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2023-2024 Speakers

“A series of up-close and personal speaking experiences with eminent leaders, thinkers, and innovators of our time in an open and unbiased forum.”

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Liz Cheney
U.S. Representative, Wyoming (2017-2023), Vice Chair of Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capital

Liz Cheney served as the U.S. representative for Wyoming's at-large congressional district from 2017 to 2023. She chaired the House Republican Conference, the third-highest position in the House Republican leadership, from 2019 to 2021, and served as the Vice Chair of the Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection. She was also a member of the House Armed Services Committee, China Task Force, Natural Resources Committee, and the House Committee on Rules. Cheney served previously at the State Department as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and in positions for USAID and the Department of State working in Poland, Hungary, Russia, and Ukraine. Cheney...(See Full Bio).

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Ambassador "Sully" Sullenberger
U.S. Air Force Fighter Pilot and Airline Captain in Command of
US Airways 1549 Hudson River emergency water landing

Ambassador “Sully” Sullenberger has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety his entire adult life. He recently served as the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and is a sought-after speaker, safety expert, author and pilot.

 

Sullenberger considers it one of the greatest honors of his life having been asked by President Biden to be the U.S. Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations Specialized Agency, in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He was nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2021. He served in the post in 2022. During his tenure he reasserted effective U.S. leadership at ICAO....(See Full Bio)

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Lynsey Addario
Photojournalist, Pulitzer Prize Winner (2023, 2009), Courage in Journalism Award Winner (2022), George Polk Photojournalism Award Winner (2022)

American Photojournalist Lynsey Addario has covered every major conflict and humanitarian crisis of her generation, including the Russia Ukraine war, where she has been on assignment regularly for The New York Times since just before the war began, bringing the world harrowing images and stories from the front lines, and receiving the industry's top honors for her work. She also covers climate change, and women's issues, around the world.

 

In 2015, American Photo Magazine named Lynsey as "One of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years," saying she changed the way we saw the world's conflicts. She’s the recipient of numerous awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes...(See Full Bio)

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Dr. Anthony Fauci
Former Director of NIAID and Trusted Advisor to 7 U.S. Presidents

 

Dr. Anthony Fauci is perhaps the most recognized and influential figure in public health and policy in modern time. With a career bookended by the HIV/AIDs and COVID-19 pandemics, Dr. Fauci’s impact spanned seven presidents, covered 50 years of public service, and touched billions of lives.

 

Dr. Fauci has served the country with a relentless pursuit of discovery and innovation. Serving as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for 38 years and being a public servant for more than 50 years, Dr. Fauci oversaw an extensive research portfolio devoted to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious and immune-mediated diseases. As the key advisor to seven Presidents and their administrations, Dr. Fauci lead medical and public health preparedness and treatments against emerging infectious disease threats, including HIV/AIDS, pandemic influenza, Ebola, Zika, and COVID-19....(See Full Bio)

 

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Stacey Abrams
Political Leader, Lawyer, & Bestselling Author; Served in Georgia House of Representatives from 2007-2017

Stacey Abrams is a political leader, business owner and bestselling author. A tax attorney by training, she served as Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and was the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia in 2018 and 2022. She has launched multiple nonprofit organizations devoted to democracy protection, national and local voter engagement, tackling social issues, and building a more equitable future in

the South. 

 

Abrams co-founded and served as Senior Vice President of NOWaccount Corp., a financial services firm. She also co-founded Nourish, Inc., a beverage company with a focus on infants and toddlers, as well as other...(See Full Bio).

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Dr. Moiya McTier
Astrophysicist and Folklorist, Science
Communicator, & First Harvard Graduate to Study both Astrophysics and Mythology

Dr. Moiya McTier is an astrophysicist, folklorist, and science communicator based in New York City, but her origins are a bit more modest... and surprising. 

 

Moiya grew up in a log cabin in rural Pennsylvania without running water or TV, which meant she had plenty of time to focus on her studies. Hard work and a lot of luck took Moiya to Harvard, where she was the first person in the school's long history to double major in both astrophysics and folklore. After graduating, Moiya moved to New York to earn her PhD in astrophysics at Columbia University. There, she was named a National Science Foundation Research Fellow for her work studying planets outside of our solar system and the motion of stars around the galaxy. Moiya officially became a doctor of...(See Full Bio).

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Father Greg Boyle
Founder and Director of Homeboy Industries, the world's largest gang-intervention and rehabilitation program, American Jesuit Priest

Father Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. 

 

Born and raised in Los Angeles and Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Fr. Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights. Dolores Mission was the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city. 

 

Fr. Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the so-called “decade of death” that began in the late 1980s and peaked at 1,000 gang-related killings in 1992....(See Full Bio).

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