The Aspen Education Innovation Forum & Expo Announces its 2011 Agenda

January 18, 2011

Contact: Jeff Harris
Senior Public Affairs & Social Media Coordinator
The Aspen Institute

Washington, DC, January 18, 2011 – The Aspen Education Innovation Forum and Expo announces the release of its agenda for the January 20-21 event. The schedule is also available on the event website:

Notable sessions include:

DAY 1 – January 20, 2011 – Walter E. Washington Convention Center

8:30 – 9:45am Seizing the Moment for Education Innovation

  • Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education
  • Alan Greenspan, Founder, Greenspan Associates, LLC

Moderator: Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

9:45 – 11:00am Unleashing Innovation in Systems, Schools and Classrooms

  • Paul Pastorek, State Superintendent of Education, Louisiana
  • John Katzman, CEO, 2tor, Inc.
  • Mike Johnston, Colorado State Senator, New Leaders for New Schools Co-Founder, Former Principal
  • Marguerite Kling, Social Studies Teacher, Nature Coast Technical High School, Brooksville, FL

Moderator: Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement

12:30 – 1:45pm Lunch Discussion – National Corporate Leaders on the Innovation Imperative

  • Marc Ecko, CEO, Ecko Enterprises
  • Barry O’Callaghan, CEO, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Ed Amoroso, Chief Security Officer, AT&T

Moderator: Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

3:15 – 4:30pm Leading Education Investors on Market Place Opportunities and Policy Challenges

  • Joel Klein, Executive Vice President, News Corporation
  • Chris Hoehn-Saric, Senior Managing Director and Co-founder, Sterling Partners
  • Adarsh Sarma, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus
  • Michael Moe, Co-Founder, NeXt Advisors

Moderator: Carlos Watson, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

4:45 – 6:00pm Bridging the Capital Markets; Roles of Public Sector, Philanthropic, Non-Profit and For Profit Investors and Opportunities for Partnerships

  • Stacey Childress, Deputy Director of Education, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Suzanne Biegel, CEO, Investors’ Circle
  • Tony Berkley, Deputy Director for Education & Learning, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Christopher Darby, CEO, In-Q-Tel
  • Sean Greene, Associate Administrator Investment and Innovation, Small Business Administration

Moderator: Kim Smith, CEO, Bellwether Education Partners

DAY 2 – January 21, 2011 – Walter E. Washington Convention Center

8:30 – 9:15am Special Keynote Interview with Melody Barnes, Director, White House Domestic Policy Council

Moderator: Andrea Mitchell, NBC News

9:30 – 10:45am Accelerating Innovation: Creating Conditions for Effective Change

  • Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Nichole Pinkard, Visiting Professor, DePaul University; Founder, Digital Youth Network
  • Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer, Kaplan
  • Sandy Speicher, Education Lead, IDEO
  • Michael Horn, Executive Director, Education, Innosight Institute

Moderator: Susan Colby, CEO, The Stupski Foundation

11:45 – 1:00pm Learning from Abroad: Lessons and Opportunities for Innovation in the US

  • Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer, White House Office of Science and Technology

Moderator: Tom Vander Ark, Managing Partner, Learn Capital

Video highlights from the Forum & Expo will be posted at, and event updates will be featured at and with the hashtag #edinno.

To apply for press credentials, please complete this form. For media questions, please contact Jeff Harris at or 202-736-3848. All sessions will be on the record.

Underwriters for the Forum and Expo include AT&T, Goldman Sachs, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, News Corporation, Scholastic, Stupski Foundation, and Warburg Pincus. 

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has an international network of partners.



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