Jordan Lloyd Bookey, daughter of Harry Bookey and Pamela Bass-Bookey, will be one of the speakers for next year's SmartTalk series in Des Moines.

 

Bookey is "chief mom" and founder of Zoobean.com, which curates book and app selections for children. Previously, she headed K-12 Education Outreach for Google Inc. She will be speaking on the human touch in a world of technology on March 27.

 

She joins a lineup that includes celebrity sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer; Vy Higgensen, CEO of The Mama Foundation for the Arts in Harlem; actress and singer Bette Midler; and syndicated radio host Delilah. Season tickets for the SmartTalk Connected Conversations go on sale today at the Des Moines Performing Arts box office at 515-246-2300 and through the SmartTalk website.

 

Bookey's website provides individualized recommendations of books and apps for children, based on advice from a team of parents and librarians. Bookey co-founded the company with her husband, Felix, and leads the curating function for the site. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Bookey worked for Google, heading the company's worldwide programs to expand technology and computer science to children.

 

After graduating from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Bookey attended Wesleyan University and then got a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught middle school and been the program director for a literacy-focused nonprofit organization.