He also served on the Investment Committees for Salomon’s venture capital/private equity direct investment fund, as well as CitiGroup’s venture capital fund-of-funds. Earlier in his career, John was a Partner with a large law firm, where he was Head of the firm’s Venture Capital practice, and Co-Head of its Information Technology practice group.
John became Pearson’s chief executive on 1 January 2013. Since 2008 he had been responsible for the company’s education businesses outside North America, and a member of the Pearson management committee. He joined Pearson in 1997 as director of communications and was appointed president of Pearson Inc. in 2000. In 2003, he was appointed CEO of Pearson’s educational publishing businesses for Europe, Middle East & Africa and gradually took on a broader international education brief.
Prior to joining Pearson, John was director of corporate affairs at Powergen plc, was also a member of the company’s executive committee. Earlier in his career, John held senior public policy and communications roles in UK local government. He is an advisory board member of the Global Business Coalition for Education and a member of the Council of the University of Hull.
John is a co-founder and Managing Director at JAZZ Venture Partners with significant experience founding, funding and developing early-stage life sciences and technology companies. He has served as a founder, executive, corporate director, and investor to numerous companies, and has held executive in residence and advisory positions in several venture capital firms.
Prior to JAZZ, John was the founder, President and CEO of NeuroVista, a Seattle-based medical device company pioneering new technologies for the management and treatment of epilepsy. NeuroVista was acquired by Cyberonics in 2013 (NASDAQ: CYBX). John was also a founder and the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Northstar Neuroscience, which went public in 2006 (NASDAQ: NSTR) and was subsequently acquired by St. Jude Medial (NYSE: STJ). Prior to Northstar, John was a founder of Heartstream, a company that revolutionized the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest with uniquely designed external defibrillators. Today, Heartstream’s devices are ubiquitous and can be found in airports, airplanes, stadiums, casinos, public buildings, golf courses and many other locations. Heartstream went public in 1996, and is now owned by Philips.
John received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
John Katzman is an education entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of The Noodle Companies, a studio whose operating companies connect learners, educators, and technologies. Prior to that, he founded and ran 2U, which works with research universities to create high-quality online degree programs. Before that, he founded and ran The Princeton Review, which helped over 50% of students applying to U.S. colleges and universities each year find, get into, and pay for school. Katzman is the co-author of five books and a director of several for- and non-profits, including the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, and Renaissance Learning. Most importantly, he is married to Alicia Ernst; they have a son (21) and daughter (18).
John J-H Kim is a Senior Lecturer in the General Management unit of the Harvard Business School. Mr. Kim created and teaches the second-year course Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovations in Education, which explores ways in which entrepreneurs are pursuing the use of technology to transform education and achieve higher performance. He also co-teaches the Social Innovation Lab, a project-based course providing student teams an opportunity to build a social enterprise with the discipline of business tools and entrepreneurial techniques. Previously, he taught Entrepreneurship and Education Reform. Mr. Kim also serves as the Co-Chair of the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP), a joint project of HBS and Harvard Graduate School of Education. PELP was founded in 2004 to work with some of the largest urban districts in the U.S. to improve the management and leadership competencies and practices of public education leaders. Additionally, Mr. Kim teaches in several executive education programs including Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations (PMNO) and Governing for Non-Profit Excellence (GNE). Mr. Kim is the founder and CEO of The District Management Council (DMC), an organization that helps school districts achieve higher performance by improving their management practices. He is the founding editor of The District Management Journal, a publication which provides actionable insights related to leading and managing public school districts. Previously, Mr. Kim founded and led several firms in the education sector including a school management company that served more than 20,000 students in ten states. Additionally, he served as an Executive Vice President of Rakuten, Inc (JASDAQ: 4755), a global Internet services company, and was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Mr. Kim currently serves on several non-profit and corporate boards including the National Governing Board of BELL, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged youths. Mr. Kim received an A.B. with Honors from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
As an advocate for the intrinsic value of education for all, Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr. has dedicated more than 25 years to the advancement of socially conscious and purposeful education; student success; and the good that comes from a college education. As a scholar, an educator, a consultant, a strategist and a fundraiser, he has moved universities and organizations forward with his efforts and vision. In January 2013, Dr. Wilson took office as the 11th president of Morehouse College.
Prior to that position, Dr. Wilson was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), a position he held since 2009.
Born in Philadelphia to parents who attended HBCUs (his mother at Morgan State University and his father at Virginia Union University), Dr. Wilson understood at an early age the critical role HBCUs have played in the lives of their students and in United States history. He attended Morehouse College, the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979. Dr. Wilson continued his education at Harvard University, where he earned two master’s degrees in theological studies and education, as well as a doctorate in education, with a focus on administration, planning and social policy.
Dr. Wilson’s career in education began in 1985 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he served for 16 years in various roles and ultimately as the director of Foundation Relations. In this role, he helped to manage two record-breaking capital campaigns, with combined results approaching $3 billion.
While at MIT, he served for more than a decade as the president of the Greater Boston Morehouse College Alumni Association (GBMCAA). Under Dr. Wilson’s leadership, the alumni chapter raised more than $1 million in support of scholarships and community outreach, and he was subsequently awarded Morehouse College’s Benjamin Elijah Mays Leadership Award in 1998. In honor of the impact he has had on both Morehouse College and the community, the GBMCAA established the John Wilson Leadership Award to recognize current Morehouse students who exhibit similar transformative leadership qualities.
In 2001, Dr. Wilson’s career led him to the George Washington University (GWU), where he served for eight years filling such critical leadership roles as executive dean of the university’s Virginia campus and associate professor of higher education in the Graduate School of Education. His research focused on best practices for the sustainability and stability of colleges and universities, as well as transformative advancement and finance in higher education. Dr. Wilson also assisted GWU in creating a university-wide strategic plan that addressed opportunities for advancement and success.
In his role as the nation’s executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs —which serves as liaison between HBCUs, the White House, 32 federal agencies, and the private corporate and philanthropic sectors—Dr. Wilson promoted HBCU excellence, innovation and sustainability. He was charged with strengthening the capacity of HBCUs to participate in federal programs; fostering private-sector initiatives and public-private partnerships; improving the availability and dissemination of information on HBCUs to inform public policy; sharing best practices within the HBCU community; and exploring ways to improve the relationship between HBCUs and the federal government.
Prior to his presidential appointment, Dr. Wilson served in numerous capacities throughout the nonprofit sector, including as a consultant for the United Negro College Fund’s Institute for Capacity Building and on the Kresge Foundation’s Black College Advisory Board. Additionally, he served on the trustee boards of the Samaritans, the Andover Newton Theological School and Spelman College. He is currently serving a six-year term as a member of Harvard University’s Board of Overseers.
Dr. Wilson is married to Dr. Carol Espy-Wilson, an electrical and computer engineering professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also founder and CEO of OmniSpeech, a speech technology company. They have twin daughters and a son.
John Spinale is a proven leader in consumer technology and digital media, with a career spanning nearly 20 years of building, scaling, running and investing in innovative high-growth companies – from initial seed through to multi-hundred million dollar annual turnover. He is a founding member and general partner of JAZZ Venture Partners, a private investment partnership investing in neuroscience-based digital technology companies that seek to improve human performance in health, wellness, learning, training, and physical and mental performance.
John R. Youngquist serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, Colorado. In this role he is the academic leader of a diverse, urban school district consisting of 61 schools with over 40,000 schools. He has also worked as Director of Principal Talent Management, Area Superintendent, and elementary and secondary principal in the Denver Public Schools and other Colorado districts. In addition to having been recognized as a National Distinguished Principal for the State of Colorado, he has received the following honors: EPIC Tier 1 and 2 Schools Award (New Leaders for New Schools), Outstanding Young Coloradoan (Jaycees), Alumni Leadership Award (University of Colorado), “Crystal Apple” (Marquez Family Foundation). In support of his community, John has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the following organizations: Goodwill of Metro Denver, the Colorado Children’s Campaign, and the Metro Denver Partners mentoring agency.
Jon Carson is CEO of Admissions Hero, a first generation college admissions platform building a peer-to-peer network that connects talented college students to motivated high schoolers. He is a 5x entrepreneur with 4 prior exits. His most recent exit in 2015 was BiddingForGood, a $60m charity marketplace sold to Frontstream Holdings/Arsenal Capital for 3x revenues. Prior to BiddingForGood he founded FamilyEducation Network which he ultimately sold to Pearson for 22X revenues. Currently he serves on the board of Taunton Press, a speciality media company producing magazines, books, websites, and a national TV show on PBS called Moveable Feast.
Dr. Jon Mott has a diverse background in higher education, corporate development, and learning technology. Prior to becoming the Chief Learning Officer at Learning Objects, Jon worked at BYU in a variety of roles including Director of the Center for Instructional Design and Assistant to the Academic VP ( a role in which he coordinated academic technology issues campus-wide). He subsequently worked at TD Ameritrade with responsibility for client-facing education and internal learning and development. Jon has taught extensively in the Instructional Psychology & Technology, Public Policy, and Political Science departments at BYU. His research interests are in the design of the learning infrastructure, personalized and adaptive learning, and learning analytics.
Jonathan Finkelstein is founder and CEO of Credly, a leading credential service provider enabling thousands of organizations to recognize, reward and market skills, competencies and certifications. As founder of LearningTimes, Jonathan helped hundreds of mission-driven organizations produce and launch innovative online programs, products and platforms that have impacted the lives of millions of learners. Previously, Jonathan was a co-founder and led product strategy at HorizonLive (acquired by Blackboard). He is author of Learning in Real Time (Wiley), contributing author to The Digital Museum (AAM), and co-authored a report for the US Department of Education on the potential for digital badges. The son of New York City public school teachers, Jonathan graduated with honors from Harvard University. He is a frequent speaker on digital credentials and the future of learning and workforce development.
Jon Hage is one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs committed to improving the US Educational System. As founder and CEO of the nation’s first AdvancEd/SACS-accredited education management company – Charter Schools USA – he has been a leader in changing the face of education in our country. CSUSA is one of the fastest growing companies in the US, founded in 1997 and growing to over 8,000 employees educating 70,000 students in 76 schools across 7 states. In the last 4 years, he hired over 5,000 new employees while adding 50,000 new student stations. He also founded Red Apple Development, which has privately financed approximately $600 million/3,300,000 square feet of new schools in the last 5 years. More importantly, his schools have produced some of the strongest gains in reading, writing, science and math in the nation based on state and federal performance standards, with their strongest gains among low-income students. Today, CSUSA has over 22,000 students on waiting lists with a 94% graduation rate of which 96% go on to college or technical schools and a 95% parent satisfaction rate.
All CSUSA schools require college preparatory academic rigor, active parental involvement, emphasize moral character, reward high performing teachers, and promote active citizenship and service to the community. Always seeking to break new ground, CSUSA has expanded beyond charter schools to include turning around some of the nation’s lowest performing public schools. Today his schools include the top performing schools nationally, including USDOE Blue Ribbon Awarded Elementary/Middle Schools and recent recognition of top high schools in the US. His accomplishments and opinions have been chronicled by various media outlets, including Education Week, Forbes Magazine, Fox News, CNBC, NPR and numerous newspapers nationally.
Mr. Hage serves on many boards including as past chairman of the Sheriff’s Foundation, Pine Crest School Trustee and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife founded The Giving Tree Foundation, a private non-profit charity dedicated to providing low income families and students with learning tools including underwriting and now building a school in Haiti.
Mr. Hage has been honored with awards for his community service, including receiving The Outstanding Business Leader Award in 2013 from Northwood University, The Diversity Champion Award by the Urban League and The Valor Award by the American Diabetes Association. He was named the 2013 Floridian of the Year by Florida Trend magazine.
Jonathan Kaplan is the president and CEO of Walden University, responsible for the management, academic quality, financial performance, accreditation, and governance of Walden. He previously served as president of Walden from 2007–2012, and in a range of other executive positions within Laureate Education, Inc., a leading global higher education company.
Mr. Kaplan has had a distinguished career in government, public policy, and law in Washington, D.C. He served in the White House as chief of staff of the National Economic Council and as special assistant to the president for economic policy under President Bill Clinton. He also held posts at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and on Capitol Hill, focusing on economic and domestic policy issues. Before his government service, he practiced law as an associate at Covington & Burling, a leading international law firm.
Mr. Kaplan serves as an observer on the board of directors for Coursera, an education technology company offering massive open online courses (MOOCs) around the world. He also serves on the board of the Presidents’ Forum—an organization of accredited institutions focused on advancing excellence and innovation in online education—and on the online leadership advisory council for University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), a national association of universities offering professional, continuing, and online education.
Mr. Kaplan was appointed in 2013 by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators to serve on a congressional task force conducting a comprehensive review of federal higher education regulations and laws.
Mr. Kaplan graduated cum laude from Harvard College with an AB in Government. He received his JD from Boston University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Boston University Law Review. He currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland, with his family.
Jonathan Rochelle (aka JR) is Director of Product Management at Google and a co-founder of Google Docs and Google Drive, including other apps in that suite such as Google Sheets, Slides, Forms, Apps Script and Google Fonts. Jonathan is now primarily responsible for Google Apps for Education, which reaches more than 40 million educators and students, and most recently launched Google Classroom and Google Expeditions. Jonathan and his teams are primarily based in Google’s NYC office.
Prior to joining Google in 2005, Jonathan co-founded and sold two technology start-ups: ITK Solutions, a technology consulting firm, and 2Web Technologies, a software product company which was acquired by Google in 2005 as the technology behind Google spreadsheets, the first publicly launched component of Google Docs. Before founding the start-ups, Jonathan spent 16 years as a software engineer and applications development manager, primarily at JP Morgan & Co., across a broad set of financial service businesses. He’s a strong advocate of innovation culture, entrepreneurship and education technology and is very active in his current creative passion: 3D Printing (www.MkrClub.com). Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the State University of New York at Albany.
Born in 1968, Jörg Dräger studied physics and business administration at the University of Hamburg before transferring to Cornell University in New York State, where he received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in theoretical physics. During his time in Cornell (1991-1996), he served as an academic assistant while completing his studies and doctoral thesis.
He began his professional career 1996 at the management consulting firm Roland Berger in Frankfurt/Main. In 1998, he returned to Hamburg to become executive director of the newly founded Northern Institute of Technology, a private institute of higher education that focuses on international MBA programs.
From 2001 to 2008, he served as Hamburg’s (politically independent) minister of science and research and was a member of Germany’s Permanent Conference of Educational Ministers as well as deputy representative to the Bundesrat, the federal body that represents the German states at the national level. From 2004 to 2006, he also held the office of minister of health and consumer protection in Hamburg.
Since July 1, 2008, he has been a member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board where he is responsible for the program areas of education, integration and democracy. He also serves as Executive Director of the CHE Centre for Higher Education. In January 2012, Dräger has also been appointed Adjunct Professor for Public Management at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
Jose Ferreira is the founder and CEO of Knewton, the world’s leading adaptive learning company. Jose earned his MBA from Harvard. He was formerly an executive at Kaplan, a strategist for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, and most recently, a partner at New Atlantic Ventures (formerly Draper Atlantic), investing in new media and SaaS companies. He currently serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Education & Skills, as well as the advisory boards for Laureate International Universities, Cambridge University Press, and the ASU GSV Summit.
Inspired by IMSA’s mission statement and its congruence with his personal passion and commitment to end poverty, Dr. Torres believes that, “this can only be accomplished if we have excellent, equitable education and learning systems for academically talented students and for all students, and I realized that I could accomplish my mission in life through partnership with those at IMSA who continue to be fully committed to igniting and nurturing creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition” (2014).
Dr. José M. Torres was named President of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in 2014. He is a recipient of the Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award (2014) from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), an award honoring leadership in educational equity and excellence to those demonstrating an extraordinary “commitment to the advancement and mentorship of women and minorities in positions of leadership and/or demonstrate a commitment to address social justice issues among children, youth and adults in schools.”
At the invitation of the Governor of Illinois, Dr. Torres serves on the advisory committee for the Governor’s Technology Advisory Group; and the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Youth. He also serves on the Cost of Segregation Education Advisory Group; and on the board of directors of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children, the Governor’s P-20 Council and Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Illinois.
He is the former School Superintendent of Elgin School District U-46 where he implemented a five-year accountability plan that established new benchmarks supporting the District’s 40,000 students’ efforts to achieve academic success. He served on the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Equity and Excellence Commission (2011-2013) and provided recommendations for closing the achievement gap of English language learners. He is a past regional superintendent for the Chicago Public Schools and has worked in school districts in San Jose, CA; Anne Arundel, Baltimore; Rockville, MD; Washington, D.C.; and the U.S. Department of Defense Schools.
Dr. Torres holds the degrees from the University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland): Bachelor Degree in General Studies (1983), Master of Education (1985), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Policy, Planning and Administration (1999). His hometown is San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Joseph South is Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education. Joseph provides leadership for transforming education through the power of technology and is part of the team that is realizing the President’s ConnectED Initiative to bring high speed broadband, interactive devices, professional development for teachers and leaders, and high quality, low cost, openly licensed digital content to our nation’s classrooms. In his role at the Department, he a senior advisor to the Secretary, developing national educational technology policy, supporting Future Ready educators, and collaborating with other stakeholders to a nurture robust ecosystem of ed tech entrepreneurs and innovators. He has extensive experience establishing and scaling educational technology solutions in startup, corporate, non-profit, and higher education settings. Previously, Joseph was a strategic consultant and advisor to edtech startups, museums, and institutions of higher education. He is a co-inventor of a patented dynamic continual improvement educational environment and has led learning programs and/or consulted on projects in China, Korea, Mexico, South America, and the Middle East. He holds a doctorate in Instructional Psychology and Technology from Brigham Young University.
Josh is currently the Vice President & COO for the National Association of Workforce Boards. Josh is responsible for managing membership services, communications, budgeting, and development strategies for the association including maintaining and developing strategic relationships with corporate, nonprofit, education, and government partners.
Josh seeks to pursue a career committed to the furtherance of economic and social systems that support and maximize human output and potential. He traces his interest in workforce and human capital development to his time spent at the Pittsburgh Technology Council working on state-level policy related to the economic competitiveness of southwestern Pennsylvania with special focus on talent acquisition and business attraction. Other interests include the intersection of public/private sector innovation, growing trends in impact investing and social enterprise, and the influence of new technologies on education, business, and consumerism.
He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and holds a B.A. in both political science and history. He received a minor in public service that was jointly awarded by the university’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the College of General Studies. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania.
Josh is Head of Education International for SEEK Ltd, a US$4Bn listed global leader in online employment and education present in 20 countries. Since 2004 Josh has focused on expanding SEEK’s presence in education, including (1) rolling out online distribution platforms enrolling ~40,000 working adults annually into career-related across Australia, Mexico, Brazil and SEA and (2) developing and delivering online degrees on behalf of bricks and mortar institutions. Josh is a serving Board Member of Online Education Services, Australia’s fastest growing online education services company. Prior to SEEK, Josh worked as a strategy consultant with Accenture.
Joshua Lewis is managing principal of Salmon River Capital, a private equity/venture capital firm he founded over a decade ago, and which focuses on education, fin-tech, healthcare IT, and other verticals. He previously served as a General Partner of both Warburg Pincus, where he served for over a decade, and Forstmann Little. Prior and current investments and boards in the education sector include Capella Education Company, a pioneering provider of Web-based post-secondary education; Parchment, a growth stage enterprise that is transforming the management of academic credentials across the human capital spectrum; Frontline Education, a leading provider of SaaS solutions to the K12 sector; Pearson, the world’s leading learning company; and SkillSoft, a pioneer in the field of learning and talent management. Lewis also serves on the boards of New Leaders, a leading social enterprise focused on training the next generation of U.S. urban principals, which he chaired for eight years, and New Classrooms, the successor organization to the School of One. He is as an advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Next Gen Learning Challenges program.
Mr. Lewis holds a D.Phil. from Oxford University and an A.B., summa cum laude, from Princeton University. He is a member of the American Alpine Club and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Mr. Lewis is married to Tess Lewis, an essayist and literary translator. They live in the New York area and have two nearly perfect children who educate them regularly.
Juan Salgado has been the President and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino (Instituto) since 2001 where he led the organization through a period of national award winning recognition and historic growth spurred by a focus on creating partnerships, enhancing core competencies, leading innovation, providing quality services, and participating in targeted advocacy. Under his leadership, Instituto has established best- practice educational and workforce models resulting in significant economic mobility and wellbeing for Chicago families. In recognition of this innovation and impact, Juan was selected to join the prestigious MacArthur Fellows class of 2015.
Dr. Juan “Kiko” Suarez likes to be described as a global citizen. Currently a permanent resident in the US, he was born in Europe (Spain), and brings a unique blend of global experience in marketing and communications, corporate responsibility, information technology and strategic philanthropy.
He has served in leadership positions in two global Fortune 500 companies, including CEMEX, the world’s largest building materials supplier, as global Director of Public Affairs; and DuPont as Director of Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Dr. Suarez has represented his employers in delicate international transactions and before governments and organizations such as the United Nations, European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Dr. Suarez, who likes to be addressed as Kiko, has a depth of entrepreneurial experience including being owner and CEO of two of his own startup companies as well as Chief Marketing Officer and President East Coast for a WiMax startup six years ago.
Due to his passion for education and creating shared value, he is now Vice President of Communications and Innovation for Lumina Foundation, the largest private foundation with the national goal of raising the percentage of Americans with quality post-secondary credentials to 60%. Suarez has earned a doctoral degree in Leadership and Change with a dissertation on the topic of the role of wisdom in organizations and innovation processes.
Judy D. Olian, Ph.D is the eighth dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management and John E. Anderson Chair in Management. Under her leadership, UCLA Anderson has hired a record number of faculty, launched new global degree and certificate programs, and initiated and developed targeted partnerships in Asia and Latin America. Recently, UCLA Anderson transitioned into a new financial model for the University of California, and has raised over $325M to support innovative programming and management thought leadership, and to advance UCLA Anderson as one of the leading schools of management in the world.
Dean Olian leads a school that annually provides management education to almost 2,000 students in MBA, Masters and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professionals through executive education programs. The school has several widely recognized research centers and a global alumni network of more than 36,000 graduates.
She is a sought-after speaker and has consulted for major corporations. She serves on the advisory boards of Catalyst; the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney; Westwood Technology Transfer Inc; Ares Management; and United Therapeutics Corporation.
