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Natalia Castillejo

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Natalia Castillejo' Bio
Natalia Castillejo is a Principal Product Manager at Duolingo. She has been at Duolingo for five years. In that time, Natalia has led a variety of initiatives, including the launch of Duolingo Audio Lessons, the Duolingo Kids app, the Duolingo Podcast, and the Japanese course. As the Product Manager of the Speaking and Stories teams, Natalia collaborates with engineers, designers, and learning scientists to continually improve the way Duolingo teaches languages.

Dr Bronwyn Stuckey

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Dr Bronwyn Stuckey' Bio
Dr Bronwyn Stuckey (PhD, MEd, BA) is a Global Consultant Specialist in Game Play, Gamification, Communities of Practice and Learning Communities.

Bron has been engaged in educational community and gameful practices in learning development for the past 15 years. She has worked to explore virtual worlds, games in learning and how we can cultivate identity, agency, citizenship, leadership, and community. She is a postdoctoral research fellow of the Arizona State University Center for Games & Impact and is a leader in the field of gamification for cultivation of community and identity. As a global Minecraft mentor and for that past 10 years has consulted to Departments of Education, Health and Transport on ways Minecraft in particular can enhance their community outreach and educational agendas.  Bron supports youth enterprise and is on the board of several game-savvy startups. Bron’s overriding drive is to understand how games support learning and cultivate community for learners of all ages.

https://about.me/bronstuckey @bronst


Deirdre Quarnstrom

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Deirdre Quarnstrom' Bio
Deirdre Quarnstrom (she/her) started the program at Mojang Studios to bring Minecraft to mainstream education which now reaches millions of students and educators around the world. As General Manager of Minecraft Atlas at Microsoft, she leads social impact for the Minecraft franchise which includes teams responsible for the Minecraft Education business, Minecraft Hour of Code, work to make Minecraft more accessible for players of all abilities, and programs focused on sustainability, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Deirdre serves as a Director on the board of Block by Block, a non-profit partnership between Mojang Studios and UN-Habitat that uses Minecraft to empower youth and women in developing nations, and is a Trustee on the Board of the French American School of Puget Sound and co-chair of the school’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from McGill University in Montreal, an MBA from Seattle University, and completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University in 2018. Deirdre, her husband, and their two daughters live in Seattle, Washington.

Deborah Quazzo

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Deborah Quazzo' Bio
Deborah is the Managing Partner of GSV Ventures, a venture fund investing in education and workforce skills technologies that are disrupting the $7 Trillion sector. In addition, she is Co-founder of the ASU+GSV Summit. Now in its 12th year, the ASU+GSV Summit celebrates innovations and innovators across the global “preK to Gray” learning and talent landscape and attracts over 5,500 attendees.

Deborah currently serves on the boards of Aakash Educational Services Ltd (a leading tutoring and test preparation company in India), Ascend Learning (a portfolio company of Blackstone and CCCP), ClassEDU, Create and Learn, Degreed, The Educational Testing Service (ETS), Intellispark, Mighty, PhotoMath, QuillBot, Remind, Stride, Turnitin (an Advance Communications company) and Valenture Institute. She is a board observer at CLI Studios, CreativeLive, Fairygodboss, Lightneer, Outlier.org, RaiseMe, and Toucan. She is a member of the boards of The Common Ground Foundation, The Falling Walls Digital Education Jury Board, The Khan Academy Thought Leadership Council, The New Profit Prophets Education Advisory Group, Oriental Education Institute (OEI), Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Strada Institute for the Future of Work Advisory Committee. She previously served on the board of a number of education organizations including The Chicago Board of Education (CPS) and KIPP: Chicago.

Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1987.