Keith Kaplan, CEO and Co-Founder of the Tesla Foundation will be the featured speaker of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade’s September 27 Business Briefing luncheon.
THE TESLA FOUNDATION is a not-for-profit science and technology think tank founded in 2014 by Kaplan, along with Daniel Golden, longest- tenured Director of NASA and the creator of the Space Shuttle program; Linden Blue, partner and Vice Chairman of General Atomics and creator of the MQ 9 UAS program for the US Air Force; Fredrick Smith, the founder of Federal Express (FedEx); and Wilhelm Cashen, Co-Founder of Standard Solutions, EMAV. These corporate heavy-hitters saw a disconnect between what industry needed for the future workforce and the inherent limitations of traditional education systems, in particular, how they prepare and select students for college and career.
In its positioning statement, Tesla Foundation notes that adapting to paperless technology systems for everything can surge some businesses forward and leave others behind. Traditional education providers are left with a philosophical dilemma: teach cursive, or programming? Kaplan says, “We have crossed the threshold and have entered the 4th Stage of the Industrial Revolution, the ‘Autonomous Age’. This transition disrupts the methodologies and processes of our commercial and private lives in almost every way.” The efforts of the Tesla Foundation, such as their Technology Farm System, and their partnerships with government and industry are to ensure responsive, ultra-flexible and adaptable solutions to any workforce demand in America.
Tesla’s Technology Farm System is a creative way to select talented students early on and groom them to success. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, however. It is an innovative application of a system that already works in another industry – the professional sports industry. Through the Farm System, kids with talent and initiative can be exposed to enrichment, mentoring, and financial help to ensure they meet their full potential. The Foundation hopes to form relationships with additional industry partners interested in the same type of investment in the future of technology.
Get your ticket to hear Keith Kaplan speak about this program! Online at www.avbot.org tickets are $20, or $25 at the door, and includes lunch. The event is at 11:30 am September 27th at the JP Eliopulous Hellenic Center, 43404 30th Street West in Lancaster. See you there!