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The 2010 Ed Tech Industry Summit Call for Speakers is now closed. The conference Steering Committee is in the process of reviewing applicants. Return to this page for updates on confirmed speakers in early April. 

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Keynote Speakers

Margaret  Johnson

Margaret Johnson

Executive Vice President of the Americas and India, Qualcomm

Peggy Johnson serves as executive vice president of the Americas and India. Johnson is responsible for global development including working with partners to drive the adoption of 3G wireless broadband in the Americas and India. Johnson also serves as a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee. Johnson previously served as president of Qualcomm Internet Services (QIS) and MediaFLO Technologies.

Eric Lauzon

Eric Lauzon

Chief Information Officer, International Baccalaureate

Eric joined the International Baccalaureate (IB) as Chief Information Officer in April 2009, bringing with him more than 22 years of solid technology expertise and experience across multiple countries and complex projects. Eric leads a global team that ensures the strategic, effective and efficient use of technology to drive and support an anticipated 10,000 IB World Schools and 2½ million students by 2020. Lauded as an industry visionary, Eric’s views are sought by global audiences. He speaks internationally about empowering young people and alleviating poverty through the strategic use of technology, as well as the greening of IT. He has contributed to the One Laptop Per Child program and pens a bi-monthly column for Enterprise Innovation. Prior to the IB, Eric spent 22 years at Nortel.

Joanne Weiss

Joanne Weiss

Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Education

Joanne Weiss is Chief of Staff to the United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. She joined the Department in 2009 to serve as Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of the Race to the Top Fund. In this capacity, she led the Department's $4.35B Race to the Top program, designed to encourage and reward States making system-wide, comprehensive, and coherent education reforms. Prior to joining the Administration, Joanne was Partner and Chief Operating Officer at NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy firm working to transform public education by supporting education entrepreneurs and connecting their work to systemic change. At NewSchools, Joanne focused on investments and management assistance for a variety of charter management organizations, human capital solutions providers, and academic tools and systems designers; in addition, she oversaw the organization's operations. Prior to her work at NewSchools, Joanne was Chief Executive Officer of Claria Corporation, an e-services recruiting firm that helped emerging-growth companies build their teams quickly and well. She previously spent twenty years in the design, development, and marketing of technology-based products and services for education. She was co-founder, Chief Executive Officer, and before that, Vice President of Products and Technologies at Academic Systems, a company that helped under-prepared college students succeed in mathematics and writing. Joanne also served as Executive Vice President of Business Operations at Wasatch Education Systems, where she led product development, customer service, and operations for this K-12 educational technology company. She began her career as Vice President of Education R&D at Wicat Systems, where she was responsible for the development of nearly 100 multimedia curriculum and assessment products for K-12 schools. Joanne has a passion for education, and has spent much of her career pioneering innovative work to increase the effectiveness of teaching and learning processes. She holds a degree in biochemistry from Princeton University.


Additional Speakers

Susan Adelmann

Susan Adelmann

Senior Director, Market Intelligence, Follett

Susan Adelmann is Senior Director of Partnerships and Business Development for Follett. Follett is a leading provider of educational resource management solutions used by more than 60,000 K-12 schools. Follett has been supplying innovative educational tools and services for over 135 years, with a current global business footprint in over 110 countries. In her prior role, Susan developed business strategy and partner opportunities for Follett and has been a senior level technologist with 25+ years experience in software solution development and product strategy for enterprise software companies.

Arthur Baker

Arthur Baker

Head of Sales, Pearson Australia

Arthur Baker has worked in the education industry for the past 17 years. Having first held a field based sales role, Arthur rapidly progressed into sales and marketing management and then senior management with Pearson Australia. Arthur has an intimate knowledge of the Australian education market and the impact that technology is making in schools and this knowledge has seen him lead technology based thinking across K-12 sales teams nationally. Under Arthur’s guidance Pearson Schools was the first sales team to implement fully tailored CRM and the first to implement tablet PC’s. Arthur sits on a number of technology steering committees addressing developments in ERP, Web Portal and integrated content and school management deployment solutions.

 

Kayvon Beykpour

Vice President, Blackboard Mobile Division, Blackboard, Inc.

Marie Bjerede

Marie Bjerede

Vice President, Wireless Education Technology, Qualcomm

Marie Bjerede is Vice President of Wireless Education Technology at Qualcomm Inc. In her 23-year tenure with Qualcomm, Bjerede has led a wide variety of teams through the successful conception, development, and deployment of wireless communications systems including government, enterprise, and consumer platforms. Bjerede is currently focused on addressing the technical, economic, social, and systemic challenges to enabling every student to gain the advantages afforded those who have 24/7 mobile broadband access to their learning content and learning communities.

