Keynote Speakers

Bill Brennan

Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and Organizational Development, Farmingdale Schools

Tommy Chang

Senior Associate, FourPoint Education Partners

Dr. Tommy Chang is an education leader who serves as the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Programs at Great Public Schools Now, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that invests in schools, organizations and initiatives that catalyze excellence in public education. He also brings shares his expertise to school districts and educational organizations across the country through his own consulting practice- Leading with Equity & Innovation. Dr. Chang has served many roles in public education- most recently as the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools. Prior to his work in Boston, he was the local instructional superintendent of the Intensive Support & Innovation Center at the Los Angeles Unified School District. He is a former biology teacher and high school principal, and holds an Ed.D. from Loyola Marymount University and M.Ed.’s from the University of California Los Angeles.

Amy Davenport

Policy Advisor , Arnold and Porter

Amy Davenport is a Policy Advisor at Arnold & Porter LLP, serving as a strategic advocate who works with clients to help them understand and navigate the complexities of the federal government to further their business and organizational goals. Using her experience and understanding of the policymaking process, she advises clients on how to engage with policymakers on Capitol Hill and within the Executive Branch to solve their challenges, as well as secure key opportunities to benefit their organizations. During the COVID-19 crisis, Ms. Davenport has used this experience to advise a wide variety of stakeholders seeking economic relief through the Legislative and Executive Branch processes, including companies of all sizes and nonprofit organizations. Not only does Ms. Davenport understand how to utilize the policymaking process to secure wins for her clients, but she also prides herself on being a substantive advocate who is knowledgeable about the intricacies of the policy areas in which she works. She advises clients on a range of legislative and regulatory matters related to technology, trade, and education policy issues, including those related to privacy, trade enforcement, innovative learning, federal financial aid, and workforce development. Ms. Davenport also utilizes her policy and advocacy experience to help young people in Washington, DC. She currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, a coalition of more than 100 youth-serving nonprofit organizations that advocates at the local level on behalf of vulnerable youth in the District of Columbia.

David Deschryver

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

Stephanie Fowler

Parent, Parent

Ms. Fowler is the proud mom and now homeschool teacher of 3 children Henry (9), Ella (7), and William (3). Her experience with homeschool technology began well before the global pandemic supporting her elementary aged children. She is especially well versed in the support needed for children with ADHD and reading difficulty. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ms. Fowler oversees the daily operations of a legal education Institute at the UofM. The Institute is a leading provider of online continuing education directed at practicing lawyers. Her direct responsibilities include IT, marketing/sales and design, video production, web-based product development and financial oversight. She currently works and homeschools remotely in Canton, Michigan.

Marlo Gaddis

CTO, Wake County Public School System

Marlo Gaddis is the Chief Technology Officer for the Wake County Public School System. She served three other NC Districts of various sizes in the past as 21st Century Learning Coordinator, Lead Teacher for Technology (K-5) and Media (K-12); Lead Teacher for Math, Science, Social Studies and Technology (K-5); district and school Technology Facilitator; and Kindergarten and First Grade teacher. Marlo serves on K12 Education Advisory Boards for the RTM K-12 Congress, Check the Privacy, Lenovo and Microsoft. She is on the Board of Directors for CoSN (Consortium of School Networking) and serves on the Executive Board as Secretary. She is a founding member and board member of the NC CoSN (Consortium of School Networking) chapter and a CoSN CETL (Certified Educational Technology Leader).

Diane Glass

Commercial Director, ISC Research Ltd

Diane Glass is Commercial Director and part of the Senior Management Team at ISC Research. ISC Research (ISC) is the world’s leading provider of quality data and intelligence on the global international K-12 schools market, with offices in the UK and Thailand, and a network of Field Consultants in key global markets. Diane has been with ISC for more than five years and works with the company’s education vendor and higher education clients to identify the most appropriate market intelligence and data services available from ISC to meet their international development strategy and ongoing international marketing and sales requirements. She works closely with a wide range of clients including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson, Cambridge Assessment International Education, The International Baccalaureate, The New York Times, Lenovo and Macmillan. Diane has over 20 years of experience in global business consultancy and development.

Sancha Gray

Superintendent, Asbury Park School District

Mrs. Sancha K. Gray is the Superintendent of Schools for the Asbury Park School District. Her educational career began in East Orange, NJ as a sixth and seventh grade math teacher. She is a seasoned educator with over twenty years of professional service in the public-school sector addressing the needs of students and the community. In the course of these years, she has served as a teacher and held building level and central office level administrative positions. Sancha’s leadership continues to focus on creating a culture that fosters innovative practices as well as a comprehensive district literacy initiative - Pre-Kindergarten through Twelfth grade which also includes an Adult Literacy component for parents. A comprehensive math initiative Pre-Kindergarten through Twelfth grade was added and works in tandem with literacy. She coordinates the activities of the district’s directors, supervisors and teachers and provides guidance for the principals and vice principals. In addition, Sancha has established herself as a Public Speaker for national and international organizations like the NJASA, NJPSA, and the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). She presented on The Moral Imperative- The Need for Interventions in Washington, DC for the Alliance for Excellent Education on the impact that innovative programs have on student engagement and equity. She addresses faculties from across the country specifically focused on creating equitable learning experiences for all children with a specific emphasis on students of color in poverty. Sancha K. Gray is a Brooklyn native whose life experiences shaped her commitment and desire to provide enriching and fulfilling opportunities for urban youth. She is involved in a number of volunteer opportunities. She serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Education for Monmouth University and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Monmouth Ocean Educational Services Commission (MOESC), is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, serves as a Commissioner on the Public Arts Commission for the City of Asbury Park, and is President for the Greater Asbury Park Democratic Club. Sancha is the proud wife of well renowned gospel organist/keyboardist Floyd Gray Jr. and proud mother of two beautiful children, Christopher and Sierra Gray.

