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B.C. to A.D.: The Dawn of The Age of Digital Learning — The GSV Virtual Summit Series

Our Team

The sector’s preeminent collection of talent & experience—uniquely qualified to partner with, and to elevate, EdTech’s most important companies

Investment Team All Strategic Advisors
Michael Moe

Michael Moe

Advisor Woodside, CA

Michael Moe is founder of GSV, a modern merchant bank that invests, advises, and partners with the fastest growing, most dynamic companies in the world… the Stars of Tomorrow. He is co-founder, partner, and CEO of GSV Asset Management.

Regarded as a preeminent authority on growth investing, Michael’s honors include Institutional Investor‘s “All American” research team and the Wall Street Journal‘s“Best on the Street” award. He was recognized by Business Week as, “one of the best stock pickers in the country.” In 2006, Michael authored the business best-seller Finding the Next Starbucks (Penguin Group), which has gone through three printings in five languages and has been lauded for its insights into investing in emerging growth companies. Michael published his second book in 2017, The Global Silicon Valley Handbook (Hachette), which highlights the the top innovation hubs around the World.

Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of Coursera (Observer), Curious, GSVlabs (Co-Founder), Course Hero, Class Dojo (Observer), Parchment (Observer), SharesPost, StormWind, and OZY Media.

Prior to starting GSV, Michael co-founded and served as chairman and CEO of ThinkEquity Partners, an asset management and investment banking firm focused on venture capital-backed and emerging growth companies. Before ThinkEquity, he held positions as Head of Global Growth Research at Merrill Lynch and Head of Growth Research and Strategy at Montgomery Securities. Michael earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Deborah Quazzo

Deborah Quazzo

Managing Partner San Francisco, CA & Chicago, IL

Deborah is the Managing Partner of GSV Ventures, a venture fund investing in education and workforce skills technologies that are disrupting the $7 Trillion sector. In addition, she is Co-founder of the ASU+GSV Summit. Now in its 12th year, the ASU+GSV Summit celebrates innovations and innovators across the global “preK to Gray” learning and talent landscape and attracts over 5,500 attendees.

Deborah currently serves on the boards of Aakash Educational Services Ltd (a leading tutoring and test preparation company in India), Ascend Learning (a portfolio company of Blackstone and CCCP), ClassEDU, Create and Learn, Degreed, The Educational Testing Service (ETS), Intellispark, Mighty, PhotoMath, QuillBot, Remind, Stride, Turnitin (an Advance Communications company) and Valenture Institute. She is a board observer at CLI Studios, CreativeLive, Fairygodboss, Lightneer, Outlier.org, RaiseMe, and Toucan. She is a member of the boards of The Common Ground Foundation, The Falling Walls Digital Education Jury Board, The Khan Academy Thought Leadership Council, The New Profit Prophets Education Advisory Group, Oriental Education Institute (OEI), Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Strada Institute for the Future of Work Advisory Committee. She previously served on the board of a number of education organizations including The Chicago Board of Education (CPS) and KIPP: Chicago.

Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1987.

Michael Cohn

Michael Cohn

Co-Founder & Partner Chicago, IL & San Francisco, CA

Michael Cohn is co-founder and Partner at GSV Ventures, an early stage venture firm that partners with exceptional entrepreneurs and their companies in the $75 billion global learning and talent technology sector. From 2011-2016, Michael was a Director at GSV Advisors, co-managing Deborah Quazzo’s angel portfolio of 48 learning and talent technology companies and scaling the ASU GSV Summit, an annual event now in its 10th year, with over 4,000 in attendees, that celebrates innovations and innovators across the global “PreK to Gray” learning and talent landscape.

Michael holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) and a BBA from the University of Michigan. Michael currently lives in Chicago with his wife Shawna and their sons Taylor and Hayden.

Julia Stiglitz

Julia Stiglitz

Partner San Francisco, CA

Julia brings an extraordinary breadth of “PreK to Gray” education and workforce innovation insights to the GSV Ventures team. She was most recently VP at Coursera where she started and scaled Coursera’s enterprise business sector, Coursera’s fastest growing business line. Julia was Coursera’s first business hire, leading its early work around monetization and global expansion. Her previous experience includes managing the Google Apps for Education team, being a Program Director for Teach for America, and teaching 4th grade in East San Jose.

