Speakers

Robert Baer

Portrayed by George Clooney in the Academy Award-winning film Syriana, expert on American intelligence and the War on Terror

Matt Bai

National political columnist for Yahoo News and author of All the Truth Is Out

James Bamford

Investigative reporter, bestselling author, and expert on the National Security Agency (NSA).

Annie Barrows

Bestselling novelist of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and children's book author

Joanna Barsh

McKinsey Director Emeritus, bestselling author of How Remarkable Women Lead and Centered Leadership and Grow Wherever You Work.

Moustafa Bayoumi

Journalist and author of How Does it Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America

Jim Bell

Award-winning astronomer and author of Postcards From Mars and The Interstellar Age

Adam Benforado

Law professor and author of Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice

Brit Bennett

Debut novelist of New York Times-bestselling The Mothers, National Book Foundation 2016 5 Under 35 Honoree

Kate Betts

Fashion and style expert, author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style and the memoir My Paris Dream

Reginald Dwayne Betts

Author of A Question of Freedom, PEN New England Award winner, and national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice

Ayse Birsel

Award-winning designer, co-founder of Birsel + Seck and author of Design the Life You Love

Deborah Blum

Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Poisoner's Handbook and The Poison Squad

Katherine Boo

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Book Award-winning author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Alain de Botton

Philosopher and international bestselling author of Religion for Atheists

Sam Bracken

Inspirational speaker and guide to initiating positive life changes

Ori Brafman

Business strategist, organizational expert, and New York Times bestselling author of Sway and Click

Rick Bragg

Pulitzer Prize-winning memoirist and author of All Over But the Shoutin', Ava's Man, and The Prince of Frogtown

Geraldine Brooks

Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning March and the international bestselling People of the Book

Marc Brown

Award-winning and bestselling author of the popular Arthur series

Pierce Brown

Author of New York Times bestselling Red Rising series

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson

Psychotherapist, brain-based learning consultant, and co-author of bestseller The Whole-Brain Child

Peter Buffett

Emmy Award-winning musician, author, and philanthropist

Bill Burnett

Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford and co-author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling book Designing Your Life

Ken Burns

Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker