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Steve Lucas

CEO, Marketo

Steve joined Marketo as chief executive officer in November 2016. He is an experienced executive with more than 25 years of experience in enterprise software. Prior to Marketo, Steve served as president of SAP’s Platform Solutions, where he led the company’s multi-billion-dollar growth and expansion into a range of technology markets. Steve joined SAP from Salesforce, where he led the expansion of the company into cloud-based enterprise application development. Steve has held senior leadership positions at a number of leading enterprise, cloud, and analytics technology companies, including Microsoft, BusinessObjects, and Crystal Decisions. He has co-chaired various government technology leadership initiatives, including the TechAmerica BigData committee. Steve is currently a member of the board of directors of TiVo and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Steve holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Colorado and is a published co-author of several books on business intelligence software.

Jonathan Rochelle

Director of Product Management, Google

Jonathan Rochelle (aka JR) is Director of Product Management at Google and a co-founder of Google Docs and Google Drive, including other apps in that suite such as Google Sheets, Slides, Forms, Apps Script and Google Fonts. Jonathan is now primarily responsible for Jamboard - a collaborative whiteboard app and large screen hardware device, and G Suite for Education, which reaches more than 60 million educators and students globally, and includes apps like Google Classroom and Google Expeditions. Jonathan and his teams are primarily based in Google's NYC office.

Prior to joining Google in 2005, Jonathan co-founded and sold two technology start-ups - ITK Solutions, a technology consulting firm, and 2Web Technologies, a software product company which was acquired by Google in 2005 as the technology behind Google spreadsheets - the first publicly launched component of Google Docs. Before founding the start-ups, Jonathan spent 15 years as a software engineer and applications development manager, primarily at JP Morgan & Co., across a broad set of financial service businesses. JR is a strong advocate of innovation culture, entrepreneurship and education technology, and can often be distracted with any "maker" activity such as 3D Printing (proof in his blog www.MkrClub.com). Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the State University of New York at Albany.

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Mehul Agarwal

Director, Strategic Accounts , WinWire

Mehul is a Customer Success, Business Development and Marketing expert working with both users and creators of technologies to achieve their Engineering & Technology goals. Mehul has worked with several startups, mid-size and large companies from the Valley and outside especially in the FinTech, Medical Devices, Connected Devices amongst others. He has generated over $45 Mil in revenue in the last couple years building one of the largest customer accounts for one of the companies he has worked with. He mentors startups from around the world around Sales, Strategy, Growth, Customer Success,Experience & Marketing both as part of accelerator programs and independent companies. On the education front, he has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Economics from Pune University and also a Master’s in Customer Relationship Management from Symbiosis University.

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.

Dan Austin

Partner, Wittliff | Cutter | Austin

Dan Austin heads the business law practice of Wittliff | Cutter | Austin, PLLC, an Austin, Texas-based law firm that focuses on serving technology companies across a variety of emerging growth industries, including cybersecurity, IoT, FinTech, energy, transportation, digital media, and life sciences. Dan has advised hundreds of companies, founders and investors on a wide range of transactions, including new business formation; angel, venture capital and private equity financings; corporate governance matters; and mergers & acquisitions. Prior to his career in technology, Dan spent five years as a Field Artillery officer in the United States Army, where he led teams of more than 30 soldiers, planned complex operations, and managed millions of dollars worth of sophisticated equipment. (Incidentally, he even jumped out of a perfectly good aircraft or two, while in flight.) Dan holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

Brian Bell

Chief Marketing Officer, Ping Identity

Brian comes to Ping Identity by way of Zuora, where he served as CMO. At Zuora, he built a world-class team that defined the "Subscription Economy" market and established the company as the leader in the new subscription billing category. Previously, Brian was general manager of the Service & Portfolio Management Business at CA Technologies where he helped transition on-premise application businesses to subscription cloud services. Prior to CA, Brian oversaw marketing efforts at BMC Software, built Remedy Software's marketing organization to be a leader in IT Service Management, and held business development and product management roles at Extricity and Kao Corporation. Brian also spent several years with the Boston Consulting Group. Brian holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MA from John Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a BA from The University of Pennsylvania.

Steve Bernstein

Principal Consultant, Waypoint Group

Author of "Failure Sucks! (More for Your Customers, Than for You)", Steve has driven sales and marketing strategies that have accelerated growth for B2B companies large and small, including Cisco, NICE-Satmetrix, and now with Waypoint Group, a Knowledge-Transfer Consulting and SaaS company focused on helping B2B companies accelerate profitable growth. At Waypoint Group, Steve’s clients include SAP, Sage Intacct, Cloudera, Host Analytics, Cloudera, and dozens more, where he brings his hands-on expertise to leaders and practitioners wishing to strengthen customer relationships. With over 20-years of demonstrable results, Steve prides himself on helping companies implement Executable, Scalable, and Profitable (“ESP”) programs that focus scare resources on the right strategies and plays that improve results for his clients.

Anna Binder

Head of People Operations, Asana

Anna Binder is the head of People Operations at Asana, the fast-growing work management app for teams. Based in San Francisco with offices in NYC and Dublin, Asana helps more than 35,000 paying customers -- such as Uber, Major League Baseball, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation -- manage everything from marketing campaigns to product launches to team goals. Anna has spent most of her career in human resources at technology start-ups, connecting organizations’ people programs to their business objectives and values. She has served in similar roles at MuleSoft, Readyforce and IronPort Systems. She has a B.A. from the University of Oregon and an MBA from IESE in Spain.

Dave Blake

Founder/CEO, ClientSuccess

Dave Blake is the founder and CEO of ClientSuccess, a SaaS customer success management platform. An industry veteran and early leader for customer success management, Dave founded ClientSuccess to infuse his experience and thought leadership in a solution that enables SaaS companies to deliver world-class retention and growth. Before founding ClientSuccess, Dave led the Global Enterprise Account Management organization for the Digital Marketing business at Adobe, leading a team of 115+ AM’s worldwide and a $420MM book of business. Prior to Adobe, Dave was Vice President of Strategic Accounts for Omniture.

Rozeanne Bonavito

VP, Marketing, North America, uberall.com

Rozanne Bonavito has more than 25 years experience in global high tech marketing and demand generation for both SMB and Enterprise SaaS. Building strategy and driving growth excite her—and she is especially passionate about Account Based Marketing. As VP of Marketing at Uberall Inc, Rozanne has been focused on guiding the Location Marketing innovator's debut into the U.S. market. In past lives, she has worked for numerous SaaS companies in the Bay Area, helping to launch a successful IPO and several notable acquisitions.

Jason Borgen

Board Member, CUE

Jason is a native to using technology in education. Jason taught middle school science and AVID from 2001-2007 in the Silicon Valley area. Focused in the use of project-based learning through collaborative projects, he helped many students succeed through 24/7 learning environments. During his tenure, Jason spent time providing technology support and professional development to teachers, administrators, and students which included integrating class Web sites, assisting with the school's Student Information System, and assisting students and teachers in using web-based resources to integrate into the curriculum. Jason earned a Masters degree in educational leadership from San Jose State University. Jason spend 8 years with The Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL), a statewide project in California, funded by the Department of Education. TICAL's mission is to assist administrators across the state with technology integration and support. TICAL also provides services to the state of Arkansas. During his tenure working out of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Jason also provided professional development workshops and credential coursework to local teachers and administrators. Jason currently is Director of Learning & Innovation for Portola Valley School District. Jason presents at regional, statewide, and national, and international conference as well as leads workshops for CUE, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and CASCD. Jason has worked with several schools and districts in technology planning and providing professional development in integrating technology to engage student, increase achievements, and develop higher order, college and career-ready skills in the 21st Century. Jason currently serves on CUE Board of Directors.

Ryan Botkin

Managing Partner, Wittliff | Cutter | Austin PLLC

Ryan Botkin is a trial advocate and counselor for businesses and individuals. As a litigator, Ryan’s practice focuses on complex business disputes within a broad assortment of subjects: technology and IP licensing, corporate governance, e-commerce, financial services, software development, oil & gas, health care, private equity, construction, commercial contracts, business torts, campaign finance, and more. As a counselor, Ryan advises large and small businesses, non-profits and individuals about litigation risk, compliance and management issues, media relations, legislative and campaign issues, and strategic planning. In addition, Ryan often leverages his deep relationships in the Austin legal community to assist out-of-town firms as local counsel. Ryan has been retained by major firms in New York, Washington DC, Boston and elsewhere to advise clients in high-stakes Austin-based litigation. From 2001 to 2016, Ryan practiced alongside famed Austin trial lawyer Shannon Ratliff and was a founding member of the Ratliff Law Firm in 2003 after starting his career at Bracewell & Patterson and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He joined Wittliff Cutter Austin in November 2016.

