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In wide-ranging discussions, our speakers explore what it means to cultivate and maintain resilience as a tool for overcoming adversity—from biodiversity, to the buildings we live and work in, the ecosystems that sustain us, the energy we rely upon to power our world, pervasive injustice, and the ideas that govern our behavior.
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.
Clean Energy Visionary.
Queen of Possibility.
What if we could solve the two biggest problems with nuclear energy: safety and waste? Well, this wunderkind nearly did both of those things...when she was just 32. Today, she works to advance nuclear science and technology to save the planet.
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.
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.
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.