Confirmed Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Tammy Wincup

COO, EverFi, Inc

Tammy is the Chief Operating Officer at EverFi, the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying learners in critical skills. As COO, Tammy oversees the $90M+ SaaS company including EverFi’s 500 team members, the development of EverFi’s SaaS based digital learning platform, the implementation of the technology in over 20,000 K-12 schools and 1500 college campuses, and the sale of the software to over 4000 companies that fund the technology. Founded in 2008, EverFi is a social impact, venture-backed company with investments from TPG, The RISE Fund, Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos, Twitter Founder Evan Williams, and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.Tammy will join the Rise Fund at the end of this year.

Speakers

Phil Alphonse

Co-founder and Sr. Partner, Vistria Group

Philip Alphonse is a co-founder, partner and member of the Investment Committee for The Vistria Group (“Vistria”) a private investment firm with $400 Million in assets under management and a focus on building market leading companies in the healthcare, education and financial services industries. Philip co-leads Vistria’s education practice, for which current investments and board positions include: Media Source Inc. (parent company for Junior Library Guild, School Library Journal, Library Journal and The Horn Book) and Penn Foster Inc. Philip also serves as Audit Committee chair for Infilaw Holding, LLC (parent company for Arizona Summit Law School, Charlotte School of Law and Florida Coastal School of Law) as well as a trustee and member of the Executive Committee for The Roxbury Latin School in Boston.

Ashley Andersen Zantop

General Manager, Pinpoint Learning

Ashley Andersen Zantop is GM at Pinpoint Learning, a consulting firm specializing in thought leadership, brand strategy, market strategy and go-to-market problem solving for global education. Previously, Ashley served as Chief Content Officer for Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books, digital solutions and services, literacy programs, and K–12 professional development resources for classrooms, school libraries and home. Before that, Ashley served as CEO, President and Publisher at Trudy Corporation, later Palm Publishing, responsible for the group's family of global children’s imprints and media businesses. Ashley has spent over 20 years in education. She began her career as an elementary school classroom teacher and collegiate coach. Ashley’s passion for continuous learning fuels her work creating and managing award-winning educational product lines, content, platforms, brands and user experiences in K-12, trade/B2B and consumer markets around the world. Ashley is the author of NOW WHAT? THE CREATIVE WRITER'S GUIDE TO SUCCESS AFTER THE MFA. She is the co-founder and former co-president of the Fairfield University MFA Alumni Association. Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and teaching certifications K- 5 and 6 - 8. She also holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Fairfield University and certificates in Media Strategy from Harvard Business School and in Executive Function in the Classroom from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

David Beacom

Principal Advisor, David Beacom Strategies, LLC

For more than 15 years, Beacom served the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) as Chief Content Officer and Associate Executive Director. Through his efforts, NSTA came to offer virtually all its content in print and multiple electronic formats—including enhanced ebooks. Beacom also led association-wide marketing and sales efforts. Previously, Beacom spent two decades with the National Geographic Society, where he was long the lead creative and editorial voice in education. Currently, he is Principal Advisor with David Beacom Strategies LLC.

Ellen Bialo

CEO and Founder, Interactive Educational Systems Design, Inc. (IESD)

Ellen Bialo is one of the founders of Interactive Educational Systems Design and EDRoom, recognized in the education technology and publishing communities as a leader in research and analysis, instructional design, and related materials development. IESD conducts research on educational programs and products and provides a variety of consulting services related to their development, evaluation, implementation, and marketing. Clients include education publishers, technology hardware manufacturers, government agencies, non-profit institutions, and school districts. Services include both quantitative and qualitative analyses including focus groups, surveys, in-depth interviews, classroom observations, user testing, competitive landscape analysis, research literature reviews, and analysis of demographic and financial data.

Charlene Blohm

President, C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.

Charlene Blohm is the President & CEO of C. Blohm & Associates, Inc. (CB&A), an integrated marketing, public relations, social media and content agency focused on the education, special needs and workforce development industries. Charlene knows how to take businesses to the next level. Since founding CB&A in 1991, Charlene has partnered with organizations of every stripe to deliver bottom-line value. From early-stage Davids to multinational Goliaths, she has a knack for seeing what others often miss. Charlene has earned several accolades individually and on behalf of the agency, and she’s a frequent guest speaker on all-things marketing.

Todd Bloom Ph.D.

Senior VP, Whiteboard Advisors

Todd Bloom has extensive experience providing leadership and strategic development services to education entrepreneurs, institutions, state departments and research organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in education leadership and policy studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison and serves as Associate Research Professor at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education. Todd came to W/A from the Jefferson Education Exchange, where he served as Chief Academic Officer, advising education technology entrepreneurs on how to best execute and leverage research. Prior to this position, Todd served as Chief Academic Officer at Hobsons.

