Experts to Speak on New Approaches in Improving Education and Talent Development at 2010 Innovation Summit

Madison, N.J. – March 29, 2010 – “Improving Education and Talent Development” dealing with new approaches to K-12, higher education and talent management, is the topic of the 2010 Innovation Summit, hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship, on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. It will be held in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall (The Mansion), on FDU’s College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J.


Speakers for this program include David Grant, president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Michael Horn, co-founder and executive director of Education of the Innosight Institute, and Albert Browne, the national program director and vice president of education and technology for the Verizon Foundation.


This seminar opens at 7 a.m. with breakfast and registration ($145).

David Grant will speak at 8:10 a.m.; Albert Browne, at 8:55 a.m., Michael Horn at 9:55 a.m., followed by a panel discussion of higher education and talent development at 10:40 a.m. which will include Judy Zagorski, Head of HR, Development & Strategy, BASF; Vas Nair, former Chief Learning Officer, Schering-Plough; Jason Scorza, Associate Provost, Global Learning, FDU; and Michael Searson, Center for External Education & Development, Kean.


David Grant assumed executive leadership of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in 1998. He is responsible for development and evaluation of programs in the Foundation’s major areas of giving: education, the environment and the arts in New Jersey. His professional career before Dodge began in education as a co-founder of an interdisciplinary environment studies program for junior high school students, and then as a consultant to schools and leader of workshops on topics such as curriculum, program design, and professional development.


Albert Browne is responsible for building Verizon’s foundation’s initiatives in education and technology, and especially leading the effort to expand the Foundation’s program – Thinkfinity. Thinkfinity provides over 55,000 educational resources to educators and is developed in partnership with eleven of the nation’s leading education and literacy organizations.
Albert’s visionary leadership is transforming Thinkfinity to better serve the needs of teachers, community based programs, parents and students in today’s global society by providing advanced and accessible technology, content that infuses 21st century skills into education, and resources that help students, parents and caregivers extend learning beyond the classroom. 


Michael B. Horn’s is a co-founder and executive director of education of Innosight Institute, a not-for-profit think tank devoted to applying the theories of disruptive innovation to problems in the social sector. His book, “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns” (McGraw-Hill), co-authored with Clayton M. Christensen and Curtis W. Johnson, was named one of the ten Best Innovation & Design Books of 2008 by Business Week. “Disrupting Class” uses the theories of disruptive innovation to identify the root causes of schools’ struggles and suggests a part forward to customize an education for every child in the way he/she learns.

Part of the Silberman College of Business since 1989, the mission of the Rothman Institute is to teach and support entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business and nonprofit communities. An outstanding entrepreneurship curriculum taught by an excellent faculty has helped make the academic program among the top 20 in the nation. In addition, our innovative outreach programs help people succeed in their new or growing ventures as well as in their corporations or organizations.


Pre-registration is necessary; to register or for more information, visit or call 973-443-8842.

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