Annette Beck is the director of information technology for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation as an associate, Beck ran ASK Consulting, serving as a subcontractor with Tallgrass Technologies and a senior project manager for the Kauffman Foundation. Prior to launching her entrepreneurial venture, she was chairman, CEO and president of Protection One, the second largest security company in the U.S., following her role as president and chairman of the board of Kansas Gas and Electric. Annette earned her associates degree in computer science from Wichita State University and her bachelor of business administration from Baker University. She has served on various school council and community boards, including interim director of the YWCA.