Jay Kimmelman

CEO, Co-Founder Bridge International Academies


Jay Kimmelman is a Co-Founder of Bridge International Academies, the largest chain of private schools in Africa. Bridge disrupts the education status quo by ensuring that every child, regardless of parental income, has access to the education he or she deserves. The first Bridge International Academy opened in 2009; four years later Bridge teachers 100,000 pupils everyday at one of 350 pre-school and primary schools across Kenya. For $4.50-$7.00 per month, children receive more than 40 teaching contact hours a week, with all lessons written by experts and delivered by a local teacher using ICT.

As the CEO of Bridge, over the past 5 years of the company’s growth, Kimmelman has raised three rounds of equity financing, including one of the largest VC deals in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2012. Prior to founding Bridge International Academies, Jay was founder and CEO of Edusoft, the leading educational software company providing assessment platforms to US public school districts. Jay sold the 150-person, $20M revenue company to Houghton Mifflin in 2004. At that time, Edusoft was serving more than 3 Million students in 400 school districts across the nation, including the second largest in the country. Jay received his B.A. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard University.

Mary Ellen Beliveau

CEO, Knowledge to Practice


K2P optimizes patient centered care by measuring and improving clinical decision-making. We are changing the way academic physicians teach and the way clinicians learn. Our patented Intelligent Learning System (ILS) intrinsically motivates clinicians through customized MOC assessments that measure clinical knowledge and judgment and maps tailored performance improvement plans that deliver personalized curriculum.

K2P has developed a proprietary process that helps faculty leverage insights, data and tools to develop learner focused content in a very specific system so the impact from our needs assessments informs both the knowledge creator and elevates the learner to a more efficient and effective personal learning continuum. Our data-driven approach creates powerful dashboards and reports that inform continual practice performance improvement for learners and administrators, and a continual improvement model for faculty and our educational products.

With our innovative design in place, we are now building the bridge that moves clinicians into a digital future. One in which access to knowledge is able to serve them personally. Members of the K2P team are incredibly talented, self-motivated, creative and passionate. We are dedicated to improving patient centered care and believe in the power of lifelong learning. We are leading transformational change within a huge, established healthcare industry. Our ability to inspire, inform and work inside complex collaborations is unique. Ours is a game changing organization that is small, powerful and growing. We are market innovators, grounded in data analytics, and focused on delivering change. We demand a lot of ourselves and each other, we are a tight knit team that works in an integrated fashion, we stand behind one another and we achieve success together.

Nicole Neal

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder


Nicole is a visionary leader and a pioneer at building “edruptive” K-12 products and services. As the CEO and co-founder of Noodle Markets (www.noodlemarkets.com), she leads the company in its mission to build a market network that creates efficacy and transparency within the K-12 purchasing landscape. Prior to co-founding Noodle Markets, Nicole was the President of the Education Solutions Group at CORE Education Consulting and Solutions, LLC, a publicly traded company. She oversaw a staff of 300 employees and approximately 300 outside contractors as part of CORE’s Consulting and Staffing services. Nicole managed a portfolio of formative assessment, intervention, teacher substitute management and content solutions for districts and states serving the Pre-K, K-12, Employability, Special Education and Higher Education sectors. Nicole also served as the Senior Vice President of Major Accounts and State Services for Pearson Education Inc., one of the world’s largest education publishing and technology companies. Prior to Pearson, she served as Senior Vice President of Client Services for Schoolnet, Inc., where she played an important part in driving the company’s accelerated growth, leading to Pearson’s acquisition of Schoolnet. Nicole graduated with honors and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Binghamton University’s Watson School of Engineering and earned a Master of Business Administration, with distinction, from the University of Maryland University College. Nicole is a master at building high performing teams, developing leaders at various stages of their professional growth and imbibing a culture of excellence with every company she’s helped grow. Nicole started coding when she was 11 years old and hasn’t stopped “building” since.

