Monday Keynote Speaker

Simon Sinek
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Simon Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. A trained ethnographer and author of Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Sinek has discovered patterns of thinking, acting and communicating that make the most inspiring people and organizations successful and influential. It all starts with why, the purpose, cause or belief that drives every one of us. Sinek has shared his unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership with an array of leaders and organizations, including Microsoft, Intel, the U.S. military, entrepreneurs and educators. He is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation and teaches graduate-level strategic communications at Columbia University.

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Tuesday Keynote Speaker

Tony Wagner
Tony Wagner is the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University. He was the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade. Wagner consults widely to schools, districts and foundations around the country and internationally. He most recently authored Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World.

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Sal Khan (lunch Keynote via live videoconference)
Sal Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit wit 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 helps us rethink education and explore the potential worldwide impact of the web as a teaching tool. The Khan Academy now has over 3,000 instructional videos, 300 exercises and 4.2 million unique users per month.

TIES2012_Lunch Keynote from Sal Khan