Larry Buchweitz

VP, Business Development , MCH Strategic Data

Mr. Buchweitz brings more than 20 years of experience in consultative sales with leading marketing service companies, by offering direct marketing solutions, database recommendations, and marketing strategies. Larry’s expertise is in creating e-marketing solutions and executing marketing options designed to optimize customer acquisition and retention campaigns. Larry also focuses is on identifying mutually beneficial business opportunities in the data industry. He has also held executive positions over the years, including leading the sales and marketing team in the K-12 schools and college markets.

Michael Campbell

President and Principal Advisor, Forward Thinking EDU

Michael Campbell is the founder and Principal Advisor at Forward Thinking EDU. Michael’s passion for improving education through technology and digital literacy has helped private and not-for- profit organizations market solutions that support the learning community. For over 20 years, Michael has held executive, marketing management and sales positions spanning K-12 and Higher Education technology and publishing, in addition to corporate and educational training. Prior to his current position at Forward Thinking EDU, Michael held leadership positions with start-ups and established companies. Michael’s enthusiasm for learning and education extends outside the office. He serves on the board of the local Parent Teacher Organization. As well Michael has been elected to the by the local village to library board and Illinois regional library systems board.

Kate Cassino

CEO, Hobsons

As Chief Executive Officer, Kate Cassino drives the success of Hobsons’ business and directs the day-to-day operations of the global education technology company whose college and career readiness, college matching, admissions, and student success platforms include Naviance, Intersect, and Starfish. Kate joined Hobsons in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to CEO in 2017. She has held leadership roles at Prentice Hall and McGraw-Hill, and before joining Hobsons served as CEO of Dodge Data & Analytics, where she led its growth and digital transformation focusing on sales execution, product delivery, and operational improvements. Earlier in her career, she worked with numerous information and media businesses on their digital strategies, including Platts, JD Power & Associates, Business Week, Aviation Week, and several ABC-affiliate broadcasting stations. Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a minor in Education, from Columbia University, Barnard College, and completed an Executive Education Program at Columbia Business School.

Myron Cizdyn

Chief Executive Officer, The BLPS Group

Myron is responsible for the strategic direction of The BLPS Group. His latest initiative is the eLearning Journeys advocacy initiative in Eastern and continental Europe. Myron brings to the table 25 years of experience in educational, religious, and trade publishing, including stints in the Vatican, Rome, Ukraine and throughout the USA. You can find his profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/myroncizdyn, and information on the initiative at www.eLearningJourneys.com.

Andrew Coulson

Chief Data Science Officer, MIND Research Institute

Andrew Coulson, Chief Data Science Officer at MIND Research Institute, leads a team of data analysts to conduct evaluations of student and teacher usage and outcomes on MIND's ST Math instructional program. Prior to this position, he led MIND's Education Division for 12 years, helping to devise and execute strategies and programs to scale the organization's reach from 4,000 to over 1M students, now transforming student learning in 47 states. Before joining MIND, Coulson was the first education program officer for a major California private foundation. He also worked in high-tech manufacturing engineering for 6 years at Teledyne-Monitor Labs and 11 years at Northrup-Grumman/TRW Microelectronics, acquiring experience in operations, process engineering, product reliability and technology transfer. Coulson earned a B.S. and M.S. in physics from UCLA.

Alvin Crawford

General Manager, Public Consulting Group

Alvin Crawford is General Manager for Public Consulting Group’s Education Practice. PCG's Education practice serves thousands of clients in the United States and a growing client base internationally. Mr. Crawford’s focus is on creating solutions to improve outcomes for children through more systemic and effective approaches to teaching and learning, as well as promoting PCG's current service portfolio to a wider set of customers. Mr. Crawford has over 20 years of experience in education and media. Prior to arriving at PCG, Mr. Crawford served as the Chief Executive Officer of Knowledge Delivery Systems Inc. (KDS), an innovation leader in blended professional learning, from September 2009 until July 2016. In 2000, was at the New York-based company, SchoolNet, Inc. where he served as Senior Vice President. He spent nearly a decade at SchoolNet. Mr. Crawford worked in partnership with some of the largest school districts in the United States, including Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, District of Columbia, Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Albuquerque, Corpus Christi, San Antonio's Northside, Fulton County (Georgia), Wichita and Newark Public Schools. Prior to SchoolNet, Mr. Crawford served with several leading Internet agencies in New York and Boston (Digitas, Ogilvy & Mather and Zentropy Partners) in developing and implementing Internet strategies for large corporations, including Kodak, IBM, AIG, American Movie Classics and Express Scripts. He has strong education, entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, internet strategy and management skills to lead PCG Education’s growth. He serves as a Director of Knowledge Delivery Systems Inc. Mr. Crawford has an MBA in Organizational Studies and Marketing and a Certificate in Leadership for Change from Boston College’s Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

Joel Davis

Manager, Follett Labs, Follett School Solutions

I have been designing solutions to problems as a software developer for over 30 years. For the last 13+ years I have been doing it at Follett in the field of education. I'm passionate about talking to customers about their problem and then finding solutions. I also love old VWs and Disney World.

