Rita Ferrandino, co-Founder
Rita Ferrandino has built an international reputation as one of the most effective strategists and coalition-builders in the education industry in K12, Higher Education & Workforce Development. She is a nationally recognized education expert and authority on education policy and politics. Ferrandino’s main expertise is driving rapid growth and scaling organizations using proven processes.
Daylene Long, co-Founder
Daylene Long has built an international reputation in the STEM community as a data-driven entrepreneur who has brought hundreds of STEM products to market. Long’s primary expertise is qualitative and quantitative research to help STEM providers reduce uncertainty when making strategic product and market decisions. Long is certified by the Burke Institute in Marketing Research and Methodology.
Nikki Navta, Entrepreneur/Advisor
After working for over 20 years on product development in the educational textbook publishing industry, Nikki founded Zulama, a company that brought computer science education to teenagers through video game design. After a successful exit, Nikki is now working with Cognitive ToyBox, developing and scaling their sales strategy. Her goal is to get Cognitive ToyBox in the hands of all parents and early childhood educators, so every child starts school ready to succeed.
Her expertise is transitioning EdTech startups from founder-led sales to developing and executing on a sales plan to scale and grow their business.