MindBridge CEO delivers keynote at HULT Women in Business Conference

On May 3, 2017, Esin Sile, Ph.D. will deliver a keynote talk at Being the Boss, the 2017 HULT Women in Business conference sponsored by HULT International Business School.

The half-day conference brings together executives, founders, top industry experts, academics, and students for a dialogue around vital topics for women in leadership, including: challenges in the workplace; leadership roles and their impact in organizations; entrepreneurship; and personal branding.

In a talk entitled “Lifting the Next Generation Women” Dr. Sile will share insights from her global experience in Business and Economics that will help attendees use both their personal strengths and market insights to support career-long success.

2017 HULT Women in Business Conference

2017 HULT Women in Business Conference




Boston in the Fall

Here’s what’s coming up for MindBridge in October!

MindBridge Partners has a big month ahead! Check out the happenings below:

We’re running a workshop at Sacred Heart School, Kingston on October 5th: “What to Make of Makerspaces?” where we will dive into the rapidly evolving trend of Makerspaces in K-12 independent schools. We invite you to fill out the pre-registration survey and sign up on Eventbrite at your earliest convenience—space is limited!

We are excitedly working on a podcast series for EdTechTimes that will explore the latest trends on the minds of independent school administrators. Stay tuned for a sneak peek of featured K–12 schools.

Get ready for our live webinar: “How to Power Up Your Value Proposition!” On October 14th, Esin and team will lay the groundwork for developing a better understanding of your school’s value proposition and present a series of steps to help to strengthen it. Registration opens next Monday 9/19. Sign up for updates here, and save the date!


Makerspaces are Game Changers in Education

Mary Jo Madda, Senior Editor at EdSurge, raised an important question with last week’s article entitled: “Is the ‘Maker Movement’ an Education Game Changer, or Just a Trendy Take on Gadgets and Project-Based Learning?”

Turns out MindBridge Partners has been engaged in research on makerspaces, and we have a strong argument for why makerspaces are in fact an education innovation that is “changing the game” in K-12. Check out our response article on LinkedIn:


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MindBridge to present on EdTech Trends and IT Teamwork at ATLIS Conference 2016

MindBridge is excited to participate in this year’s ATLIS Conference beginning this Sunday April 17th thru Wednesday April 20th in Atlanta. Slated as a “Must-Attend Event for Technology Leaders in Independent Schools,” this national conference gathers the independent school community for focused professional development seminars, networking, and idea-sharing. Attendees for ATLIS 2016 come from over 150 independent schools, associations, and companies across the country.

This year, MindBridge Partners is presenting two sessions:

In “What’s Next? Transformative Trends in EdTech” (4/17 1:00-3:00PM) MindBridge CEO Dr. Esin Sile and Senior Advisor Keith Gillette are teaming up with Carney Sandoe and Associates CTO Scott Roy to kick off the conference with creative collaboration:

“In a rapidly changing education technology landscape, some school tech initiatives can lead to more questions than answers. Be prepared to tackle new edtech challenges by getting a head-start on the issues that are trending.

This session will kick off the ATLIS conference with a roundtable platform to highlight and discuss three transformative trends in education technology that are impacting your schools: Student Data Privacy, 1:1 / BYOD, and the Maker Movement. You will have the opportunity to choose a transformative trend, engage in lively roundtable discussion with industry peers, and participate in developing a set of best practices for applying the trend to real-world scenarios.

Whether your school is just starting to grapple with the trend or whether you already have projects underway, you’ll benefit from the insights and strategies developed in this hands-on working session.”

Senior Advisor Keith Gillette will then take the lead in presenting “Get Your Team RACIng: An Integrated Approach to IT Job Design,” (4/19 10:00-10:45AM) as a conference send-off focused on team implementation readiness:

“Too many schools aren’t ‘firing on all cylinders’ because it’s unclear who’s responsible for even routine work. This is especially challenging in IT, where complexity and interconnection rule. Learn clear frameworks for apportioning job responsibilities that respect the intricacy of IT tasks and allow for clear delineation of responsibility without sacrificing teamwork.”

We are looking forward to connecting with and learning from peer leaders in independent schools!

Check out our presenter bios below, and be sure to tune in to our Twitter Feed and Google+ page for updates and insights from ATLIS 2016! For more information on the sessions, email us at info@mindbridgepartners.com. 

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Esin Sile, PhD

Esin Sile, PhD is a seasoned Economist and Consultant who has worked extensively with institutions and organizations in the education sector, partnering with clients in K-12 and higher education institutions to provide strategy based on data-driven research. She has more than 15 years of consulting experience, with her expertise in the education sector spanning enrollment management, branding and marketing, pricing and value, strategic planning, academic program management, and innovative practices. Esin has also advised clients globally on how to best adopt innovative and entrepreneurial strategies in their organizations.

Esin is a frequent speaker at international conferences on education innovation and entrepreneurship. Throughout her career, she has advised clients on issues related to complex litigation, regulatory proceedings, and strategy development in a wide array of industries. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Economics from Brown, an M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a B.A. in International Relations.