Born and raised in Australia, Olian holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Judy Peppler is President and Chief Executive Officer of KnowledgeWorks, leading the social enterprise that is working in more than 40 states to improve the numbers of students who graduate ready for college or career.
Prior to joining KnowledgeWorks, Peppler was a consultant for the Broad Center and is a graduate of the Broad Superintendent Academy. She is a former chief transformation officer for the Wake County Public School System in Raleigh, North Carolina, a district that served over 137,000 students.
Peppler is merging a robust business career with a passion to change student achievement outcomes in the United States. She previously served as the state president for Qwest Communications in Oregon and worked in the telecommunications industry for more 23 years.
Peppler’s career at Qwest included oversight and integration of sales, marketing, network, regulatory, media and legislative strategies.
Peppler is a graduate of Arizona State University and holds a master’s of business administration from Boise State University.
Julia Rosen is the Managing Director of Global Launch, Arizona State University’s (ASU) central global training unit. Global Launch provides training in English and other languages, workforce skills, multicultural competence, US academic culture, and capacity building via professor/teacher training. Global Launch offers training in the US, in country and online. Julia is also the Executive Director of Thunderbird Academy, a unit that seeks to bring the perspective of the Thunderbird School of Global Management to undergraduate students through new degrees and other educational offerings. (Prior to becoming part of ASU, Thunderbird educated graduate business students and executives.)
Before serving in her current roles, Julia was Associate Vice Provost for ASU’s online division, where she managed the University’s continuing education (non-credit) portfolio. She also led ASU’s enrollment management initiatives in Brazil. In 2010, Julia partnered with GSV to launch the annual ASU GSV Education Innovation Summit, which the New York Times now calls the “must attend” event for education investors. She led the development of ASU SkySong, ASU’s path-breaking public-private partnership for incubation of high technology startups, credited with generating billions of dollars in new economic activity for the State of Arizona.
Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Julia holds a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and an MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Julia earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Julian Kannigan assumed the role of Investment Principal at A1 Capital in 2015. Julian is responsible for improving operations, practice due diligence and facilitate discussions in order to secure strategic investments.
Prior to joining A1 Capital, Julian served as the Group Chief Legal Officer of Educor Holdings (Pty) Ltd. Here he spearheaded critical business functions by finalising contracts, assessing and analysing business risks, and overseeing all legal matters and issues. He played a dynamic professional role, within which he was responsible for strategic business growth on a national and international level, along with negotiating and finalising business agreements.
Julian is a detail-orientated, business-minded individual who is also a keen negotiator. His eye for identifying potential business opportunities and ability to procure business agreements which helps drive the purpose and function of his organisation forward.
Julie Schell is Director of OnRamps and Strategic Initiatives at The University of Texas at Austin’s Office of Strategy and Policy where she designs and leads statewide educational innovation and improvement initiatives. In 2014, she was identified by Teachers College, Columbia university as an Early Riser in Higher Education for her contributions to the field. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at UT-Austin’s top ranked College of Education, where she teaches a new graduate course, Technology and Innovation in Higher Education. She has over 15 years of experience in higher education, has written and presented widely on Peer Instruction, and has held positions at the nation’s top research universities including Stanford, Yale, Columbia, Harvard and most recently The University of Texas at Austin. Julie received a Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology grant in 2013, which she used to co-develop software that facilitates collaborative learning in online environments. She holds a doctorate in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Jussi holds the position of CEO for Fuzu Ltd and is one of the two founders of the company. He is responsible for driving Fuzu from vision to reality and for establishing Fuzu as the leading career management platform in the emerging markets.
Before joining Fuzu Jussi worked for Nokia and later Microsoft Devices Group as Vice President for Corporate Relations for Middle-East and Africa geography and was based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as well as in Johannesburg, South Africa. His responsibilities included leading Nokia’s strategic external partnerships and innovation activities in the region with the objective of accelerating the growth of the business and the surrounding ICT ecosystem. Jussi was a member of Nokia India, Middle East and Africa Leadership Team and was one of the key influencers of Nokia’s business expansion strategy in the geography.
Before Nokia Jussi worked as Adviser to the Minister of Science and Technology in Mozambique and acted as CEO of Mozambique Research and Education Network (MoRENet) as well as coordinator of the Mozambique eGovernment and Communication Infrastructure Project (MEGCIP) from 2006
to 2009. He raised a total of 60 million USD of funding, thus tripling the annual budget of the ministry and coordinated implementation of many critical ICT for Development, eGovernment, eHealth and eLearning initiatives. Before working for Government of Mozambique he coordinated the ICT for Development portfolio of United Nations Development Programme’s from 2004 to 2006.
Prior to relocating to Middle East and Africa Jussi held various positions in Finnish multi-national companies in the area of product life-cycle management, enterprise business and IT architectures and software R&D. He was member of leadership teams driving planning and execution of business strategies in Europe, US and Asia.
Jussi has contributed to a number of programs, publications and conferences both in Europe and across emerging markets with focus on how ICT’s catalyze socio-economic development and initiated thought-leader platforms such as Open Innovation Africa Summit, bringing together top-African innovation society thinkers around the continent, DEMO Africa and mLab network.
Jussi holds Master of Science in Industrial Economics from the University of Tampere, Finland.
Justin co-founded Curious to create a state of the art online learning experience for the world’s teachers and lifelong learners, from salsa dancing to astrophysics to online marketing. The belief that learning is a lifelong endeavor that should be a fun, motivating and engaging experience available to everyone, fueled Justin’s decision to drop out of graduate school to start his first company (KartoffelSoft, based on a children’s programming language he created.) He co-founded Homestead in 1997, which became the world’s largest small business website platform. Intuit acquired Homestead in 2007, and Justin then served as GM of Intuit’s Grow Your Business Division and the company’s Chief Growth Officer until 2010. Justin enjoys coaching (and investing in) entrepreneurs who are desperate to change the world. Justin grew up in Wichita, Kansas and holds a BS from Stanford University in values, technology, science and society.
Besides loving to tickle-torture his three kids, Justin enjoys playing the guitar and basketball, mountain biking, and coaching youth sports. You can read the Daily Curio that Justin writes every day to tickle the brains of lifelong learners everywhere.
Justin Werfel is a senior research scientist at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.
Justin’s research focuses on complex systems and collective behavior, with work in areas including swarm robotics, social insect behavior, evolutionary theory, engineered molecular nanosystems, computational neuroscience, and educational robotics. His work has been featured on the cover of Science, highlighted among Science’s “top 10 scientific achievements of 2014”, and covered by The Washington Post, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, the BBC, and NPR, among others.
His work in educational robotics at the Wyss Institute includes developing curriculum and other materials for AERobot, a low-cost device designed to let every student in a class have and keep their own robot. He’s advocated for using robots to contribute to education by acting as subordinate learners that students teach, to increase their own engagement with and mastery of a subject. Most recently, he’s been involved with the creation of Root, a new classroom robot that interacts with students by moving and drawing on whiteboards, which is being introduced for the first time at the 2016 ASU GSV Summit’s Tomorrowland.
Justin received an A.B. in physics from Princeton University and an S.M. and Ph.D. in computer science from MIT. He has spent time doing research at institutions including Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital Boston, the New England Complex Systems Institute, and the Santa Fe Institute.
Karan Chopra is the Co-Founder and Partner of Opportunity@Work, a social venture based in Washington D.C. that aims to re-wire the U.S. labor market so that more Americans can work and earn to their full potential.
Karan’s work has focused on building entrepreneurial ventures and ecosystems that increase upward mobility and provide opportunity for all. Prior to co-founding Opportunity@Work, Karan was the co-founder and director of GADCO (Global Agri-Development Company), a vertically-integrated agri-food business in sub-Saharan Africa backed by leading financial and impact investors. He led the company from business plan to building and operating the largest rice farm in Ghana, developing a processing center and launching a packaged food brand that contributed to domestic food security in Ghana and impacted the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. GADCO was sold to a larger strategic buyer in agribusiness in 2015. GADCO has been featured in publications and by leading institutions including World Bank, UN, World Economic Forum, Financial Times and Guardian.
Karan is also the co-founder of WAVE (West Africa Vocational Education), a social venture tackling youth unemployment in Nigeria. WAVE is empowering West African youth with industry relevant skills and access to jobs while improving outcomes for employers. Prior to this, Karan was at McKinsey & Company where he was awarded the social sector fellowship. He advised clients across sectors (Fortune 500, governments, leading philanthropic organizations) primarily on market-based and scalable solutions for broad-based economic development and on U.S. education. Prior to this, Karan was a software developer with Siemens.
Karan holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with highest honors from Georgia Tech and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School with high distinction graduating as a Baker Scholar. Karan was named in the 2014 list of Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine and selected as a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He has been a speaker at a number of forums including at Harvard Business School, Aspen Ideas Festival and as a storyteller on The Moth.
Karen Cator is President and CEO of Digital Promise and a leading voice for transforming American education through technology, innovation and research. From 2009-2013, Karen was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan and focused the Office’s efforts on teacher and leader support. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple’s leadership and advocacy efforts in education. In this role, she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers, students and administrators. She began her education career in Alaska as a teacher, ultimately leading technology planning and implementation. She also served as Special Assistant for Telecommunications for the Governor of Alaska. Cator holds a master’s in school administration from the University of Oregon and recently received the 2014 College of Education Distinguished Alumni award. The American Association of Publishers has awarded Cator with the 2014 Visionary Award. She received her bachelor’s in early childhood education from Springfield College, and she is a member of the Aspen Pahara Fellows. She is a past chair for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has served on boards including the Software & Information Industry Association-Education.
Karen Johnson is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Karen’s work centers around three areas of K-12 personalized learning: measuring product efficacy of edtech tools with the Learning Assembly, continually gauging and understanding what teachers need (Teachers Knows Best), and spurring development of edtech tools that meet the needs of teachers and students. Previously, Karen spent a decade marketing and building K-12 digital tools in social studies, science, math and language arts. She has spent countless hours conducting usability tests with teachers and working with software developers to implement teachers’ feedback. Karen is currently exploring how edtech tools can better meet the needs of English Language Learners.
Karin obtained her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University. She also received a Master of Education degree in Supervision & Administration from Concordia University. Karin is currently the School Director at CICS Irving Park, managed by Distinctive Schools. Karin began serving as Director of CICS Irving Park in the 2012-2013 school year and has implemented various innovative teaching approaches at the campus with the support of the Breakthrough Schools-Chicago NGLC planning grant. Karin has led CICS Irving Park through transformative change in implementing a personalized learning pilot model throughout the 2015-2016 school year. She works collaboratively with her staff to ensure her school is a positive place to teach and learn every day and is committed to high quality instruction, innovation, collaboration and personalization for both teachers and students.
Prior to leading CICS Irving Park, Karin was the former Director of Afterschool Programs and Community Partnerships for Distinctive Schools. In this role, she developed and maintained the strategic relationships Distinctive Schools continues to rely on today to support their model. Prior to working at Distinctive Schools, Karin held both teaching and leadership roles at CICS Bucktown. After eight years teaching second grade, she went on to be an Instructional Coach, where she supported elementary teachers and the enrichment program. Her experiences with instruction, community partnerships, development and coaching lend to her ability to oversee a variety of important components within the Distinctive Schools model.
As CEO of Strayer Education, Inc., Karl McDonnell is an outspoken voice in the education community. He has previously addressed audiences at Columbia University’s E-Learning in the Workplace conference, Front End of Innovation gathering of industry disruptors in Boston, and a host of other innovation-based arenas. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, Forbes, Fortune, on CNBC, and a host of other outlets discussing the future of education.
Karl joined Strayer Education in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer before taking on the larger role of CEO in May of 2013. Prior to his role at Strayer, Karl served as Vice President of the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and held senior management positions with several Fortune 100 companies, including The Walt Disney Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and American history from Virginia Wesleyan College and an MBA from Duke University.
Karl Mehta is a serial entrepreneur, author, investor, engineer, and civil servant with over 20 years of experience in founding, building, and funding technology companies in the U.S. and international markets. He is currently Founder & CEO of EdCast Inc., a next-generation knowledge platform company and former venture partner at Menlo Ventures, a leading VC firm of Silicon Valley with over $4B under management.
Previously, he was the Founder & CEO of PlaySpan Inc., acquired by Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), the world’s largest payment network. Karl also served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, selected by the Obama Administration during the inaugural 2012-13 term. He was recently appointed by Governor Brown to the Workforce Investment Board of the State of California. In 2010, Karl won the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from Ernst & Young for Northern California. Karl is on the boards of Simpa Networks and on the advisory board of Intel Capital and Chapman University’s Center of Entrepreneurship.
Karl is founder of several non-profit’s including Code For India (http://CodeforINDIA.org) and Grassroots Innovation (http://grassrootsinnovation.org ). He is author of Financial Inclusion at the Bottom of the Pyramid (http://www.openfininc.org) http://www.amazon.com/dp/1460265513
Kate is the co-founder and CEO of Educents, the first marketplace community that brings together physical & digital educational products making it easy for parents & educators around the world to browse, shop, and discover innovative products that get their kids excited about learning. Educents is now being used by 1 in 3 educators in the US and has customers in over 83 countries. Previous to founding Educents, she was the CMO of Homeschool.com and worked with clients such as McGraw Hill, Pearson, Rosetta Stone, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and more. Building a business that supports SMB’s and educators across the globe is the most rewarding thing she has ever done.
Katrina Stevens serves as Deputy Director in the Office of Educational Technology where she leads the work of Future Ready, developer outreach, education innovation clusters and rapid cycle tech evaluations. Katrina has extensive experience in multiple roles in the ed tech ecosystem: teacher, administrator, startup cofounder, consultant, advisor, angel investor, journalist and community organizer. Throughout these roles, including 20 years as a teacher and administrator, her focus has been on bringing together stakeholders from across the ed tech ecosystem for meaningful dialogue and action. Immediately prior to coming to the Department of Education, Katrina oversaw the development of the EdSurge Tech for Schools Summits around the country, which bring together 30+ companies with 500+ educators to create better tools for schools, while also building the Ed Tech Maryland education innovation cluster. Through her consulting work, Katrina advised edtech companies at all stages of development, and provided support for educational organizations including foundations, K-12 schools and higher education. Katrina cofounded and moderates #edtechchat, served as an international Startup Weekend Education Facilitator, and launched an active monthly ed tech happy hour in Baltimore.
Kaya Henderson has served as Chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS) since November 2010. Under Chancellor Henderson’s leadership, DCPS has become the fastest-improving urban school district in the country. Chancellor Henderson has championed a district-wide focus on equity, as well as the launch and expansion of a range of innovative programs, such as blended learning; the Schoolwide Enrichment Model; extended-day initiatives; 9th grade academies that improve student promotion, and Cornerstones, which are lesson experiences taught to DCPS students across all grades and subjects to increase academic achievement and access to rigorous content for all students.
As a result, children across the city are performing at higher levels in reading and math, with student proficiency rates up across every grade, race, and gender; high school graduation rates have increased; more classrooms are led by highly effective teachers; and student satisfaction is at an all-time high. More families are choosing DCPS, which, after decades of decline, has seen four consecutive years of enrollment growth.
Chancellor Henderson joined DCPS in 2007 as Deputy Chancellor of Human Capital. In this role, she served as chief negotiator for the groundbreaking 2010 contract between DCPS and the Washington Teachers’ Union and led the development of IMPACT, the school district’s professional development and assessment system designed to ensure that an effective teacher is leading every classroom in DCPS.
Prior to joining DCPS, Chancellor Henderson was a partner at The New Teacher Project (TNTP), responsible for helping urban school districts recruit and retain effective teachers. Previous to her work at TNTP, Chancellor Henderson was executive director of Teach For America – DC and a national admissions director and recruiter at Teach for America. She began her career in education as a middle school Spanish teacher in the South Bronx.
Chancellor Henderson earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations and master’s degree in leadership from Georgetown University. She also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Georgetown University and Trinity University. Chancellor Henderson serves on the Board of Directors for Georgetown University and on the Board of Trustees for The College Board, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Surge Institute, and Student Achievement Partners. Chancellor Henderson is actively involved in a number of community and professional organizations including the Executive Committee of the Council of Great City Schools, the Pahara-Aspen Fellowship, the Nevada Leadership Institute, and Raise DC. She shares her insights and DCPS success stories on Twitter @HendersonKaya and on Facebook as Chancellor Kaya Henderson.
Keith Clougherty is CEO, Founder and President of Copley Retention Systems (www.copleysystems.com).
For the past six years Keith has led the strategic direction and day to day operations of Copley as it has implemented its student success platform in institutions of higher ed.
He has driven the continuous development of risk identification on an individual student level and push to help colleges and universities move to a more intrusive environment of support.
Keith has 25 years experience in starting, operating, and building technology companies utilizing digital technologies to solve organizational problems.
After graduating from Georgetown University, Kelly Amis taught in South Central, Los Angeles as a charter corps member of Teach for America. She has an M.A. in Education Policy from Stanford University and researched the Australian education system as a Fulbright Scholar. Kelly has worked for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Fight for Children and the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation; helped build the network of Chavez Charter Schools in Washington, DC; and helped design and launch Building Hope, a charter schools facilities fund. Kelly founded Loudspeaker Films in 2009 to produce the TEACHED short film series, for which she has received the Teach for America Social Innovation Award and various film festival awards from around the world.
Ken is the co-founder and executive director of Design Tech High School, a charter school in the San Mateo Union High School District. Ken completed his PhD in administration and policy analysis at Stanford University.
Kennedy Odede is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur, a New York Times best selling author and the founder of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). SHOFCO combats extreme poverty and gender inequality by linking free schools for girls to a set of high-value, holistic community services for all. A former street child who lived most of his life in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slum, he founded SHOFCO with savings from his $1 per day factory job. SHOFCO’s programs will collectively serve over 76,000 individuals in 2015. The organization is scaling across Kenya’s slums with a model that links free schools for girls to holistic community services for all, currently focused on the Kibera and Mathare slums. He and his wife recently released their New York Times best-selling memoir, titled Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in An African Slum.
Kevin Clark is currently a full professor in the Division of Learning Technologies and the Founding Director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. His research interests include the role of interactive and digital media in education; issues of diversity in educational media; and broadening participation in STEM careers and disciplines. Prior to becoming a professor, Kevin worked as a content designer and senior program manager for an educational software start-up company, and has more than 20 years experience as a designer, advisor, and consultant to organizations such as: National Park Service, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Common Sense Media, Fred Rogers Center, Disney Junior, Jim Henson Company, DHX Media, and Toca Boca. Kevin has been honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his work in supporting and accelerating STEM opportunities for African American students, schools, and communities, and was selected as a Fellow for the Television Academy Foundation Faculty Seminar. Dr. Clark holds both a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Pennsylvania State University. For more information about Dr. Clark’s work, please visit http://cdmid.gmu.edu
Kevin M. Guthrie is an executive and entrepreneur with expertise in high technology and not-for-profit management. Kevin was the founding president of JSTOR (1995) and Ithaka (2004). JSTOR and Ithaka merged in January 2010 to form a new organization (ITHAKA) with a mission to help the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. ITHAKA provides three externally facing services: JSTOR, the research, teaching and learning platform, Portico, the digital preservation service, and Ithaka S+R, the strategy and research enterprise focused on helping the scholarly community make a successful and sustainable transition to digital and network technologies. ITHAKA has offices in New York, NY, Princeton, NJ, and Ann Arbor, MI.
Previously Kevin started his own software development company serving the needs of college and professional football teams, and later served as a research associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where he authored The New-York Historical Society: Lessons from One Nonprofit’s Long Struggle for Survival (Jossey Bass). His diverse background also includes experience as a professional football player, a sports broadcaster and producer, and a consultant for an Oscar-winning motion picture.
Kevin holds a BSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University. He lives in New York City with his wife, Sari Chang, and their three children.
Kevin James directs the higher education program at the Jain Family Institute (JFI). In that capacity his focus is on helping to foster the development of a wider array of income-based financing options for higher education, with a particular emphasis on expanding access to high-quality educational pathways for disadvantaged students.
Before joining JFI, Kevin worked as a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C., where his research and writing focused on student loan reform, income-share agreements (ISAs), quality assurance in higher education, and innovation. During his time with AEI, Kevin’s work was published in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report‘s “Knowledge Bank” blog, National Affairs, The Hill, RealClearPolicy, National Review Online, and other publications.
Kevin also spent four years as a legislative aide working for U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (now retired), who at the time was a senior member of the Education and Workforce Committee in the House of Representatives. In that role, he oversaw the development of legislation to substantially reform the federal student loan system and, separately, to provide a legal framework for private entities wishing to offer ISAs.
Prior to his time on the Hill, Kevin was a software engineer working for Lockheed Martin in Herndon, Virginia.
Kevin has a B.S. in computer science and a B.A. in political science, both from Virginia Tech, as well as a Master’s degree in economics from George Mason University.
Kevin is the CEO and founder of the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), the world’s largest vendor-free network of corporations focused on improving workforce productivity. Prior to founding i4cp, Kevin was the founder of SumTotal Systems, one of the world’s largest talent management suites, when he merged Click2learn with Docent. Prior to the formation of SumTotal, Kevin was the Chairman & CEO of Click2learn, and was also the founder of Oakes Interactive, an award-winning, technology-based training company.
Kevin’s most recent book, The Executive Guide to Integrated Talent Management, was published by ASTD in 2011. Kevin was recently on the board of directors of KnowledgeAdvisors, a human capital metrics software provider which was sold to the Corporate Executive Board, and he was the Chairman of Jambok, a social learning platform which was purchased by SuccessFactors. Kevin is currently on the board of Workforce Insight, a workforce optimization company. He is also on the advisory board of Koru, an education firm that makes recent college graduates workplace-ready, and on the board of advisors of Intrepid, a corporate training firm. Kevin is also on the board of the Center for Talent Reporting, a non-profit that develops and promotes the adoption of reporting standards for the human capital field. Kevin was the 2006 Chair of the national Association for Talent Development (ATD) board of directors, and is a frequent keynoter and author in the human capital field.
Kim Oppelt is the Education and Outreach Manager at Hobsons. A licensed school counselor, Kim holds a BAS in Health Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a MS in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Kim is also a doctoral candidate in education at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Kim is also founder of the Mr. Pete Foundation, a non-profit offering grants to provide innovative instruction in the classroom.
