Technology Innovations Committee Event

October 22, 2013

Frank Blackstone
President and General Counsel
Blackstone Counsel

Frank Blackstone is the president and general counsel of Blackstone Counsel, and acts as the Outside General Counsel for more than 25 mid-market technology-based companies and professional services firms. He has extensive experience with complex corporate and technology transactions, mergers and acquisitions, government contracts and compliance, intellectual property matters, complex litigation, and employment matters for clients ranging from emerging to multi-national companies, and non-profit organizations.

Blackstone started Blackstone Counsel to provide personalized service, responsiveness, experience and cost effective legal solutions to a variety of businesses. He recently finalized a merger of two federal contractors involving two private firms and two public companies, has closed numerous large contracts for his clients, and won three trials in local courts.

Blackstone has more than 25 years of legal experience, including serving in-house as an associate general counsel at EDS Corporation (now HP Enterprise Services), and as a partner with several law firms, including Mintz Levin and LeClair Ryan in the Washington, D.C. area, and Godwin Lewis in Dallas.

Blackstone has over 30 years of technology industry experience, and prior to becoming an attorney, Blackstone worked as an account marketing representative with IBM in Chicago, and for a start-up software company in Northern Virginia. He serves on and assists the Board of Directors of several of his clients.

Frank is admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as before several U.S. District Courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He earned his B.A. from Northwestern University in Economics (with a Minor in music theory and composition), and was awarded his J.D. from George Washington University. He is an active member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, is president of his Homeowners' Association, has mentored at-risk high school students, was a professional musician for 10 years, and served as a youth baseball, basketball and soccer coach for 11 years.

Phil Bronner
Quad Learning

Phil Bronner's career reflects the life-long passion he's had for education and its transformational impact on student's lives. Prior to leading Quad Learning, Phil was a General Partner for Novak Biddle Venture Partners—a venture capital firm with a focus on investments in education—where he led 16 investments over the course of more than 10 years. During his tenure, Phil also served on the board of several education companies, including ePals, 2tor, UniversityNow, and Fidelis College. Before joining Novak Biddle, Phil served as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and as a software engineer for IBM.

Phil holds a BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

He currently serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science, and is a Board Member for the Georgetown Day School, a private institution in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Ángel Cabrera
George Mason University

Dr. Ángel Cabrera was named the sixth president of George Mason University effective July 2012. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in more than 200 academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides its 33,000 students from 136 countries access to diverse cultural experiences and some of the most sought-after faculty, internships, and employers in the country. Named a top "Up-and-Coming University" by U.S. News & World Report and a "Best Value in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance, George Mason University is a leading example of a modern, public research university.

Prior to joining George Mason University, Cabrera served as the 11th president of Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona from 2004 to 2012, being designated president emeritus in April 2012. He was professor and dean of IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, between 1998 to 2004. Thunderbird is regarded as the world's leading graduate school of international management, and IE Business School has been ranked by the Financial Times among the top 10 business schools in the world. During the last decade, Cabrera pioneered efforts to educate women entrepreneurs in emerging markets and co-founded The Oath Project, an international initiative to establish a code of conduct for business leaders. In 2011, the Financial Times recognized him as one of the top 20 business school leaders in the world.

Cabrera's expertise in international business and higher education has been recognized by top international organizations. The World Economic Forum named him a "Global Leader for Tomorrow" in 2002 and a "Young Global Leader" in 2005. Two years later, the United Nations asked him to chair the international task force that developed the U.N.'s "Principles for Responsible Management Education." In 2008, the World Economic Forum appointed him chairman of the Global Agenda Council for promoting entrepreneurship, and The Aspen Institute named him a Henry Crown Fellow. In 2010, he was named topic leader for the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Cabrera is a frequent speaker at prestigious international forums, and he has written numerous papers in leading academic journals. His latest book, Being Global: How to Think, Act and Lead in a Transformed World, was published by Harvard Business Review. His views on global leadership, higher education, and corporate citizenship have been quoted by leading global media, including The Economist, Time, CNN, CNBC, El País, Forbes, the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. BusinessWeek honored him in 2004 as one of 25 "Stars of Europe."

Cabrera serves on the board of specialty retailer PetSmart. He also serves on the boards of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Scholar Program), ESSEC Business School, and the Iberoamerican Academy of Management and the Bankinter Foundation for Innovation in Madrid. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Future Trends Forum in Madrid, and he is the past chairman of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.

A native of Spain, Cabrera holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain's premier engineering university. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology and cognitive science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar.

Brett Frazier
Executive Vice President, Sales
EverFi Inc.

Brett Frazier currently serves as executive vice president of sales for EverFi Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based education technology company that is focused on providing critical life skills to K-12 students, college students and adults.

With more than 12 years of experience in P-20 education, Frazier has a special interest in ensuring that a company's solutions align to its customers' goals and metrics, along with the identification and sharing of industry best practices to help drive client success. He personally leads a number of executive share group events on an annual basis.

Prior to EverFi, Frazier was the senior vice president of global sales for Blackboard Learn, responsible for new sales, current account management and sales operations for Blackboard's largest division. In almost five years at Blackboard, Frazier held several executive leadership positions in Blackboard's K-20 education practice, all with increasing levels of revenue and personnel under management.

Prior to joining Blackboard, Frazier served as vice president of sales and marketing for KLC School Partnerships, a division of the global educational company Knowledge Universe. There, Frazier led KLC's efforts to take to market its expanded suite of P-12 educational enrichment and developmental education solutions. During his tenure, Frazier also led the development and launch of an online tutoring program to complement KLC's other offerings.

Brett also spent six years at eCollege, now a division of Pearson PLC, where he held a number of client facing leadership roles. His tenure at eCollege was marked by significant growth in revenue tied to client enrollment growth and new customer acquisitions.

Frazier's earlier career was with Hallmark Cards Inc., where he began his career with more than a decade of experience in consumer product sales, marketing and sales management.

Frazier holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Anne. Together, they enjoy weekends on their boat in the Chesapeake Bay, and they try to fit in some personal travel and sightseeing in between Frazier rather active work travel schedule.