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Agenda

· Stage
The Big Story: Election 2020
Join The Atlantic’s Politics team for a conversation on the state of the race and the future of American politics.
Peter Nicholas Emma Green Adam Harris Ron Brownstein
· Networking
Networking
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· Stage
Equity, Inclusion, and a New World of Work*
Profound disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic have challenged employers and their workforce in ways that could not have been imagined.
Susan Weinstock Scott Frisch Jean Accius Alastair Fitzpayne Spencer Overton
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· Stage
Women of Washington
Hear from women leaders in government, science, economics, and media on their vision for the future of America.
Kelly O'Donnell A'shanti Gholar Nancy Bocskor Suzanne Clark Weijia Jiang Nora Kelly Lee Annie Lowrey Rachel Scott
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· Stage
Power of Purpose: Bridging the Racial Divide
The Atlantic will explore the power of companies large and small to make a difference.
Greg Cunningham Annie Lowrey Melonie Parker Rashad Robinson Lisa Sherman Gillian White
· Stage
Ideas Stage
Our marquee stage will feature newsmaking conversations and interviews with some of the biggest names in politics, media, business, tech, and the arts.
Alexander Hardy Tim Cook José Andrés Stephanie Ruhle Ed Bastian Quita Beeler Highsmith Jeffrey Goldberg Adrienne LaFrance Alex Wagner Gillian White Stacey Abrams Anna Deavere Smith
· Stage
Bill of Health
The US spends more on health care than any other developed country. What would it take to reduce health-care costs without sacrificing the quality of care?
Jeanne Meserve Ross Andersen Georges Benjamin Niall Brennan Cynthia Cardona* Representative Veronica Escobar Matt Eyles Bruce Y. Lee Molly Smith
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· Stage
Social Distance
From the beginning of the novel coronavirus, The Atlantic has worked to make sense of the science. That work has come to life in our podcast, Social Distance.
Alexis Madrigal James Hamblin Katherine Wells
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· Stage
The State of Higher Ed: The Fall Semester and the Value of College
This fall’s semester could change the course of higher ed. How will colleges and universities emerge from the pandemic?
Ron Brownstein Alexander N. Cartwright Mary Pat McMahon Sue Desmond-Hellmann* Adam Harris DeRionne Pollard Philip Regier Ruth J. Simmons Anant Agarwal Sue Ellspermann
· Expo
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Reimagining the American Dream
What will it take to provide all Americans a chance for opportunity? What does the reimagination of the American dream look like?
Jennifer Tee Jodi Rosenbaum Ron Brownstein Lonnie Bunch Sean Goode Gillian White Father Greg Boyle Sloane Davidson Audrey Henson
· Stage
The Atlantic Crossword *Atlantic Subscriber Event
Join The Atlantic’s Caleb Madison for a conversation about what makes a good puzzle, how to build one, and the future of games at The Atlantic.
Adrienne LaFrance Caleb Madison
· Stage
Ideas Stage
Our marquee stage will feature newsmaking conversations and interviews with some of the biggest names in politics, media, business, tech, and the arts.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Arthur Brooks Chris Evans Anthony Fauci Alicia Garza Jeffrey Goldberg Mark Kassen Joe Kiani Alexis Madrigal Billy Porter Alison Stewart Alex Wagner Jemele Hill
· Stage
The American Crisis *Atlantic Subscriber Event
Collecting recent journalism by Atlantic writers, The American Crisis explores the factors that led us to the present moment and undertakes a damage assessment.
Adrienne LaFrance Adam Serwer Jeffrey Goldberg Cullen Murphy
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· Stage
The Small Business Solution to Inequality
What will it take to keep the doors open through the pandemic, while laying the groundwork for future endeavors and investments?
Franz Paasche* Jeanette Bolden Connie Evans Chris Montana Alex West Steinman Annie Lowrey Jeanne Meserve Larry Ivory Ramiro Cavazos Josh Silverman
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The State of K–12 Education
What systemic changes are needed to create a more equitable education system? The program is produced in partnership with Chalkbeat: https://www.chalkbeat.org/
Reema Amin Sal Khan Betty Rosa Richard Barth Susan Saulny Randi Weingarten
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· Stage
Perception Hacking: Threats Real and Imagined, Ahead of 2020 Election
Join Nathaniel Gleicher and David Sanger for a conversation on the state of influence operations and our collective defenses against them.
Nathaniel Gleicher* David E. Sanger*
· Stage
Ideas Stage
Our marquee stage will feature newsmaking conversations and interviews with some of the biggest names in politics, media, business, tech, and the arts.
Bill Gates Ed  Yong Eng Lim Goh* James McBride Derek Thompson Hillary Rodham Clinton Joshua Caleb Johnson Priyanka  Chopra Jonas Ayesha Curry Hugh  Evans James Fallows Jeffrey Goldberg Ethan Hawke Alison Stewart Brian Chesky
· Stage
The American Crisis *Rebroadcast Atlantic Subscriber Event
Rebroadcast: Collecting recent Atlantic journalism, The American Crisis explores what led us to the present moment and undertakes a damage assessment.
Jeffrey Goldberg Adrienne LaFrance Cullen Murphy Adam Serwer
· Stage
The Big Story: The Election That Could Break America
If the vote is close, Trump could subvert the result. Who will stop him? Join a conversation about The Atlantic's latest cover story.
Adrienne LaFrance Barton Gellman
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· Stage
The Big Story: America's Place in the World
Join foreign-affairs experts from The Atlantic for a conversation on where America’s standing in the global order is headed.
Tom McTague Anne Applebaum Prashant Rao
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· Stage
The Equity of Health
How can policy makers, business leaders, and public-health advocates make sure everyone—no matter their skin color, income, or hometown—has a healthy future?
Vann Newkirk Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee Representative Terri  Sewell Representative Jodey Arrington Sandra Elizabeth Ford Fabian Sandoval John Donvan Quita Beeler Highsmith Uché Blackstock Alicia Fernandez Hal Paz
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· Stage
Race + Justice
What has to happen to reform, if not rebuild, a criminal-justice system that has for too long been based on racial inequity?
Melba Pearson Joo-Hyun Kang Wesley Bell Phillip Atiba Goff Vanita Gupta Jeff Pegues Ron Brownstein Chesa Boudin Garrett Bradley Bria Gillum* Janeé Harteau Larry Krasner Lauren Williams
· Stage
Boys State Film Panel
What happens when high-school seniors are tasked with forming a government? The result is a riveting new documentary. Join the filmmakers to discuss the film.
Emma Green Jesse Moss Amanda McBaine Steven Garza
· Stage
Ideas Stage
Our marquee stage will feature newsmaking conversations and interviews with some of the biggest names in politics, media, business, tech, and the arts.
Kristen Soltis Anderson Caryl Stern Rev. Dr. William Barber II Laurene Powell Jobs Padma Lakshmi Samantha Bee McKay Coppins Jeffrey Goldberg Governor Larry Hogan Ibram X. Kendi Lauren Williams Yoni Appelbaum Jemele Hill Bob Woodward

Speakers

Barton Gellman
Barton Gellman

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Jennifer Tee
Jennifer Tee

Deputy Director, Facing Homelessness

Alexander Hardy
Alexander Hardy

CEO, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group

David E. Sanger*
David E. Sanger*

National Security Correspondent and Senior Writer, The New York Times

Nathaniel Gleicher*
Nathaniel Gleicher*

Head of Security Policy, Facebook

Caryl Stern
Caryl Stern

Executive Director, Walton Family Foundation

Kristen Soltis Anderson
Kristen Soltis Anderson

Partner and Co-Founder, Echelon Insights

Melba Pearson
Melba Pearson

Former Assistant State Attorney, Miami-Dade County

Tim Cook
Tim Cook

CEO, Apple

Connie Evans
Connie Evans

President & CEO Association,Enterprise Opportunity

Jeanette Bolden
Jeanette Bolden

Owner, 27th Street Bakery

Franz Paasche*
Franz Paasche*

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, PayPal

Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene Powell Jobs

Founder and President, Emerson Collective

Rev. Dr. William Barber II
Rev. Dr. William Barber II

President, Repairers of the Breach

Danielle Allen
Danielle Allen

Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and James Bryant Conant University Professor

Eng Lim Goh*
Eng Lim Goh*

SVP & CTO of AI, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

James McBride
James McBride

Author, The Good Lord Bird

Derek Thompson
Derek Thompson

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Vann Newkirk
Vann Newkirk

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Shirley Li
Shirley Li

Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

Arthur Brooks
Arthur Brooks

Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

Hayley Romer
Hayley Romer

Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer, The Atlantic

Bob Woodward
Bob Woodward

Author, "Rage" and Associate Editor, The Washington Post

Joo-Hyun Kang
Joo-Hyun Kang

Director, Communities United for Police Reform

Jemele Hill
Jemele Hill

Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

Greg Cunningham
Greg Cunningham

Chief Diversity Officer, U.S. Bank

Melonie Parker
Melonie Parker

Chief Diversity Officer & Global Director, Employee Engagement, Google

Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee
Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee

Director, Indian Health Service

Alex West Steinman
Alex West Steinman

Co-founder and CEO, The Coven

Chris Montana
Chris Montana

CEO, Du Nord Craft Spirits

Reema Amin
Reema Amin

Reporter, Chalkbeat

Representative Terri  Sewell
Representative Terri Sewell

Democrat from Alabama

Spencer Overton
Spencer Overton

President, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Alastair Fitzpayne
Alastair Fitzpayne

Executive Director, Future of Work Initiative, The Aspen Institute

Jean Accius
Jean Accius

Senior Vice President, Global Thought Leadership, AARP

Scott Frisch
Scott Frisch

Chief Operating Officer, AARP

Susan Weinstock
Susan Weinstock

Vice President, Financial Resiliency Programming, AARP

Josh Silverman
Josh Silverman

CEO, Etsy

Betty Rosa
Betty Rosa

Interim Commissioner of Education and President, University of the State of New York

John Donvan
John Donvan

Journalist and AtlanticLIVE Contributor

Katherine Wells
Katherine Wells

Executive Producer, The Atlantic

James Hamblin
James Hamblin

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Vanita Gupta
Vanita Gupta

President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Adam Serwer
Adam Serwer

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Ed  Yong
Ed Yong

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Yoni Appelbaum
Yoni Appelbaum

Editor at Large, The Atlantic

Cullen Murphy
Cullen Murphy

Editor at Large, The Atlantic

Phillip Atiba Goff
Phillip Atiba Goff

Co-founder and CEO, Center for Policing Equity

Wesley Bell
Wesley Bell

Prosecuting Attorney, St. Louis County, Missouri

Fabian Sandoval
Fabian Sandoval

Chief Executive Officer & Research Director, Emerson Clinical Research Institute

Steven Garza
Steven Garza

Film Subject, Boys State

Amanda McBaine
Amanda McBaine

Director, Boys State

Jesse Moss
Jesse Moss

Director, Boys State

Gerren Wilson
Gerren Wilson

Head of Inclusion & Partnering, Chief Diversity Office, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group

Edith Perez
Edith Perez

Chief Medical Officer, Bolt Biotherapeutics

Jodi Rosenbaum
Jodi Rosenbaum

CEO and Founder, More Than Words

Sal Khan
Sal Khan

Founder and CEO, Khan Academy

Sandra Elizabeth Ford
Sandra Elizabeth Ford

District Health Director, DeKalb County Board of Health

Tom McTague
Tom McTague

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Brian Chesky
Brian Chesky

Co-founder and CEO, Airbnb

Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith

Actress and Playwright

Bill Gates
Bill Gates

Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Nancy Bocskor
Nancy Bocskor

President, The Nancy Bocskor Company

A'shanti Gholar
A'shanti Gholar

President, Emerge

Kelly O'Donnell
Kelly O'Donnell

NBC News White House Correspondent

Representative Jodey Arrington
Representative Jodey Arrington

Republican from Texas

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Congresswoman

Jeff Pegues
Jeff Pegues

Chief Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent, CBS News

Ramiro Cavazos
Ramiro Cavazos

President and CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Larry Ivory
Larry Ivory

Chairman, National Black Chamber of Commerce

Joshua  Caleb Johnson
Joshua Caleb Johnson

Actor, Showtime's The Good Lord Bird

Stacey Abrams
Stacey Abrams

Founder, Fair Fight Action

Mary Pat McMahon
Mary Pat McMahon

Vice Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs, Duke University

Alexander N. Cartwright
Alexander N. Cartwright

President, University of Central Florida

Jeanne Meserve
Jeanne Meserve

Journalist and AtlanticLIVE Contributor

Peter Nicholas
Peter Nicholas

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Lauren Williams
Lauren Williams

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Gillian White
Gillian White

Deputy Editor, The Atlantic

Randi Weingarten
Randi Weingarten

President, American Federation of Teachers

Alex Wagner
Alex Wagner

Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

Alison Stewart
Alison Stewart

Host, WNYC's "All of It"

Molly Smith
Molly Smith

Vice President for Coverage and State Issues Forum, American Hospital Association

Ruth J. Simmons
Ruth J. Simmons

President, Prairie View A&M University

Lisa Sherman
Lisa Sherman

President and CEO, The Ad Council

Rachel Scott
Rachel Scott

White House Correspondent, ABC News

Susan Saulny
Susan Saulny

Journalist and AtlanticLIVE Contributor

Rashad Robinson
Rashad Robinson

President, Color Of Change

Philip Regier
Philip Regier

University Dean for Educational Initiatives and CEO of EdPlus, Arizona State University