Dr. Kimberly A. Scott is an Associate Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Arizona State University (ASU) and Founder/Executive Director of ASU’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST) (https://cgest.asu.edu). Founded by Dr. Scott, the center is a one-of-a-kind research unit focused on exploring, identifying, and creating innovative scholarship about under-represented girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Center projects include the National Science Foundation-funded COMPUGIRLS (www.compugirls.org); Gates-funded project on African
American Families and Technology Use; and NSF-funded Culturally Responsive Co- Robotics Program. Dr. Scott is also an Affiliate Faculty in George Mason University’s Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity located in Fairfax, Virginia.
Trained as a sociologist of education and childhoods, Dr. Scott’s interdisciplinary work examines girls’ of color (African American, Native American, Latina) social and academic development in informal spaces and their technosocial innovations. With nearly 50 publications in outlets such as the, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, Feminism and Psychology, Huffington Post, and Slate, to name a few, Kimberly is also co-author of the Rowman and Littlefield book Kids in Context and co-editor of the IAP published book, Research in Urban Educational Settings: Lessons Learned and Implications for Future Practice. Currently, she is working on two new book-length projects: COMPUGIRLS: Becoming Ourselves in This Digital Age and Women Education Scholars and Their Children’s Schooling, which will be published by Routledge.
Prior to becoming an academic, Scott worked as an urban educator with international and national institutions including a center for girls in Chiang Mai Thailand; the Educational Law Center in Newark, New Jersey; and the National Museum of African Art-Smithsonian. Having written and successfully won over $4 million in grant funding to support research about and programs for girls of color and digital media use, Scott was named in 2014 as a White House Champion of Change for STEM Access. The same year, the publication Diverse Issues in Higher Education identified Kimberly as one of the top 30 women in higher education. Dr. Scott earned her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and French Literature, an M.S. from Long Island University in Curriculum and Instruction/Elementary Education and her Ed.D. from Rutgers University in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, and completed at Harvard’s Business School the High Potentials Leadership Program.
Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE. Bryant has enjoyed a very successful 20+ year professional career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as an Engineering Manager in a series of technical leadership roles for various Fortune 100 companies such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer. Since 2011, Ms. Bryant has helped Black Girl CODE grow from a local organization serving only the Bay Area, to an international non-profit organization with chapters in seven U.S. cities and Johannesburg, South Africa serving over 3,000 African/African-American, Latina, and Native American girls.
Bryant serves on the National Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the National Board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance. In August 2012, Bryant was also given the honor of receiving the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area. In 2013 Black Girls Code and was selected by Business Insider in 2013 on its list of BusinessInsider.com’s list of “The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology” and was named to The Root 100 list, and the Ebony Power 100 list in 2013. Bryant was honored in 2013 as a Champion of Change by the White House for her work in tech inclusion and for her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls. She has been identified as a thought leader in the area of tech inclusion and has spoken on the topic at events such as Personal Democracy Forum, TedX Kansas City, Platform Summit, Big Ideas Festival, SXSW, and others.
Ms. Stadelman has been a leader in Workforce Development for three decades in four states. She is currently the Executive Director of the NOVA Workforce Development Board in the Silicon Valley, California; previous CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, Washington; has held leadership positions in statewide programs in Colorado for the Governor’s Office as well as the State AFL-CIO; and directed employment and training programs for Community Action in Appalachian Ohio.
She is a past Chair for the California Workforce Association, former Chair for the Workforce Development Council of the US Conference of Mayors and was voted Executive Director of the Year by the National Workforce Association in 2007.
Kristen Hamilton is co-founder and CEO of Koru. Kristen is an entrepreneur and executive with a passion for education innovation and technology, and a successful track record driving value for customers and investors. She co-founded e-commerce pioneer Onvia and took it public in 2000. As co-founder, Kristen built the organization from 0 to 500 people, raised over $300 million of investment capital, and led the M&A team to acquire and integrate four private companies in two years. Kristen then shifted focus to education, first as COO of World Learning, where she ran operations for their education and development programs in 66 countries, and later leading educator strategy for Microsoft.
Kristen is a frequent speaker and content contributor for tech, start up, entrepreneur, and business media and conferences. She is a graduate of Ivey Business School at Western University.
Lalaine Gedal is the Director, Training & Education-Asia Pacific for Depuy Synthes, a multi-billion dollar orthopedic & neurological division of Johnson & Johnson. She has successfully grown the department across Asia, with staff and trainers who are responsible for the most comprehensive portfolio of orthopedic and neurovascular implants and devices. With over 25 years of experience in the Life Sciences / Medical fields, Lalaine has significant achievements in expanding market share for various product lines, with the last 6 years dedicated to applying innovation in the healthcare learning segment.
Prior to Depuy Synthes, Lalaine was responsible for launching the Sleep Diagnostics division in Asia for Covidien (previously known as Tyco Healthcare). She has been pivotal to the increase in sales and market share of the companies she has worked with through augmenting the educational offerings, both to internal staff / sales consultants as well as to external clients (surgeons and allied healthcare communities). Lalaine has integrated a number of technologies and methodologies into the training and education of DePuy Synthes, such as blended learning, team-based learning, Design Thinking, 3D Cyber-Anatomy tools for simulation of a surgeon’s operating theatre and more.
Lalaine currently resides in Singapore, and prior to that held a management role in Tenet Healthcare system in California, mostly in a clinical setting.
Lalaine has a BS in Respiratory Therapy and a BS in Medical Technology and is currently pursuing a graduate certification (LEAD) program in Innovation through Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D. is the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution; Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University; and an affiliate of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
A veteran of several high-profile political campaigns, Chen has also served in government, the private sector, and academia. He has been an adviser to presidential campaigns during the last four electoral cycles, and served as the policy director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign. In that role, Chen was Governor Romney’s chief policy adviser; a senior strategist on the campaign; and the person responsible for developing the campaign’s domestic and foreign policy. In 2014, he was Senior Adviser on Policy to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
Chen is a presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed member of the Social Security Advisory Board—an independent, bipartisan panel that advises the president, Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on matters related to the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs. He also served as a senior official at the US Department of Health and Human Services during the George W. Bush Administration.
He frequently provides advice to companies and governmental entities on a wide range of contemporary public policy issues. Chen is a Counsel at the law firm of Arent Fox LLP and a member of both the International Advisory Council and the Health Advisory Board at APCO Worldwide, an international public affairs and communications firm.
In 2015, Chen was honored as one of the POLITICO 50, a list of the “thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics.” He earned a similar honor in 2012 when he was named one of POLITICO’s “50 Politicos to Watch.”
Chen earned his Ph.D. and A.M. in political science from Harvard University, his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, and his A.B. magna cum laude in government from Harvard College. He is a member of the State Bar of California.
A native of Rowland Heights, California, he currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife and children.
Lauri Järvilehto, PhD, is a learning enthusiast, serial entrepreneur and a Sherlock Holmes fan. He is the CEO and co-founder of the learning game studio Lightneer. Järvilehto is also the founder of the Academy of Philosophy in Finland (Filosofian Akatemia) and is the author of several bestselling books on learning and thinking.
Leah is Chief Operating Officer of EdPlus at ASU. Her areas of responsibility include strategy, conception, and operationalization of online programs, services and new ventures. Drawing on over 20 years experience with higher education processes and systems, Leah ensures ASU’s online programs are rigorous, scalable and ultimately promote student retention and graduation. She earned her BAILS in Business Administration and her Masters of Administration in Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Dr. LeViis A. Haney, a Chicago native, has made the transformation of urban schools his life’s work. An Alliance to Reform Education Leadership (AREL) spotlight principal, Dr. Haney has extensive experience in school redesign and technology integration. As an assistant principal, he led a team that won a multi million dollar grant to convert Spencer Elementary School from a math and science academy to a technology academy.
Currently as principal of Joseph Lovett Elementary School, Dr. Haney has led the school through a 1:1 student technology initiative as well as several school redesign initiatives including CPS Personalized Learning Advancing Youth (P.L.A.Y), The Chicago Public Education Fund’s Summer Design Program, LEAP Pilot Network, and LEAP Breakthrough Schools whole school redesign—all while maintaining impressive gains in reading and math. Dr. Haney believes the key to student success is rooted in the premise that in order to produce lifelong learners, students should “love learning.”
In addition to his professional career, Dr. Haney also owns and manages several properties in under served communities, with the goal of providing high-quality living options at an affordable cost for people with low income. He enjoys doing carpentry work in many of those buildings.
He also builds and maintains computers and delivers motivational speeches to high school students, including seminars on nutrition and health.
Li Jiang is a Vice President at Global Silicon Valley (GSV). Prior to GSV, Li served as an analyst at William Blair, a growth-focused investment banking firm where he completed both mergers and acquisitions and equity and debt financing for clients in the healthcare, consumer goods and business services sectors. He has also completed internships at Morgan Stanley in global capital markets and Goldman Sachs in investment management. As a student at Northwestern University, Li was an entrepreneur, founding and leading a student storage and shipping company and growing it into the largest student company as well as a Preferred Vendor on campus.
Lina Bankert is a Partner with Bellwether Education Partners in the Strategic Advising practice. Her clients have included districts, charter management organizations, human capital organizations, foundations, and education entrepreneurs. She works with organizations on a variety of strategic and operational issues including strategic planning, business plan development, growth and expansion strategy, human capital and organizational design, performance improvement and sustainability, and grant development and implementation.
Prior to joining Bellwether, Lina was a Principal at Bain & Company, where she worked with executive teams across a broad range of industries and capabilities in both the private and public sectors, while building extensive pro bono/ nonprofit advisory experience with focus on K-12 education. Prior to Bain, Lina spent several years as an investment banker, focusing mainly on mergers and acquisitions and equity placements in the Education and Knowledge Services sectors.
Lina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Certificate in Finance from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Foundations College Prep and the National Center for Teacher Residencies and on the Advisory Board (Midwest) of Education Pioneers. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.
Liz Simon is the Vice President of Legal & External Affairs at General Assembly (GA), a global educational company that specializes in the most in-demand skills, where she leads GA’s legal and public affairs, government relations, and social impact efforts. In this role, Liz works directly with policy makers, helps develop policies and education models that put students first and addresses the dynamic requirements of employers. She’s also a state-appointed member of the Task Force helping California’s Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education craft policy recommendations to promote transparency and accountability for accelerated tech training programs.
Liz joined GA from the Obama Administration, where she served as Counselor to the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and worked on policy issues at the nexus of immigration and entrepreneurship. Prior to that, Liz was an attorney at Hogan Lovells, a Washington D.C.-based law firm. Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Cornell University and earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
For more than 25 years, Lou Pugliese has developed a successful track record of managing growth stage businesses and acquiring and expanding a number of education organizations. Pugliese is currently Senior Innovation Fellow at Arizona State University and Managing Director of the Action Lab at EdPlus, where he leads efforts to understand and enhance the digital learning environment. Before joining the university, he was the Chairman and CEO of Moodlerooms, the largest global provider of open source software and services for eLearning for the K-12 to Workforce markets, which was acquired by Blackboard. Pugliese is also the former founding CEO of Blackboard and Senior VP of Corporate Development and Director at Educational Testing Service (ETS).
Pugliese is active in the Washington, D.C., regional and national technology communities and serves on numerous local and regional boards in education and software-related businesses. He is also a noted international speaker on education technology who addresses a variety of issues in education and education policy.
Louise is an experienced digital business leader with a 25-year track record in Private Equity-backed and corporate businesses both in the UK and the US. With a significant reputation for digital change management and strong strategic leadership, she has led efforts resulting in significant revenue, profit growth and multiple enhancement.
Louise’s work has been driven by a highly customer-focused approach, with great emphasis on establishing strong cultural drivers in order to achieve global growth. Experienced across multiple industries, including B2B, B2C, Education, Workplace Learning, Music, Architecture and Construction, she has unusually extensive experience across different Private Equity requirements, having successfully worked for three very different PE houses. Her work with PE has included leading M&A, strategic reviews, competitive analyses, restructuring, and full-process exits, in addition to raising funds through restructure, senior leveraged finance and public bonds.
Equally experienced in change management of established brands, launch of new products, digital transformation, global expansion and the quirkiness of start-ups, Louise sits on the boards of a number of digital companies both in the UK and the US. Recent appointments include serving as CEO of TES Global from 2009 to 2015, and she most recently joined Skillsoft as Director of Corporate Strategy.
Luben Pampoulov is co-founder and Partner of GSV Asset Management as well as co-portfolio manager of GSV Capital and the GSV X Fund. Prior to starting GSV, Luben worked several years at ThinkEquity Partners, an asset management and investment banking firm focused on venture capital and emerging growth companies.
Based on his multinational background from Europe and the U.S., Luben offers unique perspective on some of the world’s most promising emerging economies. His professional credentials are complemented by his experience as a world-class tennis player — competing on the ATP Tour, being national champion in Austria and Bulgaria, and leading UCLA as its Captain and #1 player to win the NCAA Championship in 2005.
Luyen Chou is the Chief Product Officer at Pearson. In this capacity, he is responsible for the company’s global product strategy, management of its product portfolio, and its global strategic partnerships. Prior to this role, he served at Pearson as Senior Vice President, Product Strategy, and Chief Product Officer for the K-12 Technology group. Luyen joined Pearson in 2011 through the acquisition of Schoolnet, a US software provider of data-driven curriculum and assessment solutions for K-12 school districts and states.
Before joining Schoolnet in 2006, Luyen Chou was the Associate Head of The School at Columbia University – an independent K-8 laboratory school on the campus of Columbia University in New York City. He also served as Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Learning and Teaching, a research organization affiliated with The School and Columbia University.
Prior to working at Columbia University, Luyen was Founder, President, and CEO of Learn Technologies Interactive, Inc. (LearnTech), a New York-based company that develops innovative educational software tools and applications.
Luyen has a long history working with technology in the classroom, having served as Director of the New Laboratory for Teaching and Learning at The Dalton School in New York City, and as a high school history and social studies teacher. He collaborated on the development of a number of innovative computer-based and traditional curriculum projects, including an award-winning curriculum on New York City during the Civil War.
Luyen holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Harvard College and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University Teachers College.
Luyen is a co-founder and board chair of Brooklyn Prospect, a K-12 international baccalaureate charter school in Brooklyn, New York. He has also served on the board of directors of MOUSE, The Teachers Network and Black Rock Forest; and on advisory boards for numerous education organizations, including the New York City Department of Education and Harlem Day Charter School.
Lynn E. Fiellin, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and at the Yale Child Study Center. She is also Founder and Director of the play2PREVENT (p2P) Lab at Yale (http://www.play2prevent.org/) and the newly formed Yale Center for Health & Learning Games. Her work focuses on developing and testing novel videogame interventions to promote health and reduce risk in youth and young adults. She has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the NIH, the BEST Foundation/Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Women’s Health Research at Yale, and the Dartmouth Center for Technology and Behavioral Health. With a five-year grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, she and her team developed and tested an interactive mobile videogame, PlayForward: Elm City Stories, for the purpose of risk reduction and HIV prevention in young teens. This tablet-based game consists of 16 hours of “play” in which teens in after-school, school-based, and summer programs create a virtual character that faces risky scenarios to explore possible outcomes based on their actions and how those actions might affect their future. PlayForward, along with three other games designed to prevent tobacco and marijuana use, HIV infection in young women, and substance abuse in teens, have emerged from the p2P Lab and now the new center. The center is also collaborating with educational games developer Yogome, Inc. on their math and science games, and Amplify, an educational services company that, in collaboration with The Global Education and Leadership Foundation, is testing learning games in India. Dr. Fiellin’s Lab is a member of the White House’s Academic Consortium for Games for Impact and the Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA). She is focused on building collaborations and partnerships between researchers, educators, commercial game developers, and community-based organizations with the goal of developing and rigorously testing innovative, effective, and targeted game interventions, tailored for specific populations and with the scientific data behind them to demonstrate that they work.
Mackenzie Scott is a senior at Rancho Buena Vista High School. In addition to a rigorous academic schedule, Mackenzie is actively involved in her school and the community. She is a member of the RBV student leadership program, a WAVEpact Ambassador and a dancer on the school’s competitive dance team. Mackenzie is also very involved in her church, community, and in theater since she was a child. She has had countless leading roles at RBV and has been recognized for her performances. After graduation, she plans to attend a four-year university and major in theater management. Her dream is to someday own her own theater management company and focus on community outreach.
Malissa Feruzzi Shriver is the Executive Director of Turnaround Arts California, the state affiliate of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) program, chaired by First Lady Michelle Obama. Malissa also serves as the President of the board for Turnaround Arts CA, and does arts education advocacy and political strategy work for Frank Gehry.
Malissa was appointed to the California Arts Council in 2005 and served as chairman for four years. She was co-chair of the California Task Force on Creative Education, appointed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Malissa is the co-founder of CREATE CA, a statewide coalition of partners working to restore arts education to public schools. She is the former 1st Vice President of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies board, chairing the Arts Learning Advisory Committee. Malissa is a former board member of WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation, serving on their congressional advocacy committee as well as the executive committee. Malissa is also a former member of the California Alliance for Arts Education Policy board, the California Music Project and serves on the board of trustees for the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the advisory board of GET LIT, and for CRoC, the Centers for Research on Creativity. She attended UCLA and the Harvard Kennedy School’s State and Local Government Program and in 2014 won the national arts education award from Americans for the Arts. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Laguna College of Arts and Design.
A former public school teacher, education policy researcher, and PhD candidate, Mandela Schumacher-Hodge began her career in tech as a venture-backed startup founder. Thereafter, she scaled Startup Weekend Education from three to six continents, officially establishing it as the largest initiative in the world focused on teaching people how to use entrepreneurship to improve education.
In October 2015, Mandela joined Kapor Capital as its founding Portfolio Services Director. At the Oakland-based venture capital firm, Mandela oversees a portfolio of over 100 tech startups, helping them make progress on their business, social impact, and diversity goals. Most recently, Mandela helped launch a first-of-its-kind venture-backed diversity pledge titled the Founders’ Commitment.
Over the past five years, Mandela has advised hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs and her project, The Startup Couch, is a reflection of those lived experiences. To-date, Mandela has presented on over 40 stages and has received several recognitions, including being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Education list, presenting at TEDx, and publishing two Top 20 Medium posts about startups.
Maran is the co-founder and CEO of Clara Labs, where they design Clara: a virtual employee who schedules meetings for you. Her co-founder Michael and she have been best friends their entire lives; at Clara, they strive to train software to perform repetitive, mundane knowledge work tasks otherwise left to humans. She previously studied Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Texas, where she did her research on the heritability of Intelligence. She loves reading, drinking coffee, and speculating about the future.
Prior to being named Executive Director of KIPP LA, Marcia Aaron was the founding Board Chair of KIPP LA and the Board Chair of KAO. Previously, she worked as a Senior Analyst at Pacific Growth Equities, and as a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and Montgomery Securities. She is currently a member of the University of Oregon College of Education Advancement Council. She also serves as the Charter Management Organizational representative on the California Charter Schools Association Member Council. Ms. Aaron is a Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow. She previously served as a member of the University of Oregon Alumni Center Campaign Committee and on the board of All Stars Helping Kids’ as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon Foundation and the University of Oregon Journalism Advancement Council. She was named the University of Oregon’s Outstanding Young Alumni in 2003. Ms. Aaron holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon.
Maria has extensive leadership experience in public and private sector tertiary education and is a seasoned learning and teaching professional with a specialization in learning technologies and online learning. Her mix of commercial acumen and appreciation of academic culture has enabled Maria to successfully implement large-scale organisational change in educational settings.
At Navitas, Maria heads up Learning and Teaching Services, which is an enabling function providing services, strategic advice & connected L&T leadership across Navitas globally. The unit supports and encourages innovation in learning and teaching, including the integration of technology, contemporary learning design, and holistic approaches to the student experience.
Prior to joining Navitas in 2009, Maria spent twelve years at an Australian university in various senior roles including the Director for Organisational Development and Systems for an off-shore operation, leading the Education Quality portfolio for a business faculty with over 10,000 students, and as Director of an Executive MBA Program.
Marisa White Bold is deputy director for the K-12 Education Reform Program at the Walton Family Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, she served as chief of staff and senior advisor in the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education. Previously, she was a director at the New York City Department of Education, a Leadership Fellow at NewSchools Venture Fund, and a founding Education Pioneers Fellow for Aspire Public Schools, along with past work in management consulting and organizational development. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mark Allin became Wiley’s twelfth President and CEO in June 2015. Mr. Allin joined Wiley with the acquisition of Capstone Publishing in 2000 (which he co-founded), after holding numerous senior positions at Blackwell Publishing, Simon & Schuster, and Pearson. In 2003, he became Vice President and Managing Director, Wiley Asia, before being promoted to Executive Vice President, Professional Development, in 2010 and then Chief Operating Officer in 2015. Mr. Allin’s publishing career has spanned three decades and began after studying at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK and working as a teacher in Zimbabwe.
Mark Atkinson is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mursion, Inc., the country’s leading virtual reality training environment, where professionals rehearse and master the essential interpersonal skills required to be effective in high stakes careers. Mursion serves over 80 schools of education in the US and is developing the ETS® National Observational Teaching Exam, in partnership with TeachingWorks at the University of Michigan and Educational Testing Service. Mursion recently launched major engagements in the hospitality and health-care sectors.
Mr. Atkinson is the owner/operator of Educopia, LLC, a new web platform for the professional licensure of K-12 teachers. He is the Co-Founder of Teachscape, Inc., and served as Teachscape’s Chief Executive Officer from its founding in 1999 through November, 2010. Mr. Atkinson served as an advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching Project.
Mr. Atkinson serves on the Board of Directors of PresenceLearning, Inc., The Achievement Network; and One Purpose School, a San Francisco charter school. Prior to founding Teachscape, Mr. Atkinson was the Senior Producer and Manager of New Markets for CBS News Productions in New York City; and before that he served as a Producer for Peter Jennings Reporting, ABC News, where he produced a series of Emmy award winning network specials on U.S. foreign policy in Bosnia, Haiti and Iraq. He is a recipient of the Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University “Gold Baton” for his work in Bosnia.
Mr. Atkinson is a graduate of Yale College.
Since beginning his tenure as Georgia State University’s seventh president in 2009, President Mark P. Becker has led Georgia State through a dynamic period of growth and advancement and put it on a trajectory to reshape itself and its region. Reflecting his vision of the urban public research university for the 21st century, the university has pursued a 10-year strategic plan through which Georgia State has emerged as one of the nation’s leading urban research universities.