Michelle Dervan

Principal, Rethink Education

Mariana Diaz-Wionczek Ph.D.

Principal, MDW Consulting & Research, Education Advisor to Nickelodeon

Dr. Diaz-Wionczek is a multiculturalist, media consultant, researcher, and broadly published academic. She is Affiliate Faculty at Fordham’s Graduate School of Education and Adjunct Professor an NYU’s Psychology Department. Mariana has given a TEDx talk on ethnic identity, lectured at a variety of colleges and universities, and presented her work at multiple media forums. Currently the principal of her own consulting firm, she partners with organizations and businesses who strive to have a positive impact on children’s lives through high-quality educational media and technology experiences. In her role as Producer and Head of Education, Cultural Content & Research for several Nick Jr. productions, she has played a crucial part in promoting Diversity & Inclusion and Latino culture, as well as highlighting dual language competencies in the hit shows Dora the Explorer, Dora & Friends, and Go, Diego, Go! as well as Santiago of the Seas, currently under development. Mariana obtained a B.A. in Psychology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a Ph.D. in Psychology from CUNY’s Graduate Center, with a focus on cognition. Her academic publications in media and children’s media journals include, Educational preschool programming in the US: An ecological and evolutionary story, Geographic Education for Preschoolers: The Dora the Explorer Contribution, Dora the Explorer: America’s Bilingual Role Model, Dora the Explorer: An insiders’ perspective. Exploring the Media with Dora: A Preschool Introduction to Media Literacy, and the upcoming An Experimental Evaluation of the Math Curriculum in Dora the Explorer.

Collin Earnst

Vice President of Marketing and Strategy (recent), Lexia (Rosetta Stone)

Collin most recently served as Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at Lexia (Rosetta Stone). During his seven years at Lexia, he helped lead the dramatic scaling of the organization as the company built-out the product portfolio and the sales and marketing departments. Collin established, grew and evolved a high-performing marketing team at Lexia and developed a sales-marketing value chain that drove five consecutive years of +20% bookings growth. In addition, he was responsible for leading Lexia’s executive team in the definition of company strategy and managed the strategic scorecard process to drive alignment, accountability and communication across the business. Prior to Lexia, Collin was Principal Consultant at the Haselton Group, a K-12 marketing and communications consultancy, where he developed programs for Pearson Education, Global Partnership Schools, Lexia, SDE, Zaner-Bloser and BELL. Prior to that, Collin served for five years as Vice President of Corporate Communications at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Ann-Marie Faria

Principal Researcher, AIR

Katie Gilligan

ETIN Board Member & Ed Tech Business Development Consultant, Consultant

With senior positions at Texthelp, Pearson, and Compass Learning (now Edgenuity), Kate has over 20 years of experience in Instructional Technology and Educational Publishing. Kate's background makes her well-suited to help ed tech companies of all sizes integrate their solutions across classrooms and the living rooms for learners of all ages and ability levels.

Neal Goff

President, Egremont Associates, LLC

Neal Goff is President of consulting firm Egremont Associates and a Senior Advisor at Oaklins, DeSilva+Phillips, a mid-market investment bank that specializes in media, technology and education. He founded Egremont Associates in 2010 after a successful 25-year career in publishing, which culminated in his serving for five years as President of the Weekly Reader Publishing Group. Egremont Associates assists clients in publishing and educational technology with strategic planning, marketing (with a particular focus on direct marketing), and partnership development. A past president of the Board of the Association of Educational Publishers, Neal also served previously as President of Scholastic Library Publishing and Prentice Hall Direct. He was a co-author of MDR's State of the K-12 Market report from 2012 to 2016 and is currently a member of the Board of Directors at ReadWorks, a non-profit committed to solving America's reading comprehension crisis.

Matthew Gross

Founder & CEO, Newsela

Matt, CEO and co-founder of Newsela, has a twenty-year career in the education sector, for-profit and nonprofit entrepreneurship, and product development and distribution. Matthew was Executive Director of the Regents Research Fund, a privately funded affiliate of the New York State Board of Regents and Education Department that helped lead the implementation of Race to the Top driven education reforms. Reporting to Education Commissioner John King, Jr, Matthew oversaw the organization’s growth strategy, public and private partnerships, talent acquisition, and day-to-day operations. While at the Fund, Matthew led the development of EngageNY.org, a web application providing teachers and administrators with resources for implementation of Common Core state standards and teacher and principal evaluations. Since its August 2011 launch, the site has been viewed over fourteen million times by educators in all fifty states. Matthew played a leadership role in the development of the Regents Research Fellows, a team of nationally recognized thought leaders who help lead the implementation of the Common Core, next-generation assessments, and other education reforms spurred by Race to the Top. Under Matthew’s purview, the Fund raised over $9 million in support from many of the nation’s most respected education funders including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, and the Robin Hood Foundation. Prior to joining the Fund, Matthew was Vice President of Planning & Resource Development at Pencil, a national leader in building private-sector partnerships with public schools that improve student achievement. He led a wide array of initiatives at Pencil, including the development of the Pencil Exchange, a social media and relationship-management application for business school partnerships now used in over 400 schools nationwide. Earlier, Matthew spent several years managing entrepreneurial ventures, including as co- founder and President of out-of-home media company Submedia, which secured over $6 million in venture investment, $2 million in annual bookings, contracts with multiple government agencies, and licensing agreements in Europe and East Asia. Matthew co-holds two patents for Submedia’s technology. Matthew began his career as a Teach for America corps member, teaching music at C.S. 50 in the South Bronx. He serves on the School Leadership Team of P.S. 101 in Queens, which his three boys attend. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University.

Steve Gross

CEO, Calvert Education

Steve Gross is the CEO of Calvert Education, one of the world’s leading distance learning organizations. Steve has led Calvert through a successful transformation from a consumer-based print-oriented homeschool organization to a SaaS model selling digital product to schools on a global basis. Prior to joining Calvert, Steve spent 5 years at Pearson, most recently as SVP of Global Marketing for the K-12 business. Previously, he worked in a variety of senior marketing and sales roles outside of education, including stops at Pepsico and LexisNexis. Steve also serves on the Board of the Edwin F. Gould Foundation, which incubates and invests in innovative organizations that get low income kids to and through college.

David Grupper

Owner and Creative Director, Point Made Animation

For over 30 years, David Grupper has been in the field of art direction, communication, and marketing for education. He is currently the creative director and co-owner of Point Made Animation, a creative studio specializing in customized training, curriculum, and explainer video for the education industry.

Andrzej Grzybowski

CEO & Co-founder, BeCREO

Andrzej has over 15 years of experience in education and business. He is an entrepreneur and educator who established his first IT company in 2009 to develop education software and platforms and manage IT infrastructure in schools. He started his career in 2001 as computer science teacher and consultant and soon thereafter began research on educational, social and financial impacts of implementing ICT in Education. Before establishing BeCREO Technologies Andrzej worked at Intel where he was responsible for the development of educational IT ecosystem in Central and Eastern Europe. He is the CEO & co-founder of BeCREO Technologies with a mission of developing innovative, intuitive, and intelligent solutions for education, focusing on coding and on the creation of smart electronic circuits. The company established in 2018 delivers its products to over 35 countries in the world and develops new products in close cooperation with top research and developments centers.

Gillian Gutenberg

CTO, ProjectEd

Gillian Gutenberg is the CTO for ProjectEd, a consulting group dedicated to helping good education products end up in the hands of learners and educators who need them. She believes that technology, though no silver bullet, has the power to solve seemingly insurmountable challenges when used optimally. Gillian has been working in tech for more than two decades. Her work as an engineer and director for QA teams encompassed a variety of fields, from gaming to healthcare. In 2012 she joined Amplify as a Senior Consultant, managing its QA and support teams and implementing products for the Middle School ELA Curriculum Division. Gillian holds a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and is the co-founder of Hello World Camp, a coding camp for kids.

Jesse Gutierrez

VP, Government Affairs, McGraw-Hill Education

Jesse Gutierrez is the vice president of government affairs for McGraw-Hill Education. He is responsible for representing the company before Congress, state, and foreign governments, and advancing education policies that support the growth of digital learning. Jesse joined McGraw-Hill Education in 2007.

Nikki James

VP, Learning & Experience, Practera

Nikki is the VP Learning & Experience at Practera, an experiential learning platform designed to support the personalization and scalability of quality experiential learning. She was previously an Adjust Professor of Leadership and Innovation at various Australian universities including The University of Sydney and Torrens University. As the VP Learning & Experience at Practera she is responsible for the design and deployment of technology features, learning frameworks and curriculum that supports effective learning transfer in real-world environments. Nikki’s doctoral research focuses on the application of machine learning and learning analytics for 21st Century Skill Development.

