Speakers and Moderators

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Moncef Slaoui
Moncef Slaoui

Chairman, Global R&D and Vaccines, GlaxoSmithKline

Jeff Smisek
Jeff Smisek

Chairman, President, and CEO, United Airlines

Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith

Actress; Playwright; Professor, New York University; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Heather Smith
Heather Smith

President, Rock the Vote

Andrew Ross Sorkin
Andrew Ross Sorkin

Co-Anchor, "Squawk Box," CNBC; Financial Columnist, Editor at Large, DealBook, The New York Times

Robert Spano
Robert Spano

Music Director, Aspen Music Festival and School; Music Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Scott Speck
Scott Speck

Conductor; Music Director, Mobile Symphony Orchestra

Sandy Speicher
Sandy Speicher

Associate Partner, IDEO

Margaret Spellings
Margaret Spellings

President and CEO, Margaret Spellings & Company; Former US Secretary of Education

Daniel Sperling
Daniel Sperling

Professor and Founding Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis

Hari Sreenivasan
Hari Sreenivasan

Anchor, Senior Correspondent, and Director of Digital Partnerships, “PBS NewsHour” and "PBS NewsHour Weekend"

Michael Stern
Michael Stern

Conductor; Music Director, Kansas City Symphony

Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart

Reporter and Columnist, BBC; Host, World Service's "Science in Action"

James P. Steyer
James P. Steyer

Founder and CEO, Common Sense Media

James P. Steyer
James P. Steyer

Founder and CEO, Common Sense Media

Tracy Straus
Tracy Straus

Founder and Artistic Director, Celebrate the Beat

Rod Stryker
Rod Stryker

Founder and Instructor, ParaYoga

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Gillian Tett
Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor, Financial Times

Derek Thompson
Derek Thompson

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Jer Thorp
Jer Thorp

Co-Founder, The Office for Creative Research

Linda Tischler
Linda Tischler

Senior Editor, Fast Company

Scott Tong
Scott Tong

Correspondent, American Public Media's "Marketplace"

Paul Tough
Paul Tough

Journalist; Author, How Children Succeed

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Toni Verstandig
Toni Verstandig

Senior Vice President, S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace; Chairman, Middle East Programs, The Aspen Institute

Kevin Vigilante
Kevin Vigilante

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton (Festival Underwriter)

Monique Villa
Monique Villa

CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Leo Villareal
Leo Villareal

Artist

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Vivek Wadhwa
Vivek Wadhwa

Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University, College of Engineering; Faculty Member, Singularity University

Jim Wallis
Jim Wallis

Founder and President, Sojourners; Author, On God's Side

Laysha Ward
Laysha Ward

President, Community Relations, Target

Vin Weber
Vin Weber

Co-Chairman and Partner, Mercury/Clark & Weinstock; Former US Representative (R-MN); Trustee, The Aspen Institute

David Weigel
David Weigel

Senior Political Correspondent, Slate Magazine

Randi Weingarten
Randi Weingarten

President, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO (Festival Underwriter)

Gilbert Welch
Gilbert Welch

Professor of Medicine and Public Policy, Dartmouth College; General Internist, White River Junction VA Medical Center

Jay F. Whitacre
Jay F. Whitacre

Assistant Professor, Engineering and Public Policy/Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Jay F. Whitacre
Jay F. Whitacre

CTO, Aquion Energy; Professor, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Ross Wiener
Ross Wiener

Executive Director, Education and Society Program, and Vice President, The Aspen Institute

Richard Wilhelm
Richard Wilhelm

Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton (Festival Underwriter)

Alastair Willis
Alastair Willis

Conductor; Music Director, Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson

Chairman and CEO, The Allstate Corporation (Festival Underwriter)

Damian Woetzel
Damian Woetzel

Director, Arts Program, The Aspen Institute; Artistic Director, Vail International Dance Festival

Evan Wolfson
Evan Wolfson

Founder and President, Freedom to Marry

Jessie Woolley-Wilson
Jessie Woolley-Wilson

President and CEO, DreamBox Learning, Inc.

Wendy Woon
Wendy Woon

Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director for Education, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Tim Wu
Tim Wu

Author; Policy Advocate, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Jocelyn Wyatt
Jocelyn Wyatt

Co-Lead and Executive Director, IDEO.org

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Xiao Xiao
Xiao Xiao

Doctoral Candidate, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Amos Yadlin
Amos Yadlin

Director, Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University

Lining Yao
Lining Yao

Doctoral Candidate, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tom Yellin
Tom Yellin

Co-Founder and President, The Documentary Group; Executive Producer, Girl Rising

Ka Chun Yu
Ka Chun Yu

Curator of Space Science, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Monica Yunus
Monica Yunus

Soprano; Co-Founder, Sing for Hope

Zia Yusuf
Zia Yusuf

President and CEO, Streetline, Inc.

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Camille Zamora
Camille Zamora

Soprano; Co-Founder, Sing for Hope

Amy Ziering
Amy Ziering

Producer, Chain Camera Pictures; Documentary Filmmaker; Producer, The Invisible War

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