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October 26 – Wednesday, Opening Plenary Session

Photo: Andreas SchleicherAndreas Schleicher is the Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. As a key member of the OECD Senior Management team, Mr. Schleicher supports the Secretary-General's strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. He promotes the work of the Directorate for Education and Skills on a global stage and fosters co-operation both within and outside the OECD.

In addition to policy and country reviews, the work of the Directorate includes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES).

Before joining the OECD, Mr. Schleicher was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia.

He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the "Theodor Heuss" prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for "exemplary democratic engagement." He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

October 27 – Thursday, Plenary Session

Photo: Moira GunnMoira Gunn, Ph.D., stands squarely at the nexus of technology, science and society.

Through her public radio program Tech Nation, and its regular segment BioTech Nation, she has interviewed over 3,000 people—from CEO's to scientists, from venture capitalists to politicians, from teachers to technophobes. In her words, everyone plays a role—everyone is a piece of the puzzle.

A former NASA scientist and engineer, her primary career focus has been in Big Data, well before it was called Big Data. More recently, Dr. Gunn has also reached into the world of biotechnology, interviewing the people who decode our DNA, seek cures for cancer and rare disease, and work to make energy fully sustainable. Her book: Welcome to BioTech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey into the Land of Small Molecules, Lean Genes, and Big Ideas was named to the Best Science Books of 2007 List by the Library Journal.

Tech Nation/BioTech Nation play to a broad audience, airing nationwide on over 200 public radio stations, on the NPR channel on SiriusXM, and the NPR 24-hour Program Stream, as well as globally to 144 countries via American Forces Radio International and to everyone, everywhere on the Internet.

An award-winning radio journalist, Dr. Gunn’s success in explaining and framing technology and science grows out of solid credentials: She was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, where she also earned a Masters in Computer Science. With a long career in systems development, she holds a software patent in nutrition research, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and was further recognized for her career achievements by Purdue with an honorary doctorate in science.

Dr. Gunn is a member of the faculty of the School of Management at the University of San Francisco, where she founded and directs the Business of Biotechnology Program. Her research focuses on the expertise needed to move breakthrough scientific research to viable commercial products, as well as in measuring everyday attitudes toward science, technology, engineering and math, as well as biotechnology, bioethics, and global information systems.

The National Science Board awarded Dr. Gunn the Public Service Award to the Individual for her contributions to the public understanding of science and engineering. She is the former President of SIBER, the Society for International Bioentrepreneurship Education and Research. Among other board positions, Dr. Gunn holds Emeritus status at the Tech Museum of Innovation in Silicon Valley, and is currently a member of the Strategic Research Advisory Council of Purdue University.

October 28 – Friday, Closing Plenary Session

Photo: Sheila Forte-Trammell

Sheila Forte-Trammell is currently a Human Resources Consultant with Total HR Services, LLC, NC. She retired from IBM in April 2012 and during her tenure, she served in several human resources (HR) professional and leadership capacities and has a record of developing and leading global programs with high impact business results. For example, she creatively used her vast HR experience to design Enterprise-wide programs with the goal to develop, retain, motivate, educate and engage employees.

Prior to retirement, Sheila was a Worldwide Learning Consultant in the Corporate Learning and Development Organization. She was given the task to revitalize and lead IBM's global mentoring program to address issues related to knowledge management, leadership development, skill gap closure and the challenges related to the changing demographics of today's workforce. The mentoring initiatives are anchored on and aligned to IBM's global business  strategies, one of which is using the concept of global integration to create an environment that promotes collaborative learning across the Enterprise. Through the mentoring program that Sheila designed and led, employees developed mission critical skills that had a direct impact on revenue. For example, participants in a specific global mentoring program generated several million dollars which represented a significant increase over their counterparts in a comparison group. Given the overall impact and unique nature of the Mentoring Program, IBM received the following external awards: Excellence in Practice Citation from the American Society for Training and Development; Brandon Hall Excellence in Practice Award; and The Optimas Award for the mentoring program for all IBM Lawyers.

Sheila is the co-author of Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships; Agile Career Development: Lessons and Approaches from IBM; and the Journal of Applied Technology article, "Show and Tell: How Supervisors Facilitate Development among Transitional Leaders."

Sheila has been featured or cited in a variety of national human resources and business publications such as Talent Management Magazine, Fortune online, BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal, Triangle Business Journal, and the American Society for Training and Development Magazine, among others. In addition, she has received several awards and recognitions including the National Woman of Color Award for Workplace Education Leadership; two Meritorious Services awards from the United Negro College Fund; the All Star Woman Award from Career Communications Group, Inc. for sustained career excellence; and Triangle Business Journal's Leaders in Diversity Award.

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