What do you get when C-suite leaders from top education companies convene for a day to examine current trends and plot a path for the industry’s future? Spirited discussion, thoughtful consideration of the evolving education environment, and synergy and connections that have the potential to transform both their companies and the future of learning.
That’s what happened last month when MDR hosted its inaugural EdNET Executive Council in New York City, an invitation-only forum of some of the best minds in the education industry.
Hosted by MDR General Manager Steve Palm and moderated by education industry veteran and organizational change educator Kirsten Richert, the EdNET Executive Council focused on leadership and exploring how to prepare for 2020 and beyond by examining current and anticipated trends. Companies represented at the 2020 EdNET Executive Council included Academic Approach, Amplify Education, Flaghouse, Kids Discover Magazine, Learning A-Z, Newsela Inc., Rethink Education, Scholastic Education, School Specialty, and Zinc Learning Labs, among others. Featured speakers were Matt Greenfield, managing partner, Rethink Education, and Eric Lui, professor, New York University and managing partner, HCG Impact Global Partners.
Palm said, “The EdNET Executive Council built on MDR’s deep legacy of EdNET by providing education leaders with an exclusive opportunity to reflect on our industry and plan for a future that both supports learning and creates successful business opportunities by networking and learning from one another.”
Rethink Education’s Greenfield led the group through an examination of where the industry is now, the challenges it faces in the future and the best strategies for maximizing anticipated opportunities. The education industry leaders discussed the impact that new school models and evolving technology will have on the future of learning as well as the future of work, and the challenges of striving for equity in our diverse market.
Gary Hensley, CEO and President at Livingtree, exemplifies the positive responses that we received from attendees, “Thank you for the invite to the executive council. It was awesome! Always interesting to see what everyone is working on and how it might connect to our work. ”
Executive Council attendees also expressed interest in connecting in the future to continue the discussion, explore potential business connections and map the path for the future of the education industry. Palm concluded, “At MDR, we take our responsibility to provide education industry leaders with opportunities to connect and map a path for the future of their companies, and the industry as a whole, very seriously. Our EdNET Executive Council demonstrated that in action and we look forward to meeting with its inaugural members and leaders from other education companies as we broaden that commitment.”