Speakers

New SpeakerEd Catmull

Co-founder and president of Pixar Animation Studios, president of Walt Disney Animation Studios, author of Creativity, Inc.

New SpeakerBryan Stevenson

Attorney, human rights activist, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy

New SpeakerColson Whitehead

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of The Underground Railroad

New SpeakerCheryl Strayed

Author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling memoir Wild and "Dear Sugar" columnist

Omar El Akkad

Award-winning journalist and author of the debut novel American War

Joanna Barsh

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

Reginald Dwayne Betts

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

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

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

Ron Chernow

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Washington: A Life and Alexander Hamilton

Ta-Nehisi Coates

#1 New York Times-bestselling author of Between the World and Me and We Were Eight Years in Power

Edwidge Danticat

MacArthur Fellow and acclaimed Haitian writer, author of Brother, I'm Dying and Claire of the Sea Light
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