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.

Roman Bukary

VP, Sales & Account Management, Oracle NetSuite

Roman Bukary heads-up NetSuite's manufacturing and distribution account management (install base customer sales). Previously Roman was the GM of manufacturing and distribution sectors at NetSuite. Roman joined NetSuite from Truviso, a "continuous analytics" company. Before Truviso, Roman was at SAP, where he served most recently as vice president in the Global Partner Ecosystem Group, responsible for numerous SAP strategic technology partnerships. Previously at SAP, he launched the company's analytic application business after holding positions in composite applications and business intelligence solution marketing. Earlier in his career, Roman was a co-founding executive and vice president of product marketing at Rearden Commerce, a service-oriented architecture personal services procurement firm. At Rearden, he was responsible for the company's marketing, corporate strategy, and strategic alliances. Prior to Rearden, he was part of Informatica Corporation’s management team, which took the company public. Roman also has broad experience in building and leading product and industry marketing groups, corporate strategy, and product management with companies including Baan and Parametric Technology Corporation. He started his career as an aeronautical design engineer at Pratt & Whitney, UTC, and holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering, as well as.

James Burnett

Founder & President, ORIGO Education

James Burnett is the founder and president of ORIGO Education. He started the company because he is passionate about education and is continually striving to make mathematics meaningful, enjoyable and accessible by all students and their teachers. He has authored and co-authored more than 300 mathematics resources for teachers and students aged 5 to 12 and regularly speaks to audiences across Australia and North America. As president, James aims to lift the profile of mathematics through dynamic professional learning and the development of innovative print and digital resources for the classroom. His achievements have been recognised with awards such as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his State; the 2017 Elementary Publisher of the Year Award (Australia); and Learning Magazine’s 2018 Teacher’s Choice award for Stepping Stones 2.0

Kasey Byrne

VP/Marketing, Postman

Kasey Byrne is an experienced marketing, strategy & communications executive, with a passion for growing companies, evangelism, and effective marketing. Kasey has led marketing at multiple early-stage companies, and has extensive agency & consulting experience. She has held executive positions at multiple technology companies, including Overture, Cardlytics, npm, and Postman. Postman Kasey began her business career at McKinsey & Company, after completing an M.S. in Management from MIT Sloan. She also holds a B.S. with distinction in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from Cornell University.

Michael Campbell

Founder & 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 and he was elected to the by the local village to the library board.

Tim Cariss

Director, Assessment & Accountability, Chico Unified School District

Marco Casalaina

VP, Product, Salesforce Einstein

Marco S. Casalaina is VP Product Management of Salesforce Einstein. He was previously VP of Applications at RingCentral, where he ran RingCentral’s contact center and collaboration business units. Prior to that he was VP Products at machine learning startup KXEN, which was acquired by SAP AG in 2013. This is in fact Marco’s second stint at Salesforce - during his first term at Salesforce, from 2005 to 2010, he was one of the original developers of the Service Cloud product and then its product manager. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Cornell University.

Tim Casey

Director, State and Federal Compliance, Skyward

While the primary focus of our State and Federal Compliance team is adhering to the continuous change in regulations and policy, we also focus heavily on maximizing the customer experience. Our team takes pride in providing creative solutions that help you work smarter, stay streamlined and allow you to focus on providing the highest quality educational experience for your students. Compliance is what we do, but assisting schools with building efficiency is why we do it!

Rob Chamberlin

Co-Founder & Chief Revenue Officer, DataXoom

Vik Chaudhary

CEO, Dossier

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.

Shelly Cofini

Chief Revenue Officer, MERIDIUN

Shelly Cofini is a seasoned veteran in Business Strategy and Finance. Energetic, collaborative, honest. Known for enrolling people, raising the bar with new standards for business development and profitability, creating a “culture” congruent with the vision, and seamlessly integrating all the pieces. In addition, Shelly has broad experience visualizing and developing strategies for new market initiatives. Helping others and making a difference in her community is top priority. With more than 30 years of experience in business, Shelly Cofini is a technology strategist, and speaker. She actively consults with REITs, investment funds, private equity groups, emerging technologies by providing marketing strategies, acquisition and exit strategies. She is a top-level strategic decision-maker, a collaborative executive team member focused in driving profitability and direction of enterprises; advancing qualified online sales, mobile application and software development opportunities; defining and closing lucrative new business opportunities; and building internal and external sales team consensus and performance.

Rhianna Collier

VP & Managing Director, Software & Services Division, SIIA

Rhianna Collier is a senior marketing and business development executive with extensive expertise in marketing, sales, strategic partnerships, corporate sponsorships, and event development. As Vice President & managing Director of the Software & Services Division Rhianna sets the strategic direction for the division and assists software companies in developing key strategic partnerships, boosting their profiles, and gaining strategic insight on key market issues. Prior to SIIA, Rhianna served as Assistant Vice President for Scottish Development International, Scotland’s Economic Development Agency. At SDI, Rhianna played a pivotal sales role with an ambassadorial slant, promoting and representing Scotland in key sectors such as software, creative industries and energy. She developed business growth strategies, coordinated cross-geography initiatives and established key partnerships for Scottish and US companies.

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 CEO of Knowledge Delivery Systems Inc. (KDS) for seven years before it's assets were acquired by PCG in 2016. His entree into education began in 2000, at the New York-based company, SchoolNet, Inc. where he served as Senior Vice President. He spent nearly a decade at SchoolNet. Mr. Crawford helped secure partnerships in some of the largest school districts in the United States. Prior to SchoolNet, Mr. Crawford served with several leading Internet agencies, 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 brings strong entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, internet strategy, management skills and deep industry expertise in professional development, equity and data driven decision making. Mr. Crawford has an MBA in Organizational Studies and Marketing and a Certificate in Leadership for Change from Boston College GSOM and earned BS degree from Tufts University.

Charles Curto

CFO, Utopi

Charles is seasoned in mergers and acquisitions professional who’s held senior positions with three Southern California M&A advisories. He runs an investment banking boutique which focuses on acquisitions, strategic alliances, financing, valuations and exit planning for middle market and high potential early stage technology businesses. Prior to that, he spent more than twenty years in acquisitions and corporate finance positions with technology companies, including serving as Director of Planning and Development for The Santa Cruz Operation, Manager of Business Development for Rockwell International’s System Development Lab, and an International Treasurer for TRW.

Slade Cutter

Partner, Wittliff Cutter Austin

Slade Cutter is an experienced technology attorney who has dedicated his practice to supporting innovation and growth in the digital media and e-commerce spaces. He represents large online advertising networks and frequently negotiates and drafts network advertising agreements, software licensing agreements (including SaaS agreements), and content distribution agreements. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and speaks frequently on privacy, advertising, and digital media topics. Slade's prior experience includes serving as the general counsel for Smiley Media, Inc., an online advertising network that was twice recognized on the Inc.500 list of fastest growing companies.

Christina Del Villar

Head of Global Marketing, Enterprise, Udacity

A SaaS marketing executive with over 20 years experience in global marketing, brand, product marketing, account based marketing, digital marketing, customer acquisition, social media, and corporate marketing. Working at Fortune 100 companies and start-ups she loves developing go-to-market strategies, building and transforming award-winning teams that execute innovative, and working with Sales and Product to help companies scale to the next level. She is a founding member of Women in Digital and a member of the Forbes Communications Council.

Bruno Delahaye

CEO, Reach Analytics

Bruno Delahaye brings a proven track record of success driving rapid growth at highly innovative companies based on 15 years of experience in enterprise software coupled with deep expertise in predictive analytics, data mining, and CRM applications. Prior to joining Reach Analytics as chief executive, Bruno served as Vice President of Sales at SAP, where he headed up the global predictive analytics software team across the North America and Latin America regions. He has also held various senior management roles at KXEN (acquired by SAP in 2013) both in the U.S. and in Europe. Most recently, he was SVP for global business development based in San Francisco. Prior to that Bruno led at KXEN Europe, Middle-East, Africa, and Latin America operations for 10 years where he was responsible for sales, presales, marketing, as well as consulting. Earlier in his career Bruno managed the database marketing department and data mining technology of Urban Science in London where he was responsible for analytics across Europe. Bruno has earned an Executive MBA from HEC School of Management, a post-graduate degree (DEA) in Economics Methods from University EVE / ENSAE, and a Masters in Quantitative Methods from Paris IX Dauphine University.

