2021 CTE Innovation Summit Speakers
Nancy Trivette, Past ACTE President
Dr. Joyce Malyn Smith
Dr. Joyce Malyn Smith, Director Strategic Initiatives in Workforce and Human Development at Education Development Center
Dr. Joyce Malyn-Smith is a national expert on STEM career development and workforce education. She leads a body of work that explores how to enhance STEM learning and support people in using their STEM skills, knowledge, and dispositions to pursue productive and rewarding careers. Her projects develop industry/education connections in computational thinking, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and other advanced technologies.
Gary Shapiro, President & CEO, Consumer Technology Association
Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies and owning and producing the continent’s largest annual tradeshow, the International CES.
Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education. Microsoft Corporation
In his role leading the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education, Anthony Salcito works to help empower educators and inspire students to achieve more. He aims to transform the way we learn with the support of technology to help build critical skills for the modern, global workplace.
Dr. Carl Aakre
Dr. Carl Aakre, Ag Power & Technology Coordinator. Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education
After college, Aakre was a Minnesota ag teacher for 16 years in Marshall, Vadnais Heights and Perham. It was his time as a state officer which shaped his career path. “It really helped me learn how to lead and network in the ag community.” His time as an educator led to an opportunity to develop curriculum for ag science teachers through Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education. Since 2014 he’s been Curriculum Coordinator for CASE managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators.
Amy Kardel, Vice President, Strategic Workforce Relationships
Shalin Jyotishi, Senior Analyst, Education and Labor, New America
Shalin Jyotishi is an award-winning researcher, storyteller, strategy advisor, and public problem solver working to build a more efficient, fairer, and enjoyable future of work and learning for all. Leveraging the lens of a public interest technologist, his expertise and focus centers on the intersecting frontiers of higher education, the workforce, emerging technology, and innovation policy. Shalin currently fulfills his mission as a Senior Analyst on Education and Labor at New America, the United States’ leading think-tank, intellectual venture capital fund, and media platform dedicated to renewing the American promise.
Nicole Goldstein, Head of Business Partnerships. Facebook
Nicole Goldstein leads growth, partnerships and product marketing – customer acquisition and retention for Facebook’s long tail clients — small businesses, job-seekers, educators and students.
Jon Graft, President. Butler Tech Career Center
Jon Graft is the Superintendent/CEO of Butler Tech, one of Ohio’s largest providers of career technical education. Named one of 2019’s Cincinnati Power 100 by Cincy Magazine, a 2018 CEO of the Year by the Cincinnati Business Courier and a 2018 Civic Leadership Award Winner by Lead Tribune Media Group, Jon has forged unique business and industry partnerships to create opportunity for students and spur economic development in the region. Butler Tech serves more than 17,000 secondary students each day and more than 2,000 adult students annually.
Frank Reed, Rural Iowa Photonics Education. NSF Grantee
Grant Director. Principal Investigator. Professor. Outreach Coordinator. Laser & Optics Education. Laser Safety. Curriculum Development. Training.
Kathy Hughes, Principal Researcher, AIR
Kelly Reese, Senior Researcher. AIR
Kelly Reese is a senior researcher at AIR with experience conducting mixed-methods research, leading teams of researchers, and providing analytic support to clients in content areas such as career and technical education systems and career pathways from K-12 to postsecondary with industry partnerships; college and career readiness initiatives, including programs to help persistence in higher education; early grade to postsecondary STEM interventions; professional development for pre-service and early career teacher populations; and teacher professional development systems. She leads and supports teams of researchers in both short and long-term program evaluations and studies with quantitative and qualitative components. In her role, she oversees the design and implementation of research, including management of colleague workflow, financial stewardship, and quality assurance for research processes and products.
Scott Stump, Deputy Executive Director, Advanced CTE
As Senior Advisor, Scott leads and contributes to major initiatives and projects including Advance CTE’s Postsecondary CTE Leaders Fellowship Program and Advancing the Framework, a multi-year project to revise the National Career Clusters® Framework. Stump will also support Advance CTE’s federal advocacy, state policy and technical assistance efforts. From July, 2018 through January of 2021, Scott Stump served as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education within the United States Department of Education. Prior to assuming this role, Scott served as Chief Operating Officer with Vivayic, Inc. a learning solutions provider devoted to helping individuals, organizations and corporations succeed.