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Keith Gillette, Senior Advisor, MindBridge Partners

Keith Gillette has more than 20 years of experience designing and delivering information technology solutions in K-20 educational contexts. He has launched and administered multiple 1:1 student computing learning initiatives. In addition to multi-platform network and systems design and administration experience, Keith has expertise in IT infrastructure design and construction management in both new building and facilities remodeling.

Keith holds an M.S. in Information & Telecommunications Systems Management, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, as well as numerous IT industry certifications, not to mention his B.S. (what else?) in philosophy. Keith is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and brings Six Sigma certification and a quality systems/process management orientation to his work in strategic planning, systems design, project coordination, and operations management.

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Scott Roy, Chief Technology Officer, Carney, Sandoe & Associates

Scott Roy has spent 17 years in independent school technology search and placement and 5 years in technology consulting. He currently holds the role of CTO at Carney Sandoe and Associates and also works as a Placement Associate and a Search Consultant, recruiting computer science teachers and technology directors for independent schools. He is proud to be a 5 year volunteer for grade 5 mathematics at Renaissance Charter School, Boston, MA, and a mentor for students enrolled in Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP).

Scott worked as Senior Systems Engineer at Microsoft Corporation, an IT Group Manager at UniFirst Corporation, Consulting Services Manager at Welsh Consulting in Boston, and roles as both Managing Associate/Director of Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Carney, Sandoe & Associates. He graduated with a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire, an M.S. in Computer Science from Boston University. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

Video: Esin Sile Speaks on Higher Ed in Azerbaijan

MindBridge Partner & CEO Esin Sile, PhD, recently visited Azerbaijan, where she was interviewed by a number of news sites about innovation in higher ed.

One interview took place on Təhsil TV, a government news site , featured by the Ministry of Education (Təhsil Nazirliyi) in a segment covering Modern Science and Innovation (Müasir elmin innovasiyası).

Esin was also featured on Qafqaz News, a local educational news site covering topics relevant to innovation in higher education and its impact on the international labor market.

Esin appeared on the show to share her expert opinion and experience with innovative educational practices.

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Advisor Sean Wakely takes on Faculty Development through Higher Ed Publishing

MindBridge Partners advisors are connectors and creators.

This week in San Francisco, Advisor and higher ed publishing expert Sean Wakely will be attending the 40th Annual Professional and Organizational Development Network (POD) conference—the group’s premier meeting devoted to improving teaching and learning in the higher education community. He’ll join a team of new faculty developers and college professionals to address the challenges and rewards of creating programs that strengthen current institutional leaders and build a talent pipeline for the future.

A conference session on “Scholarly Writing Programs” highlights the increasing pressure faculty and graduate students experience to publish and suggests innovative strategies for increasing writing output while balancing other demands. Sean’s participation in the conference kicks off his own foray into the development of campus-based writing workshops for prospective academic authors that require support to successfully publish book-length works.

Contact us if you are interested in learning more about Sean’s work in faculty development via publishing.


Sean Wakely
Founder, Academic Author Advisers
Advisor, MindBridge Partners

MindBridge Partners Expertise Featured in Computerworld and Harvard Business Review

MindBridge Partners boasts a team of experts that you’ll always find at the leading edge of trends in strategy, innovation, and technology.

Can Erbil, Senior Advisor and professor of economics at Boston College, along with Partner and Author Katy Tynan, were featured in a recent Computerworld article on the growing trend of IT professionals as freelancers: “Tech pros make the most of the ‘gig economy’.”

Katy also penned an article on essential skills for new leaders in the workplace. The piece, “Do you have a manager’s mindset?“, was published in the Harvard Business Review last week.

Dr. Sile discusses transformational trends in the global market for education technology.

MindBridge Partners CEO presents at 34th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkish Relations

MindBridge Partners CEO Esin Sile, Ph.D. attended the 34th Annual Conference on United States-Turkish Relations in Washington, DC.

For over 30 years, The Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkish Relations, has been the largest gathering of government leaders, entrepreneurs and industrialists, academics and policy makers who focus on the full range of bilateral issues. (from website)

Dr. Sile was a panelist at the Education Session on Monday, September 28th.   This year’s session emphasized the increased role that education and education technology have been playing between the two economies. Over the last few years, the potential for disruptive business models in education technology has captured the interest of investors on both sides. (This is due in large part to government efforts to integrate state-of-the-art computer technology into public education systems.) As such, the global market potential for educational products—which vary from online curricula to educational gaming to tools for teachers and administrators—is growing by the day.

The panel on “Commercial Diplomacy through Investment in Education” addressed current and future investment behavior in education and education technology. Dr. Sile presented transformational trends with the greatest potential in education technology.  She also discussed the role of technology disruptions in creating more effective and improved approaches to education—approaches which have become increasingly fragmented, competitive, and global. Finally, Dr. Sile addressed how some of these trends, such as Peer2Peer Learning, can be utilized within the Turkish education system.

Interested in learning more about the research? Send us an email! info@mindbridgepartners.org.


