Kelly Palmer

Chief Learning Officer, Degreed, San Francisco, CA, USA
She's on a mission to change the way the world learns


About Degreed

Degreed is a better, smarter way to discover, learn and certify the skills you need for the future. Degreed connects all the resources people use to learn and grow, including corporate learning systems and millions of courses, videos, books, articles, podcasts, and subject experts from thousands of sources.

Then we add data science and machine learning to provide people and businesses with the tools, analytics and feedback they need to stay ready for whatever’s next. Founded in 2012, Degreed is headquartered in San Francisco, with additional offices in Salt Lake City, New York and Amsterdam.

Degreed's Mission

Co-founders David Blake and Eric Sharp launched Degreed in 2012 with the mission ‘Say goodbye to the diploma as proof of education’. Inspired by JFK’s speech at Rice University, they began to set themselves a big, bold goal – a goal that is not easy, but difficult.

Since then, the number of our users has grown to more than 3 million worldwide who believe that there is more than one way to acquire expertise.



KELLY PALMER is on a mission to change the way the world learns. A well-known thought leader on learning, business, and career development, she is currently on the executive team of Degreed and was formerly the chief learning officer of LinkedIn. Prior to LinkedIn, Kelly was vice president of learning at Yahoo! and held executive positions in learning, M&A, and product development at Sun Microsystems.

She speaks regularly at companies and business conferences around the world, has been featured in the Financial Times, Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., Chief Learning Officer (CLO), and on Bloomberg radio.

Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts in English/communications and a Master of Science in adult learning and education technology. She is the co-author of the book The Expertise Economy: How the smartest companies use learning to engage, compete, and succeed. Kelly lives in San Francisco.