Industry leaders support the new data platform that delivers educators the functionality of 13 systems through one user interface
(Denver, CO) March 30, 2016 – MIDAS Education today introduced the members of its advisory board, a group of prominent industry leaders who are devoted to data, passionate about learning, driven to innovate, and dedicated to improving schools and student performance.
MIDAS (Massively Integrated Data Analytics System)enables teachers, administrators, parents, and students to access real-time, actionable data through a simple, intuitive Web interface. The company’s EEM (Education Enterprise Management) solution has already been adopted by districts across the nation. Created by educators for educators, MIDAS replaces all of a district’s instructional and compliance data systems with one holistic solution.MIDAS’s leadership works tirelessly to make its software work the way schools and teachers do.
“MIDAS Education is passionate about connecting data for educators and administrators to improve student outcomes,” said Megan Harney, the founder and CEO of MIDAS Education. “We are 100% focused on developing and delivering a system that helps educators do amazing things every day.”
The MIDAS advisory board boasts decades of experience in sales, education, and technology. Members include the following:
A former New Jersey teacher, Kathy Hurley has more than 40 years in the education industry and has served in top positions in both publishing and technology companies, including Pearson and IBM. Upon completing her fellowship in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard, Hurley co-founded a global non-profit organization called Girls Thinking Global, which has a mission to connect global change-makers to empower adolescent girls around the world. She currently sits on multiple boards, including the advisory board for the New York Academy of Sciences. Hurley uses her expertise in education policy, sales, marketing, and business development to help further the work of top businesses, executive-level customers, associations, and foundations.
A proven industry executive, Amos has more than two decades of experience in the ed tech industry. He started his career with Apple; several years later, he co-founded and became the CEO of Atomic Learning, which grew to become the world’s leading provider of Web-based software training. Amos currently serves as CEO of Minnesota-based GuideK12, which introduced geovisual analytics into the education sector.
Rosalyn Menon Kennedy
Menon Kennedy leads executive communications at Google for North and South America business operations. An experienced and award-winning producer, journalist, and communications strategist, she previously served as Director of Global Communications for the Coca-Cola Company. She also produced for “The Dr. Oz Show,” CNN, “60 Minutes,” and the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.”
Dr. John Whitcomb
An educator at heart, Dr. Whitcomb has been an innovator in education, a physician, an author, and business owner for 40 years. In his early years at Yale University, Dr. Whitcomb helped found a longitudinal clinic for students, the first of its kind in America and now the model for more than 120 others. Dr. Whitcomb also created Wisconsin’s first Wellness University to teach preventive medicine. He has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” as the author of multiple books and has taught financial literacy.
Peter Storer, Jr.
Storer earned his A.B. in Economics from Harvard University and worked at CBS in network sales, where he developed one of the first computerized systems for sales planning. In 1986, Storer started his own software firm specializing in systems for broadcast channels and cable networks. He is now a consultant for MediAnswers. He also serves on several non-profit boards and is chairman of the George B. Storer Foundation, which provides grants to support early childhood and nature-based education.
Steve Anderson (Senior Adviser to the Executive Team/Board & Investor Liaison)
Educated at Harvard College and Harvard Business School, Anderson had careers in commercial and investment banking and served as the treasurer of a major U.S. brewery. He then managed a $50 million Milwaukee private equity and venture capital firm. Since retiring, Anderson has consulted with, and been on, several private and non-profit boards with revenues up to $400 million.
About MIDAS Education
Based in Denver, CO, MIDAS Education was founded by Megan Harney, who, as a sophomore at Harvard and part-time teacher, was inspired to create a system that would hold her students accountable and help her to individualize instruction. Ten years later, after teaching herself to program, conducting tens of thousands of hours of market research in schools, and investing every penny she and her family had, MIDAS was born.
MIDAS encompasses the functionality of up to 13 different software packages in one EEM (Education Enterprise Management) solution, with a single log-in and an intuitive user interface. For more information, please visit MIDASEducation.com.
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