“A series of up-close and personal speaking experiences with eminent leaders, thinkers, and innovators of our time in an open and unbiased forum.”

 
 
 
 
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Cecile Richards
President of Planned Parenthood (2006-2018), New York Times Bestselling Author, Co-Founder of Supermajority

Cecile Richards, Co-Founder of Supermajority and Former President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund (2006-2018), is a globally respected activist and social justice leader. 

 

Named to TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World”, Richards is celebrated for her vocal, dedicated and strategic leadership as well as her extensive advocacy experience at grassroots organizations, in the non-profit sector, and in Washington....(See Full Bio)

Malala Yousafzai
Global Ambassador for Girls’ Access to Education, Youngest Nobel Laureate, Co-Founder of Malala Fund

I tell my story not because it is unique, but because it is the story of many girls.” -Malala 

 

If Malala Yousafzai has anything to do with it every girl in the world will have the opportunity to learn and lead. Her immediate focus is providing access to 130 million girls who have been denied the right to education. Through the work of the Malala Fund, co-founded with her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, this seemingly audacious goal is, in Malala’s words, a matter of  “ambition and intention.” What to do is then easy.

 

There are not many young women who have survived an assassination attempt, or become the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate, or opened the largest library in Europe declaring “pens and books are the weapons that will defeat terrorism." Even with these accomplishments, Malala does not consider herself extraordinary. That is “simply Malala,” as she would describe herself....(See Full Bio)

 

John Brennan
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, 2013-2017

John O. Brennan served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from March

2013 until January 2017. As CIA Director, he was responsible for intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence, and liaison relationships with foreign intelligence services. From January 2009 to March 2013, Mr. Brennan was Deputy National Security Advisor and Assistant to President Obama for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, shaping and coordinating Obama administration policies on counterterrorism, homeland security, pandemics, cyberattacks, and natural disasters.

 

Mr. Brennan began his government service at the CIA, where he worked from 1980 to 2005. He served as CIA’s daily intelligence briefer to President Clinton, Chief of Staff to then Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, and Deputy Executive Director. In 2003, he led a multi-agency effort to establish the National Counterterrorism Center and served as the Center’s first Director. After retiring from the CIA in 2005, he worked in the private sector for three years....(See Full Bio)

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Annie Leibovitz
Renowned American Portrait Photographer

Annie Leibovitz was born on October 2, 1949, in Waterbury, Connecticut. She began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine in 1970, while she was still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her first major assignment was for a cover story on John Lennon. She became Rolling Stone’s chief photographer in 1973 and by the time she left the magazine, ten years later, her work was widely known. She had shot scores of cover portraits and photo essays. In 1983, when she joined the staff of the revived Vanity Fair, she was established as an astute documentarian of the social landscape. She began collaborating regularly for Vogue in the late 1980s. Leibovitz is known today primarily as a portraitist, but she has a significant portfolio of fashion photographs, landscapes, and personal reportage....

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Dr. David Eagleman
Neuroscientist, New York Times Bestselling Author, Writer & Presenter of The Brain on PBS

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Stanford University and an internationally bestselling author. He is co-founder of two venture-backed companies, Neosensory and BrainCheck, and he also directs the Center for Science and Law, a national non-profit institute. He is best known for his work on sensory substitution, time perception, brain plasticity, synesthesia, and neurolaw.

 

He is the writer and presenter of the international PBS series, The Brain with David Eagleman, and the author of the companion book, The Brain: The Story of You. He is also the writer and presenter of The Creative Brain on Netflix....(See Full Bio)

Rob Reiner
Actor, Filmmaker, Activist

Rob Reiner first came to fame as a two-time Emmy Award-winning actor on the landmark television series All in the Family. He went on to become an acclaimed director of some of the most popular and influential motion pictures. His work ranges from the satire This Is Spinal Tap to dramas like Stand By Me, Misery, A Few Good Men, and Ghosts of Mississippi to romantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally, to the enduring uncharacteristic The American President, to The Princess Bride. His now 20 films also include The Bucket List, Flipped, LBJ starring Woody Harrelson, and most recently Shock and Awe, about the run-up to the war in Iraq, also starring Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Jessica Biel, James Marsden, and Reiner himself....(See Full Bio)

 

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Joel Sartore
Award-winning Conservation Photographer and Head of The National Geographic Photo Ark Project

Joel Sartore is an award-winning photographer, speaker, author, conservationist, and the 2018 National Geographic Explorer of the Year. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine and an Eagle Scout. His hallmarks are a sense of humor and a Midwestern work ethic.

 

Joel specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes around the world. He is the founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year documentary project to save species and habitats....(See Full Bio)