Julia has a BA from Pomona, and an MBA and MA in education from Stanford University. She is based in San Francisco.

Jason Horne

Jason Horne

Managing Director New York, NY

Jason Horne is a Managing Director at GSV Ventures based in New York City. Prior to GSV Ventures Jason led Corporate Development for London-based TES Global, then backed by TPG Capital. Jason also has 8+ years of investment banking experience across GSV Advisors and Deloitte Corporate Finance, where he advised on a wide range of transactions across the PreK-12, Higher Ed, and enterprise learning and talent continuum.

Tess Manning

Tess Manning

Principal San Francisco, CA

Tess Manning is a Principal at GSV Ventures based in San Francisco. Tess joined GSV in September 2019 after graduating from Stanford Graduate School of Business in spring 2019 where she was a Teaching Assistant for “Diverse Leadership in Education.” Her Stanford summer was spent at GSV portfolio company, Pluralsight. Prior to business school, Tess was a client success and top sales executive at Andela, another GSV portfolio company, and was also the head of talent at Timehop, a mobile app with 25mm users that displays a user’s historical social media content.

Tess has a passion for dance and founded a 501(c)(3) that taught dance in New York City homeless shelters.

Thea Knobel

Thea Knobel

VP, Platform & Marketing Denver, CO & Los Angeles, CA

Thea Knobel is the Vice President of Platform and Marketing at GSV Ventures. She is focused on the investor and startup community, brand strategy, strategic portfolio support for founders, and GSV backed initiatives like the ASU+GSV Summit.

Thea has venture capital investment experience at 2 VC funds and the Techstars LA Accelerator. At Techstars Thea worked on the venture team for the LA Accelerator sourcing and evaluating startups. She also was a Marketing Associate in the program working with founders on designing their communications strategies.

Thea is passionate about education. Starting in high school she cross-age tutored lower school students. During her masters she worked with underserved high school students on their college applications. Now she guest lectures at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.

Thea graduated with honors awarded to 1% of graduate students from USC Marshall School of Business with a M.S. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She also sits on the advisory board of ThinkNow, a technology-driven market research firm that provides multicultural insights. Thea is multilingual, a public speaker, and an avid world traveler.

Amanda Porter

Amanda Porter

Head of Talent Chicago, IL

As Head of Talent, Amanda supports talent acquisition, performance management, and development across GSV Venture Funds and the GSV portfolio companies.

Amanda previously led the cross-functional scaling of a higher-ed edtech startup, Packback, from a handful of team members to 80 employees. This is where her passion for intentionally building teams flourished and now she brings this focus to helping GSV portfolio companies with their talent strategy.

Amanda is a competitive marathoner and relishes creating goals and processes for talent acquisition and management. Through hard work and determination, Amanda cultivated relationships with brands like Nike and lululemon.

Amanda graduated from Lewis University where she ran on scholarship for cross country and track and holds a BA in Sports Management and a minor in Coaching.

Vignesh Rajendran

Vignesh Rajendran

Associate

Currently an investment associate at GSV Ventures, Vignesh interned at GSV in summer 2018, prior to joining the GSV team full-time in August 2019. “Viggy,” as he’s known, is a 2019 graduate of Princeton University where he earned a BA in computer science and co-directed the Princeton Entrepreneurship club. Vignesh wrote his senior thesis on decentralized blockchain applications.

Mujtaba Wani

Mujtaba Wani

Associate [Location]

Mujtaba is an investment associate at GSV Ventures. Prior to joining the firm, he spent three years with BlackRock’s private equity group, where he helped invest in companies including Rivian, Morphe, Cotiviti, and Asurion. Mujtaba graduated from Yale University in 2017 with a B.A. in Humanities. At Yale, he co-led the Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund and was a Fellow with the Life Worth Living Program.

Margaret (Molly) Rowe

Margaret (Molly) Rowe

Associate New York, NY

Prior to joining GSV Ventures as an investment associate in July 2019, Molly worked as a summer associate at Keystone Capital, and has previous venture capital experience from her time as an MBA intern working for Connectivity Ventures Fund in New York.

Molly completed her MBA in 2019 from NYU Stern, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Washington University in 2017 with a degree in Information Systems and Technology Management.