Todd Brekhus

Todd Brekhus

President, Digital Solutions, Capstone Digital

Todd Brekhus is an educational business leader devoted to introducing new technologies to educators and administrators. He was recently hired as President of Capstone Digital Solutions. Capstone Publishers is the largest publisher of school library books. Brekhus is responsible for creating the technology strategy for the K-12 market. Previously, he was VP and Chief Marketing Officer at PLATO Learning. Brekhus was responsible for the Software as a Service (SaaS) product strategy, the entire content library of K-College Courses, the integration of acquired product lines, and bringing new products to market- including the first education program delivered on the Sony PSP a handheld gaming platform. Before coming to PLATO via acquisition, Brekhus was President and COO of Learning Elements, he also built one of the largest teacher internet portals for MCI, MarcoPolo - now called Thinkfinity by Verizon. Todd currently serves on the board of the SIIA’s Education Division.

Brian Bridges

Brian Bridges

Director, California Learning Resource Network

Brian Bridges is the Director of the California Learning Resource Network and Past-President of the Computer Using Educators Board of Directors. The California Learning Resource Network is a state-funded technology project that reviews online courses for their alignment to the Common Core and to iNACOL's Standards for Quality Online Courses. A middle school English, drama, and computer teacher for 20 years, he also served eight years as program manager for the California Technology Assistance Project. His writings about the digital textbook initiative may be found at brianbridges.org.

Frank Catalano

Frank Catalano

Principal, Intrinsic Strategy

Frank Catalano develops marketing strategy and branding initiatives for his clients. A long-time industry consultant and analyst, he had worked with a variety of education technology and digital learning companies including Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Apple and MetaMetrics, and was a consulting Senior Analyst for MDR’s EdNET Insight service. Frank also spent four years as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Pearson's U.S. school and assessment businesses. Frank is a well-known speaker, author and media commentator. He writes a column for GeekWire.com, is a contributor to NPR/KQED’s education site MindShift and the edtech site EdSurge, and tweets @FrankCatalano. Frank is a two-term SIIA Education Division Board member in his fourth year as CODiE Awards emcee.

 

Kathy Clark

Chief Executive Officer, SMARTHINKING

Katherine (Kathy) Clark is the chief executive officer of Smarthinking, Inc, the leading provider of online tutoring services to schools, colleges, universities, libraries, government agencies, textbook publishers and other education providers. She joined the company in April 2009 to oversee development and execution of the company’s long term strategy and growth plan. Prior to joining SMARTHINKING, Kathy was the co-founder of Landmark Systems Corporation. Kathy is active in the technology industry as a representative on industry, association and education boards including; the Northern Virginia Technology Council and Shenandoah University. Kathy was recently appointed to serve on SIIA’s Postsecondary Sector Education Board of Directors.

Sue Collins

Sue Collins

Principal, CollinsConsults

Sue Collins has over 35 years of experience in education and technology, and is known for her ability to bridge education, technology and public policy. President Clinton appointed her to the Web-based Education Commission. Sue has represented the Commission and SIIA in testimony before Congress. She has been a teacher, a district and state-level administrator, and she has held senior-level positions at Apple Computer, Compaq Computer, Jostens Learning, bigchalk.com and Apex Learning. In her consultancy, Sue provides strategic solutions to education technology businesses. She serves on the iNACOL Board and works with SIIA on various initiatives after serving on the SIIA Education Board for 8 years.

Una Daly

Una Daly

Associate Director Community College Open Textbooks, Foothill Community College

Una Daly is Associate Director of the Community College Open Textbook Collaborative, which promotes the use of high quality, accessible, and culturally relevant open textbooks to make education more affordable. Most recently, she was the pilot coordinator for the California Virtual Campus, e-Portfolio California project, and continues as Foothill's e-Portfolio Coordinator and adjunct faculty in the Computer Information Systems department. Prior to her career in higher education, Una worked as a software engineer and manager at Apple Computer, 3Com Inc, and Motorola. She has been promoting and supporting technology in schools since the early 1990s.

George DeBakey

George DeBakey

President , DeBakey International

George DeBakey has been involved in international business for 35 years in the private and public sector. Currently he is the President of DeBakey International which focuses on assisting U.S. education firms to develop business overseas especially in the Middle East. He began his career with Rockwell International and served in various positions in the international division of the electronics and telecommunications sector and lived overseas in London, England and Cairo, Egypt. He is active in the Global Working Group for SIIA.

Jeffrey Fromm

Jeffrey Fromm

Partner, Corporate & Transactions Group, Dorsey and Whitney, LLP

Jeff Fromm is a partner in the Corporate and Transactions Group of the AmLaw100 firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP, where represents growth-stage companies, product and service businesses, and investment groups. He has experience in the U.S. and globally with venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing, executive compensation, and general corporate matters. He is a member of Kidron Opportunity Fund, a venture capital fund targeting global investments in a range of technology companies, and has also served as President of KnowledgeQuest Ventures, a financial advisory and management consulting firm serving the education industry.

