Senior Vice President, Corporate and Industry Strategy
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Katie Blot is the senior vice president of corporate strategy and business development for Blackboard. In this capacity, she drives the strategic planning process and helps set the direction for the company in order to fulfill Blackboard’s mission of reimagining education.
To reimagine education, Katie and her organization are focused on assessing and evaluating industry trends, engaging with the education and education technology communities in meaningful ways and identifying and executing strategic partnerships. Another key role of the organization is to incubate key initiatives targeted towards emerging needs in education.
Prior to joining Blackboard, Katie served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Federal Student Aid at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to becoming CIO, Katie was the Deputy General Manager for the Application, School Eligibility and Delivery Services Unit, responsible for processing over 14 million student applications for federal student aid and delivering over $60 billion in Title IV programs.
Prior to joining the Department of Education, Katie worked at BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting) in its higher education group. In her 10+ years there, she worked with hundreds of schools advising on the effective delivery of student services.
Katie has almost 20 years of experience in the education industry, providing leadership in the business and technology realms. She understands how to realize the benefits of effectively aligning human capital, business processes and technology to achieve business objectives at educational institutions. Katie has also served as a national speaker presenting on topics such as: “STEM Education and the Power of Technology,“ “Achieving Learning Outcomes in a Changing Education Landscape“ and “What’s Next for Education: The New Course Ecosystem.“
Katie earned her BA in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University in 1993.
As mother of three boys, Katie is both professionally and personally dedicated to advancements in education. She eagerly follows research and trends in student-learning outcomes, competency-based learning and the links between education and employment. She participates in discussions on innovation in education and serves on the Executive Board of a local early-childhood education provider.