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2023-2024 Speakers

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Dr. Anthony Fauci

Former Director of NIAID and Trusted Advisor to 7 U.S. Presidents

Dr. Anthony Fauci is perhaps the most recognized and influential figure in public health and policy in modern time. With a career bookended by the HIV/AIDs and COVID-19 pandemics, Dr. Fauci’s impact spanned 7 presidents, covered 50 years of public service, and touched billions of lives.


Dr. Fauci has served the country with a relentless pursuit of discovery and innovation. Serving as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for 38 years and being a public servant for more than 50 years, Dr. Fauci oversaw an extensive research portfolio devoted to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious and immune-mediated diseases....(See Full Bio)



Liz Cheney
U.S. Representative, Wyoming (2017-2023), Vice Chair of Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capital 

Liz Cheney served as the U.S. representative for Wyoming's at-large congressional district from 2017 to 2023. She chaired the House Republican Conference, the third-highest position in the House Republican leadership, from 2019 to 2021, and served as the Vice Chair of the Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection. She was also a member of the House Armed Services Committee, China Task Force, Natural Resources Committee, and the House Committee on Rules. Cheney served previously at the State Department as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and in positions for USAID and the Department of State working in Poland, Hungary, Russia, and Ukraine. Cheney practiced law with White and Case and at the International Finance Corporation. A specialist in national security and foreign policy, she is the co-author, along with her father, former Vice President...(See Full Bio).

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Stacey Abrams 
Political Leader, Lawyer, & Bestselling Author; Served in Georgia House of Representatives from 2007-2017

Stacey Abrams is a political leader, business owner and bestselling author. A tax attorney by training, she served as Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and was the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia in 2018 and 2022. She has launched multiple nonprofit organizations devoted to democracy protection, national and local voter engagement, tackling social issues, and building a more equitable future in

the South. 


Abrams co-founded and served as Senior Vice President of NOWaccount Corp., a financial services firm. She also co-founded Nourish, Inc., a beverage company with a focus on infants and toddlers, as well as other entrepreneurial ventures....(See Full Bio).


Ambassador "Sully" Sullenberger
U.S. Air Force Fighter Pilot and Airline Captain in Command of
US Airways 1549 Hudson River emergency water landing


Ambassador “Sully” Sullenberger has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety his entire adult life. He recently served as the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and is a sought-after speaker, safety expert, author and pilot.


Sullenberger considers it one of the greatest honors of his life having been asked by President Biden to be the U.S. Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations Specialized Agency, in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He was nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2021. He served in the post in 2022. During his tenure he reasserted effective U.S. leadership at ICAO, tackling the aviation crises involving Belarus, Russia, a Middle East airspace dispute and climate change....(See Full Bio)

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Judy Woodruff
Senior Correspondent, PBS Newshour

Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is the Senior Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, after serving for 11 years as its Anchor and Managing Editor. During 2023 and 2024, she is undertaking a reporting project, “America at a Crossroads,” to better understand the country’s political divide. She has covered politics and other news for more than four decades at CNN, NBC, and PBS.

The recipient of numerous awards, including the Peabody Journalistic Integrity Award, the Poynter Medal, an Emmy for Lifetime Achievement, and the Radcliffe Medal, she and the late Gwen Ifill were together awarded Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism after Woodruff and Ifill were named co-anchors of the PBS NewsHour in 2013....(See Full Bio)


Lynsey Addario
Photojournalist, Pulitzer Prize Winner (2023, 2009), Courage in Journalism Award Winner (2022), George Polk Photojournalism Award Winner (2022)

American Photojournalist Lynsey Addario has covered every major conflict and humanitarian crisis of her generation, including the Russia Ukraine war, where she has been on assignment regularly for The New York Times since just before the war began, bringing the world harrowing images and stories from the front lines, and receiving the industry's top honors for her work. She also covers climate change, and women's issues, around the world.


In 2015, American Photo Magazine named Lynsey as "One of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years," saying she changed the way we saw the world's conflicts. She’s the recipient of numerous awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes...(See Full Bio)

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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)

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