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Tom Kalinske

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Member Board of Directors, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and Executive Chairman, Global Education Learning.

Member Board of Directors, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and Executive Chairman, Global Education Learning.

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Involved In


LeapFrog Enterprises
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Cambium Learning Group


Member Board of Directors Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation January 2016 - present
Executive Chairman Global Education Learning November 2010 - present
Board Director of Cambium Learning Group Cambium Learning Inc. February 2009 - present
Vice Chairman LeapFrog September 2005 - present
Vice Chairman LeapFrog (NYSE) 2005 - present
Board of Directors (NASDAQ) Blackboard January 2006 - November 2011
Board of Director KidZui 2008 - April 2011
CEO or Chairman LeapFrog Enterprises 1997 - 2006
President Knowledge Universe 1996 - 2005
CEO Leapfrog, LLC 1997 - 2002
CEO SEGA of America 1990 - 1996
CEO Sega 1990 - 1996
President & Co-CEO Mattel Inc. (NYSE) 1984 - 1987
CEO Mattel Inc 1972 - 1987


Harvard Business School Executive Education Management 1977 - 1977
University of Arizona Finance and marketing 1966 - 1968
University of Wisconsin-Madison Economics 1962 - 1966

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Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Hardware
  • • Media
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Education
  • • Mobile
  • • Content
  • • Edutainment
  • • Teacher training
  • • Higher Education

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Michealene Cristini Risley
Fellow. Consultant in technology, consumer products and content.
Tom is a great advisor because he is a seasoned executive who knows the market, has a wealth of experience and could help any and all compan ... ies that seek his advice. He is one of the rare people who is kind and generous with his time AND an asset to any group that works with him.
Jerry Cleary
We worked together  •  Advisory Board, House Of Atlas and President, in-sync group. Dartmouth College grad.
Tom is a seasoned senior executive with a proven ability to lead large organizations at the highest level. He is strategic, smart and a worl ... d class marketeer. Tom is a good listener and works well with people at all levels in an organization.
Don Kingsborough
VP/ GM of Retail and Prepaid, PayPal. Previously CEO, Blackhawk Network.
Tom is a fantastic executive. Tom as been very successful in everything he has done in his career. He has great contacts and is a real dec ... ision maker.
Michael Dodd
We worked together  •  President & Chief Operating Officer, LeapFrog. Previously Chief Operating Officer, Executive Technology. Texas A&M grad.
Tom has a vast wealth of experience from taking growing and nurturing start-ups through taking companies public and leading all aspects of b ... usiness strategy through execution. Tom's personal and professional network is phenomenal. Tom can, with one phone call, email, text, etc. muster all the right partnerships and resources to help entrepreneurs address their business needs.
Don Daglow
3-time Inc. 500 CEO, Tech & Engineering Emmy® Award honoree, produced 2 of first 3 EA sports titles, Advisor to Mobile App and Games teams.
Tom Kalinske needs no vouches -- he is one of the most prominent interactive technology executives in the history of the global industry. He ... also has a great sense of people, and has picked the right managers early in their careers who grew to be impact players on his teams.
Mary Couzin
We worked together  •  Selection Committee Member, National Toy Hall of Fame and Blogger, Global Toy News,
As one of the most connected people in the toy/game industry promoting the importance of play and innovators in our space, I can say Tom's l ... eadership is unmatched. His unstoppable drive for innovation is well known and sought after as is his accessibility to people looking for advice. There are books written about his tenures at companies he led. His experience is as broad as deep and his sharing it would benefit virtually anyone with whom he would come in contact.
Loren T. Taylor
We worked together  •  CMO/Co-Founder, You Greet and President, Taylored Concepts, LLC.
Tom is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and communicates well with those he is working with.
Shinobu Toyoda
We worked together  •  Representative Director,Unity Technologies Japan, Unity Technologies and Co-Founder, Ages Entertainment.
He is a visionary executive with extensive international business experiences and immense network