Chad Johnson

Managing Director, Cherry Tree & Associates, LLC

Chad Johnson is a Managing Director in the investment banking practice of Cherry Tree & Associates. Chad has a long and successful track record advising entrepreneurs in the sale of their education related businesses, and has helped numerous public and private companies acquire complementary businesses. His previous experience includes building a successful software firm, managing corporate M&A, and working in a venture capital firm. Chad is on the Board of the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA, the Board of Directors of Early Learning Labs, and is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).

Ash Kaluarachchi

Co-Founder, StartED

Tim Klasson

Chief Operating Officer, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Tim Klasson joined MetaMetrics in 2002 and is responsible for all aspects of the company's sales and operations. Formerly, he was vice president of learning services at Tech Resource Group in Raleigh, N.C., a former president of a medical education firm; vice president of corporate development for InfoSource, a corporate e-learning firm; product marketing manager for both Ryder Logistics and Cordis and a consulting manager with Deloitte & Touche. He holds an undergraduate degree in professional management from Nova Southeastern University, and a master's in business administration from the University of Miami.

David Klein

Creative Director, Point Made Animation

David Klein refined his talent for directing sequential storytelling by providing storyboards to leading commercials, as well as illustrating such titles for Marvel and DC comics as Spiderman and Batman. His illustrations appear regularly in the pages of the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, where he developed the ability to translate complex ideas into quickly understood visuals. Along with other New York Times illustrators, he created INXART, an international syndicated library of editorial art. Bringing the experience of working with preeminent writers and editors to Point Made Animation, David combines product, message, and emotional content to create the right graphic sensibility to tell the client’s story.

Sara Kloek

Director, Education Policy, Programs and Student Privacy, SIIA

Sara Kloek recently joined SIIA as Director of Education Policy, Programs, and Student Privacy. Previously, Sara was a Senior Privacy and Technology Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education working in the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer. Sara worked covered education policy for a senior member of the U.S House of Representatives and has also held positions on various statewide political campaigns in her home state of Minnesota.

Stephenie Lee

Senior Education and Research Leader, VIPKid

Stephenie Lee is a senior education and research expert at VIPKid, a leading global edtech leader that has created a live, one-on-one online learning platform that helps motivated kids studying English. Rated as one of Fast Company’s top 50 most innovative companies, VIPKid works with leading educational partners like ETS, TESOL and National Geographic Learning. Early in her career, Stephenie developed a child literacy consultancy and a college bridge program. She was Senior Vice President of Education at Axiom Learning, and is now the product lead for education innovation at VIPKid. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Steve Literati

President, Literati Analytics

Steve Literati is a business development, product development and financial management executive who has innovatively grown businesses and driven turnarounds in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He brings a deep knowledge of educational services and technology and the disruptive forces impacting the industry to design and execute profitable change initiatives. As a Chartered Financial Analyst and former CFO, Steve keeps a vigilant eye on the bottom line to implement strategies that will optimize profitability and performance. He achieves business and customer objectives by creating innovative product offerings that diversify revenue sources, retain existing customers and engage new customers; forging synergistic partnerships; developing untapped revenue streams; expanding distribution channels; and leveraging new and emerging technology. Steve has served as Chief Operating Officer at World Education Services; Senior Director, Business Development and Strategy at Educational Testing Service; and Senior Vice President, Business Development & Innovation at Pearson Education, where he advanced through multiple leadership roles. Steve thoroughly enjoys sharing knowledge and encouraging other professionals to expand their expertise and capabilities. A highly engaged and respected coach, mentor and team leader, he also develops and teaches business and financial courses at New York University, New York Institute of Finance and edX. Steve earned an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Lafayette College, Easton, PA. He is a Board member of several Pearson equity investments.

Jack Lynch

President, CEO & Director, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Jack joined HMH in 2017 as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director, bringing with him extensive background in the K–12 education and technology space. Prior to HMH, Jack was the CEO at Renaissance Learning, a leader in K–12 learning analytics, owned by Hellman & Friedman and Google Capital. With more than 25 years of management experience in the software and information industry, Jack is highly respected in the field of education technology. He has been active in the K–12 education industry since 1999 and was the founding CEO of bigchalk.com, where he created an education network serving 40,000 schools. He was later president and CEO of the Pearson Technology Group. Prior to joining Renaissance Learning, Jack was a member of the executive board of Wolters Kluwer. Jack holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University and was honored with the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for his leadership.

