September 10, 2013 marked the 10-year anniversary of Microsoft’s flagship education program, Partners in Learning (PiL). Anthony Salcito, Craig Mundie, James Bernard, and Brad Smith presented the global celebration “ED Talk – Expanding the Power of Learning”.
To recognize the impact the PiL program has had over the past decade, Microsoft organized a special celebration.
The ED Talk format – think “TED Talk” –ensured highly energetic speeches focused on unique achievements made by the global PiL community. It was followed by a memorable panel discussion with education experts and key PiL stakeholders about holistic transformation in education, and the pathways to leverage modern learning for the societies of tomorrow.
Watch the event
Watch the full Partners in Learning 10-year anniversary event here.
Featured speakers include
Anthony Salcito, Vice-President Microsoft Education Worldwide
As Vice President of Education for Microsoft Corp.’s Worldwide Public Sector organization, Anthony Salcito works with education institutions and partners globally to embrace technology to optimize learning environments and student achievement. In his role, he oversees the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education and its partnership and technology outreach efforts via the Worldwide Partners in Learning, Shape the Future, and Public and Private Alliances programs. Anthony Salcito helped launch the Partners in Learning program in 2003 and will highlight the program’s key initiatives that support meaningful transformation in Education worldwide.
Craig Mundie, Senior advisor to the CEO at Microsoft
Craig Mundie works on key strategic projects within Microsoft, as well as with government and business leaders around the world on technology strategy, policy, and regulation. Prior to his current role, Mundie served as Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, where he oversaw Microsoft Research, one of the world's largest computer-science research organizations, and was responsible for Microsoft's long-term technology strategy, directing a number of technology incubations. Mundie has also served as Microsoft's chief technical officer for advanced strategies and policy, working with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates to develop the company's global strategies around technical, business and policy issues. Craig Mundie will reflect on the creation and objectives of Partners in Learning as one of the key initiators of the program 10 years ago.
Brad Smith, Executive Vice-President and General Counsel Microsoft Legal and Corporate Affairs
Brad Smith leads the Microsoft's Legal and Corporate Affairs Group, which has approximately 1,100 employees located in 55 countries, and is responsible for the company's legal work, its intellectual property portfolio and patent licensing business, and its government affairs, public policy and corporate citizenship and philanthropic work. As the senior executive responsible for ensuring Microsoft fulfills its corporate responsibilities, he has helped the company achieve its consistent ranking in the top 2 percent of the S&P 500 for corporate governance scores. He recently was named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States.
Brad Smith will highlight Microsoft’s citizenship efforts in education including YouthSpark, a companywide initiative supported by Partners in Learning and designed to empower young people to change their world.
James Bernard, Global Director of Microsoft's Partners in Learning Program
James Bernard’s focus is on building global multi-lateral partnerships between public, private and social sector organizations to help drive holistic education reform, particularly in emerging markets. James Bernard also held a number of globally focused consumer marketing and communications positions at Microsoft between 1999 and 2006, working on consumer technology products and projects designed to bring technology to people in developing countries, specifically through the distribution of low-cost PCs.
Rich Stearns, President, World Vision US
Rich Stearns is President of World Vision U.S., one of the world's largest humanitarian organizations with 45,000 staff on the ground in nearly 100 countries. As a Gold NGO Partner, World Vision helps implement teacher training programs in developing countries to support Microsoft digital access programs. Additionally, in partnership with Microsoft, British Council and Intel, World Vision is implementing the Spark a Child’s Digital Future program, bringing first-time access to students in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Rich Stearns will share World Vision experience working with Microsoft on key education global programs