Alex Rappaport

Co-Founder and CEO at Flocabulary


Musician by training. Now an education entrepreneur who has bootstrapped Flocabulary into a leading edtech company that brings its unique brand of music-based curricular content and innovative classroom technology to students in more than 35,000 K-12 schools. Most recently created Big Idea Week, which served over 500 NYC students in May 2015.

Speaker on education and entrepreneurship. Recent appearances include TEDx, Creative Mornings, Uncubed and the Magnet Schools of America (MSA) national conference.

Passionate about social impact and helping people get good ideas off the ground.

Specialties: Entrepreneurship, Education, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships, Sales, Marketing, Music

David Blake

CEO of Degreed


Education is too important to stay the way it is.

My life’s work and personal mission is to help create an educational system that will:

– Drive the cost of learning to zero
– Promote universal access to education
– Create meaningful indicators of personal educational outcomes and success
– Help organize meaningful curricula and establish interoperable standards
– Restructure the physical learning environment
– Enable a measured and meaningful system for lifelong learning

Currently, I am the CEO of Degreed. Individuals and organizations use Degreed to find, track, and recognize ALL learning.

If you are passionate about fixing education let’s connect.

Matt Sigelman

CEO at Burning Glass Technologies


As CEO of Burning Glass Technologies, I am leading a team devoted to solving the skills gap by providing the high fidelity data and rich tools that help employers, learners, and policy makers better understand the labor market so that they plan more effectively and connect more efficiently.
The labor market is broken, the world around. Employers have trouble finding skilled talent, even while many are out of work, or so discouraged they stop even looking for jobs. But what many call a “skills gap” is really an information gap – an inability to match skills with available openings that makes it hard for workers and employers to find each other.
Burning Glass harnesses the power of real-time job market data, based on analysis of an enormous and continually updated database of job postings and real-life career transitions, to deliver products and insights that have helped fill millions of jobs. With this insight, I believe we can make the labor market more efficient for both employers and job seekers alike.

Paul Gollash

Founder & CEO at Voxy


I have 15 years of experience building businesses as an operator, investor, and entrepreneur. I’m currently the CEO of Voxy, a venture-funded education technology company based in NY that I founded in 2010. At my core, I’m a highly-analytical sales guy, a recovering VC, and a tireless entrepreneur. I’m passionate about learning, education technology, and global brands. I sincerely believe that what the team at Voxy is doing will change the world.

Prior to starting Voxy, I was a venture investor for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, the team that created Virgin Mobile, Virgin America, and Virgin Galactic. While there, I evaluated new business opportunities across a number of sectors, and helped conceive, fund, incubate and launch Virgin Hotels. I learned two critical lessons from Richard and Virgin: attack big markets and dedicate yourself to something about which you are truly passionate.

Analytics & structured thinking:
Before Virgin, I was a management consultant with Booz Allen, where I advised senior executives in media and consumer-facing businesses on strategy and operations. Tough work, grueling hours, and lousy travel, but I still wouldn’t trade it for anything. I think better as a result of those years of 100-hour weeks, heavy data-analysis, and having to rapidly structure and solve inherently unstructured problems.

Earlier in my career, I spent three years in Madrid, launching a new retail business for GM Europe, and also helped start an import/export business in Santiago, Chile. In addition to learning the most valuable skill of any entrepreneur – sales – I also became bilingual and developed my lifelong passion for travel and language education. I speak fluent Spanish and passable Portuguese.

Burck Smith

CEO at StraighterLine


Burck is the CEO and founder of StraighterLine. Ten years before launching StraighterLine in 2009, he co-founded SMARTHINKING (now a Pearson company), the largest online tutoring provider for schools and colleges. Burck has written chapters for three books on education policy for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and is a former independent consultant and journalist. Former clients and publications include the Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Computer Curriculum Corporation, the CEO Forum on Education and Technology, the Milken Exchange on Education and Technology, Teaching Matters Inc., Converge Magazine, Wired Magazine, Wired News, University Business, the National School Boards Association and others. In the early 1990’s, he wrote articles on a variety of subjects including creating community telecommunication networks, electronic access to political information, telecommunications deregulation and the ability of utilities to serve as telecommunications service providers. Burck holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Williams College.

