Phyllis Lockett is the Founder and CEO of LEAP Innovations, a Chicago-based nonprofit that connects innovation and education to personalize learning and transform the way kids learn. As the CEO, Phyllis drives LEAP’s vision and strategies for growth and engagement. Before starting LEAP, Phyllis helped raise more than $70 million to support opening 80 new public schools as founding president and CEO of New Schools for Chicago.


Joining Phyllis will be Darren Reisberg, Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education and Vice President of Programs and Strategy at The Joyce Foundation. Since 2005, Darren has actively served the ISBE, helping to create education policies for public and private K-12 schools in the state and suggest education legislation for the General Assembly to consider. Before joining the ISBE, Darren was an employment and labor attorney at the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin LLP for four years. He also worked as a judicial law clerk for the U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, JD '79. Originally from New Jersey, Darren received his JD from Yale Law School and earned his BA in political science at Duke University.



Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the potential of digitalization as an enabling capability in pursuit of promoting inquiry-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation into our education policies and practices.  Before he joined Google 13 years ago, Jaime spent seven years as a strategy and organization consultant at Accenture, where he worked with companies in financial services, government, utilities, healthcare, and electronics and high tech. 


He serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on learning, skill development, and the future of work.  He is the co-author of “Our First Talk About Poverty,” as a way to talk to children about poverty.  Jaime also teaches a 10th-grade communication class at the Phoenix Coding Academy, and guest lectures at Arizona State University.


He was named as the ASU GSV 2018 Innovator of Color and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Felician University.  


He speaks on education, digitalization, innovation, generation z, and the future of work at events around the world.  You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap and watch his YouTube career advice videos at www.youtube.com/jaimecasap.

Dr. Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as Director of the Science Education program and Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. 


He is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He is credited with beginning the social media movement, #HipHopEd, and is a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics, including hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity and youth empowerment. 

He is the author of the award winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation and the New York Times bestseller, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Ya’ll Too.



Teaching phenom and educational activist Dwayne Reed has been making headlines from day one. He saw viral success in 2016 with the release of his educational music video, “Welcome to the 4th Grade,” and appearing on Good Morning America, the Washington Post and TIME Magazine (among many others).

Reed has continued to create his signature classroom raps while hosting his widely-acclaimed celebrity YouTube series, Mr. Reed Reads, animated facilitator of the popular U.S book club tour, Reed-A-Long, and managing his global education company, TeachMrReed, whose mission is to “make learning fun again.”


Josh Stumpenhorst, 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year and Learning Commons Director at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville, IL, is a true pioneer of student-centered learning.


Beyond traditional professional development, Josh is a respected presenter, having spoken at technology conferences such as the International Society of Technology Conference, Illinois Computer Educators Conference, Midwest Education Technology Conference, the Illinois Education Technology Conference and more. He is credited with starting Innovation Days based on the motivation theories written by Daniel Pink where students choose and drive their learning activities.


His work has been recognized by the International Society of Technology Educators as they named Josh a member of their Emerging Leaders Class of 2011. Josh has also been recognized with the Illinois Computer Educators “Educator of the Year” award for 2012, the California Casualty Teaching Excellence Award by the National Education Association, and the Illinois Education Association’s Excellence in Teaching award in 2012.


His learnings as a leader in education have prompted him to author two books on 21st-century teaching, The New Teacher Revolution and Drawn to Teach.


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