Scott Garrison

Scott Garrison

President, Lightspeed Systems

Scott Garrison is the President of Lightspeed Systems, a leading provider of network security and management solutions for K-12 education that has earned a spot on the Inc. 5,000 list as one of fastest-growing private companies for the past three years. With 80 resellers throughout the United States and distributors in England and Australia, the company has tripled annual revenues since Scott Garrison joined the company in 2005 as the vice president of sales and marketing. Previously, Garrison was vice president of business development for Arrival Communications. In 2000, Arrival acquired a telecommunications company originally co-founded by Garrison and his business partners in 1991. Garrison serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce as the immediate past chairman, and as the vice president of the Bakersfield Police Activities League (PAL).

Thomas Greaves

Thomas Greaves

Chairman, The Greaves Group LLC

Thomas Greaves is recognized as a visionary in the K-12 Mobile Computing space. He has published widely is currently the editor of the SIIA's Mobile Computing Trends Watch report. He holds multiple patents and patent disclosures for student mobile computing technologies and has been involved in hundreds of mobile computing projects at district, state and federal levels. Greaves' recent work includes, most notably, the 2006 and 2008 America's Digital Schools surveys, which are among the most widely read and quoted educational technology reports ever produced. He founded The Greaves Group, a strategic education consulting organization, in 2003.

Shawn Gross

Shawn Gross

Managing Director, Digital Millennial Consulting

Shawn Gross is the Managing Director for Digital Millennial Consulting. The firm concentrates on providing education technology consulting services for public and private entities. Gross has developed a unique and comprehensive understanding of Mobile Learning through its anchor initiative named, "Project K-Nect." Prior to this, Gross held a variety of positions in the education technology sector from a number of firms including with Sun Microsystems Apple Computer. As the K12 Market Development Manager at Sun Microsystems' Global Education and Research Division, he was charged with acquiring new partners supporting the implementation of Sun's vision for the worldwide education markets and proposal operations. Gross also served as a government relations liaison for Sun and participated in a number of activities surrounding education technology policy.

Adam Hall

Adam Hall

President & CEO, Impact Education

Adam co-founded Impact Education in the year 2000, building on a family tradition of more than 30 years of educational service. Adam received his B.A. in Economics from Columbia University, and worked on Wall Street prior to the creation of Impact Education Inc. Adam's work with Impact has allowed him to focus on his passion of empowering "at risk" and incarcerated youth populations around the country with basic academic skills to keep them in school and off the streets. He is presently augmenting the delivery of his instructional programs using mobile devices, with specific attention given to the push/pull of student and teacher data through cloud computing.

Kathy Hurley

Kathy Hurley

Executive Vice President, Education Alliances, Pearson Foundation

Kathy Hurley is a 35-year veteran of the education industry. She has served in senior executive positions with PLATO Learning, The Learning Company, Skillsbank, and IBM. She works at the Pearson Foundation on education-related initiatives on a domestic and international scale. In 2003, Hurley was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Hall of Fame for her achievements and service to the education publishing industry. She is based in Washington, D.C., where she works closely with education policy associations. In this capacity, she currently served on several key industry and education advisory boards, including, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) as Board Chairman, the National School Boards Foundation (NSBF), the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET), the Software &Information Industry Association (SIIA) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) board where she participates on the International Committee.

Robert Iskander

Robert Iskander

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, VIP Tone, Inc.

Robert Iskander is the Founder and CEO of VIP Tone, Inc. and serves on the SIIA Ed Division Board. After spending 13 years at Sun Microsystems, including 5 years leading the global education market development and vision, Robert started VIP Tone in April 2000 with the goal of connecting all of the dots for the K-20 education enterprise. VIP Tone's EduTone is the first e-integration platform that connects and provisions education enterprise end-users with a multi-vendor ecosystem of IP-based communications, collaboration, learning and administration applications, through a global identity management utility.

Michael Jay

Michael Jay

President, Educational Systemics

Michael Jay and his associates are leading and supporting the adoption by the publishing community of the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative, LRMI, under the auspices of the AEP, the Creative Commons, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A longtime educator, Michael taught Science in California, where he worked on developing the state’s first set of Technology in the Curriculum materials. He went on to found Mediaseek Technologies, and continued 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.

Mimi Jett

Mimi Jett

General Manager, netTrekker

Mimi Jett leads the creation of tools, services, and premium content for netTrekker users, while building global distribution channels. Prior to netTrekker, Jett was founder and CEO of Electronic Technical Publishing, specializing in STEM textbooks for Higher-Ed. She was also an Evangelist for IBM Research and led business development for such K-12 companies as Renaissance Learning and Integre. Jett has offered consulting services in education technology, served on community and corporate boards, and served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business under the Clinton Administration. She has spoken internationally and is a member of SIIA’s Global Strategies and Strategic Partnerships Working Group.

