Kelly Palmer

Chief Strategy Officer, Southern New Hampshire University


Kelly Palmer is a thought leader and advisor on the future of work and education and is the Chief Strategy Officer at Southern New Hampshire University. Kelly focuses on business strategy and new product innovation, skills-based hiring and development, and pathways from education to jobs of the future. She is the co-author of the award-winning business book The Expertise Economy, which focuses on the urgent need to upskill the workforce.

Kelly has spent her entire career in Silicon Valley and was previously Chief Learning Officer at both LinkedIn and Degreed. She was Vice President of Learning at Yahoo! and held executive positions in learning, mergers and acquisitions, and product development at Sun Microsystems. Kelly speaks regularly at companies and conferences around the world and has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Barron’s, Chief Learning Officer, Fast Company, and Forbes, among others. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in English/Communications and a master’s degree in learning science, education technology, and adult learning theory. She lives in Denver, CO.