InnovateEDU presented by Innovate Raleigh

April 13th | 8:45am to 12:30pm | NC Museum of History

InnovateEDU cultivated a leading edge discourse about learning and education in the Triangle with diverse and astute contributors from a variety of educational institutions and organizations, as well as Fortune 500 companies.

Our inaugural education-focused summit explored the tech talent pipeline, professional development and access to skills-based training. By creating a platform for high-caliber conversation, this event spotlighted innovation and constructive concepts that we hope will inspire advancements in the Triangle’s middle school, high school and higher education spaces. We tackled these challenging topics with three distinct sessions; they were designed to both provoke discussion and give attendees practical takeaways.



InnovateEDU Programming:

Event Emcee: Phaedra Boinodiris | Global Lead for Game Development Ecosystem | IBM

Session 1 | Success Stories | 9:30-10:20am

Invitees demonstrated presentations on overcoming challenges and creating the opportunity they wanted for themselves. We featured innovators, educators and organizations from diverse backgrounds to encourage creative approaches to problem solving, as well as spotlighted how hard work and positive thinking can be powerful tools in overcoming adversity.

Session 2 |  Presenting Your Best Self - Tactical Advice | 10:30-11:20am

As students wonder, “How can I best present my previous experiences and build upon them with new opportunities?” and “I have no experience, what’s the point of a resume?” - this session explored both resume and online profile development. The panel was comprised of high level recruiters, as well as a Linkedin expert who shared practical tips and fielded questions related to creating and curating an effective resume and online profile. Other discussion points included: social media management and keyword usage, as well as how students can bolster current experience with internships and personal development resources. Speakers included:

  • Moderator: Rob Humphrey | Linkedin - Education
  • Kayla Villwock | SAS | Talent Acquisition Manager - University Recruitment
  • Rob Allen | Red Hat | Global Talent Recruiting Manager
  • Emily Gabrian | Epic Games | Senior Recruiter 
  • Cherreka Kiel | NetSuite | University Relations

Session 3 | Keynote by Aminatou Sow | 11:35am-12:25pm

We were thrilled to host Aminatou Sow, co-founder of Tech LadyMafia, a Forbes Tech 30 under 30 recipient and recently leader of Politics and Social Impact Marketing at Google. Prior to that, she was the Digital Engagement Director at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). Her work has won awards at the Cannes Lions and has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and BBC. She is also the co-host of the celebrated podcast, “Call Your Girlfriend.”

Collaborative Partners:

InnovateEDU College Edition at Shaw University

April 13, 2016 | 4:00 to 5:00pm | Historic Estey Hall
Keynote and Q+A with Aminatou Sow