Courtney O’Connell is a rising leader on the topic of innovation in education. Her TEDx talk “Go All In on Education” and her articles featured on the Huffington Post have provoked a national conversation on innovation in education. Courtney envisioned and served as the project manager for the Big Ideas in Higher Education Conference, a conference that was named Event of the Year by Brainzooming.com and featured in MeetingsNet Magazine. Courtney was acknowledged for her entrepreneurial approaches in education as a 99U Conference Fellow in 2013, and as an inductee into the American College Personnel Association’s prestigious honor society. She recently was hired to work along side best-selling author Erik Qualman as Director of Business Design. Courtney is determined to disrupt the current education system in hopes of making education a more engaging and meaningful experience for all students.