Prepare to Be Inspired by Experts, Innovators and All-out Visionaries

  • Jonah Berger
    Author and Wharton School professor
    Author and Wharton School professor

    Jonah Berger is a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the bestselling author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On and Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior.
    Dr. Berger has spent over 15 years studying how social influence works and how it drives products and ideas to catch on. He’s taught Wharton’s top ranked online course, published dozens of articles in top-tier academic journals, and consulted for a variety of Fortune 500 companies.

  • Malgosia Green
    Top Hat Chief Product Officer
    Top Hat Chief Product Officer

    Malgosia Green serves as the chief product officer at Top Hat and has been with the company since 2013. She leads the product management, user experience and design teams for our web and native mobile products. Before joining Top Hat, Green was the CEO and founder of  Savvica, an India-based online marketing service for educational institutions looking to attract new students. Green has been named as one of Canada’s 20 Young Women in Power by Canadian Business Magazine and was listed as as one of the women in tech worth following by Betakit. She is an active speaker within the startup and tech community. Green holds a B.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

  • Mike Silagadze
    Top Hat Founder and CEO
    Top Hat Founder and CEO

    Mike Silagadze is the CEO and co-founder of Top Hat. Under Silagadze’s leadership and vision, Top Hat has become the market leader in student engagement software, and is used by millions of students at three-quarters of the top 1,000 colleges and universities in North America. Silagadze is an active speaker and lecturer in the higher education, technology and startup communities, having lectured at the Rotman Commerce Entrepreneurship Organization, the ASU GSV Summit, MaRS, Tech Fest Toronto, SAAS North and T­E­Dx­Laurier­University, among many others. Silagadze holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

  • Steven Sloman
    Author and Brown University professor
    Author and Brown University professor

    Steven Sloman is a Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University where he has worked since 1992. He did his PhD in Psychology at Stanford University from 1986-1990 and then did post-doctoral research for two years at the University of Michigan. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cognition. Steven is a cognitive scientist who studies how people think. He has studied how our habits of thought influence the way we see the world, how the different systems that constitute thought interact to produce conclusions, conflict, and conversation, and how our construal of how the world works influences how we evaluate events and decide what actions to take. In 2005, he published the book Causal Models: How We Think About the World and Its Alternatives with Oxford University Press. His recent book with Phil Fernbach, The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone, is now on sale.

  • Brett Beston
    Psychology professor, University of Toronto
    Psychology professor, University of Toronto

    Brett Beston is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, and received his PhD in Psychology from McMaster University. At the University of Toronto, he teaches classes like Introduction to Biological Psychology, Perception, Abnormal Psychology, and Biopsychology of Sex. He was also the recipient of the Dean’s Excellence Award in 2016 for outstanding teaching and departmental citizenship. Dr. Beston’s current research interests involve identifying and evaluating effective educational practices that improve the classroom experience of students.

  • Nina Bilimoria Angelo
    VP, Product and Customer Marketing, Top Hat
    VP, Product and Customer Marketing, Top Hat

    Nina Bilimoria Angelo is Vice President of Product and Customer Marketing at Top Hat. Prior to joining Top Hat, Bilimoria Angelo led higher education-focused product strategy teams at Pearson and HP and worked with Fortune 500 companies as a management consultant. A seasoned “intrapreneur,” Bilimoria Angelo specializes in strategy creation, product conceptualization and market testing, product positioning, partnership development, and large-scale change management. She has spoken at multiple conferences about the digital transformation in higher ed and personalized and adaptive learning. Bilimoria Angelo holds a BA in International Relations & Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Kwame Brown
    Psychology professor, Hampton University
    Psychology professor, Hampton University

    Kwame M. Brown is a developmental neuroscientist (Ph.D., Georgetown, B.A. Hampton University), a psychology professor (Hampton University), spoken word poet and father. Dr. Brown’s primary focus is creating programs and resources that improve learning, self-efficacy, and community ties. He uses the conduits of physical activity, poetry, and open discussion to help young people become better learners and citizens. Dr. Brown serves as the advisor to the pre-medical sequence in the Psychology department at Hampton University.

