Jennifer Ragan-Fore, chief events and marketing officer, is an association and events professional with overall responsibility for ISTE’s events and marketing teams including all content and logistics of the ISTE Conference & Expo, ISTE’s focused events portfolio, and enterprise marketing and communications. She leads a talented team of internal staff, partners and specialized contractors in all phases of event and marketing design and execution.
Prior to this, Jennifer has served ISTE in a variety of membership and conference roles. In 2005, she worked as director of special interest groups and then progressed to general membership director, director of new media and member communities, senior director of conference services and most recently, chief events officer. In each of these roles, she’s had the good fortune to work closely with amazing members, volunteers and presenters who are transforming education.
Some of Jennifer's key ISTE accomplishments include the launch of ISTE’s Second Life community and television series, creation of ISTE’s webinar series, and significant growth in ISTE’s conference attendance and programming.
Before joining ISTE, Jennifer worked in event-and tech-focused roles within higher education at Northwestern University, Emory University and the University of Washington (UW). At UW, Jennifer was responsible for the launch of a public-private outreach center that brought Seattle’s corporate and academic communities together, and for the launch of a national executive conference, production of a television series that aired on the Research Channel and creation of a research magazine.
Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s School of Communication with a double major in performance studies and anthropology. She currently serves on two industry boards including Visit Anaheim and the New Orleans Convention Center Client Advisory Council, with prior service on boards for Visit Denver, Visit San Antonio, and Maritz Travel.