Douglas Harris

National Director, REACH

Doug is the founding director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans and the national director of the National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice. He is a professor of economics at Tulane University and the Schlieder Foundation Chair in Public Education. His research has helped inform and influence national debates over a range of education policies, especially in charter-based school reform, teacher evaluation, accountability, and college access.

Verjeana Jacobs

Chief Equity and Member Services Officer, National School Boards Association

Verjeana Jacobs, currently serves as the Chief Equity & Member Services Officer for the National School Boards Association (NSBA) where she advocates nationally for educational equity, seeking to identify and eradicate discriminatory practices, prejudices and beliefs related to race, disability, and socio-economic status in public education. She regularly provides board development, transition planning, and specialized professional development in a variety of settings. Jacobs provides leadership, management and oversight of NSBA State Association services and NSBA’s signature educational programs which includes National Connection, the Center for Safe Schools, Buy Board, and the Equity Councils. Jacobs, a skilled negotiator, has over 25 years in public service working with multiple complex bureaucracies including PreK-12 education school systems, state and national non-profit organizations, government/quasi-government agencies, and labor unions. Working with diverse stakeholders, she supports group identification of a shared agenda, always seizing opportunities to build respect and trust. In various leadership roles whether as Chair of one of the largest school districts in the United States for almost six years, President of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education, or as Vice Chair of the National School Boards’ Council of Urban Boards of Education, Jacobs is known for her effectiveness in bringing divergent stakeholders to the table to tackle contentious, yet necessary issues with the focus on improving quality of life.

Jeff Livingston

CEO, EdSolutions

Jeff Livingston spent more than a decade as a senior executive at McGraw-Hill Education. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Education Policy and Strategic Alliances. During Jeff’s time at McGraw-Hill, he variously held general management responsibility for Intervention, Career and Technical Education, Supplemental Publishing, Advanced Placement, Adult Basic Education, Workforce Training, Fine Arts and College Readiness. Before being promoted to lead businesses, Jeff served as Vice President of Marketing for the McGraw-Hill Learning Group. Jeff also previously served as the Vice President of Urban Markets, Database Marketing and Inside Sales. In July of 2015, Jeff left McGraw-Hill Education to begin a sabbatical focused on finding creative solutions to important educational problems. His explorations took him to universities in Brazil, after school programs in Colombia and South Africa, universal Pre-K implementations in several American cities, Early College High Schools in New York and California and to Historically Black Colleges and Universities looking to reinvent themselves for 21st century relevance. Emerging from his sabbatical, Jeff formed EdSolutions, Inc. as a vehicle for focusing education innovation and philanthropy on underserved students, increasing the diversity of education leadership and scaling proven innovations to reach the students who will benefit most from them.

Andrew Moore

CIO, Boulder Valley School District

Andrew Moore is the CIO for Boulder Valley School District in Colorado where he provides IT services for approximately 4200 employees and 30,000 students. His focus on eliminating the homework gap, staying vigilant on cybersecurity and student date privacy guides his decision making on policy and programs in the school district. Before joining the Boulder Valley School District, Andrew was a Sr. Director at Sun Microsystems responsible for a global IT team. He developed his government experience during three terms as Mayor of the Town of Erie, a 20,000 person suburb of Boulder. Andrew has an MBA and degrees in computer science and sociology.

Samira Nazem

Parent, Parent

Samira A. Nazem is the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Director of Pro Bono and Court Advocacy. Samira leads the CBF’s advocacy efforts with the courts for policies promoting access to justice, including policies that make the courts and administrative agencies more user friendly for people without lawyers. She also leads the CBF’s pro bono efforts, working with lawyers, firms, corporations, the courts, and pro bono and legal aid organizations to maximize the impact of pro bono work. Prior to joining the CBF, Samira was the Self-Represented Litigant Services Specialist for the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. She also previously served as a Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator for the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, as a Litigation Attorney for the Chicago Housing Authority, as a Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation, and as a summer associate for a major law firm. Prior to her legal career, Samira lived in Mumbai, India where she worked for an NGO advocating for women’s rights, and in Washington, D.C. working at an education think tank. Samira received her law degree from the University of Chicago in 2010. During law school, she participated in the Immigrant Children’s Advocacy Clinic and the Poverty and Housing Law Clinic. She received a B.A. Degree with distinction from Yale University in 2004. In 2019, she was recognized as one of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s 40 Under 40. A proud native of Omaha, Nebraska, Samira has resided in Chicago since 2007. She currently lives in the Lakeview neighborhood with her husband and two daughters.

Stephen Parker

Legislative Director, Education & Workforce Committee, National Governors Association

Parker manages policy and advocacy for education and workforce issues, including: child nutrition, workforce development, career and technical, early childhood, K-12 and postsecondary education. He is responsible for directing the development and implementation of governors’ strategic priorities through the Education and Workforce Committee.

Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills, OECD

Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He initiated and oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international instruments, like the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) and the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), which create a global platform for policy-makers, researchers and educators to innovate and transform educational policies and practices. He has worked for over 20 years with Ministers and educational leaders around the world to improve quality and equity in education. Andreas is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded for “exemplary democratic engagement” in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany. He holds an honorary professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

Lanette Trowery

Senior Director, Learning Research & Strategy, McGraw-Hill

Lanette was in public education for more than 25 years, working as a university professor, site-based mathematics coach, elementary and middle school teacher, mathematics consultant, and a professional learning consultant, before coming to McGraw-Hill in 2014. She earned her Master’s and Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. After earning her Ph.D., Lanette furthered her work in teacher education by becoming a professor of practice in teacher education at both Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Her research work focused on understanding the impact of culturally relevant pedagogies on teaching practices in mathematics, how classroom coaching affects teacher learning and growth, and the role critical literacies can have on how today's students learn. Lanette’s team, Learning Research and Strategy, collaborate across internal product groups, external experts, and customers to establish guiding principles and practices based on learning science research, lead the efforts in efficacy research into products, and develop professional learning both internally and externally.

