Speakers and Moderators

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William Kristol
William Kristol

Editor at Large, The Weekly Standard

Corby Kummer
Corby Kummer

Senior Editor, The Atlantic; Editor in Chief, Ideas: The Magazine of the Aspen Institute

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Mitch Landrieu
Mitch Landrieu

Mayor, City of New Orleans

Philip Landrigan
Philip Landrigan

Dean for Global Health, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter)

Nicole LaPorte
Nicole LaPorte

Writer, Fast Company

Norman Lear
Norman Lear

TV Producer; Chairman and CEO, ACT III

Matthew Leavy
Matthew Leavy

Managing Director, Higher Education Managed Services, Pearson (Festival Underwriter)

David Leonhardt
David Leonhardt

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times

Kate D. Levin
Kate D. Levin

Principal, Cultural Assets Management, Bloomberg Associates; Head, Arts Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Sarah Lewis
Sarah Lewis

Assistant Professor, History of Art and Architecture and African and American Studies, Harvard University

Joanne Lipman
Joanne Lipman

Editor-in-Chief, USA Today; Editor-in-Chief, USA Today Network; Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Gannett

Jon Lovett
Jon Lovett

Co-Founder, Crooked Media; Host, "Lovett or Leave It"

Monica Lozano
Monica Lozano

Chair, Latinos and Society Program, The Aspen Institute

Edward Luce
Edward Luce

Chief US Commentator, Financial Times

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Larissa MacFarquhar
Larissa MacFarquhar

Staff Writer, The New Yorker

Rebecca MacKinnon
Rebecca MacKinnon

Director, Ranking Digital Rights, New America

Alexis Madrigal
Alexis Madrigal

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Farhad Manjoo
Farhad Manjoo

Columnist, State of the Art, Business Day, The New York Times

James Manyika
James Manyika

Director, McKinsey Global Institute; Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company (Festival Underwriter)

Sheila Marcelo
Sheila Marcelo

Founder, CEO, and Chair, Care.com (Festival Underwriter)

Gary Marcus
Gary Marcus

Director, Center for Language and Music, Department of Psychology, New York University; Editor, The Future of the Brain

Glenn Martin
Glenn Martin

President and Founder, JustLeadershipUSA

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Youth Director, Earth Guardians; Environmental Acitivist

Chris Matthews
Chris Matthews

Host, "Hardball," MSNBC

William E. Mayer
William E. Mayer

Founder and Partner, Park Avenue Equity Partners; Chairman Emeritus, The Aspen Institute

Andrew McAfee
Andrew McAfee

Co-Founder and Co-Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy; Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management

Michael McFaul
Michael McFaul

Professor of Political Science, Director, and Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs, Stanford University

John McWhorter
John McWhorter

Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University; Writer on Language and Race

Jon Meacham
Jon Meacham

Presidential Historian and Author; Contributing Editor, TIME

Alexa Meade
Alexa Meade

Visual Artist, Alexa Meade Art

Milo Medin
Milo Medin

Vice President of Access Services, Google Fiber, Alphabet

Chris Meledandri
Chris Meledandri

Founder and CEO, Illumination Entertainment

Tanya Menendez
Tanya Menendez

CEO, Metas

Carey Meyers
Carey Meyers

Associate Director, Communications, The Rockefeller Foundation

Clara Miller
Clara Miller

F. B. Heron Foundation, President

Andrea Mitchell
Andrea Mitchell

Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News; Host, MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports"

Todd Mitchell
Todd Mitchell

Founder and President, Two Seven Ventures

Lisa Monaco
Lisa Monaco

Distinguished Senior Fellow, NYU Law School Center on Law and Security and Center for Cybersecurity; Former White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor

Ernest Moniz
Ernest Moniz

CEO and Co-Chairman, Nuclear Threat Initiative; Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems Emeritus, Special Advisor to the President, MIT

Michele Moody-Adams
Michele Moody-Adams

Stratus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory, Columbia University

Alexis Morgan
Alexis Morgan

Lead, Water Stewardship, WWF International

Anne Mosle
Anne Mosle

Vice President, Executive Director, Ascend, The Aspen Institute

David Moss
David Moss

Paul Whiton Cherington Professor, Harvard Business School

Yascha Mounk
Yascha Mounk

Director, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change; Senior Fellow, Political Reform Program, New America; Lecturer, Harvard University

Russell Muirhead
Russell Muirhead

Robert Clements Associate Professor of Democracy and Politics, Department of Government, Dartmouth College

Jerry Murdock
Jerry Murdock

Co-Founder, Insight Venture Partners; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Janet Murguía
Janet Murguía

President and CEO, National Council of La Raza

Michael Murphy
Michael Murphy

Co-Founder and Executive Director, MASS Design Group

Bradley Myles
Bradley Myles

Executive Director and CEO, Polaris

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Alondra Nelson
Alondra Nelson

