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.
Dr. Eleanor Smalley
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.
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Harriet Sanford
Darline Robles
Marguerite W. Kondracke
Jennifer Corriero
Chef Kimberly Brock-Brown
Natasha Porter
Carol Ann Waugh
Judith LaBelle
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Dr. Kecia Ray
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.

Follow her on Twitter @keciaray Find her at www.idlearningtech.org.
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.
Bev Perdue
Lily Eskelsen Garcia
Linda McCulloch
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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
Julie Young
Julie Young
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.
Linda McCulloch