Sophie Hoffman

Sophie Hoffman

Associate

Prior to joining GSV Ventures as an investment associate, Sophie spent four years at Goldman Sachs building a team that helps source and syndicate all of the firm’s direct, private-market investment opportunities, primarily to institutionalized family offices. She graduated from Dartmouth College Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in economics and psychology.

Sophie has a passion for behavioral economics and loves thinking about how to weave the decision sciences into new businesses to help them gain traction. She grew up in Newton, Massachusetts with two brothers, a sister, and a Goldendoodle named Roxy.

Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Associate San Francisco, CA

Kevin is an investment associate at GSV Ventures based in San Francisco. He spent the last four years as a management consultant at Bain & Company, where he worked with clients in a variety of sectors including consumer products, technology, education non-profit, and private equity. Prior to Bain, he led a financial turnaround of The Stanford Daily Publishing Corporation as the COO and General Manager.

Kevin is a 2015 graduate of Princeton University, where he earned an A.B. in Philosophy and was a member of the water polo team.

Claire Zau

Claire Zau

Project Manager New York, NY

Claire is a project manager at the GSV Ventures and Summit team based in New York City. She graduated from Stanford University in 2019 and received her Master’s from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education in 2020. At Penn, Claire was a Venture Fellow at Red & Blue Ventures and interned at Penn’s education accelerator Catalyst. She has previous work experience in tech (strategy and product) and finance (private equity and venture capital).

Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan

Managing Partner, Emerson Collective; former U.S. Secretary of Education Chicago, IL

As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives.

Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. At Harvard he served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American. Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives.

Louise Rogers

Louise Rogers

Former CEO & Chair, TES Global London, UK

Louise is an experienced digital, business leader with a 25-year track record in Private Equity-backed, Corporate, and Venture Capital businesses both in Europe and the US and with extensive board experience with both Charterhouse Private Equity and TPG. Significant reputation for digital change management and strong strategic leadership which results in significant revenue, product and profit growth, plus multiple enhancement.

Louise takes a highly customer-focused approach – with emphasis on establishing strong cultural drivers in order to achieve significant global growth. Louise has experience across multiple industries, including B2B, B2C, Digital Classified, Higher Education, K12, Workplace learning, Music, Architecture and Construction. Extensive experience of different Private Equity requirements, having successfully worked for five very different PE houses – leading M&A, strategic review, competitive analysis, restructuring and full-process exits, plus raising funds through restructure, senior leveraged finance and public bonds.

Louise has Board-level experience of numerous digital companies in the US, Italy and the UK.

 

Stefan Von Holtzbrink

Stefan Von Holtzbrink

Co-Owner, Chairman & CEO, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group Stuttgart, Germany

Stefan von Holtzbrinck is the CEO of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a Stuttgart-based holding company formed by three entities: Springer Nature (majority ownership), Macmillan Publishers, and Holtzbrinck Digital, Information, and Services. The group parents such companies as Springer, Nature, Scientific American, Digital Science, Macmillan Learning, St. Martin’s Press, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Picador, S. Fischer Verlage, Rowohlt Verlag and Die ZEIT. It has ownership and stakes in over 50 Internet companies and funds around the world like Holtzbrinck Ventures, Rethink Education, GSV Education, Rocket Internet Capital, Founders Factory Europe, BtoV, lecturio, iversity, epubli, gutefrage.de, NetDoktor, pflege.de, Miamed, among others.

Von Holtzbrinck studied law and literature in Tübingen and Munich and earned his PhD in media law from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. He has held positions at Bloomsbury, Kirch Media Group, and at the New Media division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, including as managing director of Nature Publishing Group, director of Macmillan, and, since 2001, as CEO of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.

A member of the executive committee of the Max Planck Society, von Holtzbrinck serves as chairman of the Max-Planck-Förderstiftung and the Kuratorium Kinderfreundliches Stuttgart. He is also a board member of the Bürgerstiftung Stuttgart and of the Business and Industry advisory board of the Goethe Institut.

David Blake

David Blake

Founder & Executive Chairman, Degreed

David Blake is the founder and executive chairman at Degreed. Degreed’s mission is to “jailbreak the degree” by helping people and companies answer for all learning and skills, not just formal education. Degreed helps individuals track all of their academic, professional, and informal learning, and then uses that information to match each learner with the best learning resources in the world: courses, trainings, professional certificates, conferences, articles, etc. Degreed helps organizations see the skills and learning of their employees, teams, & company, helping employees and managers set goals, track their learning, and certify the skills gained.