  • Stephen Buckles
    Economics professor, Vanderbilt University
    Economics professor, Vanderbilt University

    Stephen Buckles received his B.A. in economics from Grinnell College and his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt. He is currently teaching introductory micro- and macroeconomics at Vanderbilt. He has received Vanderbilt university-wide and College of Arts and Science teaching awards in addition to recognition from the Southern Economic Association. He was recognized by the University of Missouri and the MU College of Arts and Science for his teaching quality while there. Professor Buckles has also been President of the Council for Economic Education and currently serves as a Senior Advisor for Programs for the Council. He served on the College Board design committee for the creation of the Advanced Placement Economics exam and chaired the committees writing and preparing the first two Economics Advanced Placement Exams. He has been involved with the creation and writing of the National Standards in Economics for the Council of Economic Education and the economics standards for the National Council of Social Studies. He has served a term as President of the National Association of Economic Educators and as chair of the Individual Investors Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange. His research has focused on evaluation and design of effective learning in economics.

  • Shaun Dakin
    Marketing professor, George Mason University School of Management
    Marketing professor, George Mason University School of Management

    Shaun Dakin is an adjunct Professor at the George Mason University School of Management where he teaches both MBA and undergraduate marketing.

  • Miguel Delgado Helleseter
    Economics professor, California State University-Channel Islands
    Economics professor, California State University-Channel Islands

    Miguel Delgado Helleseter is an assistant professor of Economics in the Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics at California State University Channel Islands. His research is primarily in labor economics. Other fields of interest include public finance and industrial organization. Miguel currently teaches intermediate macroeconomic theory, as well as different upper-division interdisciplinary general education courses. Miguel’s current research examines the Mexican labor market using postings from an internet job board, focusing in particular on the value of being bilingual in that market. Using this data, Miguel is also working with Peter Kuhn to analyze other aspects of the Mexican job market, as well as on-line job boards more generally.

  • Greg Domski
    Chemistry professor, Augustana College
    Chemistry professor, Augustana College

    Greg Domski earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University where he developed organometallic catalysts for living, stereoselective olefin polymerization. He is currently an associate professor of chemistry at Augustana College (Illinois) where he teaches general, organic and inorganic chemistry. His current research interests include synthesizing novel organometallic complexes and evaluating their catalytic potential in various organic transformations.

  • Sara Eskridge
    History professor, Randolph-Macon College
    History professor, Randolph-Macon College

    Dr. Eskridge is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Randolph-Macon College, where she teaches courses on 20th century U.S. History. She specializes in Civil Rights, Cold War, Southern, and Cultural History.

  • Melissa Fox
    Biology professor, Wingate University
    Biology professor, Wingate University

    Melissa Fox is an assistant professor and teaches in the Department of Biology at Wingate University. Her area of expertise includes cancer cell biology.

  • Laura Freberg
    Psychology professor, California Polytechnic State University
    Psychology professor, California Polytechnic State University

    Laura Freberg received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA and conducted her dissertation research at Yale University under the direction of Robert Rescorla. She serves as Professor of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (teaching introductory psychology, biological psychology, and sensation and perception) and as instructor for Argosy University Online (teaching research methods, cognitive psychology, sensation and perception, statistics, and writing in psychology).

  • PJ Glandon
    Economics professor, Kenyon College
    Economics professor, Kenyon College

    PJ Glandon is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Kenyon College and received his PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt University. His current research focuses on the role that sales play in business cycles and has also done research on how grocery stores adjust their pricing behavior following the entry of Walmart into the market. In 2011, he received the Rendigs Fels Award for Excellence in Teaching from Vanderbilt University and the “A Teacher Who Made a Difference” Award from University of Kentucky College of Education in 2012.

  • Luke Green
    Communications instructor, St. Cloud Technical and Community College
    Communications instructor, St. Cloud Technical and Community College

    Luke Green is a communication studies instructor at St. Cloud Technical and Community College in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He is an educator, speaker, and author who contributed to Top Hat’s Effective Public Speaking interactive text. Luke received his M.A. in speech communication from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He received his B.A. in communication and B.S. in psychology (areas of concentration: social psychology, persuasion theory) from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.

  • David Harris
    Editor in Chief, OpenStax, Rice University
    Editor in Chief, OpenStax, Rice University

    David is a University of Connecticut graduate and has held a range of leadership positions in higher education publishing—most recently as president of WebAssign. At OpenStax, David contributes to the team’s effort of improving access to high quality materials by working with authors, developers, and by supporting our emerging ecosystem.

