Speakers and Moderators

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Don Baer
Don Baer

Worldwide Chairman and CEO, Burson-Marsteller

Zoë Baird
Zoë Baird

CEO and President, Markle Foundation

Amar Bakshi
Amar Bakshi

Artist and Founder, Shared_Studios

Molly Ball
Molly Ball

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Bryn Banuelos
Bryn Banuelos

Marketing Director, Albertsons Companies; Marketing Director, Safeway

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

Matt Barreto
Matt Barreto

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Latino Decisions; Professor of Political Science and Chicano Studies, UCLA

Emily Bazelon
Emily Bazelon

Staff Writer, New York Times Magazine; Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law, Yale Law School

Seth Berkley
Seth Berkley

CEO, GAVI Alliance; Founder, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

Eric Berkowitz
Eric Berkowitz

Human Rights Attorney; Author, The Boundaries of Desire: A Century of Good Sex, Bad Laws, and Changing Identities

Reginald Dwayne Betts
Reginald Dwayne Betts

Poet; Author, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison

Mike Bezos
Mike Bezos

Co-Founder and Vice President, Bezos Family Foundation

Monika Bickert
Monika Bickert

Head of Product Policy and Counterterrorism, Facebook

Joseph Biden
Joseph Biden

Vice President, White House

Susan Black
Susan Black

Chief Kaizen Promotion Officer, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Fernanda Bombardi
Fernanda Bombardi

Executive Manager, Institute of Entrepreneurial Citizenship

James Bonini
James Bonini

Vice President, Toyota Production System Support Center, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America (TEMA) (Festival Underwriter)

Cory Booker
Cory Booker

US Senator, State of New Jersey (D)

Kitty Boone
Kitty Boone

VP, Public Programs, Aspen Institute

Deborah Borda
Deborah Borda

President, CEO, and David C. Bohnett Presidential Chair, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

Tucker Bounds
Tucker Bounds

Co-Founder and President, Sidewire

Jennifer Finney Boylan
Jennifer Finney Boylan

Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence, Barnard College of Columbia University; Author, She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders

Tim Bozik
Tim Bozik

President, Global Product, Pearson (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

Stewart Brand
Stewart Brand

Co-Founder, Revive & Restore; President, The Long Now Foundation; Founder and Editor, Whole Earth Catalog

Shirley Brandman
Shirley Brandman

Executive Director, National Commission of Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, The Aspen Institute

Rosalind Brewer
Rosalind Brewer

President and CEO, Sam's Club, Wal-Mart Stores

Stephen Bright
Stephen Bright

President and Senior Counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights; Harvey Karp Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School

Steven Brill
Steven Brill

Journalist-Entrepreneur; Author, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

Joshua Brody
Joshua Brody

Director, Lymphoma Immunotherapy Program, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter)

Arthur Brooks
Arthur Brooks

President and Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise, American Enterprise Institute

David Brooks
David Brooks

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times

Campbell Brown
Campbell Brown

Head of News Partnerships, Facebook (Festival Underwriter)

Ethan Brown
Ethan Brown

Co-Founder and CEO, Beyond Meat

Micae Brown
Micae Brown

Host, “The Urban Business Roundtable,” WVON 1690AM; Host, “The Micae Brown Report”

Patrick Brown
Patrick Brown

Founder and CEO, Impossible Foods; Founder, Lyrical Foods; Co-Founder and Board Member, Public Library of Science

Ron Brownstein
Ron Brownstein

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Scott Budnick
Scott Budnick

Founder and President, Anti-Recidivism Coalition

Marcus Bullock
Marcus Bullock

CEO and Founder, Flikshop; CEO, Perspectives Premier Contractors

Steven Burakoff
Steven Burakoff

Director, The Tisch Cancer Institute; Lilian and Henry M. Stratton Professor of Cancer Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System (Festival Underwriter)

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

Ursula Burns
Ursula Burns

Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation

Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services

Laura Bush
Laura Bush

Former First Lady, United States of America

Dwight Bush, Sr.
Dwight Bush, Sr.

US Ambassador to Morocco