Additional Speakers

Jill Abbott

Sr. Vice President and Managing Director, ETIN

Jill Abbott is the Sr. Vice President and Managing Director of ETIN, the Education Division of SIIA. She oversees the vision, strategy, and implementation of the work supporting members in the EdTech space. Previously she was the CEO of Abbott Advisor Group, focusing on strategic planning and visioning and policy development for the role of educational technology in education innovation and transformation. Jill is well known to state and federal associations and government agencies involved in effectively utilizing technology to impact the teaching and learning process. She has provided policy direction and input for educational technology, assessment, professional development, technology planning, emerging technologies, data analysis, digital content, and infrastructure tools nationally.

Emiliano Abramzon

Co-Founder and COO, Nearpod

Emiliano “Emi” Abramzon was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, emigrated to the US in 2002 and is a co-founder and COO at Nearpod. After graduating with a masters in Economics in 1997, Emi became a Process Consultant at Accenture. With a drive and an affinity for education, Emi decided to go back to school. In 2002, after moving to the United States, Emi attended and graduated with an MBA in marketing & entrepreneurship from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill while simultaneously working in the Product Marketing Department of Red Hat. In 2012, along with his co-founders Felipe Sommer and Guido Kovalskys, Emi founded Nearpod. Nearpod is a mobile learning platform and content marketplace that helps teachers reimagine the way they teach using mobile devices in the classroom. Teachers and students love the platform, and Apple and Google often highlight Nearpod as an essential classroom tool. As a result, engagement has grown exponentially since its launch in 2012 –Nearpod currently reaches almost 12M students monthly in over 25,000 schools while registering usage in 2/3 of the US School districts. While most of Nearpod’s usage and focus to date has been in the US, the product also sees significant adoption in leading international markets. In his free time, Emi enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and playing sports.

Sheryl Abshire Ph.D.

EdTech Specialist & Consultant, Sheryl Abshhire

Sheryl is the recently retired Chief Technology Officer for the Calcasieu Parish Public Schools in Lake Charles, Louisiana where she built and led the district’s innovative technology department for over 20 years. She has served as a catalyst for technology integration throughout nation and internationally providing leadership on numerous national, state and district committees focusing on the role of technology and curriculum in changing educational practice. As a 40+ year veteran educator, she was a school principal, K-5 teacher, library/media specialist, classroom teacher, university professor and is now one of the first national ISTE Certified Educators and an Ed Tech Specialist, Thought Partner and Consultant. The FCC appointed her to the USAC board representing the nation’s schools/libraries on ERATE. She was the recipient of the National Coalition for Technology in Education/Training, NCTET Community Builder Award for exemplary service supporting policies/practices designed to facilitate effective technology integration into teaching/learning across nation’s education system. Sheryl was the first teacher inducted into our country’s National Teachers’ Hall of Fame, ISTE Making It Happen recipient, Top 100 EdTech Influencer by EdTech Digest. and served on the board and is past chair of CoSN. She is a fierce advocate for our schools and champions connecting ALL students with her work on the CoSN Policy Committee and the ISTE Policy Committee. Dr. Abshire is a sought-after speaker on educational and technology issues and has extensively presented and published nationally and internationally about funding, leadership, education, and technology issues.

Malika Ali

Director of Pedagogy, Highlander Institute

As the Director of Pedagogy at Highlander Institute, Malika is inspired by community-driven change management to improve experiences and outcomes for all learners. Her work involves partnering with school communities to develop context-specific approaches to personalization challenges, supporting school communities to identify and utilize culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogical practices, and supporting Highlander Institute’s internal team to build local capacity to sustain change across district partnerships. Prior to working at Highlander, Malika served as a district innovation specialist, and before that she was a founding high school science teacher at one of Rhode Island’s first blended learning schools. Malika was a Rhode Island District Teacher of the Year and served on Governor Raimondo’s STEAM and Equity in Educator Preparation Working Group.

Stephen Alkins

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, TERC

Stephen D. Alkins, Jr., PhD is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (DEIO) and Co-chair of the Diversity Council at TERC. With his leadership Stephen helps craft and implement the strategic vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion at TERC and within its STEM education research projects. Stephen also collaborates with the office of the President at TERC, Senior Strategic Project Lead, and Director of Communications to incorporate goals and metrics for DEI into long-term strategies for fundraising, development, and marketing. As a spoken word and SLAM poet he has performed nationally and led lectures and workshops with students from elementary schools through college on how to utilize poetry, Hip Hop and other art forms to understand Science and Mathematics, and issues of Medicine. Most recently he conducted a workshop at the 2018 Young Men's Leadership Conference in which he used Hip-Hop to deconstruct the stigma of mental health in young men of color. Finally, he speaks at a number of K-12 schools about his research, encouraging students to pursue careers in STEAM fields.

Liya Amelga

Director of Equity and Member Services, National School Boards Association

Liya Amelga, Esq. is an attorney and education professional who is passionate about addressing the issues affecting children and young adults regardless of their race, religion, nationality, ability, geography, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. As the daughter of two Ethiopians who immigrated to the United States for better educational opportunities, she was raised with an emphasis on the value of a high-quality education and the belief that all students should have equitable access to it. She has extensive knowledge in policy development and compliance review. She is highly skilled at researching, interpreting, and applying legal principles in education policy. Liya currently serves as the Director of Equity and Member Services at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) where she supports and facilities the four Equity Councils and manages NSBA’s equity centered educational programs. She also regularly provides board development on matter of educational equity.