Dan Hinderliter, Policy Associate. Advance CTE
Dan is the newest policy associate for Advance CTE. He started working with the team at the beginning of June 2020 and, since then, have jumped in with both feet to a number of different projects; he is involved with JPMorgan Chase’s Global Career Readiness Initiative, the updating of The National Career Clusters® Framework, a project on area technical centers supported by the Lumina Foundation, and the tracking of state policy throughout the year.
Jennifer Vaden Barth
Jennifer Vaden Barth, Program Manager. Google
Leading Google’s computer science education and digital literacy event strategies to deliver quality content to educators and students, Jennifer focuses on partnerships where Google can provide ecosystem support to create equity access so that all learners have viable learning pathways to computer science and digital literacy skills. From 2015-2017, she spent significant time marketing Google’s beginning coding program, CS First, as well as working to evaluate the impact of Google’s CS in Media initiatives where initiatives work to change the perceptions of who can be a computer scientist, particularly focusing on underrepresented groups in the Tech industry. Joining Google 13 years ago, she has worked with Google’s Engineering Research org, joined Chairman Eric Schmidt’s team in 2011 and managed projects including government relations, press, speaking engagements and major summit event planning. From 2012-2015 she developed strong relationships with YouTube and Google Sales. As a member of the founding YouTube Space LA team, she drove cultural and brand initiatives in a start-up environment. The exposure to working with YouTube content creators enhanced her ability to establish cross-functional relationships for the Consumer Goods and Entertainment teams, as well as learning the business side of Google’s Sales and advertising opportunities for digital media and marketing.
Dr. Alisha Hyslop
Dr. Alisha Hyslop, Senior Director Public Policy. ACTE
Dr. Hyslop has been involved in career and technical education (CTE) for the last 20 years, first as a student and then as an advocate. Largely due to her experiences in the Future Homemakers of America organization (one of the national career and technical student organizations), during high school I decided that I wanted to pursue a career promoting and advocating for CTE. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Public Relations from Florida State University, she was fortunate to be offered a position at the national Association for Career and Technical Education.
Patrick O’Donnell, Journalist and Citizen & Scholar Institute Media Fellow
Aaron Prather, Senior Technical Advisor-Research & Development. FedExWith nearly 25 years at FedEx, Aaron Prather has developed and deployed numerous technology applications across the FedEx enterprise. From Hub operations in Memphis, Indianapolis, and Oakland, to Courier Operations around the world, he has worked in every corner of FedEx’s day-to-day operations. In his current role as Senior Advisor, Technology Planning & Research, Prather leads efforts to find and deploy new technologies into FedEx operations, including robotics and automation. He sits on the company’s Operations Technology Council which coordinates efforts across all of the FedEx companies. Outside of FedEx, Aaron participates in developing robot standards at the RIA and UL. Through the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis, he works with universities and colleges in the development of educational programs for the next generation of technologists in logistics. Prather received an MBA from Christian Brothers University, and holds a BS from University of Memphis in Geographic Information Science and Cartography.
Timm Boettcher, CEO. Realitywork
Timm brings more than 20 years of engineering, product development, and global operations experience in education, advanced technology, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Prior to joining Realityworks, he held positions at Cray Research, a leading manufacturer of the world’s fastest supercomputers and Wal-Mart Distribution, the world’s leader in distribution and logistics.
Jeanne Magoulick, Advanced Manufacturing Manager, Ford Motor Company
Twenty-five years of automotive experience at Ford Motor Company, MBA Michigan Ross School of Business, BS Mechanical Engineering University of Detroit Mercy. Positions have included Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor for new model vehicle launches, Global Business Strategy and Planning Supervisor. Presently Advance Manufacturing Manager, leading the Factory of Tomorrow initiative for Global Advanced Manufacturing.
