Speakers


Keynote Speakers

Larry Berger (Invited)

CEO, Amplify

Richard Carranza

Chancellor, New York City Schools

David Deschryver

Senior Vice President, Co-Director of Research, Whiteboard Advisors

Chandy Ghosh

COO & GM, Inteliquent Emergency & 911 Services, Inteliquent

Chandy Ghosh is a well-respected leader in telecommunications. She is the Chief Operating Officer, Inteliquent 911 Emergency Services with the goal of modernizing emergency communications, in an industry governed by FCC & Dept of Homeland Security. Prior to this, Chandy was Executive Vice President at West Safety Services , VP of Digital Strategy at CenturyLink, Executive Partner at ThoughtWorks, Global Head, GWS Product Delivery at Johnson Controls, CIO at CQG & Principal Consultant at KPMG-BearingPoint. Ms. Ghosh’s education includes Harvard Executive Development, Master of Process, Michael Hammer, Cambridge MA; Strategic Leadership, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs. She has CJIS certification, MBA & MS degrees. Chandy has represented on several Boards including Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame & Colorado Technology Association’s Women-in-Technology. Chandy is frequently invited to speak at global events & is passionate being a mentor supporting diversity.

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.

Guadalupe Guerrero

Superintendent, Portland Public Schools

Henry Hipps

Deputy Director, Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Henry Hipps is Deputy Director on the Education team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Henry and his team focus on improving the availability, awareness and implementation of high leverage solutions that support teachers and increase student achievement. At the Foundation, he has worked at the intersection of innovation and system redesign to foster the improvement of curriculum, education technology and other tools and school models. Previously, Henry was Senior Director at the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, Mayor Villaraigosa’s school turnaround organization. Henry was also founder and CEO of Trajectory Learning which delivered web-based K-12 courseware with culturally-relevant content designed to increase student engagement. Prior to his work in education, Henry was an executive at IBM Business Consulting where he led global teams on business and technology consulting engagements. Throughout his career, Henry has sought opportunities to use entrepreneurship and innovation as tools to create social impact.

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.

Deborah Quazzo

Managing Partner, GSV AcceleraTE

Deborah is the Managing Partner of GSV AcceleraTE Fund, a venture capital fund investing in the $75B education and talent technology sector. She is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of the ASU GSV Summit, an event that attracts over 4,500 attendees annually. Previously Deborah co-founded ThinkEquity Partners, a boutique technology focused investment bank, which was acquired in 2007. Prior to ThinkEquity Partners, she was a Managing Director in Investment Banking and head of the Global Growth Group at Merrill Lynch & Co. She currently serves on the boards of Ascend Learning (a portfolio company of Blackstone and CCCP), Degreed, The Educational Testing Service (ETS), Fairygodboss, Lightneer and Remind. Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University, and an MBA from Harvard University.

Maia Sharpley

Partner, Learn Capital

Kelly Shaw

SVP, Digital Subscriptions, ScholasticEducation

Thomas Squeo

Chief Technology Officer (CTO), West Corporation

Results-oriented, agile, technology executive focused on the business of software. Capable and forward-looking, Thomas leads within mission-driven, agile organizations that differentiate themselves through excellence in product innovation and customer-centered solution delivery. A dynamic thought leader, practitioner and innovator, with deep experience in enterprise and public sector solution implementation. He is a recognized expert in enterprise, education and communications technologies (layers 4-7). Proven record in product development, program, and project execution focused on the application of mobile, social, big data and cloud technologies. Having led in organizations ranging from start-up to Fortune 500; product, service and consultative; public and private sectors; for-profit and non-profit in roles from operational to revenue-generating with focus on lowering barriers to entry through simple, human-centered solutions.

Christine Willig

CEO, Illuminate Education

Christine Willig serves as CEO of Illuminate Education, the leading provider of formative assessment, analytics, and data visualization solutions for K-12 education. Serving more than 12 million students around the country, Illuminate Education is committed to increasing the power of teaching and the delight of learning. Christine was appointed CEO of Illuminate after serving as CEO of Key Data Systems (KDS), one of five leading companies in K-12 education that merged to form the all new Illuminate Education in 2018. While at Key Data Systems, Christine was responsible for the company’s strategic direction and operations, helping position KDS as a leading assessment content and services provider in K-12. Prior to KDS, Christine served as President of McGraw-Hill Education K-12, where she was responsible for transforming the company’s business during one of the most significant market shifts in all of education. Her appointment to President stemmed from her success in serving as Senior Vice President of Product, leading all product development and managing an extensive portfolio of PreK-12 curriculum and instructional materials — print and digital. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill, Christine held several executive positions in education technology, including CEO of Math Solutions, which she led through a successful acquisition by Scholastic, and President of the company that launched CODIE-awarding winning netTrekker. Throughout her career, the products and services under Christine’s leadership have earned numerous awards and recognitions, but most importantly have earned the respect of educators around the country. Widely recognized as one of the leading minds across education technology, content, and services. Christine is a frequent keynote speaker and author, and was bestowed the Lamplighter Visionary Award from the Association of American Publishers in 2015. A lifelong learner dedicated to education, Christine earned her degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Vivian Wu

