IMAGINE: A Better World, A Global Education Conference

Wednesday, July 10 - Thursday, July 11, 2019
The Conference Center at the Washington State Convention Center

Bringing leaders in education together to connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS

The IMAGINE: A Better World, A Global Education Conference, hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS), will convene education leaders for a unique learning experience. Presidents, college administrators, superintendents, and business executives will meet in Seattle to discuss the opportunities that face education, and how the AWS Cloud can be the missing piece to unlocking true innovation.

This is a complimentary event for the education community, however space is limited. Please register to secure your spot.

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Keynote speakers

TERESA CARLSON

TERESA CARLSON
Vice President for Worldwide Public Sector, AWS

Teresa Carlson is the founder and leader of the AWS Worldwide Public Sector, and one of the most accomplished and forwarding-thinking technology leaders in the world today. Through her charismatic leadership, Carlson has helped change mindsets of individuals and organizations around the world, modernize policies at all levels of government, and cultivate a 21st century global workforce equipped with skillsets to leverage the cloud’s full potential to drive innovation.

TERESA CARLSON
Vice President for Worldwide Public Sector, AWS

Teresa Carlson is the founder and leader of the AWS Worldwide Public Sector, and one of the most accomplished and forwarding-thinking technology leaders in the world today. Through her charismatic leadership, Carlson has helped change mindsets of individuals and organizations around the world, modernize policies at all levels of government, and cultivate a 21st century global workforce equipped with skillsets to leverage the cloud’s full potential to drive innovation.

Carlson founded the Worldwide Public Sector in 2010, and since then has driven its growth. Today, more than 4,000 government agencies, 9,000 education institutions, and 24,000 nonprofit organizations around the world use AWS. Additionally, Carlson advises Amazon Public Policy on global policy issues.

Carlson has also been a strong advocate for empowering women in the technology field. That passion led to the creation of "We Power Tech," AWS's diversity and inclusion initiative, which aims to ensure underrepresented groups - including women - are reflected throughout all AWS outreach efforts. Less than two years after launching the program, We Power Tech has engaged more than 1,000 individuals across 8 countries worldwide.

Carlson has over 20 years of executive experience, and has earned industry recognition for her leadership. In 2019, she was inducted into the Wash100, a premier group of public and private sector leaders with expertise in the government space. Carlson is a Founding Board Member of the Halcyon House Board of Directors, and has previously been named one of Business Insider’s Most Important People in Cloud Computing, as well as Washingtonian’s “100 Most Powerful Women.” Northern Virginia Technology Council has named Carlson “Tech Exec of the Year,” and she is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, presented annually to individuals whose accomplishments in their field and inspired service to our nation are cause for celebration.

Carlson dedicates time to philanthropic and leadership roles in support of the global community. This includes service as Chairwoman of the White House Historical Association’s Council on History, a member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, a member of the International Women’s Forum, advisor to Georgetown University’s Hacking Defense Program, and an advisory board member of George Mason University’s National Security Institute.

She also serves as a member of the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children Board of Directors, the Chairman’s Advisory Council for the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Board of Directors, Northern Virginia Tech Council Board of Directors, Wolf Trap Foundation Board of Directors, and the USO of Metropolitan Washington Board of Directors.

Prior to joining AWS, Carlson served as Vice President of Microsoft Federal Government, where she oversaw the company’s U.S. Federal Government business. She held a variety of positions at Microsoft, including General Manager of the U.S. Civilian Agencies and NGOs; Director of the U.S. Federal Solutions Unit, responsible for the Federal solutions framework and the U.S. Federal partner channel that consisted of more than 2,500 Microsoft partners; and U.S. Federal Director of Strategy and Operations.

Before moving into technology, Carlson specialized in health care as a practitioner and consultant, then as a business manager and area vice president. In these roles, she was responsible for national accounts, marketing, and business development. During this time, she led customers through numerous transformations, including Joint Commission certifications and significant payment system changes.

Carlson earned her undergraduate and Masters of Science degrees in Communications and Speech and Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University.


ANDREW KO

ANDREW KO
Managing Director for Global Education, AWS

Andrew is the Managing Director of Global Education at Amazon Web Services. His focus is driving innovation with cloud-based programs and solutions for EdTechs, Learning Companies, Higher Education Institutions, and K-12 systems, improving student outcomes while enabling the workforce.

ANDREW KO
Managing Director for Global Education, AWS

Andrew is the Managing Director of Global Education at AWS. His focus is driving innovation with cloud-based programs and solutions for EdTechs, Learning Companies, Higher Education Institutions, and K-12 systems, improving student outcomes while enabling the workforce.

Prior to joining Amazon, Andrew was the Corporate Vice President of Samsung Global Education and the European B2B division, based in South Korea, where he launched mobile learning solutions for education in Croatia, India, Italy and the U.S.

