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How Social Media Drives a Student’s Success

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School budget cuts, high unemployment (over 20% for youth), and a global economy – No wonder parents are concerned about their child’s success and 70% of teens say they want more guidance. What can you do? In this exciting and engaging panel, kicked-off with an opening by America’s best-known Administrator – Iqbal Theba who plays “Prinicipal Figgins” in the hit TV show, Glee – and led by Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal columnist Jennifer Openshaw (Oprah, CNN), you'll learn how technology and social media can drive your child’s success and where it can’t.


Gary Natriello Professor Teacher's College Columbia University

Gary Natriello is the Ruth L. Gottesman Professor of Educational Research in the Department of Human Development at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research focuses on online learning environments, at-risk youth, and the organization of schooling. Gary is the founder and director of the EdLab, a design and development unit devoted to creating new educational possibilities for the information age.

EdLab projects include the creation of online tools such as the Vialogues video discussion application (, digital curricula such as the Let Freedom Swing, based on an exploration of democracy and jazz by Sandra Dey O’Connor and Wynton Marsalis, and tools to support libraries such as the PocketKnowledge digital archive system (

Forthcoming projects include the launch of a new mobile journal covering innovation in the education sector and a high school curriculum drawing on the history of Rock and Roll for the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (

Gary is the author of numerous articles, books, and conference presentations. He received an A.B. in English from Princeton, and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford in Sociology and Education. He is the executive editor of the Teachers College Record, and the director of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College.

Jared Carney Chief Strategy & Mktg Officer Milken Institute

Jared Carney, the Milken Institute’s chief strategy officer, is responsible for its programs and partnerships. He oversees the Institute’s relationships with innovative international leaders in finance, business, government, education and philanthropy to further the Institute’s goals of improving health, job creation and access to capital. One of his primary responsibilities is the design and execution of events that bring together a variety of stakeholders in pursuit of solutions to some of society’s greatest challenges. He leads the Milken Institute Global Capital Markets Advisory Council, a group of investors with $12 trillion in assets under management who share ideas about investment issues and policy trends.

Separately, Carney is an advisor to several schools and education businesses. He serves on the board of directors of Children’s Creative Learning Center – part of the Knowledge Universe group. Jared is a member of the board of directors of The Growing Place, one of Santa Monica’s leading preschools.

Previously, Carney worked in tech, launching such innovative companies as (an Idealab firm sold to WebEx) and rolling out Java for Sun Microsystems. A pioneer in Web content, he produced the original “X-Files” website and the first theatrical production incorporating performers on multiple continents via the Web.

Jennifer Openshaw Founder & CEO SuperFutures

Jennifer Openshaw, CEO of SuperFutures and longtime Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal columinst, is known for using technology to bring financial empowerment to everyday Americans. One of our nation’s most passionate advocates for families, she appears frequently on shows ranging from Oprah and Dr. Phil to CNBC, Fox and CNN.

In 1999, Jennifer founded Women’s Financial Network, for which she was named one of the Internet’s 25 Rising Stars. WFN was sold to Siebert Financial (NYSE:SIEB). Jennifer later founded Family Financial Network and then WeSeed, a Facebook-meets-Wall Street investment educate site used in hundreds of schools. She previously served in the California State Treasurer’s Office under Kathleen Brown, sister to Governor Jerry Brown, and as Senior Vice President of Bank One (JP Morgan Chase).

Most recently, after hearing from parents and students about job fears in the new global economy, Jennifer dedicated herself to SuperFutures to help students answer: what do I want to be when I grow up and how do I get there successfully? Designed with Harvard experts and working in partnership with Iqbal Theba, “Principal Figgins” on the hit TV show, Glee, SuperFutures offers programs to help students succeed in college, career and life.

A Rotary Scholar and author of The Millionaire Zone (Hyperion), Jennifer holds an MBA and BA from UCLA. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at New York University (NYU) and serves on the Advisory Boards of Women’s Leadership Exchange and SpringBoard Enterprises, both focused on helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

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