Innovative Learning Awards

Thank you for making the Virtual Innovative Learning Awards an unforgettable evening!

On behalf of all of PowerMyLearning and the students, teachers, and family partners we work with, thank you to everyone who joined us at the Virtual 2021 Innovative Learning Awards. In case you missed it, please stay tuned for a recording of the event.

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About the Event

During the interactive event, we paid special tribute to our Visionary of the Year, Rhonda Powell, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Buzzfeed. We celebrated Samantha, Julia, and Mario—an extraordinary student-teacher-family trio—with the PowerMyLearning Triangle Award, heard from special guests, and so much more.

Meet Our Honorees

Rhonda Powell

Rhonda Powell, Visionary of the Year

As Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Buzzfeed, Inc., Rhonda Powell leads a team of professional and administrative staff that supports all areas of the company’s rapidly growing digital media business Ms. Powell joined Buzzfeed in September 2018 from Complex Networks, where she previously served as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary.

Ms. Powell is graduate of Harvard University (magna cum laude w/ summa honors in major) and The University of Michigan School of Law, where she was named a Clarence Darrow Merit Scholar. Ms. Powell serves on the Boards of Directors of PowerMyLearning, Inc. and Food Education Fund, Inc., and on the Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. She is a mentor to several young women and men throughout the New York metropolitan area, including high school, college and law school students, as well as junior lawyers.

PowerMyLearning Triangle Awardee

PowerMyLearning Triangle Awardees

Ms. Jillian Frediani, Teacher of the Year

Samantha Lozada, Student of the Year

Mario Lozada and Julia Rebollar, Family Partners of the Year

2021 Benefit Committee

National Board
Roch Hillenbrand, Chair
Ruth Altchek
Carolyn Blankenship
Carol Cunningham
Michael J. Critelli
Joseph Della Rosa
Gregory Gould
Eric Gural
Rhonda Powell
Jessica Santana
Shruti Sehra
Elisabeth Stock
Christine Winter

New York City Advisory Board
Travis Terry, Chair
Kevin B. Jordan
Brandon Hedvat
Lesley Keefe
Mwanga Mtengule
Michael Poser
Jil Shah
Monica Verma

Los Angeles Advisory Board
David Foley, Chair
Keyana Hughes
Avani Patel
Vinay Prabhu
Eric Rosen
Maureen Sullivan
Tiffany Wang

Event Co-Chairs

Ms. Arenas

Carolyn H. Blankenship is General Counsel, Innovation & Product for Thomson Reuters. As an undergraduate, Carolyn attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two years and went on to earn a B.A. in Biology from Harvard College.  She has a J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law and clerked for the Hon. Noel Fidel of the Arizona State Court of Appeals. She joined Reuters in 2001 and before that held a variety of IP-related positions as both in-house and outside counsel, including stints at Skadden, Arps and Priceline.com.

Ms. Arenas

Michelle Marsh, co-leader of the Consumer Products Industry Group at Arent Fox LLP, is distinguished not only by the victories she has achieved for her clients but also for the wider influence and interest her cases have generated. She advises on and litigates all aspects of Intellectual Property law, including trademark, copyright, patent, unfair competition/false advertising, anti-counterfeiting/anti-piracy, advertising, internet, and social media law.

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2021 Innovative Learning Award Sponsors
Ellen Flanagan

“Teaching takes everything – my mind, my emotions, my passion, my empathy, my patience… my love. I have to bring it all to the classroom every day and PowerMyLearning has helped me become more effective.”

Mr. Steven
Second Grade Teacher, Former PowerMyLearning Triangle Awardee