Prior to founding Degreed, David worked as a consultant at New Charter University, A competency-based university, mission-driven to provide affordable access to higher education, and also as a management consulting at Oliver Wyman.

David is not new to the world of startups and investing, having been part of the founding team at Zinch, acquired by Chegg. Zinch sought to connect students with opportunities by showcasing them as “more than test scores.” David has experience working in the EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab, part of the NewSchools Venture Fund, seeking to address the education achievement gap between students from low and high-income communities.

Harriet Seitler

Harriet Seitler

Chief Brand Officer, Course Hero Chicago, IL

Harriet is the Chief Brand Officer at Course Hero. Harriet brings with her 25 years of experience as Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer at Harpo Studios and then OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network promoting “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and launching key brand extensions and new media ventures that maximized its audience. She began her career at Harpo as director of creative services, where she oversaw Emmy® Award winning efforts like the Paul Simon “Ten Years” show open, and developed key brand positioning such as “Live Your Best Life.”

Harriet has launched some of the most successful promotions in “Oprah” show history, including the 2004 car giveaway season premiere, the final season’s Australia trip giveaway for the some of the show’s ultimate viewers, and many more.

During her tenure, she has also developed and launched Oprah.com and built its reputation as a premier lifestyle website. She was instrumental in the development and launch of “The Dr. Oz Show,” which debuted in 2009.

Prior to her time at Harpo and OWN, Harriet served as VP of marketing at ESPN and senior vice president at MTV.

Elijah Mayfield

Elijah Mayfield

Entrepreneur in Residence, Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science; previously CEO, LightSide Labs Pittsburgh, PA

Elijah Mayfield is pursuing a Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon in Language Technologies, where he serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence to the school of computer science. Prior to returning to Carnegie Mellon, Elijah launched and served as CEO of LightSide Labs, a divergence from his Ph.D. research in natural language processing and machine learning. The startup received grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation before being acquired by Turnitin in October 2014. Elijah joined Turnitin as the Vice President of New Technologies, where he spearheaded the release of Revision Assistant, a machine-learning based edtech product.

Elijah has spent time as a policy consultant for both the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and joined the GSV Strategic Advisory Board in September 2018.

 

Jessica Lindl

Jessica Lindl

Global Head of Education, Unity Technologies

Jessica is the Global Head of Education at Unity Technologies. Jessica has a strong marketing and product management background from her time at Riverdeep, a subsidiary of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and at Scientific Learning.

Jessica gained executive experience as the CEO of GlassLab, Inc., an online portal for educational games, followed by her tenure as COO of LRNG by Collective Shift, which seeks to redesign learning for the connected age so that all youth have an opportunity to succeed. Jessica joined Unity in May 2017 where she works on the cutting edge of technology and gaming development for their learning and education business.

In addition to sitting on the GSV Strategic Advisory Board, Jessica is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and is an advisory board member for California State University.

Jessie Woolley-Wilson

Jessie Woolley-Wilson

Jessie joined DreamBox Learning® in 2010 as Chair, President, and CEO. The startup software company had pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ in 2006 and began partnering with schools soon after Jessie joined. Thus far, DreamBox serves nearly 3 million K-8 students and approximately 120,000 teachers. The company provided more than 350 million math lessons across the U.S. and Canada in 2017.

Jessie recently secured a $130 million investment in DreamBox from The Rise Fund, a global impact investing fund managed by TPG Growth. Prior to joining DreamBox, Jessie served as president of Blackboard’s K-12 Group and LeapFrog SchoolHouse, the K-12 division of LeapFrog Enterprises. Jessie also served in leadership positions at collegeboard.com, the interactive division of The College Board, and at Kaplan, the leading test preparation company in the U.S.

Jessie supports the broader K12 industry by serving on the boards of several educational organizations including Rosetta Stone, Newsela, the Western Governors University Board of Trustees, and Ursuline Academy. She is also a board member for Boeing Employees Credit Union, Pacific Science Center, and The Bullitt Foundation. She has been a featured speaker at international events including TEDx Rainier, SXSWedu, DENT and GeekWire Summit 2018.