Melissa Dodd

Chief Technology Officer, San Francisco Unified School District

Melissa Dodd serves as the Chief Technology Officer for SFUSD. Ms. Dodd is charged with leading the district's technology vision and digital district plan, Building a Digital District, which articulates the district’s strategy to transform learning with technology, infusing technology into teaching, learning, and operations to realize the goals of Vision 2025 and the SFUSD graduate profile for college and career readiness in the 21st century. Prior to joining SFUSD, Ms. Dodd worked in the Boston Public Schools for more than eleven years, serving as Chief of Staff and Chief Information Officer. Ms. Dodd sat on the Massachusetts Board of Education Digital Learning Advisory Council and plays an active role with the Council of Great City Schools, most notably in the development of IT Key Performance Indicators now used by the largest 66 school districts in the country. Prior to joining BPS, she worked at Tufts and Harvard Universities managing academic programs and designing online communities of practice. Melissa has presented nationally on the role of technology in education and published on the use of digital simulations to teach problem-solving in the social sciences. Fluent in Spanish, Melissa has worked and traveled globally, including Spain, Latin America, and South Africa. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ms. Dodd tweets @MelissaPDodd.

David Egts

Chief Technologist, Public Sector, Red Hat

David Egts is the Chief Technologist of Red Hat's North America Public Sector organization. As the intersection between between public sector customers and Red Hat engineering and product management, his customer interactions and domain expertise blend customer needs with industry trends to help Red Hat define open source computing in the enterprise. He has achieved Red Hat's highest level of certification as a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA), and has received Red Hat's highest employee honor as a Red Hat Chairman's Award recipient. David has a BS and MS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and an Executive MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining Red Hat in 2007, he specialized in visual simulation, virtual reality, human computer interfaces, and scientific visualization at Silicon Graphics, Inc. Follow David on Twitter at @davidegts and catch his weekly technology podcast at http://dgshow.org.

Mark Godley

CEO, LeadGenius

Mark Godley is the CEO of LeadGenius, a sales and marketing intelligence solution that enables B2B companies to identify and connect with their ideal customers. LeadGenius uses a unique combination of machine learning and human researchers to provide B2B marketing and sales teams with highly-accurate lead generation data and go-to-market intelligence. Mark has a verified track record for creating and leading organizations that consistently surpass revenue objectives and is best known for driving revenue that significantly outpaces industry growth while rejecting herd mentality.

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.

Adam Gordon

Strategy, Content, Customer Success, The Oya Group

Adam is an award-winning storyist, marketer, and strategist. He has developed and executed effective marketing and communications plans for major brands, including Kodak, Postini, and Cisco. With an eclectic background that includes Engineering, Product Marketing, Business Development and Sales, he is fluent in most of the languages of business. His work focuses on nurturing innovation in the design and launch of new products, new companies, and pivots. Adam brings a refreshingly creative perspective that fosters original thinking in developing new business models, enlivening brands, and (especially) crafting stories. Born in the UK, raised in Los Angeles, and a graduate of UCSC (Go Slugs!), Adam resides with his family and dog, Rain—the best Black Lab in the world!—in the Bay Area.

Melissa Greene

Director, Strategic Partnerships, SETDA

Ms. Greene's career has focused on increasing the quality of education for all students as an educator, in the private sector and most recently via New York's state education agency. Prior to joining SETDA, Melissa was a project coordinator in the Higher Education Office of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness at the New York State Education Department.Melissa received her B.S. in Non-profit Arts Management at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY and her Masters degree in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Executive Leadership at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. Melissa taught for over ten years and holds NY state certifications in K-6 elementary education and K-12 Reading.

Jana Grube

Senior Manager, Demand Generation, Marchex

As a female leader at a growing tech company, Jana provides diversity and expertise that is hard to come by. She currently leads development, implementation and prioritization of demand generation programs and strategies at Marchex, a call analytics company. Focused on an ABM approach, she collaborates closely with sales, marketing and customer success teams to generate and deliver valuable leads and increase company revenue. She has led her team, and the Sales team, in uncharted territory this past year – pushing the envelope to implement ABM. As a new approach for Marchex, Jana has challenged the organization to re-think goals and measurement, revamping metrics and reporting to more closely align with an ABM approach. A challenge for many companies, Jana and team are able to effectively tie success to revenue and performance. Jana has more than 10 years of Marketing experience, and is passionate about driving results through leads, pipeline and accelerated conversions. She lives in Seattle and enjoys working in one of the top markets for technology and innovation.

Abby Hammer

VP of Product & Customer Success, ChurnZero

Abby Hammer is the Vice President of Products at ChurnZero and is responsible for product strategy and execution. Abby also leads the Customer Success team who deliver customer implementations and work to drive adoption, engagement and expansion across the ChurnZero Customer Success Platform. Prior to joining ChurnZero, Abby was the Director of Product Management at iContact and Cision (formerly Vocus), leaders in the email marketing, marketing automation and public relations spaces. Abby’s career has been in product management in fast-changing industries.

Rick Harlow

EVP & Head of Americas, Flutura Decision Sciences & Analytics

Nadia Hewett

Blockchain & Global Trade Digitization, Maersk & IBM

Nadia Hewett is a global supply chain and logistics executive, who has lived and worked the last 10+ years in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Over the last three years she contributed to the digital transformation of the logistics industry within a Fortune Global 100 company. In her current capacity (with a new joint venture between IBM and Maersk), her team leverages blockchain technology to develop a global trade digitization platform that is built on open standards for the entire global supply chain ecosystem. In her free time, she participates in various distributed ledger forums, act as an advisor on blockchain related opportunities to start-ups and help facilitate connections within this space. She is an instructor at UCLA, a passionate globetrotter and has trekked in some of the world’s highest mountains. She holds a BA in Political, Philosophical and Economic Studies from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and an MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg school of management).

Kelli Millwood Hill

Director of Efficacy & Research, Khan Academy

Kelli is a researcher who is passionate about solving problems by gathering and analyzing data. At Khan Academy Kelli's work focuses on designing and executing efficacy studies for both product improvement and product impact. Prior to joining Khan Academy, Kelli spent 10 years at Pearson researching the impact of professional development on teacher practice and student outcomes. She also headed up international impact evaluation studies for K12 at Pearson. Before Pearson, she spent a few years at one of the Regional Educational Labs and a small edtech consulting firm conducting program evaluations of various technology initiatives. Her Ph.D. and M.A. are in education from UCLA and her B.A. is in psychology and statistics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Travis Huch

VP, Customer Success, Zuora

Dr. Gisele Huff

Executive Director, Jaquelin Hume Foundation

Dr. Gisèle Huff is the executive director of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation in San Francisco. After a decade in the business world, she earned a Ph.D. in political science, with a concentration in political philosophy, at Columbia University. She has taught at Golden Gate University, San Francisco University High School and Dominican College. While at University High School, she served as the director of development for twelve years. She is a founding member and chairman of the Board of Directors of The Learning Accelerator and served as a member of the Board of Directors of iNACOL. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Education Reimagined and a member of the Advisory Board for Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy. She served as a member of the advisory committee for the National Charter School Research Project at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, and of the Executive Committee of the Digital Learning Council. She was a founding member and served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Education Reform, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the State Policy Network. She is the recipient of the Thomas A. Roe Award and the iNACOL Huff Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kathy Hurley

CEO, Girls Thinking Global

Kathy Hurley is a 40+ year veteran of the education industry. Throughout her career, Kathy has served in top positions in both publishing and technology companies, which includes executive positions with Pearson and IBM. In December of 2014, Kathy retired from Pearson where she spent ten years and served as Executive Vice President Education Alliances, for the Pearson Foundation. Kathy utilizes her expertise in education policy, sales, marketing and business development to help further the work of top businesses, executive level customers, associations and foundations. In 2013, Kathy was selected as a Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) at Harvard University for 2014. Upon completing the ALI at Harvard, Kathy co-founded a global non-profit organization called Girls Thinking Global, which has as its mission to connect global change-makers to empower adolescent girls around the world. In April 2015, Kathy Hurley published her first book, Real Women, Real Leaders (Wiley) with co-editor, Priscilla Shumway.

Robert Iskander

Managing Partner, Croix Ventures, LLP

A serial entrepreneur and a corporate leader with 30+ years of experience in Information Technology, strategic planning and innovation, Robert is a global business leader passionate about leveraging technology to improve the quality of life for all, with a special focus on K-12 education. Nominated as one of the Top 100 EdTech Influencers in 2017 by EdTech Magazine. Mr. Iskander's leadership experience includes strategic business planning, operations, technology infrastructure, product roadmaps, B2B business development, ecosystems, acquisitions, synergy modeling, rollups, due-diligence, global markets, investments and cultural transformation. Most recently Robert was Executive Vice President & General Manager at West Corporation (2014-2017) which was recently acquired by Apollo Global. Mr Iskander helped West execute an aggressive roll-up strategy by acquiring 3 companies, within 3 years, under SchoolMessenger, creating one of the largest and most profitable K-12 EdTech companies in North America, serving over 63,000 schools and 100 million end-users (parents, students and teachers combined). Prior to that , Robert was the Founder & Chairman of several startups (2000-2014) including VIP Tone and EduTone Corporation; and started his career working for several technology companies including Sun Microsystems (1988-2000) and Prime Computers (1984-1988).

