Education & Work Summit [clear filter]
Thursday, June 26

3:00pm CDT

How Technology can Rebuild and Innovate Chicago's (and America's) Education System

Shawn Gaines

Director of Marketing Communications, kCura
Shawn Gaines is the director of marketing communications for kCura, developers of the e-discovery and investigations software Relativity. Shawn provides communications support for the company and their global network of partners, including social media, web content, messaging strategy... Read More →


Alan Anderson

Year Up Chicago
Before he began his role as the founding executive director in 2010, he led a new citywide education and advocacy process for Chicago Public Schools. Serving as the acting chief school design officer in the Chief Administrative Office, Alan was determined to improve the quality of... Read More →

Steve Gould

Chicago Innovation Mentors
Steven A. Gould, M.D. has extensive and broad-based experience in both scientific research in an academic environment, and executive management throughout the entire life cycle of an entrepreneurial biotechnology company. He is the Founder and Principal of The Gould Consulting Group... Read More →

Martin Moran

Director of Education Innovation, Parker School
Martin Moran is the Director of Education Innovation at the Parker School and a Google Certified Teacher. He has over 12 years experience in schools and was recently named an NAIS “Teacher of the Future” for his use of technology and innovation in the classroom. Martin is also... Read More →

Todd Thibodeaux

Todd Thibodeaux is the president and chief executive officer of CompTIA, the leading trade association representing the business interests of the global information technology (IT) industry. He is responsible for leading strategy, development and growth efforts for the association... Read More →

Thursday June 26, 2014 3:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
2. SingleHop Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

4:30pm CDT

What's Next for Technology and Education

John Carpenter

Blue Sky Innovation
John Carpenter is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation. A veteran, award-winning Chicago journalist, he has covered everything from business new to education to transportation to politics to crime - often tackling the last two subjects at the same time! Before... Read More →


Drew Geant

Andrew Geant is cofounder and CEO of WyzAnt, the leading marketplace for in-person and online tutoring with nearly two million registered users. Founded in 2005, WyzAnt is headquartered in Chicago where it currently has 75 employees. (WyzAnt's hiring!) Through WyzAnt, Drew is passionate... Read More →

Christopher Klundt

Chris is Founder and President of StudyBlue, a fast-growing learning app used by nearly five million students. While studying computer science and biomedical engineering at UW-Madison, Chris was frustrated with the lack of innovative technology specifically for students and determined... Read More →

Ashish Rangnekar

Ashish Rangnekar is the CEO and Co-Founder of BenchPrep, an educational technology startup based in Chicago.  At BenchPrep, Ashish designed the first testing and assessment engine for iOS in 2008 and led the product development for the first cross-platform exam prep app. He has... Read More →

Mike Shannon

PackBack Books
Mike Shannon co-founded Packbackbooks.com as a senior in college (Illinois State U.). Packback provides students with a range of services to save money on textbooks, most notably the first ever "pay per use" digital textbook rental model. Mike & team gained national exposure in March... Read More →

Thursday June 26, 2014 4:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
2. SingleHop Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654
Saturday, June 28

12:00pm CDT

Technology and Hiring: How Companies Use Technology to Make Better Hiring Decisions

Aaron VanderGalien

Aaron is a serial entrepreneur whose passion for business can be traced back to the ski sharpening operation he started at age 8. Since then, he’s established himself as one of the top Entrepreneurs in Michigan.  The owner of 5 companies currently, 12 in the past 15 years, He has... Read More →


Rona Borre

Instant Technology
Rona Borre, CEO of Instant Technology, stands out as one of the leading female entrepreneurs in the Chicago tech community. Since founding the IT talent management firm in 2001, the company has become a nationally recognized woman-owned business enterprise, consistently increasing... Read More →

Tom Gimbel

LaSalle Network
Tom Gimbel is president and CEO of LaSalle Network, a Chicago-based staffing firm, specializing in technology. Since inception in 1998, LaSalle has won nearly 30 culture-based and revenue-based awards, including National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, Inc. 500/5000 (2007-2013... Read More →

Adam Robinson

Adam co-founded Hireology (www.Hireology.com) with the mission to help growing companies make better hiring decisions through data and better technology. Previously, Adamwas the co-founder and CEO of illuma, a leader in high-volume recruitment outsourcing solutions, and the creator... Read More →

Liz Vellojin

Liz is the founder of Argyle Search Partners, a candidate driven recruitment firm dedicated to the high-growth tech movement in Chicago. Liz moved to the city in 2004 to join an early stage start-up and played an integral role in growing the business from a $1.5 million IT recruiting... Read More →

Saturday June 28, 2014 12:00pm - 12:30pm CDT
1. Summit Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

1:30pm CDT

CTO Panel: Innovating in Small, Large, Private, and Public Environments

Lane Campbell

Syntress SCDT
Lane Campbell is an accomplished technology entrepreneur with a track record of offering affordable solutions and top-notch customer service. Mr. Campbell's technical and support expertise has spanned diverse industries that include National Retail, Online Music Distribution, Social... Read More →

Aneesh Chopra

Hunch Analytics
Aneesh Chopra was the first CTO of the United States government. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins & the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Aneesh has recently released his new book INNOVATIVE STATE: How New Technologies Can Transform Government. INNOVATIVE STATE synthesizes his... Read More →

Larry Kiss

After receiving his Master's in Electrical Engineering at University of Colorado at Boulder, Larry spent a number of years designing Microprocessors for Advanced Micro Devices, and then building mobile devices for Motorola. This experience, helped Larry break off from the traditional... Read More →

Kevin Steele

As Cars.com’s CTO, Kevin is responsible for all technology areas, including IT architecture, product development, quality assurance, systems engineering and enterprise services, as well as providing overall technology direction to the entire organization. Known for his technical... Read More →

Marcus Turner

CTO, Atomic Axis
With a strong basis in education, Marcus has spent his career leading cross-functional, global, technical and business teams in the selection, application, and development of business strategies, software realization strategies and orchestrated tactical execution. Working out of... Read More →

Saturday June 28, 2014 1:30pm - 2:00pm CDT
1. Summit Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

3:30pm CDT

The Future of The Tech Startup Workspace

Tom Denison

TechWauk Health
Tom's passion is mentoring, advising, funding and founding healthcare and tech startups. Tom has successfully engaged with 100+ startups, at all stages, from concept to exit. Like many, Tom's digital experience started out with a glamorous yet struggling internet startup, but blossomed... Read More →

Dale Hersowitz

CEO and Co-Founder, WUN Systems; Happy Desk
Fueled by his entrepreneurial spirit and driven by a passion to revolutionize the shared space category, Dale Hersowitz co-founded WUN Systems becoming the leading provider of turn-key cloud-based products for the shared space community. Significant changes in where, when and how... Read More →

Anthony Marinos

Anthony Marinos holds The Position Formerly Known as Sales and Marketing at Grind and has been with the company since early 2013. He has over 8 years of experience in the sharing economy, most notably 5+ years managing the marketing efforts for Zipcar in the Greater Washington, DC metro area... Read More →

Ryan O'Connell

Vice President, Influence & Co.
Ryan O'Connell is the Vice President at Influence & Co. Influence & Co helps entrepreneurs, consultants, business and universities establish themselves as thought leaders within their industry by getting them published online. Ryan has started small businesses, worked in real estate... Read More →

Saturday June 28, 2014 3:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
2. SingleHop Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654