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Radhika Dirks

CEO & Co-Founder of XLabs | Physicist & Entrepreneur

A quantum physicist-turned-entrepreneur, Radhika Dirks is CEO and co-founder at XLabs: the only company in the world making AI moonshots a reality. Her work harnesses the dynamism of AI in tangible, world-renewing ways, amplifying your business, tech, brand, and strategy in the process. With firsthand examples of AI she has built, Dirks argues for a future that fits our biggest ambitions—making the world a better place while we’re at it.
 
Garrett M. Graff

Journalist | Director of the Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity & Technology Program | Author of The Only Plane in the Sky (September 2019)

One of America’s most distinguished journalists, Garrett M. Graff is a voice of reason within the clamor of hysterical pundits and pollsters. Invited into some of the most intimate and high-stakes political rooms in Washington and beyond, Graff provides eye-opening insights into the zeitgeist, from Russian hackers to the headline-dominating Mueller Report. You will leave Graff’s talks ready to make smarter decisions in light of political change. 
 
Shoshana Zuboff

Sociologist | Author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

As we attempt to grasp the consequences of our digital era, Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism “shines a searing light on how this latest revolution is transforming our economy, politics, society—and lives” (Financial Times). Zuboff outlines the consequences of putting a price on private data, and urges business leaders to pay attention, resist habituation, and come up with novel responses to this new era.
Marc L. Busch

Expert on International Trade Policy and Law | Professor

Open any news site: global trade and the looming “trade wars” are dominating headlines—invoking seismic shifts, reversals of course, and hairpin policies to send investors scrambling. But where are we really headed, and why? As we enter this new economic era, Marc L. Busch—Georgetown professor, scholar, and consultant for the likes of McKinsey & Company and the World Bank—is the expertly unflappable speaker on all things trade; a vital interpreter of the global market.
 
David Wallace-Wells

Author of the Instant New York Times Bestseller The Uninhabitable Earth

The future is being transformed by climate change, faster and more dramatically than we realized. In his critically-hailed instant New York Times bestseller The Uninhabitable Earth, David Wallace-Wells tells the epic story of our time. In urgent talks, he asks key questions—how will the map of global power shift as coastlines are redrawn?—and reminds us that everything is within our control, so long as we resist complacency.
 
Jamil Zaki

Director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab | Author of The War for Kindness

Most people think empathy is a trait—you have it or you don’t. Meaning, if you find empathy too hard, there’s nothing you can do. But empathy is a skill that anyone can get better at, says Jamil Zaki, a Stanford psychologist and one of America’s pre-eminent speakers on empathy. At a time when the world is empirically less empathetic—when tribalism, social isolation, and other factors drive us apart—this is insight worth acting on. 
 
Charles Fishman

Author of The Big Thirst and One Giant Leap

If we want to achieve near-impossible outcomes, under tremendous pressure, we can. That’s the most important lesson, and the most important inspiration, from the race to the Moon in the 1960s. In his new book, One Giant Leap, #1 New York Times bestselling author Charles Fishman tells the story of the Moon landings as it has never been told before.
 
Heather McGhee

Distinguished Senior Fellow & Former Pres. of Demos | Expert in Racial Healing

What if, in the middle of your live TV appearance, someone called in and asked for advice in overcoming racial prejudice? For public policy expert and speaker Heather C. McGhee, the response was natural—she helped. From the personal to the corporate, McGhee’s talks kickstart a much-needed cultural effort towards putting systemic repair into action—with urgency, up-to-the-minute research, and sensitivity to all involved.
 
Safi Bahcall

Award-Winning Biotech Entrepreneur | Author of Loonshots

In his instant Wall Street Journal bestselling book Loonshots, Safi Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about innovation and group dynamics, challenging everything we thought we knew about radical breakthroughs. In talks based on his book, Bahcall shows how we can stoke innovation, create better leaders, and support “loonshots”: the imperfect but ingenious ideas that have the potential to change the world.