Khan Academy Founder Named 2016 Annual Conference Keynoter

By SHRM Online staff Jan 12, 2016

Salman Amin “Sal” Khan, author and founder of the nonprofit Khan Academy, will be the keynote speaker at the closing general session June 22 at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition in Washington, D.C.

The former hedge fund analyst, who holds degrees from MIT and Harvard, founded the San Francisco Bay Area Khan Academy with the aim of providing free, world-class education. The academy website provides software and unlimited access to free resources and features a library of more than 7,000 video lessons in more than 36 languages. The site has 26 million registered students from 190 countries.

Khan is the author of The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined (Grand Central Pub>, 2012), which explores the potential impact of the Web as a teaching tool.

He was profiled by “60 Minutes,” featured on the cover of Forbes magazine, and recognized as one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2012. A growing number of classrooms around the world are using Khan Academy materials.

In other annual conference news, Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson will be featured speakers in a point/counterpoint morning general session on June 21.

Begala is a CNN commentator and international political analyst. He played a critical role in the campaigns and elections of President Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. He is an affiliated professor of public policy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and has taught at the University of Texas and the University of Georgia.

Carlson is a longtime newspaper and magazine writer; currently serves as an anchor on “Fox and Friends Weekend”; and is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, a news and opinion site. He was a co-host of “Crossfire” on CNN and was the host of a weekly public affairs program on PBS. He has been a columnist for New York magazine and Reader's Digest.

Registration has opened​ for SHRM’s annual conference, held June 19-22.


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