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 by nationally renowned academic and technology pundits. Jessie brings nearly two decades of experience in K-12 e-learning and education technology to DreamBox Learning. Throughout her career in the education industry, Jessie has held several leadership roles in general management, sales and marketing, operations, and business development.
Before joining DreamBox Learning, Jessie was President of the K–12 Group at Blackboard where she led the company’s growth and development for the virtual and blended online learning market. Prior to Blackboard, she was President of LeapFrog SchoolHouse, the schools division of LeapFrog Enterprises, where she established SchoolHouse as a leader in education technology and one of the fastest growing educational software producers in the United States.
Jessie has also held leadership positions atcollegeboard.com, the interactive division of the College Board;MyRoad.com, an e-learning company that helps middle school, high school, and college students prepare for college and careers; and Kaplan, the leading test preparation company in the United States.
As an education industry leader, Jessie serves on several boards for nonprofit organizations including the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL); Editorial Projects in Education, which publishes Education Week; the Education Innovation Network; Camelot For Kids; the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA); and Technology Access Foundation (TAF). Jessie has also served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Technology and Education. In 2012, she was named to the Forbes “Impact 15” list for being a disruptor of education and honored as a “Woman of Influence” by The Puget Sound Business Journal for making an impact in the education technology industry as well as the community. In 2011, Jessie was spotlighted as a “Best Leaders to Watch” in EdNET’s “Best for 2011,” a peer recognition program.
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.
$18 billion dollars. Nilofer Merchant has personally launched more than 100 products that netted this astounding amount. It’s this kind of leadership and business models – the type that results in innovation, and growth - that she now shares.
Merchant works with teams to create enduring advantage. From working with Steve Jobs at Apple, to defeating Microsoft in an epic industry battle, to advising the C-Suites of GE, IBM, Logitech and more, Merchant brings a world-class pedigree to her work.
Fast Company recognized her most recent book, 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era – a Harvard Press book, as a Best Business Book of 2012. Her earlier book, The New How, on collaboration has been widely recognized as one of the best to show how to close the proverbial AirSandwich gap between strategy and execution.
You’ve probably seen her byline and ideas in publications like the Harvard Business Review, Wired, and Oprah. A TED speaker, she shares the stage with luminaries regularly, including Malcolm Gladwell, and Bono (yes, THAT Bono). Merchant lives in Silicon Valley and is at work on her next book. You can find her sharing the latest thinking at Nilofermerchant.com.
Virginia Postrel (pron. PAH-STRELL) is an author, columnist, and speaker whose work spans a broad range of topics, from social science to fashion. She describes her work as "intellectual arbitrage"--synthesizing, analyzing, and communicating ideas from many different fields in an original and accessible way, usually with focus on culture and commerce.
Writing in Vanity Fair, Sam Tanenhaus (now the editor of The New York Times Book Review) described her as "a master D.J. who sequences the latest riffs from the hard sciences, the social sciences, business, and technology, to name only a few sources."
Postrel's latest book is The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion, published November 5. She's also the author of The Substance of Style (2003) and The Future and Its Enemies (1998) and is a regular columnist for the Bloomberg View division of Bloomberg.com.
Jennifer Lawton is the president of MakerBot. She previously held the title of chief strategy officer. Lawton has been with MakerBot since 2011 and has been responsible for the overall strategy and growth of the company, including strategic partnerships, product development, and retail. In addition to her work with MakerBot, she is a respected company builder, technologist, and advocate for fostering entrepreneurship.
In 1991, Lawton co-founded Net Daemons Associates (NDA), an information technology consulting firm. With Lawton as CEO, NDA was recognized on the 1998 Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held U.S. companies, and on the Deloitte and Touche Fast 50 and Fast 500 lists for 1997 and 1998. In 1999, Net Daemons was acquired by Interliant Inc. (formerly Sage Networks), where Lawton served as a senior vice president. She later worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence with Softbank and Mobius Venture Capital.
In 2001, Lawton left the corporate world to become the owner of the independent bookstores Just Books and Just Books, Too, as well as Arcadia Café in Old Greenwich, Conn. After ten years running successful retail ventures, Jenny re-entered the business scene, serving as COO for Rockin’ Water and RAM Scientific, and SVP Operations for Mercury Solar Systems.