William Kelly

William Kelly

CEO and Founder, Learning.com

Bill Kelly is the founder and CEO of Learning.com. Over the past ten years he has helped guide the company to become a leader in online instructional materials delivery. Learning.com currently serves over 3 million students and teachers with curriculum and assessment solutions delivered on the Sky Digital Learning Environment, which combines a curriculum repository, professional learning tools and learning management system functionality in one, easy-to-use environment. The company has received many awards, including three SIIA Codie awards. Bill has been an active participant in industry affairs and has helped shape the discussion about digital educational policies and practices at the state and federal level.

 

Arjan Khalsa

CEO, Conceptua Math, LLC

Arjan Khalsa has over 25 years of experience in education and the development of educational materials. He taught grades 2-6, served on faculty at U.C. Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, and worked at Key Curriculum Press. In 1990, he became CEO of IntelliTools, Inc where he developed the IntelliKeys keyboard and various software programs. He helped start the Assistive Technology Industry Association, serving in critical leadership and volunteer positions. Arjan was also Principle Investigator for numerous R&D grants, many of them in math technology for students with special needs. IntelliTools was sold in 2006. started Conceptua to positively impact students and teachers of elementary and middle school mathematics.

 

James Kourmadas

VP Strategic Marketing, McGraw-Hill Higher Education

Jim runs the Strategic Marketing group at McGraw-Hill Higher Education. He assumed this role in 2009 and reports to the President of Higher Education. Jim joined McGraw-Hill in 2002 as the Director of Market Research. He was subsequently promoted to Vice President of Marketing for McGraw-Hill/Irwin. In 2006, Jim joined the Digital Group as a Vice President. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill, Jim worked in sales, marketing, and management in the specialty chemicals business at American Cyanamid Company and Cytec Industries. He has also worked in consulting and consumer marketing and merchandising. He currently serves on the SIIA Postsecondary Sector Board of Directors.

Eileen M. Lento, Ph.D.

Eileen M. Lento, Ph.D.

Government and Education Strategist, Intel Americas

Dr. Lento is developing and implementing holistic models to meet the needs of state and local governments as well as school systems in the United States. In the education space, she is expert at guiding school systems along the technology adoption curve. Recognizing that such efforts demand more than simply providing students and educators with laptops, her work addresses quantitative and qualitative results, visionary leadership, creative funding, rich digital content, ongoing professional development, all supported by a solid infrastructure. Additionally, she brings awareness to the need for advocacy around policies necessary for such systemic reform efforts to gain real traction (i.e., scale and sustainability) Eileen currently serves on the SIIA Education Division's Board of Directors.

 

John Lopez

Managing Director, Instructional Materials and Educational Technology, Texas Education Agency

Mr. Lopez currently oversees the activities with the Review and Adoption and the Dissemination and Accessibility of instructional materials. He also oversees the program initiatives with Educational Technology. As a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980, Mr. Lopez holds a bachelor's degree from the College of Communication. His career began with the Austin Independent School District. In 1991, Mr. Lopez started his employment with the Texas Education Agency to coordinate the delivery of professional development programs through a distance learning initiative known as T-STAR.

Clancy Marshall

Clancy Marshall

General Manager, DynamicBooks (a subsidiary of Macmillan)

Clancy Marshall, a 14-year publishing veteran, is the General Manager of DynamicBooks, a new generation of interactive online textbooks designed for students, instructors and authors. At DynamicBooks, a subsidiary of Macmillan, Marshall manages the day-to-day operations including sales, marketing, product development, partner recruitment, and author negotiations/relations. Prior to DynamicBooks, Marshall was with Macmillan’s W.H. Freeman group (higher education textbooks), first as acquisitions editor, and most recently as publisher. Marshall managed marketing at John Wiley and Sons. She began her career in sales and worked for both Jones and Bartlett and Harcourt publishers.

Kevin  Mather

Kevin Mather

VP International Business, PASCO scientifc

Kevin Mather is the VP of International Business & US Higher Education for PASCO scientific. Kevin has over 20 years experience in science education sales and sales management, and has traveled and worked in over 50 countries to help expand and develop PASCO's export business, which has grown to more than 50% of company revenue. Kevin holds a B.S. Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo and recently completed the Stanford Executive Institute.
Kevin holds a B.S. Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo and recently completed the Stanford Executive Institute.

Janet Matricciani

Janet Matricciani

Senior VP, Corporate Development, K12 Inc.

