Heather Hiles

Heather Hiles

Founder and CEO

Heather Hiles is the founder and CEO of Pathbrite, the world’s leading Portfolio learning software platform. Heather recently sold Pathbrite to Cengage Learning, a $2B ed tech and publishing company. Pathbrite is used by over five million K-12, college and university students all over the world. Heather has accepted a position as Chairwoman and CEO of Sanverbos, a medical device startup, and is also serving as a Senior Education Advisor to Cengage Learning.

Before founding Pathbrite, Heather built a career in education, workforce development, and finance spanning twenty-five years. A successful serial entrepreneur, her leadership experience includes positions as founder or leader of several organizations including: Commissioner, San Francisco Unified School District; Executive Director, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2); co-founder of EARN; CEO of SFWorks; Managing Partner, The Hiles Group; and COO, Break The Cycle.

Heather has been named among the Top 100 coolest people in Silicon Valley by Business Insider. She has been featured in CIO Review, FastCompany Magazine, Wall Street Journal, EdWeek, Black Enterprise Magazine and more. She was also recently inducted into The Credit Suisse Entrepreneurs Circle.

Heather received her BA from UC Berkeley in Economic Development and holds an MBA from Yale University, with a concentration in Finance and Strategic Planning. She was a CORO Fellow and serves on one corporate board: Liberty and Justice. She has formerly served on the boards of: Leadership Public Schools, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, and Communities United Against Violence (CUAV). She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and resides in Oakland, CA.

Diverse representation is a priority for us. We're proud to say that our Summit speakers are 80% queer women, 50% women of color, 25% Black & Latinx, and 15% transgender and gender nonconforming.

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