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Stephen J. Laster (McGraw-Hill Education)

Stephen J. Laster
Chief Digital Officer

New York, New York

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Mr. Laster is a seasoned technologist, business leader, product strategist, digital Learning designer and educator.

As the Chief Digital Officer for McGraw-Hill Education, he leads the company's digital initiatives, including creating compelling digital learning experiences for students and inspiring creative innovation across all aspects of the organization.

Prior to McGraw-Hill, Mr. Laster established and led Intelligent Solutions, LLC. Intelligent Solutions consulted in the design and implementation of major on-line programs and the use of digital technology to enhance operational effectiveness. He was also the Chief Information and Technology Officer of the Harvard Business School and a member of the HBS administrative leadership team where he led a team of 130+ professionals who oversee the School’s award winning computing environment.

Mr. Laster held several leadership positions for Babson College including CTO for Babson Interactive, Babson’s for-profit eLearning company, and Director of Curriculum Innovation and Technology. He was responsible for Babson’s adoption of blended learning and led the effort to increase working professional MBA enrollments by 500% through the creation of a state-of-the-art, blended, MBA program. Mr. Laster was a member of the Babson College Board of Trustees from 1992-1994.

Mr. Laster worked both in information technology and technology product development. He has developed and run a network monitoring business, developed enterprise software packages and led major re-engineering and implementation efforts. Mr. Laster has held leadership positions at Stride Rite, Art Technology Group, CrossComm, and Advanced Business Technologies, Inc.

Mr. Laster sits on the board of directors for Recycline, and the The Sloan Consortium for On-line Learning. Laster is on the Microsoft Higher Education Advisory Board, and serves as a strategic advisor to several learning technology companies. Laster is a seasoned speaker and writer.


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