Prior to Samsung, Andrew was the General Manager for Microsoft Corporation’s U.S. Education business where he led the Partners in Learning team in creating new and innovative ways for teaching and learning. He also led the White House ConnectED initiative, shaping a public-private partnership model to provide technology and internet access to millions in school.

Andrew has several political appointments. In January 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Andrew as a member of the Virginia State Board of Education and in 2016, he was appointed to the Virginia’s School Readiness Committee for improving the early childhood education workforce in the Commonwealth. In 2018, Governor Ralph Northam appointed Andrew to the Online Virginia Network Authority for the purpose of providing a means for individuals to earn degrees and postsecondary education credentials to online degree and credential programs. Andrew also serves on several boards, including the Northern Virginia Community College Foundation board and the Fairfax County Public Schools Foundation.


BETSY CORCORAN

BETSY CORCORAN
Co-Founder and CEO, EdSurge

Elizabeth “Betsy” Corcoran is co-founder and CEO of EdSurge, an award-winning news and information site on education technology. EdSurge is devoted to exploring the future of learning. It delivers news for educators and entrepreneurs, develops research studies, maintains a detailed catalog of EdTech products, lists top EdTech jobs, and runs events, including Fusion (for administrators) and Immersion (for entrepreneurs).

BETSY CORCORAN
Co-Founder and CEO, EdSurge

Elizabeth “Betsy” Corcoran is co-founder and CEO of EdSurge, an award-winning news and information site on education technology. EdSurge is devoted to exploring the future of learning. It delivers news for educators and entrepreneurs, develops research studies, maintains a detailed catalog of EdTech products, lists top EdTech jobs, and runs events, including Fusion (for administrators) and Immersion (for entrepreneurs).

Betsy has received national recognition for her work as a journalist and education leader. She’s been a staff writer and editor for Scientific American magazine, the Washington Post, and Forbes Media. She has been a Fellow in the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and served as a featured commentator on television programs including NBC's "Press Here." She is a member of the strategic advisory board for the CPRE Knowledge Hub, at the University of Pennsylvania’s Consortium for Policy Research, and a Fellow with the Pahara Institute. In 2019, she received ISTE’s first “Impact” award. She holds a BA in economics and math from Georgetown University.


JOHN ROME

JOHN ROME
Deputy Chief Information Officer, Data Steweardship, Augmented Anlytics, and BI, Arizona State University

John is an experienced IT leader, educator, consultant, technologist and innovator. He has been at Arizona State University (ASU) over 25 years and has held many roles during his tenure. His current interests include voice-enabling technologies and building out ASU’s AI/ML competency. He holds degrees from Clarke University (Iowa) and Arizona State University (MBA).


AMANDA J. BRODERICK

PROFESSOR AMANDA J. BRODERICK
Vice-Chancellor and President, University of East London

Amanda is Vice-Chancellor and President at the University of East London and has held Chairs in International Business and Marketing at multiple institutions in the UK and Visiting Chairs internationally. An eminent social scientist, she has a strong leadership track record and rare insight into a cross-section of strategic groupings of universities.

 

PROFESSOR AMANDA J. BRODERICK
Vice-Chancellor and President, University of East London

Amanda is Vice-Chancellor and President at the University of East London and has held Chairs in International Business and Marketing at multiple institutions in the UK and Visiting Chairs internationally. An eminent social scientist, she has a strong leadership track record and rare insight into a cross-section of strategic groupings of universities.

Before joining East London, she was Chief Executive Officer, Newcastle University London; Pro-Vice Chancellor (International Priorities) and Executive Dean of the College of Business and Law, University of Salford; Principal of St. Cuthbert’s Society (a Durham University College) and Deputy Dean of Durham Business School. She led the 2014 Times Higher Education Business School of the Year. She also led the development of the disruptive ‘challenger institution’ - University Academy 92, building the distinctive industry-facing ‘Target Talent Curriculum’ - founded by the Class of ’92 and Lancaster University and launched in September 2017.

Amanda has a strong profile of forging successful collaborations within world-class higher education and business, and a high-achievement track record in business change and innovation. Her leadership track record highlights her expertise in strategy development and execution; strong financial management and business planning; global education innovation; business partnership development; and, transformational change management. She holds an entre- and intrapreneurial skills set and has in-depth knowledge of alternative educational models and new business ventures in both charitable and for-profit environments.

Her award-winning leadership in multi-disciplinary pedagogical innovation, technology-enhanced learning and embedding global employability within the curriculum has been acknowledged internationally. She consults widely for business, commerce, and public policy and is a representative on a variety of national and international bodies and committees. Policy influence has been central to her roles on HEFCE Leadership, Governance, and Management Committee; BETA Board; the Chartered Association of Business Schools; NCUK and CIM Senate.