At K12 Inc., Janet Matricciani is responsible for managing all M&A, strategic investments, international joint ventures and partnerships, and major vendor deals. Janet has conducted mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, joint venture agreements, strategic analysis and partnership deals in the US, Venezuela, Jamaica, Brazil, Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, the United Kingdom, India, and China, to name but a few. She has lead acquisitions in the sectors of primary resources, retail, manufacturing, government affairs, software services, and across a wide breadth and depth of areas within the financial services and education sectors. Janet is a member of SIIA’s Education Division Board of Directors.

Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer

Chief Executive Officer, Atomic Learning

Dan Meyer is the CEO of Atomic Learning, Inc., a leader provider of training to thousands of schools, universities, and companies worldwide. Dan has over 20 years of experience in education technology as a teacher, technology coordinator, adjunct professor and company executive. Dan also serves as a board member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Mitt Nathwani

Mitt Nathwani

Managing Director, Turning Technologies LLC/Reivo Ltd

A graduate of the University of Bath, England, Mitt Nathwani contributed to the UK science curriculum for 14-16 year olds during his course of study toward degree in Natural Sciences. His interest in education led to a role with the UK's leading provider of technology for schools, colleges and universities. Mitt was heavily involved in the government funded BECTA Whiteboard rollout to all English schools. In 2004 Mitt joined Turning Technologies LLC to support the expansion of the TurningPoint voting system in the UK Market. In August 2009 Mitt initiated the creation of Reivo Ltd, a spin-off company dedicated to maximizing TurningPoint's presence in the UK.

Denis Newman

Denis Newman

President, Empirical Education Inc.

Denis Newman founded Empirical Education in 2003 after a 25-year career in education. To help school districts succeed in their mission, he draws on his awareness of children's learning in the classroom, extensive experience in developing instructional technologies, lifelong commitment to scientific research, and entrepreneurial drive. Dr. Newman has published more than 35 books and articles and has conducted research and development at Rockefeller University, UC San Diego, Bank Street College of Education, and BBN Corporation. He was a pioneer in the application of Internet technologies for student learning, professional development, and school administration, bringing to market the first integrated web server designed for schools. His business career has included senior positions at educational software companies Tegrity and Soliloquy Learning.

Mark Nieker

Mark Nieker

President, Pearson Foundation

Mark Nieker is the president and executive director of the Pearson Foundation, the non-profit arm of the education services and technology company Pearson. The Pearson Foundation extends Pearson's commitment to education in partnership with non-profit and public interest organizations, working with leading businesses and civic groups to support students and teachers and to sponsor community-based education programs across the globe. Mr. Nieker oversees Pearson’s philanthropic activity worldwide.

Steve Nordmark

Steve Nordmark

Chief Academic Officer, Knovation (formerly netTrekker)

Steve Nordmark is the Chief Academic Officer at Knovation. He has over 22 years of experience in research and development of custom software solutions, with over 17 of those focused on enhancing the opportunities of under-served populations in K-12 schools. His goal is to create dialog, collaboration and ideas around innovative uses of technology to help the child – no matter where that child is – reach his fullest potential because he has access to tools that will help him learn. As the Chief Academic Officer, Steve focuses on the future vision of educational technology to support personalized learning. He researches, tracks, and analyzes trends in learning sciences, interoperability and technology architecture foundations for next generation learning systems.

Cathie Norris

Cathie Norris

Regents Professor, University of North Texas

Cathleen Norris is a Regents Professor in the College of Information, Department of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. Cathie's 14 years in K-12 classrooms and receiving Dallas' Golden Apple Award has shaped her university research agenda: helping K-12 teachers move from the 19th century into the 21st century. Cathie has been President of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the leading international organization for technology-minded educators. From 1996 through 2001, she was the President of the National Educational Computing Association (NECA), the association that organized NECC, the premier conference on technology in K-12. Cathie is co-founder of GoKnow, Inc.

Helen Padgett, Ph.D.

Helen Padgett, Ph.D.

Director of Professional Development, Arizona State University - SkySong

Helen Padgett, Ph.D., is the Director of Professional Development for Technology Based Learning and Research, an independent research entity of Arizona State University (ASU). She has been in the field of education for over 30 years, serving as a classroom teacher, administrator, university faculty member and professional development trainer, both online and face-to-face. Helen has designed and conducted professional development workshops and courses for teachers, administrators, parents, university faculty members, and business leaders. She has extensive knowledge of standards-based technology integration and the implementation of ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for students, teachers, and administrators. Helen provides professional development support to Adaptive Curriculum, which is based at ASU SkySong Technology Innovation Center.

