IECA Spring Conference Speaker Biographies
Emmy Award-Winning Actor, Author, Director & Producer
Henry Winkler’s passion for supporting others is the result of a lifetime struggle with undiagnosed dyslexia. Henry has worked tirelessly to bring awareness and support to children who learn differently, by advocating for changes in the educational system and informing parents and teachers about learning challenges. He is also the author of the New York Times best-selling Hank Zipzer book series, inspired by his struggle throughout his education due to his learning challenges, and designed to show children that a disability shouldn’t define them. Winkler has enjoyed over four decades of success in Hollywood and continues to be in demand as an actor, producer and director.
Author & Tech Humanist
Kate O’Neill has led innovations across technology, marketing, and operations for more than 20 years in companies from startups to Fortune 500s. Among her prior achievements, she created the first content management role at Netflix; developed Toshiba America’s first intranet; led cutting-edge online optimization work at Magazines.com; was founder & CEO of [meta]marketer, a first-of-its-kind analytics and digital strategy agency; and held leadership and advisory positions in a variety of digital content and technology startups. Kate’s most recent book is Tech Humanist: How You Can Make Technology Better for Business and Better for Humans, and she now hosts a weekly live program and podcast called The Tech Humanist Show.
Wes Moore is the Chief Executive Officer of Robin Hood, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation. He is a bestselling author (The Other Wes Moore), a combat veteran, and a social entrepreneur. As an underserved 12-year old getting into trouble, Wes was put on a path away from gangs, drugs and crime. He became the top student in his high school class, graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins, earned a Rhodes Scholarship and became a decorated veteran, White House fellow, founder of the innovative education social enterprise, BridgeEdu. Emphasizing the great impact that educators, mentors, family and a supportive community have on empowering the next generation’s success, Wes Moore celebrates those who are making a difference and the lives that they change every day. Wes’ latest book, Five Days, explores the uprisings in Baltimore in 2015 after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody through a kaleidoscope of perspectives and examines critical questions about the deeper causes of violence and poverty.