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Empowering Personalized Learning with Big Data

Ramona Pierson (Declara)

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Humans are constantly curious and learning should be about making new discoveries. With big data, we have the potential to take formal learning which is taught and combine it with informal learning which is experienced, to create personalized learning paths for every individual. Ramona’s personal story set her on this path and she will share what it means for companies and people across the world.

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Ramona Pierson

CEO, Declara

Ramona is the CEO and co-founder of Declara, a technology company focused on adult learning.

At the age of 22, Ramona Pierson was hit by a drunk driver while running and spent 18 months in a coma and 11 years blind. She relearned everything from breathing and seeing to walking and smiling. From this experience arose the drive to build companies where personalized learning and relearning were the center of all products.

She founded SynapticMash, a developer of educational solutions. It was acquired by Promethean World and Ramona became the Chief Science Officer leading its global expansion. In 2005, she created The Source, one of the first online social learning solutions for educators, students and parents. It was adopted throughout the Seattle Public School system and Ramona became the CIO for the district. Ramona’s career started as a neuroscientist at the Palo Alto Brain Center and VA hospitals.

Ramona entered University of California, Berkeley at the age of 16 and was recruited at 18 by the Marine Corps. She went on to earn multiple degrees in various disciplines.