Kevin Pawsey

Kevin Pawsey

CEO, RM Education, Inc

Kevin Pawsey has 7 years experience building K-12 businesses globally including the Far East, Middle East, North and South America. Kevin was appointed International Managing Director for RM PLC in 2006, based out of the UK, and still serves in that role in addition to operating as CEO for RM Education, Inc in the US, a business that Kevin grew from $400k in 2006 to $50m in FY09. Kevin has built channels around OEM partnerships, Licensing RM IPR, in addition to building both distribution and direct sales engagement models. Kevin is also an experienced educator having taught at levels from Elementary to University and is a self confessed geek but really strives to make technology of value, easy to implement and east to use for today's educators.

Edie Perkins

Edie Perkins

VP Export Sales & Marketing, Scholastic Inc.

Edie Perkins has more than 15 years of experience developing and promoting educational programs for schools in the U.S. and worldwide. In her current role, Edie oversees digital product development for Scholastic International. She is responsible for collaborating with each of Scholastic’s international businesses to develop and adapt educational programs to suit the different markets Scholastic serves, from South America to Asia. Previously, Edie was the VP of Export Sales and Marketing at Scholastic where she oversaw the sales and marketing team that promoted Scholastic’s education and trade lists to schools, distributors, and bookstores in 140 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Louis Pugliese

Louis Pugliese

President, Learning Diagnostics

Pugliese is president of Learning Diagnostics Inc., an education consulting organization that provides assistance in corporate growth to Fortune 500 organizations and private equity organizations involved in global e-learning initiatives. He was recently vice president of corporate development at Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is now providing strategic consulting to the company. Pugliese has served a number of companies as interim CEO and worked closely alongside founders, current executives and other team members to expand their market share, sales and visibility. He is a noted international speaker on educational technology and has addressed a wide range of issues in education and education policy. Lou currently serves on the SIIA Education Division's Postsecondary Sector Board of Directors.

Steve Rappaport

Steve Rappaport

Principal, Rappaport Consulting

Dr. Steve Rappaport has 25 years of experience in education and technology. Early in his career, he had technology-based executive positions at Rutgers University, a large K-12 school, and Baruch College/CUNY. After leaving academic administration, Dr. Rappaport was Senior Public Sector Consultant for an analytical software company, managed a national education sales division for an Internet company, and served as Director of Network Initiatives with Internet2, Director of ThinkQuest programs worldwide, and Executive Director of Strategic Planning with ETS. Most recently, Dr. Rappaport created and managed EdNET Insight, a decision support service providing research and consulting services to companies in the education industry. He also led three national educational technology initiatives, and was recognized for his contributions in 2004 when he received ISTE's "Making It Happen" award. As a consultant to companies in the education industry, Dr. Rappaport helps companies with their tactical and strategic challenges, including market research, strategic planning, business development, and high-level consultative sales.

John Richards

John Richards

President, Consulting Services for Education

John Richards, Ph. D. is Founder and President of Consulting Services for Education, Inc. (CS4Ed. www.cs4ed.com) and Adjunct Faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education teaching Entrepreneurship in the Education Marketplace. At CS4Ed, John works with educational publishers and organizations on market research, strategic planning, and product development and evaluation.
Previously, John was President of the JASON Foundation and GM of Turner Learning, the educational arm of Turner Broadcasting. He recently completed the 2012 U.S. Educational Technology Market: PreK-12 report for SIIA, and with Chris Dede (Eds.) has just published Digital Teaching Platforms, Teachers College Press.

Liz Riley-Young

Liz Riley-Young

Business Manager, SAS Institute Inc.

Liz Riley-Young leads a team devoted to expanding SAS’ offerings as hosted solutions for teaching, research and institutional administration throughout the education lifecycle. Liz also leads a team of systems engineers dedicated to customer-facing engagements and implementations. This hands-on experience provides a direct conduit of experiences that inform research and development efforts. Liz is a member of the SIIA Education Division’s Postsecondary Sector Board of Directors and Technical & Development Committee.

Jeremy Roschelle

Jeremy Roschelle

Director of the Center on Technology in Learning, SRI International

Dr. Jeremy Roschelle, Director of the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International, works with over 60 talented researchers and staff. Jeremy founded SRI's Strategic Learning Consulting practice, which translates research knowledge to advances in learning technology products. Two running themes in his work are the study of collaboration in learning and the appropriate use of advanced or emerging technologies in education. More recently, Jeremy has been addressing large-scale use of innovative technologies in education. He serves on the editorial boards of leading journals and has been invited to give keynote addresses in North America, Asia, and Europe.

David Samuelson

David Samuelson

EVP Director Games & Augmented Reality, Pearson

As part of Pearson plc's digital strategy team, David is responsible for exploring new global business opportunities across Pearson's education, trade publishing and information businesses, and for leveraging emerging technologies such as augmented reality. In 1997, David joined Pearson to leverage textbook content into the consumer market, and he created one of the earliest online interactive textbooks for home and school use. David continued his focus on Pearson's digital strategy as VP of Family Education Network and SVP of product strategy and marketing for the US school business before becoming Chief Marketing Officer in 2005. More recently, David was president of Global Schools for Pearson working across our school publishing interests worldwide.