Karina Jhangiani

Investment Associate, GSV Acceleration

Karina Jhangiani is an investment associate at GSV Acceleration, a venture firm focused on learning and talent technology and the host of the ASU-GSV summit. Prior to joining GSV Acceleration, Karina worked in investment banking at Citigroup in New York for two years. Karina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University with minors in Business Institutions and Asian Studies alongside the Kellogg Undergraduate Certificate in Financial Economics.

Lewis Johnson

President & CEO, Alelo

Edward Keller

CEO, Smart Science Education Inc.

Edward Keller is the CEO of Smart Science Education Inc. and a lifetime enthusiast for science and education. Edward prepared for his science career as an undergraduate at Brown University, graduating with a B.S. in Physics. As a senior he completed a year long research project into the effects of atmospheric disturbance on astronomical images and low cost solutions to dealing with these effects. After graduating, Edward taught science at a California high school. This experience illuminated important facts about science education. With a lack of science lab facilities and resources, he found it quite difficult to supply his students with strong hands-on science experiences. Edward co-founded Smart Science Education Inc. in 1999. He directed the production of their online real lab videos and integration into lab units for his first six years there and overcame many problems in translating traditional lab experience onto film. Then he headed up the marketing and sales division of the company, and now after the launch of their new technology platform in 2013 assumed the role of CEO, helping grow the revenue to over 1.2 million USD in 2017.

Lauren Kelley

CEO & Founder, OPEXEngine

Lauren Kelley is the CEO and founder of OPEXEngine, the leading developer of software and saas financial and operating benchmarks. Previously, she was part of the founding management team and SVP of Worldwide Sales and Strategic Development for ATG, an internet infrastructure and e-commerce pioneer (IPO 1999, acquired by Oracle 2010), general manager of 21 countries for Borland International, based in Paris, and prior to that, helped build a $250M business for Compaq Computer in Eastern Europe. Ms. Kelley started her career as an international economist with the U.S. Department of Commerce responsible for the super and mini computer industries. She has worked and travelled extensively in Europe and Asia.

Tara Kelly

CEO, SPLICE Software

A serial innovator, published author and founder, president and CEO of SPLICE Software, Tara Kelly (@tktechnow) is passionate about technology’s potential to change lives for the better. She has consistently channeled that belief into developing technologies that enhance operations, enable better service delivery, and improve the customer experience. This has led to the creation of three customer experience companies and turning an innovative idea into a patented, proprietary technology (US Patent Number 9348812) that harnesses data streams to create personalized, automated messages. The technology solution was included in Gartner’s “Cool Vendors in Insurance, 2016” report and Forrester’s “IoT and Analytics Startups Can Turn Insurers into the ‘Good Guys’” brief. Kelly – an open source activist and recognized user experience designer – served as a board member for the International Board for Voice User Interface Design, the Canadian Cloud Council, Technology Alberta and is a member of the Entrepreneurs Organization.

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.

Carolynn Kranz

Managing Member, Kranz & Associates, PLLC

Carolynn is the founder and managing member of two firms: (1) Kranz & Associates, PLLC, a boutique law firm specializing in state and local tax consulting; and (2) Industry Sales Tax Solutions, LLC (“ISTS”), which offers a subscription database containing the sales and use taxability of software related transactions, digital content and cloud services. Carolynn specializes in state and local tax matters on a multi-state basis, particularly in the area of sales and use taxes. In addition to Carolynn’s sales and use tax expertise, she has significant experience in state and local income / franchise tax, as well as federal tax matters. Carolynn was recognized by State Tax Notes in its monthly State Tax Spotlight, which regularly profiles a person or organization influential in the state and local tax world. In addition, Carolynn is a frequent speaker on multi-state sales and use tax matters for clients, businesses, and a number of professional organizations, including the ABA, COST, IPT, New York University, PICPA, and TEI. Carolynn has also authored a book published by LexisNexis - State Tax Guide to Digital Content and Cloud Services, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Editions; a chapter of IPT’s book on Sales and Use Taxation; numerous articles for LexisNexis’ Practitioner Insights; and has been published in State Tax Notes, BNA, and the Pennsylvania CPA Journal. Carolynn is also the discussion leader on the Cloud, Software and Digital Tax Blog on www.salestaxsupport.com. Carolynn holds a law degree from Widener University School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management with a major in Accounting and a minor in Spanish from Widener University. Carolynn is a CPA; a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania bars; and also a member of various professional organizations, including the ABA, AICPA, IPT, District of Columbia Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Carolynn is also a member of the advisory committee to Widener University’s Department of Taxation and Accounting, has served as a visiting professor at Widener University, and is an adjunct professor in Widener University’s Master of Taxation Program. She is also a member of the Advisory Board to NYU’s Annual Institute on State & Local Taxation; and is a member and officer to the board for the Streamlined Sales Tax Business Advisory Council.

David Lahey

VP, Customer Success, Fond, Inc.

David is an accomplished B2B SaaS executive with extensive domestic and international experience. An entrepreneurially-oriented professional with a proven track record of success in startups, turnarounds, and business expansion, he utilizes his exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills to build high-performing teams that contribute to the strategic success of the organization. Those who have worked with David know him as an accomplished evangelist who motivates employees, partners, and stakeholders around executing on the mission and achieving the goals of the organization.

Ryan Lahti

Managing Principal, OrgLeader

Dr. Ryan Lahti is the founder and managing principal of OrgLeader. He helps leaders of STEM organizations such as technology executives to be more successful. Ryan combines business experience in 20+ industries with a background in leadership assessment/development, talent management, executive coaching and organizational effectiveness. His work focuses on midsize and Forbes Global 2000 organizations that are driven by science, technology, engineering and math. For over two decades, Ryan has enhanced business performance by designing and implementing customized leadership, executive team and organizational solutions. As a trusted advisor to senior management, he helps executives understand their strengths, limitations and leadership styles as well as the impact of these elements on the job. Prior to founding OrgLeader, Ryan worked for global consulting firms including Ernst & Young and Hay Group. He also held corporate positions with Gap Inc., Westin Hotels and Resorts and Invitrogen Corporation where he oversaw leadership and organizational development. His business experience includes Apple, Bank of America, Unilever, IBM, Xerox, AMD, Warner Bros., Health Net, Toyota, St. Joseph Health, State Farm, Southland Industries, Beckman Coulter, Teledyne Technologies, Edwards Lifesciences, DineEquity and CB Richard Ellis. Ryan is a certified executive coach who is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, the International Coach Federation, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology as well as Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services. His experience and proven strategies have been featured in articles on Forbes.com.

Kumar Lax

Blockchain, ICO & Distributed Systems Advisory, Blockchain & DLT Advisory

Dominique Levin

Managing Partner, Winning By Design

Denet Lewis

Independent Blockchain Cryptocurrency Consultant, Blockchain Education

Anamaria Loya

Chief Attorney, U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

Anamaria Loya is the Chief Attorney in the San Francisco regional office for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Anamaria has worked with OCR for a total of 12 years (4 years early in her career and the most recent 8 years). Anamaria is a graduate from UC Berkeley’s School of Law. She has worked at the law firm of O’Melveny and Myers in Los Angeles, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), and at La Raza Centro Legal in San Francisco (where she also served as Executive Director). As OCR San Francisco’s Chief Attorney, Anamaria works with civil rights attorneys and investigators to address complaints alleging disability, sex, race, color, national origin, or age discrimination in educational institutions.

