Founder, Khan Academy
Sal Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone anywhere. Khan Academy's content and mastery learning platform has over 71 million registered users from all over the world and has been localized into over 30 languages.
Sal holds three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard. He has been profiled by 60 Minutes, was the only non-profit leader ever profiled on the cover of Forbes and recognized as one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Hadi Partovi is a tech entrepreneur and investor, and CEO of the education non-profit Code.org.
A computer science graduate of Harvard University, Hadi began his career during the browser wars in the 1990s, when he led the Microsoft Internet Explorer team. In a second stint at Microsoft, he was General Manager of the MSN portal, delivering its first year of profit. As an entrepreneur, Hadi was on the founding teams of Tellme Networks and iLike, which were acquired by Microsoft and MySpace, respectively.
Hadi has served as an early advisor to numerous startups including Facebook and Dropbox, and as a tech investor his portfolio also includes Airbnb, Uber, SpaceX, Zappos, and others. Aside from his investments, Hadi also serves as a Director on the boards of Axon and Convoy.
In 2013 Hadi and his twin brother Ali launched the education nonprofit Code.org which Hadi continues to lead full-time as CEO. Code.org has established computer science classes in 25% of US classrooms, created the most popular curriculum platform for K-12 computer science, and launched the global Hour of Code movement that has reached over 100 million students.
Check out this recent New York Times profile of Hadi to get a sense of why we’re so excited to welcome him as a keynote speaker.
President, The Freemount Corporation
Clifton Taulbert, the author is recognized and embraced from South Africa to Australia. His first book, Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, became a requested gift for Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison. He has since written fourteen books and produced a major motion picture. He is a Pulitzer nominee, business owner and an international lecturer.
Taulbert a member of Phi Beta Kappa was educated through high school in the Delta and now serves as a Trustee for the University of Tulsa. Taulbert has been inducted in the Enlisted Airman Hall of Fame and serves on the Eudora Welty Advisory Board. He resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife Barbara Jackson-Taulbert.
President and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Nina Rees is the president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. Rees has over 20 years of experience in Washington, D.C., previously serving as the first Deputy Under Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education and Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy to the Vice President at the White House.
Rees has appeared on various news outlets including Bloomberg, CNBC, C-SPAN, and PBS’s NewsHour. Her articles and opinions have been published in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Rees serves on the advisory committee of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the advisory boards of Honored, Digital Pioneers Academy, and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. Click here to learn more about Nina Rees.