Mark McCusker

CEO, Texthelp Ltd.

Since 1988, Mark has been CEO of Texthelp Ltd., which has evolved to become a world leader in developing and licensing software support tools for reading, writing, and math for all students with an emphasis on assistive technology software for the learning disabled community. Texthelp licenses solutions to K12 schools, Higher Education, Publishers, Government, and Corporations. Mark McCusker has also served as the Chair of the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA), which is a membership organization campaigning for the rights and interests of those needing assistive technology and provides expert and impartial support and advice to government departments and agencies. During Mark's time as the Chairman and Director of BATA, he focused on determining strategy and tactics for the organization and ensuring that the focus of BATA continues to address the needs of the multiple stakeholder groups that comprise the BATA membership.

Noelle Millholt

Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Speakaboos

Christopher Mohr

General Counsel, Vice President of Intellectual Property, SIIA

Chris Mohr is Vice President for Intellectual Property and General Counsel for the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association representing software and digital content industries. Mohr spearheads public advocacy on intellectual property issues and works closely with technology industries. Previously, in private practice, Mohr provided strategic advice to technology, software, entertainment, and other clients on issues involving copyright, privacy, the First Amendment, licensing, public records access, and unfair competition. He has also appeared before legislative, judicial, and administrative bodies on matters of intellectual property and constitutional law and has been involved in several U.S. Supreme Court cases.

Erin Mote

Co-Founder and Executive Director , Brooklyn Lab Charter Schools and InnovateEDU

Erin Mote is the Executive Director of InnovateEDU and co-founder of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools (LAB). She leads InnovateEDU and its major projects including the development of Cortex, work on data interoperability, an urban education Fellowship to diversify the teacher pipeline, and supports for LAB's growth. Her work spans private sector collaborations and groundbreaking initiatives with Intel, Cisco, Google, and Mozilla, as well as work with leading US government technology partnerships. Erin served as the founding Chief of Party for the USAID Global Broadband and Innovations Alliance and has worked on numerous projects with the US Department of State and the White House. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Eric, her son Robert, and her daughter Clare and bleeds maize and blue as a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Greg Nadeau

Manager, Education, Public Consulting Group

Greg Nadeau is a writer, speaker, community leader, innovator, and Manager at Public Consulting Group (PCG). He has over twenty years of experience leading large-scale education data system projects at the local, state, and national levels, including eight years as Chief Information Officer of the Massachusetts Department of Education. Mr. Nadeau is co-chair of the IMS Global Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) task force, helped lead the IMS Global Competency and Academic Standards Exchange (CASE) task force, led the team that created the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) data model for USED, and served on the Board of Directors of the School Interoperability Framework Association (SIFA). Mr. Nadeau has directed successful statewide education data projects in Massachusetts, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Illinois, Utah, New York, and Georgia and participated in projects with dozens of other states. Mr. Nadeau lives, works and is raising his children with his wife Kerri Lorigan in Somerville, MA.

Farzana Nayani

Founder & CEO, Manazil Management, LLC

Farzana Nayani is a recognized Diversity & Inclusion and Strategic Communications specialist. She is the Founder and CEO of Manazil Management, LLC - a boutique brand management and communications strategy firm, and serves as Chief Strategist for Rework Work, a diversity & inclusion consulting company. She has worked with Fortune 500 corporations, public agencies, higher education institutions, and non-profit organizations as a consultant on diversity and inclusion, intercultural communication, supplier diversity, and employee engagement. Farzana’s advisory work with Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), small business advocacy, and entrepreneurship has taken her to engagements across North America, from the White House to Silicon Valley. Her subject matter expertise on global community relations is recognized in her work with institutions like the Smithsonian and the East-West Center. A featured author, speaker, and executive coach, Farzana drives organizations to communicate more effectively and “reimagine inclusion”. She is based in Los Angeles, CA.

Keith Osburn Ed.D.

Associate Superintendent, Georgia Virtual, Georgia Department of Education

Keith Osburn, Ed.D., serves as the Associate Superintendent for Georgia Virtual at the Georgia Department of Education. Best known for his work on Georgia's Total Learning Architecture and, specifically, his work on helping the state and local districts with interoperability standards, he lead the adoption of IMS Global’s CASE standard used to convert Georgia's Standards of Excellence to a machine-readable format. This work earned the Georgia Department of Education the 2018 Platinum Learning Impact Leadership Award. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Osburn served as the Chief Information Officer for a small, rural school district in south Georgia. While in that position he led the district's technology integration plan to acquire learning technologies to help usher in digital learning in the district. Specifically, he worked to implement many of the IMS Global standards, especially the OneRoster standard to streamline rostering of applications for student and staff use which also earned the 2016 Learning Impact Silver Medal . Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Managers of Educational Information Systems (GAMEIS) and on the IMS Global K-12 Institutional Leadership Board. Keith received his doctorate and undergraduate degrees from Valdosta State University and master's degree from Georgia Southern University. He and his wife, Tammey, live in Atlanta, Ga and are the proud parents of four children, two grandchildren, and two adopted Papillions.

