Kelly Palmer

KELLY PALMER has been the chief learning and talent officer of several tech companies in Silicon Valley. She is currently on the executive team of Degreed, where the mission is to help people and organizations build the skills they need to invent the future. A well-known thought leader on the future of learning and career development, Kelly was formerly the chief learning officer of LinkedIn, where she helped employees transform the trajectories of their careers through innovative learning strategies, led employee engagement, and with her team designed and developed LinkedIn’s internal learning experience platform. Prior to LinkedIn, Kelly was vice president of Learning at Yahoo! and held executive positions in learning, M&A, and product development at Sun Microsystems. She speaks regularly at business conferences around the world, has been featured in Big Think, Forbes, and Chief Learning Officer (CLO) magazine, and writes a regular column for CLO on the employee experience. Kelly has a BA in English/Communications and an MS in Adult Learning & Education Technology. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

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David Blake

DAVID BLAKE is the cofounder of Degreed. He believes learning is too important to stay the way it is and has spent his career innovating higher education and lifelong learning. Prior to Degreed, he helped launched a competency-based, accredited university and was a founding team member at Zinch (acquired by Chegg). David was selected as a Top EdTech Entrepreneur by the Stanford d.School EdTech Lab, sponsored by Teach For America and NewSchools Venture Fund. He has been published in the Harvard Technology Review, Business Insider, TechCrunch, and Huffington Post. He has spoken around the world on the topic of the future of learning, including the ASU Education Innovation Summit, EdTech Europe, and TEDx. He lives in San Francisco, CA.

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Disruption in any industry is a process, not a one-time event. With so much change on the horizon, Kelly and David highlight the imperative firms have to harness learning to stay in the game.
— Clayton Christensen, Kim B Clark Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, New York Times best selling author of The Innovators Dilemma