Winner Selection Judges

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Aarti Dhupelia

VP of Strategic Initiatives, National Louis University

Aarti Dhupelia is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at National Louis University, working to re-engineer undergraduate programming to make a high-quality and affordable bachelor’s degree more accessible to all. She formerly served as the Chief Officer for College and Career Success at Chicago Public Schools, where she worked to ensure that every student at every grade level is engaged, on-track and accelerating toward success in college, career and life. This included driving strategies around attendance and truancy, drop-out re-engagement, out-of-school time, social and emotional learning, college and career planning, and early college and career coursework. Before assuming this role, Ms. Dhupelia served in additional capacities at CPS including Deputy Chief of Staff for the CEO and Director of Career and Technical Education.

Prior to joining CPS, Ms. Dhupelia served as Manager at strategy consultancy Marakon Associates. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Northwestern University, and she is a graduate of the Broad Residency in Urban Education and the Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows Program.

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Gale Halsey

CLO and Director, Global Learning and Organization Development, Ford Motor Company

Gale is responsible for developing and implementing the vision, strategy and global organization structure for all OD and learning activities across Ford. In her role, she coordinates the activities of the ten functional learning and development organizations, global leadership development programs, onboarding, and coaching strategies. Gale’s team also owns functional competency framework deployment standards and coordinates deployment processes for the corporation. Gale is responsible for the business operations of the Ford Training and Development Center, the Organization Development Institute, L&OD IT platforms and university partnership programs.

Gale has held a number of positions within Ford, including Director, Human Resources for Ford of Mexico; Director, Negotiations Planning and Global Labor Strategy; and many other HR positions within Ford since joining in 1994. Gale also worked for the Pepsi Bottling Company from 1999 – 2001 as a Regional Human Resource Manager.

Gale earned a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations from Michigan State University and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. She and her husband Robert enjoy running, traveling and live in Michigan.

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Arrun Kapoor

Managing Director, SJF Ventures

Arrun is the Managing Director for SJF Ventures’ New York City office and leads the fund’s education and employment tech investments. He has been involved as a Board Director or Observer to Civitas Learning, Raise, Think Through Learning, FieldView Solutions, ServiceChannel, Truist, and Ayla Networks. He heads the NYC EdLinks program and is a member of the Investment Board of the Social Venture Fund for The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School. Arrun was most recently with Bain & Company in London and Delhi. He worked with Bain’s private equity consulting practice and gained experience in a range of industries. He holds a Master’s in International Political Economics from the London School of Economics and completed a BA from New York University.

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Cory Notestine

Counseling & Postsecondary Coordinator, Colorado Springs School District 11

For the past seven years, Cory Notestine has worked as a professional school counselor in both urban and rural settings in North Carolina and Colorado. Through collaborative efforts, and cooperative leadership he’s developed two ASCA recognized comprehensive programs that have led to increased student outcomes.

His work with students has been honored by the North Carolina School Counselor Association, and the Colorado School Counselor Association, as Secondary School Counselor of the Years in 2011 and 2013. The American School Counselor Association mostly recently named him the 2015 National School Counselor of the Year.

Cory also provides instruction and supervision as an Adjunct Instructor in the Counselor Education Department at Adams State University, and has received degrees from the University of Kentucky in Psychology and from Gonzaga University where he completed his Masters in School Counseling. Cory currently serves as the Counseling and Postsecondary Coordinator for Colorado Springs School District 11, where he shares his passion for creating systemic change.

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Daniel Weitzner

Director, MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative

Daniel Weitzner is the Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative, Principal Research Scientist at CSAIL, and teaches Internet public policy in MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. His research includes development of accountable systems architectures to enable the Web to be more responsive to policy requirements, as well as technology policy studies of emerging Internet issues.

From 2011-2012, Weitzner was the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House. He led initiatives on privacy, cybersecurity, Internet copyright, and trade policies promoting the free flow of information. He was responsible for the Obama Administration’s Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and the OECD Internet Policymaking Principles.

Weitzner’s computer science research has pioneered the development of Accountable Systems architecture to enable computational treatment of legal rules and automated compliance auditing. In 2006 he launched the Web Science Research Initiative with Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall, Nigel Shadbolt and James Hendler, a cross-disciplinary research initiative promoting research on the technical and social impact of the Web.

Weitzner has been a leader in the development of Internet public policy from its inception, making fundamental contributions to the successful fight for strong online free expression protection in the United States Supreme Court, and for laws that control government surveillance of email and web browsing data.

Weitzner is a founder of the Center for Democracy and Technology, led the World Wide Web Consortium’s public policy activities, and was Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In 2013 he received the International Association of Privacy Professionals Leadership Award.