Ashley Andersen Zantop

COO and Co-President, GreaterGood

Ashley Andersen Zantop is Chief Operating Officer and Co-President at GreaterGood, a cause commerce, media and social publisher connecting audiences with the causes they care about most. Previously, Ashley served as General Manager at Pinpoint Learning and Chief Content Officer for Capstone, a leading publisher of children's books, media, audio, 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. She has spent over 20 years in media, technology, publishing and retail for global consumers, education and nonprofits working in North America, Africa, Asia, Europe, the UK and South America.

Tetyana Astashkina

General Partner, Learn Launch

Tetyana is a General Partner at Learnlaunch Accelerator. She manages all aspects of Accelerator's investment activities, including portfolio development, fundraising, and investor relations. Prior to LearnLaunch Tetyana was a Principal with Europe’s most active angel network and a group of funds btov Partners. Her investments with btov covered a broad spectrum of themes including clean technologies and internet-enabled consumer-facing businesses.

Susan Bearden

Chief Innovation Officer, CoSN

Susan M. Bearden, CETL is the Chief Innovation Officer for the Consortium for School Networking, where she helps IT leaders leverage technology to support innovative teaching and learning. A former K12 Technology Director, In 2016 she was awarded a Senior Education Pioneers Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology where she led the 2017 update of federal government’s K-12 school infrastructure guide, Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning. The author of “Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach,” she has received numerous awards including the 2019 ATLIS Pillar Award, being named one of the Center for Digital Education’s 2015 “Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers,” the 2015 “Making IT Happen” Award from FSTE, and the 2014 Bammy Award for School Technologist of the Year.

Todd Brekhus

Chief Product Officer, Renaissance Learning

Todd is an education technology innovator with more than 25 years of experience. Most recently, he helped create myON, a personalized literacy platform that is part of Renaissance’s literacy portfolio. Previously, Todd served as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for PLATO Learning, President and COO of Learning Elements, and Education Program Director for MCI WorldCom. Todd also spent eight years as a technology leader in schools. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Lamp Lighter Visionary Award by the Association of American Publishers and was named the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient by SIIA Company CODiE Awards.

Jamie Candee

CEO, Edmentum

Jamie is a mission-driven CEO with a passion for learning, a drive to support educators, and a commitment to making a difference in the lives of all students. She joined Edmentum in 2005, working as a senior leader in nearly every department within the organization – including product development, sales, services, marketing, and operations. Jamie rejoined the organization in 2017, to lead Edmentum’s strategic vision and long-term growth plan as President, CEO, and Board Director. This unique path has given her hands-on insights into how to better serve educators through the eyes of each functional area.As CEO, Jamie is laser focused on ensuring that Edmentum programs and services empower teachers with the tools they need to personalize instruction and create equitable learning opportunities for all students. Her vision is to ensure Edmentum programs are aligned to every teacher’s instructional strategies and demonstrate evidence of growth and learning. Jamie’s educator first approach of delivering engaging curriculum and assessments that improve academic outcomes ensures that teachers and students are always top-of-mind – from development through implementation.

Dan Carroll

Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Clever

Dan is Clever’s Chief Product Officer. As a teacher and tech director, he saw first-hand how data obstacles were quickly becoming the biggest barriers to innovation in education. Before co-founding Clever, Dan joined Teach for America and taught science at STRIVE Preparatory Schools in Denver before becoming their director of data and technology. He has a BA degree in Biology and Computer Science from Harvard. In his free time, Dan enjoys meditating, hiking, and telling corny dad jokes that make his wife and daughter groan.

John Carver

Senior Research and Planning Associate, Center for Educational Leadership and Technology

John currently works as a Senior Research and Planning Associate with the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology as a member of a team designing a planning process for districts to use in writing their School Safety and Security Plans – including pandemics. As a superintendent, John successfully lead systemic change in multiple school districts, was named by the US Department of Education as a Future Ready Superintendent, appointed to the Executive Committee of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, and is a Future Ready Schools Thought Leader. School districts led by John have been recognized by Apple Computer for innovation, leadership, and excellence in education, by District Administrator Magazine as a District of Distinction, and been named as a District Worth Visiting by Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart. In 2015 John was a Lexington Institute Fellowship Finalist, in 2014 one of the Des Moines Register’s “100 People to Watch”, and nationally recognized in the 2011 Center for Digital Educators’ Converge yearbook, top 50 educators.

Tonika Cheek Clayton

Managing Partner, New Schools Venture Fund

Tonika Cheek Clayton is the Managing Partner of NewSchools’ Ed Tech team. Prior to joining NewSchools, Tonika spent eight years at Amplify and Wireless Generation where she led teams to develop, sell and deliver digital products and services to the K-12 education market. Throughout her tenure at Amplify, Tonika consistently strived to provide high-quality and high-value products, services and support to help educators improve teaching and learning for students. Most recently, she served as VP of Solutions Management, guiding Amplify’s core assessment product management and development teams. She also led sales and account management teams to manage and execute complex engagements with multi-state, state, and school district accounts, representing over 600 customer accounts. Before Amplify, Tonika worked as a researcher on Harvard University’s Public Education Leadership Project (PELP) where she consulted the first cohort of urban public school district leaders and co-authored several case studies seeking to identify more effective ways to drive student achievement by strengthening school district management and leadership. Tonika graduated from Harvard College and HBS. She’s a proud wife and mother of three children.