She is currently a board member of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.
Kathleen Warner is a seasoned leader and strategist with extensive executive and leadership experience across the private and public sectors. She is a sought-after speaker and advisor for her expertise in starting and scaling companies, building strong entrepreneurial ecosystems, public-private partnerships, non-traditional career paths and more.
As Chief Operating Officer to and member of the founding team of the Startup America Partnership, Kathleen led the relationships with Startup America’s founding sponsors, the Case Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation and with its key public partner, the White House. Kathleen also launched Startup America Women, an initiative to convene and rally women's advocacy and membership groups to promote the engagement of women-led high growth startups. Kathleen worked closely with Startup America’s community of regional Champions, corporate sponsors and key partners in co-creating programs and opportunities to further Startup America’s mission of supporting high growth companies, founders and entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Previously, Kathleen was part of the leadership team of Congressman Jim Himes, who was first elected to office in 2008. As District Director, Kathleen built and grew two district offices, was a key advisor in setting the Congressman's strategic priorities and initiatives, counseling the Congressman on a variety of matters impacting his constituents, including but not limited to those involving his Financial Services and Homeland Security committee assignments. Kathleen also served as a senior staffer on the Himes' campaign, providing strategic guidance and co-leading fundraising efforts. Kathleen spent over 10 years in the private sector, as an attorney and received her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Jeremiah is the Chief Catalyst and Founder of Crowd Companies, which focuses on how large companies tap the collaborative economy, maker movement, and customer collaboration. Prior, he was an industry analyst and Partner of Customer Strategy at Altimeter Group, an industry analyst firm based in Silicon Valley.
He focuses on how disruptive Web technologies—such as social media, the collaborative economy, and interactive marketing—impact the relevance of corporations to customers today and in the future. He is well recognized by both the tech industry and the media for his grounded approach to deriving astute insights through rigorous research. His blog, “Web Strategy” is one of the premier blogs on how corporations connect with their customers using Web technologies. Jeremiah is frequently quoted in top-tier publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today. Previously, Jeremiah worked at Forrester and at Hitachi, where he launched the company’s first social program. He was featured in the 2009 “Who’s Who” in the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and his Twitter feed was named one of the top feeds by Time in 2011.
Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo in 2007 with a mission to democratize fundraising and has since helped to propel the company into the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. Today, Danae leads the Indiegogo’s Customer Happiness division, driving total customer satisfaction and ensuring that Indiegogo consistently exceeds expectations. She also steers the company’s employee culture and values initiatives.
Danae was listed on Fortune's 40 Under 40 list in 2013, Fast Company ‘s Top 50 Women Innovators in Technology in 2011, and AWNY awarded Danae the "No Apologies" Changemaker award in April 2013. Danae frequently speaks at conferences around the world, including TEDx, SXSW and CeBIT. Danae also testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations on “Financing America's Small Businesses: Innovative Ideas for Raising Capital” in June 2013.
Prior to Indiegogo, Danae was a Securities Analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered entertainment companies including Pixar, Lions Gate, Disney, and Electronic Arts. Danae also focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele while at JPMorgan's Investment Bank and Private Bank. In the wake of 9/11, Danae co-produced a concert reading of Incident at Vichy, an Arthur Miller play addressing the politically charged topic of racial profiling.
Danae is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Danae graduated with a B.A. in Humanities from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar and varsity rower.
Emmett Shear is an Internet entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder and CEO of Twitch, the world's leading video streaming platform and community for gamers with more than 45 million monthly viewers. He's a part-time partner at venture capital firm Y Combinator, where he advises fledgling startups on product and strategy. Shear also is a co-founder of Justin.tv, a general purpose live streaming site, and Kiko Software, the first AJAX-based online calendar. Shear graduated from Yale University in 2005 with a degree in computer science.
Dror Oren is an executive director in the SRI Ventures team at SRI International. In this role, Oren focuses on commercialization of technologies in information and computer sciences. He helps lead venture efforts from raw business concepts, through value proposition and business plan development, to the creation of a stand-alone spin-off company.
Oren has more than a decade of experience in software development and management, sales, marketing, and product management. Prior to joining SRI, he worked at VMware in the product marketing group, focusing on virtualization products, and bringing cloud computing to market.