Jessie is a two-time recipient of EdTech Digest’s EdTech Leadership Award for her work in transformative innovation in education and honored her as one of 2018’s Top 100 Influencers in EdTech. Seattle Business Magazine awarded Jessie the 2015 Executive Excellence Award in the CEO of the Year category and Forbes placed her on its “Impact 15” list for being a disruptor in education. The Puget Sound Business Journal honored Jessie as a “Woman of Influence” and 425 Magazine named her as one of eight “Unstoppable Eastside Women” for having a clear focus on the greater good. Additionally, The New York Times has profiled Jessie and her leadership style in their Corner Office column.

Jessie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia. She is also a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow and moderator for the Aspen Institute.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University Boston, MA

Mike Smith is the past Edgerley Family Dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and is currently a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. Mike joined Harvard’s Computer Science department in 1992, and served as FAS Dean from 2007 through late 2018. During his tenure, he recruited the most diverse group of world-class faculty in FAS history, and created the Dean’s Faculty Resources Committee in 2016 to support these strategic efforts. In addition, Mike implemented a tenure track process, and established the Dean’s competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship, seeking to assist professors doing experimental and forward-leaning work.

Mike holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, along with a B.A. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from WPI.

Neil Frye

Neil Frye

VP of People (Interim), Alto Pharmacy

Neil Frye is currently serving as the interim VP of People at Alto Pharmacy. Neil has experience in HR and Talent Management spanning the course of his career from his start at Accenture, where he worked with companies in the consumer goods, retail, high tech, and utilities industry. From there, Neil spent time at Google working on a range of HR products, processes, and overseeing successful HR Tech implementations.

In July 2016, Neil joined the team at Dropbox as the Global Head of Recruitment with a focus in HR operations and technology. In October 2019 Neil began working at Alto on an interim basis, helping to fulfill Alto’s mission to fulfill medicine’s true purpose—to improve the quality of life for everyone who needs it. Alto recently raised a Series C, surpassed 300 employees across four locations, and is on track to achieve $1B ARR by the end of 2020. As the Interim VP of People, Neil is helping the Alto leadership team design the People agenda and make key hires for the People and Workplace Services team.

Rick Levin

Rick Levin

CEO, Coursera; previously President, Yale University

Rick Levin is an internet executive, academic leader, and board level advisor with over 40 years of experience. Rick’s focus is on innovation, business strategy, and general management of mid to large size companies and institutions, but his experience includes corporate development, business operations, business development, and international relations.

Prior to serving as CEO of Coursera until June 2017, Rick was President of Yale University for a twenty-year term. Rick played an integral role in growing the university’s programs, expanding its resources, building its reputation internationally, investing in the local community, and launching Yale’s foray into online education. Before taking over as President, Rick held leadership roles in teaching, research, and administration at the university.

Rick serves on a variety of public service, corporate, advisory and non-profit boards. He also served on the boards of President George Bush’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology, and co-founded the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum.

Rick’s specialties include board management, business development, business operations, for and non-profit governance, general management, industrial research and development, international relations, leadership, strategy.

Scott Kinney

Scott Kinney

Managing Director in Education Technology, Devonshire Investors

Scott Kinney is the Managing Director in Education Technology at Devonshire Investors where their investment ideology is to invest in technology businesses that are committed to making our education system more effective, more accessible, and more affordable. Scott is passionate about leading and supporting innovation in education at all levels with the primary objective of helping more individuals achieve their educational and career goals as efficiently and affordably as possible.

While president of Capella University, Scott led efforts to develop new and innovative ways of offering high quality higher education that better serve both students and employers. Prior to joining Capella, Scott served as president of West Education Group at Thomson Reuters Corporation, where he led a group of five businesses providing legal education products and services to academic and legal professional customers around the world. Scott’s experience lies across a variety of industries, with an emphasis on technology and information-driven businesses.

Sergey Karayev

Sergey Karayev

Head of AI for STEM, Turnitin

Sergey Karayev is the head of AI for STEM at Turnitin where he explores paths to accelerate development of AI technologies for STEM assessment. Sergey began at Turnitin in 2018, following Turnitin’s acquisition of his company Gradescope, which he co-founded in 2014. Gradescope enables instructors to grade paper-based exams, online homework, and programming projects on one platform, with AI assistance.

