LAUNCHedu Coaches & Advisory Board

LAUNCHedu Coaches

The LAUNCHedu coaches are experienced individuals who work closely with the finalists to assist them in preparing for their onstage presentation.

Charles Thornburgh

Charles Thornburgh

Founder, CEO and Director, Civitas Learning

CEO and Founder of Civitas Learning, Thornburgh discovered a passion for education during his undergraduate days at Stanford, and upon graduating translated that passion into the founding of multiple successful ed-tech start-ups. He is a two-time CODiE Award recipient and is listed on “16 People Changing the Landscape of Online Education Forever” by Find Education Online.

Scott Lipton

Scott Lipton

Co-Founder and CEO, EdTech Action

Scott has long been an innovator on the forefront of technology integration and disruption in education. Scott currently serves as the Director for Globaloria, a K-12 blended-learning MOOC where students learn computer science, coding and STEM skills through video game design. Scott is also the co-founder and CEO of EdTech Action, an education technology incubator at Capital Factory in Austin, Texas. As an EdTech ambassador, Scott utilizes his unique blend of experience and expertise in technology and education to work with educators, entrepreneurs, educational institutions, and EdTech companies to bring the community together and foster transformative change in education. Scott has over 20 years of experience in education as a high school principal, district administrator, teacher, and entrepreneur. 

Susan Badger

Susan Badger

Principal, Badger Consulting Group LLC

After serving as a senior executive for two of the largest educational publishing businesses in the world, Susan founded a consulting practice in 2011 which helps build strategies for growth, innovation and transformation in the K20 education space, with a particular focus on educational technology and disruptive offerings. She is also on the advisory board for several ed tech startups. Before launching her consulting business, Susan served for many years as the CEO for Thomson Higher Education, where she helped build, partner and acquire innovative programs and strategies to transform the business from a print-based publisher to a provider of personalized learning solutions. In that role, she managed the BrooksCole, Heinle, Wadsworth, Southwestern, Custom and Aplia businesses, and was a co-founder of iChapters and CourseSmart. In 2008, Susan joined Pearson as CEO of the Teacher Education and Development Group at Pearson, providing evidence-based resources to support educator effectiveness, teacher quality and student results.

LAUNCHedu Advisory Board

SXSWedu greatly appreciates the hard work, diligence and support of the LAUNCHedu Advisory Board. The participation and input from these individuals plays an instrumental role in the success of the event.

LAUNCHedu 2015 Advisory Board Members

Adam Dell
Venture Partner
Austin Ventures

Andrew Bender

Ben Barton

Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet
CEO, Edxus Group
Co-Founder, EdTech Europe

Beth Schmidt
Founder & Exec Dir

Clyde Boyer
Trinity Education Group

Dan Carroll

David Brake
Founder & President

Deborah Quazzo
Founder + Managing Partner
GSV Advisors

Don Fraser
Founder & CEO
College Snapps

Drew Scheberle
Sr. Vice President, Education/Talent
Austin Chamber of Commerce

Eileen Murphy

Gary June
Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer
Pearson Education

George Tang
Chief Operating Officer
Educate Texas

Graham Forman
Managing Director and Founder
Edovate Capital

Greg Ratliff
Senior Program Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jack Chorowsky
KIPP Foundation

James Cross
Director of Education
Media Core

Jason Tomassini
Communications Director
Digital Promise

Jay Goyal
Actively Learn

Jessica Brondo
Founder & CEO

Jessie Woolley-Wilson
President & CEO
DreamBox Learning

John Katzman
Noodle Education

Kasey Brown
Founder & CEO

Katie Beck
4.0 Schools

Katie Bisbee

Kevin Custer
Founding Principal
Arc Capital Development

Krista Jones
EdTech Lead
MaRS Discovery District

Laurie Racine
Co-Founder & Managing Director

Margery Mayer
Scholastic Education

Mary Cullinane
Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Michael Crosno
Chief Executive Officer

Michael Horn
Education Executive Director
Innosight Institute

Michael Moe
GSV Advisors

Michael Robbins
Span Learning

Michael Staton
Entrepreneur in Residence
Learn Capital

Myron Pincomb
Founding Principal
The Pincomb Group

Robert J. Hutter
Managing Partner
Learn Capital

Scott Lipton
Coordinator of Administrative Service
Del Valle Independent School District

Scott Sage
DFJ Esprit

Sehreen NoorAli
EdTech Women

Shauntel Poulson
NewSchools Venture Fund

Stephen Laster
Chief Digital Officer
McGraw-Hill Education

Susan Badger
Badger Consulting Group

Ted Dintersmith
Partner Emeritus
Charles River Ventures

Tim Brady
Managing Partner
Imagine K12

Tyler Bosmeny

Victor Karkar
Cofounder & CEO

William Clark
Managing Director
Aigner Clark