Jason Palmer

General Partner, New Markets Venture Partners

As a General Partner at New Markets Venture Partners, Jason brings twenty years of experience as an education technology entrepreneur, executive and investor, and focuses on fund strategy, supporting portfolio companies and leveraging deep connections with industry leaders. Prior to joining New Markets, Jason served as Deputy Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led postsecondary innovation efforts to improve the outcomes of low-income, minority and first-generation college students by investing in colleges, universities and entrepreneurs pursuing digital and adaptive learning, student coaching and advising, financial aid structures, comprehensive credit transfer and employer pathways. Prior to the Foundation, 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 Kaplan, Jason led three education businesses as general manager or president, in addition to founding and leading the company's venture capital effort. 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 Board.

Tyler Park

Education Privacy Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum

Tyler Park is the Education Privacy Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum. He works to support the FPF Education Project’s mission to ensure the responsible use of student data and education technology in schools, help educators with resources and information, and seek inputs from all stakeholders to help students succeed. Among other responsibilities, Tyler facilitates FPF’s K-12 Privacy Working Group, tracks state student privacy legislation, and manages signature additions to FPF’s Student Privacy Pledge. Prior to joining FPF, he served as a Legal Fellow in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, where he worked on a diverse set of spectrum management and licensing issues.

Brandt Redd

Chief Strategist, EdMatrix

Brandt Redd is Chief Strategist for EdMatrix. He is a recognized authority in Education Technology Strategy with expertise in personalized learning, competency-based learning, computer-adaptive assessment, and standards. Recently, Redd served as CIO at the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and, prior to that, as Senior Technology Officer for Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His experience includes serving as CTO, chief scientist, senior software engineer, DBA, and co-founding two successful software companies. Redd is co-inventor of three patents.

David Rust

General Manager, ETIN Board Member, HITN

David Rust is a senior publishing leader with a successful record of creating, re-imagining and launching media and services for education. As head of business units at Reed Elsevier/Harcourt, Pearson, Scholastic and School Specialty, David engineered restructures of business units while refocusing them on new business ventures that have become game-changers in both consumer and school markets. In his work with Sandhill he has reoriented and restructured clients and launched initiatives in Common Core, STEM, digital, OER and global contexts, including service to all of the EngageNY nonprofits. His dedication to improving learner outcomes in diverse, low-income environments led him to chair the upgrade of AAP PreK-12’s Innovation Through Inclusion initiative, and become founding co-chair of SIIA ETIN’s Diversity committee.

Lisa Schmucki

Founder & CEO, edWeb

Lisa Schmucki is the founder and CEO of edWeb.net, a professional learning network that serves the global education community. edWeb.net is the forum where educators in all roles and at all levels come together with education organizations and stakeholders to address the most effective ways to improve teaching and learning, and all the issues that impact student achievement and school culture. edWeb.net is free for educators and has won top awards including six SIIA CODiE Awards including the 2018 Best Overall Education Solution. Previously, Lisa held senior management positions with companies including Time Inc., Macmillan, Peterson’s, Films Media Group, and Achieve3000. Lisa is a member of the board of the SIIA Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN). She is a graduate of Princeton University and works with the university on issues of undergraduate social life and community service. Lisa has a Masters Degree from the Stern School of Business at NYU.

Marilyn Schutz

Founder and President, Big Deal Media

Heather Shelstad

Vice President, Marketing, Knewton

Heather Shelstad has a 20-year proven track record in strategic marketing with well-rounded experience in sales, marketing and product development. As head of Knewton’s marketing team, Heather is responsible for defining and accelerating awareness of the company’s brands around the world. Heather leads initiatives designed to engage customers through multi-channel marketing campaigns and drive customer acquisition and revenue goals. Heather led the brand development, testing and launch of alta — Knewton’s fully-integrated, adaptive learning courseware for higher education — as well as a marketing program that resulted in customer acquisition across more than 250 academic institutions within the U.S. Prior to joining Knewton, Heather was instrumental in the success of many of the industry’s leading digital brands within higher education, including McGraw-Hill’s Connect and LearnSmart brands and Cengage’s MindTap. At both companies, Heather led research and branding initiatives that informed product and marketing strategy and integrated marketing campaigns that grew awareness, engagement and sales. Heather also led brand, corporate communications and sales programs at former startup CourseSmart LLC (now VitalSource), formerly the world’s largest online store for digital course materials. Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics from Washington State University.