Kylene Chinsio Shen

CEO, Evidentally

As President and CEO of Evidentally, Kylene is working to revolutionize the world of EdTech research, while staying true to the company’s mission of improving Edech products and showing K-12 educators what works in their schools. Since receiving her MSEd from Northwestern University, Kylene has over 20 years of experience in the education industry including teaching elementary school in inner-city Boston, instructional design and curriculum development, and EdTech product management. Kylene has worked with the Evidentally team for over 10 years at Empirical Education, a leading educational research organization, where she served as head of the product division. Outside the world of EdTech evaluation, Kylene is working on expanding her photography portfolio and constantly trying to keep up with her 5 year old twin boys.

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.

Dan Cogan-Drew

Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer, Newsela

Dan brings twenty-plus years of professional experience spent working towards a more perfect union of teaching, learning, and technology. Prior to Newsela, Dan was the founding Director of Digital Learning at Achievement First Public Charter Schools, where he led the integration of digital learning technologies. He has taught in public and private schools, and in the US Navy. He holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Brown University, and Tufts University.

Patricia Cogley

Director, Girls' Voices

Patricia Cogley, Director of Girls’ Voices, has close to 20 years of experience scaling award-winning social impact initiatives at the intersection of media, education, creativity, and digital inclusion. Previous to working for GreaterGood.org, Patricia led Adobe’s signature philanthropy program “Adobe Youth Voices”, inspiring STEM and creative skills for 250,000 young people in 70 countries. Patricia holds a Master’s in International Education and is delighted to bring her experience in digital inclusion to one of the most promising movements on the planet today: girls’ empowerment and gender justice.

Matthew Cohen

Founder and Managing Director, Cohen Strategy Group

Andrew Coulson

Chief Data Science Officer, MIND Research Institute

Andrew is the Chief Data Science Officer at the non-profit MIND Research Institute and is the architect of MIND’s student outcome evaluation methodologies. Andrew manages a team of analysts developing data products, usage and outcomes reports, and effectiveness studies for teachers, school administrators, district researchers, and academic/NGO partners. As Education Division President at MIND Research, Andrew helped scale the visual ST Math program’s reach from 4,000 students to over 1M.

Alvin Crawford

SVP of Sales & Customer Success, Revolution Foods

Alvin brings more than 20 years of experience in strategy, sales and thought leadership to help drive Revolution Foods’ next chapter of accelerated growth. Prior to joining the company, Alvin served as General Manager for Public Consulting Group’s Education Practice, Chief Executive Officer of Knowledge Delivery Systems Inc., and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for SchoolNet, Inc. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Metropolitan Montessori School in NYC and is on the Board of Advisors for ClassCraft and Kudzoo app, two education technology companies. Alvin is a proud husband and dad of three daughters in NYC.

Sara DePaul

Senior Director, Technology Policy, SIIA

Sara DePaul is SIIA’s Senior Director for Technology Policy, where she directs technology and privacy policy initiatives to promote innovation and responsible data practices. Previously, Sara was an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Office of International Affairs. In that role, she worked on a broad range of policy, enforcement, and technical assistance issues relating to privacy and consumer protection, and served as the FTC’s principal delegate in several international networks. During her tenure at the FTC, Sara also served as Counsel to Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection and as an enforcement attorney in the FTC’s East Central Regional Office. Sara has a JD from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and a BA from Kent State University.

Mariana Diaz-Wionczek

President, MDW Consulting and Research

Ms. DIaz-Wionczek obtained my Ph.D. in Psychology from CUNY’s Graduate Center with a focus in cognition, and my B.A. in Psychology from The National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is a multiculturalist, idea generator, people connector, media consultant, educator, researcher, and academic. Mariana partners with organizations and businesses who strive to have a positive impact on children’s lives through high-quality media and technology experiences, and specialize in educational content development and assessment with an emphasis on identity representation and diversity/inclusion. She has played a crucial role in promoting inclusion and Latino culture, as well as cultural and bilingual competencies in media products across platforms for clients such as Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, Fred Rogers Productions, Pinna, 9 Story, Televisa Foundation, HITN-Learning, and GoNoodle, among others. Previously, I was Head of Education and Research for the Dora the Explorer brands for 15 years. As an Adjunct Professor in NYU’s Psychology Department, Ms. Diaz-Wionczek designed and taught a special interest media class to graduate students. Her academic publications in media and children’s media journals include: Educational Preschool Programming in the US: An Ecological and Evolutionary Story, Geographic Education for Preschoolers, Dora the Explorer: America’s Bilingual Role Model, Dora the Explorer: An Insiders’ Perspective, A Preschool Introduction to Media Literacy, and An Experimental Evaluation of the Math Curriculum in Dora the Explorer. She is also a contributor to The Future of Childhood report, TEDx speaker, and reviewer for the Journal of Children and Media.

Candice Dodson

Executive Director, SETDA

Candice Dodson is the Executive Director for the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA). Prior to joining the team at SETDA, she served as the Director of eLearning for the Indiana Department of Education. In that role, Candice focused on advancing and expanding Indiana’s efforts to take advantage of technology to improve student outcomes. She and her eLearning team worked to boost the state’s efforts to connect Indiana to great ideas in educational technology, virtual and online learning, and new learning models and instructional practices. Her strategic work included the formation of an eLearning Leadership Cadre, statewide professional development opportunities including the Summer of eLearning conferences, Admin Academies, and Digital Learning Grants, and resources and training to support digital learning. Prior to the Indiana Department of Education, Candice had 20 years of experience in a variety of roles from elementary teacher, media specialist, and high ability educator to curriculum and technology integration specialist, central office administrator, and assistant principal.