Georgia State, one of the most diverse universities in the U.S., is a national model for student success, setting records for its graduation rates and the number of students it graduates, and leading the country in eliminating disparities in student achievement based on race, ethnicity and income. Under Dr. Becker’s leadership, Georgia State has built a burgeoning research enterprise, growing sponsored research at more than twice the national rate. Through the rapid development of its campus and its engagement with civic and business leaders, the university has been recognized as a major catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Atlanta and the economic vitality of its region. Adding to Georgia State’s increasing national profile, Dr. Becker has fostered the development of NCAA Division 1 athletics. The university’s intercollegiate teams have won six conference championships since rejoining the Sun Belt Conference in 2013, and Georgia State’s football team made its first bowl appearance in 2015.
Dr. Mark David Milliron is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning, an organization committed to helping the education field bring together the best of emerging technology, data science, and design thinking to help students learn well and finish strong. An award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, he has worked with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. In previous roles, Mark served as the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; founding Chancellor of WGU Texas; Endowed Fellow and Director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at The University of Texas at Austin; Vice President for Education and Medical Practice with SAS; and President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College.
He is a member of numerous boards and advisory groups, including the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the Global Online Academy, and the Texas Student Success Council. Past board service includes the American Council on Education (ACE), the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and Western Governors University.
In 1999, The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education named Mark a Distinguished Graduate for his service to the education field. In 2007, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) presented him with its National Leadership Award; In 2011, the National University Technology Network (NUTN) named Mark the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award; and in 2013 he was inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) Hall of Fame.
Regardless of all of his activities and accomplishments, he will quickly tell you that the most important job and the greatest blessing in his life is serving as Julia’s husband, and as father to Alexandra, Richard, Marcus, and Max.
Mark Schneider is a vice president and an Institute Fellow at AIR and Founding President of College Measures. Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Schneider served as Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics from 2005-2008. In 2013, the Chronicle of Higher Education selected him as one of the 10 people who had the most impact on higher education policy in that year.
He is the author of numerous article and books on education policy. His most recent book, The University Next Door, edited with KC Deane, was published by Teachers College, Columbia University. Other books include Getting to Graduation, edited with Andrew Kelly, published in 2012 by Johns Hopkins University Press. Higher Education Accountability, edited with Kevin Carey, published by Palgrave in December of 2010. Charter Schools: Hope or Hype? written with Jack Buckley, was published by Princeton University Press in 2007. Schneider’s 2000 book, Choosing Schools, also published by Princeton University Press, won the Policy Study Organization’s Aaron Wildavsky Best Book Award.
Dr. Schneider is also a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of political science at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.
Dr. Schneider has been working on increasing accountability by making data on college productivity more publicly available. To that end, he is one of the creators of www.collegemeasures.org.
Marlon Nichols is a co-founder and general partner at Cross Culture Ventures (CCV), an early stage venture capital firm with a focus on cultural investing (global trends and shifts in consumer behavior). Before founding CCV, Marlon was an investment director at Intel Capital where he completed his Kauffman Fellowship. Prior to his time in venture capital, Marlon led successful careers in software and strategy consulting in the technology, private equity, media and entertainment sectors. Some of Marlon’s investments include Afrostream, Gimlet Media, LendStreet, LISNR, Mark One (Vessyl), Mayvenn, Mirantis, MongoDB, mSurvey, Sidestep, Skurt, and Thrive Market. Marlon earned a Bachelor of Science in MIS from Northeastern University and a MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Marlon was named to Silicon Republic’s list of 26 venture capital professionals spearheading change in technology investing and as a member of theRegistry’s 40 under 40 Top Diverse Talent, and was recently featured in Black Enterprise magazine.
Martha is program director of Generation USA, the first flagship program of McKinsey Social Initiative, an independent non-profit founded by McKinsey & Company. Generation is a youth training and employment program which aims to reach one million young adults across five countries (USA, Spain, India, Kenya, and Mexico) in five years, and seeks to create and share an open-source replicable and scalable training approach to support tens of millions more people. Under Martha’s leadership, Generation has launched pilot programs in six cities to prepare young adults for careers in healthcare, retail and technology. Generation USA has plans to expand to new cities and professions in the coming year. Martha is also a Senior Expert in McKinsey & Company’s Social Sector office and leader of the Americas human capital and education practice. Based in San Francisco, CA, Martha focuses on labor markets, workforce development, talent and human capital and higher education in her work. She serves private companies, higher education institutions and philanthropic foundations on topics including strategy, operations and organization. Martha’s recent work includes designing and implementing initiatives to ensure the needed skills and competencies in a workforce, building new training program and training academy for high-demand professions, identifying operational best practices to improve training, transforming higher education institutions, and developing research excellency strategies. Martha is an active writer and speaker on education, labor markets and workforce development. She has led several knowledge efforts on these topic including the reports: “Winning by degrees: The strategies of highly productive higher education institutions”, “Changing the Fortunes of America’s Workforce: A human capital challenge”, and “The economic impact of the achievement gap in America’s schools” Martha holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Brasilia and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Hope Street Group President and CEO Martin Scaglione has made it his life’s work to create access to learning for those in need. His recent roles include Co-Founder and CEO of Viridis Learning, a talent technology company, and President and COO of ACT’s Workforce Development Division, where he launched the National Career Readiness system, and helped drive President Obama’s Job Council program, “Right Skills Now.” Previously, Martin served as COO at Bosch-Siemens Household, VP of Corporate Strategy at Hon Industries, and Vice President of Marketing at Maytag. A native of Des Moines and a graduate of Drake University, Martin lives with his wife Lisa in New York City.
Matthew Sigelman is CEO of Burning Glass Technologies, a leading labor market analytics firm. For more than a decade, he has led Burning Glass in harnessing the power of data to deliver artificial intelligence technologies that have helped fill millions of jobs. Burning Glass data drives initiatives for more than a dozen state and national governments, as well as educational institutions and major employers. Matt is consulted frequently by national media, by researchers, and the White House. He served previously with McKinsey & Company and Capital One. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard.
Matthew Pittinsky, Ph.D. is the CEO of Parchment and Co-founder and former CEO of Blackboard Inc. Matthew is on the faculty of Arizona State University, serves on the Board of Trustees of The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and is leading a national effort to establish a national, standardized Postsecondary Achievement Report (PAR), a digital “extended transcript” that would more fully record student achievement and knowledge during their higher education experience.
In 2012 the Teachers College at Columbia University awarded Matthew with The President’s Medal of Excellence to recognize his impact and innovation in the field of education technology and entrepreneurship. He is a frequent speaker, and has recently been invited to present at NewSchools Summit, Association of American Universities meeting, National Association for College Admission Counseling National Conference and SXSWedu.
Matthew holds a B.S. in Political Science from American University, Ed.M. in Education Policy from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Mr. Rascoff leads online and blended learning at UNC, serving over 70,000 students who take courses online in 320 degree and certificate programs. He is responsible for the university’s learning innovation strategy, marketing, R&D, professional development, and student experience and outcomes.
Mayank Kumar is the Founder and CEO of UpGrad (www.upgrad.com), India’s first full-fledged online education company. Mayank co-founded UpGrad together with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ronnie Screwvala and secured $16m of capital to grow the venture into India’s most meaningful education business.
Before founding UpGrad, Mayank was Vice President Education at Bertelsmann, Europe’s largest media and education conglomerate, where he oversaw Bertelsmann’s education strategy and its multi-million dollar investments in India. In this capacity, Mayank further served as Board Member of iNurture (www.inurture.com), India’s No. 1 provider of industry-specific academic programs.
Prior to joining Bertelsmann, Mayank was a Senior Principal at The Parthenon Group, where he advised clients in the education sector on market potential, growth and market entry strategies, investment decisions as well as revenue and profit uplift strategies. In this position, Mayank worked with global clients across all geographies including China, Southeast Asia, India and South America. Before joining The Parthenon Group, Mayank worked at the Tata Strategic Group, advising Tata’s strategic direction. Mayank holds a BTech from IIT Delhi and a MBA from Indian School of Business (ISB).
Dr. Melina Uncapher is an Assistant Professor in the Dept of Neurology at UCSF, and is leading the educational neuroscience efforts of the Cognitive Neuroscience division in the department. Melina is a neuroscientist with 14 yrs of experience at the forefront of learning and memory research, with a focus on understanding how attention affects learning, and their neural underpinnings. More recently, she has turned her efforts to applying research to real-world problems. She leads research and outreach efforts in the fields of education, technology, and law. Education: Melina partners with educators throughout the country to design, implement, and assess education innovations that are grounded in the science of learning. She is leading a multi-university Science of Learning network, funded by NSF, with investigators at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UCSF, to investigate how executive function contributes to academic achievement. On the outreach side, she co-founded and is CEO of a science-for-good nonprofit that arms educators and students with practical tools based on the science of learning (scienceforgood.org). Technology: Melina investigates whether technology and media use are associated with cognitive and neural differences, using functional neuroimaging methodologies. On the outreach side, she organized and co-chaired a global conference for the National Academy of Sciences on children and technology, and is a founding board member of the Institute of Digital Media and the Child Development. Law: Melina works to bridge the fields of neuroscience and law, also via research and outreach. As a MacArthur Scholar, she supports the foundation’s efforts to use neuroscience to guide law policy and practice. Funded by the foundation, she has led multi-year neuroimaging studies investigating memory issues that have relevance to legal policy and practice. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Science & Law, lectures regularly at law schools, and advises Bay Area law enforcement officials.
Meredith Karazin is the Co-Founder and Senior Partner of LearnLab an educational-tech entrepreneur community and accelerator in Beijing, operating under Teach For China. Prior to starting LearnLab, she was the COO of Teach For China, during a period of four-fold organizational growth. Previously, Meredith was a strategy and management consultant, focusing on education, both with The Bridgespan Group and independently, working with organizations such as: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Aspire Public Schools, and Gateway to College. She’s also worked directly with youth at an after-school and summer academic non-profit and co-founded a social-change oriented documentary filmmaking company. With a career spanning China, the US, and Latin America, Meredith has a passion for global entrepreneurship aimed at social and educational impact.
Meredith Rosenberg leads the Digital Education practice at Russell Reynolds Associates and advises organizations on innovation and talent across the education sector, with a particular emphasis on high impact, transformational leaders. She is also a member of the firm’s broader Technology Sector. Meredith works closely with clients that span a broad spectrum of the education industry and include Fortune 500 entities, leading content and technology providers, private equity and venture capital-backed entities, and for profit and non-profit education providers. She is based in Boston.
Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Meredith was a Senior Vice President at Fullbridge, Inc., a venture-backed company that delivers accelerated professional and business skills training via a competency-based, hybrid online/in-person platform to universities, their undergraduates, and veterans, among other populations. She was a co-founder of Global Student Loan Corporation, a private student loan concern that funded higher education needs of non-U.S. citizens. Earlier, she was Vice President at the Yankee Group, a global consulting and market analysis firm where she ran the firm’s Internet, Media and Consumer Communications Practices. She championed the concept of the “networked home and consumer,” advising clients at the CEO level and below. Before that, Meredith was a Senior Consultant in the Telecommunications and Media Strategy Practice of Braxton Associates/Deloitte Consulting, and has worked at Grey Advertising, Research International and Coopers & Lybrand Consulting. In the early 1990s, Meredith lived and worked in the emerging economies of Eastern Europe, including Prague, Czech Republic and Kiev, Ukraine.
Meredith is a current member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University and until early 2016, was on the National Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading nonprofit providing critical home repairs, modifications and improvements for America’s low-income homeowners.
Meredith received her A.B. from Cornell University, M.B.A. from The Wharton School, and M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Michael Feldstein is the co-Publisher of the e-Literate educational technology weblog, co-Producer of e-Literate TV, and Partner in MindWires, an educational technology analyst and consulting firm. He is a lifelong educator from a family of teachers.
Michael E. Hansen became Chief Executive Officer of Cengage Learning in September 2012 and oversees all aspects of the global business, including a successful Chapter 11 restructuring in 2013. A thought leader in the information services sector, Mr. Hansen has an extensive track record in developing successful business models. He is intensely focused on the evolution of the publishing industry, including the transition from print to digital and the development of new product lines for a digital world. He has deep experience in equipping organizations with the structure necessary to support these transitions.
Previously, Mr. Hansen served as CEO of Elsevier Health Sciences, a division of Reed Elsevier, where he developed and implemented a successful print-to-digital transition and accelerated new electronic product development. Prior to this, Mr. Hansen served as President and CEO of Harcourt Assessment, which was then the education arm of Reed Elsevier. In a relatively short period, Mr. Hansen and his team restored the unprofitable Harcourt into a growing, profitable business by combining new investments with intelligent cost-cutting measures. This resulted in a lucrative sale of the business.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Hansen was Executive Vice President of Operational Excellence at Bertelsmann, a $20B global media company. In addition, he served briefly as head of international operations at Proxicom, an Internet focused technology company, and spent 11 years with the Boston Consulting Group in New York, ultimately becoming Partner and Co-Chairman of its e-Business and Media Practice.
Mr. Hansen is currently a Board Member of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). He holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Bonn in Germany and an MBA from Columbia University.
Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to improve the life of each and every student. He is the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank; he serves as a principal consultant for Entangled Solutions, which offers innovation services to higher education institutions; and he is the director of the Education + Technology fund, a joint philanthropic project of Two Sigma and Robin Hood with the mission of unlocking the potential of technology to advance achievement for low-income students.
Horn is the author and coauthor of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. An expert on disruptive innovation, online learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, and how to transform the education system into a student-centered one, he serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations.
With a 30-year career as an innovator in higher education, Dr. Horowitz is a nationally recognized strategic leader. Having served numerous roles as faculty member, administrator and entrepreneur, he was inspired in 2009 to forge a new path in higher education that leads to improved student outcomes and better communities around the world. As a result of that inspiration, he founded TCS – a nonprofit system that supports colleges to educate socially conscious students.
The colleges and universities within TCS include The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School, Dallas Nursing Institute, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, and Saybrook University – each offering a wide range of national on-ground and online programs. Under his guidance as TCS President, the system provides operational support to these institutions, allowing them to collectively educate approximately 7,000 students each year, and maintain the relationships they hold with more than 27,000 collective alumni. The system’s global engagement efforts also link its colleges and universities to more than 20 international academic partners.
Dr. Horowitz is past president of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, a former trustee of North Central University, and has previous affiliations with various accreditation and regulation bodies. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University. Beyond his work at TCS, he currently lends his expertise as a Consultant Evaluator/Team Chair for the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and provides board service to several professional organizations and higher education institutions.
As Vice President and General Manager, IBM Global Education Industry, Michael King is the worldwide leader for the IBM Education Industry with responsibility for strategy, marketing and sales across schools and higher education. He oversees all facets of IBM’s work with K12 schools and higher education institutions, including the development of industry specific solutions. IBM’s portfolio in Education includes consulting and IT services, analytics tools and other software, as well as cloud and high performance computing.
He has been with IBM for over 25 years in various executive and management positions, with over twenty years in education and learning. He has held a variety of roles in the Education Industry, developing programs like ThinkPad University, Insight at School, LearningVillage and many others. He has also worked in IBM’s corporate training segment, leading marketing, strategy and partner programs. Mostly recently, he’s helped direct IBM’s strategy for cognitive computing in Education, applying tools like Watson to key client challenges.
Michael serves on the board of several organizations focused on Education. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of USAFunds, supporting their mission of “completion with a purpose”. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Business – Higher Education Forum, a leadership group dedicated to improving the alignment of Education with workforce needs. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, which fosters industry collaboration to build more interoperable technology systems through industry standards.
Michael holds Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Physics and Engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Michael J. Sorrell is the 34th President of Paul Quinn College. Under his leadership, the school has become one of the most innovative small colleges in America and is rapidly becoming a model for urban higher education by focusing on academic rigor, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship. Michael is very active in the community. Some of the entities for which he serves as a trustee or director are Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, the College Board, Amegy Bank, Teach for America, Earth Day Texas, Dallas Regional Chamber, the Dallas Foundation, and the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series and the Department of Education Policy and Leadership for the Simmons School of Education at SMU. The Washington Monthly recently named President Sorrell one of America’s 10 Most Innovative College Presidents. Additionally, he has been awarded the 2012 HBCU Male President of the Year by HBCU Digest; the Excellence in Education Distinguished Alumni Award from his high school, St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois and the A. Kenneth Pye Award for Excellence in Education from the Alumni Association of Duke University’s School of Law. President Sorrell earned his Ed.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University. He graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Government. Michael is married to the former Natalie Jenkins. Natalie is an alumna of Spelman College and received her MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. They have two children, Michael Augustus and his younger sister, Sage Louise-Sinclair.
Michael Staton is a Partner at Learn Capital, where he has helped the firm invest in Coursera, Minerva, Andela, BrightBytes, AltSchool and Brilliant. He is the founder and former CEO of Uversity, the pioneer of Social Enrollment Management technology in Higher Education. For Uversity, Michael secured the first venture investment from the Gates Foundation’s US Programs into a private company. Because of his years as a public school teacher and his understanding of K12 education, Michael served as a Venture Partner and Community Advisor to NewSchools Venture Fund’s Seed Fund, now Reach Capital. Outside of investing, he has had early roles, befriended and advised many EdTech companies, including Dev Bootcamp and Goalbook. Michael was declared a top one hundred innovator by the Chronicle of Higher Education, and he is on the advisory board of SxSW EDU and a member of the Higher Education Working Group of the American Enterprise Institute.
Michał founded his first company at age 16 and has continued to disrupt the internet ever since. He grew up in a small town in Poland before heading to Warsaw to obtain his bachelor’s degree in Corporate Finance from Warsaw School of Economics. The company opened offices in Kraków before moving the headquarters to New York City where Michał now resides with his wife, Kasia. He is passionate about about developing online communities and ensuring every student as access to high-quality information.
Michelle Miller is Managing Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, where she leads the Games and Learning initiative. Games and Learning supports developers and investors who want to make engaging, meaningful digital media for kids. The service provides news reporting via gamesandlearning.org, analysis of market trends and leadership on key issues facing the industry.
Michelle combines her expertise as a leading strategist with hands-on production experience and a passion for playful learning. She began her career developing education programs and interactive games as a consultant for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She went on to establish the overall digital strategy for PBS KIDS, designing prototypes and usability testing, launching dozens of new applications and participating in international children’s media efforts. She also led online engagement for Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as Editor-in-Chief of New Media. Prior to joining the Center, Michelle launched a new marketing platform to transform online health education, volunteerism and fundraising efforts at the March of Dimes. Currently she sits on the Advisory Council of the Children’s Creativity Museum.
Michelle Molitor is a founding staff member of the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, opened in Washington, D.C. in 2004, where she served as the Principal of the Elementary School through 2014. During her tenure, she worked with a number of national equity organizations to develop Race & Equity in Education Seminars (REES), held for schools and education organizations both locally and nationally. The equity work was built in response to the urgency for culturally responsive systemic change for our most vulnerable students—not just in DC, but nationwide. In 2014 Michelle founded the Fellowship for Race & Equity in Education (FREE) with the mission of creating equitable educational spaces for all students through honest and open dialogue across difference, and collective anti-racist action.
Mike Goldstein is founder and co-chair of Cooley’s Higher Education practice group. He has been a pioneer in the development of new and efficient approaches to education in general and e-learning in particular through the creation of innovative methods to combine the resources and interests of the various sectors of the education, technology, financial, and governmental communities. Mike leads a group of more than twenty lawyers and professionals with decades of experience in serving a wide range of clients in all corners of the education space.
Over the years, Mike has served as a thought-leader, innovator and counsellor to many of the most innovative developments in education, and he has played a significant role in the still-ongoing effort to harmonize education law with the changes in how education is provided and received. He has served on numerous panels, committees and task forces on a variety of education issues. He was identified as a higher education influencer of 2015 by Forbes and was honored with the WICHE Cooperative Educational Technologies Richard Jonsen Award in 2014, which is given annually in recognition of a career that has been committed to improving postsecondary educational programs and services through innovative uses of technology.
Mike Marriner is a Co-founder of Roadtrip Nation, and leads Roadtrip Nation’s program management and strategic partnership efforts with organizations including KQED, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the College Board, The California Department of Education, AVID, and other national and state-wide organizations that help bring the Roadtrip Nation Experience to millions of people. He is a co-author of all three Roadtrip Nation books, has been featured on national outlets such as NBC’s Today Show, Esquire Magazine’s “Best & Brightest” list, and is a frequent public speaker. Mike graduated from Pepperdine University in 2000 with a degree in Biology, and the Harvard Business School – Social Enterprise program in 2012.
Longtime Silicon Valley entrepreneur Mike McCue is the CEO and co-founder of Flipboard. Inspired by the timeless beauty of print, Flipboard launched in 2010 with the mission to be the world’s best social magazine, simplifying the way people discover and share stories around any passion. Today Flipboard is used by 85+ million people every month and has 26 million magazines curated by the community. You can read Flipboard in 21 different languages and on every major mobile platform and browser.
In 1999 Mike founded Tellme Networks, one of the world’s largest Internet networks for voice communication. He ran the company for nearly 10 years, having successfully led the integration of the company’s technology into Microsoft’s infrastructure following its acquisition. Microsoft bought Tellme in 2007 for $800 million.
Before founding Tellme, Mike worked at Netscape as Vice President of Technology. He joined Netscape after their successful acquisition of the first company he founded, Paper Software, a leader in 3-D browser technology. He was honored with a Kilby International Award as a Young Innovator for his work bringing 3-D technology to the world through Netscape’s Web browser.
Mike McLendon is an actor, comedian, and writer of short bios originally from Austin, Texas. Mike has performed comedy across the world touring with Second City Theatricals and Mission Improvable and has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Fox’s Grandfathered, IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! and a slew of commercials that you probably missed. Mike can be seen performing weekly at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in Los Angeles with the House Team Outside Dog. Follow Mike on Twitter at @themikemclendon or in real life by dimming your headlights and staying at least 20 feet behind him.
