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Laine Powell is the founder and executive director of Tech Sassy Girlz, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the lives of girls in middle and high school by engaging them in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Tech Sassy Girlz develops the next generation of STEM-savvy, college-bound girls through college preparation, career readiness, mentoring, and entrepreneurship. ...
Sean Oakes is the Principal and Creative Director of Backpack Interactive, a Strategy, UX and Design firm focused on EdTech product design. Oakes has set the mission and creative vision of Backpack Interactive for nearly 20 years. He is devoted to pioneering new ways to connect to educational audiences through technology. Oakes earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and started his car...
Jamie Martin is the co-founder and CEO of Injini, the first EdTech incubator or accelerator on the African continent. Based in South Africa, Injini invests in African EdTech innovations and works with them to scale across the continent. Martin has over a decade of experience advising governments and businesses on education across the world, including as Special Adviser to the UK Secretary ...
Sherry Coutu is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor based in the U.K. who chairs Founders4Schools, the Scaleup Institute, and the Financial Strategy Advisory Group for the University of Cambridge. She is also a non-executive member of Cambridge University Finance Board, Cambridge Assessment, and Cambridge University Press, and a non-ex...
Omezzine Khélifa is a telecommunications engineer, activist, former politician, and founder and CEO of Mobdiun – Creative Youth, a social impact and civic innovation organization that mobilizes for social, economic, and political inclusion of youth living in working class neighborhoods, particularly areas targeted by violent extremist groups. Khélifa previously worked as a consultant for the Wo...
Shanti Elangovan is the founder of inquirED, an online platform that provides affordable curriculum and professional development to meet the demand for inquiry-based learning, a hands-on, experiential method of teaching and learning. After obtaining an M.Ed. from Columbia University, Elangovan moved from classroom teacher to coach to curriculum director. Eager to help educational organizations scale...
Michael E. Hansen is CEO of Cengage, a global education and technology company. Under Mr. Hansen’s leadership, Cengage has transformed from a print publisher to a digital disruptor. Prior to joining Cengage, he served as CEO of Elsevier Health Sciences, where he developed and implemented a successful print-to-digital transition. As President and CEO of Harcourt Assessment, Mr. Hansen turned an unp...
Ashley Bittner is a principal at Owl Ventures, a Bay Area venture capital fund that invests in the world’s leading education technology companies. She previously served as a White House appointee where she worked in the Office of Innovation and Improvement to support the development and scaling of innovative approaches to improving student outcomes across the country. How did your education ...
Sara LaHayne is the Founder & CEO of Move This World, a social emotional learning program that provides PreK-12 educators and students with video tools to strengthen their social and emotional wellbeing in order to create healthy environments where effective teaching and learning can occur. Through evidence-based, developmentally appropriate videos used to open and close the school day, Move This World r...
To celebrate the end of the year, we're looking back at some of the most noteworthy articles of 2018. Here are five inspiring leaders who are changing the future of learning. 1. Dan Ingvarson Daniel Ingvarson is the co-founder of MoxieReader, a K-12 mobile technology that motivates students to read more using a reading fitness tracker personalized ...