The headline tech conference of the Forward Festival, the Forward Technology Conference (FTC) is geared toward startup founders, tech geeks, and those wanting to build successful technology companies. Whether you’re thinking about launching a startup business or you’re an experienced entrepreneur, you’ll find this conference relevant and insightful.

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Kristen Slack

Founder & CEO
Kristen Slack is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has held numerous teaching, research, and administrative roles. Kristen is a frequent social media commentator on the higher education sector, and an advocate for the higher education workforce, particularly those who lack job security and adequate compensation. Her knowledge and observations of academia, shaped by over 20 years of experience, led her to create Prof2Prof, a cloud-based platform for higher education professionals to manage their intellectual and creative products, promote their contributions to academia, and learn from and network with their academic peers.  To date, Prof2Prof membership spans six continents, over 30 countries, and a broad range of academic disciplines and professional roles. Kristen lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and three children, where she spends many hours on the sidelines of soccer and basketball games, and providing mentorship to young adults facing challenges in life.