Speakers

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  • Alencia Johnson
    Culture + Politics + Justice

    Named to EBONY Magazine’s “Power 100” list of influential African Americans and PRWeek’s “40 Under 40” list, Alencia Johnson leads…

  • Ali Stroker
    First actress who uses a wheelchair to win a Tony award.

    Ali Stroker received the 2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as ‘Ado Annie’…

  • Amy Nelson
    Founder and CEO of The Riveter.

    Amy Nelson is the founder and CEO of The Riveter, a modern union of women and allies. A graduate of Emory…

  • Angelica Ross
    Transgender Actress from “Pose” and “American Horror Story 1984″

    From the board room, to film/TV sets and even the Obama White House, Angelica Ross is a leading figure of…

  • Ani Difranco
    Folk/Punk icon and founder of Righteous Babe

    Widely considered a feminist icon, Grammy winner Ani DiFranco is the mother of the DIY movement, being one of the…

  • Anthony Ervin
    Biracial gold medal winning Olympic swimmer

    Anthony Ervin is a four-time Olympic medalist, claiming the title of fastest person on the planet both in 2000, as…

  • Antonio Saunders
    Teach for America VP

    Antonio A. Saunders is the Vice President of Program at Teach For America, shaping the strategy for leadership development and…

  • April Reign
    Creator of viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite

    April Reign practiced law for over 15 years, with an emphasis on campaign finance law and reform, but her life…

  • Asha Rangappa
    Legal and National Security Expert for CNN

    Asha Rangappa is a Senior Lecturer at the Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a former Associate Dean…

  • Blair Imani
    Author of “Modern HERstory” and “Making Our Way Home”

    Blair Imani is a critically-acclaimed historian, outspoken advocate and activist, and dynamic public speaker. The author of two historical books: Modern…

  • Bree Newsome Bass
    Confederate Flag Activist

    Bree Newsome Bas is an artist who drew national attention in 2015 when she climbed the flagpole in front of…

  • Brittany Packnett Cunningham
    Harvard Fellow, MSNBC commentator, and author of forthcoming “We Are Like Those Who Dream: Black Women Speak”

    Brittany Packnett Cunningham is an activist, educator, writer, and leader at the intersection of culture and justice. She is an…

  • Charles Phoenix
    Author and the Ambassador of Americana

    Charles Phoenix is a showman, tour guide, food crafter, and author. He is known for his live comedy slide show…

  • Christina Ochoa
    Star of “Animal Kingdom” and “A Million Little Things”

    Actress Christina Ochoa (born Cristina Ochoa Lopez, in Barcelona) is known for her recurring roles in US television shows such…

  • Chuck D
    Public Enemy frontman and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer

    Chuck D is the leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, the author of two critically acclaimed books,…

  • Common
    Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe winning musician

    Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy-winning artist, actor and activist, Common continues to break down barriers with a multitude…

  • Dave Zirin
    Sports Editor at “The Nation”

    NY Times bestselling author Dave Zirin takes audiences inside the modern world of sports for a provocative look at the…

  • Dessa
    Doomtree Rapper and Author

    Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations. Her solo albums include rap…

  • Donna Hylton
    Author, “A Little Piece of Light”

    Donna Hylton has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the country. She draws upon her experience imprisoned in…

  • Dr. Simran Jeet Singh
    Teaching Anti-Racism through Knowledge, Wisdom, and Empathy

    Dr. Simran Jeet Singh is an educator, writer, activist, and scholar who speaks regularly on issues of diversity, inclusion and…

  • Elizabeth Yuko
    Bioethicist and Writer

    Dr. Elizabeth Yuko is a bioethicist and writer specializing in sexual and reproductive health and the intersection of bioethics and popular…

  • Emily White
    Author, “Interning 101″

    Emily White’s career spans the entertainment industry, carving out a unique path that defines a modern maven. Upon seeing The…

  • Eunique Jones Gibson
    Founder, “Because of Them We Can”

    Eunique Jones Gibson is a creative visionary, cultural architect and social activist who develops award winning campaigns & products that…

  • Fab Morvan
    One Half of Milli Vanilli

    Fab Morvan’s incredible true story is inspirational, a true tribute to his own indomitable spirit in the face of one…

  • Gabi Moskowitz
    Food Blogger, “Broke Ass Gourmet”

    Gabi Moskowitz is the editor-in-chief of the nationally-acclaimed budget cooking blog BrokeAss Gourmet, author of The BrokeAss Gourmet Cookbook (Egg &…

  • Gigi Gorgeous
    Transgender YouTube Superstar

    As a transgender female, Gigi Loren Lazzarato is a Canadian actress, model, and internet personality who inspires and entertains with…