Robert Lytle

Managing Director, Global Education, EY-Parthenon

Robert is a Managing Director based in the Boston office and is the head of EY-Parthenon’s Global Education Practice Robert was with Parthenon for 15 years before its combination with EY in August 2014 He has led client engagements for more than two decades, on general strategy, performance improvement, and investment due diligence across a broad spectrum of educational organizations His clients include high-growth companies, publicly listed global 100 companies, nonprofit institutions, financial investors, and international governments. In addition, Robert has participated in numerous high-profile corporate turnarounds, mergers, divestitures and privatizations in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia He is a frequent speaker at leading global forums in the education sector Prior to joining EY-Parthenon, Robert was with Bain & Company and served as a US Army aviator. He holds a BSE in Economics from the Wharton School of Business and an MBA with high distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Greg Magnuson

Superintendent & CEO, Buena Park Independent School District

In August 2008, Mr. Magnuson was appointed Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer of the Buena Park School District (BPSD). Since joining the District in 2002, he has served as Deputy Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services. Prior to joining BPSD, Mr. Magnuson held management positions with the Los Angeles County Office of Education where he provided business and governance support services to the County’s school and community college district governing boards and administrators. Currently, Mr. Magnuson is leading the Distict’s California Common Core Standards and Local Control Accountabilty Plan program implementations, and following the District’s successful 2014 Measure ‘B’ general obligation bond campaign, he is directing the District’s “Classroom Without Limits” initiative to modernize the District’s schools; provide district-wide wireless connectivity; implement 1:1 student technology and fully renovate classrooms to “Future Ready” standards. In partnership with the Buena Park City Council and Buena Park Library District, he has also established the Buena Park Literacy Collaborative to create a communty-wide focus on early literacy, and initiated services to provide direct English language aquisition support to ALL Buena Park children, ages 0-9.

Shawn Mahoney

Chief Academic Officer, McGraw-Hill Education

Dr. Shawn Mahoney is the Senior Vice President, Product Development and Chief Learning Officer for McGraw-Hill School Education. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill Education, Dr. Mahoney was the VP, of School Product Design Research and Efficacy at Pearson where she was responsible for the research and efficacy lifecycle for all K-12 instructional solutions and learning services across the globe. She was the co-founder of the iDEA Innovation Center (http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/02/prweb3554724.htm). She and her team partnered with teachers, schools, and districts to design studies and collect evidence necessary to improve outcomes and assess the impact of instructional systems. Prior to joining Pearson, Shawn received her B.A. from the University of Arizona in English and Secondary Education and served in public education for seven years. She was a classroom teacher and was promoted to be the Lead Literacy Specialist for The Office of Professional Development and Academics in Tucson Unified School District, serving 40+ secondary sites while completing an M.A. in Bilingual and Multicultural Education. Shawn began working at Pearson Digital Learning in the summer of 2005, working as a curriculum manager and then later as the instructional design manager for all of the digital paths in North America. In 2010, she completed an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she was named the Intellectual Contribution and Faculty Tribute Award for the Technology, Innovation, and Education cohort. In the fall of 2013, Shawn completed her Ph.D. in Educational Technology at Arizona State University, with a dissertation titled Educational Research in the United States: A Survey of Pre-K-12 Teachers' Perceptions Regarding the Purpose, Conceptions, Use, Impact, and Dissemination. In her current role as the SVP, Product Development and Chief Learning Officer, Dr. Mahoney and her team are focused on the academic design and academic integrity for learning experiences, including the strategy for learning outcomes within the McGraw-Hill School Education digital learning ecosystem. SHORT BIO Dr. Shawn Mahoney is the Senior Vice President, Product Development and Chief Learning Officer for McGraw-Hill School Education. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill Education, Dr. Mahoney was the VP, of School Product Design Research and Efficacy at Pearson where she was responsible for the research and efficacy lifecycle for all K-12 instructional solutions and learning services across the globe. Prior to joining Pearson, Shawn received her B.A. from the University of Arizona in English and Secondary Education and served in public education for seven years. She was a classroom teacher and was promoted to be the Lead Literacy Specialist for The Office of Professional Development and Academics in Tucson Unified School District, serving 40+ secondary sites while completing an M.A. in Bilingual and Multicultural Education. Shawn began working at Pearson Digital Learning in the summer of 2005, working as a curriculum manager and then later as the instructional design manager for all of the digital paths in North America. In 2010, she completed an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she was named the Intellectual Contribution and Faculty Tribute Award for the Technology, Innovation, and Education cohort. In the fall of 2013, Shawn completed her Ph.D. in Educational Technology at Arizona State University, with a dissertation titled Educational Research in the United States: A Survey of Pre-K-12 Teachers' Perceptions Regarding the Purpose, Conceptions, Use, Impact, and Dissemination.

Gary Mainor

SVP, Business Development & School Assessment, Pearson

Mr. Mainor supports US business development, strategy and policy development, relationships with federal and state departments of education and professional organizations. He has served in a variety of general management roles within Pearson over the last 20 years. Gary came to Pearson with 20 years of business leadership in different industries including Rockwell Avionics and Dataserv computer services and maintenance where he was CEO. He has a passion for efficacy ensuring that products and services have a measureable impact on learning.

Rachel Matus

Sales Leader, Amazon Web Services

Rachel is committed to transforming education through technological innovations such as personalized learning through the use of data and analytics and improving educational tools through artificial intelligence and machine learning. Prior to joining Amazon, Rachel held executive positions in higher education publishing, leading sales teams provide custom courseware solutions for mid-market and enterprise customers throughout the country. Now at AWS, Rachel and her teams serve as executive consultants navigating publishers through their digital transformation into true learning companies through strategic use of AWS services. Rachel holds an MBA from Washington State University.

Scott May

CMO, onQ

Scott is the Chief Marketing Officer at onQ, based in Atlanta, GA. From startups to global enterprises, Scott’s passion for building and growing brands, businesses and great customer experiences has resulted in a number of successes and key learnings along the way. Before joining onQ, Scott was VP marketing solutions & global community for Promethean, where he led digital strategy and global go-to-market for (ClassFlow™) the company’s successful SaaS-based teaching and learning solution. Prior to Promethean, Scott held leadership roles with high growth companies: Hubzu (div of Altisource), MindSpring (now EarthLink) and Silverpop (now IBM), among others. Scott garnered university honors while earning a BA from the University of Michigan, and he holds a MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Lynelle Morganthaler

VP, Product Leader

Sam Mourad

Lead Data Scientist, Crowe Horwath

Mark Nation

VP, Global Alliances & Channels, Skuid

Mark Nation is Vice President of Global Alliances and Channels at rapidly-growing startup, Skuid. Mark has developed and managed companies in five industries: enterprise software, financial services, music and entertainment, construction, and professional services. Before joining Skuid, Mark was Founder and President of Nation Leadership. Prior to Nation Leadership, he served in regional and global executive roles at SAP, JDA Software, Revenue Technologies (acq: Oracle), Siebel Systems (acq: Oracle), and UNUM. Mark has worked personally in every job he eventually managed across the business value chain, developing people, products, and partnerships on six continents. Mark graduated summa cum laude from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Skuid is the leading cloud application platform, with more than five million users across 32 countries. Since launching in 2013, Skuid has more than doubled revenue, customer base, and company size year over year. Skuid has scaled internationally and completed a Series B round of funding led by ICONIQ Capital. In the last year, Skuid has garnered significant media attention and industry recognition. Most recently, Skuid was recognized by Venture Beat as one of top 10 startups to watch in 2018 outside of Silicon Valley.

Richard Neff

President, Neff Law Firm

Richard Neff is a renowned internationally focused technology, e-commerce, media and copyright lawyer based in Los Angeles, specializing in licensing and corporate transactions, IP protection/disputes, counseling startups and data protection/privacy. He works for a number of data software companies in the Cloud/SaaS space, and has created numerous templates for Cloud services. Neff also focuses extensively on international business matters. In addition to many startups, his clients include/included Logitech, Box.com, Waterline Data, Saguaro Technology, Informatica, Microsoft, Intuit, Lynda.com/LinkedIn, Apple, APM Music, Symantec, Yahoo!, Roland, Dailymotion, SnapLogic, Trivantis, JAMS, Mandalay Entertainment and BSA. His firm also handles trademarks, corporate/startup matters and M&A. Neff is former Chairman of BSA and current Board member of Tech Council of Southern California. He was formerly Chair of Tech/IP Practice at Greenberg Glusker for five+ years. He graduated from Yale Law School and Cornell, and was a Fulbright Scholar. He has written books on intellectual property and technology licensing.

Mike Olsen

Founder & CEO, Proctorio

Mike Olsen is the Founder & CEO of Proctorio, an online proctoring company that uses machine learning and facial recognition technologies to validate student activity and identities in computer-based learning environments. Dubbed an “Artful Hacker” by PC Magazine and named one of Arizona’s "35 Entrepreneurs Under 35” by the Arizona Republic, Mike is a leader in creating educational technology that protects student privacy while increasing the value of online degrees. As Lead Research Software Engineer for ASU Online, Mike helped develop one of the world’s premiere online educational systems. Having graduated from Arizona State University with degrees in Aeronautics and Software Engineering, Mike has a reputation for disrupting old paradigms and increasing student success in digital classrooms. Mike is an adroit and dynamic speaker with a global perspective on cybersecurity and data protection. He recently spoke before an international audience at the OEB Global Conference in Berlin on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe. As a prominent member of the Phoenix startup community, Mike enjoys discussing his experiences as a founder, innovator, and leader. Mike is actively engaged in research and discussions on data security and protecting student privacy.

