Google’s YouTube Virtual Reality Product Lead to Speak in Newark

NEWARK, Ohio, Sept. 28, 2017—Google's Erin Teague, virtual reality product lead for YouTube, will be the keynote speaker at the Global Business and Education Conference on Friday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., on the shared campus of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark, 1209 University Drive, Newark. Members of the public can still take advantage of the conference early registration rate of $99, valid through Oct. 6. The first 50 college students to register will receive free admission. Regular registration is $129. Register online at

The conference theme "Your Role in the World Economy: How to Lead, Compete and Win!" will bring together statewide business, education and industry leaders in a forum that explores worldwide social impacts and economic structures. The event will be hosted by COTC's Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC), along with partnering organizations Leadership Ohio and the Columbus Council on World Affairs.
Teague has been responsible for building a new virtual reality experience for Internet giant YouTube. Prior to that, she was the director of product management for Yahoo's Fantasy Sports and also spent time at social media companies Path and Twitter as a product manager focused on user growth, product strategy and analytics. She began her career as a software engineer and product manager in Morgan Stanley's algorithmic trading technology group, where she designed algorithms embedded in electronic trading applications.

She has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley by the "Silicon Valley Business Journal," The Next Generation of Tech Stars by "Refinery29," 40 Under 40 Tech Diversity - Silicon Valley by "theREGISTRY Bay Area," and "Business Insider's" Silicon Valley 100.

Originally from Michigan, she holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where she was a Morgan Stanley Fellow, and a B.S.E. in computer engineering from the University of Michigan, where she graduated with honors as an Intel Scholar. Teague serves on the board of several Silicon Valley startups as well as the Wells Fargo Advisory Board, the University of Michigan's Computer Science and Engineering National Advisory Board and the Code2040 Advisory Board.

In addition to Teague's keynote, the opening plenary session will be presented by Patrick Terrien, president and CEO of the Columbus Council on World Affairs, with special guest Kenny McDonald, president and chief economic officer of Columbus 2020. A wide breadth of conference breakout sessions will be offered for business leaders and educators, including: "The World in Your Classroom," "Making Globalism a Job Skill Strength," "Skills Initiative for Building a Workforce," and "Blending Business/Industry and Technical Education."

COTC is also accepting nominations for global business and education awards to be presented at the conference. Global award categories are:

· President's Award for Leadership in Global Education

· President's Award for Leadership in Global Business

· President's Award for Future Global 

Nominations forms are available at and can be submitted to or by mail to Vicki Maple, COTC vice president for workforce development, community affairs and extended campuses at Central Ohio Technical College, 1179 University Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055. 

COTC is grateful to the following conference sponsors: Columbus "Business First," GROW Licking County CIC, Leadership Ohio, Licking County Job & Family Services/Ohio Means Jobs - Licking County, TrueCore Federal Credit Union, Blueway Technologies, Ohio Means Jobs - Coshocton County, The Wendy & Steven Cohen Family Philanthropic Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation, Park National Bank, The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County, The Coshocton Foundation, The Licking County Foundation.

The WDIC develops customized training programs and tailored technical courses that provide innovative, strategic solutions to specific challenges within business and industry. Customized contract training ranges from technical skill enhancement and safety certifications to soft skills development and preparation for professional designation exams.

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.