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Leadership Summit
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Be a Mastermind: How to Influence Policy in Your State

Location: W187c

Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Panel


Monday, June 25, 3:00–4:00 pm
Location: W187c

Boyka Parfitt   David Schmidt  
This session will address the building blocks of advocacy and provide attendees with information and strategies to effectively articulate their policy needs and positions.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Technology infrastructure
Topic: Educational policy and leadership

Presenters

Boyka Parfitt, ISTE

Boyka Parfitt, manager of government and external relations, joined ISTE's advocacy team in 2016 with strong desire to be part of a mission-driven organization and make a difference. Currently, she manages ISTE’s ongoing advocacy projects and coordinates the organization’s federal and state government relations work. Boyka works closely with domestic and international partners and stakeholders. She is passionate about advocating for policies that bring meaningful change in education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, and a bachelor’s in business from University of Phoenix.

David Schmidt, ISTE

Dave Schmidt is the State Advocacy consultant for ISTE and the Founder & President of Vality LLC, a full-service consulting firm with specialization in education and technology. He has over 25 years of educational and business experience, including work for blue-chip organizations the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), U.S. Navy, Pearson Education, Gateway, AOL, and Intel, including 12+ years in advocacy, government relations, and school development activities for a 14 state territory. He earned an MBA from The Wharton School and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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