Previously, he was a product manager at NICE Systems Ltd., where he led a homeland security software product line. In that position, he oversaw marketing, business development and sales activities with customers and partners in more than 20 countries.
Earlier, Oren worked as the project manager and engineering team leader at Genesis System House Ltd., where he managed development teams and engineering projects for large-scale business intelligence and homeland security projects. He has also served as a major in the Israel Defense Forces.
Oren holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a double-major B.S. degree in computer science and biology from Tel Aviv University.
Mark Anderson is CEO of the Strategic News Service (SNS), publisher of the weekly SNS Global Report (www.stratnews.com), read by Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Paul Allen, Mark Hurd, Steve Ballmer, Vint Cerf, Michael Dell, Paul Jacobs and Irwin Jacobs, Bill Janeway, and technology executives and investors worldwide. He is also the founder and chair of the Future in Review (FiRe) Conference (www.futureinreview.com), called “the best technology conference in the world” by the Economist.
Mark’s work includes the creation of: SNS Project Inkwell (www.projectinkwell.org), the first global consortium to bring vendors, educators, and students together to accelerate the deployment of appropriate technology into K-12 schools; of Orca Relief Citizens' Alliance (www.orcarelief.org), a nonprofit organization working to reduce killer-whale mortality rates; of SNS Interactive News (www.snsinews.com), using patented processes to bring daily interactive communications worldwide “About Leaders, For Leaders”; of a new Global Rescue System for victims of human trafficking, in concert with Julia Ormond's ASSET program; of the INVNT/IP (Inventing Nations Vs. Nation-sponsored Theft of IP, www.invntip.com) global consortium of corporations and government agencies; and of Nutritional Microanalysis, a new field of medical research and practice aimed at connecting biochemical descriptions of food with health.
Mark is regularly interviewed on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, on the BBC World News, Bloomberg TV, and other programs. His work is covered by the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications.
Among his many exploits, Mr. Klopp was the founder of The North Face, where he served as President and CEO for 20 years. During that time The North Face was honored with many awards for being the best managed and most environmentally responsible company in its industry, including being lauded by Business Week Magazine for providing one of the highest quality products of any company in the United States. In particular the company under his leadership was lauded by local publications for the diversity within the company, including the fact that over 14 languages were spoken at all times in the North American operations and for its commitment to hiring and including women and minorities in his management team. Mr. Klopp led The North Face to its position as the largest and most technically advanced company in its industry and one of the largest privately held companies in the San Francisco East Bay.
Leslie is a passionate entrepreDOER who serves as the Chief Operating Officer ofGuide, a Knight Foundation-backed technology company that transforms text to video for publishers. To keep her sword sharp in her down time, she acts as an advisor to Infoactive, TheLi.st and BeutlerInk; serves as a Fellow at theUS Chamber of Commerce; is a regular contributor toForbes and NPR on the topic of female entpreneurship; and is fiercely passionate about living a balanced life and helping her family expand their pinot noir vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Leslie’s operational leadership, creative thinking, passion for data-driven storytelling, and ability to successfully engage across disciplines and departments has aided vanguard brands with some of their most innovative executions, including helping architect the de facto social strategy for Nike’s custom shoe division (NIKEiD) still used today, the collaboration between NASA and foursquare to bring about the first check-in from space, the concepting and development of Intel’s brand storytelling platform “iQ“, Google’s data visualization efforts around the 2012 Election, and C-SPAN’s 2008 and 2012 Election efforts and their Peabody-winning Archives redesign in 2009.
Leslie spent the early part of her career building one of the world’s top data visualization firms to become AdAge's Small Agency of the Year - Southeast in 2012 and make the Inc. 500 list twice for revenue growth experienced during her tenure (2006 - 2012). A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Chicago, Leslie has been recognized by Fast Company as one of “The Most Creative People in Business” and by Inc. Magazine as a “Top 30 Entrepreneur Under 30”.
Ken Franklin is a retired commercial airline pilot. He has logged more than 20,000 hours over the last 35 years, flying for the Flying Tiger line and Federal Express. Ken’s extensive aviation background, his pursuit of aerodynamic knowledge and keen interest in bird flight led to his successful pioneer work, skydiving with Peregrine falcons.
