Speakers and Moderators

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Steven Rattner
Steven Rattner

Chairman, Willett Advisors

Bob Raynolds
Bob Raynolds

Research Associate, Denver Museum of Nature and Science; Adjunct Faculty, Geophysics Department, Colorado School of Mines

Molly Pershin Raynor
Molly Pershin Raynor

Performing Arts Program Coordinator, RYSE Center

Lata Reddy
Lata Reddy

President, The Prudential Foundation; Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Prudential Financial

Pamela Reeves
Pamela Reeves

Senior Advisor for Gender Strategy, Executive Office of Melinda Gates

Jason Rezaian
Jason Rezaian

Tehran Bureau Chief and Correspondent, The Washington Post

Susan E. Rice
Susan E. Rice

Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, White House; US Permanent Representative, United Nations

Katie Rich
Katie Rich

Writer, "Weekend Update," Saturday Night Live

Walter Robb
Walter Robb

Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market

Brian Roberts
Brian Roberts

Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation (Festival Underwriter)

Jim Rogers
Jim Rogers

Rubenstein Fellow, Duke University; Co-Founder, Global Brightlight Foundation; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney

Chairman, Executive Partner Group, Solamere Capital

Jeffrey Rosen
Jeffrey Rosen

President and CEO, National Constitution Center; Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School; Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

David Rosenberg
David Rosenberg

Co-Founder and CEO, AeroFarms

Jessica Rosenworcel
Jessica Rosenworcel

Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Hanna Rosin
Hanna Rosin

Host, "Invisibilia," NPR; Author, The End of Men

Alec Ross
Alec Ross

Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Johns Hopkins University; Author, The Industries of the Future

Michael Roth
Michael Roth

President, Wesleyan University

David Rothkopf
David Rothkopf

CEO, The Rothkopf Group

Horacio Rozanski
Horacio Rozanski

President and CEO, Booz Allen Hamilton (Festival Underwriter)

David Rubenstein
David Rubenstein

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group

Robert Rubin
Robert Rubin

Senior Counselor, Centerview Partners; Co-Founder, The Hamilton Project, Brookings Institution

Kai Ryssdal
Kai Ryssdal

Host, Senior Editor, American Public Media's "Marketplace"

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Malika Saada Saar
Malika Saada Saar

Senior Counsel, Civil and Human Rights, Google

Ricardo Salinas
Ricardo Salinas

Founder and Chairman, Salinas Group

Ricardo Salvador
Ricardo Salvador

Senior Scientist and Director, Food and Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

Judith Samuelson
Judith Samuelson

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

M. Sanjayan
M. Sanjayan

Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist, Conservation International

Dan Savage
Dan Savage

Advice Columnist; Author, Savage Love

Orville Schell
Orville Schell

Arthur Ross Director, Center on US China Relations, Asia Society

Laura Secor
Laura Secor

Journalist; Author, Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran

Tina Seelig
Tina Seelig

Professor of the Practice, Department of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Adam Segal
Adam Segal

Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and Director, Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations

Lina Sergie Attar
Lina Sergie Attar

Co-Founder and CEO, Karam Foundation

Mariela Shaker
Mariela Shaker

Violinist

Jim Shelton
Jim Shelton

President, Chan Zuckerberg Education Initiative; Former Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, US Department of Education

Jon Shenk
Jon Shenk

Filmmaker; Co-Founder, Actual Films

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Deputy Secretary, US Department of Energy

Mina Sherzoy
Mina Sherzoy

Director, Promote Women in Government (WIG) Program, USAID

Tim Shriver
Tim Shriver

Chairman, Special Olympics; Co-Founder and Chair, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

Forrest Sill
Forrest Sill

Student, The University of Chicago; Editor in Chief, The Chicago Maroon

Paul Singer
Paul Singer

President, Elliott Management Corporation

David Skorton
David Skorton

Secretary, Smithsonian Institution

Anne-Marie Slaughter
Anne-Marie Slaughter

President and CEO, New America; Professor Emerita, Princeton University

Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith

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

Clint Smith
Clint Smith

Poet; Educator; PhD Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

Director, Rock Bottom Ranch, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

Kim Snyder
Kim Snyder

Filmmaker; Director, Newtown

Michael Sorrell
Michael Sorrell

President, Paul Quinn College

Pamela Starr
Pamela Starr

Director, US-Mexico Network; Associate Professor, School of International Relations and in Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California

Michael Steele
Michael Steele

CEO, The Steele Group; Former Chair, Republican National Committee

Rob Stein
Rob Stein

Assistant Superintendent, Roaring Fork School District

James Steinberg
James Steinberg

University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law, Former Dean, Maxwell School of Syracuse University; Former Deputy Secretary of State

Laurence Steinberg
Laurence Steinberg

Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology, Temple University; Author, Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence

Richard Stengel
Richard Stengel

Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, US State Department

Alan Stern
Alan Stern

Principal Investigator, New Horizons Mission; Associate Vice President, Southwest Research Institute; Chief Scientist, World View; Chief Scientist, Florida Space Institute

Andy Stern
Andy Stern

Senior Fellow, Columbia University; Former President, Service Employees International Union

Jessica Stern
Jessica Stern

Research Professor, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University; Co-Author, ISIS: The State of Terror

Olivia Sterns
Olivia Sterns

Business and Tech Correspondent, NBC News and MSNBC

Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson

Founder and Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative; Author, Just Mercy

Geoffrey Stone
Geoffrey Stone

Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago

Scott Stossel
Scott Stossel

Editor, The Atlantic

Tristram Stuart
Tristram Stuart

Founder, Feedback; Food Waste Campaigner

Cass Sunstein
Cass Sunstein

Robert Walmsley University Professor, Founder and Director, Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy, Harvard Law School

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Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

Former Deputy Commissioner, Foods and Veterinary Medicine, US Food and Drug Administration; Senior Fellow, Freedman Consulting, LLC

Mark Tercek
Mark Tercek

President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy (Festival Underwriter)

Gillian Tett
Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor, Financial Times

Evan Thomas
Evan Thomas

Journalist; Author, Being Nixon

Derek Thompson
Derek Thompson

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Matt Thompson
Matt Thompson

Deputy Editor, TheAtlantic.com

Nina Totenberg
Nina Totenberg

Legal Affairs Correspondent, NPR

Rebecca Traister
Rebecca Traister

Author, All the Single Ladies; Writer at Large, New York Magazine

Sydney Trattner
Sydney Trattner

Senior Producer, "Years of Living Dangerously" National Geographic Channel

Sol Trujillo
Sol Trujillo

Chairman, Trujillo Group Investments

Nicholas Turner
Nicholas Turner

President, Vera Institute of Justice

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Roberta Uno
Roberta Uno

Director, Arts in a Changing America, California Institute of the Arts

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Jason van Genderen
Jason van Genderen

Filmmaker; Founder, Pocket Film Academy

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Cyrus Vance Jr.
Cyrus Vance Jr.

District Attorney, New York County (Manhattan)

Arturo Vargas
Arturo Vargas

Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and NALEO Educational Fund

Jose Antonio Vargas
Jose Antonio Vargas

Journalist; Filmmaker; Founder and CEO, Define American

Lynn Vavreck
Lynn Vavreck

Professor, Political Science and Communication Studies, UCLA

Roberto Villaseñor
Roberto Villaseñor

Principal Consultant, 21CP Solutions; Retired Chief, Tuscon Police Department

Rajiv Vinnakota
Rajiv Vinnakota

Executive Vice President, Youth & Engagement, The Aspen Institute

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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

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