This event will now take place 10/28 @ 2PM EST/11AM PST

This interactive virtual experience focuses on sharing out and unearthing the “lessons learned” from the start of the school year. Our discussion will focus on three strategic technology considerations related to high-speed advanced connectivity and how to assess the security and overall agility of your current systems.

In addition, attendees will learn more about “Internet Essentials” a game-changing program that enables districts to quickly and economically close the at-home internet gap.  This discussion will provide you with time-sensitive guidance for continually modernizing and trouble-shooting your instructional delivery strategy for both remote on onsite students.


Event Overview

  • Establishing an agile, equitable and user friendly network infrastructure for all remote users
  • Why cyber security is a critical element do developing your connectivity strategy
  • Internet Essentials – How this program can jump start “Leveling the playing field” for all your remote users


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Meet Our Ed-Chat Speakers

Christian Nascimento

VP Product Management & Strategy, Comcast Business

Christian Nascimento

Christian oversees the development, deployment and management of Comcast Business’ connectivity products and services, and was responsible for the launch of Comcast Business At Home, remote working solution. He was also School Board president of Methacton School District, and sits on the board of trustees at Widener University.

Lenny Schad

Chief Information and Innovation Officer in Residence, District Administration

Lenny Schad

Lenny Schad is the chief information and innovation officer for District Administration. Schad has been working in the technology field for 28 years where his career has taken him into many business sectors, and he has established a very successful leadership and management track record. His range of business-sector experience includes hospitality, government, oil and gas, investment banking, and education.

Highlights of his career include managing and leading technology departments for the 1991 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations and the 1992 Republican National Convention, and creating and managing technology departments for joint ventures and global organizations. Schad has worked in K12 education since 2003, and has successfully led implementations of BYOD and 1-to-1 in Katy ISD and Houston ISD, respectively. He is a board member for CoSN and IMS Global, and is a recognized leader whose innovative and process-oriented management styles have led to highly effective information technology departments.

The Changing Role of the CIO

The leaders of technology divisions must begin thinking of their role not in terms of providing “Technology Solutions” rather, they need to think of their role as being part of the “Classroom Experience.” As a technology leader you must face a new reality; because of the many cloud-based and digital service offerings, the organization can build their own solutions without you and your department. In order to avoid this CIO’s need to focus their time and energy on building relationships at every level in the organization. By establishing relationships and partnering with other leaders the technology department becomes the enabler to accomplishing the objectives in this changing landscape.

Shena Tharnish

VP Cybersecurity Solutions, Comcast Business

Shena Tharnish

Shena has lead Cybersecurity solutions for Comcast Business for more than three years, delivering exemplary designs, implementation, and operations to achieve successful business solutions.

Karima Zedan

VP, Corp Digital Incl/Internet Essential, Comcast Business

Karima Zedan

Karima is devoted to connecting low-income Americans to the internet at home and support training that provides skills to succeed in a 21st century economy. She created and drives the Internet Essentials program – the largest digital inclusion program for low-income families in the USA.

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