  • Glory Edim
    Founder, “Well-Read Black Girl”

    Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and online community that celebrates the uniqueness…

  • Heather Matarazzo
    “The Princess Diaries” co-star and Mental Health activist

    Heather Matarazzo has over two decades of award-winning and critically acclaimed performances in both major studio film as well as…

  • Ice-T
    Rap Pioneer and ‘Law & Order: SVU’ co-star

    Ice-T not only invented gangster rap, he has lived it. Ice-T is the original embodiment of LA Hip-Hop and a…

  • Imani Barbarin
    Disability Activist, Founder of CrutchesAndSpice.com

    Imani Barbarin is a disability rights and inclusion activist and speaker who uses her voice and social media platforms to…

  • Jaclyn Friedman
    Author of “Believe Me” and “Yes Means Yes”

    Jaclyn Friedman is an educator, activist, and the force behind four hit books: Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power…

  • Jamie Tworkowski
    Founder, To Write Love On Her Arms and Author of “If You Feel Too Much”

    Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms and the New York Times bestselling author of If…

  • Jamilah Lemieux
    Intersectional Feminist, Writer and Cultural Critic

    A renowned cultural critic and writer with a focus on issues of race, gender and sexuality, Jamilah Lemieux is a…

  • Jamira Burley
    Head of Youth Engagement and Skills at the Global Business Coalition for Education

    Jamira Burley is an internationally recognized speaker, social justice advocate, and next-gen social impact consultant. Jamira is on a mission…

  • Jan Broberg
    Subject of Netflix documentary “Abducted in Plain Sight”

    Jan Broberg is an actress, singer and dancer who has appeared in more than two dozen feature films, numerous television…

  • Jeff Cohen
    Author, “The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments: Ten Essential Tools for Business Forged in the Trenches of Hollywood”

    Jeff co-founded Cohen Gardner LLP in 2002 and focuses on transactional representation for clients in the entertainment, media, and technology…

  • Jeffrey Marsh
    Nonbinary, genderfluid author of “How To Be You”.

    As a pundit for cable news, Jeffrey Marsh was the first openly nonbinary activist to appear on national television. Jeffrey…

  • John Moe
    Author and Host of “The Hilarious World of Depression”

    John Moe is the host and creator of the award-winning hit podcast, “The Hilarious World of Depression,” as well as…

  • Kaitlin Sandeno
    Olympic Gold Medalist and General Manager of DC Trident

    Kaitlin Sandeno is General Manager of The International Swimming League’s DC Trident, making her one of the first women in…

  • Kevin Lyman
    Vans Warped Tour, FEND movement

    Kevin Lyman has shaped youth culture for over 35 years with his award-winning expertise in the music and entertainment industry…

  • Kezia M Williams
    Founder and CEO of The Black upStart

    Kezia M. Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of The Black upStart — a nationally recognized company serving African-American innovators…

  • Kimberly Jones
    Activist and Co-Author “I’m Not Dying With You Tonight”

    Kimberly Jones is a former bookseller that now hosts the Atlanta Chapter of the popular Well Read Black Girl book…

  • Kristina Wong
    Comedian and Political Performance Artist

    Kristina Wong was featured in The New York Times’ Off Color series “highlighting artists of color who use humor to make smart…

  • Lane Moore
    Host of Tinder Live and author of “How To Be Alone”

    Lane Moore is an award-winning stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and musician living in New York City. Her monthly comedy show…

  • Lauren Ridloff
    First deaf superhero, Marvel’s “The Eternals”

    Lauren Ridloff stars as Makkari in the upcoming Marvel film, The Eternals, opposite Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Kumail Nanjani. She…

  • Lux Alptraum
    Author, “Faking It: The Lies Women Tell About Sex – And The Truths They Reveal”

    Lux Alptraum is a writer, producer, and consultant whose smart commentary has been featured in publications including The New York Times, New…

  • Madison Young
    Filmmaker and Sex Expert for Parents

    Madison Young is a performance artist, author, feminist filmmaker and sex educator. Young speaks frequently on the topics of feminism,…

  • Marika Shaw
    Arcade Fire instrumentalist and Founder of social entrepreneur platform Plus1

    Marika Anthony-Shaw played the viola as a touring member of Grammy award winning band Arcade Fire for 9 years. She…

  • Megan Stielstra
    Author, “The Wrong Way To Save Your Life”

    Megan Stielstra is a writer, educator, and live storyteller in Chicago. She is the author of three collections of narrative…

  • Melissa Dahl
    Author of “Cringeworthy”

