Before the mavericks even take the stage!
A welcome from Dr. Brett Jacobsen, Bo Adams and music by Okorie Johnson
KAWAI LAIVICE PRESIDENT OF EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING SERVICES, NAIS
Kawai Lai is the Vice President of Education Technology and Learning Services at the National Association of Independent Schools, a non-profit serving over 1,800 schools and 730K students across the country and abroad. In her role as a key member of the innovation team, she leads ed tech initiatives and is responsible for the full cycle of innovation at NAIS – from ideation to execution. Kawai owns new initiatives with unknown outcomes that help independent schools thrive and create exceptional learning experiences.
Prior to a career in education, Kawai spent over a decade in consulting and technology, implementing large scale technology systems with Deloitte, working in different industries including healthcare, biotech, retail, non-profit, aerospace, and telecommunications. Her passion for education combined with her entrepreneurial spirit led her to a Silicon Valley start-up, Education Elements, where she was a founding team member and grew the company from 5 to 75 people. Through her work at the education technology start up, she had the opportunity to work with over 100 of the most forward thinking district and charter schools across the country.
Kawai has an MBA from Haas, UC Berkeley and a BS in mechanical engineering from Southern Methodist University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, who is the Director of Admissions at Woodside Priory School, along with their son and labradoodle.