Mike is the Chairman and CEO of Pegged Software. Pegged, which applies predictive analytics to hiring and team assembly, grew out of Mike’s work in academia and in the public sector. After having difficulty selling the core technology in Pegged in 2001, Mike started a software engineering business called Catalyst DevWorks as the first customer for the technology. After growing Catalyst meaningfully (Catalyst today applies predictive analytics to assemble software engineering teams, with a headcount of approximately 300 offering technology and services to clients such as Starwood, Choice Hotels, JPMorganChase, Cambia Health, and Red Hat), Mike spun Pegged out as a separate company in 2010 to focus on licensing Pegged’s technology into the healthcare market. After deploying to 7 early adopter clients in 2010, Pegged spent two years collecting data and iterating the product for the hospital and long term care markets, and in 2012 started deploying beyond its initial customer base. Today, Pegged is deployed into over 325 healthcare facilities, for which Pegged has reduced employee turnover by a median of 38%.
Prior to starting Pegged, Mike received an Irving R. Kaufman Fellowship to support his work building the first version of what is now Pegged’s analytics engine for talent selection. Earlier in his career Mike was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at Harvard, and served at the White House as an economist, at the U.S. Department of State on trade issues and issues related to the former Soviet Union, and at Coopers & Lybrand in the Russian Federation on privatization and commercialization in the early 1990’s. In addition to his academic work around what became Pegged, Rosenbaum’s publications and work focused on the application of data to the most subjective areas of human endeavors. His work was featured in the Stanford Law and Policy Review and the Harvard John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics and Business Series.
Mike serves as a trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art, where he currently chairs the search committee for the BMA’s next Director, and of Bryn Mawr School. He is a past board member of the Family Tree and the Leadership Council of the Open Society Institute, a former chair of Maryland IT PAC, and a former president of the Harvard Club of Maryland.
Mike has a JD from Harvard Law School, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA from Harvard College.
Miles Clements joined Accel in 2009 and focuses on software, consumer internet, and online marketplace businesses.
He helped lead Accel’s investments in Atlassian (TEAM), Hudl, lynda.com (acquired by LinkedIn), SeatGeek and Wyzant. Miles also helps manage the firm’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and robotics initiatives through his work with DJI and ongoing leadership of the DJI-Accel SkyFund. Previously Miles worked in product management at lynda.com.
Miles is from New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from the University of Virginia and Harvard Business School.
Miriam Altman is Chief Executive Officer of Kinvolved, a New York City-based company helping schools elevate student attendance by enlivening information and igniting collaboration among school leaders, educators, and families. While an NYC public high school history teacher, Miriam worked to develop strategies to improve student attendance, which she found to be the most overwhelming factor affecting her students’ academic progress. Under Miriam’ leadership, Kinvolved has been featured in the New York Times, among several other national press outlets, and has won the U Penn Fels Institute Policy Challenge, NYU Venture Challenge, Robin Hood College Success Prize, Milken-Penn GSE Competition Grand Prize, and Teach For America Social Innovation Award.
Miriam is a mentor to female entrepreneurs through the Social Innovation Initiative an Women’s LaunchPad at Brown University. She holds an MPA from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, from which she received the Jo Ivey Boufford Award for Innovative Solutions to Public Service Challenges. She also holds an MA, Ed. from Lehman College and a BA with Honors from Brown University. She and her co-founder were named on Forbes 30 Under 30 most influential leaders in education, and Miriam was named one of the 30 Women SaaS Founders to Know in NYC, both in 2015.
Mitch Kapor is Partner at the Kapor Center and works with startups using information technology platforms to drive disruptive innovation. He is a seed stage investor in Uber, Twilio, Inkling and University Now. His focus is increasingly on driving positive social impact, especially in leveraging IT to close gaps of opportunity and access in education, health care and other areas.
Mitch founded Lotus Development Corporation and designed Lotus 1-2-3, the “killer application” which made the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world in the 1980s. He is the co-founder of The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which protects freedom and privacy on the Internet and the founding chair of the Mozilla Foundation, creator of the open source web browser Firefox. He is also a founding investor in Linden Lab, maker of the first successful virtual world, Second Life.
Currently he serves on the board of Level Playing Field Institute, whose mission is to enhance equal opportunity in education and the workplace. Mitch is also on the Advisory Board of Generation Investment Management, a firm whose vision is to embed sustainability into the mainstream capital markets.
Monica is a director at Omidyar Network where she manages the firm’s Education initiative’s investments in India.
Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Monica was a partner at Kaizen Private Equity where she was involved in fundraising, investor relations, deal sourcing, due diligence, education operations, board roles, investment monitoring, and exits.
Before working in capital markets, Monica spent 16 years in the education sector and was the founder or co-founder of three entrepreneurial education ventures. She also conceptualized and set up the Global Pathways Institute (GPI), Mumbai and the American National College (ANC) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she was instrumental in forging relationships with several U.S. universities that offer US programs in Asia.
Additionally, Monica’s family trust runs 12 nonprofit schools and colleges in Saurashtra, Gujarat, where the schools have helped raise the literacy of women to 93%. Given her experience, Monica is well-networked in the education sector in India, with easy access to senior level professionals in the education sector.
Monica graduated from Thunderbird School of Global Management with an MBA in International Business, and she also received an M.Com. and a B.Com in accounting and finance from Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics.
As CEO of DoSomething.org, the largest organization for teens and social change in the world, Nancy Lublin is able to name all 4 members of One Direction without a smidge of sarcasm. An expert on youth, social media, and pop culture, brands like Pepsi and Chase and several tech start-ups have sought her advice and Fast Company has named her to their Most Creative People list. In 2013, while still CEO of DoSomething.org, Lublin turned her popular TED talk (http://bit.ly/1elbveM) into her third company, Crisis Text Line (CTL). CTL is the first 24/7, free, nationwide text line for teens. Prior to leading DoSomething.org and CTL, Nancy turned a $5,000 inheritance into Dress for Success, which helps women transition from welfare to work in more than 125 cities in 15 countries. Before leading two of the most popular charity brands in America, she was a bookworm. She studied politics at Brown University, political theory at Oxford University (as a Marshall Scholar), and has a law degree from New York University. She is the author of the best-selling business book Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business and is one of the top 50 Influencers on LinkedIN. Nancy was recently named Fortune’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” alongside the Pope and Dalai Lama (We know, she thinks it’s funny too!). Nancy is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (attending Davos multiple times), was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 and has been named in the NonProfit Times Power and Influence Top 50 3 times. She is married to Jason Diaz and has two children who have never tasted Chicken McNuggets.
Nasir Qadree serves as Village Capital’s Head of Education practice, a global impact investment venture capital firm that sources, trains, and invests in early stage entrepreneurs solving global problems. Nasir is responsible for helping cohorts scale their businesses, connect with mentors and advisers, and gain exposure to investors. Nasir began his career as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs, and later worked as an Associate to State Street Corporation. After his experience in the financial services industry, Nasir served as an Education Pioneer Fellow and Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Education at the Connecticut State Department of Education, focusing on improving digital learning and infrastructure, as well as creating new strategies to empower teachers and school leaders to improve persistently low-performing schools. Apart from his role at Village Capital, Nasir serves on the board of Center City Pubic Charter School in Washington, DC. He has also committed to running 51 full marathons in each US state, including DC, in an effort to raise scholarship funding for first generation college students. Nasir holds a Bachelors of Science from Hampton University.
Nate Davis, Chairman and CEO of K¹², is a seasoned leader of transformational telecommunications, media and software development companies, with a record of improving operations, launching innovative new products and strengthening relationships with legislative and regulatory authorities.
Mr. Davis, joined the K¹² Board of Directors in 2009, was named Chairman of the Board in June 2012, assumed the role of Executive Chairman in January 2013 and was named Chairman and CEO in January 2014. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing all operational and corporate functions of the company with a focus on excellence in academic, operational and financial performance.
Mr. Davis joined the company from the position of Managing Director of RANND Advisory Group, a consulting group advising venture capital, media, and technology-based firms. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President of XM Satellite Radio and was a member of the company’s Board of Directors, where he strengthened operations and financial performance and led the company through its merger with Sirius Satellite Radio.
From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Davis was President and Chief Operating Officer, and board member of XO Communications Inc. Mr. Davis has also held senior executive positions at Nextel Communications (EVP, Network and Technical Services), MCI Telecommunications (Chief Financial Officer and various other management positions) and MCI Metro (President and Chief Operating Officer).
Mr. Davis currently serves on the Board of Directors for Unisys and the Board of Trustees for RLJ Lodging Trust.
Mr. Davis received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Engineering Computer Science at the Moore School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Nathan is the founder and Group Leader of the Talent Development business at CEB. The company delivers training, consulting and SaaS tools to build Challenger(TM) commercial capabilities, effortless service experiences, enterprise leadership behaviors, and stronger business partnering performance for professionals in HR, Finance, and IT. He also manages Metrics that Matter(TM), the global leader in learning effectiveness measurement. Prior to CEB he was a partner at the strategy consulting firm that is now called Oliver Wyman. He also worked as a Press Secretary for U.S. Representatives Silvio Conte (R-MA) and David Bonior (D-MI). He has a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from Stanford University.
Neal is CEO & Co-Founder of Speakaboos, an award-winning mobile education platform focused on developing intrinsic motivation in young learners. Neal manages Speakaboos’ purpose and vision, sets its strategy and execution plan, recruits talent and manages strategic relationships with its investors and partners. He has helped guide Speakaboos to be one of the fastest growing and most promising platforms for early childhood literacy, motivating children from PreK- 3rd grade to love reading and read daily. Neal is responsible for assembling a team with deep expertise serving both educators and consumers from Amazon, Amplify, Barnes & Noble, Mattel, NickJr, Pearson, PBS Kids and Scholastic. Investors and Advisors include Wellington Management, Advancit Capital, Blue Cloud Ventures and notable executives including Rick Segal (Founding Partner, ReThink Education); Deborah Quazzo (Founder, GSV Advisors); Betty Cohen (Founding President, Cartoon Network); Gerry Hughes (former President & COO, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Helena Wong (Former President of International, Rosetta Stone); Ian Rowden (former CMO, Virgin); and David Pottruck, (former CEO, Charles Schwab).
Neal is also a Co-Founder of Saavn, the largest streaming platform for South Asian music in the world, whose investors include Tiger Global, Bertelsmann and Liberty Media. Saavn has the broadest music catalog in the industry across 900+ record labels and 28 languages, reaches over 20MM consumers on web, mobile and social platforms and is built on proprietary technology for search, play, recommendation and personalization.
Neal is a Founding Partner at MEDIA which builds consumer media ventures in fragmented markets alongside major media companies. In addition to Speakaboos and Saavn, Neal co-founded each of the MEDIA portfolio companies. MEDIA and its ventures have been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, TIME, Variety, MSNBC and CNN for their innovative approach to building industry-leading ventures.
Neal began his career as an Investment Banker in an upstart unit of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette that advised media & telecom companies. He earned a B.S.F.S. in International Relations at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where he served as the President of the School of Foreign Service Academic Council and received the prestigious Dean’s Citation for excellence in Academics and Leadership.
Neal is a regular speaker at conferences hosted by The Paley Center, O’Reilly, OMMA, Digital Book World, Digital Kids, NAMIC, CES and NAB and teaches digital strategy and storytelling classes for General Assembly and Columbia Business School.
Nelson González is Co-founder of Declara, a Silicon Valley GSV-backed artificial intelligence-enabled social learning company that develops big data technologies being used globally for professional development and innovation.
Nelson also advises leaders in private and public sector institutions in the design and implementation of strategies to leverage investment capital and technology for sustainable social impact, at scale.
Nelson was Chief Strategy Officer of the Stupski Foundation, where he helped create a national innovation initiative to scale personalized learning through public education systems.
He was Founder/CEO of Advent Strategy, a global innovation strategy firm, where he led dozens of engagements with global corporate, media, international development, education, and philanthropic institutions. There, he advised the Colombian President and Minister of Technology on national innovation strategy; developed investment portfolios for dozens of family offices, foundations, and social impact funds; and advised Board and CEOs of leading global social impact institutions working in media, public health, K12/higher education, and international development.
Nelson was Director of the Royal Institution World Science Assembly, a global initiative on pandemic preparedness that engaged pharmaceuticals, the UN, ministries of health, and the media on vaccine development innovation and disease surveillance.
He managed the campaign of Afghan Finance Minister, Ashraf Ghani, current President of Afghanistan, for UN Secretary General, and began his career as an Associate at the Ulanov Partnership, Analyst at Booz Allen, and Consultant at the British Royal Household, through his work for the Revd. Dr. John R.W. Stott.
Nelson has served on the Boards of Directors of Grantmakers for Education; Boundless, a social impact innovation platform; Growth Sector, a leading workforce development organization; and StartOut, a national organization that fosters LGBT entrepreneurs. He served on the Advisory Boards for the Burberry Foundation on innovation and design thinking, and the NYC iZone on research for learning innovation.
He was in the doctoral program at the London School of Economics, and was tutored at Oxford University. He graduated from Amherst College with high honors. He has been a Fellow at Columbia, NYU, and Leuven. A native Colombian, he is fluent in Spanish and French.
Neville is the President of BCCL Worldwide Inc based in the San Francisco Bay Area and part of the leadership team that leads the US operations of media conglomerate Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL), The Times of India Group. An early adopter of the consumer internet & digital landscape, Neville has a proven track record of building and running online businesses for traditional media publishers & online media companies in Emerging Markets of India & South Asia.
A Certified Executive Leadership Coach, he has held several Senior Executive Leadership positions at Microsoft Corporation, Yahoo! Inc., Publicitas, Mid-Day Multimedia Ltd & The Time of India Group.
Neville has been the Co-founder, past Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) in 2004 & 2005. In 2011, 2012 & 2013 he was included in the annual Campaign India ‘A’ list which showcased leaders in advertising, marketing & the media Industry in India. IMPACT Digital 100 List of personalities 2012 & 2013 included Neville in the list of leaders who have contributed to the growth of digital in India. An Angel investor to early stage start-up companies he plays a critical role of a mentor & advisor; his portfolio of investments includes new media companies in the travel, home services, personal wellness, audio processing, mobile application development and augmented reality space in India & the US.
Nick Gaehde is the President of Lexia Learning, the K–12 literacy and assessment division of Rosetta Stone. He has been with Lexia since 2005, and became a member of the Rosetta Stone leadership team in 2013. Nick brings to Rosetta Stone deep industry experience in literacy, software development and K–12 educational publishing. Having guided Lexia through several transformations, he has maintained a keen focus on the company’s mission to help improve student literacy in schools and districts throughout the United States.
Prior to joining Lexia, Nick served as President of Educators Publishing Service, Inc. (EPS), a publisher of literacy solutions for the K–8 market. Before that, he held product management and marketing positions at Vertigo Development Group, Lotus Development Corporation, and New England Business Service. Nick has served on the boards of Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Society and ELLevation Education, a company focused on the needs of English language learners. In 2011, industry peers voted Nick as one of the five “EdNET Leaders to Watch,” recognizing him for his significant contributions to the education industry. Nick attended Pitzer College, where he earned a B.A. in psychology with a focus on early childhood development, and earned his Master’s at Boston University’s School of Management. He speaks English and German.
Nicole is a visionary leader and pioneer at building transformative educational products. As the CEO of Noodle Markets, she leads the company in its mission to enhance efficiency and transparency within the education landscape by revolutionizing K-12 purchasing. Prior to joining the company, Nicole was the President of the Education Solutions Group at CORE Education Consulting and Solutions, LLC., where she oversaw a staff of 300 employees and managed a portfolio of formative assessment, intervention and content solutions for districts and states serving the Pre-K, K-12, Employability, Special Education and Higher Education sectors. Nicole also served as the Senior Vice President of Major Accounts and State Services for Pearson Education Inc., one of the world’s largest education publishing and technology companies. Prior to Pearson, she served as Senior Vice President of Client Services for Schoolnet, Inc. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Binghamton University’s Watson School of Engineering and MBA from the University of Maryland University College.
Dr. Nicos Nicolaou with studies in the US and the UK has over 25 years experience in higher education. Extensive experience with international operations and the establishment of educational operations in Africa. Founded UNICAF which become the leading online eduation platform in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Nivine Megahed, Ph.D. earned her bachelor degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1981, graduating summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her master and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology were earned at the University of Rochester in 1984 and 1987 respectively.
Dr. Megahed has worked in higher education for over twenty years. She has served as a faculty member, a dean, and a president. In addition, she has overseen the administration of operations of multiple campuses for a number of proprietary institutions. Megahed has demonstrated a track record of success relative to institutional growth and development.
Megahed has been sought out internationally to present on issues related to the democratization of education, women in leadership, and the use of technology in education. She has also consulted internationally on program development. Currently, Megahed sits on the board of Tricoci University, Restoring Sight International, the Association of Urban School Leadership (AUSL), Easter Seals, New York Kids Club and Illinois Campus Compact. She is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Club.
In March of 2010, Megahed was named the 11th president of National Louis University, a 125 year old institution recognized for its leadership in teacher preparation. Prior to this role, she served as President of Kendall College in Chicago.
In addition to her passion for higher education, Megahed enjoys time sailing, kayaking, reading, and watching movies.
Norihisa Wada is the CMO of Tokyo-based Edulab, the leading innovator of education and learning with a strong basis in assessment and learning science. Norihisa drives the new business development and investment in the field of EdTech. He is also a Business-Academia Advisor for Kyoto University with a passion for the instructional and behavior design. He has attended many international conferences as a presenter representing Japan in “Serious Games”, “Gamification” and “Mobile Learning”. He has numerous years of education and games experience at both consumer and enterprise oriented companies with proven track record leading game changing organizations in the market.
Norman Atkins is the co-founder and president of Relay GSE. He is also the founder, board chair and former CEO of Uncommon Schools, with 44 schools serving 14,000 students. From 1989 to 1994, he was the co-executive director of the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City. In recent years, Norman has helped found Zearn, an educational technology startup, and has joined the board of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation and the One World Network of Schools.
Orly Friedman is the School Director and member of the founding team of Khan Lab School in Mountain View, CA. Khan Lab School is an independent school associated with Khan Academy, which is dedicated to pioneering models of learning that put students at the center. Orly holds an MA in Early Childhood Education, and an MBA from Stanford University.
Pam Y. Eddinger, Ph.D., is President of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC). The largest community college in Massachusetts, BHCC enrolls more than 14,000 students on campuses in Boston and Chelsea and at three satellite locations.
Before coming to BHCC, Dr. Eddinger served as President of Moorpark College, a 15,000-student comprehensive community college in Moorpark, California. Previously, she was Executive Vice President at Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts.
Dr. Eddinger has served community colleges since 1993 in various leadership roles, including instruction, student services, marketing, institutional advancement and legislative relations. She also served as adjunct lecturer at Boston University in Modern Japanese Literature.
She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Barnard College in New York City and earned both her master’s degree and doctorate in Modern Japanese Literature at Columbia University.
Dr. Eddinger has made appearances on WBUR’s National Public Radio program “On Point with Tom Ashbrook” and on Sunday’s edition of NECN’s “DC Dialogue.” She was among a select group of educators invited three times in 2014 to the White House for a summit on Higher Education hosted by President Obama.
Dr. Eddinger serves on a number of local and national boards: Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), the K-12 Reform non-profit EdVestors, the National Asian/Pacific Islander Council (NAPIC), and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board.
Dr. Eddinger also serves in a number of education-related organizations including: the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) Oversight Board and AACC Commission for Academic Student and Community Development (ASCD).
Dr. Eddinger is a commissioner for the City of Boston Employment Commission by mayoral appointment. She is co-chair of Success Boston, an initiative of The Boston Foundation, and serves on the City of Boston Resilience Steering Committee and the Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success task force at Jobs for the Future.
Bunker Hill Community College is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-four percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC’s students are women. The College also enrolls more than 900 international students who come from approximately 100 countries and speak more than 75 languages.
Patricia Deklotz, superintendent of Kettle Moraine SD in Wisconsin, is transforming schools through personalized learning. Models include four charter schools, a Youth Apprenticeship Manufacturing Certificate diploma, and a multi-age, project-based middle school environment. She led a successful $49.6M bond referendum for capital maintenance, safety & security, technology infrastructure, and renovated learning spaces. KM is pioneering teacher micro-credentials and educator career pathways.
Patricia Wallace is currently the Director of Workforce Development for Maricopa County, the 4th largest County in the nation. Ms. Wallace has over 18 years of experience in education, government and economic development. This background has enabled her to lead transformative changes in today’s workforce industry. She avidly practices evidence based process improvement, intentional professional development and strategic fiscal planning. Ms. Wallace earned her undergraduate degree in Family Development and Social Sciences from Purdue University as well as her M.A. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. She resides in the Phoenix, AZ suburbs with her husband and three children.
Patrick is Navitas’ Chief Development Officer and responsible for the growth and transformation of Navitas to deliver on our vision ‘to be one of the most trusted learning organisations in the world’. Navitas partners with Universities, Government and Industry to deliver an extensive range of educational services to over 80,000 students through more than 120 institutions in 31 countries. Last year, on Navitas’ 20th anniversary, Forbes ranked Navitas “25th Most Innovative Growth Company in the World”.
Patrick is leading the development of Australia’s first dedicated EdTech accelerator, has been a member of the B20 Human Capital Taskforce for the past 4 years and in his role as CDO his portfolio includes Learning & Teaching, Innovation and Disruption, Business Development, Strategy, Marketing, Recruitment and Regulatory teams. Prior to joining Navitas, Patrick held a number of senior appointments with Australian multinationals working across Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Patrick holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of New South Wales and is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon.
Paul Freedman is the CEO of ApprenNet, and co-founder of Entangled Ventures.
A longtime advocate for the transformative power of a college education, he has founded, managed, and invested in several successful education ventures.
Previously, Paul was the Founder & CEO of Altius Education, an innovator in higher education focused on creating effective, personalized pathways to postsecondary degrees.
Prior to finishing college at the University of Chicago, Paul created Academic Engine, a college recruitment technology company that he later sold to Hobsons in 2004.
After selling the company, Paul spent 4 years as the president of Hobson’s subsidiary focused on online student recruitment technologies prior to founding Altius.
Paul Gollash is the CEO of Voxy, a NYC-based ed tech company that he founded in 2010. Voxy’s personalized English learning platform delivers unprecedented efficacy, and is changing how second languages are taught around the world. He has helped build a number of companies in his career, most recently as a venture investor for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. He has a BA from Dartmouth and an MBA with Honors from The University of Chicago (Booth).
Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc is President of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Under the ten years of Paul’s direction, SNHU has more than quadrupled in size and is the second largest non-profit provider of online higher education in the country, and the first to have a full competency-based degree program untethered to the credit hour or classes approved by a regional accreditor and the US Department of Education.
