Jeff Dieffenbach is Associate Director of the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili), which funds, connects, and shares research investigating learning effectiveness across pK-12, higher education, and workplace learning.
Previously, Jeff has served in senior product management, business development, sales, and marketing roles across a range of education companies: online teacher professional development provider Medallion Learning; education consulting firm Consulting Services for Education; workplace learning/software company Global Project Design: large publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; mid-sized publisher Cambium Learning, and reading software publisher Lexia Learning.
In parallel with his professional work, Jeff served for ten years as an elected school board member in a suburban town west of Boston and for six years the advisory board of HILL for Literacy, which develops and deploys sustainable literacy programs in K-12 school districts. Prior to entering the field of education, he led business development for a boutique management consulting firm. Jeff has master's degrees in Technology and Policy and in materials engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Patty Glines-Kotecki is the Organizational Effectiveness Leader for Spectrum Brands, a global consumer goods company. She works with business leaders to identify, design, and translate human capital strategies into practical solutions that engage employees and achieve business results.
In parallel with her professional work, Patty is a life-long learner and an award-winning scholar and athlete. Her PhD dissertation won an international award for its focus on improving the effectiveness of global Human Performance practices. An avid kayaker and cyclist, she is a ride leader for the national Bell Joy women’s mountain biking program and is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, NY, Gregory St. Fort has a passion for community building, marketing, and event production. He believes we can fight for social justice, impact disparities in racial equity and education through entrepreneurship. He founded LetsKeepBuilding Inc, also known as LKB, in 2013. LKB is an entrepreneur lifestyle brand and connects entrepreneurs by creating events, technology and community initiatives. In June 2015 Greg became the Executive Director of 100state. 100state is Wisconsin’s largest coworking community. He works with all of 100state partners, sponsors, staff and board. He creates and pushes 100state’s vision. Greg is also on the board of directors.
Eugenia holds a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies, M.A. in Latin American Studies, and J.D. from UW-Madison.
A master of straddling different spheres, Eugenia channels over 15 years of nonprofit, international development and tourism experience into her role as co-founder of Synergy Coworking. She is passionate about each professional hat she wears—a female entrepreneur; a Senior Director of economic empowerment and entrepreneurship at Vital Voices Global Partnership (an international NGO based in Washington DC); and a local business mentor. “I love seeing people succeed and excel. I am a problem solver and am passionate about sharing information, knowledge and skills, and connecting people to others that can contribute to their growth.”
Cheryl is CEO/Co-founder of TheHIVE44. She has spent most of her adult life being a working single mom and a business owner. She has a diverse background , with expertise in advertising, marketing, public relations and photography. After numerous years in the corporate business industry, she knew in her heart that she was finished with the rules of corporate America, and what she really wanted was to own a business of her own, be involved with small business and the people who owned them, AND have lots of fun doing it.