Patricio Dujan

Executive Vice President, Customer Success, Imagine Learning

Rita Ferrandino

Founding Principal and Government Relations Practice, Arc Capital Development

Rita Ferrandino is Founding Partner at Arc Capital Development, an early stage investment and advisory firm for education and special needs markets. Rita has built a reputation as one of the most effective strategist and coalition-builders in the education community. She is a nationally recognized STEM education expert and authority on education policy and politics. She offers more than 30 years of experience building companies and delivering strong revenue in education markets. She has served as the CEO of two Arc portfolio companies and has led company sales, acquisition, alliance and marketing efforts for traditional print, technology, and online products for some of the industry’s largest publishers.

Jim Furman

Executive Director, Danielson Group

Dr. Jim Furman is Executive Director of the Danielson Group. Jim began his career as an English teacher at Fannie C. Williams Middle School in New Orleans. He later served as a faculty member in English Education at the University of Delaware and the University of New Orleans before returning to the classroom as a teacher and teacher leader at North High School in Denver. He has coached future, novice, and veteran teachers from Kindergarten through 12th grade in literacy, social studies, math, and science; supported school leaders in urban schools to build and improve systems of teacher professional development; redesigned teacher preparation programs, field experiences, and assessments; and conducted research focused on teacher preparation and adolescent literacy. He earned a Ph.D. in Teaching & Learning and M.Ed. in Reading Education from Vanderbilt University, and is a graduate of DePauw University (English Literature).

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 Literacy Partners, a non-profit that strengthens families through a two-generation approach to education.

Kevin Gray

President and Chief Content Officer, Westchester Education Services, Westchester Publishing Services

Kevin leads a product development group that works with ed tech and ed pub companies. Westchester helps educational materials providers by extending their internal resources to enable them to meet new opportunities in the market. His team includes industry veterans in content, art and design, and production. Westchester’s expertise includes the core 4 subjects, as well as ELT, SEL, CTE, and early learning. Kevin is also a member of ETIN’s diversity, equity, and inclusion committee and works within his own organization to ensure that educational materials meet the needs of today’s diverse classroom.

Din Heiman

SVP Strategy, Renaissance

Currently serving as Senior Vice President at Renaissance Learning, Din has served in a variety of executive roles in the education space. He self identifies as a longtime EdTech geek.

Sharia Huda

Start Up Mentor, Innovation Coach, Independent

Sharia Huda has dedicated her time in coaching startup founders and corporate professionals about the education ecosystem. Her expertise is on the future of work, product fit, inclusion and partnerships. Sharia completed her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from SUNY University at Buffalo, concentrating on accessibility research. Prior to the corporate world, she began her career as the Head EdTech specialist at a school for students with learning disabilities.. Sharia researched customized applications based on curriculum needs, co-designed the EdTech roll-out plan and piloted a STEM fundamentals course for High School students. She traveled to Costa Rica, where she implemented Google Cardboard VR at a local orphanage and currently is working on a project with educators in Nepal. Sharia is the co-organizer for the NY EdTech Meetup, a community of over 8,000 members, where she gets to host networking events with entrepreneurs, investors, students, and educators. Sharia is a first generation college graduate and multilingual in English, Bengali and Hindi. She enjoys listening to up and coming hip-hop artists and painting.

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.

John Jorgenson

Chief Marketing Officer, Cambium Learning

John currently serves as Cambium Learning’s Chief Marketing Officer. As CMO, he’s focused on expanding and sharing Cambium’s brand with the world, while also working closely with its executive team and division-level leaders to provide ongoing creative and strategic support. A graduate of Purdue University, John began his 25-year career working up the product development ranks at Cengage Gale, eventually doing creative work and strategic marketing for their K-12 imprints. After a stint as Director of Marketing & Communications at Boston-based Earthwatch Institute, the world's largest nonprofit focused on volunteer-based scientific research, he joined Cambium Learning. During his first seven years at Cambium, John served as SVP, Marketing for two of its divisions and grew Learning A-Z by a factor of four to become its largest division. Most recently, John served as CMO at Carnegie Learning, launching the LONG + LIVE + MATH™ brand and expanding the product and services portfolios beyond mathematics into computer science, world languages and ELA. John and his family live in Pittsburgh, PA.

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.

Victor Lee

Senior Director, Corporate Strategy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Victor M. Lee is the Senior Director of Corporate Strategy at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), a global learning company and leading K-12 education solutions provider. Victor focuses on developing and implementing strategic plans that are truly actionable and founded on a deep, data-driven understanding of ed tech industry and market dynamics, key trends, and emerging themes. Most importantly, Victor positions HMH to achieve double bottom line impact, particularly on improving student outcomes. A former strategy and M&A consultant with Monitor Deloitte, Victor has advised or worked directly for, both startups and Fortune 10 companies across nearly every major industry. He specializes in creatively applying lessons and best practices across industries. Victor is also an experienced educator at the university level. He graduated with honors from the MBA program at The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and magna cum laude from Harvard College.

Vlada Lotkina

Co-Founder & CEO, ClassTag

Vlada Lotkina, Co-Founder and CEO of ClassTag, parent-teacher communication platform used by over two million parents and teachers and encouraging parent engagement with free supplies. Vlada is a technology executive, a management consultant with experience at EMC, Dell Technologies, and The Boston Consulting Group. She holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Lorea Martinez

Consultant, Lorea Martinez

Dr. Lorea Martinez is a researcher and consultant, supporting schools and organizations to adopt Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs and practices. She is a faculty member of the Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she supports aspiring administrators to develop their social and emotional capacity. Past and current clients include Aspire Public Schools, New Schools Venture Fund, Learning Policy Institute, Hispanic Information Telecommunications Network (HITN), Facebook, Nearpod, as well as a number of public, private and charter schools. She frequently blogs about how to incorporate SEL in teaching practices and parenting, and is a contributor to the education website Edutopia. Lorea is currently working on her second book for teachers, Teaching with the HEART in Mind.