MindBridge Partners to present “Leading EdTech Transformation” Workshop in November

MindBridge Partners will present a half-day workshop on Friday, November 20, at the Courtyard Marriott Boston-Natick from 7:30AM-Noon.


In this workshop, entitled “Leading EdTech Transformation,” we will provide leaders of school technology initiatives with actionable insights to guide their strategies in choosing new tech and implementing it successfully. It’ll be an exciting opportunity for attendees to connect with a broader community of peers and experts, all navigating a fast-changing Edtech landscape.


Presentations By:
  • Framingham Public School District Superintendent Stacy Scott
  • Operations Executive and Entrepreneur Katy Tynan
  • CIO and Educational IT Consultant Keith Gillette


Please visit the Eventbrite page to learn more and to register: http://leadingedtech.eventbrite.com/


We look forward to seeing you there in November!


How Private Colleges are Approaching the Challenge of Educating Students for the Global Workplace

It’s not easy to be the leader of a small, private college these days. Over the last decade these schools have been under tremendous pressure from seemingly every direction. With high (and rising) tuition, and a centuries-old liberal arts curriculum, these institutions have endured criticism about their value proposition to students, as well as the relevance of their curriculum in today’s rapidly evolving, global workplace. These concerns were highlighted when Sweet Briar College announced in 2014 that it would be closing its doors.

Private, four year colleges have an average cost (tuition and fees) of just under $25,000 per year according to the National Center for Education Statistics 2013/2014 report. This is by far the most expensive education a student can pursue. And while students feel prepared to tackle the challenges of their new jobs, their employers aren’t as confident that new graduates are ready. A study by the AACU in 2013 found a substantial gap between students perception of their own readiness and employers assessment of the same skills.

So how are colleges adapting their programs to better prepare students for the evolving landscape of work? Small colleges are embarking on innovative projects which are showcasing their ability to adapt to changing circumstances. And beyond the addition of new programs and new ways of thinking about teaching and learning, these schools are also finding that the liberal arts curriculum, despite its age, is a surprisingly good platform for preparing students for the modern workforce.

Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts, is one of the twenty oldest private colleges in the United States. Tracing its roots to 1784, with a charter signed by John Hancock and Samuel Adams, Becker has a long tradition of educating students using the liberal arts model. Yet it is just this tradition that has been criticized as being outdated and impractical in our technology-enabled workplace. So how does an institution like Becker tackle updating its curriculum while maintaining the core values upon which it was founded?

Dr. Robert Johnson, president of Becker, is passionate about the future of learning, and how Becker is adapting to preparing students for a whole different world when they graduate.

“We are preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technology that hasn’t been invented, so it’s necessary to change how we think” says President Johnson, “we have to value learning over knowing.”

To Dr. Johnson, while that means tactical changes like focusing on learning the skills of the entrepreneur, it’s also about teaching global citizenship.

“If you are an educated person on a planet with over 7 billion people then you are privileged, and you have a social responsibility to go out into the world and leave it better than you found it.”

To teach global citizenship, Becker incorporates three key pillars into their curriculum:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Social Responsibility
  • Creative Expression

Becker’s goal is to take the best of their existing program, and infuse it with a global, entrepreneurial perspective, to give students the skills they need to adapt to change, and evolve along with the diverse and dispersed workplace they will become a part of.

In contrast to Becker College’s position as one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States, Hampshire College is one of the youngest. Founded in 1970, Hampshire was itself an innovative project which was created by a committee formed by the presidents of Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Amherst College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to rethink the practice of liberal arts education.

“Hampshire was created to be disruptive” says current president Jonathan Lash. In the spirit of that intent to try new things, Hampshire eliminated traditional constructs like majors and grades. They allowed students to select interdisciplinary fields of study, and, guided by an advisor, put together a unique curriculum based on their own interests. Rather than receiving grades, Hampshire students receive extensive written and verbal feedback from their professors to help them learn and grow.

The founders were less concerned about job training, and more interested in trying to invent a new way of approaching teaching and learning. The focus was entirely on the student, and supporting that student as they pursued answers to broad questions about the world. Yet this lack of focus on job training had a surprising result. In 2012, Forbes released a list of the 20 best colleges for entrepreneurship, and there, alongside MIT and Stanford, was Hampshire College.

While Hampshire was not trying to create a business school, they seemed to have done so by accident. “It turns out that the skills are fabulous skills. They are the skills of the entrepreneur,” says Lash. “Our students see change as opportunity.”

Hampshire and Becker are great examples of a renaissance in the image of the small, liberal arts institution. While they received the brunt of the criticism for being high priced purveyors of impractical learning experiences, they have proven to have the ability to not only demonstrate success through the outcomes of their students, but to be more agile than their larger competitors.

The global marketplace is demanding more from new graduates than ever before. Employers are focused on skills such as teamwork, creativity, and communication as core competencies for the modern workplace. And as the marketplace requires these new skills, colleges are challenged to build programs that foster these capabilities while still providing the core learning experiences that students need and expect from higher education.