Over the years, our speakers have included multiple winners of Pulitzer Prizes, National Magazine Awards, Emmys, and many other accolades. They were writers, editors, producers, digital innovators, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, and musicians, all among the best in their respective fields.
Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, the New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, and the novel Torch.
Her work appears in places like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Print Magazine. She lives in San Francisco with two cats, one dog and her partner, writer Caroline Paul.
Colin Meloy is the singer/guitarist and songwriter for the Portland, OR band The Decemberists. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Wildwood Chronicles, a trilogy of novels for middle-grade readers.
Jacqui is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, editor, and globetrotting coach.
Chris is an award winning writer-at-large for Esquire and a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Lisa is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and radio producer who specializes in narrative stories about ordinary people.
Jonah is the Co-Founder and CEO of Free Range Studios and an internationally recognized storyteller, author, marketer, designer and entrepreneur.
Amy is Editorial Director at Upworthy. She previously worked for The New York Times as a reporter, editor and multimedia producer specializing in digital storytelling.
Tom has been a writer-at-large for Esquire for 16 years. He got his start writing for Atlanta Magazine.
Documentary film director, producer and writer, Mona was born in Communist Romania and, until 1989, dedicated her early years to becoming a poet.
Tudor is a director, as well as the founder and President of the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF).
Alex is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and faculty member at the University of Oregon.
Starlee is a radio producer, writer, and pop culture critic. She has produced stories for This American Life.
Evan is founder and editor of The Atavist, a storytelling platform for the digital age.
Pat is editor of Pop-Up Magazine. Before that he was a producer at the public radio show Radiolab.
Michael Paterniti is a longtime GQ contributor, winner of a National Magazine Award and author of two New York Times bestselling books.
Leslie Jamison is the author of The Empathy Exams, an essay collection, and of Gin Closet, a novel.
Robert Krulwich is co-host of Radiolab, WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning program about “big ideas”, now one of public radio’s most popular shows.
Nikole Hannah-Jones is an award-winning investigative reporter at The New York Times Magazine covering racial injustice and segregation.
Tom French is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, writer and teacher, who has taught at the Poynter Institute for more than 25 years.