2020-2021 Speakers

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

 
 
 
 

Theresa May

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2016-2019)

Theresa May served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2016-2019, during an extraordinary time in global affairs. She is currently the Member of Parliament for Maidenhead, a position she's held for over two decades.

 

With audiences, Mrs. May gives an incisive examination and unique insight about how politics, technology, and business intersect at a time of profound global change. Sharing lessons from her experience over a storied career, she encourages listeners to recapture the spirit of common purpose in order to achieve progress across the world. 

Mrs. May has been in politics at all levels for many years, starting out stuffing envelopes at her local Conservative Association before going on...(See Full Bio)

 

Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)

Secretary of State of the United States (2001-2005)

For over 50 years, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) has devoted his life to public service. Having held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations, Powell’s deep commitment to democratic values and freedom has been felt throughout the world.

 

The son of Jamaican immigrants, Powell was born in Harlem in April 1937 and was raised in the South Bronx. He was educated in the New York City public schools and attended the City College of New York where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. It was not until he joined the Army ROTC program at CCNY that he discovered his calling and launched his military career

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Anderson Cooper

Multiple Award-Winning Journalist and News Anchor; Host of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360

Anderson Cooper is the anchor of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°, a global newscast that goes beyond the headlines with in-depth reporting and investigations. The show airs weeknights at 8:00pm ET on CNN and is simulcast to an international audience on CNN International.

Since the start of his career in 1992, Cooper has worked in more than forty countries and has covered nearly all-major news events around the world, often reporting from the scene.

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Wynton Marsalis

Internationally Acclaimed Musician, Composer and Bandleader, Educator and Leading Advocate of American Culture

Wynton Marsalis is a world-renowned trumpeter, bandleader and composer, and a leading advocate of American culture. He presently serves as Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and Director of Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12, entered The Juilliard School at age 17, and soon thereafter joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers...(See Full Bio)

 

Annie Griffiths

Renowned National Geographic Photojournalist

One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for National Geographic, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem.

In addition to her magazine work, Griffiths is deeply committed to photographing for aid organizations around the world. Annie is the Founder and Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of world-class photographers, filmmakers, and journalists that identifies...(See Full Bio)

Ken Burns

Emmy Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for over forty years.  Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz; The War; The National Parks:  America’s Best Idea; The Roosevelts:  An Intimate History; Jackie Robinson; The Vietnam War; and Country Music.

 

A December 2002 poll conducted by Real Screen Magazine listed The Civil War as second only to Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North as the “most influential documentary of all time,” and named Ken Burns and Robert Flaherty as the “most influential documentary makers” of all time....(See Full Bio)

Rick Steves

Popular Travel Television Host and Bestselling Guidebook Author

Rick Steves is a popular public television host, a best-selling guidebook author, and an outspoken activist who encourages Americans to broaden their perspectives through travel. But above all else, Rick considers himself a teacher. He taught his first travel class at his college campus in the mid-1970s — and now, more than 40 years later, he still measures his success not by dollars earned, but by trips impacted.

Widely considered America's leading authority on European travel, Rick produces a best-selling series of guidebooks and is the author of Travel as a Political Act. He is dedicated to providing all Americans with access to travel information...(See Full Bio)

 
 
 
 
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