Note: These were the featured speakers at our 2012 National Conference. This information remains here to provide an overview of our conference content and top-notch speaker lineup.
Opening Keynote Speaker
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, author of The New York Times bestselling book Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World, will kick off the conference at Sunday’s opening lunch with a talk that promises to illuminate and inspire. Pulling from her wide-ranging experience as a philanthropist, educator, and social entrepreneur, Laura will speak to the power of proactive, strategic, and collaborative philanthropy, and leveraging technology and innovation to magnify social impact.
Laura is founder of SV2 (Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund) and Stanford PACS (Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society), president of the Marc and Laura Andreessen Foundation, director of the Arrillaga Foundation, and lecturer in Philanthropy and Social Innovation at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Stanford University.
Lunch Plenary Speaker
David Bornstein will tell stories about creative solutions to major social problems, particularly the practical and human elements of social innovation: Who’s solving what and how. Listen to a preview
David Bornstein is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times Opinionator section, which explores solutions to major social problems. He is the founder of Dowser, a media site that trains young journalists to cover social innovation, and co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network. His books include How to Change
the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know.
Closing Keynote Speaker
Sal Khan, one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, is the founder of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit that provides free, high-quality education for “anyone, anywhere” in the world.
After graduating with three degrees from MIT in 1998, followed by an MBA from Harvard Business School, Sal started working as a hedge fund analyst. On the side, in 2003, he began tutoring his young cousin in math, communicating by phone and using an interactive notepad. He posted videos of his hand-scribbled tutorials on YouTube and demand took off. In 2009, he quit his day job to commit himself fully to the Khan Academy, now the most-used library of educational videos on the web.
Sal will share his inspirational story about following his passion and how a few great people can make a big difference.
Sal will be available for signings of his newly published book, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, on Tuesday, October 9, 1:30 - 2:00 P.M.