Paula Maylahn

Consultant, Paula Maylahn Consulting

The principal at Paula Maylahn Consulting, Paula is an education industry consultant working for companies and organizations across the K-20 spectrum. Formerly a Senior Vice President for Pearson, she oversaw cross-company strategic communications and international marketing for Pearson School Companies. Prior to her role in K-12, Paula oversaw a variety of business functions for Pearson Higher Education including content management and process improvement and helped established digital publishing standards for their STEM division. A past board member of the Software & Information Industry Association’s Education division, Paula currently serves on the executive council of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK–12 Learning Group and is a member of AAP’s Tech in Ed Group. Paula also serves on the board of directors of the Art Directors Club of New Jersey, where she chairs the Education Council.

Jennifer McCormick

Superintendent of Public Instruction, Indiana Department of Education

Dr. Jennifer McCormick is Indiana’s 44th Superintendent of Public Instruction. A nationally-recognized educator and innovator, Dr. McCormick has served at every level of the K-12 education system. As Indiana’s education system leader, Dr. McCormick is an energetic and tireless advocate for children, dedicated to improving educational outcomes. She serves as a devoted ambassador for ensuring all stakeholders are working together for student success in Indiana.

Kara McWilliams

General Manager, ETS Research Laboratories, ETS

Kara McWilliams is the General Manager of the ETS Research Laboratories where she and her team work to advance quality and equity in education by identifying the core problems faced by the education community, ideating and development empathetic solutions, and optimizing those solutions in close partnership with educators and learners. Kara has held previous roles as the Vice President of Learning Science at Macmillan Learning and Research Associate at the College Board, conducting research on early indicators of college readiness and how assessments and interventions could reduce achievement gaps, and improve teacher quality and student achievement. Kara holds a doctorate in Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation and a master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Boston College.

Kathy Mickey

Sr. Analyst/Managing Editor, Simba Information

Kathy Mickey is managing editor/senior analyst of the Education Group at Simba Information, where she leads research on the PreK-12 and college education markets. Ms. Mickey writes the bi-weekly B2B business intelligence newsletter Educational Marketer and works on a number of annual market forecast reports. She joined Simba in 2000 after many years as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers, where her focus was education.

Russ Pope

Platform and Marketing Manager, eLearning, Carolina Science Online, Carolina Biological Supply

George Pope is a Platform and Marketing Manager for Carolina Biological Supply Company. George has 25 years of experience in information technology focused on networks and functional design. He also has broad experience with instructional program sales and implementation of SaaS products as well as prior consumer experience in opening and operating ‘storefront’ sales programs for Dell Computer Company and GameStop Electronics.

Anisha Reddy

Policy Counsel, Future of Privacy Forum

Anisha is Policy Counsel at Future of Privacy Forum, where she focuses on all things youth and education privacy. Prior to joining FPF as a Policy Fellow, Anisha held positions at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel, Dickinson Law’s Children’s Advocacy Clinic, Udacity, and Blockchain. Anisha is a proud graduate of Penn State’s Dickinson Law and SUNY Stony Brook.

Tanji Reed Marshall

Director of P-12 Practice, Education Trust

Prior to joining Ed Trust, Tanji worked in the Office of Academic Programs at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to prepare the school of education’s accreditation with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Before that, she supported prospective secondary English teachers working to obtain licensure through the school of education. Before joining Virginia Tech, Dr. Reed Marshall worked for as an Associate Superintendent Curriculum & Instruction - Literacy Specialist in Charlotte–Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, where she supported secondary schools across the district to refine their literacy practices. She also worked to prepare the district as they transitioned to Common Core standards. Additionally, as a Title I literacy coach, Dr. Marshall worked with targeted schools to improve literacy instruction for traditionally underserved students. Her career also includes elementary and middle school classroom teaching in North Carolina and New Jersey, which has allowed her opportunities to consult with school districts across the country to refine and focus teacher practice on literacy and to strengthen student achievement — with an emphasis on traditionally underserved students. Ms. Reed Marshall holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis on teacher practice with high-achieving African American students, from Virginia Tech; a master’s degree in English education, with a focus on critical literacy, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston College.

Maria Romero

Senior Manager in Strategic Foresight, KnowledgeWorks

Maria Romero is the Senior Manager of Strategic Foresight at KnowledgeWorks, where she supports strategic foresight’s research, analysis and writing on the future of learning. Maria holds a BS in Sociology from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, advanced studies in Communications from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and an MS in Foresight from the University of Houston. She is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and co-authored Beyond Genuine Stupidity and The Future Reinvented.

David Rust

General Manager, ETIN Board Member, HITN

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

Maia Sharpley

Partner, Learn Capital

Maia Sharpley is a Partner at Learn Capital with over 15 years of experience as an education executive in private and public sector organizations. Maia has a proven track record of conceptualizing, developing, and scaling education services in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific. She has also been active in the edtech startup arena, overseeing early stage company advisory programs and launching several businesses. Maia was formerly EVP of innovation and strategic initiatives for Charter Schools USA and responsible for developing innovative edtech solutions and new capabilities within the organization. In prior roles, as VP for strategy and innovation with Kaplan, Inc., she led a broad range of programs and businesses, including managing the company’s edtech portfolio and administering the relationship with the TechStars-Kaplan edtech startup accelerator in NYC. She also served as executive director of operations for the New York City Department of Education, the largest public school system in the U.S. Prior to her career in education, Maia worked as a management consultant. She is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT and earned her MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Maia is fluent in several languages and a U.S. patent holder.

