Dan Sommer is the Founder and CEO of Trilogy Education Services, a Workforce Accelerator that partners with the world’s leading universities to help companies bridge the digital skills gap. Under Dan’s leadership, the company has grown to over 37 University partners in 30+ locations globally and over 450 employees.
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Prior to founding Trilogy, Dan served as Zeta Interactive’s President of Global Education where he led the company’s growth and expansion within the education sector. Prior to Zeta, Dan served as CEO and Chairman of Study Interactive, an Innovative International ‘School as a Service’ provider that partners with International Universities to bring their programs online.
Dan is a graduate of Cornell University and remains an active alumnus. He led the creation and development of Student Agencies eLab, an accelerator serving high potential Cornell University entrepreneurs.
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Patrick Donoghue has more than 25 years of experience in building successful companies. His experience spans large and small cap companies, both public and private, across multiple industries. Recently he has been involved in growing private equity-backed technology-enabled businesses. His focus is on partnering with the CEO to develop market leading strategies, and build high-quality management teams that support high growth and superior returns for shareholders.
His last two Chief Financial Officer positions have been in the Education industry building successful tech-enabled services businesses that offer online program management services to traditional universities. Prior to that Patrick held a number of senior finance roles at a SaaS company serving the insurance industry. He began his career building his finance and strategy acumen within the pharmaceutical and food & beverage industries.
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Jamie Farrell is the Chief Business Officer of Trilogy Education Services. At Trilogy, Jamie is responsible for achieving revenue goals as well as launching new revenue streams.
A higher education veteran, Jamie has consistently held executive leadership roles in the fastest growing businesses in EdTech. With a passion for using technology-enabled solutions to provide access to education, Jamie has held executive leadership roles at both 2U and General Assembly (acquired by Adecco).
Prior to building the Admissions, Marketing, and Business Development departments for these organizations, Jamie was a founding director at Education Connection (Kaplan, Inc); acquired by Halyard Capital. Jamie likes to build things: business lines, products, teams, and make them profitable. If there is no core mission, she’s not the right person to call.
Jamie graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with degrees in Psychology and Education. Jamie lives in South Florida (although often can be found in AZ or NYC) and is obsessive about her son, husband, and dog, Mojo. When not working, she can usually be found traveling with her family or at the beach.
Greg Calverase is the Chief Operating Officer at Trilogy. At Trilogy, Greg oversees ongoing business operations within the company with specific emphasis on the company’s field operations, functional operations, and career services offerings.
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Greg is an accomplished, well-rounded and innovative leader with 20 years of educational business experience. He has held numerous positions in general management and operational support, managing highly diversified portfolios for Kaplan Inc, a Graham Holdings company. He has a successful track record of turning around struggling businesses, growing established markets and driving strong performance in strategy, operations, marketing, academics, sales, P&L management, technology and people development.
Prior to starting and subsequently selling a small craft beer venture in Florida, Greg was the SVP and GM of Kaplan’s Higher Education Campuses, a business with 38 campuses and over $250M in revenue. He was responsible for integrating that business into the Kaplan Higher Education Group, stabilizing struggling performance and preparing the business for acquisition by Education Corporation of America in early 2015. Prior to this, Greg held GM roles of increasing scope within the Kaplan Test Prep division as the Area Director of Indiana, the Regional Director of Great Lakes, the Regional Vice President of California and the Territory Vice President of the NYC metropolitan market. He was a catalyst for significant change in a wide variety of company-wide initiatives including the centralization and systematization of inventory management, the transformation of lead generation activities on college campuses, the shift to a variable cost classroom model, and an increased focus on academic quality across the organization.
Greg has also managed several complex operational initiatives for Kaplan during his tenure. Beginning in 2010, as the VP of Operations, he lead the operational restructuring of the Test Prep business into strategic business units. In 2012, as the SVP of Business Systems Integrations, he managed the transition from highly customized, fragile and outdated business systems to a cloud-based ecosystem. His primary objectives and outcomes during each initiative were creating operational consistency, driving process simplification, improving company results, increasing job satisfaction, and improving student feedback.
Greg holds a B.A. in English Literature from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and is a veteran of the U.S. Army Field Artillery School where he was an Honor Graduate.
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David Berger is the Chief Marketing Officer and Founding Chief Financial Officer for Trilogy Education Services. At Trilogy, David oversees all program marketing and the efficiency of all marketing budgets.
Prior to joining Trilogy, David co-founded a direct response marketing agency Vital Intel in 2012 with Michael DiMaio and Eric Neuner. An entrepreneur with a passion for education, consumer behavior, and data-driven marketing, David’s career has included leadership roles in project management, marketing, business development, and finance. Prior to assuming his current roles with Trilogy Education Services and Vital Intel, David was Vice President of Interactive Marketing at XL Marketing (now Zeta Global), a performance lead generation and customer acquisition company.
Prior to XL, David was Director of Interactive Marketing at Caridan Marketing Labs, an interactive and social media marketing company focused on the education, financial services, healthcare, and technology sectors.