Naghmeh Ordikhani

Attorney, U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

Naghmeh Ordikhani is an attorney in the San Francisco regional office for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Naghmeh attended law school at U.C. Hastings, College of the Law in San Francisco. At OCR, Naghmeh investigates complaints of disability, sex, race, color, national origin, or age discrimination in educational institutions, and serves as the San Francisco region’s Quality Lead on cases involving allegations of disability-discrimination related to website accessibility. Prior to joining OCR, Naghmeh worked at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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.

Morris Panner

Chief Executive Officer, Ambra Health

As CEO of Ambra, Morris Panner leads the company on its mission of delivering better care through better technology. Morris is an active voice in the cloud and enterprise software arena, focused on the services and healthcare verticals. He is a frequent contributor to business, healthcare, and technology publications. Before Ambra, Morris built and sold an industry-leading business-process software company, OpenAir, to NetSuite (NYSE:N). He once served as the US Embassy Resident Legal Advisor in Bogota, Colombia; and his first job ever was as a janitor at his old high school while on summer break from college. Both of these very different experiences taught him valuable lessons about the human condition, and make him cherish his time with family that much more. Morris has a BA from Yale University and a JD from Harvard University.

Diane Pappas

CEO, District Operations and Digital Innovation, Los Angeles Unified School District

Pappas is a nationally recognized executive leader known for implementing cohesive and high performing strategies for large‐scale, complex problems. Most recently, she led a team of more than 300 people in turning around one of the largest student data projects in the country, the My Integrated Student Information System (MiSiS) project. In June 2017, Diane was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of District Operations and Digital Innovation for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest school district.

Amit Patel

Partner, Owl Ventures

Amit A. Patel is a Partner at Owl Ventures. He has experience scaling several education startups and is deeply committed to building new organizations that will create sustainable and higher quality education solutions. Amit has worked closely with several education companies, including PresenceLearning, Revolution Foods, TenMarks (acquired by Amazon), Raise.me, MasteryConnect, LearnZillion, Accelerate Learning, DreamBox Learning, RaiseMe and EdSurge. Amit serves on the board of directors of Lingo Live, Securly, Tinkergarten, Kuali, Thinkful, and Panorama Education. Before joining Owl, he founded Personal Academic Trainers, an after-school tutoring company, and created the quality assurance program and institutionalized sales training for Mathnasium Learning Centers, an after-school math learning center franchise with over 800 locations on five continents. Amit also served as the Director of Technology for Success Academy Charter Schools, a premiere charter school network in New York City with 46 schools. Amit was an Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellow, and he earned a MBA/MA in Education from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Education. He also received a BA in Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University and studied theatre/film at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and New York University.

Snehal Patel

Founder & CEO, sokikom.com

Mr. Patel is the founder & CEO of Sokikom--an innovative game-based math learning program developed through research grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Sokikom won the 2012 CODIE for the best educational game. Patel is also the Principle Investigator to several SBIR projects funded through the Institute of Education Sciences. He has extensive experience building successful K12 learning products and companies. Prior to Sokikom, Snehal started and sold a successful math tutoring franchise for K-12 students. Patel opened the first Mathnasium an international franchise of K-12 math tutoring centers in Arizona. He grew his franchise location to the #1 performing business in the entire worldwide chain of over 200 centers. Snehal is a certified math tutor and teacher having tutored over 500 students 1-on-1. His experience tutoring students in math dates back through high school and college. Prior to Mathnasium, Patel was the youngest senior software engineer in his department at Motorola. Snehal holds a BS in computer science from Arizona State University (ASU).

Mark Pecoraro

Principal , CSLeadership.net

With over 2+ decades executive experience in post-sales, high-value, B2B Software/SaaS solutions, Mark brings an immense background of skills and experience to help SaaS companies of all sizes enhance their Customer Success capabilities. For the last decade, his focus has been in venture funded Silicon Valley SaaS companies of all sizes and industries. Additionally, he has implemented Customer Success platforms from 3 different vendors, and has been a thought leader in the CS community serving as the Co-Chair of the Customer Success Governance counsel and a member of the Customer Success Standards committee. Mark has additionally held a variety of executive roles in enterprise SaaS organizations including, SuccessFactors, CommerceOne, Conviva, Appcelerator, SOASTA, WhiteHat Security and Accept Software. He also has served on a few Board of Advisors for Customer Success automation companies. Mark earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Chuin Phang

Manager, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Pearson

Chuin Phang, PMP, CSM, MA is Manager of Global Diversity and Inclusion Programs, Pearson Chuin's background includes LGBT advocacy, fundraising, customer success, diversity & inclusion, and stakeholder engagement. His love of food will eventually make its way into any conversation he has with you. Chuin graduated with a Masters in Musicology. He seeks to create inclusive workplaces through innovative and traditional methods. Having joined D&I late in his career, he has quickly established an impressive list of achievements during his tenure at Pearson.

Randy Phelps

CTO, East Side Union High School District

Randy Phelps’ career in education began as a teacher in the eastern Kentucky mountains. He was nominated for state teacher of the year in Kentucky twice and built award winning programs in language arts, academics, baseball and was a founding member of the National Writing Project chapter at the University of Kentucky. A native Californian, Phelps attended and was awarded degrees from the College of William and Mary, California Lutheran University and the University of Colorado. His career as a teacher and business owner led him to Colorado and California where he has held positions as teacher, site administrator and district administrator. He was a key contributor to the California SETS project TICAL and was chosen as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 1997. He was recruited to Apple, Inc as an engineer and then moved to sales leadership role with the return of Steve Jobs. He retired from that role in 2011 after 11 award winning years, returning to K12 and the role of CTO at East Side. There he has been part of a leadership team that was able, with the support of a 77% voting margin to pass a new form of municipal bond specifically for technology. Utilizing that bond and more inclusive ‘yes’ tech planning, the district’s technology implementation has soared.

Pablo Pittaluga

VP, Alliances & Education Solutions , onQ

Pablo leads onQ's efforts in the education vertical, leveraging a unique value proposition of detailed insights into how users engage with and react to video and other multi-media. With over 20 years in education technology across domestic and international markets, Pablo brings a diverse background of hardware and software solutions to support learner achievement. Previously at Promethean, Pablo was responsible for ClassFlow’s global digital content strategy toward engaging students and enhancing user experiences, where he created content opportunities with leading vendors such as Microsoft, Epson, Lenovo and Gooru, among others.

Christina Quattrocchi

Program Manager, Schools & Tools, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Christina Quattrocchi has worked across many context in education: the classroom, policy and edtech. She began her career as a teacher in the South Bronx, and continued teaching internationally in Shanghai, and at High Tech High in San Diego. Additionally, she worked as a community organizer at Stand for Children, where she helped communities organize and advocate for education reform at the state level. More recently, she served as the founding Director of Research at EdSurge, where she reported on, studied and built a robust library of market research on the edtech industry. Christina currently works at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative as Program Manager, Schools & Tools, where she leads investments in school models, as well as content and curriculum.

Liz Ralston

VP, Sales, Square Panda

Liz Ralston is an accomplished Senior Executive and Board Member with more than 20 years of success across the education, technology, and marketing industries. Leveraging extensive experience in recruiting and developing sales teams, she is a valuable asset for a start-up business seeking a subject-matter expert in the k-12 market. Her broad areas of expertise include leadership, educational technology, talent development, and sales operations.

Neeraja Rasmussen

Founder, Spyglaz

Neeraja Rasmussen is the founder of Spyglaz, a business intelligence platform for customer retention. Spyglaz uses machine learning algorithms to predict which customers a business is likely to lose before they actually lose them. These predictive insights help companies quickly identify at-risk customers and manage churn more effectively through targeted outreach and follow-up. Neeraja has over 20+ years’ experience in digital marketing, managing customer retention and acquisition marketing programs for financial services and technology companies. She grew up in New Delhi, India and has lived in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area and Edinburgh, Scotland. She now lives in Belmont, California with her husband and daughter.

Paula Reed

Founder & CEO, BizEducation Consulting

Paula Reed is the founder and CEO of BizEducation Consulting, Inc. where she provides support, guidance and connections for businesses, non-profit organizations and consultants seeking to align their services to the needs of education leaders for the betterment of students, teachers and communities. She brings to her business over 20 years of experience in sales, innovative marketing and communications in the higher education and K-12 marketplace and maintains a robust list of district administrator level relationships. By starting BizEducation Consulting, she has been able to bring her two passions--building relationships and K-12 education--together to create a synergy that benefits students, educators and their communities. Prior to starting her business, Paula was VP of US Strategic Partnerships for Mathspace, an Australian start-up company. There, she coached and mentored regional sales directors and established their district partnership strategy to enhance sales growth and opportunities.