In 2012 the university was #12 on Fast Company magazine’s “World’s Fifty Most Innovative Companies” list and was the only university included. Paul won a New England Higher Education Excellence Award in 2012, the 2015 NH Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and had repeatedly been named one of “New Hampshire’s Most Influential People” by New Hampshire Business Review. Forbes Magazine has listed him as one of its 15 “Classroom Revolutionaries,” he was featured on Bloomberg TV’s “Innovators” series, Fast Company included him in its “1000 Most Creative People” List, and Washington Monthly named him one of America’s ten most innovative university presidents.
He most recently served as Senior Policy Advisor to Under Secretary Ted Mitchell at the US Department of Education, working on competency-based education, new accreditation pathways, and innovation. He also serves on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity and on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on Quality in Undergraduate Education.
Paul immigrated to the United States as a child, was the first person in his extended family to attend college, and is a graduate of Framingham State University (BA), Boston College (MA), and the University of Massachusetts (PhD). From 1993 to 1996 he directed a technology start up for Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company, was President of Marlboro College (VT) from 1996 to 2003, and became President of SNHU in 2003. His wife Patricia is an attorney and their daughters Emma and Hannah are doctoral students. Annie, their black Labrador Retriever, studies sleeping on the couch and ways to steal food from the counter tops.
Paula Olson is a managing director and head of Education Technology and Services Investment Banking within the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications group at Wells Fargo Securities.
Paula has extensive experience advising companies and financial sponsors on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and corporate debt and equity financings. Her client base spans various sub-sectors along the learning spectrum from pre-k to the lifelong learner, with a strong focus on software and technology related to training, content, and tech-enabled services.
Paula joined Wells Fargo in 2007 from Bank of America Securities.
Paula earned a B.S. from Providence College, an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and an M.A. in international affairs, focused on international economics, from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Paula served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Zimbabwe where she led initiatives in skills training and entrepreneurship.
Paula Tallal, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Cambridge University in 1973. She was on the faculty of John Hopkins and UCSD before being recruited to co-found the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers, Newark in 1987. Tallal has received Rutgers’ highest academic award, Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research and holds the University’s highest academic rank, Board of Governors Professor of Neuroscience. In 2014 Tallal moved to San Diego where she is currently on the faculty at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies as well as the Center for Human Development at the University of California San Diego.
For the past 30 years Dr. Tallal has led NIH and NSF funded multidisciplinary research teams and has published over 250 papers on the neurobiological basis of speech, language and reading development and disorders. She was selected by the Library of Congress to be the Commentator for the Field of Psychology at its Bicentennial Celebration. She recently was invited to testified before Congress on Dyslexia.
In 1996, Tallal co-founded the Scientific Learning Corporation (SCIL), a neuroscience company dedicated to developing and delivering research-based, cognitive training programs broadly aimed at improving academic outcomes, where she continues to serve on the Board of Directors. She is the co-inventor on dozens of patents and won the Thomas Alvin Edison Patent Award for her innovative research leading to the development of the Fast ForWord series of neuroeducational training programs. Tallal was honored for her innovations in understanding the role of temporal dynamics in rapid pattern recognition and prediction in learning by being selected as the 2012 Inventor of the Year by the New Jersey Inventor’s Hall of Fame.
Paulo de Tarso joined Kroton in 2012. He has served as Operations Director, New Business Director, General Director of Uniasselvi, Director of Graduate and Vocational Programs. Since April 2015, he is Business & Innovation Vice-President. He holds an MBA from Wharton School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) and completed a non-degree program in business administration at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV). Previously he worked for eight years in financial services for individuals at Banco Itaú, at a company in the portfolio of Advent International in Brazil and at Citibank in New York.
Perry Samson is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan. He is the founder of LectureTools, which was acquired by Echo360 in 2012, and co-founder of The Weather Underground. He holds an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship at the University of Michigan in recognition of “outstanding contributions to undergraduate education” and is the recipient of one of the inaugural “Teaching Innovation Awards” at the University of Michigan. In 2010, he was named “Distinguished Professor of the Year” in the State of Michigan. Perry is a frequent speaker as an evangelist for improving student engagement through creative use of technology.
Peter Callstrom brings 25 years of nonprofit, workforce and community development experience to the San Diego Workforce Partnership.
Under Peter’s leadership, the SDWP has expanded services, received excellent audits, and has been awarded many new grants and contracts to serve more job seekers in our region. In addition to working with his team to deliver the mission, Peter works closely with governance leaders who provide guidance and input on policy. Created under a joint powers agreement (City and County of San Diego), the SDWP deploys state and federal workforce funds (annually $40M) throughout our region (3.3M people) with a focus on underserved populations. The SDWP succeeds with a laser focus on innovative, cost-effective, and measurable solutions.
Peter currently serves on numerous boards and committees including the United States Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council, California Workforce Association, and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.
As CEO of Partnerships With Industry (PWI) for 15 years, Peter led the organization through tenfold growth, fiscal stability, and outstanding accreditation outcomes. PWI provides vocational and community support services for adults with disabilities. Peter implemented various innovations including the creation of a custom network of relational databases that managed all services and improved efficiencies dramatically.
Peter served on the Board of Trustees of CARF (the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission) for six years and was elected Vice Chair. Through accreditation, CARF assists service providers in improving the quality of their services, demonstrating value, and meeting internationally recognized organizational and program standards. Peter also served as a CARF surveyor and performed consultative surveys of providers throughout North America. In addition, Peter was a featured presenter at CARF’s international conferences, and conducted advanced trainings for CARF throughout the country on subjects including technology and outcomes management.
Just prior to joining SDWP, Peter was the CEO of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH), the region’s data and information resource and leader on a myriad of issues related to addressing homelessness. At the RTFH, Peter increased collaborative activities with many groups and community leaders and served on several Boards including: United Way’s Home Again, Community Information Exchange, Ending Homelessness In Downtown San Diego, Keys To Housing – Ending Family Homelessness, the Alliance for Regional Solutions, and the Regional Continuum of Care.
A Minnesota native and now a resident of San Diego since 1986, Peter and his wife and two young daughters live in Carmel Valley.
Pham Minh Tuan, Ph.D is Founder and CEO of Topica Edtech Group. Topica is a leading online education provider in South East Asia, with 1,000 full-time staff and 1,800 instructors in Bangkok, Danang, Hanoi, Hochiminh City, Jakarta, Manila, and Singapore. Topica is one of the first among online education startups globally, to have developed 3 different products that are leading their segments, and an Edtech ecosystem platform. Topica Uni partners with 11 universities, including top-tier institutions in the Philippines and Vietnam, to operate high-quality online degree programs. Topica Native provides online English speech tutoring courses in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, and was the first in the world to launch an English speech-tutoring app on an Augmented Reality platform. Topica Edumall is a distribution platform for Topica’s short and degree courses, and for third-party products. Topica Founder Institute is a pre-seed startup accelerator in Bangkok and Hanoi, whose grads have raised million-dollars funding rounds. Previously, Pham served as a Vice Dean at Hanoi University of Technology, a Dean at Hanoi Open University, and a Senior Visiting Scholar at University of California, San Diego. Before that, he served as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Budapest, an investment officer at Extramedia Ventures in Singapore and New York, and a software architect at Integra Software in Budapest. Pham received a PhD and an MSc from Budapest University of Technology, and an MBA from New York University Stern School. Pham was honored by World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2012. He is a judge member of the Academy of Global Teacher Prize, Steering Committee Member of Asia Pacific Incubation Network.
Dr. Philip Hickman is a true transformational leader in K-12 education and educational technology. Dr. Hickman is a leading expert on the best practices for using educational technology district wide, the classroom level and for student personalization. Dr. Hickman’s passion for educating all children to be future ready causes him to constantly disrupt the current education system. Philip created the company MindAble Solutions to develop leading educational technology, produce educational literature, and consult school districts and technology companies. Philip invented a new education instructional model the K-16 Instructional and Technology Integration Model (K-16 ITI Model) that is transforming teaching and personalizing learning within the classroom. Dr. Hickman’s obsession with personalized learning fuels his partnership with the United States Department of Education on the #GoOpen movement or Openly License Educational Recourses (OER). Dr. Hickman is an AASA Nationally Certified Superintendent and continues to be a leading authority presenting at many of the top Ed Tech and Personalized Learning conferences in the nation.
Currently, Dr. Hickman is the Superintendent Columbus Municipal School District in Columbus Mississippi. Philip has received national recognition for his visionary integration of technology, personalization, and instructional transformation. Philip is only one of six U.S. Department of Education Ambassador Districts for OER. Dr. Hickman is an expert in systems design and has proven that district transformation can happen faster, more efficient, and effective through a strategic implementation and professional development system. Dr. Hickman is also an author of the book “Stop Dribbling Footballs” found on Amazon.com.
Dr. Hickman has served diverse student populations and has led key reform initiatives across the nation in key leadership positions. Dr. Philip Hickman has previously served as the Assistant Superintendent as well as Area Superintendent for Houston Independent School District. Houston ISD is the seventh largest school district in the nation with about 300 schools and serving around 210,000 students. Dr. Hickman has served as an adjunct professor at several universities. Philip was an assistant superintendent in Kansas City, Missouri and educational advisor for a Missouri Senator. Philip was a principal in Joliet, Illinois and Aurora, Illinois. Philip also worked as the assistant principal, dean of students, counselor, and school psychologist in Belleville, Illinois. Philip was a school psychologist for the Saint Louis County Special School District. Philip was also a special educator and student advocate in Columbia, Missouri.
Dr. Philip Hickman received his Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Psychology with a minor in Speech Pathology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Philip has a Masters of Arts in Education (M.Ed.) and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in School Psychology from the University of Missouri- Columbia. Philip also studied at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville receiving a Masters (M.Ed.) in Educational Administration. Philip continued his education at Saint Louis University receiving an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S) and a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership.
Philip Regier is responsible for Arizona State University’s expansion into online learning and has been a member of the university leadership team focused on education innovation since 2009. In the first six years of his tenure as dean of ASU online, the fully online student population grew from 400 to more than 20,000, with the number of degree programs offered growing from six to 100.
Focused on driving quality and access simultaneously, Regier helped the university develop novel partnerships with leading education technology companies including Pearson, Knewton and edX. Today, online programs at ASU utilize more than 150 technologies and the university is a co-convener of the ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit, the largest and most recognized convening of education technology entrepreneurs, investors and users in the world.
In 2015, ASU ranked number one on U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural list of the most innovative universities, ahead of Stanford and MIT. The university has also received recognition from The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for its work in adaptive learning and use of data in student advising, as well as earning the top ranking by U.S. News & World Report for online student services and technology. In June 2014, the university announced a groundbreaking partnership with Starbucks Corporation to provide ASU’s online degree programs to eligible U.S. Starbucks partners at no out-of-pocket cost for tuition.
In 2015, Regier was named University Dean for Educational Initiatives and Chief Executive Officer of EdPlus at ASU for the purpose of expanding upon the success of the university’s digital-immersion programs and extending online teaching and learning globally.
Regier previously served as executive dean at the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU. He is an accounting faculty member and has published research in leading academic journals on postretirement benefits, corporate restructuring and market-based accounting. Regier earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy and mathematics from St. John’s College and his Ph.D. in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Phyllis Lockett is the CEO of LEAP Innovations, an education innovation hub that discovers, pilots and scales innovative technologies and practices to transform education in our country.
Before starting LEAP, Phyllis was a driving force behind Chicago’s charter movement. As founding president and CEO of New Schools for Chicago, she helped raise more than $70 million to support opening 80 new public schools, primarily charters. Her work more than tripled the number of charter schools and drove Chicago’s first magnet school replication. For nearly a decade, she focused on bringing quality public schools to communities of high need and advocating for school choice.
She previously served as executive director of the Civic Consulting Alliance (CCA), a pro bono consulting firm for government agencies, and held marketing, sales and business development roles with Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Kraft Foods and General Mills.
Born and raised on Chicago’s south side, Phyllis is a graduate of the Chicago Public Schools system, and both of her parents were Chicago Public Schools teachers. She earned a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.
Preston Silverman is CEO & Co-Founder of Raise.me, a social enterprise that is expanding access to higher education by improving the impact of financial aid. Rather than waiting until the end of high school to award scholarships, which is often too late to impact students’ college ambitions or application decisions, Raise.me enables students to earn ‘micro-scholarships’ throughout high school based on their personal progress and development. To date, students at over 15,000 high schools are earning micro-scholarships from 150 colleges, including Notre Dame, ASU, Penn State, Georgia Tech, and Tulane. Preston previously served as Director of Asia-Pacific at FSG, an emerging markets consultancy.
Pulin Sanghvi is the inaugural Executive Director of Career Services at Princeton University, where he is leading a reimagining of the career center focused on purpose and meaningful work.
Pulin teaches a Career and Life Vision program based upon the idea of hypothesis-driven self-exploration that has engaged thousands of members of the Princeton community. Pulin has also been driving several strategic initiatives focused on creating personalized matching between students, alumni, and organizations. Pulin serves on the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council and the Service and Civic Engagement Steering Committee.
Pulin was formerly Assistant Dean and Director of the Career Management Center at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was formerly a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Palo Alto and an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Company in New York.
Pulin graduated from Yale in 1992 with a BA summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with Distinction in Economics, and also holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Pulin serves on the National Board of Directors of Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit focused on changing the win-at-all-cost culture around youth sports. He serves Yale on the Association of Yale Alumni Board of Governors, and previously served on an advisory council to the Association of Yale Alumni and as the Yale Palo Alto Alumni Schools Committee Director.
Rachel is the CEO and Co-Founder of Guild Education. Guild offers online classes, programs and degrees to working adults, helping them move forward in their education and career. She previously founded Student Blueprint, an online education company, and worked for Quad Learning / American Honors as a director. She also worked at the Parthenon Group in their education and private equity practices. She has worked on 5 political campaigns including the 2008 Obama campaign, Transition Team and in the Obama White House in the Office of Presidential Personnel. Rachel has an MBA, M.A. in Education and a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University
Raffaela Rein is founder and CEO of CareerFoundry, Europe’s leading destination for career development in the new economy.
Raffaela graduated from the University of Durham in Finance before starting her career as an Investment Strategist for BlackRock in London. She went on to launch three e-commerce companies for Rocket Internet in APAC before founding CareerFoundry in 2013, for which she raised €5million to date.
Raj Echambadi is a Professor and James F. Towey Fellow in the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also serves as the Senior Associate Dean for MBA Programs and Strategic Innovation for the College of Business. Raj’s research focuses on how firms can simultaneously exploit existing markets while exploring new ones in order to renew themselves successfully over time. Utilizing key principles from his research on innovative organizations, Raj’s team at Illinois was instrumental in conceptualizing and launching the “first of its kind” MOOC-based online MBA (iMBA), in partnership with Coursera, the Silicon Valley-based online learning company. This online model incorporating both degree- and non-degree offerings targeted at different segments has been referred to as a “breakthrough innovation” in graduate education.
Rajiv Vinnakota is the Executive Vice President of the Youth & Engagement division at the Aspen Institute, a new venture focusing on youth leadership development, civic engagement, and social justice. Prior to the Aspen Institute, Raj was the co-founder and CEO of The SEED Foundation, the nation’s first network of public, college-preparatory boarding schools for underserved children. Raj is a board director for Colfax Corporation, an Echoing Green fellow and an Ashoka fellow. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in molecular biology and also earned a certificate of studies from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs & Public Policy.
Dr. Randolph E. Ward was hired as San Diego County Superintendent of Schools in June 2006. As County Superintendent, he presides over the support infrastructure for 42 school districts serving nearly 500,000 students. Dr. Ward also directly oversees the County’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools, which provide education to youth who are either wards of the court, or have been referred by social services, probation, or a local school district.
He was previously the state-appointed administrator of the Oakland Unified School District. Under his leadership, student test scores in Oakland increased significantly, drop-out rates declined, and he was credited with closing a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.
Prior to his tenure in Oakland, Dr. Ward was the state-appointed administrator in the Compton Unified School District, where he was credited with restoring fiscal and academic solvency. Under his tenure, Compton student test scores increased five consecutive years.
Ward’s education career began in 1979, as a preschool teacher in his hometown of Boston. Fluent in Spanish and English, he has also taught in Colombia and Venezuela.
He has a B.S. from Tufts University in Early Childhood Education and Mental Health, a Masters in School Leadership from Harvard and another in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts. He has an Ed.D. in Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
He is married and has two children, a boy and a girl.
Dr. Rhonda Quash Coats was born is a small farming community in Dawn, Virginia. She earned a B.S. degree from Norfolk State University in Health and Physical Education, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University.
She has worked in college admissions, taught basic skills and GED preparation classes, been a director of student financial aid, a policy administrator at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and a VP for Student Services at South Puget Sound Community College. In August 2015 she joined the team at Davidson County Community College in North Carolina as Vice President, Student Affairs and loving it!
Rhonda is a long-time advocate for access and success of students of color and other historically underrepresented student groups in higher education. Her work can best be summed by a quote from a colleague, “Dr. Coats is truly a local hero to many people and a leader in moving our higher education system toward greater equity for all. She believes in the power of education to open doors for people from all walks of life, particularly those who have lacked access to systems of power.”
Rhonda lives in Greensboro with her husband Ray and they have four wonderful children Victoria, Miles, Valerie, and Wesley.
Richard Culatta is a leader in the field of innovation and education. He has worked in K-12, higher education, corporate, and government settings. Prior to becoming the Chief Innovation Officer for the State of Rhode Island, Culatta was the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education where he focused on using technology to close equity gaps in schools across the country. Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as an education policy advisor to US Senator Patty Murray and as Chief Technology Officer at CIA University. Before his work with the federal government, Culatta was the learning technologies advisor for the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University and the Director of Operations for the Rose Education Foundation. He began working with instructional technology at the University of Rhode Island where he co-taught the universitiy’s first technology integration workshops for faculty. Culatta is a certified Spanish teacher and active in promoting bilingual and arts education in public schools.
Richard A. DeMillo is the Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Chair of Computer Science and Professor of Management at Georgia Tech. He founded and directs the Center for 21st Century Universities, a unique institution. The Center is Georgia Tech’s living laboratory for fundamental change in higher education. He is responsible for educational innovation at Georgia Tech and is a national leader and spokesman in the online revolution in higher education. Under his leadership, Georgia Tech has developed a pipeline of 50 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that together enroll a million learners. Georgia Tech’s innovation projects include new research in blended learning and a groundbreaking MOOC-based Master’s degree in computer science that offers a Georgia Tech degree for under $7,000. He was named Lumina Foundation Fellow in recognition of his work in higher education.
He was previously the John P. Imlay Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech where he led the design and implementation of the Threads program, which has helped transform undergraduate engineering education in the US and around the world. His influential 2011 book Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities, which helped spark the national discussion of the future of higher education, was inspired by this experience.
He was Hewlett-Packard’s first Chief Technology Officer, where he had worldwide responsibility for technology. He led HP through technology revolutions in super computing, printing, open source software, information security, and nanotechnology. Prior to joining HP, he was in charge of Research at Bellcore, where he oversaw the development of many Internet and web-based innovations. He has also directed the Computer and Computation Research Division of the National Science Foundation. During his twenty-year academic career, he has held academic positions at Purdue University, The University of Wisconsin and the University of Padua (Italy).
The author of over 100 articles, books, and patents, Rich’s research has spanned computer science and includes fundamental innovation in computer security, software engineering and mathematics. He is a Fellow of both the Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Computing Machinery. His book, Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities, was published by MIT Press in 2011. A sequel entitled Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators will make College Accessible and Affordable was published by MIT Press in 2015.
Richard Rusczyk is the founder and CEO of Art of Problem Solving (AoPS), the online leader in providing educational opportunities for high-performing math students in grades 2-12. The AoPS online school will have over 15,000 enrollments in 2016, and its online community has over 200,000 members who have contributed over 4 million messages. Over the last 13 years, AoPS has trained numerous gold medalists in international math and science competitions, as well as several winners of the Intel and Siemens research competitions. The six team members of the 2015 US team that won the International Math Olympiad collectively took over 40 classes with AoPS.
Rusczyk is the author or co-author of seven mathematics textbooks. He received the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions Paul Erdös Award in 2014. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in chemical engineering in 1993, and was a Senior Vice President at D. E. Shaw before starting Art of Problem Solving.
Rusczyk is also the founder and president of the Art of Problem Solving Foundation, a non-profit organization that runs the USA Mathematical Talent Search and the Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) program. BEAM provides summer camps and year-round support for strong math students in underserved New York City schools.
Richard Sarnoff is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Technology, Media, & Telecommunications industry group for KKR. In this role Mr. Sarnoff leads KKR’s investing activities in the Media, Communications, Digital Media and Education sectors for private equity and growth equity platforms in the Americas. Prior to this position, Mr. Sarnoff served as a Senior Adviser to KKR, working closely with both investment teams and portfolio companies. Until 2011, Mr. Sarnoff was Co-Chairman of Bertelsmann, Inc., and President of Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI.) A longstanding senior executive at Bertelsmann, Mr. Sarnoff served as CFO and EVP of Random House beginning in 1998 and became the first U.S. executive to serve on the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann AG in 2002. Starting in 2006, he established and ran its corporate digital media investing arm, BDMI, and concurrently served as Chairman of the Association of American Publishers. He was named the publishing industry’s Person of the Year by Publishers Weekly magazine in 2009. Mr. Sarnoff graduated summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 1981 with a B.A. in Art and Archaeology, and earned an MBA from Harvard University in 1987. He served as an independent board member of Activision Blizzard from 2005 to 2015, among other companies, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Weld North, Cengage, and Chegg, as well as not-for-profit organizations including the Center for Communication, the Bronx Lab School, and Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy.
Rick Levin is the Chief Executive Officer of Coursera. In 2013, he completed a twenty-year term as President of Yale University, during which time he played an integral role in growing the University’s programs, resources and reputation internationally. Rick is the Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics and Director of the Project on U.S.-China Relations at Yale University. He was named to the Yale faculty in 1974 and spent the next two decades teaching, conducting research, serving on committees and working in administration at the university. Mr. Levin served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. He is a director of American Express and C3 Energy. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Rick received his Bachelor’s degree in History from Stanford University and studied Politics and Philosophy at Oxford University, where he earned a Bachelor of Letters degree. In 1974, Dr. Levin received his Ph.D. from Yale University and holds Honorary Degrees from Harvard, Princeton, Oxford, and Peking Universities. Rick and his wife Jane have four children and seven grandchildren.