Dave Balter

CEO at Mylestone


I’m an innovation‐obsessed builder of companies, often as a Founder/CEO but occasionally as a Board Member, advisor or investor. I’m also an active venture investor and M&A professional.

Currently I am the CEO of Mylestone, an early-stage venture backed startup. Previously I led the Transactions (M&A and Partnerships) Team at Pluralsight, an online learning company focused on professional technology training. I joined Pluralsight via the acquisition of Smarterer, a venture backed skills assessment startup I co-founded in 2010 and led as CEO since 2013.

I founded BzzAgent in 2001, a social marketing company that accelerates word of mouth to drive sales. BzzAgent was acquired in 2011 by dunnhumby, a division of Tesco PLC. Post acquisition, I acted as Global Head of Investments for dunnhumby and served on the organization’s Global Executive Team until late 2013, when I stepped down to focus full time on Smarterer. I founded dunnhumby Ventures during my tenure at dunnhumby.

In 2007, Harvard University dubbed me one of Boston’s “Hottest Technology CEOs.” In 2008, I was recognized as a Future Legend by the Ad Club. In 2009 I was a Finalist (darn) for E&Y Entrepreneur of the year and In 2013, I was named 50 on Fire by Boston Innovation. I co‐founded the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) in 2004, and authored two books on the subject, Grapevine and The Word of Mouth Manual: Volume II.

I’m an active investor as part of Boston Seed Capital where I am a Venture Partner. Boston Seed’s investments include Draft Kings, Virsec, Promoboxx and Clypd and some of my personal investments include: FitnessKeeper, Promoboxx, Turo, eLaCarte, Kettle & Fire and HelpScout. In 2011, I co-founded Intelligent.ly (with Sarah Hodges), a classroom space that helps star employees become managers. I’m a mentor with Tech Stars, and sit on the Board of Directors of Boch Center for the Performing Arts.

See more at: http://about.me/davebalter

Daniel A. Etra

Co-Founder & CEO, Rethink Autism, Inc.


Mr. Etra currently serves as CEO of Rethink Prior to co-founding the company, Mr. Etra was CEO of R.E.R. International, a supplier of printed materials to the retail industry. Mr. Etra was a Consultant at Bain & Company, helping establish their NY office and also served as a Managing Director of Promodex Ltd., an importer and distributor of consumer appliances and industrial equipment. In addition, Mr. Etra worked at Wasserstein, Perella & Co., specializing in M&A in the fields of healthcare, technology and natural resources. Mr. Etra has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Yale University. Born and raised in New York City, he is a volunteer in the Pediatric Department at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center working with children ages 3 months to 15+ years old.

Heather Hiles

Deputy Director, Solutions for Post Secondary Success at The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


I am passionate about helping people become self-actualized. Please check out my Pathbrite Portfolio to see a sample of my work.

My day-to-day activities include business development, fundraising, guiding and supporting my team.

Jeff Scheur

Founder & CEO, NoRedInk


After teaching high school English for 8 years and grading 15,000 papers, I created NoRedInk to help my students become more skilled, creative, and confident writers. A National Board Certified Teacher, former debate director, and speaker on education innovation, I’m focused on efforts that allow all students to harness the tremendous powers of language.

Jan Zawadzki

Founder, Hapara


Specialties: Information management: discovery, collaboration, communication and compliance technologies.
Google product stack including Search Appliances, Apps, and others
IM strategy development and alignment with business strategy

Anthony Kim

Creating classrooms that inspire teaching and learning


Education Elements partners with school districts to design and implement personalized learning. Our team of former educators and administrators works closely with districts to design new instructional models, select digital content and tools, and support teachers. Our personalized learning platform, Highlight, provides single sign-on and actionable data. Districts that work with Education Elements get results – better student outcomes, higher student engagement and increased teacher satisfaction.