Also an award-winning researcher, her expertise lies in the fields of international business, marketing psychology, and strategic communications with particular application to the digital and social business agendas. Her research has appeared in many leading business journals and she authors two seminal texts in her field. She has contributed to internationally-excellent/world-leading submissions in the last two UK RAEs and to the UK’s 2014 REF. She has a multi-million pound track-record in research and enterprise funding from governmental, professional and commercial sources.

She holds a profound commitment to developing graduates with sustainable, global leadership skills as evidenced from her development and direction of multiple successful management education programmes and internationally-recognised teaching expertise. She believes in ‘practicing what she preaches’ and engages in rigorous research that delivers a transformative contribution to business and society. As a university leader, she is committed to increasing the diversity of the talent pipeline and increasing access to and benefit from the life-changing power of education.

Married with three sons, she also has particular interests in eventing, dance and the value of sport more generally. She plays the piano, badly, but with enthusiasm.

 


DOLICA GOPISETTY

DOLICA GOPISETTY
Software Development Engineer Intern, Gannett | USA Today Network

Dolica Gopisetty is currently working for Gannett | USA Today Network as a Software Development Engineer (Intern). She believes products should be available to customer within an eye bink, and that's only possible with the help of cloud technologies, as cloud is the future for success. Dolica is also an activist for the tech community and an enthusiast for cloud technology. She has a strong passion for web development and cloud computing, and at age 21 has already become AWS Solutions Architect Certified.

DOLICA GOPISETTY
Software Development Engineer Intern, Gannett | USA Today Network

Dolica Gopisetty is currently working for Gannett | USA Today Network as a Software Development Engineer (Intern). She believes products should be available to customer within an eye bink, and that's only possible with the help of cloud technologies, as cloud is the future for success. Dolica is also an activist for the tech community and an enthusiast for Cloud technology. She has a strong passion for web development and cloud computing, and at age 21 has already become AWS Solutions Architect Certified.

Dolica is a sessional speaker and she recently spoke at the AWS Summit in Washington DC. She represented George Mason University and spoke about the importance and future of cloud technologies.

Dolica is currently a senior at George Mason University, pursuing her Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology. In addition, she is also the Founder and President of the Association of Engineers at GMU.


MARTIN BEAN CBE

MARTIN BEAN CBE
President and Vice-Chancellor, RMIT University

Martin Bean CBE was appointed as President and Vice-Chancellor of RMIT in February 2015. He previously held the positions of Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, the UK’s largest academic institution and a global leader in the provision of flexible learning, General Manager of Microsoft’s Worldwide Education Products Group and various executive leadership roles at Novell and other companies integrating technology and learning systems.

MARTIN BEAN CBE
President and Vice-Chancellor, RMIT University

Martin Bean CBE was appointed as President and Vice-Chancellor of RMIT in February 2015. He previously held the positions of Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, the UK’s largest academic institution and a global leader in the provision of flexible learning, General Manager of Microsoft’s Worldwide Education Products Group and various executive leadership roles at Novell and other companies integrating technology and learning systems.

In 2012 Martin launched FutureLearn, the UK’s first at-scale provider of Massive Open Online Courses, and in 2014 he was named one of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Ambassadors.

He has won numerous awards in the US and UK for his contribution to education and was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 United Kingdom New Year’s Honours list, for services to higher education.

Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of London in 2013, Martin has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Technology, Sydney.

In 2016 - 2018 he was the Australian Government representative on the Commonwealth of Learning Board of Governors He also Chaired the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) during 2017 and 2018.


RICHARD PALMER

RICHARD PALMER
Analyst and Practice Leader, Public Sector, Ovum

Richard Palmer is practice leader of Ovum's Public Sector team, providing research to support clients across the higher education, government, healthcare, and utilities industries. Joining Ovum in 2017 after 15 years in the higher education sector, Richard has held senior roles at both the University of Melbourne and Monash University, completing his engagement at the latter as interim CIO.

RICHARD PALMER
Analyst and Practice Leader, Public Sector, Ovum

Richard Palmer is practice leader of Ovum's Public Sector team, providing research to support clients across the higher education, government, healthcare, and utilities industries. Joining Ovum in 2017 after 15 years in the higher education sector, Richard has held senior roles at both the University of Melbourne and Monash University, completing his engagement at the latter as interim CIO.

Richard has significant experience in IT strategy, governance, service and project management, cybersecurity, and risk management within higher education. He has led university-wide IT reforms in IT security, service management, governance, organizations, and infrastructure.

His research encompasses emerging issues for technology and business leaders, IT strategy, technology enablement, and digital transformation.

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