Meet the Changemakers
Our Speakers are the dreamers, builders, makers, problem solvers and wizards among us. These changemakers share insights about the world around us, help us move forward thoughtfully, strive to solve big problems, bridge the distance between us, and lift us up, one story at a time.
MacArthur Genius Grantee.
Pulitzer Prize Winner.
Why would anyone willingly plunge headfirst into the war-torn areas of Afghanistan, Darfur, or Libya? For this Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, the simple answer is also the title of her memoir: It’s What I Do.
This top travel writer invites us to move beyond the tourist selfie to open ourselves to the rich kaleidoscope of humanity, adventure, exploration, and experience the world offers, and—in doing so—become a more evolved version of ourselves.
Global Women’s Champion.
One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has traveled to more than one hundred countries during her long career. When navigating any culture, Annie’s goal has been to share the vibrant tapestry of human experience.
Cult Winery of the Year Founder.
Forbes 30 Under 30.
At 24, Jesse became America’s youngest lead winemaker. When a bottle of his wine, The Setting, went for a record $350,000 at the Napa Valley Wine Auction, the world took note. Today he makes magic at his own Aperture Cellars.
Marvi turned her journey through depression into 1in20, an online mental health initiative aimed at destigmatizing mental illness through creative storytelling. Lately, she's been celebrated for interpreting the world through the eyes of her two boys.
The grandson of Holocaust survivors, Ben always wanted to understand the hate that leads to war, so he got as close as he could, embedding alongside soldiers in Iraq. Today he channels that passion into documentary work and storytelling for brands from Apple to Adidas.
Blue Zones Documentarian.
In his longest-running project, David travels alongside author Dan Buettner to discover and document what diet and lifestyle habits the longest-lived people in the world share – oceans apart – that help them live active, healthy lifestyles past 100.
Whether managing AWACS for US, UK and NATO fleets, engineering solutions for Boeing, or developing comms systems for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jet, Jill has always reached one hand back to light the path for young girls.
Ben’s breakout short film Denali--a love letter to the dog that explored the planet with him as he worked and played, then laid by his side through his battle with cancer--chronicles one perfect afternoon as the film’s namesake neared the end of his life.
Photo Ark Founder.
Man on a Mission.
Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic fellow, explorer, and longtime contributor to National Geographic magazine. His hallmarks are a sense of humor and a midwestern work ethic.
What if the first Afghan woman to earn a commercial pilot’s license went on to break the world record as the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine plane? Meet the 2018 Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Trophy Winner.
Far East Expert.
The world is changing fast--especially in the Far East. Michael has trained his lens on Asian cultures for more than 40 years. His body of work is a photographic time capsule and a portal into the cultural understanding we need to navigate the path forward.