About the Presenters
Dr. Duncan Simester
Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
Duncan Simester is an expert on how economics and operations research contributes to the understanding and practice of marketing and strategy. While his work is widely published in the academic literature, the findings are also relevant to ESAs. Duncan has a Ph.D. from MIT. Currently, he holds the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Chair in Management Science. Prior to joining the faculty at MIT, he was a professor at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He is also a qualified lawyer and member of the Bar in his native New Zealand.
Mr. Michael Soules
Mike Soules’ in-depth knowledge of the education industry, both at the K12 and Higher Ed level, has provided him with unique opportunities to work with influential educational leaders. Now, as president at Corwin, he is committed to their business model of partnering with schools, districts, and departments of education to deliver training and tools that build capacity, have a positive change on instructional practices. Mr. Soules brings the perspective of the business partner to the event to help advance the participants’ understanding of strategic partnerships.
Dr. Susan Leddick
President, Profound Knowledge Resources, Inc.
Susan Leddick is a consultant in organization design and continuous improvement. She has worked with a diverse clientele: from manufacturing firms to colleges, car dealerships, child care agencies, government agencies, hospitals, trucking companies, and school districts. Her primary work today is with the public education system. She has been a high school teacher, an ABE/GED instructor, a community college administrator, a corporate director of quality and training for a manufacturing firm and a training coordinator for a state commerce department. Dr. Leddick’s multiple perspectives help her expertly support several groups of leaders to affect entire organization redesign.