Social Justice Speakers
Author of the New Marvel Comic Series America and Juliet Takes a Breath
New York Times Magazine Staff Writer | MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow | Winner of the National Magazine Award
Olympian, Activist, and Speaker on Indigenous Health and Reconciliation
Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of On the Come Up and The Hate U Give
TED Fellow and Award-winning Director of The Ghosts of Sugar Land
Director of Leadership Lab | Community Activist
New Yorker Staff Writer, Speaker on Race in America
Time Magazine Person of the Year 2017 | #MeToo and STEM speaker
Susan Fowler is a central figure in the #MeToo movement. Named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year as one of the silence breakers, Fowler is the former Uber engineer whose viral blog post ignited an on...
Photographer speaking on family, communities, and environmental racism
Author of God and the Gay Christian
Author of The Rise, Guest-Editor of Aperture’s “Vision & Justice” Issue
Director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab | Author of The War for Kindness (June 2019)
Distinguished Senior Fellow & Former Pres. of Demos | Expert in Racial Healing
Social Justice Comedian, Director of The Muslims Are Coming!
Columnist at The Intercept | Writer-In-Residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project
Executive Director of The Markup | Former Director of Wikimedia Foundation
Professor of Creative Writing at Harvard | Author of Blind Spot | Photography Critic for NYT Magazine
NYU Professor | Sociologist | Author of Uneasy Peace
Over the past 25 years, American cities have transformed. Violence has become less common in major urban centers, and citizens feel more connected to their communities than ever before. But crime still occurs, and the dated systems meant to apprehend it have been called into question.
Acclaimed Writer & Director of Rafiki | Co-Founder of AFROBUBBLEGUM
Architect | Founding Principal and Executive Director of MASS Design Group
Celebrity Chef | Bestselling Author of Fresh Off the Boat | Host for Vice and MTV
Director of Queen of Katwe, Salaam Bombay!, The Namesake, and The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The first Inuk Player in the NHL | Founder of the Team Tootoo Foundation
Oscar-Winning Director of BlacKkKlansman, Do the Right Thing, and When the Levees Broke
Author of Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own
Author of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus
Questions about power, consent, and assault on college campus have sparked difficult—but necessary—conversations. In this #MeToo moment, how do we engage in practical dialogue and move forward? For th...
Assistant Prof. of Ed. at Harvard University | Author of The Privileged Poor
Founder of The Charter for Compassion
2018 MacArthur Fellow | Award-Winning Painter and Sculptor
Co-founder and Former CEO of Kickstarter
Kickstarter. It’s a name that means innovation, community, and cool. But it’s also a brand with values—the social good—built into its foundation. Co-founder Yancey Strickler explains how, starting wit...
Author of The Battle for Paradise, No Is Not Enough, This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine, & No Logo
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and the #1 international bestselling author of seminal books The Shock Doctrine and No Logo. In her book This Changes Everything, and in powerful...
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Zealot and God: A Human History | Host of CNN's Believer
Reza Aslan is an internationally-renowned writer, commentator, professor, and religious scholar, whose NYT’s bestselling books and packed lectures have propelled him to the frontlines in the fight aga...
Author of Shoot Like a Girl | Leadership Speaker | Foreign Policy 100 Leading Global Thinker
Major MJ Hegar is a force to be reckoned with. While piloting her third tour of Afghanistan, she took a bullet to her helicopter’s windshield. Badly injured, and under heavy fire, she flew her team to...
An Extraordinary Business and Community Leader
Bill Strickland created an empire by stoking genius in those who believed they had nothing. As a speaker, founder, and Executive Chairman of Manchester Bidwell—a $7 million from-scratch arts and train...
Co-Founder of Kiva, the microlending site, and Author of Clay Water Brick
You can do good and do well at the same time. Just ask Jessica Jackley, founder of KIVA, the world’s most successful microlending site. Praised by the likes of Oprah and Bill Clinton, Jackley champion...
Anti-Ageism Activist | Author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism
What if discrimination on the basis of age were as unacceptable as any other kind of prejudice? Ashton Applewhite is a leading voice in an emerging movement dedicated to dismantling ageism and making ...
Social Historian | Author of We Gon’ Be Alright and Can't Stop Won't Stop | VP of Narrative, Arts, and Culture at Race Forward
“Culture moves before politics,” says Jeff Chang, who writes on art, multiculturalism, and racial progress in post-civil rights America with the sweeping authority of the best social historians. In hi...
Founder of Doctors Without Borders, Canada
Richard Heinzl is the founder of Doctors Without Borders Canada: the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization that has inspired a movement among medical professionals to help the world’s most vulnerable...
First Foreign Litigator in Afghanistan, 2014 TED Speaker
Kimberley Motley is the only foreign litigator working in Afghanistan. Armed with an unwavering determination and a passion for justice, she navigates the country’s punitive and capricious legal syste...
Former Member of the Westboro Baptist Church | Author of Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope (Forthcoming)
Formally of the Westboro Baptist Church—a group infamous for its intolerance—Megan Phelps-Roper is a unique example of how empathy can overcome hate, and how tolerance can bridge ideology.
Attorney, Playwright, and New York Times Op-Ed Contributor
Wajahat Ali—a New York Times contributing op-ed writer who regularly appears on CNN to discuss politics—is a new kind of public intellectual: young, exuberant, and optimistic. He speaks on the multifa...
Author of Hidden Figures: the #1 New York Times bestseller, and inspiration for the #1 movie.
Founder of DataKind | AI Engineer + Social Cause “Matchmaker”
What if we brought the exponential power of AI together with the benevolent intention of social causes? As the founder of DataKind, Jake Porway connects nonprofits, NGOs, and other social change organ...
Urban Space Artist Behind the "Before I Die" Walls
World-renowned artist and urban designer Candy Chang engages communities to share everything from their greatest hopes to their deepest anxieties in public. The Atlantic calls her artwork Before I Die
Painter, Writer, and Author of Drawing Blood
Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer whose work has been described as “God’s own circus posters,” by Rolling Stone. Crabapple’s art engages injustice, subversiveness, and rebellion. The New York Ti...
Legendary Human Rights Activist
Angela Davis is internationally known for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Her work as an educator—both at the university level and in the larger public spher...
Civil Rights Legend Who Helped Desegregate Public Schools
Sixty years ago, in 1957, Minnijean Brown-Trickey changed history by striding through the front doors of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. As a member of the Little Rock Nine, she helped d...