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Tom Vander Ark
Cisco is excited to have Tom Vander Ark joining the conference this year. Tom is the author of
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He is also CEO of Open Education Solutions, a blended learning service provider and a partner in Learn Capital, a venture capital firm investing in learning content, platforms, and services with the goal of transforming educational engagement, access, and effectiveness.
Previously he served as President of the X PRIZE Foundation, and was the Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom was the first business executive to serve as public school superintendent in Washington S
tate. A prolific writer and speaker, Tom has published thousands of articles and blogs. In December 2006, Newsweek readers voted Tom the most influential baby boomer in education.
Tom chairs the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).
He received the Distinguished Achievement Medal and graduated from the Colorado School of Mines. He received his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Denver. He continues his education online.
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