2019 Keynote

Who Amanda Southworth Thinks Needs to Create the Future We Want

Amanda Southworth used to be suicidal, unsure if she wanted to live or let it all go because it was too painful. She chose life—more specifically, a life of helping others.

How Simon Sinek Views the Rules of the Infinite Games We All Play

There are two kinds of games in life, leadership expert Simon Sinek said: Finite games, like football. And infinite games, like most things—from business to personal relationships.

What Yara Shahidi Does to Stay Positive

You might wonder: Why wouldn’t this 19-year-old feel positive? Michelle Obama wrote her a letter of recommendation for Harvard. Oprah said she could be president someday. She stars in the popular TV shows, Black-ish and Grown-ish. She has a famously supportive family. And, she’s remarkably well adjusted. Well, there is, as she puts it, the “never-ending list of social ills and troubles that can naturally spiral into feelings of hopelessness.”

Tara Westover Says Think Differently—about What It Means to Be Educated

When Tara Westover first heard that Rosa Parks was arrested for taking a seat on a bus, she tried to figure out how (and why) she would physically remove a seat from a bus. That is how lacking she was in knowledge of American culture after being raised by survivalist parents who denied her a right to an education until she was old enough to apply to college herself.

What Malala Thinks About Male Allies

“If we do not engage men, it’s missing the point,” Malala said. “The issue lies there.” But engagement, she said, has to amount to more than talk. “Men need to not just say they support women but take action by giving room for women to come to the table and speak.” Using her famous father as an example, she said that although his own sisters were not permitted to get … [ more ]

How Malala Finds—and Keeps Finding—Her Courage

Malala Yousafzai took on the Taliban at the tender age of 10. At 15, she survived an assassination attempt. At 16, she became the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize. You might think nothing scares her.

What Megan Rapinoe Wants You to Know in 2020

“In the future,” Andy Warhol famously said, “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” After Megan Rapinoe’s year, one might be inclined to update that.

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