Innovative Education Summit National Presenters

Ted Dintersmith

Ted Dintersmith is on a mission to give our kids a real chance to thrive in the innovation era. A leading expert on innovation, Dintersmith understands what skills and characteristics young adults need to be successful, as well as the damage caused by decades of test-and-measure education policy. His efforts span film, written publications, social media, and talks – all directed at advocating for a school system that prepares kids for life, not standardized tests. Among his film work, Dintersmith executive produced “Most Likely To Succeed” and “The Hunting Ground,” two acclaimed documentaries that premiered at Sundance. He wrote, along with co-author Tony Wagner, the book “Most Likely To Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era.” Last year, he conducted a 50-state campaign to encourage communities to re-imagine the purpose of school. His website describes these initiatives and he can be followed on Twitter @dintersmith.

In the fall of 2012, Ted was selected by President Obama to represent the United States at the United Nations General Assembly, where he focused on global education and entrepreneurship.  Ted is a Partner Emeritus with Charles River Ventures, a leading early-stage venture capital firm, and was ranked by Business 2.0 as the top-performing venture capitalist in the U.S. for the years 1995-1999.  He served on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association, chairing its Public Policy Committee. Earlier, he was a senior executive at Analog Devices, and worked on Capitol Hill on science and technology policy. Ted earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University, and his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, where he earned High Honors in Physics and English.

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Susie Wise

Susie Wise is Founder and Director of the K12 Lab Network at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (a.k.a. the at Stanford University. She founded the K12 Lab in 2007 to investigate the role that design thinking could play in the education sector. This work helped catalyze a national movement to use design thinking as an approach to project-based learning and a toolkit for ed sector innovation. Since 2012 she has led the team to create innovative personal and professional development experiences for teachers, school leaders, and “edu-innovators” that help them build their creative confidence and make experiments happen. Recent programs include School Retool, a fellowship for school leaders, now operating in 14 cities, and the Shadow a Student Challenge, launched in 2016 with more than 3,500 school leaders participating. 

In addition to envisioning and shepherding the K12 Lab program, Susie is a leader in the’s teaching community. Her primary graduate-level course offering is Innovations in Education: Reimagine High School. Susie also selects, coaches, and collaborates with the K12 Lab Network’s edu fellows – a diverse set of innovators working on systems-level challenges from school model design to ed tech innovation. Susie has also led workshops for the Hewlett, Gates, Carnegie, and Raikes Foundations, as well as at EdLeader21 and the White House Summit for Next Gen High Schools.

In her own community Susie is a co-founder of Urban Montessori Charter School in Oakland, Calif. Now in its fifth year, Urban Montessori is an Ashoka Changemaker School. Its K-8 model combines the personalized learning approach of Montessori with contemporary practices of design thinking and arts integration. One of the most socio-economically diverse schools in a historically segregated city, it is becoming a national model for personalized, project-based learning in an inclusive community.

Prior to Stanford, Susie was the Senior Producer for Interactive Educational Technologies at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her early professional experiences include developing educational multimedia for education technology startups and educational programming for Bay Area nonprofits including the San Francisco International Film Festival, The Exploratorium, and the Bay Area Discovery Museum. She has a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Technology Design from Stanford University and a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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​Ken Kay

Ken Kay is the Chief Executive Officer of EdLeader21, a professional learning community for education leaders committed to 21st century education.

Ken co-founded the Partnership for 21st Century Skills in 2002 and served as its President for eight years. Prior to his work on 21st century education, Ken served as executive director of the CEO Forum on Education and Technology.

Ken spent 28 years in Washington, D.C., where he gained a national reputation as a coalition builder on competitiveness. He founded a landmark coalition of U.S. universities and high-tech companies focused on research and development issues, and was the founding Executive Director of the premier CEO advocacy group in the U.S. computer industry.

Along with Valerie Greenhill, he has authored “The Leader’s Guide to 21st Century Education: 7 Steps for Schools and Districts,” released in summer 2012 by Pearson Education. Ken has also written the foreword to the book, “21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn.” Currently, he serves on the board of the Buck Institute for Education ( 

Ken is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Denver College of Law. He and his wife, Karen, have three adult children, a daughter-in-law and a grandson, Ollie. They live in the desert outside Tucson, Ariz., with their golden retriever, Bisbee.

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Marcus Lingenfelter

Marcus S. Lingenfelter serves as Senior Vice President of Advancement for the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) – the non-profit established to dramatically improve math and science educational outcomes for the country. His role is to facilitate expansion of NMSI's programs that are presently operating in 40 states and the District of Columbia, and are recently in receipt of more than $175 million of new public and private investment to enable continued growth. He previously served two international educational associations: The College Board, where he championed state-level policies and programs to advance P-20 student success across the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) where he provided educational programs to thousands of member schools and colleges.

Mr. Lingenfelter has two decades of postsecondary education experience including campus administrative roles at the University of Virginia and Penn State University, along with cabinet-level positions at Widener University and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. He has made numerous presentations to state and national organizations such as Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), Association of Defense Communities (ADC), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Council of State Chambers, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). He is also an author for publications from American Council of Education (ACE) and Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB).

Marcus’s non-profit and governmental board experience includes current service as Vice Chairman of the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees, as well as past president and current executive committee member of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees (PACT). Previously he served on the boards of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation, East Stroudsburg University Alumni Association, Leadership Philadelphia, Delaware County Historical Society, and Chester Housing Authority.

A native of northeast Pennsylvania, Marcus enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school and later went on to earn a B.S. with honors from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. He also earned a M.Ed. and completed all doctoral coursework in higher education from The Pennsylvania State University, as well as the Harvard Institute for Educational Management (IEM).

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