Founder at Khan Academy, Khan Academy
Sal Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit with the mission of providing free, high-quality education to "anyone, anywhere" in the world. A former hedge fund analyst with degrees from MIT and Harvard, Khan is also the author of The One World School House, which explores the potential impact of the web as a teaching tool. It may be one of the most influential books about education in our time.
Khan's journey began when he was helping a young cousin with math in 2004, communicating by phone and using an interactive notepad. When others expressed interest, he began posting videos of his hand-scribbled tutorials on YouTube. Demand took off, and in 2009 he quit his day job. The Khan Academy website now provides self-pacing software and unlimited access to over 5,100 instructional videos on its YouTube channel covering everything from basic arithmetic to college level science and economics. It's the most-used library of educational videos on the web, with 10 million unique users per month, over 300 million lessons delivered, and over 1.4 billion exercises completed.
Khan's first book, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, was published to great acclaim in 2012. Innovators as varied as George Lucas and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammed Yunus have hailed it as "a must-read." Al Gore had this to say: "Since its founding in 2006, Sal Khan's project—the Khan academy—has revolutionized our thinking on the potential and promise of unfettered, open-access online education. In his new book The One World Schoolhouse, Khan presents his vision and blueprint for how online technology can, and should, play an integral role in educating communities across the globe, closing the opportunity gap and providing high-quality education for all."
A growing number of classrooms around the world are using Khan Academy to help build student mastery of topics and to free up class time for dynamic project based learning.
CEO at Blanc & Otus, Blanc & Otus
Joshua leads the Blanc & Otus team, providing strategic insights, messaging counsel and executive coaching to the C-suite of leading and emerging technology brands.
Joshua began his career as a market analyst with Gartner, covering collaborative computing and security. Over the course of his career, Joshua has served as a senior advisor to a variety of international technology clients, including Adobe, AT&T, CA, Deloitte, Facebook, First Data, GSMA, Haier, HP, ICANN, Jabil, LinkedIn, McKesson, Microsoft, McAfee, NetApp, Oracle, Qualcomm, salesforce.com, Symantec, Tata, VeriSign, and Yahoo!
Joshua is a frequently featured speaker at technology conferences, and has authored several training seminars and global studies about technology marketing, messaging and positioning, and analyst relations. He is a certified toastmaster and executive coach. He earned his B.A.s in English and History from UCLA and holds a minor in theology from Oxford University.He earned his law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Director, Corporate Communications, LinkedIn
Catherine Fisher has worked for some of the most notable consumer brands with more than 16 years of experience in the corporate communications field. She joined LinkedIn in January 2013 as director of corporate communications and is responsible for educating and inspiring LinkedIn members via consumer PR campaigns, social media and education. Prior to joining LinkedIn, she was the senior director of corporate communications at One Kings Lane where she led all communications for the company. Before One Kings Lane, Catherine led consumer PR and social media for Netflix. Catherine also worked at eBay where she led consumer PR for North America. She studied Art History at University of California Santa Barbara.
Founder, Senior Vice President of Engineering & Operations
Kevin Scott is responsible for software engineering at LinkedIn. Kevin's 20-year career in technology spans both academia and industry as researcher, engineer, and leader. Prior to joining LinkedIn in February of 2011, Kevin oversaw mobile ads engineering at Google, including the integration of Google's $750 million acquisition of AdMob. Prior to its acquisition by Google, Kevin was responsible for engineering and operations at AdMob, the world's leading platform for mobile monetization. Before joining AdMob in 2007, Kevin held numerous leadership positions at Google in search and ads engineering, and was deeply involved with the company's early efforts establishing remote engineering centers, leadership development programs, and faculty outreach to top CS and engineering departments. Kevin is the recipient of a Google Founder's Award, an Intel Ph.D. Fellowship, and an ACM Recognition of Service award. Kevin was a founding member of the ACM Professions Board and sits on the technical advisory boards for a number of startups. Kevin is the co-inventor on a number of pending and issued patents, and is the author or co-author of several peer reviewed scholarly publications. Kevin holds an MS in Computer Science from Wake Forest University and a BS in Computer Science from Lynchburg College.
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