Previous Speakers

Scott Kelly Astronaut & Naval Pilot

Kara Rock NASA Lucy Mission Ambassador

George Saunders Award-Winning Author

Daymond John Entrepreneur & Television Host

Isabel Allende Bestselling Author

Siddhartha Mukherjee Physician & Oncologist

Lauren Groff  National Book Award Finalist

Paula Hawkins Bestselling Author

Ibram X. Kendi  NBA-Winning Author & Activist

Omar El Akkad Political Journalist

Mike McIntyre UC Boulder Football Coach

Dexter Jackson  Former TB  Buccaneers MVP

India Hicks  Entrepreneur & Lifestyle Guru

Stephanie Danler Bestselling Author

Colson Whitehead  Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

Vicki Huddleston  U.S. Ambassador

Brad Metzler Local Bestselling Author & DC Comics Writer

Jan Eliasberg  Award-Winning Writer & Director

Geoffrey Zakarian American Iron Chef & TV Personality

Jeff Speck Innovative Urban Designer & Speaker

Michael Connelly Bestselling Mystery Writer

Brian Kilmeade Author & National News Anchor

Leslie Gray Streeter  Bestselling Author

Fred Koehler Local Children’s Book Illustrator

Nathan Hill Bestselling Author

Sarah Penner  Local Bestselling Author

Amor Towles Award-Winning Author

Courtney Carver Minimalist Lifestyle Coach

Anton Discalfani Bestselling Author

Jeni Britton Bauer Creator of Jeni’s Ice Creams

Daniel Pink Researcher & Bestselling Author

 Taylor Jenkins Reid Bestselling Author

Georgette Moger Petraske Designer & Mixologist

Edan Lepucki Bestselling Author

Roy Peter Clark Writing Coach & Professor

Jack Davis Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

Jeff VanderMeer Bestselling Author

Sorboni Banerjee  Local Emmy Award-Winning Reporter & Anchor

Jill Santopolo Bestselling Author

Salman Rushdie Booker Prize-Winning Author

Amina Akhtar Former Fashion Writer

Louise Penny  Award-Winning  Author

Nathan Turner Renowned Interior Designer

Chanel Cleeton Bestselling Author

Thomas O’Brien  Interior Designer

Rick Bragg Bestselling Author

Max Strang Architect

Lisa See Award-Winning Author

Jeffrey Banks Norell Coty Award–Winning Fashion Designer

Michael Knight Award-Winning  Author

Miki Kratsman Photojournalist

Lori Roy  Local Bestselling Author

Marketa Wills, MD Psychiatrist

Carlin Barnes, MD Psychiatrist

Erica Dawson Local Award-Winning Poet

Lisa Unger  Local Award-Winning Author

Kira Madden Author, Photographer & Activist

Igor Volsky  Activist & Author

Kelly Coon Local Author

Ellen LaCorte Debut Novelist

Jami Attenberg Bestselling Author 

Kristen Arnett Queer Fiction & Essay Writer

Steven Masley, MD Physician & Local Author