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Thomas Schaedler presently serves as the Director of the Swiss School in Rome, Italy. He has previously been the head of international schools in Berlin, Singapore, Zurich, Stuttgart, and the Bahamas, and has also worked for the World Bank in Indonesia. Schaedler holds a B.A. in education from the University of Zurich in Switzerland; an MBA from both the University of Hull and the Asia-Pacific-Management-Center; and a Master’s in Educational Leadership of Lehigh University.
Mark S. Benno, Ph.D, is widely recognized as the Curriculum Evangelist. In this role he helps organizations envision and develop effective technology integration programs. He likes to challenge people to exceed their dreams; professional development is his passion. Most of his work over the past eighteen years has been in faculty development, for educators of students from preschool to graduate school. In addition to ten years at Apple, he has worked at Nolan Middle School in Killeen ISD in Texas; at Hillcrest PDS, a professional development elementary school for Baylor University in Waco, Texas; and at Tech4Learning in San Diego.
As a speaker, Mark addresses educators nationwide on the future of technology and education, and the ways that the needs of today’s students challenge our traditional educational systems. He also leads workshops that explore grade K-12 implementations of curriculum integration, technology planning, film production, digital photography, clay animation, and video conferencing. He has delivered keynotes in 35 U.S. states as well as Australia and New Zealand.
Mark completed his Ph.D. in Technology and Teacher Education at Mississippi State University in 2000, with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator from the class of ’99 and is currently writing his third book. Mark is also past president of the Texas Association for Educational Technology (TAET).
Ms. Myers is the Executive Vice President and consumer sector team leader at Franklin Templeton Investments, as well as the lead equity portfolio manager of Templeton Growth Fund and Templeton Global Income Fund in Canada, and the lead portfolio manager of Templeton Income Fund and co-portfolio manager of Templeton World Fund. She is the coordinator of Templeton’s global consumer team and has direct research responsibility for the global retail, textile, and apparel industries.
Prior to joining Templeton, Ms. Myers practiced law with Wilkie, Farr & Gallagher in New York City, where she specialized in corporate/real estate law and was involved in initial public offerings, acquisitions, and loan initiation and restructuring, among other securities-related transactions. She earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she currently serves on the Executive Board of The Penn Fund. She was awarded her J.D. from Georgetown University, where she also taught legal research and writing. Ms. Myers is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the CFA Institute.