Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 9:45am - 10:45am
Kai Drekmeier has made a life commitment to helping others as a leader and innovator in the field of education. At InsideTrack, he is responsible for development of coaching programs with new clients, for business partnerships, and for organizational outreach. In the past Drekmeier has also held a number of other key functions at InsideTrack, including performance management, professional development, and recruiting. Drekmeier also plays an important role in managing the growth and strategic direction of InsideTrack. Prior to InsideTrack, he co-founded SCORE! Educational Centers, where he helped to develop the concept and served in a number of key operational roles crucial to the success and growth of the organization. Previously, Kai worked in secondary education and received a B.A in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Natalie Murray is vice president of Learning Design and Product for Intellus Learning. The Intellus Learning platform is a powerful indexing and analytics software that helps to identify the right content to enable personalized, affordable learning. Murray is a seasoned instructional designer and curriculum consultant, she insures that the capabilities of the Intellus Platform brings to life powerful course design and personalized student learning experiences. During her 15 years in higher education, she has taught hundreds of courses in online, on-the-ground, and hybrid modalities, and developed thousands of courses across multiple institutions. Murray received her BS from Texas A&M University, an MS in Atmospheric Science from the University of Arizona, and an MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden University.
Burck Smith is the CEO and founder of StraighterLine. Ten years before launching StraighterLine in 2009, he co-founded SMARTHINKING, the largest online tutoring provider for schools and colleges. Burck has written chapters for three books on education policy for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is a member of the American Enterprise Institute's Higher Education Working Group. Prior to starting SMARTHINKING, Smith was independent consultant and journalist whose clients included the Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Computer Curriculum Corporation, the CEO Forum on Education and Technology, the Milken Exchange on Education and Technology, Teaching Matters Inc., Converge Magazine, Wired Magazine, Wired News, University Business, the National School Boards Association and more. In the early 1990's, he wrote articles on a variety of subjects including creating community telecommunication networks, electronic access to political information, telecommunications deregulation and the ability of utilities to serve as telecommunications service providers. He holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Williams College.
Peter Smith is the President and founder at OC@KU at Kaplan Higher Education and is the former assistant director for education of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Smith also served as the founding president of California State University at Monterey Bay and the Community College of Vermont. He served as Vermont's lieutenant governor from 1982–1986 and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1989. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed The Quiet Crisis: How Higher Education Is Failing America.