Kelly Shaw

SVP, Digital Subscriptions, ScholasticEducation

Jackie Smalls

Chief Program Officer, Code.org

Jackie Smalls is Code.org's Chief Programs Officer, managing Code.org’s curriculum, professional learning programs, and our nationwide network of regional partners + facilitators to expand CS opportunities in schools. Jackie has a rich background in STEM education, having served as the head of programs at Black Girls Code and previously running professional learning programs for Discovery Education, impacting tens of thousands of teachers and students. She served as an Environmental Scientist in the US Army, a school teacher, and one of the standards-writers on the Next Generation Science Standards. She resides in Southern Maryland only minutes from the District of Columbia and Virginia. Jackie leads our Education Programs Team.

Elise Smith

CEO, Praxis Labs

Elise Smith is the CEO of Praxis Labs, a social impact venture that advances diversity and inclusion outcomes through Virtual Reality based learning experiences. Prior to this work, Elise invested in and coached entrepreneurs developing diversity and inclusion solutions and published diversity and inclusion research and resources on the Diverse Leaders team at NewSchools Venture Fund. Elise began her career at IBM Watson where she developed Watson for Education products, led B2B sales, as well as EdTech partnerships for the Watson platform. Elise holds a B.A. in Geography & Social Inequity from Dartmouth College and is pursuing an MBA/ MA in Education at Stanford University. Elise is passionate about scaling access and opportunity with the goal of creating a more equitable society.

Kimberly Smith

Executive Director, League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise

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

Maria Spies

Co-CEO, HolonIQ

Maria is a Founder and Co-CEO of HolonIQ, an education market intelligence platform with the world’s most sophisticated education market datasets. Prior to HolonIQ, Maria was the head of digital learning futures for a $40m corporate venture fund and innovation arm of a global education company this role, Maria worked with EdTech start-ups and founders around the world to support their growth, and led research projects about the future of learning, such as Global EdTech Landscape and Higher Education Digital Transformation. Maria has worked in public and private higher education for over 20 years in Asia and Australia specializing in transforming education through technology. As the global head of Learning & Teaching Services for a global education company, Maria built and led global innovation teams, driving innovation in curriculum, teaching and the student experience in over 50 countries.

Divya Sridhar

Policy Advisor, Government Affairs, McGraw-Hill

Divya Sridhar, Ph.D., is the Policy Advisor for Government Affairs at McGraw-Hill. McGraw-Hill is a learning science company, serving students, teachers and faculty with customized print and digital educational content, software, and services for pre-K through postgraduate education. In her role, Divya supports thought leadership on the company’s education policy priorities, relationship building with federal state and local policy makers, and strategic advocacy for the company’s business units. Divya has 10 years of combined experience in healthcare and education policy and has worked on issues such as interoperability, district digital transformation, educational equity, student data privacy, and funding for instructional materials.

Jennifer Stringer

Founder and CEO, Square 32

Jennifer Stringer is the founder and CEO of Square 32, a marketing and PR firm built for education. She has over 15 years of experience in education and marketing, providing her with a unique and fresh lens that provides insights for clients looking to grow within the education market. She’s actively involved in the NY EdTech space and serves as a mentor for startups in the StartEd Accelerator. At Square 32, her team focuses on building and executing marketing strategies that cultivate brand loyalty, drive demand, and increase revenues.

Emily Tabatabai

Partner, Orrick

Emily Tabatabai is a partner in Orrick’s Cyber, Privacy and Data Innovation Group, which was named the Privacy & Data Security Law Firm of the Year by Chambers USA in 2019. Emily helps clients navigate the complex web of privacy laws, rules, regulations and best practices to address compliance objectives while supporting the client’s data innovation strategies and the development and deployment of cutting-edge digital technologies. She advises companies across a spectrum of federal and state laws, including COPPA, FERPA, SOPIPA, FCRA, the FTC Act and the CCPA, both proactively and in regulatory investigations before the FTC, State Attorneys General and Congressional committees. She is recognized authority on children’s privacy and student data privacy laws, with Chambers USA noting that “on the student data side she is unmatched.”

Scott Traylor

Strategic Consultant, 360KID

Scott Traylor (http://www.linkedin.com/in/straylor) is a consultant and advisor to many educational businesses and products, helping others create digital learning product successes. Work he has been a part of has won or been nominated for multiple SIIA CODiE, AAP Revere, Parents' Choice, Toy of the Year, and Emmy Awards. He is actively involved in research, writing, and speaking about new learning technologies and various consumer-based delivery systems. In addition, Scott has been an active board member, trustee, and advisor to many educational companies, startups, and youth-focused companies. Scott is a former computer science instructor at Harvard for over a decade, and currently lives in Silicon Valley searching for the next big opportunity in the edtech industry. Scott can be reached at Scott [at] 360kid [dot] com.

Maxeme Tuchman

CEO and Co-Founder, Caribu

Maxeme (Max) Tuchman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Caribu, an interactive video-calling platform that helps kids have virtual playdates with family and friends when they can’t be physically together. Caribu is one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions, made Fast Company’s list of World Changing Ideas, was named one of the ‘Top Ten EdTech Companies to Watch’ in Forbes, and became one of the most innovative startups in the world by winning the 1776 Global Challenge Cup. Max has been the winner or finalist in 30+ pitch competitions, is the 59th Latina in the US to raise over $1M in venture funding and the first Latinx founder to raise $1M in Equity Crowdfunding, and was named one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Female Founders in 2019. She has worked in almost every level of education from being a public school teacher, a consultant at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Executive Director of Teach For America, and manager of education projects under NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and DC Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Before co-founding Caribu, Max was appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She is a first-generation Cuban-American and college student, and a graduate of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and the Miami Fellows Leadership Program. Max is a Toyota Mother of Invention and received her MBA & MPP from Harvard.

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.

Ilya Zeldin

Founder & CEO, 2gnoMe

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.