Daniel Rinn

VP, YouSeeU

Dan loves cutting new paths. He has created and lead several new business groups and initiatives with major education and tech companies, along with leadership roles in a highly successful global tech startup as well as a corporate training company rebuild. Dan’s work at YouSeeU is to build the company through enduring partnerships with like-minded organizations.

Dr. Rachelle Rogers-Ard

Executive Director, Office of Organizational Effectiveness, Oakland Unified School District

Dr. Rachelle Rogers-Ard is an educator, administrator and mother of four with over 24 years' experience modeling and teaching Culturally Responsive Instruction and Leadership Development. Her work supporting educational organizations to create systems designed for retaining and growing educators across disciplines and divisive sub-cultures is a main focus; Rachelle also demonstrates expertise as a Social-Emotional Learning expert, aligning district and organizational values to SEL domains. For eight years, Rachelle managed Teach Tomorrow in Oakland, a federally-funded program within Oakland Unified School District designed to support the recruitment and retention of teachers of color. Currently, Rachelle is the Executive Director of the Office of Organizational Effectiveness and Culture for OUSD, where she designs and facilitates leadership development, manages the Values initiative and provides equity training for school sites.

Tara Ryan

CMO, Skuid

Tara Ryan is CMO at rapidly-growing startup, Skuid. She has over 25 years experience in global marketing for technology businesses in ERP, mid-market, SMB, security, and more. She has driven fast growth for multiple SaaS, IPO and public companies, including Coupa, ProofPoint, Netsuite, Navis/SmartTurn, Ketera, and others. She was recently recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential B2B Tech Marketers in North America. Over the last two years, Skuid has undergone tremendous growth. In addition to tripling company size, more than doubling revenue and customer base, and raising a $25M Series B round of funding in March of 2017, Skuid has scaled internationally. Skuid is working with major enterprise companies and has over 5 million users.

David Saad

Investor, Advisor, and Board Member

Dr. Saad is a serial entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience in the software industry. He had the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of 4 exits and experienced the pain of 2 failures. He eventually became an angel investor and a venture capitalist. Dr. Saad is a public speaker and a mentor at several accelerators from Los Angeles to Dubai. He gave lectures on product management, funding, bootstrapping, and entrepreneurship at several business schools including UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, Chapman, and IIT in India. Dr. Saad earned a PhD in Computer Science with high honors from University of Paris, an M.Sc.A. Cum Laude in Computer Science from McGill University, a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Concordia University, and a D.E.U.G. in Mathematics & Economics from University of Paris. He speaks English, French, Arabic, and a bit of Hebrew. He lived in the US, Canada, France, India, Lebanon, and Israel. In addition, to his professional career, Dr. Saad had a very successful athletic career in Judo during which he participated in the European Championships, World Championships, Pan American Games, and the Olympic Games. He currently participates in USTA tennis national tournaments in the senior league.

Amy Sagues

Technology Application Services Marketing & Communications Lead, Accenture

Ted Sapountzis

VP Marketing, Simpplr Inc.

Ted is an enterprise technology veteran, entrepreneur and active angel investor. He is currently the VP of Marketing at Simpplr, the modern employee intranet that drives employee productivity and engagement by creating intelligent, engaging, and integrated digital workplaces. He has spent almost his entire career helping both established and startup technology companies launch and scale brands and products.

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.

Jack Simms

Partner, Wittliff | Cutter | Austin PLCC

Jack Simms is a partner at Wittliff | Cutter | Austin, PLLC where his practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, including business torts and trade secret litigation. Prior to joining WCA, Jack was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Boies Schiller Flexner and a Corporate Counsel at DuPont. Jack has litigated, arbitrated and mediated complex disputes in a wide range of industries, including biotechnology, solar, manufacturing and distribution, software and financial services.

James Sivis

VP, Marketing, Nerdio

James Sivis started his tech career at the renowned company Bellcore. From there he moved on to Alcatel, working out of beautiful Paris in high-level Business Development, including on international JVs in Russia and China - plus sitting on $7B group-level Marketing and M&A boards. James has since moved on to broader roles leading departments and organizations, helping companies growing their businesses domestically, regionally, and globally (speaking three languages didn’t hurt). Throughout, he’s always keeping a keen focus on the Marketing side of things, even founding a boutique digital marketing agency. Now as VP of Marketing at Adar, he has built the marketing team from the ground-up, led the comprehensive company rebranding, and continues to push Nerdio marketing to ever greater heights. When he’s not Nerdio-ing out, he’s trying to corral and redirect a seven and seventeen year-old.

Philipp Stauffer

Co-Founder & Managing Director, FYRFLY Venture Partners

Philipp is an entrepreneur and investor with more than 20 years of experience building technology businesses and high-performance teams on an international basis. He brings deep expertise in product innovation, go-to-market, mobility, cloud computing, decentralization, analytics and convergent technologies. He is Co-Founder & Managing Partner at FYRFLY Venture Partners, an early stage technology venture firm. Prior, Philipp was a Principal and Co-Founder at Dropimpact, an innovation and investment firm working with early stage start-ups and leading companies such as KT, SK Holding, Accenture, Google, VMWare, Splunk, Facebook and some of the top-tier venture firms as customers and partners. Philipp was also Co-Founder and CEO of Onor, a digital impact marketing platform. Prior, he was a Senior Executive team member running Strategic Sales & Customer Success at Adchemy, a search technology venture co-founded by Stanford Prof. Rajeev Motwani, an early advisor to Sergey Brin and Larry Page at Google. Philipp has been a strategic advisor to C-Level teams at several Fortune500 companies and start-ups in their global growth and innovation efforts. Philipp was a founding managing partner at Accenture Interactive, now a leading digital transformation practice with more than 5,000 professionals globally. Philipp was a driving force in Accenture’s early cloud initiatives, including the partnership between Accenture and Salesforce, now the world’s largest cloud partnership for both companies. Philipp was also part of Accenture Technology Ventures (ATV) building and executing on a technology portfolio of over 130 start-ups and growth companies. Prior, Philipp was advising global brands on innovation & design such as Ikea, Nestle, Novartis, P&G, Lindt, L’Oreal and others as part of Interpublic (IPG), a global advertising, marketing and design leader. Philipp started his career with Vontobel Asset Management, a leading Swiss private bank, in public fund management. Philipp is an active board member and investor in start-ups such as Playspan (acquired by Visa), Appstores (acquired by InMobi), Source DNA (acquired by Apple), Beekeeper, Angellist, Philz Coffee, Speakr, Pubmatic, data.world, PiaVita, Altoida, Doky and others. He is on the Board of the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce and an Honorary Ambassador to Switzerland by GZA for Swiss Economic Development. Philipp holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Micro Economics, University of Applied Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland.

Alice Steinglass

President, Code.org

Alice Steinglass is the President of Code.org. Her teams build curriculm, tools and software to support introductory computer science classes for students from kindergarten through high school. In addition, her team partners with education and software companies across the industry to run the Hour of Code - a global movement reaching 10's of millions of students in over 180 countries. Alice is dedicated to increasing diversity in computer science by giving every student the opportunity to learn computer science in school. With a student base that is 45% female and 47% African American or Hispanic, Code.org has already enrolled millions of girls in our Computer Science classes. Prior to Code.org, Alice led various teams at Microsoft: she managed the PM team for the UX Platform on HoloLens, designed APIs and developer client libraries for Xbox 360, ran an ecosystem outreach and UX team for Windows and built project management tools.

