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Mindy Kaling Announced as Closing Keynote Speaker at EdTech Conference

The Emmy-nominated actress, author and producer will join leaders in EdTech in imagining an era in which all people have equal access to the future.

ASU+GSV Summit recently named Mindy Kaling as its closing keynote speaker for the 2021 ASU+GSV Summit, an EdTech conference. Kaling is a best-selling author, producer, actress and director. ASU+GSV Summit 2021 will take place in person in San Diego on August 9-11. This summit is the preeminent global education innovation conference.

“We are proud to welcome Mindy Kaling to the Summit – her vision, passion, innovation and creative power are inspiring generations to dream bigger and demand more from the world and its leaders,” said Deborah Quazzo, co-founder of ASU+GSV Summit. “Mindy’s commitment to equality and inclusiveness make her the perfect voice to speak to the ASU+GSV community, and I can think of no one better to close our celebration of life’s original accelerator – education.”

A conference for EdTech superstars

Kaling will serve as the closing keynote speaker at this year’s event on Wednesday, August 11. She is a prolific talent and an inspiration to many, including countless women and girls of color. She has developed, starred in and executive-produced successful television series. Additionally, she has written two New York Times best-selling comedic memoirs. Kaling has also been honored as one of the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World, a Glamour Woman of the Year and was named among ELLE’s Women in Hollywood.

Each year, ASU+GSV brings together the best and the brightest in the world of education technology. Together, participants work toward a shared goal. The primary goal is to realize the potential of technology to provide equal access to education across all cultures, races, economic circumstances and geography. The summit features high-profile business leaders, unicorn founders and innovators participating in timely, topical sessions. ASU+GSV brings together experts on the cutting edge of digital learning and skills. These experts engage on pivotal topics chiefly impacting education, driving impact for learners entrepreneurs, educators, investors, nonprofits, policymakers and business and industry leaders.

Kaling will also be presenting $1 million in prizes to the winners of the GSV Cup competition. This is the world’s largest pitch competition for pre-seed and seed-stage EdTech startups. The GSV Cup Elite 200 are semifinalists in the competition and are participating in ASU+GSV Summit.

Additional speakers:

These influential speakers will be presenting live and in-person:

Executive leadership from EdTech unicorns will be front and center. Leaders from Coursera, Course Hero, Chegg, Turn it In, 2U, Handshake and PluralSight will participate.

Companies named to the GSV EdTech 150 will also join the Summit. The GSV EdTech 150 is GSV’s annual list of the leading and most transformational VC and PE-backed private companies in global learning. It’s estimated that these 150 companies reach approximately three billion people, or close to half of the global population. They also generate approximately $20 billion in revenue. 

Registration for the ASU+GSV Summit is now open, with capacity limited to 5,000. It is ASU+GSV’s priority to ensure all those attending the 2021 Summit in-person this August feel safe and comfortable. Details on the summit’s health and safety protocols, as well as terms and conditions of conduct, are available here.

About ASU+GSV Summit

The ASU+GSV Summit is an annual EdTech conference hosted by Arizona State University and GSV connecting leading minds focused on transforming society and business around learning and work. The 2020 Summit welcomed over 15,000 attendees from more than 135 countries, including leading educators, innovators, investors, strategists, foundation leaders, media and policy makers across the “Pre-K to Gray” global education and skills sectors. Previous keynote speakers include President George W. Bush, Bill Gates, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Common, Justice Sandra Day O’ Connor, Richard Branson, John Legend, President Vicente Fox, Gloria Steinem and Howard Schultz, among others. 

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