Richard K. Miller was appointed President and first employee of Olin College of Engineering in 1999. He served as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa from 1992-99. The previous 17 years were spent on the Engineering faculty at USC in Los Angeles and UCSB in Santa Barbara. With a background in applied mechanics and current interests in innovation in higher education, Miller is the author of more than 100 reviewed journal articles and other technical publications. Together with two Olin colleagues, he received the 2013 Bernard M. Gordon Prize from the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. A member of both the NAE and the National Academy of Inventors, he received the Marlowe Award for creative and distinguished administrative leadership from the American Society for Engineering Education in 2011. Miller served as Chair of the Engineering Advisory Committee of the U.S. National Science Foundation and has served on advisory boards and committees for Harvard University, Stanford University, the NAE and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in addition to others. Furthermore, he has served as a consultant to the World Bank in the establishment of new universities. A frequent speaker on engineering education, he received the 2002 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from the University of California at Davis, where he earned his B.S. He earned his M.S. from MIT and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, where he received the 2014 Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award.
Dr. Rob Abel is the Chief Executive Officer of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, a nonprofit collaboration of the world’s leading universities, school districts, government organizations, content providers, and technology suppliers, cooperating to accelerate learning technology interoperability, adoption, and impact. Rob has been the CEO of IMS since February of 2006.
Rob is a recognized expert on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for learning with over 30 years high tech and education market development experience. Under Rob’s leadership IMS has introduced the Learning Impact program, which is setting new benchmarks for high impact applications of technology in support of learning worldwide. During Rob’s tenure IMS has experienced dramatic growth in terms of members, revenues, and achieved significant adoption of IMS work by leading regional education communities worldwide. Under Rob’s leadership IMS is providing a foundation of technical interoperability and industry collaboration that is improving access, affordability, and quality of educational experiences worldwide.
Prior to IMS Rob was Senior Vice President at Collegis (now SunGard Higher Education), the leading provider of ICT services to U.S. higher education, he was responsible for online and academic services provided to over 60 U.S. institutions. As Senior Director at Oracle Education he was a leader and innovator in the development of online learning architectures and related standards. Rob holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University, a Masters degree in Management from Stanford, a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a Baccalaureate degree in Computational Physics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Rob Grimshaw is the CEO of TES Global, having joined the company in November 2014. Previously, Rob lead the successful development of digital at the Financial Times in his role as Managing Director, FT.com. He was also responsible for the FT¹s print subscriptions, events business and its New York Institute of Finance professional development subsidiary. Rob joined the Financial Times in 1998, holding a series of commercial roles before taking responsibility for FT.com. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy & Politics from the University of Warwick.
Rob Hutter is the co-founder and managing partner of Learn Capital. Learn Capital is a global education venture capital fund whose portfolio companies are dedicated to scalable learning technology and cloud-assisted instructional services for people of every age and background. The fund’s investments include companies like General Assembly, Udemy, Bridge International Academies, Coursera, Edmodo, Alt School, Minerva Schools, DIY, LearnZillion, Andela, as well as significant other groundbreaking startups. Prior to Learn Capital, Rob was a general partner at Revolution Ventures, an affiliate of Founders Fund. Rob has devoted most of his adult life to the pursuit of more effective learning experiences, beginning with math education research in the mid-1990s at Harvard, where he is a graduate. Rob is a co-founder of Edusoft, acquired by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt, and a patent holder in games-based multiplayer learning. In addition to Learn Capital, Rob is a general partner of RCV, a school facilities fund authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department that focuses on high performance education organizations.
Rob Paddock is a passionate entrepreneur and educator, with a personal mission to improve lives through better education.
After teaching music in his early career in Cape Town, Rob moved to London to assist with the establishment of a corporate team-building company. On returning to South Africa 4 years later, he launched GetSmarter with his brother, where he is currently Chief of Education.
Rob has spearheaded GetSmarter’s unique people-driven learning model, which brings pedagogy, technology, and people together to provide a meaningful learning experience for its online students. Having educated over 35,000 students on University accredited short courses, 90% of whom have successfully graduated, GetSmarter’s approach to online education is redefining what can be accomplished through online education. Rob holds a PGCE, and is currently completing his Masters in Online and Distance Education at the Open University UK.
Rob is an advocate for technology-enhanced learning, and speaks regularly at University seminars, conferences and workshops. Rob is an Executive Director of Hubble Studios, a creative e-learning agency in Cape Town, and an advisor to a number of online education companies in Africa and abroad.
Rob Solomon is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of GoFundMe. With more than 20 years of experience helping to build some of the biggest names in tech, Rob wants to make GoFundMe the online destination for personal causes. Previously he was a venture partner at Accel Partners, where he advised their portfolio companies on a wide range of strategic and operational issues. Rob’s most recent operating role was as President and COO of Groupon during the company’s hyper-growth stage. He helped scale the company from 100 to more than 5,000 employees with a focus on Groupon’s sales, marketing, business development, operations and international functions. Rob also served as CEO of Sidestep, where he led the company’s turnaround and merger with Kayak. At Yahoo, he ran the commerce business unit. He has also served in various product, marketing and investment roles at Electronic Arts, Technology Crossover Ventures, Cendant, GolfWeb, Zaplet, and Hapag-Lloyd. Rob has a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an active investor in technology startups, and he serves on the board of directors of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA.
Robert R. Neu began serving as Oklahoma City Public School Superintendent in July 2014. He is the chief instructional and operational officer of a highly diverse district of 46,000 students, 89 schools and more than 5,000 dedicated staff members.
Prior to his present position he served as Superintendent of Schools in Federal Way, Washington, a multi-cultural district of 23,000 students. He successfully led bold education reform initiatives in equity, policy development, standards-based education and global learning. Federal Way’s Academic Acceleration policy closed the opportunity gap in advanced placement student enrollment and was passed into law by the Washington State legislature in 2013.
A Michigan native, Rob served as a coach, teacher and later Superintendent of the Waterford School District in Michigan and in 2000, Rob was named the Associated Press Michigan Boys Basketball Coach of the Year.
Rob has served on the Superintendents Council of the College Board, and the Governing Board of the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a consulting member of the Education Research Development Institute and was president-elect of the Michigan Coaches Basketball Association.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education from Eastern Michigan University; s Masters Degree in Secondary School Administration from Central Michigan University; and an Education Specialist Degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.
Rob is married to his wife of 25 years, Kelly, and they have six children ranging in age from 10 to 19 years old.
Rodrigo Salvador, CEO and co-founder of Passei Direto (www.passeidireto.com), is 26 years old, a graduate in Marketing, a post-graduate in Business Management and is attending his last course in his Business Major. In 2007, when he was 17, he became a partner in his family’s education business and wrote the first business plan of what came to be Passei Direto.
Rodrigo was selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 Brazil List.
Rohit Agarwal is the General Manager for Education for Amazon, where he leads Amazon’s efforts to leverage technology to deliver digital curriculum, content platforms, and consumer solutions for the K-12 education market segment. Prior to Amazon, Rohit was the cofounder and CEO of TenMarks Education.
A repeat entrepreneur, Rohit’s 25 years career in technology has included ventures in Education, Heathcare, Retail, Enterprise Resource Planning, and CRM.
After nearly two decades of public service for the city of Chicago, including CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Ron Huberman joined the private sector in 2011 and co-founded TeacherMatch® — an Advanced Education Talent Management company in the K-12 education technology space that utilizes predictive analytics to assess and rank teacher candidates on the likelihood of their ability to deliver measurable student growth. This revolutionary new hiring tool is now being used throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada and China.
While serving as CEO/Superintendent of the third largest school system in the country with over 675 schools and more than 400,000 students, Ron instituted sweeping reforms including online assessment of all students, innovative accountability measures, and a first-of-its-kind student safety plan. Additionally, he met regularly with educational experts to develop a set of strategic priorities — among them advancing teacher recruitment and retention, updating school security, cutting fat from the district’s nearly $6 billion budget, and transferring available resources to local schools. On January 13, 2011, the Chicago City Council approved a resolution honoring Huberman for his service — praising him as “a dynamic leader who has demonstrated a widely admired commitment to improving the city’s public school system,” and stating that his “hard work, sacrifice and dedication serve as an example to all.”
Ron received a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison . . . and earned a Master of Social Work and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago — where he was both a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, and an Albert Schweitzer Fellow. In 2009, Huberman was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award by the prestigious Booth Graduate School of Business/University of Chicago.
Ron Painter is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Workforce Boards, assuming his role in July of 2009. Ron was the founding CEO of the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board in Pittsburgh, where under his leadership the organization focused on producing labor market research, working with public educators on improved student career information, supporting community leaders in the development of regional benchmarks, and establishing the Regional Workforce Collaborative whose membership includes community colleges, WIBs, employers, labor, and economic development professionals. Before joining the Three Rivers Workforce Board, he worked in Washington, DC, first on loan to the U.S. Department of Labor for the Enterprise Project, and then for the National Alliance of Business. Mr. Painter holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Public Administration and advanced graduate coursework from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public & International Affairs, where he served as Adjunct Faculty.
Ronald Mitchell is the CEO & Founder of Virgil Inc., a career assessment and analytics platform that delivers data-driven insights into job seeker and employee capabilities and skill gaps. Over the past 10 years, Ron has developed several companies and technologies focused on career navigation and professional development including CareerCore, ExpertPrep, and the AlumniAthlete Network. Prior to his work in the career space, Ron was a General Partner of Provender Capital Group, LLC, a growth equity fund making principal investments in the areas of media, FinTech and specialty retail. His professional experience also includes Morgan Stanley, McKinsey and Mitchell & Titus. Ron earned his AB from Harvard University and MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business where he served as President of his class. While at Harvard College, Ron was a two-time captain of the varsity basketball team and 3-Time All-Ivy selection. He is also a member of the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame.
UpGrad Founder Ronnie Screwvala is a first generation entrepreneur who pioneered Cable TV in India, built one of the largest toothbrush manufacturing operations and went on to create a Media & Entertainment conglomerate – UTV – spanning Television, Broadcasting, Digital, Mobile and Motion Pictures, which he divested to The Walt Disney Company in 2012
Demonstrating an innate ability to merge creativity with commerce, Newsweek termed him the Jack Warner of India, Esquire rated him one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st Century and Fortune as Asia’s 25 most powerful.
Onto his second innings, Ronnie is driven by his interest in championing Entrepreneurship – authored a book on Entrepreneurship titled Dream With Your Eyes Open, and is also focused to build his next set of ground up businesses in high growth and impact sectors.
UpGrad zeroes in on the massive opportunity that exists in creating an Online Education Company, of scale – focusing on the post graduation, higher studies and specialization areas.
U Sports is committed to build a sports company spanning Kabaddi, Football, Moto Sport + E Sports – via league and team ownerships as well as grass root training programs.
Ronnie is also passionate about Social Welfare and is active along with his wife Zarina as Founder Trustees of The Swades Foundation, which operates with the single minded focus of empowering one million lives in Rural India every 5-6 years through a unique 360 degree model with verticals in Water, Sanitation, Health, Nutrition, Community Mobilization, Education, and most importantly Agriculture & Livelihood, to lift them out of poverty permanently.
Rose Else-Mitchell leads the newly-formed Professional Services organization at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the global learning company. She is designing the strategy, operating model, and integration design for combining Scholastic Education services’ business and HMH legacy Services divisions to optimize HMH’s ability to meet schools’ rapidly-evolving professional service needs through the United States and internationally.
Rose served in a variety of roles at Scholastic prior to the acquisition of Scholastic Education by HMH in 2015. Most recently she was Senior Vice President, Education, overseeing the vision, strategy and development of all blended programs and assessment, preK-12. Rose led teams that developed reading intervention technology and curriculum programs including READ 180 Universal, READ 180 Next Generation, MATH 180, System 44, Expert 21, iRead and Big Day for Pre K. From 2013, she served a dual role as Global Digital Publisher at Scholastic Inc., supporting the international business’ transformation to education sales model and the development of digital solutions throughout established subsidiaries and emerging markets.
Prior to Scholastic, Rose worked as a professional development publisher in Sydney, Australia, partnering across academia and the classroom focused on scaling practices to improve teaching and learning. She has worked for education non-profits, as a TV book reviewer, educational researcher, and a classroom teacher – all in the service of engaging and innovating the learning experience. She has a Masters degree from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oxford.
She is Board member of the Institute of Play (IOP) based in New York.
Russlynn Ali is Chief Executive Officer of XQ Institute.
Russlynn believes that education is the cornerstone to self-reliance.
It’s why she served as assistant secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education from 2009 to 2012, acting as Secretary Arne Duncan’s lead advisor on equity and civil rights, and leading over 600 attorneys as they revitalized civil rights enforcement in education.
It’s why, prior to her work in the Obama Administration, Russlynn served as vice president of the Education Trust in Washington, D.C. and founded and ran Education Trust4West, in Oakland.
It’s why, today, Russlynn has served as Emerson Collectives’ thought leader and ambassador on educational quality. As Managing Director at Emerson, she has shaped investments in and partnerships with other organizations to advance educational equity in the U.S.
And, it’s why Russlynn founded and serves as a board member and CEO of XQ Institute, a collaboration dedicated to rethinking school in America. XQ Institute’s mission is to develop new learning opportunities for young people that open up the possibilities of the wider world. Its first initiative, XQ: The Super School Project, is an open call to America’s students, teachers, administrators, civic leaders, businesses, entrepreneurs, artists and designers to meet the challenge of preparing our students for the future by designing the next American high school.
All of Russlynn’s work reflects her previous experience as a teacher, attorney, liaison for the president of the Children’s Defense Fund, assistant director of policy and research at the Broad Foundation, and chief of staff to the president of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education.
Russlynn is also a frequent speaker on issues related to civil rights and educational equity. She received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from American University. She also attended Spelman College.
Rusty Greiff is the managing director for 1776’s education ventures.
Rusty oversees all investing and funding, startup incubating, thought leadership, and programming for 1776, a global innovation platform, incubator and early-stage seed fund. Before joining 1776’s leadership team, Rusty served as Chief Strategy & Development Officer and co-founder of SF-based Learnist, one of the fastest growing social learning and curation companies in the country. With the same venture team and investors, Rusty was a founding executive team and Board member of Grockit, a pioneering social and adaptive learning company serving millions of students globally that was acquired by Kaplan Test Prep in August, 2013.
Before joining the Grockit/Learnist team, Rusty held senior online learning, executive corporate development, President/GM operating positions with Educate, Inc. one of the largest supplemental education companies in the U.S., including Sylvan Learning and Catapult Learning. Prior to joining Educate, Inc., Rusty worked in New York in private equity, and headed corporate development and served as General Manager for USA E-Commerce Solutions, a division of USA Interactive (now IAC). Before entering business, Rusty served as a Policy Analyst in the Clinton Administration’s Corporation for National & Community Service, responsible for launching AmeriCorps and served as an education and technology Policy Advisor for Senator John Kerry (DMA) in the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.
He currently advises and serves on Boards of private and publicly traded Higher Education and edtech companies, foundations and non-profits, and is a frequent presenter and thought leader at national forums on entrepreneurship, edtech venture investing and global public-private partnerships.
Rusty received his B.A. at Washington, University, St. Louis with Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude honors and an MBA at Harvard University. He was also a Coro Leadership Fellow in New York City and studied at London School of Economics. Rusty lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Elizabeth and their three boys, Theo, Noah and Isaak.
Ryan Baker is Associate Professor of Cognitive Studies, and Program Coordinator of Learning Analytics, at Teachers College Columbia University. His lab, the Educational Data Mining Laboratory, conducts research on engagement and robust learning within online and blended learning, seeking to find actionable indicators that can be used today but which predict future student outcomes. Baker has developed models that can automatically detect student engagement in over a dozen online learning environments, and has led the development of an observational protocol and app for field observation of student engagement that has been used by over 150 researchers in 4 countries. He was the founding president of the International Educational Data Mining Society, and the first technical director of the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center DataShop, the world’s largest public repository for data on the interactions between learners and online learning environments. Baker has co-authored published papers with over 250 colleagues.
Ryan Craig is an entrepreneur and investor in the education industry. Prior to founding University Ventures, Ryan founded and built Wellspring, the largest and leading organization of treatment programs for overweight and obese children, adolescents and young adults, including boarding schools, summer camps and after-school programs. Ryan headed the Education & Training sector at Warburg Pincus from 2001 – 2004 where he served as the founding Director of Bridgepoint Education. Ryan served as VP Strategic Development for Fathom, the Columbia University online education company, from 1999 – 2001. Ryan began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. He received bachelor’s degrees in Literature and Economics summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, and his law degree from the Yale Law School.
Ryan Imbriale is the Executive Director of Innovative Learning for the Baltimore County Public Schools. Ryan is responsible for the leading the system’s digital conversion initiative, S.T.A.T. (Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow). He was previously the Principal of Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts in Baltimore, MD. Under Ryan’s leadership Patapsco was named one of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ National Schools of Distinction in 2009 and recognized by the College Board as the Middle States winner for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in 2012. The school developed an active Facebook Page, a successful YouTube Channel, Twitter account, and a native app for the iPhone developed by students.
Prior to coming to Baltimore County he was Facilitator of the Maryland Students Online Consortium, working with 17 Maryland school systems to review, pilot, evaluate, modify, and recommend online courses for students, as well as Coordinator for Professional Development at The Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education. Ryan has extensive experience presenting to audiences on online and blended learning, learner-centered environments, curriculum design, and effective leadership.
Ryan is a Past-President of MSET, Maryland’s ISTE Affiliate, and he is a former member of the Board of Directors for ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education. In 2008, Ryan was named one of its “20 to Watch” educators by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and in 2009 Ryan was awarded the Making IT Happen award, honoring educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation. In 2010, Tech & Learning magazine named Ryan one of the future leaders in its 100@30 as part of the magazine’s 30th anniversary celebration. In 2012 Ryan was named a Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Emerging Leader and in 2013 the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) named him a National Digital Principal of the Year. Most recently, Mr. Imbriale was named one of the inaugural Intel Education Visionaries.
As superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) since 2012, S. Dallas Dance leads the instruction of more than 111,000 students in 175 schools, centers, and programs, and the work of more than 21,000 employees.
Dr. Dance aims to graduate every student globally competitive with a bold strategic plan, Blueprint 2.0: Our Way Forward, targeting academics, safety and security, communication, and organizational effectiveness. Fundamental shifts in teaching and learning include Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.), a multi‐year instructional digital conversion, and the Passport Program, an expansion of world language instruction into elementary grades.
A noted speaker on equity and using digital learning to increase opportunity, Dr. Dance was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He is a White House Connected Educator Champion of Change, and was chosen to serve on the executive committee of AASA, the School Superintendents Association, as well as the board of directors of the International Society for Technology in Education.
Previously, Dr. Dance served as one of three chief school officers in the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest school system in the nation, and served in executive leadership positions in Virginia.
Dr. Dance earned doctorate and master’s degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Union University.
As a serial entrepreneur, tech educator, fashion designer, philanthropist, and public speaker, Dr. Sabrina Kay has led a diverse professional life. Starting as a fashion designer, she caught the entrepreneurial bug at a very early age: founding, operating, and selling various businesses, affording her to retire in her 30s. She went on to earn four graduate degrees, served on more than 30 charitable and civic boards, received various awards, and taught at the University of Pennsylvania, USC and UCLA.
Currently, she is most passionate about being Chancellor and CEO of Fremont College and Fremont Private Investments. Dr. Kay aims to revolutionize higher education and corporate learning by using technology to bridge the gap between the classroom and the 21st century workplace through pre- and post-employment training models. Fremont College offers PATHS (Paralegal, Administration and Business, Technology, Healthcare, and Sports and Rehabilitation Therapy) programs that matter to the world, utilizing the most innovative methods of learning and research, from her doctorate program at Wharton, to modernize professional education and workplace learning leadership in America.
By personally serving on the boards of companies with diverse investments, Dr. Kay mobilizes Fremont Private Investments to add value and inspire entrepreneurs to realize their full potential for growth. As a self-claimed recovering nonprofit junkie, Dr. Kay chairs After School All Stars and is a board member of various organizations representing several causes, including inner-city youth education, the arts, fashion, and humanitarian relief.
Sakena Yacoobi is the CEO of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), which she founded in 1995 in response to the lack of education and healthcare that the Afghan people were facing after decades of war and strife. Since its founding, AIL has either directly or indirectly affected the lives of more than 12 million people. Under Yacoobi’s leadership, AIL continues as an innovative organization working at the grassroots level helping communities and individuals. She is also co-founder and Vice President of Creating Hope International (CHI) and has established private facilities in Afghanistan: four schools, a hospital and a radio station. You can see Yacoobi’s TED talk here.
Sandeep’s passion for investing in innovative companies drove him to establish Kaizen Private Equity in 2009. As the Founder of the fund, he has been instrumental in building the firm’s knowledge and client network across U.S, Europe and Asia. He believes in forming trusted partnerships with companies and their management teams on a shared commitment to achieve excellence and growth. Sandeep’s passion is to work closely with entrepreneurs who have a deep sense of purpose and a solid plan for identifying and “owning” emerging white spaces and leveraging initial “ownership” to build highly valuable differentiated companies.
One of his professional commitments is to promote and improve the overall human capital development environment, by investing in companies that have a progressive impact on the economic growth of societies. . Sandeep has been a part of the venture capital and private equity industry since 2002 and has been credited with numerous successful transactions in the US and in India. Some of his prior investments include Reconnex, (sold to McAfee) Bridgestream (sold to Oracle), Clairmail (sold to Monitise), LassoLogic (sold to Sonicwall), and Xactly Software. He sits on the boards of various education companies and is a frequent speaker on emerging education trends globally.
He has a MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Sandra Y. Okita is an Associate Professor of Technology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her work uses innovative technologies (i.e., humanoid robots, robotic systems, games for learning, pedagogical agents/avatars, virtual and mixed reality environments) as a threshold to learning, instruction, and assessment within the K-12 classroom environment and beyond. Okita comes from a cognitive science, educational technology, and human-computer interaction background from Stanford University. Much of Okita’s work involves examining how robots and digital games can test theories about conditions for learning and facilitate collaborative learning. Her research aims to capitalize on the strong social components of technology that enables students to develop peer-learning relationships with technology in the STEM and biological science subject areas.