Managing Partner, Ventures, Chan Zuckerberg Institute

Vivian Wu is Managing Partner, Ventures at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, where she leads their impact investments. Vivian serves on the board of Andela and BYJU'S. She also led CZI's investments in such companies as AltSchool, Bridge International Academies, Brightwheel, Ellevation Education, Handshake, MasteryConnect, Newsela, Raise.me, Trilogy Education, and Varsity Tutors. She also led CZI's acquisition of Meta, an AI-enabled technology platform for accelerating scientific discovery. Vivian has nearly two decades of experience in venture capital and private equity. She was previously an investor at a private family office, in software growth equity and buyouts at TA Associates, in venture capital at Accel Partners, and in pan-Asia private equity at Morgan Stanley Capital Partners Asia. Vivian holds an MBA from Harvard University, and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA and a BS in Economics from Wharton.

Additional Speakers

Jill Abbott

Sr. Vice President and Managing Director, ETIN

John Bailey

Fellow, Chan Zuckerberg Institute

John’s serves as a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Fellow advancing strategy related to economic mobility, criminal justice reform, and education. He is a visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute researching Opportunity Zones and issues relating to the future of work. He is also an advisor to the Walton Family Foundation. John served as a domestic policy advisor in the White House coordinating the policy process on issues including ESEA, the Higher Education Act, job training, and the Trade Adjustment Assistance reauthorization. He served as the Deputy Policy Director to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was Director of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. He co-founded the strategic advisory firm Whiteboard Advisors, served as a senior program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and most recently was the VP of Policy for Governor Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education. John is a Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and an alumnus of the American Council on Germany Young Leaders Program. He also serves on advisory boards for the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work, the Bush Institute, Center for Democracy and Technology, Data Quality Campaign, and National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Sam Bonfante

Vice President, Global Markets, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Over the past three years Sam has led a broad expansion of education publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s international presence. Working with overseas schools, Ministries of Education, governments and some of the world’s leading EdTech partners, Sam has crafted an International strategy of combining rapid growth with high margins, while reducing risk exposure. As HMH’s Global Market’s leader, Sam is working to transform the company’s use of its world-class curriculum content into technology solutions which enhance learning at all levels of international education. Prior to joining HMH Sam founded and sold a global publishing consultancy which specialized in developing advanced analytics and market-share management for digital and education publishers. Sam holds a degree from Lehigh University. He and his wife Laura reside in Boston, and have three children.

Alexander Broich

President, Global Businesses, Cengage

Alexander Broich is the President of Cengage Global Businesses, serving on the Cengage executive team and reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he is responsible for the growth and development of the company’s international operations as well as other parts of the Cengage portfolio including the English Language Teaching (ELT) business and Gale. Mr. Broich brings to Cengage more than 20 years of corporate and operational senior-level management experience, specializing in building, growing and developing businesses in changing environments. Prior to joining Cengage, Mr. Broich served as the President of International at Pearson Clinical and Talent Assessment. At Pearson, he drove the international business to double-digit growth, while significantly increasing profitability and expanding into new territories. Earlier in his career, Mr. Broich was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Bertelsmann, Inc. where he implemented development strategies in China, England, Germany and France, among other duties. He also held management positions with Bertelsmann Online Ltd., Health Online Services Multimedica, Bertelsmann AG, and Headwork Consulting. Mr. Broich holds a PhD in Business Administration from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. He is based out of the Cengage Boston, MA office.

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.

Patrick Devanney

VP, Interoperability Services, ClassLink

Patrick oversees ClassLink’s portfolio of integration partners, managing technical integrations for single sign-on and rostering to ensure that educators and students across the world can access the resources they need to be successful. Building on his early success in telecom, Patrick is a veteran of education technology and has been a long-standing advocate for interoperability and collaboration among providers, leading to his participation at InBloom, which revealed both the promise and the peril of making interoperability work. Having held executive roles at leading providers such as Compass Learning, Education Elements, and Edgenuity, Patrick has a uniquely panoramic view of both the strategic and practical imperatives for adopting open data standards and fostering true industry collaboration.

Ron Fitzgerald

President, MathResources Inc

Ron Fitzgerald is the President of MathResources. He has almost 30 years of experience in the educational publishing industry. For the past 12 years he has been working to make MathResources “The New Face of Mathematics” education. To further this goal MathResources has built and continues to build products utilizing the latest research and developments in educational software development. He has also has extensive experience in the textbook publishing world. For 17 years he worked for a selection of the major textbook publishers holding positions in sales, sales management, product acquisition and development.

