Speakers

Peter Billington

Peter Billington, Ph.D., MarTec Professor of Operations Management at Colorado State University and Editor, Business Education Innovation Journal

Peter Billington
Since 1980 have taught undergraduate and MBA courses in operations management, quality management, service management. Published articles and 1 book on topics related to these teaching interests.

Joseph Weissgold

Designer and Educator

Joseph Weissgold
Joseph Weissgold is an interdisciplinary designer with a focus on middle- and high-school education. In particular, he works with students and teachers to develop new ways to learn using creative tools.

For the past four years he’s taught digital fabrication and physical computing at day-camps and after-school programs for teens, and professional development workshops for teachers. He’s worked with the Institute of Play, The Makerbot Foundation, and several NYC museums including The American Museum of Natural History, The Jewish Museum, and the Guggenheim.

Over that period he also earned his master’s degree at the School of Visual Arts where he focused on the intersection of Design and Education, developing his own lesson design framework for leveraging creative tools through project- and game-based-learning. This coming summer he’ll be co-facilitating the teacher professional development camp offered through ITP.

Joseph now works at The Future Project, an education non-profit that works in public high-schools in seven cities across America, coaching students to realize their purpose and passions and manifest them as Future Projects.

He is currently working with educators throughout The Future Project’s network to build programs that teach not just physical computing, digital fabrication and coding, but also music production, film and photography, fashion design, graphic design, game design, woodworking, hair styling, and more.

Andy Cutler

Founder, Cutler & Company

Andy Cutler
Andy Cutler has over 20 years of experience in the area of strategic communications planning, public relations, and branding. In 2003, he founded Cutler & Company based in Providence, RI. Andy specializes in counseling public and private institutions, colleges and universities and startup entrepreneurial ventures on issues related to corporate image enhancement, media relations, crisis communications, grassroots organizing, student engagement, and social media all aimed at improving key stakeholder relationships.

In 2013, he also launched Smaller Cities Unite!, which is an initiative aimed at creating new networks, connections and collaborations between government, arts, design, entrepreneurial and student communities from cities with populations of 500,000 or less. Smaller Cities Unite! has received coverage in such media outlets as the Copenhagen Post, GOOD, Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station (WESA), Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Providence Journal, Providence Phoenix and Providence Business News.

Since 2008, he has served as the professional advisor to Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design students on A Better World by Design, the premier global conference on socially conscious design. Since 2008, 4,500 students and professionals from six continents have attended this 3-day conference now in its seventh year.

Previously, he had served in a number of senior positions with Edelman, a global public relations firm, Feinstein Kean Healthcare (a division of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide), Boston’s Faulkner Hospital, and Harvard Community Health Plan.

Andy received his B.A. from George Washington University.

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