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Tom Vander Ark | CEO + Partner

Tom Vander Ark is author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World, Smart Cities That Work for Everyone: 7 Keys to Education & Employment and Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning. He is CEO of Getting Smart, an education consulting firm and leading advocate for innovations in learning.

Tom has been studying the future of work and the implications of artificial intelligence. He published his finding in a new paper: Ask About AI: The Future of Learning and Work.

His upcoming book (Wiley, 2018) advises educators to work together in networks to improve personalized and project-based learning.

Previously he served as the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom served as a public school superintendent in Washington State and has extensive private sector experience including serving as a senior executive for a national public retail chain.

A prolific writer and speaker, Tom has published thousands of articles, has written and contributed to twelve published books and co-authored more than 40 white papers. He writes regularly on his Education Week blog, Vander Ark on Innovation, on GettingSmart.com, and on LinkedIn, where he is a Top Voice in Education.

Tom is a director of 4.0 Schools, Charter Board Partners, Digital Learning Institute, eduInnovation, and Imagination Foundation, and advises numerous nonprofits.

Tom received the Distinguished Achievement Medal and graduated from the Colorado School of Mines. He received his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Denver.


Books (authored or contributed)

White Papers

For more Tom publications see our resources and all his authored blogs.

Press, interviews & mentions with Tom

Speaking Engagements

Tom is available for all types of speaking and moderating engagements such as keynotes, panel discussions, round tables and workshop sessions. From learning to leadership, we can customize a speech to fit the needs of your event and audience. Tom regularly speaks on the following:

  • Future of work: implications of the automation economy
  • Education: leadership, policy, innovation diffusion
  • Learning: EdTech, personalized learning, deeper learning, learning innovations
  • Business: leadership, strategy, innovation, public-private partnerships
  • Good Work: mission-driven work, nonprofit leadership, philanthropy

To see more information on Tom, his speaking topics, and video examples – visit his page at TomVanderArk.com.

To book Tom for a speaking engagement please contact Allison at [email protected] or 206-992-4592.