Big Ideas, Grand Challenges - Education

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Presented Virtually on Wednesday, October 27, 2021

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Discussion will be 6:00 - 6:45pm, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A

Topics to be discussed may include:

  • What does the future of education look like in different parts of the education pipeline?
  • What role will technology play in future classrooms and teaching spaces?
  • How do we address gaps in educational access in the midst of rapid technological changes?
  • Can education be both joyful and just? What does that look like in the future?
  • What core skills do students across the educational spectrum need to prepare for the future?
  • What does good educational leadership look like from your point of view?

Education Discussion - recorded 10/27/2021:


Moderator: Alison Levine

Headshot of Alison Levine - Brunette woman wearing explorer jacket with American flags

Alison Levine is a history-making polar explorer and mountaineer. She served as team captain of the first American Women'€™s Everest Expedition, climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to both the North and South Poles -- feat known as the Adventure Grand Slam, which only twenty people in the world have achieved. 

In addition to having tackled some of the most challenging environments in the outdoors, Levine also spent time climbing the corporate ladder. She worked in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, earned an MBA from Duke University, and spent three years working for Goldman Sachs. She left Goldman in 2003 to serve as deputy finance director for Arnold Schwarzenegger in his successful bid to become Governor of California.

Levine spent four years as an adjunct professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership and is a board and faculty member at the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point. She was a contributing author to the book Leadership in Dangerous Situations: A Handbook for the Armed Forces, Emergency Services and First Responders (Naval Institute Press). She also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics at Duke University.



Ashok Goel, Ph.D.

Dr. Ashok Goel is a Professor of Computer Science and Human-Centered Computing in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He conducts use-inspired research into cognitive systems at the intersection of artificial intelligence and cognitive science. He directs the School’s Design & Intelligence Laboratory that consists of several faculty, research scientists, and about twenty graduate and undergraduate students. He is also the Chief Scientist with Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities and a Fellow with the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems. In 2016, he developed Jill Watson, a virtual teaching assistant for answering students’ questions in discussion forums of online classes, and his 2016 TEDx talk summarizes this research.  Ashok is the Editor of AI Magazine and in 2019 received AAAI’s Outstanding AI Education Award.  

Ahva Sadeghi

Ahva Sadeghi is a passionate social entrepreneur and co-founder of Symba, a venture-backed and all-female founded tech startup on the future of work. Ahva is an economist and researcher focused on remote work and workforce development. Symba won the 2021 GSV Cup, the world’s largest pitch competition for “PreK to gray” edtech startups. Prior to launching Symba, Ahva worked at the US Department of State in the Human Rights Bureau and completed a civil rights fellowship with Congressman John Lewis in Atlanta. She was recently named Forbes 30 Under 30 and a Global Entrepreneur Scholar by the US Department of State. Ahva completed her graduate studies at the London School of Economics and received her BA in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL) from the University of Arizona Honors College.

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Juliana Urtubey

2021 National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey is spending this year advocating for a joyous and just education for all students that celebrates their families, identities, and communities. Juliana, a National Board Certified Teacher, is known as “Ms. Earth” for her efforts to beautify schools and unify the community through murals and gardens. She is a special education co-teacher at Kermit Booker Elementary in Las Vegas, Nevada. Juliana is a National Board Certified Teacher and holds a bachelor’s degree in bilingual elementary education and a master’s degree in special bilingual education from the University of Arizona. She is a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Board of Directors member and Teacher Fellow, a Nevada Teach Plus Senior Policy Fellow, and an Understood Teacher Fellow and mentor.