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Cal-ISBOA 2018 Conference and Annual Meeting
Beyond Business As Usual: The Innovation Mindset in Independent Schools

The Hilton San Francisco Financial District
May 6 & 7

Our Speakers

Bo Adams, 
Chief Learning & Innovation Officer, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School &
Executive Director of the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation

For more than a decade, Bo's core research question has been, “If school is meant to prepare kids for real life, then why doesn’t school look more like real life?”

Bo Adams considers himself first and foremost to be a learner. He treasures being a dad, as well as an educator and innovator. Bo identifies as an adventure sport enthusiast, and he actively pursues hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and kayaking. In September 2016, he began a challenge to summit all 54 fourteeners in Colorado. Bo loves to read, write, draw, design, tinker, think and do. Bo believes any boundaries between school and life should be blurred and semi-permeable at least. 

In June 2013, Bo joined Mount Vernon Presbyterian School as Chief Learning and Innovation Officer, and Bo could not have been more excited to become a member of the team at this leading school of inquiry, innovation, and impact. Additionally, Bo serves as Executive Director of the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation, a transformation design studio and PK-12 R&D lab. He’s extremely proud of his involvement in the establishment of the Innovation Diploma at Mount Vernon. Bo remains active as an edu-blogger at It’s About Learning ( and @boadams1 on Twitter. Additionally, Bo regularly pursues deeper understanding in the area of “schools of the future and the future of schools.”

From July 2012 to May 2013, Bo served as the Director of Educational Innovation at Unboundary, a strategic design studio in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in transformational change processes, communications, and brand significance.

From 1995 until 2012, Bo worked at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, where he fulfilled a number of roles during his tenure there. In Bo’s last nine years at Westminster, he served as the principal of the Junior High School. In 2006, Bo co-founded The Center for Teaching at The Westminster Schools. Bo’s primary points of focus throughout his principalship were faculty development, professional learning communities, assessment literacy, project-based learning, change management and educational innovation. In 2010, Bo and Jill Gough launched “Synergy” – a community-issues, project-based, problem-identification-and-solutions course for eighth graders. Prior to coming to Westminster, Bo worked at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia; Loudoun Country Day School in Leesburg, Virginia; and Camp Sea Gull in Arapahoe, North Carolina.

Contact Martha Ambros,Cal-ISBOA Director


Katlyn Grasso, Founder and CEO of GenHERation

In her role as CEO, Katlyn  has grown the GenHERation community to reach more than 89,000 girls. She founded GenHeration's Discovery Days,which has been recognized as the largest career exploration trip for young women in the United States with an audience reach of more than 10 million people. During the summer of 2017, GenHERation's Discovery Days tour consisted of 10 trips across 7 cities with 200 female executives providing young women with the opportunity to visit the most innovative companies in America.  

Katlyn is a 2015 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she received a B.S. in Economics with concentrations in finance and strategic globalization. She is an inaugural recipient of the President’s Engagement Prize created by Dr. Amy Gutmann at the University of Pennsylvania. This award provides graduating seniors with $150,000 to develop innovative projects that have the potential to change the world. Katlyn is a Seventeen Power Girl and was also named to the magazine’s list of “Real Girls Doing Amazing Things.” Katlyn was selected to participate in the Millennial Trains Project, a cross country trip for 25 social innovators from around the world. During the journey, she was named one of the “5 Innovators to Look Out for on the Millennial Trains Project” by Innovator’s Peak. After the trip, she was awarded an Impact Grant from NBCUniversal to produce webisodes of the GenHERation Summer Leadership Series as one of the most innovative, socially-impactful projects that came out of this year’s journey. She was featured on the cover of Philly Biz Magazine as the youngest woman on the “Women to Watch List.” Katlyn has started two nonprofit organizations and the dance exercise program Tap for Tots. In her role as Managing Practice Leader of the Wharton Small Business Development Center, she helped her team generate $30 million in new revenue and investments for their clients. 

Katlyn is a frequent radio and television contributor and her work has been featured across national media outlets, including CNBC, NBC New York, NBC Washington, D.C., NBC Philadelphia, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Yahoo Travel, Wharton Magazine, CBS Radio, SiriusXM Radio, and Seventeen Magazine. Katlyn is a member of the Penn Fund Executive Board and the Penn Nursing Center for Global Women's Health Advisory Board. Katlyn writes a monthly column for Wharton Magazine where she interviews successful business leaders about their journey to success. Katlyn speaks nationally about entrepreneurship and has been a featured speaker at the Forbes CMO Excursion, Heads Network Annual Meeting, the Sea Crest School's Innovator's Symposium, the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit, the United Nations, the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools Women in Leadership Conference, the National Coalition of Girls School Annual Conference, and has introduced a presidential candidate.

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