TUESDAY, JUNE 19
John O’Brien is President and CEO of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. Throughout his 25-year career in higher education, John has served as a leader in technology, academics, and institutional leadership.
He was a faculty leader in instructional technology, a statewide IT project leader, and associate vice chancellor/deputy CIO at the system level. He has been a provost and college president in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, the fifth largest higher education system in the country. Prior to his appointment at EDUCAUSE, he served as senior vice chancellor of academic and student affairs.
John holds a bachelor's degree in English and English education from Augustana College, a master's degree in Anglo-Irish Literature from the University of Dublin (Trinity College), and a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
Dr. Peter Chow-White is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University where he is Director of the Genomics and Networks Analysis (GeNA) Lab and Associate Director of the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology. He is also an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and a member of the Centre for Clinical Diagnostic Genomics at the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre in Vancouver.
He earned his Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles under the supervision of sociologist and communication scholar Manuel Castells. For over a decade, Dr. Chow-White has been examining and communicating developments in new information technologies such as the Internet, big data, data mining, and social media. His extensive research examines how big data, the Internet, social media, and genomic and biomedical technologies impact organizational and social change.
THURSDAY, JUNE 21
Jennifer Moss is the Cofounder and Chief Communications Officer of Plasticity Labs, a research and technology company that is on a mission to give 1 billion people the tools to live a happier, higher-performing life. She is an expert on the data-driven science of happiness and emotional intelligence in the workplace.
She is the author of Unlocking Happiness at Work and also the Cofounder of The HERO Generation, a non-profit that is implementing Moss’ gratitude-based HERO model in schools with the aim of decreasing teacher and student stress and increasing well-being and performance. In 2016, she and her company were honored as the 2016 Canadian Business Innovator of the Year.