Andre Sterley

Digital Asset Group Leader, Mazars USA LLP

Andre is the Practice Leader of the Digital Asset Group at Mazars USA. He assists organizations with accounting, audit and advisory issues relating to cryptoassets, blockchain and token sales. Andre is an experienced finance professional with a background in public accounting (US GAAP & IFRS) providing audit, review, accounting and financial due diligence services primarily to startup (Seed / Series A) through established (Series B - D) software and software as a service (SaaS) providers in various industries. Andre is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA), The Economic Club of New York, the Association of Chartered Accountants in the United States (ACAUS), The CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium (C4) and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)

Tricia Syed

VP, Digital Marketing, Informa

With more than 20 years of direct marketing, publishing, online and event experience, Tricia Syed is a seasoned marketing professional focused on user development through marketing analytics strategies. Tricia joined Informa Engage (formerly Penton) in 2013 and oversees the digital marketing and marketing analytics teams responsible for marketing strategies and execution supporting all demand generation and ecommerce programs, user analysis, data modeling, acquisition and engagement. In 2015, Tricia contributed to Contemporary Research Methods and Data Analytics in the News Industry book, which highlights the research behind the innovations and emerging practices being implemented within the journalism and content services industry. The book was co-authored by, William J. Gibbs, PhD. and Joseph E. McKendrick. Tricia’s chapter “Shaping Content Strategies with User Analytics and Identities” specifically focuses on how user analytics is shaping editorial strategy, driving marketing and generating new revenue. Prior to Informa Engage, Tricia was part of UBM’s Channel division as VP, Marketing and Analytics responsible for engaging Solution Providers through media, events and research, extending its database and creating innovative opportunities through audience analysis. Earlier, Tricia was with TechTarget, an Internet publishing company, as VP Audience Development and Optimization responsible for marketing and analysis of online products and in-person events. TechTarget became an Inc. 500 company in 2004 and a successful IPO in 2007. Tricia earned a BA from the University of Rochester and an MA from Northeastern University.

Jeff Thompson

Co-Founder, President & Managing Director, Aventi Group

Andy Tillo

SR Systems Engineer, Dell Boomi

Andy Tillo is an Advisory Systems Engineer @ Dell Boomi. His career spans 20+ years in various I.T. roles from contributing at a startup to building a team of 5 to an enterprise class team of 70, while reducing cost via infrastructure automation. His passion around automation led him to Dell Boomi where he's helped drive automation efficiencies across the customer stack. Currently interested in all things I.o.T (Internet Of Things) and helping Boomi's latest addition (Boomi Flow, previously Manywho), reinvent the workflow space!

Michelle Tilton

Executive Director of Marketing, Infutor

Michelle Tilton serves as executive director of marketing for Infutor, a consumer identity management expert. Her unique marketing and consumer data insight comes from more than 15 years of experience including 10+ years of BtoB technology, data and media marketing expertise. Previously, she served as director of corporate marketing and communications for Source Interlink Companies (now part of TEN, The Enthusiast Network). She holds Communications and Psychology degrees from American International College.

Neil Wainwright

CEO, UpHabit

Neil has 30+ years of technical engineering experience (Nortel Networks, Lotus Development, IBM, Nexonia) and has been building and managing businesses for 25+ years. He has bootstrapped his way through multiple businesses and have raised significant private equity/VC investments. Co-founded and led the team at Nexonia for 14+ years. Focused on expense reporting, timesheets, time off, PO, AP and time allocation. Defined the original products and designed most features well into the life of the company. Directly led sales, marketing, human resources, finance, customer success and was the de-facto product manager for almost the entire time. Was always an engineer at heart. Drove the strategic need to be mobile very early on (on the first day of the Apple App Store in 2008) and on building world-leading integrations with ERP and travel platforms. Focused on high-growth revenue, raised VC financing in 2015 and led the acquisition of another great company in 2016. Had a never-ending passion for customers and product excellence.

Lynn Walker

VP, Sales and Marketing, Wowzers Learning

Lynn Walker is the VP of Sales and Marketing for Wowzers Learning, a personalized math company that is on a mission to make math fun again! As a 20+ year veteran of marketing and sales in the education market, with leadership positions at Pearson, Compellent (now Dell) and myON, Ms. Walker thrives collaborating on new and creative ways to develop and launch programs/products, communicate successful solutions, and enhance brand positioning for mission-driven educational organizations worldwide.

Ken Wasch

President, SIIA

Ken Wasch is the president of SIIA. Ken founded SIIA’s predecessor organization, the Software Publishers Association in the 1980s and has built the present-day SIIA around 5 industry groups: The Software & Services Division, the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN); the Financial Information Services Division (FISD), Connectiv (B2B publishers), and the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA).

Nancy Weinstein

CEO, Mindprint Learning

Nancy Weinstein is the founder of Mindprint Learning. For the past five years Mindprint has worked with schools, tutors, and educational consultants to help thousands of students understand learning strengths and needs and improve learning outcomes. Nancy has a BSE in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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.

Steve West

CEO, Project Insight

Steve West serves as the CEO of Project Insight (PI®), a Business Management Platform that provides performance tools and blended reporting capabilities for enterprises, small businesses, and entrepreneurial teams. Since 2002, Steve has been at the forefront of elevating project managers’ capabilities in addition to providing key insights for stakeholders. In 2017, he co-developed VirtualPM™, a patent-pending artificial intelligence bot used to capture essential information, creating efficiency and engagement within a company. From this, PI® was named Best Project Management Solution by SIIA in 2017. Outside of software, Steve embodies a “work hard, play hard” attitude spending much of his free time swimming, surfing, and with family. Steve holds multiple Masters World Records in swimming (breaststroke), and often competes in US Masters Swimming events throughout the year. Prior to PI®, Steve architected solutions (ecommerce, intranet, project management, etc.) for Fortune 2000 and small companies alike. Steve holds a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Communications from University of Michigan.

Troy Wheeler

President, Ed-Fi Alliance

Troy Wheeler serves as the President of the Ed-Fi Alliance where he spearheads the adoption of data driven education at scale. He began his work with the organization in 2012 as the Vice President of Strategic Market Development, helping to evolve Ed-Fi from a nascent project to a widely-known standards and ed tech organization. Under Troy’s leadership the Ed-Fi Data Standard has been adopted by 28 states and powers data interoperability for over two thousand of school districts. Troy joined Ed-Fi after five years serving as the Chief Information Officer for the Idaho Department of Education, where he was responsible for Idaho’s state education data management systems, including a $21M public-private partnership to implement statewide teacher data tools for personalized instruction. Troy started his career in technology in the late 80s as a Sales Engineer for IBM serving the K12 and Healthcare sectors, before leaving to co-found two tech start-ups. Troy lives in Lakeway, Texas with his wife and two teenagers. He is a sports car and racing enthusiast, and when not traveling extensively for Ed-Fi, Troy enjoys working on his vintage VW bus.

Joyce Whitby

Global VP, Peachjar

Joyce Whitby has been in educational technology for over 30 years including roles in professional development, marketing and sales. Most notably she has developed strategic instructional technology sales initiatives targeting large and urban environments for several organizations including: WICAT Systems, Jostens Learning, Scientific Learning, Apple Computer, Monarch Teaching Technologies, and the education group of West Corporation (SchoolMessenger solutions). Currently she is Global VP of Sales at Peachjar. Peachjar is the nation’s leading digital flyer system for more than 12,000 K-12 schools in the United States and Canada combined. The company’s cloud-based system enables partnerships between schools, communities and parents by making it easier to organize, distribute and receive information about extracurricular and enrichment activities for children

Evyenia Wilkins

VP, Account Based Marketing, Traackr

Susan Wolford

Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets

Rhonda Wunderlin

VP, Performance Marketing, Informa Engage

Rhonda Wunderlin, VP, Demand Generations Solutions, Informa Engage With a focus on the customer experience and differentiating values through data-driven best practices, Rhonda Wunderlin helps organizations elevate their position in the marketplace. As Vice President, Performance Marketing at Informa Engage, Rhonda is leading the collaboration between sales and marketing. In this role, she is responsible for marketing technologies, user data integration and management, data analysis, user care and circulation fulfillment systems/processes. Rhonda has set the vision for a unified collaborative sales and marketing organization, with streamlined technology managed by a central operations team. Earlier in her career, Rhonda consulted on best practices across a myriad of 80+ companies, helping them transform their organizations. She understands the key principles behind sales and marketing alignment, applying them effectively to organizations large and small. Rhonda serves as an Advisory Board Member of KaiNexus and the Oracle Marketing Cloud Customer Advisory Board. In the past, she served on the boards of the AMA, Women of Austin, Rotary Club and Girl Scout Council. Rhonda is a frequent speaker at industry events including Oracle Modern Marketing Experience, SISO (Society of Independent Show Organizers), Online Marketing Summit, Folio:Show, and many others. Rhonda was recognized as “Modern Marketing Leader of the Year” by the Oracle Marketing Cloud Markie awards and also one of “20 Women to Watch in Sales Lead Management 2015” by the SLMA. In addition, she contributed to the “CMO’s Marketing Team of the Year” award by the Oracle Marketing Cloud Markie awards and led the team that launched a new Interactive Content product offering resulting in a Killer Content Award in the “Interactive” category along with multiple SIPA Awards.

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.

John Zuk

Partner, Waterstone Management Group

John specializes in cultivating innovation at the intersection of business strategy and technology product development. He has focused on helping clients design and implement a differentiated customer experience to drive sustained, profitable growth. John has led engagements to gain unique insights on customers and markets in industries including microprocessors, scientific instruments and enterprise software.

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