    Melissa Dahl is the author of Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness, published by Portfolio/Penguin Random House. Also, she has a…

  • Michael Arceneaux
    Author of “I Don’t Want To Die Poor” and “I Can’t Date Jesus”

    Michael Arceneaux is the New York Times bestselling author of the 2018 memoir I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other…

  • Michael Ian Black
    Author of “A Better Man”

    Michael Ian Black is an actor, comedian, screenwriter and author who co-founded the legendary sketch comedy group, The State. He…

  • Milana Vayntrub
    Actress and Refugee Advocate

    Milana Vayntrub, Adweek Creative 100 and #Can’tDoNothing co-founder, shares her message of hope, opportunity, and global responsibility, challenging others to…

  • Miracle Olatunji
    Author of Purpose: How To Live and Lead With Impact

    Miracle Olatunji is an entrepreneur, activist, and author of Purpose: How To Live and Lead With Impact.

  • Mykki Blanco
    Transgender Activist, Rapper, and Performance Artist

    A fearless artist at his challenging yet melodic best, Mykki Blanco released his long-awaited debut, full-length album Mykki (produced by Woodkid and…

  • Parker Molloy
    Senior Editor at Media Matters for America and Upworthy

    Parker Molloy is a writer whose work has appeared in places like The Guardian, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, VICE, and The…

  • Rabia Chaudry
    Attorney, Author, and co-host of the Undisclosed podcast

    Rabia Chaudry is an attorney, advocate, and author of the New York Times bestselling book “Adnan’s Story” and Executive Producer…

  • Randall Robinson
    Leading Thought Leader on Reparations

    Randall Robinson is an internationally respected social justice advocate and best-selling author. Until recently a professor of human rights law…

  • Rev Sekou
    Social Justice Activist and Musician

    Noted activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker, and musician, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in…

  • Sally Kohn
    Author, “The Opposite of Hate”

    Sally Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America today. The author of The Opposite of Hate (April…

  • Santina Muha
    Disabled Actress and Comedian

    Santina Muha is a speaker, writer, actor, storyteller, host, and avid Marshall’s shopper. She grew up in New Jersey, where…

  • Sara Benincasa
    Mental Health Writer and Author of “Agorafabulous” and “Real Artists Have Day Jobs”

    Sara Benincasa is the host of the stress relief podcast “Well, This Isn’t Normal”.  She’s also a comedian, actress, and the author of “Real…

  • Sara Mora
    Immigration Rights Activist

    In 2017, Sara Mora publicly came out as undocumented while at a press conference with the governor of her home…

  • Sarah Lohman
    Food Historian and Author “Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine”

    Sarah Lohman is originally from Hinckley, Ohio (near Cleveland), where she began working in a museum at the age of 16,…

  • Shavone Charles
    Musician and Founder of “Magic in Her Melanin”

    SHAVONE. is a multi-hyphenate creative and force in music, fashion and tech. On the heels of being named on Forbes’ 30…

  • Speech
    Musician and Mass Incarceration Activist featured in documentary “16 Bars”

    Speech is a multiple Grammy award recipient and founder of the legendary hip hop group Arrested Development.  Known for songs…

  • Tegan and Sara
    Iconic pop/folk duo and LGBTQIA+ trailblazers

    In 1995, at the height of grunge music, 15-year-old twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin started their first band in…

  • Tiq Milan
    Transgender Activist

    Tiq speaks and writes about intersectional leadership, transgender rights, and racial justice. He shares stories of his life and how…

  • TWLOHA
    International non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.

    To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling…

  • Yesha Callahan
    Editorial Director, Essence

    With a knack for breaking news, Yesha (pronounced I-esha) Callahan, a native of Elizabeth, NJ and Rutgers University graduate, has…

  • Zach Barack
    First Transgender Actor in the Marvel universe

    Zach Barack is a young transgender actor and musician from the northern suburbs of Chicago. In Summer 2019, Zach made…

  • Zahra Noorbakhsh
    Iranian-American comedian and host of #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast

    ZAHRA NOORBAKHSH is a Feminist Muslim, Iranian-American comedian and cohost of the award-winning podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. The podcast was listed as…

  • Ziad Ahmed
    Gen Z Activist and Co-Founder of JUV Consulting

    Ziad Ahmed is an 20-year-old rising junior at Yale University. He is an unapologetic American-Muslim-Bangladeshi student activist, entrepreneur, and speaker.

  • Zoey Luna
    Trans Latinx Actress from upcoming remake of “The Craft”

    Zoey Luna is a pioneering transgender youth activist turned actress from Los Angeles.

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