Obstacles and Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in Education
Frank Catalano, Principal, Intrinsic Strategy is an industry consultant, GeekWire columnist, author and veteran analyst of digital education and consumer technologies. Focusing on marketing and brand strategy as a consultant, he is a former senior vice president at Pearson Education and serves on the Education Division board of the Software and Information Industry Association. He's also a columnist for the tech news site GeekWire, and a regular contributor to both the NPR/KQED education site MindShift and the edtech news site EdSurge. He tweets @FrankCatalano.
Lindsey Own is in her 9th year as a middle school science and health teacher, in a career that has been interspersed with research-based curriculum development and state-level science education reform administration. Her love is in the classroom, supporting her students in understanding themselves, their growth, and the great impact they can have on the world. She has pushed forward technology use since commandeering her first school's decrepit, unloved MacBook cart. Lindsey now sends her students backpacking with digital data collection probes, Skyping with university students as consultants on undergraduate science documentary projects, and creating animated computer games to demonstrate their understanding of the many pathways throughout the human body.
Randy Reina is Sr. Vice President of Digital Product Development at McGraw-Hill Education'sCenter for Digital Innovation, which has built web-based instructional and assessment applications since 2002, supporting over 5 million users. Prior to McGraw-Hill, Randy worked in a variety of teaching and administrator roles at both public and private institutions, in notable positions such as Director of Technology and Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction. Randy holds a BA in Economics from the Unversity of Pennsylvania, a PhD in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Jessie Woolley-Wilson is Chair, President and CEO of DreamBox Learning, the company that developed the Intelligent Adaptive Learning platform heralded as a "game changer" in the eLearning sector. Jessie brings nearly two decades of experience in K-12 eLearning and education technology to DreamBox Learning. Throughout her career in the education industry, Jessie has held severalleadership roles in general management, sales and marketing, operations and business development. Jessie received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA in English from the University of Virginia. She is a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
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