Jess Gartner

CEO & Founder at Allovue


Jess is the founder and CEO of Allovue, where edtech meets fintech – edfintech!

She has been featured as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Education (2015, 2016 All-Star), The Baltimore Sun’s Women to Watch (2013), and Baltimore Magazine’s 40 Under 40 (2013). She was recognized as the 2014 Maryland SmartCEO Innovator of the Year in the Emerging Business category.

Before founding Allovue, Jess studied education policy at the University of Pennsylvania and taught in schools around the world, including Thailand, South Africa, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. As a Teach for America corps member, she taught middle school humanities in Baltimore City and received her M.A. in teaching from Johns Hopkins University.

Christopher Grewe

CEO & Founder at American Prison Data Systems, PBC


Ed Tech entrepreneur and passionate believer in the power of education to change lives for the better. Leader of a fast-growing B-Corp working hard to CHANGE CORRECTIONS for GOOD by bringing the promise of digital education to the incarcerated.

Elli Kaplan

CEO at Neurotrack


Elli Kaplan is Co-founder and CEO of Neurotrack, a digital health company dedicated to the development of a digital cognitive assessment test that will enable earlier and more effective evaluation of patients who may be at risk for cognitive decline and help advance research and treatment of cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s. Neurotrack is also building a cognitive health product that brings together the best scientific research shown to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and improve overall cognitive health.

Elli has two decades of experience in the public and private sectors, including positions at the White House, the State and Treasury Departments, and the United Nations Development Program. She also held positions with AIG, Goldman Sachs and multiple startups, and has an M.B.A. from Harvard.

Davida Herzl

Co-Founder and CEO at Aclima Inc.


Entrepreneur working at the nexus of technology, sustainability and human health, for global-scale social benefit.

Tom Davidson

Chief Executive Officer at EverFi


Tom Davidson is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EverFi, an education technology company committed to tackling some of the greatest challenges facing our nation.

Tom has been a leader in education technology for over 20 years. He ran for the Maine State Legislature during his senior year at Bowdoin College and served three terms, leading efforts to create one of the nation’s first one-to-one laptop initiatives and to institute technology training for teachers. As Chairman of the Utilities and Energy Committee he worked to create a major expansion of the wiring of schools and libraries across the State. Following his time in the Legislature, Tom became an investment banker and venture capitalist at Village Ventures, where he invested in early-stage technology companies in the education and social media sectors and led investments in many leading minority owned companies.

Tom has been featured in numerous media outlets including Bloomberg, CNN Money, Fast Company, Fox Business News, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He was named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and a Goldman Sachs Top-100 Builder and Innovator. Tom is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover and Bowdoin College.

Tammy Wincup

Chief Operating Officer at EverFi Inc.


Tammy is the Chief Operating Officer at EverFi, the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying students in critical skills. As COO, Tammy oversees EverFi’s 200 team members, the development of EverFi’s SaaS based digital learning platforms, the implementation of the technology in over 12,000 K-12 schools and 800 college campuses, and the 1000 companies that fund the technology in schools. Founded in 2008, EverFi is a venture-backed company with investments from Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos, Twitter Founder Evan Williams, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, New Enterprise Associates, and Rethink Education.

Tammy’s career has always been at the intersection of education and technology, long before it was the hip space to work. After graduate school, she worked in South Africa and Egypt leading education and workforce development projects for Price Waterhouse’s International Strategy Consulting Group. She returned to the United States to run client services for an education and knowledge management technology start-up in San Francisco, and at Diamond Technology Partners in Chicago, a leading public company focused on technology innovation. After September 11th, 2001, Tammy was appointed to the U.S. Department of State where she helped manage a $300 million fund of education foreign assistance to the Middle East. In 2006, she refocused on education reform in the U.S. working with leading education and charter management organizations, and for-profit education companies focused on education technology investments. She has been a speaker and panelist on business, education, and workforce development at events sponsored by such entities as Atlantic Magazine, the Aspen Institute, and Harvard University. She is an Aspen Institute Pahara Fellow and on the Board of EL Haynes Public Charter School.

