Jeff Thiel is an experienced executive and entrepreneur who has built and launched new products and services in industries ranging from PC software to financial services, health care, and K-12 education. Jeff is CEO of Metria Learning, which helps K-12 schools boost student achievement with online tools that enable educators to collaborate to deliver rigorous, data-driven, personalized instruction. Previously he co-founded Clarity Health Services to help independent physician practices improve patient care coordination while reducing administrative costs. He also co-founded a financial services startup. Jeff worked at Microsoft for 10 years leading product management and development teams in the Windows and Consumer Products Divisions. Jeff started his career with global management consulting firm Bain & Co. He was a Dean’s Medalist at the University of Washington and received his MBA with honors from the Wharton School.
Andrew Himes was founding editor of MacTech, the leading Apple technology journal, then co-founded the Microsoft Developer Network. He led the first web development project at Microsoft, and then led Microsoft's Platform Web Team. After leaving Microsoft, Himes founded Project Alchemy, an NGO focused on elevating the technology expertise and effectiveness of grassroots social justice advocates, and then founded the Voices Education Project, with the mission of using writing and literature to help a generation of students understand the human experience of war and violent conflict. He founded Charter for Compassion International, a global movement cities to practice compassion in every realm of community life and leadership. Himes produced the documentary Voices in Wartime and is the author of The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family, a history of American fundamentalism.