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ABOUT MICHAEL HORN

Leading Authority on the Future of K-12 and Higher Education

Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to improve the life of each and every student. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Choosing College, which strips away the noise around college to help students and parents understand why they are going to school and how to make better choices, as well as aids schools in designing better experiences.

Michael serves as the head of strategy for the Entangled Group, an education venture studio, and as a senior partner for Entangled Solutions, a strategy consultancy for the education ecosystem. He is also the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank.

Michael is the author and coauthor of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. An expert on disruptive innovation, online learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, and how to transform the education system into a student-centered one, he serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations, including the Clayton Christensen Institute, the Robin Hood Learning+Tech Fund, and the LearnLaunch Institute. He also serves as an executive editor at Education Next and is a venture partner at NextGen Venture Partners.

 

Michael was selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea, and Tech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Michael holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

ABOUT BOB MOESTA

Co-Architect of Jobs To Be Done Theory

Entrepreneurs and enterprise leaders alike recognize the importance of innovation, but few harnesses it effectively. Bob Moesta helps make it more predictable and successful.

Among the principal architects of the Jobs to Be Done theory in the mid-90s along with Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen, Moesta has continued to develop, advance and apply the innovation framework to everyday business challenges. Currently president and co-founder of The ReWired Group, a Detroit, Mich., business development consultancy and innovation incubator, he is also an adjunct lecturer at The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and an adjunct fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute.

A visual thinker, teacher and creator, Moesta has worked on and helped launch more than 3,500 new products, services and businesses across nearly every industry, including defense, automotive, software, health care, web services, financial services and education, for which he has a particular affinity: his forthcoming book, co-authored with education innovation expert Michael Horn, “Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life” (2019), applies the Jobs theory to transforming higher education for the needs of today’s learners. The authors help colleges answer the all-important question, “why are the students coming?”, and provide actionable solutions for helping students, parents, and institutions make progress in a more guided and purposeful fashion. The Jobs to be Done theory is just one of 25 different methods and tools he uses to speed up and cut costs of successful development projects. He is a guest lecturer at The Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Entrepreneurship and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Moesta is an entrepreneur at heart and engineer by training. He has started, built and sold several startups. Moesta started out as an intern for Dr. W. Edwards Deming, renowned statistician and father of the quality revolution. He traveled to Japan and learned first-hand many of the lean product development methods for which so many Japanese businesses, including Toyota, are known.

In recent years, Moesta has turned his Jobs to Be Done and demand-side innovation research toward education with the goal of helping transform the public education system into one that is more student-centric. A lifetime learner, he holds degrees from Michigan State University and Harvard Business School. He has studied extensively at Boston University’s School of Management, MIT School of Engineering and is working toward a Master in Design from Stanford University’s “D” School.

Bob Moesta is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, and conference talks, and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.