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2017 NCGS Conference - Speakers

Jaime Casap

POSITION: Chief Education Evangelist, Google

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Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of promoting inquiry-driven project-based learning models. Working with the Google for Education Team, Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation and iteration into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation z, at events around the world.
 
In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on a number of boards, including Inquiry Schools Dot Org, Seed Spot NEXT, and Mi Familia Vota.  He is part of the Phoenix Union School District Team, who created the Phoenix Coding Academy, an inquiry-based high school designed with computer science as the core language students use in pursuit of the problems they want to solve.  Jaime is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership.
 
You can follow Jaime on Twitter at @jcasap.

 
Tricia Edwards

POSITION: Head of Education | Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History

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Tricia Edwards is the Head of Education for the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History. She develops the conceptual framework and leads evaluation efforts for the Center’s educational programs and activities, including Spark!Lab, a hands-on invention workspace for children and families at the Smithsonian.

She is also working to broaden Spark!Lab’s impact beyond Washington, DC, and has overseen installations of Spark!Labs in Anchorage, Detroit, Kansas City, Reno, Greenville, SC, and will open additional spaces in Midland, MI and Fort Myers, FL this year. She has led Spark!Lab projects in India and Ukraine, and will oversee the installation of a “pop up” Spark!Lab in London this summer. In collaboration with Creativity for Kids, she launched the Spark!Lab Inventive Creativity™ consumer product line to extend Spark!Lab’s unique approach to hands on learning to homes everywhere.

 
Katlyn Grasso

POSITION: Chief Executive Officer, GenHERation

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Katlyn Grasso is the founder and CEO of GenHERation. In her role as CEO, she has created GenHERation Discovery Days, hosted the GenHERation Summer Leadership Series, developed original GenHERation webisodes, and has grown the GenHERation community to reach more than 75,000 girls. During the summer of 2016, GenHERation's Discovery Days tour consisted of 9 trips across 5 cities with 150 female executives that provided young women with the opportunity to visit the most innovative companies in America. Discovery Days was recognized as the largest career exploration trip for young women in the United States with an audience reach of more than 10 million people.

Katlyn is a 2015 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she received a B.S. in Economics with concentrations in finance and strategic globalization. She is one of the inaugural recipients of the President’s Engagement Prize created by Dr. Amy Gutmann at the University of Pennsylvania. This award provides graduating seniors with $150,000 to develop innovative projects that have the potential to change the world. Katlyn is a Seventeen Power Girl and was also named to the magazine’s list of “Real Girls Doing Amazing Things.” Katlyn was selected to participate in the Millennial Trains Project, a cross country trip for 25 social innovators from around the world sponsored by NBCUniversal. During the journey, she was named one of the “5 Innovators to Look Out for on the Millennial Trains Project” by Innovator’s Peak. After the trip, she was awarded an Impact Grant from NBCUniversal to produce webisodes of the GenHERation Summer LeadershipSeries as one of the most innovative, socially-impactful projects that came out of this year’s journey. She was featured on the cover of Philly Biz Magazine as the youngest woman on the “Women to Watch List.”

Katlyn has started two nonprofit organizations and the dance exercise program Tap for Tots. In her role as Managing Practice Leader of the Wharton Small Business Development Center, she helped her team generate $30 million in new revenue and investments for their clients. Katlyn is a frequent radio and television contributor and her work has been featured across national media outlets, including CNBC, NBC New York, NBC Washington, D.C., NBC Philadelphia, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Yahoo Travel, Wharton Magazine, CBS Radio, SiriusXM Radio, and Seventeen Magazine.

In the fall of 2016 GenHERation was celebrated by First Lady Michelle Obama as a company that measurably champions the advancement of girls. Katlyn writes a monthly column for Wharton Magazine where she interviews successful business leaders about their journey to success. Katlyn speaks nationally about entrepreneurship and has been a featured speaker at the Forbes CMO Excursion, Heads Network Annual Meeting, the Sea Crest School's Innovator's Symposium, the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit, the United Nations, and has introduced a presidential candidate. 

 
Sarah Stein Greenberg

POSITION: Executive Director, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (the “d.school”)

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Since 2010 Sarah Stein Greenberg has helped lead the d.school, an interdisciplinary institute at Stanford that nurtures innovators and spreads design thinking. Previously, she worked in the innovation practice of Monitor Group in the US and India and advised multinational companies on developing innovation capabilities. Her background includes developing new products and services in a number of emerging markets in Asia and Africa.

In the classroom Sarah likes to experiment at the intersection of design thinking and social impact. She has co-taught the d.school’s foundational class Design Thinking Bootcamp, and its high-impact course on design for the developing world, Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability. She developed a course called Design Thinking for Public Policy Innovators, and launched an experimental program featuring short-format "pop-up" classes.

Sarah shepherded the d.school’s exploration of the future of undergraduate learning at Stanford, resulting in innovative and radical ideas about the form and nature of college entitled “Stanford 2025.” Her talk on this project at Wired Magazine’s “Wired by Design” conference is available online.

Sarah holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in History from Oberlin College, but the foundation of her humanistic worldview comes from the 13 years she spent as a student at Germantown Friends School. Among other creative pursuits she spends her free time scuba diving and taking photographs underwater. Her obsession with marine invertebrates continues to grow.

 
Marne Levine

POSITION: Chief Operating Officer, Instagram

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Marne Levine is Chief Operating Officer of Instagram, a community of more than 500 million who capture and share the world’s moments on the service. She is responsible for helping to scale the company’s business and operations globally.

Marne joined Instagram from Facebook, where she served as Vice President of Global Public Policy from 2010 to 2014. In this role, Marne led the company’s global public policy strategy, working with governments and organizations to foster understanding and support for Facebook’s innovative technology. Marne also led the team responsible for developing Facebook’s global policies and programs.

Prior to Facebook, Marne served in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the White House and Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Previously, Marne was Director of Product Management for Revolution Money and Chief of Staff for Harvard University President Larry Summers. Marne began her career in 1993 at the United States Department of Treasury under President Bill Clinton where she held a number of leadership positions.

Marne holds a B.A. in political science and communications from Miami University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. She serves on the Board of Directors for Chegg along with several not for profits including Lean In.org, the Urban Institute, Women for Women International, LIFT, National Endowment for Democracy, and the American Council on Germany and is a member of the Trilateral Commission. She resides in Menlo Park, CA with her husband and two sons.

 
Michelle Poler

POSITION: Speaker

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“From the time she was a little girl, Michelle Poler was afraid of the world. She avoided big, playful dogs, scared they might bite her. Terrified of pain, she dreaded dentist's and doctor's appointments. She missed dinner parties and networking events that required her to drive at night, nervous about getting in an accident. …In short, Poler, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, always had the feeling that something bad could happen at any time,” reported CNN. When she moved to New York to pursue a graduate degree in visual arts, she quickly realized New York was not for the fearful.

In efforts to re-write her definition of fear, Michelle set out to face 100 fears in 100 days. Half way into the journey, the project was discovered by the media, becoming an instant viral phenomenon.

Michelle completed her 100th challenge on a TEDx’s stage. This helped her turn a personal project into a global movement, allowing her to quit her job as an Art Director in advertising to pursue her passion.

Michelle discovered that inspiring others to go after their fears was her new calling. She is now touring the world speaking at companies, schools and organizations teaching audiences how to step outside their comfort zones as a way to tap into their full potential.

She is also the host of YouTube series Dear Younger Self, and the founder of Hello Fears, a podcast and separate online platform where everyday people get to inspire everyday people with stories of courage.