KECIA RAY, ED.D.
Kecia is a strategic thinker and a proven leader in K12 transformation. Her career includes designing technology within the Frist Art Museum and directing technology research through Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Science Outreach programs. She was appointed as a turnaround agent by the Tennessee Commissioner of Education and established award-winning instructional technology programs recognized by the USDOE and Harvard University while in that role.
Dr. Ray was named ’20 to Watch’ by the National School Board Association, Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, a Top 10 EdTech Leader by Tech and Learning, an ISTE Making IT Happen recipient, and most recently named a Top 100 EdTech Influencer by EdTech Digest.
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Arati enjoys creating measurable, positive and enduring outcomes for learners of all ages. She has harnessed technology to create innovative learning programs for employees at Apple, Facebook, Google and Uber, worldwide. As Director of Learning Events at EdSurge and Director of the Learning Innovation Hub at Silicon Valley Education Foundation, Arati built strategy and toolsets to empower school leaders, edtech entrepreneurs and teachers to make thoughtful technology decisions for teaching and learning. Arati is a Trustee of the Saratoga Union School District Board since 2010, and was Board President for 2 years. Arati has a Masters in Education, Media and Technology from Boston University and Bachelors, Early Childhood Education from India.
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Frances Gipson, PH.D.
Frances Marie Gipson is a clinical associate professor of education in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University, and also serves as director of the Urban Leadership program. Most recently, Gipson served as the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for the second-largest school district in the nation, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). As a leader of leaders, she oversaw the instructional plan and capacity building for more than 600,000 students in preschool through adult school programs – across over 20 departments. Dr. Gipson is an experienced teacher leader, coach, district administrator, principal and superintendent. Her leadership has been recognized in both theory and action with numerous awards such as Distinguished Alumni, Urban Leadership Award, AALA President’s Award, and the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers. Gipson believes in a student-centered approach that she calls “Team Kid” leadership to design a system of supports that amplifies voice, agency, and adaptivity.
Susan comes from a strong policy background as a former staffer in the United States Senate and Legislative Aide in the Iowa House of Representatives.
Along with experience at both federal and state levels, she served as the Deputy Executive Director for the Center for Digital Education, worked for a government relations firm in Arlington, VA and heavily worked on federal and state education policy at iNACOL, where she wrote published reports to move the field forward with innovative learning models, best practices, and policy recommendations.
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Angela Maiers is considered one of today’s most influential thought leaders in education and transformative thinking. It is fair to say when she speaks, she leaves no room unchanged.
Most recently, she has been named by Forbes as one of the Top 5 Edupreneurs to Watch; by IBM as one of the Top 20 Global Influencers, among the Top 100 Women in Technology by Onalytics, and among the Top 20 Education Thought Leaders by TrustEd. She is the author of 9 books on education, including the noted Genius Matters and Classroom Habitudes, and was for many years a prolific contributor to the Huffington Post on innovation, technology, and education.
A much sought-after speaker at conferences, organizations, schools and communities around the globe, Angela’s singular focus is on transforming the people she reaches to set in motion a change of behaviors and perspectives that will draw out the potential in every person and result in a positive impact on the world.
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As a seasoned Sr. Events Manager Tracy is a highly organized, results-driven professional who focuses on improving efficiencies, streamlining processes, and revenue growth. She is skilled in all aspects of event management and execution. Specialties: contract negotiation, budget development and planning, site selection, hotel and convention center management, supplier management, and database management.
Tracy’s experience has proven invaluable when leading strategic events. Delivering engaging solutions that go beyond attendee expectations fulfills her passion for taking ideas from conception to completion. Along with meeting company objectives and stakeholder needs, she enjoys applying her creative skills, collaborating with, and building teams to produce events that deliver.
Tracy has been planning events in a variety of industries for over 20 years ranging in size from 100 – 3,200 attendees. For the past 12 years, her focus was K-12 educational events planning Aurora Institute’s annual Symposium (formerly iNACOL). During her time with Aurora Institute, the Symposium grew from 800 attendees to 3,200 attendees.
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