Tammy earned her Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland and her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Scot Chisholm

CEO & Co-Founder at Classy


* CEO & Co-Founder of Classy, a fundraising and business ops platform for social impact organizations.

* An active advisor and angel investor, investing out of fund called Mixture that includes investments in Change.org, inDinero, Reaction, Iodine, Casetext and more.

* Part of the founding investor group and an advisor at San Francisco City Football Club, one of the country’s first social enterprise semi-professional soccer club.

* Previously, I’m proud to have served for four years on the founding Board of Directors at Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster relief nonprofit.

Jeremy Heimans

Co-founder/CEO at Purpose


Jeremy Heimans is the co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a home for building movements and new ventures that use the power of participation to change the world. Purpose has helped build global movements on issues like global LGBT rights, the sharing economy, modern slavery and gun violence in the US. Purpose also advises major NGOs, foundations and progressive companies.

In 2007, Jeremy co-founded Avaaz.org, the world’s largest online political community, with more than 40 million members. In 2005, he co-founded GetUp.org, an Australian online political movement and internationally recognized social movement phenomenon that today has more members than all of Australia’s political parties combined. In 2004, he co-founded an advocacy group in the US presidential elections that ran a highly publicized online and media campaign, raising millions of dollars in small online donations.

In 2011, Jeremy received the Ford Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Visionary Award for his work as a movement pioneer and he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is chair of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Civic Participation. He was ranked 11th on Fast Company’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 People Who is Changing the World of the Internet and Politics” by the World e-Government Forumn. The Guardian has named him one of the ten most influential voices on sustainability in the United States. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Performance Theater’s Inspired Leadership Award. Jeremy began his career with the strategy consultants McKinsey and Company. He was educated at Harvard University and the University of Sydney. He is a citizen of Australia and the Netherlands, and lives in New York.

Ben Rattray

Founder and CEO, Change.org


Ben Rattray is the founder and CEO of Change.org, the world’s largest platform for social change. He has been named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40 rising young business leaders. A graduate of Stanford University and the London School of Economics, Rattray leads Change.org’s strategic vision and is a frequent public speaker about the intersection of technology and social change.

There are more than 75 million Change.org users in 196 countries, and every day, people use its tools to transform their communities – locally, nationally and globally. Whether it’s a mother fighting bullying in her daughter’s school, customers pressing banks to drop unfair fees, or citizens holding corrupt officials to account, thousands of campaigns started by ordinary people have won on Change.org, and more win every day.

Time Magazine writes, “Rattray’s site has quietly enabled tens of thousands of people, many with little exposure to social activism, to launch homegrown crusades on issues ranging from corporate malpractice to immigration reform without ever gathering in a park or square. By marrying one of the world’s oldest organizing tools, the petition, to one of its newest, the social-media loop, Change.org is putting companies and governments under tremendous pressure to change their policies, sometimes in a matter of a few weeks or less, and it has invited everyone around the globe to participate.”

Jennifer Dulski

President at Change.org


Change.org is the world’s largest platform for social change, empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see.

There are more than 180 million Change.org users in 196 countries, and every day people use our tools to transform their communities – locally, nationally and globally. Whether it’s a mother fighting bullying in her child’s school, customers pressing banks to drop unfair fees, or citizens holding corrupt officials accountable, thousands of campaigns started by people all over the world have won on Change.org – and dozens are winning every day.

We believe the use of business for social good is one of the most exciting opportunities for advancing positive change in the world, and we’re proud to be certified as a B Corporation, a new class of companies dedicated to positive impact. This certification requires high standards of social and environmental performance set by an independent group, and we are honored to have been named among the top 10% of social good companies with a positive impact on the community.