Special Webinar

Insider Strategies to Help Make the K-12 Cut!

With Federal Funding Receding, States and Districts are Prioritizing and Consolidating Solutions — Will Yours Make the Cut?

To compete and win in the K-12 product consolidation sweepstakes, EdTech providers NEED to check all the right boxes to ensure adoptions and scale. How do you know if your solution makes the grade?

Join EdGate's Gina Faulk, General Manager, along with our special guests Conni Medina from Clarity Consulting, and Maria Slabaugh from MMS Education, and Moderator, Rich Portelance on a timely webinar as we discuss how today’s EdTech leaders are making the cut and winning district and state contracts.

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Join us April 4, 2024 at 11 AM PDT, 2PM EDT

There will be a Q&A portion, so please bring your questions!

About the panelists and moderator

 

Conni Francini

Webinar Panelist

Conni Francini
CEO, Clarity Consulting

Conni Francini is a proven, results-oriented strategist, with over 25 years of leadership and consulting in K–12 education. She’s developed (or improved) thousands of products at the heart of tens of millions of dollars in revenue, partnered with trusted brands such as The Smithsonian and TIME For Kids, and won dozens of education industry awards. In her current role as CEO of Clarity Consulting, she guides K–12 education companies on their most confident path to more successful products and services.

Maria Slabaugh

Webinar Panelist

Maria Slabaugh
Vice President of Research & Insights, MMS Education

Maria leads the strategy, research, and insights team that enables clients focused on the education space to develop deep insights into the education market through custom research projects. MMS Education works with non-profit, for-profit, government, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility teams who want to make a positive impact on the lives of young people, educators and community stakeholders.

Maria has worked as an expert consultant for numerous startups and established companies across sectors such as finance, tech, healthcare and education, both in the United States and around the world. Combining strong qualitative and quantitative skills with a deep understanding of marketing and strategy enables Maria to develop and execute complex research and insights projects.

Maria graduated from Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business with a dual degree in Marketing and Information Systems and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma business school honor society.

Gina Faulk

Webinar Panelist

Gina Faulk
General Manager, EdGate

Gina has over 20 years of experience in publishing: both online and print. As General Manager for EdGate, she focuses on strategic business development, B2B and industry partnerships, and working closely with the EdGate team members to create solutions to help publishers expand their market.

Prior to working at EdGate, Gina held the position of Business Partner Manager at Learning.com, managing several state adoptions, and forming partnerships with resellers, online content publishers, and LMS companies. Prior to working at Learning.com, Gina spent over ten years at Macmillan Publishing Solutions and at Interactive Composition Corporation as the U.S. Sales Director. During her tenure at Macmillan/ICC she formed key partnerships in many publishing sectors, including Higher Education, K-12, Professional, Trade, Legal, and Financial and Government. She was also the primary sales liaison between the U.S. office and several India-based Macmillan subsidiaries.

Rich Portelance

Moderator

Rich Portelance
Managing Director, Portelance Strategy Group & Senior Marketing Consultant for EdGate

Rich is passionate about eEdTech and helping people discover pathways to successful careers. He leverages his many years of business experience in strategy, product development, branding creation and sales & marketing as a frequent industry speaker and sought after consultant.

Beginning his career in digital marketing and web development, Rich was recruited into the private, independent school market to help usher in digital technologies and social media. During this time, Richard served as a student advisor, and was nominated to serve on the CAIS (Connecticut Association of Independent Schools) Technology Commission. In 2012, Rich joined York & Chapel, a brand and digital transformation agency where he began working with secondary and higher ed clients, developing strategies for student engagement and pathway creation. In 2014 Richard founded CareerPath, a SaaS engagement platform. Over the past ten years, Rich has given back to the industry as an advisor to numerous EdTech startups, and generally has had a blast doing what he loves to do — help others succeed.