Okita’s interdisciplinary work finds publications in both educational and computer science fields. Her work has been extensively featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Okita has had numerous federal and industrial grants from the National Science Foundation, Honda Research Institute, Google, Omron, Sony, Benesse America, and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). This year, Okita is serving as the General Chair of the 25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2016) that highlights human-robot collaboration in relation to human learning and performance.
Sandy Speicher is a Partner and Managing Director of the Education practice at the global design firm IDEO. Her teams look to people’s unmet needs to inspire new solutions for a wide variety of challenges—from the ways people learn to the ways systems operate.
Working with organizations across the public, private, and social sectors, Sandy has helped create an affordable school system in Peru, strategies to improve schools for the poor in India, and online learning platforms that engage today’s students. Recently, she helped Carnegie Corporation launch 100kin10, which President Clinton referred to as a new model for social change. Sandy holds an MA in Education from Stanford and a BFA from Washington University.
Sangil (Sang) Yoon is the Head of Learning Strategy and R&D in Google’s Global Sales Mastery program. Sang leads the research and development of innovative learning design and experimental technologies. Sang has a range of instructional design experience in higher education and corporate settings. His work and university teaching focuses on emerging eLearning models, including MOOCs, blended learning, and experiential social learning. He is also passionate about building a digital learning ecosystem for prison education with colleagues and edtech partners. Previously, Sang was the founding director of the Digital Learning Solutions group at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds three degrees from Indiana University – Bloomington: a B.S. in Business Operations Management and International Business, and a M.S. & Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology.
Sarah Ancel currently serves as Associate Commissioner for Policy and Legislation for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. In that role, she is responsible for implementing the Commission’s strategic plan by overseeing foundation-funded projects, coordinating Commission activities and developing the Commission’s legislative priorities. As an economist and policy analyst, Sarah has filled various roles within state government and contributed to reform efforts including property tax restructuring, local government transparency and student financial aid reform. Sarah also taught macroeconomics as an adjunct professor at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, where she had previously earned her master’s degree. Sarah resides in Indianapolis with her husband Marc and their children Evie and Jude.
Scott is the Senior Vice President of Mission and Education Initiatives and the President and Chief Operating Officer of Goodwill Education Initiatives, Inc. (GEI) at Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana. GEI operates The Excel Center, which opened in the fall of 2010. The Excel Center targets older youth or adults who have dropped out of school. From its opening with 300 students and a single location, the Excel Center now serves over 3,000 students in eleven locations around Central Indiana, and has graduated over 1,400 students.
Based on that success, the Excel Centers are now in demand to be licensed across the country. Excel Centers have opened in Austin, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee; and South Bend, Indiana. Excel Centers have also been approved to open in Washington, DC and Little Rock, Arkansas, with more to follow.
In 2013, Scott launched the Indiana Network of Independent Schools, which provides a range of back office and curricular services to traditional, charter and private schools. GEI also runs the Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, which provides students with free dual-credit college courses, industry-recognized certifications, hands-on internships, and the unique opportunity to be placed in a high-wage job immediately after graduation.
In July of 2016, Scott will begin working for Purdue University to launch the Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis. Targeting underserved students who might not otherwise be qualified to go on to obtain post-secondary credentials, Purdue Polytechnic’s challenge is to “reinvent” high school to meet the current and future needs of those students.
Scott, a graduate of Purdue University (B.S., Mathematics) and Marian University (M.A., Education) was a teacher, an executive in the IT field and operated an independent business prior to joining Goodwill 14 years ago. Scott has four grown children and lives in Danville, Indiana with his wife, Robin. He served on the School Board of Trustees in Danville for sixteen years, and currently serves on the Board of EmployIndy, the Board of Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana Region, and on the Region 5 Works Council.
Scott Frauenheim obtained his undergraduate degree from Johnson & Wales University and attended Rutgers University for Education and Teaching programs. He also received a Master of Education degree in Supervision & Administration from the University of Phoenix. Scott is currently the School Director at CICS West Belden, managed by Distinctive Schools. Scott began serving as Director of CICS West Belden in the 2012-2013 school year and has implemented various innovative teaching approaches at the campus with the support of the Breakthrough Schools-Chicago NGLC planning & launch grants. Scott has led CICS West Belden through transformative change in implementing a personalized learning model over the past three years. Scott works collaboratively with his staff to ensure his school is a positive place to teach and learn every day and he is committed to high quality instruction, innovation, collaboration and personalization for both teachers and students.
Prior to leading CICS West Belden, Scott was the former Director of Student Services for Distinctive Schools. Scott supported all counselors, clinicians, deans, paraprofessionals and security personnel, as well as Special Education services and instruction for the network of schools. Scott also held a school leader position at CICS Bucktown, serving as a Dean of Students after teaching in both elementary and secondary school settings. His experiences with instruction, operations, technology, fundraising, development and coaching lend to his ability to oversee a variety of important components within the Distinctive Schools model.
An acknowledged thought leader and powerful voice dedicated to supporting the success of each learner, Scott Kinney has nearly 25 years of experience in the fields of professional learning and educational technology. As Discovery Education Senior Vice President of Educational Partnerships, Kinney collaborates with educators and administrators around the world to develop and implement customized solutions that empower them to meet strategic goals and build modern, digital learning environments supporting student achievement. Under his leadership, Discovery Education is serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students around the world, and transforming teaching and learning in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and in more than 50 countries.
Previously, Kinney served as Discovery Education’s Senior Vice President of Professional Development. In this capacity Kinney led the creation and launch of Discovery Education’s professional learning portfolio and managed all facets of the professional development line of business. During his tenure at Discovery Education, Kinney also launched the Discovery Education Masters degree in Instructional Media, oversaw all Discovery Education public policy initiatives at both the state and federal levels, and supervised the continued growth of the organization’s professional learning community, the Discovery Educator Network.
Kinney regularly consults with high-level education officials and policymakers, and has testified before Congress on the Future of Learning. An accomplished public speaker and author, Kinney has keynoted countless education conferences, presented at numerous administrator events, and has contributed articles and opinion pieces to various education publications. In 2015, Kinney was recognized by EdTech Digest with their prestigious Leadership Award for his efforts to support school systems worldwide as they transition from static textbooks to dynamic digital content as a core instructional resource.
Prior to joining Discovery Education, Kinney spent 15 years in public education serving at both the school district and regional service center levels. In addition to his K-12 work, Kinney has taught undergraduate and graduate classes for Kent State University and Penn State University, and has served on numerous education-focused advisory boards.
Scott Kirkpatrick is the President & Chief Operating Officer at General Assembly (GA), a global educational company that specializes in the most in-demand skills.
Scott joined GA from The Princeton Review, where he served as the President and successfully facilitated its sale to IAC. Before joining The Princeton Review, Scott worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where he served as both Executive Vice President of Strategy and Marketing and President of the company’s technology division, Riverdeep. Prior to that, Scott was a strategy consultant at both The Callidon Group (now Oliver Wyman) and The Parthenon Group, where he focused on advising clients in the education and publishing industries.
Scott holds a B.S. in Economics & Management from the United States Coast Guard Academy and spent 8 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served as the navigator on a ship and an aide to the President of the United States. After finishing his military career as an Officer, Scott went on to earn his an M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Scott Ralls is the fifth president of Northern Virginia Community College, or NOVA. With approximately 75,000 degree students, NOVA is the 11th largest college in the United States and produces more information technology graduates than any other community college in America. A recognized leader in student success efforts and STEM education, NOVA was named the nation’s most digital large community college in 2015.
Dr. Ralls previously had a 20-year career in North Carolina, where he recently served as President of the 58-college North Carolina Community College System. He also served as President of Craven Community College and as Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development for the state system. During his leadership tenure, North Carolina gained national recognition for innovating student success efforts at a statewide scale, and Dr. Ralls was a pioneering leader in the state’s efforts to revamp university articulation agreements and implement Early College High Schools. Today, North Carolina hosts approximately one-third of the early colleges in the U.S.
Known as an innovator in workforce development, Dr. Ralls led the redesign of North Carolina’s customized job training programs, as well as the overhaul of statewide college financing and curriculum structures to foster stackable industry certification models, and prioritize STEM, health care and technical education programs. Four times in recent years he has testified to U.S. Senate and House committees on workforce development and student success innovations.
Dr. Ralls currently serves as the Co-chair for the Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success, a national effort sponsored by Jobs for the Future and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to advance state policy improvements that promote program completion for community college students.
He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland as well as a Bachelor of Science with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Ralls has also been awarded an honorary doctorate degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and in 2007 was named an honorary fellow of Warwickshire College, in Leamington, England.
Sean Morrill, Senior Director of Teaching and Learning for the San Diego County Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools, leads the organization’s efforts to ensure every adult has the necessary capacity to support all students in their preparation for college, career, and community engagement. Leveraging a network of allies in education, corrections, and community-based organizations, Sean is a tireless advocate for equitable access to life-changing learning opportunities for students in the juvenile justice system.
Sean earned a B.A. in History from the College of the Holy Cross, and an M.A. in Educational Administration from the Unites States International University. He is a Past President of the Juvenile Court, Community, and Alternative School Administrators of California, and a member of the Coalition on Juvenile Justice. He lives in San Diego with his wife Jane and sons Connor and Jack.
Shantanu Rooj is one of the Founders and CEO of SchoolGuru Eduserve Pvt. Ltd, the leader in the OPM (Online Program Management) space in India. He is an All India CBSE Topper, a Gold Medalist from Indian Institute of Technology, a Master in Management Studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management and has completed his Executive Management Program in Global Business Management from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. Having worked for HCL-Hewlett Packard Ltd in his initial years, Shantanu decided to quit his job and founded Paradyne Infotech which had a hugely successful IPO in 2005 in India. Post Paradyne, Shantanu founded Broadllyne, a SaaS based Managed ERP solution for schools and colleges. By the time, Broadllyne got acquired, it had a proud clientele base of about 1000 schools.
In 2012, Shantanu, alongwith his two other friends, Anil Bhat and Ravi Rangan, founded Schoolguru, so as to help Universities provide engaging, purposeful and employable education to their students, using the Schoolguru managed services platform. Schoolguru helps State and Public Universities provide Online Learning services to all their students and take their courses Online. Schoolguru currently has partnered with 12 large Universities in India and 2 Universities in Africa and currently services about 200000 students on its ‘mobile first’ platform. Shantanu is a passionate education entrepreneur, investor and speaker.
Shawn Weidmann joined Stratford Schools as the CEO in April 2015. Previously he was the COO of Public Storage, the world’s largest operator of self-storage facilities with over 2200 sites in the 38 states. Prior to that he was the President of Teleflora, the world’s largest network of retail florists. Earlier in his career he has been a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a product manager for Progressive Insurance, and a partner at EHS Partners, a boutique consulting firm. He started his career as an Army officer, leaving active duty as a Captain. Shawn holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Shilpi Niyogi is the Senior Vice President for North American Corporate Affairs & Global Government Relations. Shilpi brings two decades of expertise successfully managing issues at the intersection of education policy, research and practice–with a focus on advancing equity and access. She is responsible for leading all facets of Pearson’s external relations and public affairs in North America as well as its global government relations strategy. Shilpi joined Pearson’s Assessment and Information group in 2008 where she was responsible for driving the company’s next generation assessment strategy with clients including the U.S. Department of Education, the College Board, and ACT. During her tenure she also spearheaded Pearson’s development of the American Diploma Project Algebra assessments, in partnership with Achieve and a 15-state consortium, which helped pave the way for the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Prior to joining Pearson, Shilpi built an extensive career at Educational Testing Service (ETS) where she held various senior positions. She holds a B.A. with honors in Comparative Literature from Brown University.
Shivon is a partner and founding member of Bloomberg Beta, a $75 million venture fund backed by Bloomberg L.P. that invests in startups transforming the future of work. Bloomberg Beta has an unusual model for a corporate-backed venture fund. It invests for financial return and strives to work in the same new ways as startups — transparent (with its full operating manual open sourced) and driven by data (with a program to statistically predict who will start companies in the future).
Shivon is obsessed with the most important force changing work, machine intelligence. She is known for an annual report that researches thousands of machine intelligence companies and selects the most promising real-world problems they are solving. Bloomberg Beta has invested in more than 25 machine intelligence companies and expects to invest in many more. Shivon focuses on enterprise intelligence (Alation, Context Relevant, Domino Data Lab, Digital Genius, InfluxData, Gridspace, Wonder) and specific applications of machine intelligence to industries (e.g., agriculture with Tule Technologies and Mavrx, healthcare with Deep Genomics).
She graduated from Yale, where she was the goalie on the ice hockey team. She is an ML7 Fellow at the Creative Destruction Lab (a machine learning incubator at University of Toronto), on the advisory board of University of Alberta’s Machine Learning group, and a charter member of C100. She co-hosts an annual conference at the University of Toronto that brings together the foremost authors, academics, founders, and investors in machine intelligence. She was one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Venture Capital.
Sofonyas Shibre was born in Ethiopia and came to the United States not knowing any English at age 8. Currently a sophomore at Herbert Hoover High School in San Diego, Sofonyas has maintained a 4.0 GPA since the seventh grade. He is also a member of Reality Changers, a program that builds first generation college students and is set to win his second $4,000 scholarship to attend UC San Diego this summer for a special residential program for high school students. Sofonyas plans to major in marine biology and has his sights set on attending an Ivy League school.
Dr. Sonya Christian in 2013 became the 10th President of Bakersfield College. Under her leadership the College has focused on improving student achievement and learning by engaging faculty and the community. By making data and information publicly available, Christian has cultivated campus-wide ownership of advancing the college’s mission. Christian was a math faculty prior to moving into the administrative ranks of dean, vice president and now president.
Sonya Wrisley was a principal in Poway Unified School District, in San Diego County, for 23 years. She has been the principal in elementary and middle schools, and has taught grades K-12. Sonya was named as the principal of an innovative new K-8 school, Design39Campus, which opened in August 2014.. Sonya’s energy, enthusiasm, vision and drive to make schools better for children are contagious, and she is able to help schools make great things happen.
Sonya has been extensively trained in “Adaptive Schools” strategies, which has enhanced her facilitation and presentation skills. The core of Adaptive Schools training is to present a productive, practical set of ideas and tools for developing collaborative groups in becoming effective and better equipped to resolve complex issues around student learning. Sonya brings this to her schools, which enables them to be much more focused and productive. It changes the school culture to a very collaborative and positive environment.
Additionally, Sonya is a Certified Extreme Leadership Facilitator. Based on Steve Farber’s book, Radical LEAP Reenergized, she has provided LEAP (Love, Energy, Audacity, Proof)training for San Diego area school districts, and has adapted the Extreme Leadership day long training to enable school and district leaders to provide LEAP to teachers and leaders. Through LEAP, schools have been able to develop a culture of doing “what you love is service of those who love what you do!” –Steve Farber.
Sonya was named as one of The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA Technology Leadership Network (TLN) “20 to Watch” honorees for 2014-15. “These distinctive education leaders from across the country are being recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to explore and embrace innovative technology solutions that contribute to high-quality instruction and support more personalized learning experiences for students.”
The Carnegie unit of is dead and it is our responsibility to provide learning for our students instead of ‘schooling’, especially for students most marginalized and disenfranchised by society.
For the past three years, Stacy Spector has provided leadership as Executive Director of San Diego County Juvenile Court and Community Schools (San Diego, CA), a $35 million service agency with over 400 employees spread across 4,800 square miles to provide this quality of social justice based learning to approximately 11,000 adjudicated, foster, homeless and underserved youth in San Diego County.
Stacy has been at the center of creating a new vision for the organization; curating strategic networks of other leading national models and coaching all members of the leadership team to be relentlessly focused on ensuring every student is known by name, strength and need in order to prepare all students to be agents for their own learning in college, career and the community.
Her specific focus is creating existence proofs where students direct and assess their own learning. As a result of her leadership significant impact is being demonstrated: many schools exceed 90% attendance rates, discipline referrals have been reduced by 83%, and students are accessing and completing 53 UC a-g approved courses, with an average grade of “c’ or better. This is an increase of 120% in the last three years from 0 to 1100 students.
Stacy Spector began her work fighting for social justice after having taught for just three years before being recruited by Anthony Alvarado and Elaine Fink to participate in the San Diego City Schools/University of San Diego Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA), an internationally recognized program supported by the Eli Broad Foundation. In her second year as principal at Bell Junior High School, Ms. Spector became a mentor principal for the program and led her school’s progress out of NCLB Program Improvement.
Invited to share her experiences transforming schools particularly through student agency, Ms. Spector moved to Seattle, Washington and transformed a failing public high school into three small schools including the Academy of Citizenship and Empowerment. ACE, a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES), became a model lab site for the Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) at the University of Washington. Students’ dramatic gains in proficiency in English Language Arts and Math were recognized at the state level with a commendation.
Stacy has consulted on issues of instructional leadership, systems change, and school reform for a wide range of organizations including: the American School of London, the Center for School Leadership at the University of Chicago, the Harvard School of Business, and the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute.
Stacy is the author of several articles about disrupting traditional schooling paradigms such as, “From Obstacle to Opportunity” Association of California School Administrators, Leadership, May/June 2015, “Authentic to the Core” Association of California School Administrators, Leadership, May/June, 2012, “Teaching the Culture in Two Small High Schools” The Learning Network, Fall, 2011, and “Using Students to Lead for Instructional Improvement” (2007).
Stacy is a an active board member of the Juvenile Court, Community, and Alternative School Administrators of California (JCCASAC), and a member of the Coalition on Juvenile Justice (CJJ) and Coalition of Essential Schools (CES). She holds a degree in political science from San Diego State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego.
Stacy finds substantial connections between her mindfulness as a leader and her relationship riding her horse, Ashe.
While cramming for a math exam in college, Stephan Bayer, an amateur film buff, was inspired to use his newly-delivered camera to break down the confusing content of his textbooks into short video lessons for himself. After sharing the videos with his classmates, he saw a strong need for simple academic video tutorials. This discovery led to the founding of sofatutor.com in Berlin in the spring of 2007. Today sofatutor is a leading EdTech company in Europe, with over 100,000 subscribers in three countries.
After helping millions of European students, Stephan is ready to bring his vision of a new learning experience to students across the United States. Launched in March 2016, sofatutor.com will first cover all the compulsory topics in Algebra 1 and will soon expand to include a full curriculum.
In previous roles Stephan worked as an advisor for Humboldt University of Berlin and, at age 17, founded an NGO to increase cross-cultural learning for young people in Europe.
Stephan Turnipseed is the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Destination Imagination. Destination Imagination, Inc., is a world leader in 21st century skills education and hosts the largest celebration of creativity in the world. Turnipseed is an education thought leader, strategist and entrepreneur who is passionate about inspiring children through education. He is an advocate for hands-on learning which he sees as instrumental for 21st Century success.
During his over 25 years in education and throughout his career he has led companies and organizations to transformative success. As the former President of LEGO® Education North America, he led the team responsible for transforming LEGO Education in North America from a product sales company to an educational resource leader, working with educators, industry experts and academia to help inspire all children to be creative problem solvers.
He is the immediate past Chairman of The Partnership for 21st Century Learning, a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. He is the recipient of the prestigious National Instruments Engineering Impact Award for STEM Innovation which recognizes lifetime achievement in STEM education. He continues to serve on a number of not for profit boards supporting education and success for children.
Stephanie McMurrey joined Qualcomm’s Learning Center in 2003. Over the past 12 years she has provided internal consulting support to various business units and corporate groups, led the global learning function for the organization, and managed the Management and Leadership Development learning curriculum. She led the team responsible for the design and implementation of Qualcomm’s enterprise learning strategy focusing on social and mobile learning. In her current role, she is leading the organizational effectiveness team and acts as a lead internal consultant for Qualcomm’s largest business unit.
Stephanie has a MA in Organizational Behavior from the California School of Professional Psychology and a BA in Psychology from San Diego State University.
Stephen brings a passion for helping executives and their companies solve their most pressing strategic challenges through innovative technology solutions. Before ExecOnline, Stephen served as the CEO of Frontier Strategy Group (FSG), a venture-backed software and information services business serving Fortune 500 executives who have responsibility for emerging economies. Stephen grew the business from an early-stage start-up to a company that serves nearly half the Fortune 500 across a range of international markets and business functions. Prior to his role as CEO, he served as FSG’s first Chief Product Officer, with responsibility for the development and delivery of all products and client-related content. The offerings developed by Stephen and his team served executives across roles ranging from general management to human resources to strategy and finance. Before joining FSG, Stephen was an associate in the venture capital and private equity group of WilmerHale. Stephen is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Truman National Security Project and the Glenn Pelham Foundation. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Emory University and holds a JD from the Yale Law School. To learn more, visit www.execonline.com.
Stephen J. Laster was appointed chief digital officer of McGraw-Hill Education in August 2012. He is responsible for creating compelling student experiences, and developing breakthrough teaching and learning solutions. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill Education, he led Intelligent Solutions, LLC, a firm that engages with universities and businesses to leverage their digital technology and collaborative tools. At the same time, he served as the chief information and technology officer of the Harvard Business School and as a member of the HBS administrative leadership team, overseeing the school’s academic, research and administrative computing teams.
Mr. Laster taught courses at the undergraduate, graduate level and executive/ professional level in technology leadership, problem solving, software design, and eLearning product development. Prior to joining Harvard, Mr. Laster held several leadership positions at Babson College including chief technology officer for Babson’s for-profit eLearning company and director of Curriculum Innovation and Technology. Earlier, Mr. Laster held leadership positions at a number of companies where he was responsible for information technology, technology product development, and major re-engineering and implementation efforts. He is a former trustee of Babson College and is on the board of the Sloan Consortium for Online Learning. Mr. Laster holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.
Stephen M. Smith is president for advising and admissions solutions at Hobsons. In this role, Steve oversees Hobsons’ global product strategy, marketing, policy, and R&D impacting more than 12 million students and 12,000 schools, colleges, and universities in more than 100 countries. Steve joined Hobsons in 2007 through the acquisition of Naviance, where he was co-founder and chief executive.
Prior to Naviance, Mr. Smith was vice president of digital product development at Peterson’s, then a division of The Thomson Corporation (now Thomson Reuters), where he helped transform a traditional print publishing business into a leading on-line provider of education information. Prior to joining Peterson’s, Steve was a founding member of the Internet consulting practice at Thomson Technology Services Group. Steve has also served as a practitioner faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University where he taught graduate level coursework in marketing and technology.
Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, cum laude, and an MBA from Cornell University.