Katie Palencsar is Co-Founder and CEO of Unbound Concepts, LLC. (www.unboundconcepts.com)
Katie Palencsar, the Ktrino, as we call her, is a fearless leader and unstoppable force, much like her namesake (granted by her partners) the neutrino that can travel unaffected through matter. She is an expert in educational policy and marketing thanks to her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Drexel University, her experience teaching and working with the NYC Department of Education, Blue Ribbon Savannah Country Day School, and Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. But don’t let her outstanding instructor awards fool you- Katie is not just your average teacher, she is a stone cold technology entrepreneur. Her most recent entrepreneurial gig was a public policy and technology consulting firm, Csar Consulting. She is thrilled to be a Miss CEO in Training and is also a contributing writer for the Daily Record. All this, however, does not burn all the creative energy that fuels Katie’s networking spirit; which is probably why she is also a member of the 2012 Path Forward Center ACTiVATE class, and was asked to serve as the only female member of SEED Maryland, sponsored by the Howard County Economic Development Association. Her current goal is to replace Trinity as the hacker-lady extraordinaire, and she is picking up coding and command-line foo at a rate which threatens to put her partners out of jobs. Katie is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Unbound Concepts.
Unbound Concepts is dedicated to advancing literacy through software applications that take advantage of an innovative algorithm that determines the semantic complexity of texts. The algorithm was developed through her team’s experience with textual complexity analysis, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, and will lead Unbound Concepts in producing a suite of applications for educators, publishers, businesses, and government. The suite is designed to specifically match text with human reading ability. Their first application, Book Leveler enters beta testing in January 2012.