Cator To Keynote at SIIA Ed Tech Business Forum

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has announced that Karen Cator, the recently appointed director of the United States Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology, will deliver the keynote lecture at a special lunch presentation at this year's Ed Tech Business Forum, being held Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 at The Princeton Club in New York.

Cator, previously director of education leadership and advocacy at Apple and in charge of the company's Distinguished Educator Program, now leads the implementation of research, policymaking, and leadership initiatives related to technology in education for ED.

"We are thrilled to have such an amazing leader and advocate leading the way at the Department of Education," said SIIA Education Division Vice President Karen Billings, who added that Cator will help to shine a "shine a light on the critical importance of technology in the 21st century classroom."

This year's forum will focus on financing options and future growth opportunities for the ed tech sector. Other featured speakers will include Steve Dowling, president of Pearson; Michael Doyle, managing director of Quayle Munro; and Susi Steigler-Peters, national manager of general education for Telstra Enterprise & Government.

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