Jennifer Williams, Ed.D., has dedicated herself to the education field for over 20 years through her roles as a professor, school administrator, literacy specialist and classroom teacher. In her current work as the co-founder and executive director for the nonprofit Take Action Global, Williams helps build schools in refugee camps and remote areas of Africa, Asia and South America, and supports global school programs to empower students and teachers to take action on social good. She’s the co-founder of TeachSDGs, the United Nations-appointed organization that’s connected more than 30,000 international educators to the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals. She’s a professor at Saint Leo University in the College of Education and the College of Graduate Education, and she champions teachers, preservice teachers and students to prepare for their futures in a world that will prioritize ingenuity, innovation and exploration.
Williams writes for Edutopia, Education Week and the International Literacy Association, and is the co-founder of Edcamp Tampa Bay and Edcamp Literacy. She’s a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, a Kahoot! Founding Ambassador, a Nearpod PioNear and a Squirrels Alpha Squirrel. In 2016, Williams was named No. 33 on the list of 200 Top Education Influencers by Onalytica; in 2017 she was named No. 13 of the Top Women Edtech Influencers based on her work in education and educational technology.