Dominic Savage

Dominic Savage

Director General, British Educational Suppliers Association

Dominic Savage has been in the educational supplies industry for 34 years and Director General of BESA for 25 years. Best known for founding the BETT show in London, he is the Chair of SAGES, the UKTI Sector Advisory Group for Education and Skills, Chair of the Strategy Council of TVET UK and President of Worlddidac, the worldwide educational trade organization. He has worked internationally since 1977, leading trade missions and developing relationships between UK education and other countries at all levels of education. He is Chair of Governors of a London Technology College.

Mark Schneiderman

Mark Schneiderman

Senior Director, Education Policy, SIIA

As Senior Director of Education Policy, Mark Schneiderman represents SIIA’s member software and digital content developers before Congress, the Administration, state governments and other national stakeholders on education policies, programs, and regulations that impact technology at all levels of education. Prior to joining SIIA, Schneiderman was Legislative Associate for the Council of Chief State School Officers, where he represented the public officials heading each state's department of education. He serves on the executive board of the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET), and he previously served on boards of the KIPP DC/Key Academy charter school and the Committee for Education Funding (CEF).

Ellen Siminoff

Ellen Siminoff

President and CEO, Shmoop

Ellen Siminoff is CEO of Shmoop and a Silicon Valley veteran. Ellen was a founding executive of Yahoo!. Between 1996-2001, she led business development (VP, Business Development and Planning), corporate development (SVP, Corporate Development) and major business units, representing approximately 25% of Yahoo!'s revenue (SVP, Entertainment and Small Business). Most recently, Ellen was CEO of Efficient Frontier, the largest Search Engine Marketing company in the world, with over $1 billion of ad spend under management. Ellen sits on the board of directors for a number of companies, including Mozilla, the makers of Firefox.

 

Joy Smith

Chief Development Officer, Florida Virtual School- Global Services Division

Nearly ten years ago, Joy Smith first saw and understood the vision of Florida Virtual School. As a project manager for a company that partnered with FLVS in the late 1990s, Ms. Smith participated in that vision. Today as the FLVS Chief Development Officer, she lives that vision by leading the Curriculum Services team in the development and maintenance of FLVS course content and curriculum resources. Ms. Smith first encountered FLVS while working at IBM in a partnership with FLVS. For eighteen years with IBM, she served as a manager, project manager, client representative, and an education and training specialist. She also taught Business Education in Cobb County Public Schools and at Georgia State
University.

Elliot Soloway

Elliot Soloway

Professor, University of Michigan

Elliot Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Dept of CSE, College of Engineering, School of Education and School of Information, University of Michigan. For the past 10 years, Soloway's research has been guided by the vision that mobile, handheld and very low-cost networked devices are the only way to truly achieve universal 1:1 in schools all across the globe. In 2001, the undergraduates selected him to receive the Golden Apple Award as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In 2004, the EECS College of Engineering HKN Honor Society awarded Elliot the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award. Elliot is a co-founder of Collabrify.IT, Inc.

Douglas Stein

Douglas Stein

Chief Technology and Business Development Officer, Victory Productions

Doug focuses on the intersection between personalized learning, game-based learning, and formative instruction; at Victory Productions he develops new technologies to support this area and matches capabilities to client needs. He has over 25 years' experience in software development and strategy consulting - from running his own ed-tech strategy and technology consultancy for ed-tech since 2007 as well as VP Development at Learning.com, CTO at several financial services and enterprise software firms, and Principal Consultant at Microsoft. In the mid-90s he co-founded Addison Wesley Interactive, delivering some of the first Web and Java-based products in higher ed. He began his career starting a CS Department at a New England prep school after earning degrees in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and SUNY Stony Brook. He also co-authored Mathematica in the Laboratory published by Cambridge University Press and has contributed to papers and books on scientific visualization.

 

Jason Stoffer

Principal, Maveron, LLC

At Maveron, Jason focuses on the education and e-commerce industries. He is involved with the firm’s investment in Altius Education and Livemocha, for which he is a board observer. Prior to Maveron, Jason was senior director of strategic operations for Career Education Corp., where he co-founded and led admissions and marketing for IADT Online, a for-profit design school. At Career Education, he spearheaded initiatives to develop new digital marketing strategies, increase sales force effectiveness, and restructure the company's call center operations. He was an associate at Spinnaker Ventures, an expansion-stage venture capital fund focused on information technology, communications and business services.

