Stacey Childress, CEO, New Schools Venture Fund
Stacey Childress is the CEO of the New Schools Venture Fund, a nonprofit committed to transforming public education through powerful ideas and passionate entrepreneurs so that all children - especially those in underserved communities - have the opportunity to succeed.
In order to achieve this mission, NewSchools
supports entrepreneurs developing innovative schools, tools, and diverse leaders.
Prior to joining NewSchools, Childress led the K-12 Next Generation Learning team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, investing in schools and technologies that support personalized learning for students in the United States.
also spent several years on the faculty of Harvard Business School
wrote and taught about education entrepreneurship in the United States.
time at Harvard she
wrote three books, forty cases, and several articles about education entrepreneurship.
She also won teaching awards from her students and the HBS dean for her elective course on education entrepreneurship, which was taken by more than 800 students between 2004 and 2010.
Before working in academia, Childress was a co-founder of an enterprise software company and spent ten years in a Fortune 500 company in sales and general management.
Early in her
taught in a Texas public high school.
She is a graduate of Baylor University and Harvard Business School.
In 2012, she
was named one of Forbes Magazine's
Impact 15, a group of innovators revolutionizing education in the United States and around the world.
will share her
view on global trends in the adoption of digital learning as she
looks at K-12 education: 2016 and beyond.