San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $20 (exact change or credit card payments only).
This meetup will include lots of time for networking with the ed tech community, as well as a panel discussion about what publishers look for when partnering with ed tech startups. Learn tips and tricks for how to build and maintain relationships with potential partners from 4 of Boston's leading education publishers.
- Bill Hughes, VP Business Development & Innovation, Pearson
- Stephen Laster, Chief Digital Officer, McGraw-Hill Education
- Dan Silverburg, SVP Marketing, Cengage Learning
- Cheryl Toto, SVP Content & Product Innovation, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
6:00-6:30 pm: Networking
6:30-7:30 pm: Panel Discussion
7:30-8:00 pm: Networking
VP Business Development & Innovation, Pearson
Bill advises the executive team on growth strategies in post-secondary markets, ranging from acquisitions and partnerships to internal initiatives and strategic investments. In that capacity, he led Pearson’s partnerships with ed tech start-ups like Knewton and Ace Learning. He is also the leading source of emerging trends in e-learning and related technologies for Pearson’s presidents and their teams. Previously, he ran and re-architected Pearson’s CourseCompass (now MyLab/Mastering) e-learning platform – the largest hosted eLearning platform for higher ed for the last decade, and the predecessor of Pearson’s OpenClass platform. Bill has been active in new venture creation for software-based businesses, and he has launched and led several internet-based and open source companies. Over the past 20 years he has held leadership positions at Sapient, Mercer (now Oliver Wyman) and the Cambridge Incubator (now Cambridge Innovation Center). Bill earned his BA from Harvard and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School, where he was a Seley Scholar.
Stephen Laster is responsible for creating compelling student experiences and developing breakthrough teaching and learning solutions at McGraw-Hill Education. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill Education, he led Intelligent Solutions, LLC, a firm that engages with universities and businesses to leverage their digital technology and collaborative tools. At the same time, he served as the chief information and technology officer of the Harvard Business School and as a member of the HBS administrative leadership team, overseeing the school’s academic, research and administrative computing teams. Mr. Laster taught courses at the undergraduate, graduate level and executive/ professional level in technology leadership, problem solving, software design, and eLearning product development. Mr. Laster holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.
SVP Marketing, Cengage Learning
Dan is a senior vice president at Cengage Learning, a leading educational content, software and services company serving the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Dan works daily with educators and institutions to ensure Cengage Learning's products and services foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement, improve learning outcomes and deliver authoritative information to people whenever and wherever they need it. Prior to joining Cengage Learning, Dan was a senior executive at SPSS, Inc., where he led global operations in the public sector (Academic and Government) for product development, marketing and sales. Before SPSS, Dan held numerous leadership positions with McGraw-Hill and Thomson Learning, planning and executing worldwide go-to-market strategies in the education space.
SVP Content & Product Innovation, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Cheryl Cramer Toto has spent her career shaping companies at the cross section of media and technology and positioning them for growth in a rapidly changing environment, with a strong focus on digital transformation, digital strategy and operations. She currently serves as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's SVP Content and Product Innovation. Here she drives the company's strategy to transform into the next generation learning leader through innovative new products, technologies and approaches which are incubated in the HMH Product Innovation Lab. Prior to this, she served as the SVP of Strategy and Operations for HMH Trade Publishing, where she developed, launched and rapidly scaled the consumer book group's digital strategy and ebooks business. Before joining Trade, she co-led Houghton Mifflin's corporate strategy group and focused on major M&A Projects includiing the acquisition and integration of Harcourt by Houghton Mifflin and the sale of its higher ed division. She holds an MBA in Strategy from The Wharton School and a BA in Psychology from Dartmouth College.
Mark Miller (Moderator)
Partner, LearnLaunchX and Managing Partner, Good Harbor Partners
Mark Miller is a lifelong entrepreneur with experience up and down the education spectrum since winning the business plan competition at Cornell University. Miller has co-founded, built and/or served as CEO or Executive Chairman for a set of leading -edge publishing, technology and community companies. Many of these companies had successful exits including, TakeNote, The Daily Jolt, CollegiateLink, and The Custom Publishing Group. Miller was tapped by a set of University CIO's to commercialize their on-demand custom publishing platform offering a new model for creation and consumption of textbook, journal and scholarly monograph content which became NetPaper. As a result of exits of his own companies and a major success selling the company of a friend, Miller made a career shift and he now serves as Managing Partner at Good Harbor Partners, a merchant bank providing consulting and advisory M&A services to EdTech companies. Miller is a member of the Cornell University Entrepreneurship Advisory Council and is a member of the Quill and Dagger Honorary Society.
Please note: no refunds will be given after 5 pm on Wednesday, May 22.
When & Where
LearnLaunch Institute catalyzes a community that drives innovation to transform learning and increase achievement. Our education innovation ecosystem mobilizes educators, entrepreneurs, learners, investors, and industry affiliates. As a nonprofit, the Institute offers learning opportunities, supports services, and a school pilot network. We believe in expanding access to learning that is engaging, personalized, and effective. Edtech is a critical component of achieving this vision at scale. For more information, visit www.learnlaunch.org
LearnLaunch Institute is part of LearnLaunch, an organization dedicated to connecting, supporting, and growing greater Boston’s education technology ecosystem to drive innovation and transform learning.