Leah RodgersLeah Rodgers, NMDLC Keynote Speaker

Manager of Education Strategy
Dell EMC| Worldwide Education


Leah Rodgers is an Education Strategist at Dell EMC that helps schools and districts implement technology solutions that allow for students and staff to achieve their maximum potential. With extensive experience as a former K-8 education teacher, vice principal, and principal, she has supported the development and expansion of numerous K-12 blended schools, identifying programs and tools to improve school results and key metrics that measure effective outcomes. Leah has also provided training, professional development and education consulting to teachers and principals across the country helping improve school operations, culture, and academic programming. Prior to Dell EMC, she was Vice President of Professional Services at AdvancedPath Academics, where she helped schools integrate data from social-emotional assessments and curriculum to effectively address students’ non-academic needs. Leah has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Education from DePaul University.

DESCRIPTION: Tuesday January 29, 2019, 8:00am – 9:00am
Room 101 & 103

Technology is changing the way that students learn today. Learners have more access to technology, applications and programs that are helping personalize each student’s learning experience so they can maximize learning opportunities. Learners have countless tools that provide them with immediate information and knowledge at the access of their fingertips. Teachers roles are shifting, and educators are becoming more like facilitators of learning – acting more like “a guide on the side than a sage on the stage.” How are you helping students shift from consumers to creators, acquiring necessary skills to help them be better prepared for their future? Come listen and explore new ways to design learning experiences and environments that leverage technology and push student learning forward!

Elizabeth J. (Lisa) Kuuttila

Lisa KuuttilaCEO & Chief Economic Development Officer, STC.UNM
The University of New Mexico


Lisa Kuuttila joined STC.UNM (STC), the University of New Mexico’s technology‐transfer program, as President & CEO in 2003. She is currently CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer of the organization. In 2013, STC.UNM was tasked by the University with implementing its economic development initiatives under her leadership. She works with the STC. UNM Board of Directors in developing strategies for implementing STC’s vision to play a vital role in New Mexico’s economic development and to be a leader in technology commercialization. Under her leadership, STC.UNM is substantially growing its program using the Rainforest model to develop an innovation ecosystem in New Mexico.

Lisa has more than 30 years of prior leadership experience in technology commercialization and licensing. This includes positions as Assistant Vice President of Technology Commercialization at the Purdue Research Foundation; Director of Technology Commercialization at the University of Georgia; and Director of the Office of Technology Commercialization, Center for Advanced Technology Development, at Iowa State University. Her prior experience also includes a consulting practice that provided strategic marketing and technology‐transfer consulting services for a wide variety of well‐known technology corporations, universities and foundations, including Stanford University. She began her career in industry In several engineering and technology‐marketing positions.

She has exhibited exceptional skills in the marketing and start‐up company aspects of technology commercialization, having significantly increased the number of spin‐off companies at each university she has served. She also has substantial expertise in university‐based equity transactions and managed the seed‐capital venture fund on behalf of the Purdue Research Foundation.

Lisa has published extensively in her field, is an active speaker and has made presentations throughout her career to many organizations, such as the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the Association of University‐Related Research Parks (AURRP), the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and other national and international conferences and forums. She serves on the boards of the New Mexico Angels, a private membership organization for qualified angel investors, and the Coronado Ventures Forum, anon‐profit corporation focused on development, education and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and angel and professional investors. She is also affiliated with a number of other initiatives. Lisa received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Public Administration from Iowa State University. She is also a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute.

DESCRIPTION: Wednesday January 30th, 8:00am-9:00am
Room 101 & 103