LEADERSHIP • Thursday, September 10

 9:00 a.m. MDT
Targeting the Long Game: Athletes & Activism
  • Nancy Armour, Columnist, USA TODAY Sports
  • Nick Ford, PAC 12 Football Player, University of Utah
  • Becca Roux, Executive Director, U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association, a leading advocate for women’s soccer players
  • Moderator: Roger Pielke, Former Director of the Sports Governance Center in the Department of Athletics and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder

 11 a.m. MDT
Walking the Walk: Leadership and Social Change
  • Daniela Fernandez, founder and CEO of Sustainable Ocean Alliance, award-winning social entrepreneur, thought leader and international speaker
  • Jayla Hemphill, Student Activist, Students Demand Action & Black Lives Matter
  • Jeffrey Ngo, Activist Historian of Hong Kong; PhD Student, Georgetown University 
  • Moderator: Sabrina Sideris, Program Director, University of Colorado INVST Community Studies

 2:00 p.m. MDT
From FDR to AOC: Lessons in Leadership Across Generations
  • Hugo Llorens, Ambassador (ret.) to Afghanistan and Honduras, U.S. Department of State 
  • Eddie Moore Jr., Founder and President of The Privilege Institute and Founder/Program Director for the White Privilege Conference
  • Kim Patel, Venture Fellow, AlleyCorp, First-generation American-Indian woman who made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for media
  • Moderator: Ciera Dykstra, University of Colorado Boulder Student

 4:00 p.m. MDT
Leadership and Ethics
  • Morgan Keay, Founder & CEO, Motive International
  • Jack Markell, Former Governor, Delaware (2009-2017); Member, Rework America Task Force
  • Roger McNamee, Silicon Valley Investor, Author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
  • Moderator: Stefanie Johnson, Director, University of Colorado Boulder Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative 


HUMAN CONNECTION • Friday, September 11

 9:00 a.m. MDT
Reconnecting with the Natural World
  • Carl Safina, Ecologist, Author of Becoming Wild
  • Alexander Verbeek, Founder, Institute for Planetary Security
  • Florence Williams, Non-Fiction, Contributing Editor, Outside Magazine, & Freelance Journalist
  • Moderator: Dr. Max Boykoff, Director, Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Boulder Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

 11:00 a.m. MDT
"Zooming" in on Loneliness
  • Amy Lopez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Instructor at the University of Colorado Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center
  • Ty Tashiro, Social Scientist and author of AWKWARD: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward & Why That's Awesome
  • Jim Voss, AIAA Fellow and Smead Aerospace scholar-in-residence at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering. Former NASA astronaut, completed five space shuttle missions and four spacewalks – including one that was over eight hours long, the longest to date. Voss was also part of the second crew to inhabit the International Space Station (ISS).
  • Moderator: Michael Anthony, Data Analyst and Information Designer, Seagate Technology

 2:00 p.m. MDT
"Can We Talk?" Communicating With Those You Don't Agree With
  • Heather Hurlburt, Director of the New Models of Policy Change at New America’s Political Reform program
  • Steven Olikara, Founder & President, Millennial Action Project, the largest nonpartisan organization of millennial lawmakers in the U.S.
  • Romain Vakilitabar, Founder, Pathos Lab, a non-profit focused on using technology to accelerate understanding across lines of difference
  • Moderator: Bob Yates, Councilman, Boulder City Council

 4:00 p.m. MDT
Racial Impacts on Education Equality
  • Wisdom Amouzou, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Empower Community High School in Aurora, Colorado
  • A'shanti F. Gholar, President of Emerge, the only organization dedicated to recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, one of She The People’s 20 for 2020, list of women of color in politics who will play an impactful role in the 2020 elections
  • Jonathan Metzl, Director, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University, Author of Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland
  • Moderator: Nikhil Mankekar, Chairperson, Human Relations Commission, City of Boulder

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