Julie Young Julie Young is a visionary CEO, educator, and entrepreneur. She is the founder and former President and CEO of Florida Virtual School (FLVS®), the world’s first virtual statewide school district, the nation’s largest and most influential K-12 online education provider, and the worldwide innovator of online K-12 educational services. Under her leadership the organization grew from 77 students in Florida to more than 2 million students worldwide. Young and her team grew FLVS into a diversified, worldwide organization serving students in 50 states and 68 countries worldwide.
Dr. Eleanor Smalley Dr. Smalley is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the JASON Project, an independent 501(c)(3), operated in partnership with National Geographic Society and Sea Research Foundation, Inc. The JASON Project's standards-based curriculum and staff development raises expectations and student outcomes in science, technology, and mathematics. Previously she served as Senior Project Director at the University of Virginia for the Darden Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education, aligning leadership and business practices between state and district superintendents. Dr. Smalley also has served 30 years in the public schools, including twelve as a superintendent where she promoted a zero dropout rate, an accelerated learning model, a co-collegiate learning model with James Madison University, and was recognized by Newsweek as a national leader in The Challenge Index.
Natasha Porter Natasha is the Director of Leadership Ambassador Programs and is responsible for student recruitment, teacher relations, marketing, curriculum development and delivery of domestic student programs offered by People to People Ambassador Programs.
Natasha has held a number of management positions in education and technology services and has extensive experience in business development, international operations, product development, and operations management. In her 18 year career Natasha has been responsible for the development of new business and partnerships in Europe and Asia, and most recently establishing People to People Ambassador Programs’ office in Beijing, China.
Deborah Delisle Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education. Served as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Ohio Department of Education from 2008 to 2011. Previously, Ms. Delisle worked in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District in Ohio, first as Associate Superintendent from 2001 to 2003, then as Superintendent from 2003 to 2008. Since beginning her career as an elementary teacher in Connecticut in the 1970s, Ms. Delisle has served in a variety of roles at the school district level in Ohio, including as Director of Academic Services, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, and Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Programs.
Ms. Delisle has served on several education boards, including the Governing Board of the Minority Student Achievement Network, Executive Board of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Council of Chief State School Officers Executive Board. Ms. Delisle is a recipient of the Betsy Cowles Women in Leadership Award and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators Distinguished Service Award.
Darline Robles Darline , the former superintendent of Los Angeles County Office of Education, is a Professor of Clinical Education at the USC Rossier School of Education. She is an expert in the areas of urban education, program development and school leadership.
Dr. Robles was appointed County Superintendent of Schools in June 2002, and she led the nation’s largest regional education service agency, serving 93 school districts and 55 joint power agencies that educate 1.7 million students from pre-kindergarten through community college, until her retirement in August 2010. She was the first woman and Latina to serve in the post. As superintendent, Dr. Robles focused on at-risk and special needs students in schools run by the Office of Education, and directed services to cash-strapped districts, particularly those with low-performing schools. She also led a reorganization of the Office’s highly lauded Head Start preschool program. Dr. Robles and her co-authors, Dr. Ott and Dr. Franco wrote and published “A Culturally Proficient Society Begins in School: Leadership for Equity” in 2011 by Corwin Press.
Prior to this position, Robles served as Superintendent of Schools for Salt Lake City School District where she was successful in closing the achievement gap and significantly reducing the dropout rate, and as Superintendent of Schools for Montebello Unified School. In October 2009 and 2011, Dr. Robles was named one of the nation’s top 100 influential Hispanic Americans by Hispanic Business magazine and in March 2010 was a “Women of the Year” recipient by the L.A. County Commission for Women. Dr. Robles is committed to public service and serves on many local and national boards. She was named to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Dr. Robles received her Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration from the University of Southern California, her M.A. in Education from the Claremont Graduate School, her B.A. in History from California State University, Los Angeles and her A.A. in History from East Los Angeles College.
Chef Kimberly Brock-Brown Kimberly is a member of the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), the Honor Society of the ACF, and founding member of the ACF National Pastry and Baking Guild. Chef Kimberly is currently the Academy's only African-American Female Chef inducted in its 30-plus year history and is the only African-American Female Certified Pastry Chef in South Carolina. In recognition of her dedication to her craft, the joy of teaching and helping others, and love of cooking, Chef Kimberly was awarded a Lifetime Professional Membership in the ACF in 2007. In her off time of running her own business and being a devoted mother, Kimberly has been a Culinary Arts adjunct teacher for Johnson & Wales University and The Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College. Is a participating chef with the White House's First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative for Chefs Move to Schools program.
