Get to Know Our 2017 Speakers

Maggie was the sister of Spotlight Health speaker Elizabth Lesser. She trained as a nurse practitioner after college.
Elizabeth Lesser co-founded Omega Institute. She will speak as part of the Caregiving track at Spotlight Health.

Closing the Tech Gender Gap by Teaching Girls to Code

Reshma Saujani is on the far left. She spoke in a session called Girls, Unleashed at Spotlight Health.
When Reshma Saujani ran for US Congress in 2010, she made campaign stops at schools throughout New York City. Her run against a long-time incumbent was unsuccessful, but the loss wasn’t a complete failure: she came away from it with an idea born of concern.

Moooving from Cows to Crickets: New Forms of Protein

Shobhita Soor, co-founder of Aspire Food Group, speaks at Spotlight Health.
For billions of people around the globe, insects are a common cuisine at the dinner table. A variety of bugs provide critical protein in areas where meat is in short supply, often in poor regions.

How Do Young People View the Supreme Court?

Jeffrey Rosin, Neal Katyal, and Nancy Gertner at the Aspen Ideas Festival in summer 2016.
The beauty of the justice system in America is that an attorney without a big law firm and volumes of law books can win a case, if he has a good argument.

Does Digital Disruption Lead to Fewer Jobs or More Jobs?

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks with Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Big Data Can Tell Us How Happy We Are

Author Andrew Zolli at Spotlight Health 2016. He works on issues at the intersection of innovation, social change, and resilience. 
The smiley faces you use to adorn friends’ Facebook posts are more than just cute cartoon icons. Scientists are using them for psychological research. In 2013, researchers at UC Berkeley partnered with Facebook to create a set of emojis that represent humans’ complex emotions.