Ken learned the art of falconry as a young boy and has studied and participated in research on falcons around the world for 40 years. Both he and his wife Suzanne hold Master Falconer licenses and have specialized in training falcons to fly with ultra lights, hang gliders, fixed wings, helicopters, and ultimately in freefall. Skydiving has provided a unique view of falcons in vertical flight at high speeds. Ken pioneered film techniques that captured the true beauty and vertical speeds of the Peregrine in free fall.
Franklin has logged 1150 skydives, jumping over 200 times with his Peregrine falcon Frightful. Norman Kent, a sky dive cinematographer, captured 72 of these jumps on film as Frightful followed Ken closely in freefall. National Geographic’s production “Terminal Velocity” documents Ken’s work. Terminal Velocity won the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Royal Television Society Bristol Branch and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Best Shot award in 2002. His work was also used in the Norman Kent Production “Willing to Fly” and most recently in an IMAX Disney production “Birds of Prey”. The Disney Corporation utilized a nose mounted IMAX camera on an A-Star helicopter, in order to capture on large format film air to air falcon images, shooting over 90,000 feet of film. Ken possesses a unique creativity, artistry and passion for bird like flights.
Russell Benaroya is the co-founder and CEO of EveryMove, a rewards plan for health that connects health tracking apps, wearables and device data with rewards from health plans, employers and brands. As he drives a personal mission to improve the lives of 10 million people in 10 years, EveryMove is putting power into the hands of consumers that will fundamentally change the way we approach our “health”care.
Previously Russell was the co-founder and CEO of REM Medical, a national healthcare services company operating clinics and research facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. The Company was sold in 2009 to become of the nation’s largest sleep services providers.
Prior to co-founding REM Medical, Russell was the Director of Corporate Development for Overture Services (acquired by Yahoo in 2003), the company that revolutionized paid search marketing and created a multi-billion dollar industry.
Russell has been recognized as a "40 under 40" leader in Seattle and frequently speaks and writes on the transformation toward consumer driven healthcare. He is a Techstars mentor in Seattle and for the Nike and Sprint accelerators powered by Techstars.
Russell holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.
Dan Shapiro is the CEO of Google Comparison Inc, a Google subsidiary that operates comparison shopping products. Shapiro landed at Google when they bought his most recent company, Sparkbuy Inc, where he was founder and CEO. Sparkbuy was a comparison shopping website that offered a happy fun face on top of scary good data.
Previously, Shapiro was founder and CEO of Ontela, a pioneering mobile imaging company, where he was named CEO of the Year by MobileBeat. Ontela was frequently recognized including the Dow Jones Top 10 in Wireless list, the CTIA award for Best Social Networking Application, and Breakthrough Startup of the Year by the WTIA. Ontela merged with Photobucket in December of 2009 where Shapiro holds a seat on the Board of Directors.
Prior to founding Ontela, Shapiro managed development of the RealArcade service at RealNetworks, enabling thousands of end-users to play classic games such as Monopoly, Scrabble and Rollercoaster Tycoon on their desktops. He arrived at RealNetworks by way of Wildseed, where he managed software development for the Identity Cellular Phone. Shapiro started his career at Microsoft working on Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.
Shapiro's articles have been published in the Washington Post, Wireless Week, and the Seattle PI, and he is a frequent speaker at conferences and events. He serves on the board of the nonprofit Washington Technology Industry Association. He is a mentor for the Founder's Institute, 500 Startups, and Techstars. He has been awarded ten US patents, and received his B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.
Hanson Hosein is Director of the Communication Leadership graduate program at the University of Washington and President of HRH Media Group. As such, he specializes in digital media, storytelling and networking strategies, and has served as adviser to organizations such as Weber Shandwick, Tableau Software and the Pacific Science Center.
Hanson is also the Telly Award-winning host of Four Peaks, a UWTV and KING 5 Northwest Cable News series that features interviews with the region's influencers. The current season "Four Peaks: The Innovators," is a partnership with Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) featuring interviews with Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Starbucks' Howard Schultz, among others.
Hanson's book "Storyteller Uprising: Trust and Persuasion in the Digital Age," is a study of effective 21st century content creation and online syndication strategies. He's given Storyteller Uprising keynotes to the leadership of organizations such as Verizon Wireless, Amazon, Microsoft. MasterCard, CVS Caremark and the American Marketing Association. His pioneering work earned him Seattle Magazine's "Most Influential" in 2010, particularly due to his role in hosting TEDx Seattle.
