Keynote Speaker



With extensive strategic advisory and investment banking experience, Kemp’s passion is education and learning. Whether helping National Geographic, Smithsonian or PBS develop a comprehensive strategy for bringing exciting content to K-12 classrooms or working with Northeastern University to serve the increasingly global market for Higher Education's post-traditional learners, Battle is dedicated to increasing access and opportunities for learners. As a board member of the GED Testing Service

since 2011, he has been dedicated to rebuilding the high school equivalency exam into a full suite of products and services for learners determined to get ahead in work and college.

Battle looks to assist organizations incubate new and transformative initiatives. Working closely with CEOs and their management teams to identify opportunities and barriers, Battle has learned that good strategy is not enough; the execution of entrepreneurship--whatever an organization's size and scope--is always dependent on rigorous, open and innovative processes. Teams form and succeed when they are freed to focus on the calling of the work; when they are compelled to accomplish a strategy because they fully understand what is at stake.

As a Founding Partner of Tucker Capital Corp., a premier investment banking advisor located in Princeton, NJ or as Managing Director of Battle Strategic in Bearsville, NY, his clients have ranged from for-profit enterprises (The Walt Disney Company, Time-Life Books, Scholastic, Amazon, Torstar/Harlequin, Blair Corporation) to not-for-profits (The National Geographic Society, Sesame Workshop, PBS, Public Radio International, Northeastern University and American Council on Education.)

He worked actively with Leaders Quest (, out of London as an Associate specializing in taking senior managers through intense leadership experiences In India, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and China.

Kemp graduated from Harvard University with honors.