Sandra Hirsh

Director of the School of Information, San Jose State University

Dr. Sandra Hirsh is Director and Professor of the School of Information at San José State University. Prior to joining San Jose State University, she worked in the Silicon Valley in R&D and consumer product development for more than a decade at major technology companies: Hewlett Packard Labs, Microsoft, and LinkedIn. She co-founded and co-chairs the global virtual Library 2.0 conference series. She is co-Principal Investigator of an IMLS-funded project that has explored possible applications of blockchain technology in libraries and information organizations. Their book for the ALA Future Series, Book #3 Blockchain will be available Spring 2019. They also organized a MOOC Blockchain & Decentralization for the Information Industries which was offered in March-April 2019. She holds both a bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from UCLA and a MLIS degree from the University of Michigan.

Jennifer House

President, RedRock Reports

Dr. Jennifer House founded RedRock Reports to provide actionable funding insights to companies selling to K-12 education. Jenny provides clients with a strategic vision from both business and education perspectives. Her work is informed by years of experience in district administration as well as industry management. At RedRock Reports she focuses on the impact of funding knowledge on sales, advising clients about funding trends and execution strategies via webinars and in-person presentations. Prior experience includes holding management positions at HP and Apple Computer as well as executive positions at Classroom Connect and Tenth Planet.

Michael Jay

President, Educational Systemics

Michael taught Science in California, where he worked on developing the state's first set of Technology in the Curriculum materials. He helped start Apple's Classroom of Tomorrow project and went on to found Mediaseek Technologies,continuing the development of tools for children and educators as Director of Education Business Development at N2H2 and VP and GM of Brainium Technologies in the following years, where he worked on sustainable 1:1 computing in schools. Michael served on the Executive Board of the School's Interoperability Framework and played a pivotal role in driving the development and adoption of the LRMI, both pivotal to data and content interoperability in pK-12 education. Michael served on the SIIA Ed Board for 12 years, three of which he served as co-chair. He started and continues to cochair the ETiN Tech & Dev working group. Michael is also the host of Education Table Talk, a month internet radio show that addresses topics important to those who serve pK-12 education.

Dee Kanejiya

Founder & CEO, Cognii

Dee Kanejiya is founder and CEO of Cognii, a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence based assessment and tutoring technology for automatic grading of students' open-response answers. He has 16 years of experience in AI, speech recognition, consumer web and the education industries. He is passionate about improving the quality and affordability of education for all with the help of advanced technologies.

Mary Jo Madda

Manager, Google

Erin Mote

Executive Director, InnovateEDU

Erin Mote is the Executive Director of InnovateEDU and co-founder of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School (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. She has spent much of her career focused on public service and expanding access to technology in both the US and abroad. 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 and two children and bleeds maize and blue as a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Alison Pendergast

Founder, Trigility

Alison Pendergast is Founder and CEO of Trigility, Inc., a business strategy, innovation, and advisory services company helping academic institutions and organizations design, implement, and scale successful eLearning solutions. Prior to Trigility, Alison served as Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer for Carnegie Mellon University backed Acrobatiq - a leading adaptive learning and analytics platform for higher education and corporate training. In that function, she led the go-to-market strategy and brand growth from the company’s inception in 2013 to its successful acquisition in 2018 by VitalSource™- an Ingram Content Company. Prior to this role, she was Chief Marketing Officer for Ascend Learning where she led the brand and product transformation of Jones and Bartlett from print publisher to leading provider of instructional, assessment, and learning management solutions for the secondary, post-secondary, and professional markets. Alison also held executive leadership roles at Pearson Education, leading digital learning product innovation, marketing and strategy. Alison holds a master’s in business administration, summa cum laude from Norwich University, and is a Distinguished Military Graduate from University of Connecticut Army ROTC, and veteran US Army Medical Service Corps Officer.

Chelsea Waite

Research Fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation

Chelsea Waite is a research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, where she focuses on blended and personalized learning in K-12 education and analyzes how innovation theory can inform the design of new instructional models. This research includes tracking the evolution of blended learning and the opportunities it affords for many kinds of instructional innovation. As part of this role, Chelsea is leading an effort to build a national dataset on innovative schools. Before joining the Institute, Chelsea built global partnerships and designed learning programs at Digital Promise, a nonprofit working to spur innovation in education. She also spent two years as an English teacher in Brazil on a Fulbright fellowship. Chelsea holds a BA in History from Brown University and was part of the first cohort of a masters program in Social Innovation at the Judge Business School at Cambridge University.

Tony Wan

Managing Editor, EdSurge

Tony Wan was named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in Education. He previously helped to build a game best described as “Zelda with math,” which kids liked (but not teachers or investors). He holds an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University, and a B.A. in History from the University of California at San Diego.

Mitchell Weisburgh

Founder and Managing Partner, Academic Business Advisors, LLC

Mitch Weisburgh is co-founder and managing partner of Academic Business Advisors. He writes the PILOTed blog at http://academicbiz.typepad.com and has spoken at a number of past conferences on how to start a business, education technology, open source, how to market and sell in education, investing in education and raising money. Weisburgh was Founder, President, and CEO of Personal Computer Learning Centers of America, Inc, and subsequently Chief Technical Officer of College Pilot.com, where he successfully designed, developed, launched, and managed an online learning management system and SAT preparation course.