Lacey Plache

Vice President, Data & Analytics at Age of Learning, Inc.

Lacey Plache is the Vice President of Data & Analytics at Age of Learning, an education technology innovator. Most recently, she was VP of Data at PatientPop, where she built out the data function to improve customer acquisition and retention and enhance product development. Prior to that, she served as Chief Economist at Edmunds, where she was a nationally recognized thought leader in automotive economics and spearheaded the use of advanced analytics to optimize online car-buying. She has a passion for education and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from UCLA, co-founded a successful public middle school and served on the Board of Directors for a youth orchestra.

William S. Kehoe

Chief Information Officer at County of Los Angeles

Bill Kehoe has been a public-sector Chief Information Officer (CIO) since 2002 serving as a State Agency CIO at the State of Washington Department of Licensing from 2002 – 2010; at King County Washington from 2010 – 2017; and as Los Angeles County CIO from November 2017 – Present. Bill has provided strategic and operational leadership for key organizational and technology transformations as a CIO including: three mainframe migrations, two IT organization and technology consolidations, multiple data center consolidations, development of multiple online services for state and local government residents, hybrid cloud strategy and deployment, application rationalization and modernization, IT Governance, Innovation, IT Strategic Planning, Enterprise Architecture, Information Management, and Unified Communication services.

Dr. Jenny Rankin

Author/Lecturer at U.S. Department of State (Fulbright Specialist)

Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin is a Fulbright Specialist for the U.S. Department of State who has taught at University of Cambridge and other institutions regarding the best ways to communicate data. She has two doctorates (a Ph.D. and an L.H.D) and has written 12 books, 155 papers and articles, and writes an ongoing column for Psychology Today. Dr. Rankin has been featured on NBC News, National Public Radio (NPR), Newsweek, HuffPost, The Wall Street Journal, etc., and she was honored multiple times by the U.S. White House (for example, the American flag was once flown over The White House / Capitol Building in honor of Dr. Rankin and her work).

Michael Berman

CIO at California State University, Office of the Chancellor

Michael Berman is the CIO for the California State University. Twenty years information technology management experience in higher education; 16 years as the senior campus technology leader at 4 institutions of higher education; extensive network of professional contacts in education and industry; Ph.D. in Computer Science with experience as a professor, consultant, author, and systems developer. Current member, Board of Directors, EDUCAUSE; Board of Directors, CENIC. Past Board of Directors Chair for NMC, publisher of the annual NMC Horizon Report, downloaded more than 3 million times a year from more than 100 countries around the world. Passionate about promoting equity, inclusion, and greater gender balance in technology and leadership.

Brian Kursar

CTO at Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Connected North America

Brian Kursar is the Chief Technology Officer for Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Connected North America responsible for Software Engineering, Data, Infrastructure, and Advanced Technologies in support of their Manufacturing, Sales, Parts, Supply Chain, Customer, Dealers, Product Quality, and Autonomous R&D initiatives. He also leads the companies Technology solutions for Mobility, Safety Services, and Connected Vehicle. Prior to re-joining Toyota, he worked at Warner Bros. as VP and Chief Architect of Global Data Strategy. There he led a Digital Transformation initiative to enable a Data Driven Culture and build out their Advertising Technology capabilities. In 2020, he was recognized by D Magazine as one of the Top 50 Dallas Inventors in Technology having designed an invention that allows Toyota to partner with hospitals and caregivers to make the world safer for people who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia.