Michael Farrell is an editor at The Christian Science Monitor. Sen. Season two premieres on HBO beginning March 17. Sonya M. He is Make-A-Wish’s most requested wish granter of all time and the only celebrity to grant 500 wishes. Walter F. Additionally, SXSW revealed Jessica Shortall, managing director of Texas Competes, will address festivalgoers as one of the event’s keynote speaker. Kerry Rupp (Startup Village) – Kerry Rupp is a General Partner at True Wealth Ventures, a new early-stage venture capital fund investing in women-led businesses in the sustainable consumer and consumer health sectors. Frank Oz and Leonard Maltin (Entertainment Influencers) – Oz is a four time Emmy winner and he’s performed with The Muppets and on the Star Wars films. Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, activist, and producer of the TV series Transparent. Texas Competes is a coalition of more than 1,200 Texas-based companies championing the rights of the LGBTQIA community in the state. Cena devotes much of his time working on behalf of numerous charitable causes. “Jessica is a staunch advocate of equality, fairness, and decency. Cory Booker, and more will converge in Austin as part of the 2017 South by Southwest festival. These days, you can catch him as a Shark on Shark Tank doing everything he can to make Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary miserable. Evan Goldberg is a Canadian director, screenwriter and executive producer on Preacher. Brad Jakeman (Workplace) – Brad Jakeman is president of PepsiCo Global Beverage Group. Wilson swoons and whispers over swirls of subtle psychedelia, Quincy Jones- era strings, and pulsing synths. Her new solo project is as far from The B-52s as one can possibly imagine. Pryor-Jones is the Chief Implementation Officer for The Fab Foundation and manages signature projects with Chevron, DARPA and GE. Kesha has branched out into TV, philanthropy, film, and fashion becoming a global cultural icon. Loic Le Meur, Lili Cheng, Eugenia Kuyda and Stan Chudnovsky (Brands & Marketing) – Loic Le Meur co-founded LeWeb, one of the largest European tech events. Bryan Johnson, Adam Cheyer, Reshma Shetty, and Chris Shipley (Intelligent Future) – American entrepreneur and venture capitalist Bryan Johnson is founder and CEO of Kernel and OS Fund. Fleetwood’s latest endeavor is his forthcoming book Love That Burns – A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac (Genesis Publications). Jake Tapper will interview General Paul J. Novoselic went on to become one of rock’s most politically-minded musicians and an influential part of the Northwest political scene. Sam Catlin is the showrunner, executive producer and writer of Preacher. Kesha has had eight consecutive Top 10 hits, including four #1 singles. Eugenia Kuyda is co-founder and CEO at Luka. Check out the festival’s entire schedule here, and read on for a full list of featured speakers, per an SXSW press release, below. Jake Tapper (Government) – CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper joined the network in 2013. He is best known for his widely-used reference work Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide and its companion volume Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide. His most recent publication is a collection of Italian fantascienza stories, Utopia Pirata: I Racconti Di Bruno Argento (2016). Tim Ferriss and Cheryl Strayed (Journalism) – Tim Ferriss is an early-stage technology investor/advisor and the author of four #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Matt Walsh, Timothy Simons, Reid Scott, Gary Cole, Sam Richardson, and David Mandel (Entertainment Influencers) – Join Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the cast of Veep for an intimate and behind the scenes look at the award winning show. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kesha, Sen. Pryor-Jones (Tech Industry) – Andrew Coy served in President Obama’s White House in the Office of Science and Technology Policy as Senior Advisor for Making. Since retiring from NASA and the U.S. Jeff Goodby is a writer, artist, director and the co-founder of award-winning advertising agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. Sean Rad is the founder and chairman of Tinder. Brian Knappenberger, Julie Bush, Michael Farrell, and Walter Parkes (Entertainment Influencers) – Brian Knappenberger is an award-winning filmmaker and director of NOBODY SPEAK: Trials of the Free Press. He’s also directed over a dozen films including Little Shop of Horrors, and The Score. Before joining Fast Company, she was the news editor and columnist at Travel + Leisure. Bob Odenkirk (Entertainment Influencers) – Bob Odenkirk is an Emmy® Award-winning comedy writer, producer, actor and New York Times bestselling author. Jeffrey Kluger is the Editor at Large for Time magazine and Time.com, principally covering science and social issues. “At a time when human rights are front and center in the U.S. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin, and Garth Ennis (Film & TV Industry) – Seth Rogen is an actor, writer, producer and director known for his work on Sausage Party and Preacher. SXSW 2017 takes place from March 10-19 in Austin. Rupp will join Professor Bob Metcalfe and University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves in a discussion about evolving startups at the university level. Cory Booker (Government) – New Jersey Senator and former Newark Mayor Cory Booker has established himself as an innovative and bipartisan problem-solver committed to developing collaborative solutions that address some of our most complex challenges. Farley will interview The Kitchen founder Kimbal Musk. Selva who is the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Hagar has also become a dedicated philanthropist, a two-time New York Times bestselling author and auspicious entrepreneur. SXSW announced Tuesday its growing list of featured speakers has expanded to include even more influential public figures, including actor Seth Rogen, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis, musician Mick Fleetwood, Tinder founder Sean Rad, investor Chris Sacca, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, and Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk. Cecile Richards and David Karp (Social Impact) – Cecile Richards is president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Garth Ennis has been writing comics for 25 years and is the co-executive producer for Preacher. John Cena (Sports) – John Cena is a WWE Superstar, 16-time World Champion, actor and television host. Show Full Article Jakeman leads global category strategy, brand building, design, advertising, marketing, innovation and branded content for PepsiCo’s global portfolio of beverages. Kesha and Amy Emmerich (Social Impact) – Kesha has taken the world by storm since the release of her debut album Animal in 2010. Chris Shipley is a writer, analyst, commentator, and co-founder & CEO of Guidewire Group. Cindy Wilson (Music Influencers) – Cindy Wilson is a singer, and is one of the lead vocalists, songwriter and a founding member of new wave rock band The B-52s. Reshma Shetty co-founded synthetic biology Ginkgo Bioworks Inc. Sarah Kate Ellis, Sean Rad, Nick Adams, and Zackary Drucker (Social Impact) – Sarah Kate Ellis is the president and CEO of GLAAD, the world’s leading LGBTQ media advocacy organization. KEYNOTE
Jessica Shortall (Social Impact) – Jessica is the Managing Director of Texas Competes, a coalition of more than 1,200 Texas companies making the data-driven case for Texas to be welcoming to LGBTQ people. David Karp is the founder and CEO of Tumblr, a platform home to more than 300 million creators, and also a board member of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Air Force, Aldrin has remained a tireless advocate for human space exploration. Chris Sacca (Startup Village) – Chris Sacca is the founder and chairman of Lowercase Capital, reported to be one of the most successful venture funds in history. Sammy Hagar (Music Influencers) – For the last four decades, Sammy Hagar has been one of rock music’s most dynamic and prolific artists. He is the host of The Lead with Jake Tapper and the network’s Sunday morning show, State of the Union. The inaugural two episodes premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival followed by a full season debut on HBO in 2016. He serves as Board chair for FairVote, a non-profit that seeks to make democracy fair. Krist Novoselic (Music Influencers) – A member of the groundbreaking rock band Nirvana, Krist Novoselic and his bandmates changed the course of music history with their much-acclaimed album Nevermind. Adam Cheyer is co-Founder and VP Engineering at Viv Labs and was co-founder and vice president of engineering of Siri Inc. Mike Luciano, Phil Matarese, and Jen Roskind (Making Film & Episodics) – Mike Luciano and Phil Matarese are the creators, and Jen Roskind is the co-executive producer, of the HBO animated show Animals alongside the Duplass Brothers. This business-oriented voice has become a national model. Leonard Maltin is one of the world’s most respected film critics and historians. Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild and the New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough. Amy Farley (Food) – Senior editor Amy Farley oversees Fast Company’s front-of-book Next section, covering innovation and creativity in business. Booker will be the opening speaker at SXSW 2017. Formed in 1967, their debut hit at #4 in the UK charts bringing overnight success. Amy Emmerich is the chief content officer at Refinery29, the leading digital lifestyle media company for women. Elliot Tebele, Jessica Tebele, James Ohliger, and Mick Purzycki (Tech Industry) – Elliot Tebele (@f—jerry), Jessica Tebele (@beigecardigan), James Ohliger (@krispyshorts), and Mick Purzycki (@jerrynews) are heading to SXSW to lead a moderated discussion on the business of social, the future of how we’ll consume media, and what they’ve learned along the way. Nick Denton and Jeff Goodby (Journalism) – Nick Denton is the founder and former proprietor of the Gawker Media Group, one of the most freewheeling and provocative sites on the web that was shuttered after a legal campaign funded by one of the tech billionaires it covered — and provoked. Julie Bush is a screenwriter and host of the podcast Threat Surface. we think this message of inclusion will resonate not just through her keynote but throughout much of our conference programming, where it has emerged as a major theme.”
Shortall’s fellow SXSW keynote speakers include Lee Daniels, Jennifer Doudna, Gareth Edwards, Adam Grant, Zane Lowe, Cory Richards, Nile Rodgers, and Jill Soloway. Bruce Sterling (Tech Industry) – Bruce Sterling is an author, journalist, editor and critic who is best known for 10 science fiction novels, in addition to his short stories, book reviews, design criticism, opinion columns and book introductions. Mick Fleetwood (Music Influencers) – Mick Fleetwood is a founding member and the drummer for Fleetwood Mac, one of the most successful and enduring bands of the last fifty years. Parkes is an American film producer, screenwriter, and former studio head. From breaking into the industry with the seminal hard rock band Montrose, to a multiplatinum solo career. Her relentless pursuit and approach of these values is both influential and inspirational,” Hugh Forrest, chief programming officer for SXSW, said via statement. Nick Adams is the director of GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program. FEATURED SPEAKERS
Buzz Aldrin with Jeff Kluger (Entertainment Influencers) – Buzz Aldrin is an American engineer and former astronaut known for his historic Apollo 11 moonwalk with colleague Neil Armstrong. He will be joining the Elephant on Madison Avenue featured session. Veep will return to HBO for a sixth season. Andrew Coy and Sonya M. Stan Chudnovsky is Head of Product for Messaging at Facebook. In 2015, Odenkirk reprised the character he originated on the hit drama Breaking Bad, playing the title role in AMC’s Better Call Saul, which has earned him two Critics’ Choice TV Awards and nominations for an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award. Move over cash, content is the new king. Lili Cheng is a Distinguished Engineer and General Manager in Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research.