2022 Yass Prize Miami Accelerator Industry Experts
The 2022 Yass Prize Semifinalists are invited to an exclusive in-person accelerator in Miami, Florida to culminate their four week bootcamp experience. Semifinalists will engage with and learn from Yass Prize alumni, mentors, business leaders, and investors with the goal of honing their three minute pitch for the panel of judges at the end of the week. We are thrilled to introduce our 2022 Yass Prize Miami speakers.
CEO, Friendship Public Charter School
Renee Delos Santos
Marcom Lead, The Times Group
CEO, Hoque Global
Education Commissioner, State of Florida
Founder and CEO, GSV
President, Paul Quinn College
Operating Partner, The Vistria Group
Principal, CARE Elementary
Co-Founder, Rock by Rock
Founder and CEO, Academica
Founder & CEO, STEMuli
Managing Director, Academica Virtual Education
Founder and CEO, BizEquity
Senior Vice President, Advocacy and External Affairs, Edmentum
Leadership, Advocacy, and External Affairs, Edmentum
Founder & CEO, 1Huddle
Director, Corporate Strategy, Edmentum
Co-Founder, Rock by Rock
Founder and CEO, The Center for Education Reform
Executive Director, Discovery Center of Springfield
Executive Vice President, Center for Education Reform
Success happens after many pivots and changes.
We realized long ago that there’s a lot of money in the system, and it’s just not directed to the children.
When you are trying to advance and think beyond the status quo, this can be a lonely place, because our systems are structured to do the same thing.
It is important to surround yourself with like-minded individuals who foster innovation.
If you get to the accelerator after the application process, go in knowing you already won.
The fact that you are now with a group of your peers you really get to see how world class the education profession is.
You guys are heroes as far as I’m concerned.
The educators, the innovators, who got our kids through the pandemic, used creative ways to make sure they were learning, they were thriving, at a time when we were all facing so many challenges.
We are so inspired by the STOP Award participants, semi-finalists, and the courage, innovation and leadership of educators from across the country who have amplified the application of their brilliance to make the lives of their students better as they faced the daunting challenges of the pandemic.
Our STOP Award partnership with Forbes and CER has been one of the best things we’ve done in education over the past 25 years.
The fact that education has become partisan is upsetting, and I just hope that this award will encourage more states to view this as a bipartisan issue.
It's not the university someone graduated from or the degree they hold.
Do they have the resilience and perseverance? Do they have grit? It's the most important skill.
Investing is the approach of doing well and doing good.
We want to generate returns and generate impact.
I'm deeply humbled and grateful to be part of this group.
The last month has been a tremendous experience and I'm so inspired and motivated by the amazing work this group is doing. Collectively, we’re working towards a real-world goal and it’s leaving me empowered and motivated to apply what we learn.
We see the Pulitzer prizes, we see the MacArthur Genius Grants, we see the Pritzker prize for architecture.
But for the one field that drives everything, education, there is no definitive prize. The Yass Prize has filled that vacuum -- it's more than just the money. It's about spurring ideas, it's about spurring innovation. We are very very proud to be a part of it.