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Blazing Your Own Path: Women in Education Technology
Wednesday December 13, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Presented by Megan Harney, CEO, MIDAS Education
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How does one take an idea and turn it into a successful business with a social conscience?
In this edWebinar Megan Harney, CEO of MIDAS Education presents examples and personal stories, the importance of developing several essential characteristics in order to succeed in many areas, particularly as a woman in education technology. Megan discusses:
- Grit and perseverance
- Trial and error
- Personal investment – time, money, emotion, and energy
- Building trust
- Surrounding oneself with talent
- Relinquishing control
This presentation includes a brief history of how Megan developed MIDAS Education over more than a decade, including a variety of challenges and her responses—successful and unsuccessful—to them. In addition, she discussed how she cultivated the aforementioned personality traits over time, how to rely on others to help do so, and how these traits are transferrable to other arenas.
Educators and administrators are invited to watch this recorded edWebinar. Viewers—male and female—will benefit from viewing in this recorded presentation by being exposed to examples of how to apply these traits to difficult situations, and will then be invited to brainstorm ways to apply them to their own lives.
About the Presenter
Megan Harney is the founder and chief executive officer of MIDAS Education. As a teacher, Megan saw a problem and set out to solve it. In her classes, Megan had trouble reaching struggling students because education was focused on compliance and not instruction. Siloed data systems, time-bound curriculum plans, and standardized assessments made it nearly impossible to give every child the individual attention he or she deserved. Megan holds a master’s degree in technology, innovation, and education as well as a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in English and computer science from Harvard University. She has previously managed developers at Microsoft, taught students and teachers, consulted with district administrators to solve business problems, and conducted neurodegenerative research. Megan has spent 30,000 hours researching and developing the MIDAS platform.
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