Sergey holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley where he researched deep learning for visual style recognition, reinforcement learning for object recognition, point-cloud-aided object detection, and probabilistic visual features. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

Adam Freed

Adam Freed

Executive Chair, Teachers Pay Teachers (Spectrum Equity) New York, NY

Adam Freed is an experienced, multilingual, and generally affable technology leader who is currently Chair of the Board of Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT). For more than four years, Adam led TpT as its Chief Executive Officer as well. The company is the go-to destination for educators to get teacher-created, innovative, classroom resources. During Adam’s tenure, the company grew to an unprecedented annual reach of more than 70% of all teachers in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. TpT recently launched an expansion of its offering, selling to educational institutions directly. The company is beloved by teachers and remains mission-driven as it continues to expand.

Prior to joining TpT, Adam was Chief Operating Officer of Etsy, the world’s largest marketplace for handmade goods. The company saw consecutive years of growth in revenue and organizational size under Adam’s leadership. Adam also led both customer- and product-focused teams at Google in an extended period of hyper-growth for that company. Adam’s work was particularly focused on Google’s international expansion, as he led teams in Dublin, Zurich, Tokyo, Beijing, London, Paris, and Hamburg, among others.

In his first career, Adam spent a nearly a decade as a TV reporter and anchor. Adam reported first in Japanese for NHK, Japan Broadcasting, then in his native English for News 12 New Jersey, NBC 7 San Diego, and MSNBC. Adam is an awardee of the Knight Journalism Fellowship at Yale University.

Adam serves as a Trustee and former Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. He also serves on the board of technology start-up Table 22 and formerly served on the board of online grocer Good Eggs.

Adam is a language lover who is proficient in 11 languages, including Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, Turkish, and Finnish. He received his undergraduate A.B. in Linguistics from Harvard and earned a Master’s Degree from Yale Law School. Adam lives in Brooklyn with his husband, their two children, and a very busy puppy named Kiki.

Jamie Casap

Jamie Casap

Education Evangelist at Google Phoenix, AZ

Jaime Casap is the Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of promoting inquiry-driven learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation and iteration into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation z, at events around the world.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime is also an author and serves on a number of boards for organizations focused on education, innovation, and equity. Jaime teaches a 10th-grade communication class at the Phoenix Coding Academy in Phoenix and is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership.

Kami Viswanathan

Kami Viswanathan

Founder, work4.0capital India

Kami Viswanathan is Founder, work4.0capital, a cross-border investment firm focused on the future of learning and work. Kami was co-founder and co-CEO of Lumina Datamatics, a leading provider of educational content and technology solutions to the US and European markets with over 3000 employees across 7 locations in the US, Germany, Bosnia and India. Prior to co-founding Lumina, Kami headed Mergers & Acquisitions and project implementation at OfficeTiger, a content solutions partner to global investment banks and consulting firms. She started her career with Arthur Andersen’s business advisory practice helping multinational companies negotiate joint ventures and set up operations in India.

Kami is a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and serves on several not-for-profit boards including The Music Academy Madras, Harvard Business School Club of India and the American International School Chennai. She is a gold-medalist from the National Law School of India with the BA, LLB (Hons.) degree, and also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michael Sorrell

Michael Sorrell

President, Paul Quinn College

Dr. Michael J. Sorrell is President of Paul Quinn College. During his 13 years of leadership, Paul Quinn has become a national movement for its efforts to remake higher education in order to serve the needs of under-resourced students and communities.

Michael received his J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University and his Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (where his dissertation defense was awarded “with Distinction”). While in law school, he was one of the founding members of the Journal of Gender Law & Policy and served as the Vice President of the Duke Bar Association. Michael was a recipient of a Sloan Foundation Graduate Fellowship, which funded his studies at both Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (as a graduate fellow) and Duke University. He graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Government, served as Secretary-Treasurer of his senior class, was a two-time captain of the men’s varsity basketball team, and graduated as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer.

Among the entities that President Sorrell serves as a trustee or director for are Duke University’s School of Law, the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, JP Morgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways, Amegy Bank, the Hockaday School, the Dallas Advisory Board of Teach for America, the Dallas Foundation, and EarthX.

Michael is a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

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