Dr. Pam Carter
Dr. Pam Carter serves as Dean of Business & Technology at Community College of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA. With 23 years of higher education experience and 6 years of industry operations experience in contracting, logistics and human resources, Pam strives every day to make a positive difference in the lives of students because she believes education can change the trajectory of a person’s life. She earned her PhD in Business Administration (MIS and Organizational Behavior) from Florida State University, her MBA from University of Maryland College Park, and her BIS in Applied Business Communications from George Mason University.
Michael Carbenia, Senior Executive Director of Workforce. ZSpace
Experienced education executive with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. I have made the transition to the private sector to allow my impact on education to go beyond my local community. My passion is creating systems that address Educational Technology, Industry Certifications and Career and Technical Education. I was named a Top 100 Ed Tech influencer by Ed Tech Digest
Bharani Rajakumar, CEO. TransfrVR
Bharani Rajakumar, founder and CEO of TRANSFR, is on a mission to create alternative pathways to career success through intuitive learning methods so more people can succeed and be upwardly mobile. This is Rajakumar’s second technology company with its sights set on transforming the way people learn and achieve. He was the co-founder of math tutoring software company LearnBop, which was acquired in 2014 by online learning company K12 Inc.
Steve Southwick, CEO and Founder. Pointful Education
Steve founded Pointful Education to bring new and innovative technology and career courses to students. In his role, he oversees curriculum development and school partnerships. He has previously worked as an online instructor at the university level. Prior to founding Pointful Education, he spent a decade at various investment firms, where he invested in several education companies. He has a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.
Eric Sheninger, Author/Innovator. Digital Pioneer
Eric is an Associate Partner with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this, he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership, his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement.
Snehal Bhakta, CTE Administrator. Clark County School District
Snehal Bhakta is the Career and Technical Education administrator at the Clark County School District, inspiring and empowering women and people in minority populations to explore technology and STEM fields. Bhakta is also Las Vegas Affiliate Coordinator for the National Center for Women & Information Technology, an organization that strives to increase meaningful participation of girls and women in technology careers. Bhakta brought the Center’s chapter to Las Vegas, where the organization is involved with both CCSD and UNLV students. By providing mentorship, recognition and networking resources for young women, the Center supports the representation of women in a male-dominated field. In the past year, it has recognized the talents of more than 100 young women and connected them with mentors in Southern Nevada.
Dr. Rosie Sage
Dr. Rosie Sage, Dean School of Education. London University – invited
Dr. Kristine Gloria
Dr. Kristine Gloria, Director of Artificial Intelligence. Aspen Institute
Kristine Gloria joined the Aspen Institute as a Project Manager in September 2016. Currently, she serves as the Associate Director of the Emerging Technologies Initiative for the Aspen Digital program in Washington, D.C. The initiative aims to challenge, provoke, and advance the evolution of future technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence, 5G, quantum, etc.) with meaning and dignity for humans. This includes the impact of these technologies on individual health and well-being as well as our social connections. To accomplish this, the initiative focuses on improving the design, development, and governance of emerging technology systems through research, dialogue, education, and public policymaking.
Jeff Burnstein, President. The Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
Jeff Burnstein is the President of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the leading North American trade group representing over 1100 global companies involved in robotics, artificial intelligence, vision, motion control and related automation technologies. Burnstein joined the association in 1983 and has held a variety of senior positions, culminating in his promotion to President in 2007. He is a frequent commentator in the media, often discusses automation issues with policy makers, and regularly speaks at global conferences on issues such as the impact of automation on jobs and the future of automation beyond the factory floor. Burnstein also serves on the Executive Board of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).
Martha Ross, Senior Fellow. Brookings Institution
Martha Ross is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. Ross researches and writes about workers and the labor market, with a focus on creating a healthy economy that offers opportunity for all. Ross’s recent work highlights low-wage workers, out-of-work young people and adults, the education and employment experiences of 18- to 24-year-olds, and pathways to good jobs for young people.
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