Speakers and Moderators

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Don Baer
Don Baer

Worldwide Chairman and CEO, Burson-Marsteller

Ramón Baez
Ramón Baez

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Hewlett Packard (Festival Underwriter)

Erin Bailey
Erin Bailey

Executive Director, Center for Native American Youth, The Aspen Institute

Zoë Baird
Zoë Baird

CEO and President, Markle Foundation

Jeffrey Ball
Jeffrey Ball

Energy and Environment Writer; Scholar in Residence, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University

Keith Banks
Keith Banks

President, U.S. Trust, Private Wealth Management, Bank of America (Festival Underwriter)

Melody Barnes
Melody Barnes

Co-Founder and Principal, MB2 Solutions; Former Domestic Policy Advisor, Obama White House; Chair, Forum for Community Solutions, The Aspen Institute

Jason Baron
Jason Baron

Head Portfolio Manager, Social Investment Strategies, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management (Festival Underwriter)

Joe Louis Barrow
Joe Louis Barrow

Spokesperson, Southern Company (Festival Underwriter)

Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett

Actress; Brand Partner, Genworth Financial, Inc. (Festival Underwriter)

Jon Batiste
Jon Batiste

Bandleader, "The Late Show"; Artistic Director at Large, National Jazz Museum in Harlem; Pianist

Ron Bechet
Ron Bechet

Artist; Victor Labat Endowed Professor, Department of Art, Xavier University of Louisiana

James Bennet
James Bennet

Co-President and Editor in Chief, The Atlantic

Suman Bery
Suman Bery

Chief Economist, Shell Oil Company (Festival Underwriter)

Jackie Bezos
Jackie Bezos

Co-Founder and President, Bezos Family Foundation

Deepak Bhargava
Deepak Bhargava

Executive Director, Center for Community Change

Reggie Bicha
Reggie Bicha

Executive Director, Department of Human Services, State of Colorado

Paul Blavin
Paul Blavin

Chief Executive Officer, Graceful Light Entertainment

Gretchen Bleiler
Gretchen Bleiler

Professional Halfpipe Snowboarder; Entrepreneur

Gene D. Block
Gene D. Block

Chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles

Paul Bloom
Paul Bloom

Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Yale University

Charles Blow
Charles Blow

Columnist, The New York Times

Allen Blue
Allen Blue

VP for Product Management & Co-Founder, LinkedIn

Rebecca Blumenstein
Rebecca Blumenstein

Deputy Managing Editor, The New York Times

Jo Boaler
Jo Boaler

Professor, Mathematics Education and Teacher Education, Stanford University

David Boies
David Boies

Chairman, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

Cory Booker
Cory Booker

US Senator, State of New Jersey (D)

Brian Borrello
Brian Borrello

Artist

Beth Ann Bovino
Beth Ann Bovino

US Chief Economist, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services

Tom Bradicich
Tom Bradicich

Vice President of Server Engineering, Enterprise Group, Hewlett Packard (Festival Underwriter)

David G. Bradley
David G. Bradley

Chairman and Owner, Atlantic Media Company

Jennifer Bradley
Jennifer Bradley

Founding Director, Center for Urban Innovation, The Aspen Institute

Frédéric Brenner
Frédéric Brenner

Artist, This Place

Joe Brewster
Joe Brewster

Psychiatrist; Director and Producer, American Promise

John Bridgeland
John Bridgeland

President and CEO, Civic Enterprises; Chair, Franklin Project, The Aspen Institute

David Brooks
David Brooks

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times

William Browder
William Browder

CEO and Co-Founder, Hermitage Capital Management; Author, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice

Tim Brown
Tim Brown

CEO, IDEO

Carrie Brownstein
Carrie Brownstein

Seafood Quality Standards Coordinator, Whole Foods Market

Ronald Brownstein
Ronald Brownstein

Columnist, Contributor, and Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, Atlantic Media Company

Paul Bunje
Paul Bunje

Senior Director, Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

Nicholas Burns
Nicholas Burns

Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Director, Aspen Strategy Group, The Aspen Institute

Peter Byck
Peter Byck

Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Arizona State University; Writer, Director, and Producer, Carbon Nation