PreK-12 CEO Roundtable: Leadership During Disruption - Keys for Success in Today’s Learning Resource Market

Monday, December 07, 2015
9:30 AM - 4 PM

Scholastic Inc.
557 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Event Overview

From contradictory market demands (high quality, low cost/no cost) to the jungle of education policy and reform, leaders in today’s learning resource industry are facing new and more challenging obstacles every day. At this CEO Roundtable, we will look at the issues impacting preK-12 education on the macro level, the influence of technology on how you do business both internally and externally, and strategies from other industries that could help your company get ahead.


9:30 - 10:00 am

Coffee and Registration

10:00 - 10:15 am


10:15 - 11:00 am

Industry Briefing
Robin Warner, Managing Director at DeSilva+Phillips, will provide an expert look at the state of the industry, trends in mergers and acquisitions, and the future financial outlook.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mike Shatzkin, Founder & CEO, The Idea Logical Company

12:00 - 12:30 pm


12:30 - 12:45 pm

Policy Update
Hear the latest state and federal policy trends from Jay Diskey, Executive Director of the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group.

12:45 - 1:15 pm

Plugging in to Company Leadership in a Digital World
There's no shortage of events that talk about the impact of technology on education and what that means for companies who develop educational resources. But you'll be hard-pressed to find many sessions that discuss how emerging digital tools and efficiencies affect the internal workings of education companies.

Fran Toolan, Founder, CEO, and "Chief Igniter" at Firebrand Technologies, has more than 30 years' experience helping content companies improve their business through technology. In this session, he will deliver insights into how tech disruptions present challenges for finding, mentoring, and reorganizing staff and workflow while minimizing attrition. 

1:15 - 1:45 pm


1:45 - 2:00 pm


2:00 - 2:30 pm

Lessons on Digital Disruption 
Emmanuel Benoit, President and CEO of Jouve North America, will discuss the ongoing digital disruption, what we can learn from other industries and countries, and how those lessons could be applied to the education market. 

2:30 - 3:00 pm


3:00 - 4:00 pm

Opportunities in Urban Education
Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education

Chancellor Fariña will talk about the needs and challenges facing urban schools, including:

  • Key short-term and long-term goals for the NYC schools
  • The role of technology in transforming schools and how technology has impacted students and educators
  • Gaps in curriculum materials

In addition, she will address areas where publishers and schools could collaborate on district goals as well as addressing other unmet needs.

Q&A to follow.

*subject to change

Lead Sponsor


Contributing Sponsor

HP   LearningMate


Sounds Interesting?

A high caliber learning and networking event for C-level executives in the education industry, the CEO Roundtable is the only event of its kind in the prek-12 market. Attendees will participate in in-depth discussions and exclusive, high-level networking opportunities. This is the place to come for information that helps you achieve your next level of success. 

Registration Information

  • AAP Members: $699
  • Non-members: $999

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