Hanson directed the award-winning documentary films "Rising from Ruins" and "Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom & Pop," which have been broadcast worldwide and stream on Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and Snagfilms.
As a former NBC News war correspondent, backpack journalist and investigative producer, he's the recipient of Overseas Press Club and Emmy Awards. He has produced stories in association with NBC, CBC News, USAID, and Discovery Mobile notably in Israel, Syria, Iraq, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Kosovo, Turkey, Panama, Venezuela, and El Salvador.
Hanson has an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and law degrees from Montreal’s McGill University and the University of Paris. He's accredited as a non-practicing New York State attorney.
Of the many things Kennedy Shine is, she is human. Kennedy is a poet, writer, and artist. She is a dreamer, believer, and idealist. She is a creator, destructor, and optimist.
Kennedy has drawn many portraits that some approve of. She has written many stories that some congratulate her on, and has said many things that others can understand and agree upon. She has built great mansions in a virtual world, and has found another dimension in her head and written it down. She has taken photo after photo, some worth talking about. She is currently writing a book, painting a professional oil painting, nurturing a zoo’s worth of pets, and spending time with her family, learning the important things no school can teach.
Kennedy has many things she wants to do. She plans to become a realism sketch artist, write a successful trilogy of fantasy books for pre-teen readers before she turns 16, write a few lines of poetry that people around the globe appreciate, speak to a crowd with every ear listening to her voice curiously, and have many people know her name out of appreciation, not fear. And because the future is never certain, Kennedy has many, many back-up plans.
Anthony Levandowski is a tech lead for Google’s self-driving car project, where he oversees laser development and legislative efforts. He joined Google in 2007 to launch Street View, a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth, which provides panoramic views from positions all over the world. After building Street View, Levandowski spearheaded the effort to mine Street View imagery and create the road network database that powers Google Maps, enabling for the first time free turn-by-turn navigation on all mobile phones.
Before that, he founded 510 Systems, a developer of mobile mapping and surveying technology. As a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley, Levandowski led the team that created the world’s first autonomous motorcycle, Ghostrider, which competed in a 2005 contest sponsored by the military’s DARPA. Ghostrider now resides at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Levandowski has an MS and BS from UC Berkeley in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.
Dr. Gary Slutkin is a physician and epidemiologist, an innovator in violence reduction, and the Founder and Executive Director of CureViolence, formerly known as CeaseFire, a scientifically proven, public health approach to violence reduction which uses disease control and behavior change methods.
CureViolence has been statistically demonstrated to reduce shootings and killings by 41% to 73% by three extensive independently funded and independently performed studies – one by the U.S. Department of Justice, and the other by Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr., referred to CureViolence as “a rational, data-driven, evidence-based, smart approach (to reducing violence)” “The World in 2009” edition of The Economist heralded CureViolence as "the approach that will come to prominence.” In 2013, Cure Violence was named the 9th best non-governmental organization (NGO) in the world by the Global Journal – and listed first among organizations dedicated to reducing violence.
Dr. Slutkin is an Ashoka Fellow, a Professor of Epidemiology and International Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a senior advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the 2009 Winner of the Search for Common Ground Award. He received his M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine, and completed his internship, residency, and infectious disease control training at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital. He ran the Tuberculosis (TB) Program for San Francisco from 1981 to 1985; moved to Somalia to work on TB and cholera epidemics from 1985 to 1987; and was then recruited by the World Health Organization where he worked from 1987 to 1994 in over 20 countries, including leading the efforts – using behavior change methods - to reverse the AIDS epidemic in Uganda. He was then appointed Director of Intervention Development for WHO (global). Dr. Slutkin sees violence as an infectious process, and credits his WHO training and experiences in multiple countries to informing his understanding and approach to violence and behavior change, and specifically toCureViolence’sresults-drivenandepidemiccontrolapproach.
Dr. Horowitz has earned a total of six college degrees from three separate institutions over the years (MIT, Caltech, & Washington State University) in both scientific and engineering disciplines. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities in the northern Rockies and is currently teaching at the College of Western Idaho in Nampa, Idaho. He currently serves as the President of the Boise Astronomical Society.