Kimberly Smith

Executive Director, League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise

Kimberly A. Smith is the Executive Director of the League of Innovative Schools at Digital Promise leading a national network of education leaders in an effort to design, validate and scale effective innovative learning opportunities to advance equity and excellence for every learner. Ms. Smith has held leadership roles at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, PBS and Discovery Education. Ms. Smith is a Pahara Institute fellow and co-founder of the National Charter Collaborative - an initiative to support single-site charter leaders of color. She received her M.B.A from Johns Hopkins University and B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Seija Surr

EVP, Strategy, Imagine Learning

Seija’s EdTech career started with a jolt—a 6.9 jolt on the richter scale. She was just heading home from a day of teaching in an underserved community in San Francisco when the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake struck. The school closed due to structural damage, launching a new adventure in publishing. What was supposed to be a 2-month summer job in publishing turned into a 25-year career in developing instructional materials for K-12 students and teachers. Her interest in technology lead her to pursue a Masters in Educational Technology Leadership. Seija has been part of the product teams Classroom Connect, Riverdeep, Hampton-Brown, and National Geographic Learning. Seija is now the Executive Vice President of Strategy for Imagine Learning.

Robin Warner

Managing Director, Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips

Robin is a Managing Director at Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips in New York City. She has 14 years of US and international investment banking experience, and 20 years of high-level operational experience in the Publishing/Education Industry. Robin has closed approximately 40 transactions, with current focus on education technology and publishing. In the past 18 months, she has closed deals with Discovery Communications, Amazon, Pearson, and McGraw-Hill, and has closed additional deals with companies such as Wiley, Macmillan, and Cengage Learning.

Tammy Wincup

COO, EverFi, Inc

Tammy is the Chief Operating Officer at EverFi, the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying learners in critical skills. As COO, Tammy oversees the $90M+ SaaS company including EverFi’s 500 team members, the development of EverFi’s SaaS based digital learning platform, the implementation of the technology in over 20,000 K-12 schools and 1500 college campuses, and the sale of the software to over 4000 companies that fund the technology. Founded in 2008, EverFi is a social impact, venture-backed company with investments from TPG, The RISE Fund, Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos, Twitter Founder Evan Williams, and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.Tammy will join the Rise Fund at the end of this year.

Oliver Wreford

Chief Revenue Officer, SchoolMint

Oliver is the Chief Revenue & Strategy Officer at Edtech Holdings (SchoolMint, Hero K12), where he is responsible for driving revenue growth (organic and via M&A) and operational scale. Prior to joining Edtech Holdings, Oliver was on the executive leadership team at PowerSchool, he created the PowerSchool ISV partner program and played a key role on deal teams that delivered the $350M sale of PowerSchool from Pearson to Vista Equity Partners and executed 7 add-on acquisitions in 18 months following that deal. Oliver started his career with Accenture and holds a BA with Honors in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Devin Young

Co-founder and President, ClassCraft

Based in New York City, Devin is the co-founder and President of Classcraft. Classcraft is an Engagement Management System (EMS) that's redefining the experience of going to school by transforming it into a game that students play all year round. With +5M users worldwide, it's designed to act as a powerful suite of tools that augment typical instruction with gaming principals to empowers students to work together in fun new ways and foster critical skills necessary to thrive in tomorrow's job market. Well-versed in education and experience design, Devin has spoken at conferences such as SXSW, ISTE, and Games for Change. He also advised Obama's White House on the future of assessment and the roles that gaming will play in defining it. Prior to Classcraft, he worked as a creative director with a wide array of global brands and startups including Microsoft, Chanel, Intel, See.me, and The Future of Storytelling Summit.

Ilya Zeldin

Founder & CEO, 2gno.me

I am an experienced entrepreneur and founder of the 2gnō.me soft skills intelligence platform. With the 2gnō.me ("To know me") concept, my optimism about humanity and expertise in the business of technology converge to help promote awareness and learning. 2gnō.me received a Gold Award at the 2016 Re-Imagine Education for our unique approach and advanced technology aimed to strengthen teaching skills and personalize professional development for every teacher! The platform assesses soft skills, establishes a baseline of skill strengths and gaps, and connects to personalized learning from our partners to address skill gaps, at scale and with data to back it up. Before 2gnō.me, I managed the global Service Provider Program at Dell, driving recurring revenue for the software portfolio with innovative go-to-market strategies.