Prashant Rao
Prashant Rao

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Billy Porter
Billy Porter

Actor

DeRionne Pollard
DeRionne Pollard

President, Montgomery College

Hal Paz
Hal Paz

Chancellor for Health Affairs, The Ohio State University; CEO, Wexner Medical Center

Alexis Madrigal
Alexis Madrigal

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Caleb Madison
Caleb Madison

Crossword-Puzzles Editor

Annie Lowrey
Annie Lowrey

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Bruce Y. Lee
Bruce Y. Lee

Professor, Health Policy and Management, City University of New York

Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi

Host and Producer, Hulu's "Taste the Nation"

Adrienne LaFrance
Adrienne LaFrance

Executive Editor, The Atlantic

Larry Krasner
Larry Krasner

District Attorney, Philadelphia

Joe Kiani
Joe Kiani

Co-founder, A Starting Point

Ibram X. Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi

Founding Director, Boston University Center for Antiracist Research

Nora Kelly Lee
Nora Kelly Lee

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Mark Kassen
Mark Kassen

Co-founder, A Starting Point

Weijia Jiang
Weijia Jiang

White House Correspondent, CBS News

Governor Larry Hogan
Governor Larry Hogan

Governor, State of Maryland

Audrey Henson
Audrey Henson

Founder and CEO, College to Congress

Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke

Actor, Showtime's "The Good Lord Bird"

Janeé Harteau
Janeé Harteau

Former Chief of Police, Minneapolis

Adam Harris
Adam Harris

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Emma Green
Emma Green

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Sean Goode
Sean Goode

Executive Director, Choose 180

Jeffrey Goldberg
Jeffrey Goldberg

Editor in Chief, The Atlantic

Bria Gillum*
Bria Gillum*

Program Officer, Criminal Justice, MacArthur Foundation

Cast of Ain't Too Proud
Cast of Ain't Too Proud

The Life and Times of the Temptations

Alicia Garza
Alicia Garza

Principal, Black Futures Lab

Alicia Fernandez
Alicia Fernandez

Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Anthony Fauci
Anthony Fauci

Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

James Fallows
James Fallows

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Matt Eyles
Matt Eyles

President and CEO, America’s Health Insurance Plans

Hugh  Evans
Hugh Evans

Co-Founder, Global Citizen

Chris Evans
Chris Evans

Actor, Producer, and Co-founder, A Starting Point

Representative Veronica Escobar
Representative Veronica Escobar

Democrat From Texas

Sue Ellspermann
Sue Ellspermann

President, Ivy Tech Community College

Sue Desmond-Hellmann*
Sue Desmond-Hellmann*

Chief Strategy Advisor and former CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sloane Davidson
Sloane Davidson

Founder and CEO, Hello Neighbor

Ayesha Curry
Ayesha Curry

Founder, Eat.Learn.Play

McKay Coppins
McKay Coppins

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Suzanne Clark
Suzanne Clark

President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Priyanka  Chopra Jonas
Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Actor, Producer, Activist, and Global Citizen Ambassador

Cynthia Cardona*
Cynthia Cardona*

Senior Adviser, Corporate Affairs, Eli Lilly and Company

Joshua Caleb Johnson
Joshua Caleb Johnson

Actor, Showtime's "The Good Lord Bird"

Lonnie Bunch
Lonnie Bunch

Secretary, Smithsonian Institution

Niall Brennan
Niall Brennan

President and CEO, Health Care Cost Institute

Garrett Bradley
Garrett Bradley

Filmmaker, TIME

Father Greg Boyle
Father Greg Boyle

Founder, Homeboy Industries

Chesa Boudin
Chesa Boudin

District Attorney, San Francisco

Uché Blackstock
Uché Blackstock

Founder and CEO, Advancing Health Equity

Georges Benjamin
Georges Benjamin

Executive Director, American Public Health Association

Quita Beeler Highsmith
Quita Beeler Highsmith

Chief Diversity Officer, Genentech

Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee

TBS's "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee"

Ed Bastian
Ed Bastian

CEO, Delta Air Lines

Richard Barth
Richard Barth

CEO, KIPP Foundation

Anne Applebaum
Anne Applebaum

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Ross Andersen
Ross Andersen

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Anant Agarwal
Anant Agarwal

Founder and CEO, edX

Stephanie Ruhle
Stephanie Ruhle

MSNBC Anchor, NBC News Senior Business Correspondent

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton

Former Secretary of State, and Democratic Presidential Candidate

Ron Brownstein
Ron Brownstein

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

José Andrés
José Andrés

Founder, World Central Kitchen

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