Marguerite W. Kondracke Marguerite has served as President and CEO of the America’s Promise Alliance since 2004. America’s Promise was founded in 1997 by General Colin L. Powell to make children and youth a national priority, mobilizing all Americans to fulfill Five Promises for our nation’s young people: caring adults; safe places; a healthy start; an effective education; and opportunities to help others. Currently, America’s Promise is focused on addressing the nation’s high school dropout crisis.
During her 40-year career, Mrs. Kondracke has been both an entrepreneur and a public servant, focusing on the needs of children and families. Prior to joining the Alliance, she served as Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander as well as Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families. She also served in the cabinet of then Tennessee Governor Alexander as Commissioner of the Department of Human Services. Previously, Mrs. Kondracke was co-founder and CEO of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, the nation’s largest provider of employer-sponsored child care and one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Today she continues to serve on the company’s board of directors. She is also a member of the board of directors of Saks Fifth Avenue (NYSE:SKS) and LifePoint Hospitals.
Harriet Sanford Harriet is the President and CEO of the NEA Foundation and has led its work since 2005.
Sanford began her career as a public school classroom teacher, which led to a senior executive career that spans more than 28 years, with 22 years as the president and chief executive officer of non-profit/ public organizations including the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte, North and the Fulton County Arts Council in Georgia. Her career is bound together by an unwavering commitment to strengthening community by building on the skills, talents, and aspirations of each of its members.
Susan E. Stroud Susan is the founder and Executive Director of Innovations in Civic Participation, a non-profit organization in Washington, DC that supports the development of innovative, high-quality youth civic engagement policies and programs in the US and in other countries. ICP also serves as the Secretariat for the International Association for National Youth Service (IANYS), a global network of policymakers and practitioners with an interest in youth civic engagement. Ms. Stroud was the co-founder of the Talloires Network, a growing global coalition of 260 universities who share a commitment to education for civic engagement and social responsibility.
Prior to founding ICP, Ms. Stroud served as the senior advisor to the Director of the White House Office of National Service. The White House team led the creation of AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service. At the Corporation, Ms. Stroud served as senior advisor to the CEO, director of the Office of Federal Partnerships, and the first director of Learn and Serve America, a $43 million annual grants program that supports young people’s civic engagement.
Carol Ann Waugh Carol Ann wrote her first book when she finished needlepointing a couch and needed another project. Starting out with a king-sized quilt in a design she created herself, she soon ran into problems and out of fabric. The Patchwork Quilt Design & Coloring Book was written to help other beginner quilters make their own designs, rather than making traditional quilts. Other books soon followed and today, Carol is a well-know fiber artist working out of her studio in the RiNo Art District in Denver, CO.
Judith LaBelle As founding President of Glynwood, Judy is recognized by colleagues, farmers and policy advisors as a leader in the movement for regional food systems and sustainable agriculture. Whether participating on a panel about policy innovations and opportunities for America’s New Farmers at the Drake Forum, making presentations about sustainable meat and dairy at Stone Barns, or advising the Governor about the state of agriculture in the Hudson Valley, Judy is sought after for her perspective and expertise. She is also a skilled networker whose far-reaching connections enable her to bring together experts and stakeholders to solve challenges confronted by small and mid-size farmers.
The daughter of a dairy farmer and an attorney by profession, Judy has devoted her career to the intersection of issues that link the environment, agriculture and community. Prior to the creation of Glynwood, she was a member of the firm of Berle, Kass & Case in New York City and served as corporate counsel to the National Audubon Society and Deputy Director and Counsel to the New York State Commission on the Adirondacks in the Twenty-First Century. In 1990, the Graduate School of Design at Harvard named her a Loeb Fellow in advanced environmental studies.
She has written and spoken extensively on sustainable agriculture, land conservation and the infrastructure needed for a successful regional food system - topics on which she has been interviewed by The New York Times, Audubon Magazine, Heritage Radio, and Civil Eats. She has traveled to Germany and Italy on behalf of the United States Department of State Speakers Tour program. Judy serves as Chair of the Hudson Fulton Champlain Quadricentennial Commission Food and Agriculture Task Force, and on the advisory board of Edible Hudson Valley. Judy has also served on the Executive Committee of the Environmental Section of the New York State Bar Association and on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including Scenic Hudson, The Scenic Hudson Land Trust, the Hudson River Foundation for Science and Education, and Parks and Trails NY. She has also served as Chairman of The Preservation League of New York State.
