How to Change the World in Nine (Not So Easy) Questions: Mild Disclaimer --- I'm Still Figuring Most of Them Out!

As the title suggests, though Temp Keller is an education entrepreneur who still has a lot to learn, he's loving his work to change the world by building a family of quality, affordable independent schools. For Temp, changing the world begins with wrestling with one big question: What are my gifts and how can I use them in a way that brings me joy and serves others? Followed by a question that every social entrepreneur with a big idea that addresses an equally big opportunity or injustice must face: Does this idea make me a genius or a jackass?! Come hear what he has to say, but more importantly, the seven other questions he's wrestling with --- and then wrestle with them yourself in this Socratic discussion.

About the Speaker: Temp Keller '98

Temp Keller is a social entrepreneur working to increase student agency and access in K-12 education. He is the Co-founder and President of Templeton Academy (, a family of small independent schools with locations in Washington, D.C. and Nashville that exist to transcend demographic divides and nurture Students into lifelong learners who are ready to thrive in college, career and life. The model affords deeper, purpose-centered, experiential learning though block teaching, core advisory, and using cities as classrooms.

A former fifth grade teacher, Temp is also the Founder, former President and Chairman of Resources for Indispensable Schools and Educators (RISE), a national nonprofit that worked to recognize and retain effective teachers in public schools serving low-income communities. In 2004 he was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship for “innovative, entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social problems.”

Temp received his AB in politics from Princeton University and MBA from the University of Chicago


Program Agenda:

4:30- Arrivals

4:40- Welcome Remarks

4:45- Presentation by Temp Keller

5:30- Mix & Mingle

6:00- Event concludes


This is part of the The G. S. Beckwith Gilbert ’63 Lectures Series.


Who can attend?

Open to the public, the campus community, students, postdocs, research scholars, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Refreshments will be provided.
Registration is required.