  • Andrea Hendricks
    Mathematics professor, Georgia State University
    Mathematics professor, Georgia State University

    Andrea Hendricks is the Associate Chair of the Online Math/Computer Science Department at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College. The author of four textbooks—Prealgebra, Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Beginning and Intermediate Algebra—Andrea has received the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award, the GPC Teaching & Service Award and the GPC Collegiality Award

  • Phil Hill
    Market analyst, co-publisher e-Literate
    Market analyst, co-publisher e-Literate

    Phil Hill (@PhilOnEdTech) is co-publisher of the e-Literate blog, Co-Producer of e-Literate TV, and Partner at MindWires Consulting. As a market analyst, Hill has analyzed the growth of technology-enabled change for educational institutions, uncovering and describing the major trends and implications for the broader market. His unique graphics and visual presentations have been widely used in the industry. As an independent consultant, Hill helps educational institutions, technology and content vendors, and policy makers as they consider and implement new initiatives. Hill’s clients have included Western Governors University, California Community College System, Iowa State University, Bournemouth University, Pearson Education, Coursera, and others. Previously Hill was an independent consultant through HBO Systems and Delta Initiative. In addition to e-Literate, Hill has also written for EDUCAUSE Review and Inside Higher Ed, and has been interviewed and quoted at National Public Radio, Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Buzzfeed Education, and Washington Business Journal.

  • Colleen Knight
    Chemistry professor, College of Coastal Georgia
    Chemistry professor, College of Coastal Georgia

    Colleen is an assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the department of Natural Science at the College of Coastal Georgia and is known by students and peers as a tech-savvy educator, utilizing tools such as animations, interactive slides, and lecture screencasts. She is a graduate of the University of West Georgia, obtaining a B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and attended Emory University to obtain a Ph.D. in Biomolecular Chemistry. She currently teaches courses in general chemistry, allied health chemistry and biochemistry. She was recently selected as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow and plans to implement innovative teaching and learning techniques in her courses including working on new course materials within the Top Hat platform to provide students with more economical materials in her upper level courses.  She and her chemistry colleagues have recently been recipients of the Affordable Learning Georgia Grant which involves the full implementation of low-cost materials, using Top Hat, in all majors’ introductory chemistry courses.

  • Andrew Lokuta
    Physiology professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Physiology professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Andrew Lokuta received his B.S. (1988) in biology from St. Francis University (Loretto, PA) and Ph.D. (1993) in Biological Chemistry from the University of Maryland Medical School (Baltimore, MD). He went on to complete Post-Doctoral work examining excitation-contraction coupling of cardiac and skeletal muscle at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (Madison, WI). He remains in Madison where he now primarily focuses on developing best practices for teaching human physiology to large undergraduate classes.

  • Michelle Newsome
    Chemistry professor, Wright State University
    Chemistry professor, Wright State University

    Michelle Newsome has a passion for teaching science. She received her B.S. in Chemical Education from Wright State University in 1990. In 1996, she received her M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education from Miami University, Ohio. Michelle taught high school chemistry for 22 years, using inquiry-based, active learning methods throughout her tenure in secondary education. In 2014, Michelle earned her M.S. in Chemistry from Wright State University. She now is an instructor in the Chemistry Department at Wright State, where she teaches General Chemistry I and Introductory Chemistry using active learning, in scale-up classrooms.

  • Matthew Numer
    Human Sexuality professor, Dalhousie University
    Human Sexuality professor, Dalhousie University

    Matthew Numer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. His research interests are in gay men’s health, masculinities, health promotion and health policy development.

  • Kristin Patterson
    Biology professor, University of Texas at Austin
    Biology professor, University of Texas at Austin

    Kristin Patterson is a STEM Instruction Consultant and Lecturer in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Robert Pozos
    Biology professor, San Diego State University
    Biology professor, San Diego State University

    Dr. Pozos has had extensive experience studying human response to environments resulting in hypothermia and hyperthermia. He has conducted ethically approved human experimentation dealing with hypothermia, hyperthermia, cold-induced vasodilation as well as local cooling experiments. In addition, he has also evaluated the insulative effectiveness of flotation devices and exposure suits.He has authored chapters concerning primary and secondary hypothermia. Current studies have investigated local cooling systems used to minimize pain after surgery which play a major role in producing non freezing cold injury which is distinct from frostbite. Dr. Pozos established the hypothermia laboratory at University of Minnesota-Duluth School of Medicine where he was a professor of physiology and subsequently was one of the chief civilian scientists at Naval Health Research Center in San Diego where he evaluated the thermal effectiveness of military garb for combat operations. Dr. Pozos is currently professor of biology at San Diego State University.

