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Jan 30

EdTech Women: Women Supporting Women During TCEA

Source: EdTech Women

By Sue Hanson, PR with Panache!

edtechwomenThis year PR with Panache! is shining the spotlight on two outstanding women during this year’s annual TCEA Conference in Austin, Texas:  Dr. Karen Billings, Vice President, ETIN and Jean Seok, CEO, Learningpod.

Being humble, Karen would never tout all of her successes, so we want to recognize her for her more than 40 years of experience and hard work in the industry.

As vice president and managing director of the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN)— a division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)—Karen drives strategic direction, programs and initiatives for the division and its 185 company members focused on the K-12 and higher education markets. While in this position, she has developed and implemented the Innovation Incubator Program, the Vision K-20 Initiative, the One-to-One Business Connections, and produced numerous webinars, conferences, and market reports to support the education members she serves.

PR with Panache! is gathering other industry thought leaders and colleagues to honor Dr. Billings on Wed., Feb 4 at the TCEA Annual Conference in Austin, Texas.

PR with Panache! is also thrilled to have Jean Seok, CEO of Learningpod, join us in our by annual PR with Panache! “Meeting of the Minds” media suite at TCEA. Jean is also a strong ed-tech leader who would never draw attention to all of her outstanding accomplishments, so we’ll do that for her!

Jean leads the charge at Learningpod, an online platform that offers more than 50,000 free, high-quality practice questions for K-12 and higher education. Most people don’t know that Jean successfully spun Learningpod Inc. off from Kaplan Test Prep.

At Kaplan, she was the executive director of UX and the product owner for LSAT-On-Demand. Prior to this, she directed user experience/design at a number of technology startups, including Six Apart and Fotolog. She also was the frontend developer for the Media That Matters Film Festival, winner of best nonprofit website at SxSW.

Come meet Jean at the PR with Panache! “Meeting of the Minds” Media Suite on Wednesday, Feb 4 and/or Thursday, Feb 5 at the Austin Hilton meeting room 602.

Ron Reed, Executive Producer, SXSWedu, and Kathy Hurley, Former EVP Pearson Foundation and Industry Consultant, were also honored at previous PR with Panache! Thought leadership Soirée’s held at TCEA.


A savvy and well-respected PR professional, Sue Hanson approaches every campaign with fresh insight, up-to-the-minute trend awareness and the latest influencer outreach strategies. With 20+ years of industry experience, Sue connects clients to national trends and creates compelling media stories, which lead to resounding success. From her beginnings as a classroom teacher to launching PR with Panache!, Sue’s determination to exceed expectations has led the company to a leadership position in the public relations arena. Her strengths in every facet of PR and her raw, honest approach create a rewarding, refreshing approach to client-media relations. PR with Panache! (PRP) is a bold, fast-moving public relations and media-marketing agency for the education marketplace, launched the “PR with Panache! Thought Leadership Soirée 3 years ago to showcase the contributions of extraordinary individuals in the field of education.