ABOUT: Tom Vander Ark
Tom Vander Ark is author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and founder of GettingSmart.com. Tom is also a partner in Learn Capital, a venture capital firm investing in learning content, platforms, and services with the goal of transforming educational engagement, access, and effectiveness. Previously he served as President of the X PRIZE Foundation and was the Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he implemented $3.5 billion in scholarship and grant programs. Tom was the first business executive to serve as public school superintendent in Washington State. A prolific writer and speaker, Tom has published thousands of articles and blogs. In December 2006, Newsweek readers voted Tom the most influential baby boomer in education.
Tom is a director of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and several other nonprofits.
Tom received the Distinguished Achievement Medal and graduated from the Colorado School of Mines. He received his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Denver. He continues his education online.
Articles & Publications
Viewpoint: Authorizing Online Learning by Susan Patrick and Tom Vander Ark
Private Capital and Public Education: Toward Equity at Scale by Tom Vander Ark
Tom is available for all types of speaking and moderating engagements such as keynotes, panel discussions, round tables and workshop sessions. From learning to leadership, we can customize a speech to fit the needs of your event and audience. Tom regularly speaks on the following:
- Education: leadership & policy
- Learning: technology, the shift to personal digital learning & blended learning
- Business: leadership, strategy, innovation, public-private partnerships
- Good Work: finding and doing mission-driven work, non-profit leadership, philanthropy, community leadership
To book Tom for a speaking engagement please contact Caroline at Caroline@GettingSmart.com or 206-234-1600.