Markkula Center for Applied Ethics - Better Choices

Upcoming Event Information

A CEO's Approach:
Leveraging Agile Methodology to Manage Diversity and Inclusion

General Information


Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Room, Building, & Time

De Saisset Museum
4:00-5:30pm, Program
5:30-6:00pm, Reception


Central/Main Parking Structure, cost is $5.
Additional parking info below.

Contact Information

Sara Tangdall
(408) 554-7891

Parking and Directions

Please check in at the Main Gate on Palm Drive to receive your parking pass.  Passes cost $5.  After receiving your pass, Parking Services will direct you to the Main Parking Structure.  We will have signs guiding you from the Main Parking Structure to Benson Memorial Center, and there is a map below.

  • If you are coming from U.S. Highway 101, take the De La Cruz Boulevard/Santa Clara exit. Follow De La Cruz Boulevard towards El Camino Real (stay in the right lane). When De La Cruz Boulevard splits, follow the right split over the overpass. Turn right on Lafayette Street staying in the right turn lane. Turn right at El Camino Real. The main entrance to Santa Clara University (Palm Drive) will be on the right-hand side of the road.
  • If you are coming from Interstate 880, take The Alameda exit. Travel north on The Alameda. The Alameda will become El Camino Real. The main entrance to Santa Clara University (Palm Drive) will be on the left-hand side of the road.
  • If you are coming from Interstate 280, take Interstate 880 north toward Oakland. Exit at The Alameda. Turn left on The Alameda. The Alameda will become El Camino Real. The main entrance to Santa Clara University (Palm Drive) will be on the left-hand side of the road.

Map from the Main Parking Structure to De Saisset.



Speaker Bios

Jessie Woolley Wilson is Chair, CEO, and President of DreamBox. Throughout her life and career, Jessie has been driven by a singular belief that all children need and deserve high-quality learning opportunities, regardless of who they are or where they live. She believes that by supporting great teaching and learning, everyone wins: kids, families, communities and the world. Jessie has worked in the education technology space for nearly 20 years to support school and district leaders to improve learning and life outcomes for K-12 students.

Jessie joined DreamBox Learning® in 2010 as Chair, President and CEO. The startup software company had pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ in 2006 and began partnering with schools soon after Jessie joined. DreamBox currently serves nearly 2.2 million K-8 students, approximately 80,000 teachers and provided over 255 million math lessons in the 2015-2016 school year across the U.S. and Canada.  Prior to joining DreamBox, Jessie served as president of Blackboard’s K-12 Group and president of LeapFrog SchoolHouse, the K-12 division of LeapFrog Enterprises. Jessie also served in leadership positions at, the interactive division of the College Board, and at Kaplan, the leading test preparation company in the U.S.

Jessie supports the broader K12 industry by serving on the boards of several educational organizations including Rosetta Stone, Newsela, International Association for K12 Online Learning (iNACOL), the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Western Governors University Board of Trustees and Islandwood. She is also a board member for Boeing Employees Credit Union. She has been a featured speaker at international events including TEDx Rainier, SXSWedu, and DENT.

Jessie is a two-time recipient of EdTech Digest’s EdTech Leadership Award for her work in transformative innovation in education. Seattle Business Magazine awarded Jessie the 2015 Executive Excellence Award in the CEO of the Year category and Forbes placed her on its “Impact 15” list for being a disruptor in education. The Puget Sound Business Journal honored Jessie as a “Woman of Influence” and 425 Magazine named her as one of eight “Unstoppable Eastside Women” for having a clear focus on the greater good. Additionally, The New York Times has profiled Jessie and her leadership style in their Corner Office column.

Jessie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia. She is also a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow and moderator for the Aspen Institute.

Kathy Yates is passionate about working with enterprises that combine business-sector discipline and public sector impact, and has held a variety of such positions during her 30-year executive career. Graduating Phi Beta Kappa with an economics degree from Trinity College, she first served as an economist for U.S. Department of Energy. After completing graduate school at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Kathy joined Knight Ridder’s distinguished newspaper, the San Jose Mercury News. She spent 18 years in the newspaper industry, serving as Chief Financial Officer and General Manager of the Mercury News, Director of Business Development for Knight Ridder Corporate, and co-founder /CEO of Knight Ridder New Media. 

In 1999, Kathy left Knight Ridder to focus on digital media, serving as VP/Product for (acquired by iVillage in 2001), President and COO of CBS Marketwatch (acquired by Dow Jones in 2004), and CEO of AllBusiness,com (acquired by Dun & Bradstreet in 2007).

Kathy then joined San Francisco-based Teachscape, an online learning and analytics firm dedicated to helping educators boost their teaching effectiveness, serving as COO in 2010, and as CEO from 2011-2014.

Today, Kathy continues her work in education through service on the Boards of Directors for Downtown College Prep (a San Jose charter organization preparing first generation students (primarily Latino) to get to and through four year college) and RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching). She also serves on International development projects with Cupertino Rotary, and works with small business proprietors through SCORE (the Small Business Administration’s Service Corps of Retired Executives).