Based currently in San Francisco, David holds a B.S. in Psychology and Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was also a member of the cycling team. He lives with his wife, Sarah, and dog, Larry (yes, the dog’s name is Larry). Outside of work, David enjoys mountain biking, golf and trying new breweries.
Stuart Thompson is the Chief People Officer for Trilogy Education Services. At Trilogy, Stuart leads people strategy in support of the execution of business plans with a focus on talent management, organizational performance, compensation, and the development of an incredible culture where each team brings their very best to work each day.
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Stuart brings over 17 years of human resources leadership having led recruiting and people operations teams with a number of technology companies. Prior to joining Trilogy, Stuart led the people operations teams for Autotrader, Dealertrack, Kelly Blue Book, and a host of software products for Cox Automotive. His prior experience includes leading teams at Scripps Networks, McGraw-Hill Companies, and Take-Two Interactive Software.
He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Baylor University, and also studied at National University of Ireland, Galway. Stuart lives in New York and is a diehard Chicago Bears/Cubs fan.
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Jay is the Chief Technology Officer for Trilogy Education Services. At Trilogy, Jay oversees the learning and operational technologies to support a world class experience for learners and University partners. Jay holds deep leadership experience in education, media, and technology.
Prior to joining Trilogy, Jay was the Chief Digital Officer for Barnes and Noble Education, partnering with over 1400 colleges to offer innovative digital solutions for addressing student affordability and advancement. Earlier, he was the President of the CK-12 Foundation, committed offering free, open education resources used by tens of thousands of schools and millions of students worldwide.
Jay also worked as the General Manager of the digital business at McGraw-Hill for Higher Education. He led a team that launched the fastest growing adaptive learning platform in the college market, growing it from inception to supporting millions of students globally. Earlier in his career, he worked at Wolters Kluwer Health; was a founding member of Opus360, a NASDAQ listed software company, and started his career as an engineer at Intel.
Jay is on the Bank Street College Board of Trustees. Jay studied Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Oregon Health and Science University in Computer Science and Engineering. He lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.
Ahmed Haque is Chief Academic Officer at Trilogy Education Services, and an instructor in the Coding Boot Camp at Rutgers University, a program created and managed by Trilogy. At Trilogy, Ahmed is responsible for setting and maintaining standards for both instructor and student achievement in the classroom, using a data-driven approach that includes video monitoring, student feedback, analysis of homework, and other factors.
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Prior to joining Trilogy, Ahmed served as Lead Software Engineer at SensoDX LLC, a research-based startup focused on using blood-based biomarker data to predict the early onset of cardiovascular disease.
Ahmed is currently a Ph.D candidate in bioengineering at Rice University and earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Texas A&M University. Outside of work, Ahmed lives with his wife and enjoys writing and learning about new technologies.
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Luyen Chou is the Chief Product Officer at Trilogy Education Services. In this capacity, he oversees Academics, Product Management, and Technology. Prior to joining Trilogy, Luyen served in a variety of product leadership roles at Pearson. Most recently, he was the company’s Chief Product Strategy Officer with responsibility for the company’s global product portfolio strategy. Prior to this role, he served as Senior Vice President, Product Strategy, and as Chief Product Officer for the K-12 Technology group. Luyen joined Pearson in 2011 through the acquisition of Schoolnet, a leading provider of data-driven curriculum and assessment solutions for K-12 school districts and states, where he served as Chief Product Officer.
Before joining Schoolnet in 2006, Luyen Chou was the Associate Head of The School at Columbia University – an independent K-8 laboratory school on the campus of Columbia University in New York City. He also served as Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Learning and Teaching, a research organization affiliated with The School and Columbia University.
Prior to working at Columbia University, Luyen was Founder, President, and CEO of LearnTech, a developer and publisher of innovative educational software tools and applications.
Luyen has a long history working with technology in the classroom, having served as Director of the New Laboratory for Teaching and Learning at The Dalton School in New York City, and as a high school history and social studies teacher. He collaborated on the development of a number of innovative computer-based and traditional curriculum projects, including an award-winning curriculum on New York City during the Civil War.
Luyen holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Harvard College and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University Teachers College.
Luyen is a co-founder and board chair of Brooklyn Prospect, a K-12 International Baccalaureate charter school network based in Brooklyn, New York.
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Shadee Barkan is Executive Vice President of Partner Relations at Trilogy Education Services. At Trilogy, Shadee oversees relationships with Trilogy’s University partners across markets to maximize growth. The primary goal of the EVP Partner Relations is to ensure that Trilogy builds strong relationships with partners through operational excellence and the advancement of creative and innovative ideas.
Prior to joining Trilogy, Shadee was Vice President of Strategic Accounts for Jornaya (previously LeadiD), where she was responsible for the acquisition and growth of the company’s largest clients. Combined, Shadee brings more than 20 years of executive experience at education companies including Kaplan, Peterson’s and others.
Shadee holds a B.A. in English and French Literature from Rutgers College, and lives in New Jersey with her husband and two sons. Outside of work, Shadee is an avid runner, Whole Foods junkie and is her happiest when traveling with her family to ski, sun, and explore.