Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen, which Fast Company named of the world's Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profits.
Ambassador Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh professor of the practice of global leadership and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and professor of practice at Harvard Law School.
For the 20th Annual Benjamin Cooper Memorial Lecture, GDS is hosting a conversation with B. Gentry Lee, chief engineer for Solar System Exploration.
For the 19th Annual Benjamin Cooper Memorial Lecture, GDS is hosting a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
For the 18th Annual Benjamin Cooper Memorial Lecture, GDS is hosting Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and renowned filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas.
Michele is an American radio journalist and former host of the National Public Radio (NPR) evening news program All Things Considered. She was the first African American female host for NPR.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is an author and former Correspondent with The Atlantic whose writing often focuses on the cultural, social, and political issues faced by African Americans. He has been honored with the George Polk Award for commentary in 2014, and the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2015.
Franklin, Jonathan and Joshua are Georgetown Day School alumni and authors.
David is an author who won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction in 1987 for Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land. He is a former foreign correspondent of The New York Times.
Zainab is an author, women's rights activist, humanitarian, social entrepreneur, and media commentator who is the founder and former CEO of Women for Women International.
Julian was an American social activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement, politician, professor, writer, and chairman of the NAACP.
John was a noted historian, author, and professor emeritus. In 1995, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
James is a Yale University Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology.
William McDonough is an architectural designer and author whose philosophy of “Cradle-to-Cradle Design” focuses on making industry work in holistic ways that are beneficial to the environment. He has been honored with the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development.
Sherman is an award-winning poet, writer, and filmmaker. Much of his writing draws on his experiences as a Native American with ancestry of several tribes, growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
The senator is a lawyer, businessman, and politician. He served as a United States Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995 and as Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995.
Anna is a journalist and opinion columnist whose New York Times column, Public and Private, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992.
Elie is a Romanian-born writer, professor, political activist, and Nobel Laureate.
Dr. Angelou was an acclaimed poet, author, educator, and civil-rights activist.
Dr. Varmus is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist and the 14th Director of the National Cancer Institute, a post to which he was appointed by President Barack Obama.
Taylor is a Pulitzer Prize–winning author and historian best known for his award-winning trilogy of books chronicling the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and much of the history of the American Civil Rights Movement.