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Susan Grajek

Susan Grajek is EDUCAUSE's Vice President for Communities and Research. She is responsible for EDUCAUSE research and benchmarking programs, communities of practice, and the IT Issues Panel, which releases the Top 10 IT Issues annually. She also coordinates EDUCAUSE partnership activities.

Before joining EDUCAUSE, she spent over 25 years at Yale University in a variety of IT management and leadership positions. Grajek, who has a Ph.D. in research psychology from Yale, held a faculty appointment in the Yale University School of Medicine's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.

Susan Grajek

Dr. Dan Hocoy, PhD

Dan Hocoy, Ph.D., became the 11th president of SUNY Erie Community College in July 2017.

Dr. Hocoy received a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, and his M.A. and PhD in clinical psychology from Queen’s University in Canada. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Management and Leadership in Education executive program as well as the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents. Prior to arriving at ECC, Dr. Hocoy served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Advancement for the nationwide 5-campus Antioch University System after previously presiding as President of Antioch University in Seattle. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Hocoy has provided innovative and effective academic leadership for a number of institutions of higher learning in a variety of capacities including: Provost, Chief Academic Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Student Affairs Officer, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation, as well as Director of International Programs and Diversity.

Over his career, Dr. Hocoy has focused on improving student success, developing exciting new programs, and enhancing institutional sustainability. He has designed innovative frameworks for curriculum and modalities for learning that harness the latest pedagogical and technology advancements, including using Facebook as a learning management system (which has been adopted by a number of universities). He has also been successful in partnering with private and public organizations in creating unique academic programming that serve workforce needs and address current community issues.

As a non-native English speaker and the first in his family to go beyond high school, Dr. Hocoy is personally dedicated to providing accessible and affordable, high quality education. With a grandmother from Jamaica, mother from Malaysia, and father from China, and having been an immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago to Canada, Dr. Hocoy has had a long-standing commitment to creating a campus environment and programs that supports diversity, inclusive excellence, and global perspectives.

President Hocoy is author to numerous articles and book chapters that intersect higher learning, psychology, art and culture. His dissertation was the first study to examine the psychological impact of apartheid in South Africa and was solicited by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to structure its processes. Dr. Hocoy’s publications in art therapy are considered seminal to the field and can be found in the discipline’s textbooks, and his curricular innovations are also widely published.

Dr. Hocoy has had a long-standing interest in social justice issues and has worked as a consultant to governments and agencies addressing poverty and intergroup conflict. His service in international development (Guyana and Ghana) has endeavored to develop sustainable local programs that mitigate the impact of International Monetary Fund austerity reforms, while his work in inter-religious understanding (India and Italy) has endeavored to create dialogue between groups in conflict.

Dr. Hocoy is also a licensed clinical psychologist and has worked in psychiatric hospitals as well as private practice.

Ambassador Wendy Sherman

Wendy R. Sherman is Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as the Aspen Strategy Group.

Ambassador Sherman led the U.S. negotiating team that reached agreement on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran for which, among other diplomatic accomplishments, she was awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama.

Prior to her service at the Department of State, she was Vice Chair and founding partner of the Albright Stonebridge Group, Counselor of the Department of State under Secretary Madeleine Albright and Special Advisor to President Clinton and Policy Coordinator on North Korea, and Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs under Secretary Warren Christopher.

Early in her career, she managed Senator Barbara Mikulski’s successful campaign for the U.S Senate and served as Director of EMILY’S list. She served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, was Chair of the Board of Directors of Oxfam America and served on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board and Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism.

Ambassador Sherman is the author of the forthcoming book Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power and Persistence published by Public Affairs, September 2018.

Vivek Wadhwa

Vivek Wadhwa is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School and Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering at Silicon Valley. He author of Your Happiness Was Hacked: Why Tech Is Winning the Battle to Control Your Brain—and How to Fight Back; The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future; The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent; and of Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology. He has been a globally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and held appointments at Duke University, Stanford Law School, Emory University, and Singularity University.

Professor Wadhwa is based in Silicon Valley and researches exponentially advancing technologies that are soon going to change our world. These advances–in fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials–are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health, and security. They will also disrupt industries and create many new policy, law, and ethics issues.

In 2012, the U.S. Government awarded Wadhwa distinguished recognition as an “Outstanding American by Choice”, for his “commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans”. He was also named one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine in that year; in June 2013, he was on TIME magazine’s list of “Tech 40”, one of forty of the most influential minds in tech; and in September 2015, he was second on a list of “ten men worth emulating” in The Financial Times.

Wadhwa teaches subjects such as technology, industry disruption, entrepreneurship, and public policy; researches the policy, law, and ethics issues of exponential technologies; helps prepare students for the real world; and advises several governments. In addition to being a columnist for The Washington Post, he is a contributor to VentureBeat, The Huffington Post, LinkedIn Influencers blog, and the American Society of Engineering Education’s Prism magazine. Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa founded two software companies.