General Session Speakers

General Session Speakers 2018-01-26T16:00:44+00:00

Thursday, February 15

4:15 – 6:15pm
Grand Ballroom
Leadership Lessons from the White House: Doris Kearns Goodwin on the American Presidents

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize–Winning Author
Concord, MA

One of the country’s leading historians, Doris Kearns Goodwin shares cherished stories, intimate insights and in-depth analysis of the U.S. presidency, which she has studied for more than four decades. Drawing from her award-winning and bestselling biographies of Lyndon Johnson, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Franklin Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, Goodwin brings the past alive, delivering an insider’s look at the captivating stories that illuminate the inner complexities of our most fascinating leaders. From examining how presidents dealt with the intricacies of working with Congress to the challenges they faced with the business community and their relationships with constituents, Goodwin illustrates the individual and universal qualities that have made our leaders great and will continue to inspire leaders well into the future.

Friday, February 16

9 – 11am
Grand Ballroom
The End of Average

Todd Rose
President and Co-Founder, Center for Individual Opportunity
Burlington, MA

Are you above average? Is your child an A student? Every day we are measured against the “average person,” judged according to how closely we resemble the average — or how far we exceed it. And we rarely stop to question whether average-based yardsticks even reveal anything meaningful about our abilities. Harvard scientist and The End of Average author Todd Rose will offer a powerful alternative to the average and discuss its implications for a 21st-century education system. Learn how shifting the focus of education from the average to the individual could help us maximize the potential of every student and provide an environment for achieving success in a diverse and changing world.

Saturday, February 17

10:30 – 11:45am
Education Reimagined

Sal Khan
Founder and CEO, Khan Academy
Mountain View, CA

Join Salman “Sal” Khan as he tells the inspiring story of how he founded the not-for-profit Khan Academy and how the organization is educating millions of people worldwide. Khan will also share his thoughts on what education reimagined could look like and how his dream of “providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere” could become a reality.