Dean of Social Science, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

Andrew Ng
Andrew Ng

Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Coursera

Nkosi Nkululeko
Nkosi Nkululeko

Poet, Musician

Michele Norris
Michele Norris

Journalist; Founder, The Race Card Project; Executive Director, The Bridge, The Aspen Institute

Lynn Novick
Lynn Novick

Documentary Filmmaker

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Kevin O'Leary
Kevin O'Leary

Chairman, O'Shares Investments; Cast Member, "Shark Tank," ABC

Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly

Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media; Partner, O'Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures

Beto O'Rourke
Beto O'Rourke

U.S. Representative, 16th congressional district, Texas

Dele Olojede
Dele Olojede

Publisher and Chairman, Timbuktu Media

Rebecca Onie
Rebecca Onie

Co-Founder and CEO, Health Leads; Fellow, Health Innovators Fellowship, The Aspen Institute

Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean

Writer, The New Yorker; Author

Jeffrey Orlowski
Jeffrey Orlowski

Founder, Exposure Labs; Filmmaker, Chasing Coral

Peter Orszag
Peter Orszag

Vice Chairman, Managing Director, and Global Co-Head of Health Care, Lazard Freres & Co.

Evan Osnos
Evan Osnos

Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Author, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

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Theo Padnos
Theo Padnos

Journalist

Susan Page
Susan Page

Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today

Anna Palmer
Anna Palmer

Senior Washington Correspondent, Co-Author of Playbook, POLITICO

Neil Parikh
Neil Parikh

Co-Founder and COO, Casper

Stephen Patrick
Stephen Patrick

Executive Director, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, The Aspen Institute

Diane Paulus
Diane Paulus

Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director, American Repertory Theater

Perri Peltz
Perri Peltz

Documentary Filmmaker; Director, Warning: This Drug May Kill You

Carrie Walton Penner
Carrie Walton Penner

Board Chair, Walton Family Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

Brett Perlman
Brett Perlman

Fellow, Consortium for Energy Policy Research, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Nate Persily
Nate Persily

James B. McClatchy Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

David Petraeus
David Petraeus

Partner, KKR; Chairman, KKR Global Institute

Sandra Phillips Rogers
Sandra Phillips Rogers

Group Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer, Toyota (Festival Underwriter)

Gary Pinkus
Gary Pinkus

Managing Partner of North America, McKinsey & Company (Festival Underwriter)

Andrew D. Plepler
Andrew D. Plepler

Consumer Policy Executive, Bank of America (Festival Underwriter)

Ramesh Ponnuru
Ramesh Ponnuru

Senior Editor, National Review

Jason Pontin
Jason Pontin

Publisher and Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

Samantha Power
Samantha Power

Professor of the Practice, Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School; Former US Ambassador, United Nations

Arati Prabhakar
Arati Prabhakar

Former Director, DARPA, US Department of Defense; 2017-'18 Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Penny Pritzker
Penny Pritzker

Founder and Chairman, PSP Capital Partners and Pritzker Realty Group; Former US Secretary of Commerce

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Carol Quillen
Carol Quillen

President, Davidson College

Zachary Quinn
Zachary Quinn

Co-Founder and CEO, Love Your Melon (Festival Underwriter)

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Jeff Raikes
Jeff Raikes

Co-Founder, Raikes Foundation

Lee Rainie
Lee Rainie

Director, Internet, Science, and Technology Research, Pew Research Center

Jack Rakove
Jack Rakove

William Coe Professor of History and American Studies, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

David M. Rapoport
David M. Rapoport

Director of Research in Integrative Sleep Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Festival Underwriter)

Pamela Reeves
Pamela Reeves

Senior Advisor for Gender Strategy, Executive Office of Melinda Gates

Rob Reich
Rob Reich

Political Science Professor, Graduate School of Education; Director, Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford University

Andrew Revkin
Andrew Revkin

Senior Reporter for Climate and Related Issues, ProPublica; Journalist and Blogger, The New York Times

Yosimar Reyes
Yosimar Reyes

Poet, Artist-in-Residence, Define American

Julio Ricardo Varela
Julio Ricardo Varela

Digital Media Director, Futuro Media

Cecile Richards
Cecile Richards

President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

John Ridley
John Ridley

Filmmaker; Screenwriter; Showrunner

Charles "Lil Buck" Riley
Charles "Lil Buck" Riley

Movement Artist; Co-Founder, Movement Art Is

Rob Riley
Rob Riley

President, Northern Forest Center

Ory Rinat
Ory Rinat

Interim Chief Digital Officer, The White House

Samuel Rodriguez
Samuel Rodriguez

President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Heather Roff
Heather Roff

Senior Research Fellow, Politics and International Relations Department, University of Oxford; Cybersecurity Fellow, New America; Research Scientist, Global Security Initiative, Arizona State University

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