Bernie Trilling

Bernie Trilling

Global Director, Oracle Education Foundation

Bernie Trilling directs the development of education strategies, partnerships, and services for the Foundation's ThinkQuest program. Prior Oracle, Bernie was a Director for the Technology In Education group at WestEd, where he led a team of educational technologists in integrating technology into the instructional and administrative realms of education. He was executive producer for instruction at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he helped run a global, interactive distance learning network. Bernie is co-chair of the Board of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and is co-author of 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times, published in October 2009.

Mark Tullis

Mark Tullis

Vice President, Strategic Relations, Learning.com

For the past ten years, Mark Tullis has been managing Learning.com's government relations, strategic partnerships and international sales. His work has focused on creating opportunities and wider acceptance of innovative online instructional materials and assessments through state adoption reform, legislative efforts, and international partnerships. Prior to Learning.com, he handled business development for Ancestry.com and Folio Corporation. Mark Tullis is currently serving on the SIIA Ed Division Board.

Pat Walkington

Pat Walkington

President, Pat Walkington Education Sales & Marketing

Pat has 15 plus years of experience creating, leading and growing the educational divisions of technology companies. She consults under her company Pat Walkington, Education Sales & Marketing. Pat served as Vice President of Sebit, LLC where she established the infrastructure, hired staff for the sales, marketing and customer services groups and contributed to the company�s receipt of numerous awards. Prior to consulting Pat served as the Vice President of the Learning Company's Education Division, and she served as the V.P. of Broderbund's Education Division. Pat also co-founded Making It Happen, a national non-profit organization created to recognize outstanding educators in technology. She served on the SIIA's Education Division Board from 2007-2010.

Mitchell Weisburgh

Mitchell Weisburgh

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.

Mona Westhaver

Mona Westhaver

President & Co-Founder, Inspiration Software, Inc.

Mona Westhaver has over 30 years experience in software product development and corporate management. As President and Co-founder of Inspiration Software, Westhaver oversees the direction and daily functioning of the company and guides product management and marketing efforts. She is a past board member and co-chair of the SIIA Education Division, and the Software Association of Oregon (SAO). Westhaver is a graduate of Antioch University in Seattle, Washington, where she received a Master of Arts degree in whole systems design with an emphasis in organizational development.

Bruce Wilcox

Bruce Wilcox

Vice President, Mobile Learning, Digital Millennial Consulting

Prior to his current position, Bruce Wilcox worked on K-12 strategy for SMARTHINKING, and before that, served as CEO at Project Inkwell, where he led an industry standards consortium advocating innovation and 1:1 learning in the K12 arena. At Harcourt Inc, Wilcox led eProduct development and sales strategy. Wilcox’s 22-year career spans the development and sales of computer-based instructional programs for elementary and secondary education, diagnostic/prescriptive programs for adult learners in need of basic skills enhancement, startup and founder roles in education technology companies along with senior management roles at Simon & Schuster (now Pearson) and more recently with Harcourt Education Group.

Bob Woolard

Bob Woolard

Vice President, ePALS, Inc.

Robert Woolard (Bob) is GM ePals International and VP Corporate Development -- ePals, Inc. operates a leading global K-12 education community and licenses social-media-based platforms to schools and organizations for collaborative learning. Mr. Woolard is widely travelled from his career developing international communication, Internet, and technology-based partnerships in the USA, Europe and Asia. He has served as a business strategy and organization consultant, the founding director of Rockhurst University’s executive MBA program, and adjunct professor of business policy, strategy and organization. He has held international executive positions at Sprint, AOL, and UUNET.

Duncan Young

Duncan Young

Vice President, Education Services, Scholastic Education - Curriculum

Duncan Young is Vice President, Education Services at Scholastic Education. He manages the national implementation, training, and professional development organization for Scholastic Education, supporting the successful implementation of READ 180, System 44, and other technology based learning programs. Previously, Young was General Manager, Scholastic Digital Learning Solutions where he oversaw product development, marketing/sales support, and operations for Grolier Online, Scholastic BookFlix (a 2008 CODiE award winner) and the upcoming Expert Space. He also served as Director of Strategy and Business Development for Scholastic Education. Prior to Scholastic, Young was a management consultant with Bain & Co., and a meteorology and oceanography office in the United States Navy.

Bill Zobrist

Bill Zobrist

Director, Emerging and Online Product Strategy, Pearson Learning Solutions, a division of Pearson Education

Bill Zobrist is a Director in the Pearson Learning Solutions (PLS) group. In this role, Bill develops educational technology products and strategies, improving on current products like Pearson CourseConnect, and creating new models for the higher education, K12 and professional development markets for online learning. Sometimes known as "the ebook guru," Bill has spend some time investigating the mobile learning market’s potential. He began his publishing career in 1989 at Prentice Hall and was named one of the top ten representatives for sales performance and for signing over 15 book contracts in one year out of his territory.


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