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Robert Abramson – Bisk

Robert Abramson subscribes to the aphorism, “it’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” He’s applied that principle throughout a legal career of nearly 30 years, whether working with M&A, regulatory issues or helping create new revenue models in the education industry. Now general counsel for Bisk, a global provider of online […]

Elicia Pegues Spearman – Quinnipiac University

The highest-ranking security clearances handed out by the U.S. Department of Justice: secret and top secret. Elicia Pegues Spearman has held both. She received top-secret security clearance while working at the FBI. More recently, in her last position, she received secret security clearance at Groton, Connecticut-based General Dynamics Electric Boat, which—among other things—builds nuclear submarines. […]

Shannon Castellani – Age of Learning

When she got the opportunity to interview for a new position at Age of Learning, the parent company behind the popular ABCmouse and Adventure Academy children’s education platforms, Shannon Castellani sought insight on the product from an expert: her son. “He was around four at the time, and I wanted to know if the product […]

Natalie Ham – Charleston County School District

It was a School Board Committee meeting the likes of which Natalie Ham will never forget, helping to turn the tide of systemic racism in South Carolina’s Charleston County School District. On the surface, CCSD won an impressive first-place for its Academic Magnet High School from U.S. News and World Report in 2019, topping thousands […]

Javier Ley-Soto – Miami Dade College

It’s been a trying eight months around the world as the COVID-19 pandemic has upended lives, shuttered industries and kept people under lockdown or quarantine. However, this global crisis has also accelerated innovation. Arguably, it’s been a bigger struggle for institutions of higher education that are having to create and implement new teaching modalities for […]

Dionne Tunstall Jenkins – Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Dionne Tunstall Jenkins has never been far from a classroom. Not in her role as general counsel for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Not when she used to visit her father’s classrooms during summer breaks, and certainly not when she established her own classroom at home with old textbooks and a blackboard and taught her stuffed animals. […]

Darron J. Flagg – PowerSchool

Secure in a choice legal role for 14 years at Intel Corp., Darron J. Flagg was deeply moved by a humanitarian trip as part of a team installing tech into a school in rural India. This, combined with a desire for a managerial position, intrigued Flagg when he saw an opportunity at PowerSchool in late […]

Cordell Jung – NCS Pearson Inc.

Got to ensure the legitimacy of professional certifications. Someone’s safety might depend on it. So reminds Cordell Jung, senior vice president and general counsel of Assessments, a division of Minnesota-based Pearson. Catching and prosecuting those who cheat on exams or steal intellectual property is among the many roles of his legal team that manages globally […]

Francine Katz – Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

It’s a surprising number: about 25 percent of practicing physicians in the U.S. are foreign educated. And while graduates from American institutions have a built-in support system at their medical schools as they plan for training and licensure, international medical graduates (IMGs) often need support navigating this pathway, says Francine Halushka Katz, the first general […]

Paul Meggett – Appalachian State University

There were speeches and presentations from chancellors and provosts; a keynote address by author, journalist and radio and TV personality Stephen J. Dubner (‘84); even a performance by country singer Luke Combs. With the government shutdown in full effect, a traditional commencement ceremony at Appalachian State University—the pomp and circumstance, assemblage of caps and gowns, […]

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