Conference Speakers

In order of conference presentation

Nicole Harkin & Dr. Kim Ochs, Project Ungoverned? The Online Learning Landscape
Presentation: Project Overview

Nicole Harkin, an award winning writer and natural-light photographer based in Washington, DC, spent years working on government oversight both within and outside of the US federal government for organizations ranging from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to the Project on Government Oversight (POGO). As a Fulbright Scholar during law school, Nicole lived in Berlin, Germany where she studied German environmentalism. After law school, Nicole was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow researching the German Freedom of Information Act. Tilting, A Memoir, her first book, explores the themes of sickness and resiliency. Nicole’s photography can be seen at www.nicoleharkin.com.
Email: nicole@nicoleharkin.com
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/nicole-harkin-a204444/

Dr. Kim Ochs: With a background in technology and finance, Kim is an educationist who has spent much of the last decade creating and implementing online programs for accredited universities, private companies, start-ups, and international organizations. She has worked at universities in the US, UK and Germany as a researcher and teacher, and internationally as an education consultant. As a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow, after completing her doctoral studies at the University of Oxford, she worked at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Ashoka, and Bellagio Forum for Sustainable Development.
Email: kim@kimochs.com
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/kim-ochs/

Dr. Laura Maloney, Adjunct Faculty, American College of Education
Presentation: A Quantitative Ex Post-facto Study: Blended Learning Communities Inside Florida’s Brick-and-mortar High School Classrooms
Email: professorlmaloney@gmail.com
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dr-laura-maloney-992173127/

Bio: Throughout the past decade, Laura Maloney has served in instructional and administrative roles for public education both in brick-and-mortar and virtual settings for grades 6-12. She is also a professor in higher education and actively serves on dissertation committees for doctoral candidates. She is a respected leader in the industry among her colleagues and peers, and regularly presents on effective blended learning strategies and best practices for building a culture of teacher-leaders.

Dr. Maloney earned her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Ed.D. in Leadership from American College of Education; her doctoral research focused on blended learning. She also earned an M.S. degree in Human Resource Management from Barry University and has a plethora of experience in the business and finance arena along with team development, training, personnel management and evaluation, and strategic planning.

Dr. Maloney envisions a world where there are no educational boundaries for students. To this end, she has dedicated her career to breaking down barriers for all students, including the underserved. She actively partners with curriculum and literacy teams to analyze data and leads intervention initiatives and professional learning communities for student success.

Denise Manganello, Principal, Seneca Valley Academy of Choice
Presentation: Sustainability and Growth: K-12 Online Learning
Email: manganellods@svsd.net
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/denise-manganello-06871746/

Shalini Menon, Associate Director, Educator Development,  Quest Alliance
Presentation: Human Relationships at the Centre of Digital Learning
(Quest Alliance CEO Akaash Sethi was featured in Podcast Episode 3 Part 2)
Email: shalini@questalliance.net
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/shalinimenon/

Alex Kaplan, Member of IBM Industry Academy, Global Leader of Strategic Deals, IBM
Presentation: Can Education Keep Up with Advanced Technologies?
(featured quest in Podcast Episode 6)
Email: alex.kaplan@us.ibm.com
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/alexkaplanibm/

Bio: I am passionate about the power of education to transform lives and help people realize their full potential. I believe the application of artificial intelligence, analytics and other advanced technologies are essential tools to facilitate personalized learning at scale. My career has been spent thinking about and working on the application of advanced technologies to support education institutions and lifelong learning. As a serial technology entrepreneur and creator of eco-systems to support transformative education technology businesses, I have seen it all and what works and does not work. In my various roles as CEO, leader of sales and professional services organizations, and product development teams I have come to value those activities that make a real difference when they are in the hands of teachers, professors and students . I have been fortunate to work with the leading firms in the field, like Apple and Pearson, to think about and implement transformative programs. I also enjoy the opportunity to connect with the next generation of ed tech leaders on the role advanced technologies will play in the transformation of education. Sessions I have participated in at Harvard University, Columbia University and many other conferences have been engaging and interesting. I am on a continual quest to learn more about technology and education, and work with others that share a similar passion.