  • Philip Preville
    Higher education journalist, Top Hat
    Higher education journalist, Top Hat

    Philip Preville is an award-winning journalist and a former Canadian Journalism Fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto. He’s currently a member of the Professional Advisory Council with the Department of English at Ryerson University.

  • John Redden
    Physiology and Neurobiology professor, University of Connecticut
    Physiology and Neurobiology professor, University of Connecticut

    John Redden is an assistant professor in residence at the University of Connecticut and serves as a National Academies Education Mentor in the Sciences, where he helps faculty across STEM disciplines transition to scientific, evidence-based pedagogies. He also serves as Assistant Director of Faculty Development programs at the University of Connecticut’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, where he supports faculty in integrating new educational technologies into their classrooms.

  • James Ross
    Chemistry professor, East Los Angeles College
    Chemistry professor, East Los Angeles College

    James Ross is Associate Chemistry Professor at East Los Angeles College. James completed his B.S. and Ph.D. degree in chemistry at the Leverhulme Center for Innovative Catalysis at the University of Liverpool in Great Britain. Following nearly five years of postdoctoral research at the University of California, Davis in Biomedical Engineering, and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston in Experimental Diagnostic Imaging, he transitioned to a teaching career. James received a cancer research award in 2006 and a science teaching award in 2007. He is a contributing author to the Top Hat General Chemistry text, sole author of an introductory chemistry primer text, and creator and author of the Kidprofessor science books for kids.

  • Nick Stein
    Chief marketing officer, Top Hat
    Chief marketing officer, Top Hat

    Nick Stein is the CMO at Top Hat and is responsible for driving the company’s overall marketing strategy, including brand management, corporate communications, customer acquisition and retention, and marketing planning and execution. Prior to Top Hat, Stein held marketing leadership roles at customer intelligence software provider Vision Critical, enterprise cloud computing giant Salesforce.com and Rypple, a venture-backed startup acquired by Salesforce in 2012. Before he joined the startup world, Stein was an award-winning business journalist at Fortune Magazine and CBC Television. Stein holds a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in English Literature from McGill University. He has taught at Columbia University and New York University.

  • Clarissa A. Thompson
    Psychology, Kent State University
    Psychology, Kent State University

    Dr. Clarissa A. Thompson currently teaches cognitive psychology at Kent State University’s department of psychological sciences. She completed her Ph.D. in developmental and cognitive psychology at The Ohio State University and has spent time as a research associate at Carnegie Mellon University and as an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma.

  • Andrew Wegmann
    History professor, Delta State University
    History professor, Delta State University

    Andrew N. Wegmann is an Assistant Professor of History at Delta State University, and author of essays on race, identity, and politics as well as the forthcoming book Skin Color and Social Practice: The Problem of Race and Class in the Atlantic South, 1718-1865. He has received the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship from the Virginia Historical Society and a Bright Lectureship from Yale University. He also writes on teaching and student interaction at the Teaching U.S. History blog. His scholarship has appeared in several journals including The Journal of Transatlantic Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in American History from Louisiana State University.

  • Hillary Wehe
    Psychology professor, Davis and Elkins College
    Psychology professor, Davis and Elkins College

    Hillary Wehe is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. She received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Colorado State University, where she was awarded a fellowship for teaching. Her research focuses on student motivation and learning. Specifically, she explores the constraints that external rewards place on students’ personal interest for learning and she works to apply these research interests in the classroom to create a student-centered, active and engaging environment. Teaching at Colorado State University and Armstrong State University in Georgia before joining the faculty at Davis and Elkins afforded her the opportunity to teach a variety of topics across a broad range of class sizes. Currently, she teaches Introduction to Psychology, Personality Theories, Adolescent Development, and Cognitive Psychology.

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