About Hot Lunch:
Prior to launching LRNG, Connie Yowell led a 15 year philanthropic effort at the MacArthur Foundation exploring how learning and educational systems need to change as a result of how young people use digital media. In her current role as CEO, Connie leads LRNG, a community based effort and technology platform designed to enable young people to discover their passions, find their people, and purpose a path to success. The effort seeks to move beyond innovation pilots to building the infrastructure our cities, communities, organizations and youth need to connect formal, informal, and workforce systems to empower youth success. During her upcoming presentation, Connie will discuss lessons learned from supporting innovations and design experiments within philanthropy, to now helping build the 21st century tools and support for innovation to scale for today’s learners.
About Connie Yowell:
Connie is the visionary and CEO of LRNG. She brings considerable experience from the MacArthur Foundation, where as Director of Education she oversaw a $200 million effort over 10 years to support research and design experiments in Digital Media &Learning. Prior to joining the Foundation, Connie was an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, publishing scholarly work that examined the complex interplay among young people’s emerging identity, their social context and achievement. Connie briefly served as Policy Analyst in the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton Administration and has worked closely with teachers and administrators to develop programs for youth development.
In 2004, Connie received the Distinguished Fellows Award from the William T. Grant Foundation, an award to support scholars seeking to bridge research and practice,under which she worked with the National Writing Project to develop approaches that integrate web 2.0 technologies into the social practices of teachers.
Connie earned her bachelor’s degree from Yale, and her PhD from Stanford University.