Speakers and Moderators

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Alex Wagner
Alex Wagner

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Jane Wales
Jane Wales

Vice President of Philanthropy and Society, Director, Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, The Aspen Institute; Founder and CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum

Jim Wallis
Jim Wallis

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

Steuart Walton
Steuart Walton

CEO, Game Composites; Board Member, Walton Family Foundation (Festival Underwriter)

Mark Warner
Mark Warner

US Senator, Commonwealth of Virginia (D)

Carlos Watson
Carlos Watson

Host, “Point Taken,” PBS

Heather Watts
Heather Watts

Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair

Vin Weber
Vin Weber

Partner, Mercury; Former US Representative (R-MN); Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Kari Weil
Kari Weil

University Professor and Director, College of Letters, Wesleyan University

Mark Weinberger
Mark Weinberger

Global Chairman and CEO, EY (Festival Underwriter)

Randi Weingarten
Randi Weingarten

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

Lucas Welch
Lucas Welch

Executive Director, Pluribus Project

Roxane White
Roxane White

President and CEO, Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)

Leon Wieseltier
Leon Wieseltier

Contributing Editor, The Atlantic; Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy, Brookings Institution

Richard Wilhelm
Richard Wilhelm

Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton (Festival Underwriter)

Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson

Chairman and CEO, The Allstate Corporation (Festival Underwriter)

Peter Wittig
Peter Wittig

Ambassador to the United States, Embassy of the Republic of Germany

Damian Woetzel
Damian Woetzel

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

Josephine Wolff
Josephine Wolff

Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology; Faculty Associate, Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Chris Womack
Chris Womack

President, External Affairs, Southern Company (Festival Underwriter)

Doug Wood
Doug Wood

Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning, The Ford Foundation

Ryan Wyatt
Ryan Wyatt

Director, Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization, California Academy of Sciences

Joshua Wyner
Joshua Wyner

Executive Director, College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute