Keynote Speakers

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Anant Agarwal
President, edX
Anant Agarwal is the President of edX, a worldwide, online learning initiative of MIT and Harvard University, and a professor in MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department. He has also served as the Director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He leads the Carbon Group, which focuses on research involving operating systems and architectures for manycores and clouds. He is also a founder and board member of  Tilera Corporation which created the Tile multicore processor. Agarwal holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a Bachelor’s from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He is an author of the textbook “Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits.”

Secretary Gregory Bialecki
Gregory Bialecki
Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development
Secretary Greg Bialecki oversees the Commonwealth’s business development, housing & community development and consumer affairs & business regulations agencies. As the Governor’s chief economic development and housing advisor and cabinet member, Secretary Bialecki is responsible for helping achieve the Governor’s top priorities, including strengthening and accelerating our economic recovery by supporting job creation in every region of the state. Throughout the Governor’s second term, Secretary Bialecki’s agenda will focus on supporting and expanding the Commonwealth’s nation-leading innovation economy; helping small businesses grow by improving their access to capital and advice and by addressing their rising health care costs; and providing the housing opportunities that help build thriving, sustainable communities. Before joining the Patrick-Murray Administration, Secretary Bialecki enjoyed a twenty-year career as a real estate development and environmental lawyer at the law firms of Hill & Barlow and DLA Piper Rudnick, where his work focused on the major urban redevelopment projects in the Greater Boston area.

John Katzman
John Katzman
Founder and CEO, Noodle and Founder, The Princeton Review
John’s innovative ideas about education have led him to found three companies: The Princeton Review, 2Tor, and Noodle itself. Before serving as Executive Director, he founded and worked as the CEO of 2tor, an edtech company that partners with prestigious universities to offer online degree programs. In 1981, Katzman founded The Princeton Review and served as its CEO until 2007. He also serves on the Board of several for- and non-profit organizations, and is the co-author of five books and many articles.

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Anthony Kim
Founder and CEO, Education Elements
Anthony Kim is the CEO and founder of Education Elements, a blended learning technology company he created in 2010. A seasoned entrepreneur, Anthony also founded and led Provost Systems, a provider of software and services for operating online schools, where he worked with K-12, post-secondary and Department of Defense institutions to support innovation in instructional delivery and instructional technology. After selling Provost Systems to EdisonLearning (formerly Edison Schools) in 2008, Anthony served as Executive Vice President of Online at EdisonLearning until 2010, building out its newly formed online business unit. Anthony graduated from Cornell University and has served as an advisor to several software companies. He lives in San Francisco with his family, including two huskies.

Seth Reynolds
Partner, The Parthenon Group
Seth is a leader in the firm’s Education Practice. His extensive education experience spans for-profit and public sectors across K-12, post-secondary, and corporate training. He advises clients on issues related to strategy development, operational improvement, performance management, investment due diligence, and new venture creation. His clients include a wide range of organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, school districts, universities, government agencies, and some of the world’s largest foundations. In addition, Seth has worked extensively with clients in the information publishing and financial services industries. Prior to joining Parthenon, Seth was a Teach For America corps member and worked at SchoolNet. He is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Excel Academy, a charter middle school in East Boston, MA. Seth holds a B.A. in American Studies, magna cum laude, from Amherst College. He received his M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and his Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Luis Rodriguez
Director, Office of Digital Learning, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Luis Rodriguez began his career at Accenture LLP conducting pricing research, develop sales tools, and assist with product portfolio management. Prior to joining The Broad Residency, Rodriguez was as a senior manager at Accenture. He worked with clients across multiple industries including communications, technology, health care, and insurance. His responsibilities included planning and delivering new programs, defining executive governance models for global technology companies, and developing innovative change management strategies. Luis Rodriguez currently serves as the special assistant to the senior associate commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, where he is responsible for program management of initiatives related to organizational outcomes including educator effectiveness and data systems to support instruction.