Judy received her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar for the study of public interest law. She holds a master’s degree in political science from Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, where she was a Fellow at the Eagleton Institute, and a bachelors degree from Carroll College in Wisconsin.
Jennifer Corriero Jennifer is the co-founder of TakingITGlobal-one of the world's first social networks-which engages hundreds of thousands of youths around the world to make a difference in their communities. Corriero knows what makes the plugged-in kids of the Net Generation tick.
Corriero has worked as a youth engagement consultant for many companies, including Microsoft, and has travelled to over 30 countries speaking at conferences and events on youth engagement and the future of education. She has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, serves as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment, and was named by Forbes as one of 5 Innovative Rising Stars in Education, Healthcare and Environment. Jennifer Corriero completed her Masters in Environmental Studies and has also been appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health at York University.
Dr. Kecia Ray Dr. Ray began her career as a middle school science teacher incorporating the earliest versions of instructional technology in the early 80's. Dr. Ray's career includes designing technology within the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and directing technology research through Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Science Outreach programs. As a district administrator for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools she led the design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional technology programs including instructional design for online and blended learning environments and the redesign of school libraries. The work resulted in several national awards for redesigning learning environments and designing online content.
After publishing an assessment to measure technology literacy in 1999, she conducted research in US, Canada and South Africa on the use of technology in the K-12 classroom and the use of distance learning technologies to facilitate engaging learning environments. Dr. Ray is published in the areas of distance learning and recognized for her work in online and blended learning as well as flexible learning environments.
Dr. Ray is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) where she is Chair of the ISTE Board of Directors. Dr. Ray also serves on the board of eLearn Institute and continues to serve on the Davidson County Community Education Commission and the board of Learning Bird Inc. She was appointed by Governor Haslem to the Advisory Council on Alternative Education in 2013 and appointed to a Personalized Learning State Advisory Committee in 2014. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education from 2007 - 2012 and Tenn-Share Board from 2014-2015. She was the recipient of the Presidents Volunteer Service Award in 2012 and 2014 and awarded the ISTE lifetime achievement 'Making IT Happen' Award in 2013. In 2014, Dr. Ray was named '20 to Watch' by the National School Board Association and one of the top 10 EdTech Leaders by Tech and Learning.
Dr. Ray is the Executive Director for the Center for Digital Education. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Dr. Clark Ray and their son Wes.
Karen E. Avery Karen E. Avery joined PBS as Senior Director of Institutional Giving of the PBS Foundation, in January 2011. In this role, she is responsible for increasing support from the foundation and corporate sectors for PBS priorities and programs. Before PBS, she spent seven years as Director of Foundation Relations at the Smithsonian Institution, and served as Chairperson of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Board of Directors for three of those years. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Avery was Assistant Dean of Harvard College, and also worked for many years as a Senior Admissions Officer at Harvard. Avery received her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a concentration in administration, planning and social policy, and her A.B. from Harvard in psychology and social relations. She currently serves on the Wolf Trap Associates Board of Directors and she resides in Alexandria, VA with a husband, two kids (16 and 13), and one crazy dog.
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Bev Perdue Bev Perdue was elected North Carolina’s 73rd governor in 2008, the first woman to serve as chief executive of the state. Her trailblazing administration was dedicated to creating jobs, protecting and strengthening education, accountability and transparency, and shepherding the state through the worst economic climate since the Great Depression. During her tenure, North Carolina was one of only eight states to maintain a AAA bond rating for four consecutive years. In addition, she announced more than 100,000 new jobs and more than $22.5 billion in corporate investment during that time. While governor, North Carolina was consistently ranked as one of the best states in the country in which to do business.
Lily Eskelsen García Lily Eskelsen García is the president of National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union. Lily began her career in education as a school lunch lady and, effective September 1, will lead a professional association of three million educators. She will be the first Latina to lead the NEA and is one of the country’s most influential Hispanic educators.
Linda McCulloch Linda currently serves as Montana’s first woman Secretary of State. Under her leadership Montana continues to ensure elections remain fair and accurate while working to provide businesses better access to information, forms and trainings.Linda’s professional career consists entirely of public service, having previously served as a teacher, school librarian, legislator, and statewide elected Superintendent of Public Instruction.