Leadership In Action Speaker Archives

Each Academy semester features a star-studded lineup of today’s most impactful changemakers for our Leadership In Action speakers series. These deeply human conversations are live, unscripted and student-led, featuring alumni moderators and questions from Academy students.

Here you'll find a complete list of past speakers who have shared their inspiring leadership journeys with the Academy.

Past Academy Speakers

Abby Falik
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Abby Falik

Founder & CEO, Global Citizen Year
Adam Grant
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Adam Grant

Organizational Psychologist, Wharton School of Business
Agapi Stassinopoulos
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Agapi Stassinopoulos

Author, motivational speaker & Thrive Global facilitator
Alexandra Bernadotte
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Alexandra Bernadotte

Founder & CEO, Beyond 12
Andrew Youn
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Andrew Youn

CEO, One Acre Fund
Arianna Huffington
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Arianna Huffington

Founder & CEO, Thrive Global
Ashanti Branch
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Ashanti Branch

Founder & Executive Director, Ever Forward
Baratunde Thurston
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Baratunde Thurston

Writer, Actor & Comedian
Bill George
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Bill George

Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Medtronic Author of Discover Your True North
Courtney Martin
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Courtney Martin

Journalist
DeRay Mckesson
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DeRay Mckesson

Civil Rights Activist, Educator, Podcaster, & Author
Dereca Blackmon
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Dereca Blackmon

CEO, Inclusion Design Group
Doug Hirsch
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Doug Hirsch

Co-founder & Co-CEO, GoodRx
Dr. Jennifer Aaker
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Dr. Jennifer Aaker

General Atlantic Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business
Dr. Raj Panjabi
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Dr. Raj Panjabi

Last Mile Health & Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Eddie Ndopu
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Eddie Ndopu

United Nations Secretary-General's Global Advocate for Sustainable Development
Edgard Gouveia Júnior
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Edgard Gouveia Júnior

Founder of Livelab & Ashoka Fellow
Garvita Gulhati
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Garvita Gulhati

Founder, Why Waste?
Jay Shetty
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Jay Shetty

Storyteller, Podcast Host, Former Monk
Jennifer Kaberi
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Jennifer Kaberi

Founder, Mtoto News
Jennifer Morgan
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Jennifer Morgan

Executive Director, Greenpeace International
Jerome Foster II
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Jerome Foster II

Executive Director & Founder, OneMillionOfUs
Joey Hubbard
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Joey Hubbard

Chief Training Officer, Thrive Global
Julie Lythcott-Haims
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Julie Lythcott-Haims

Author, former Stanford dean
Jéssica Silva Rios
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Jéssica Silva Rios

Partner & Leader of the Impact Management & Measurement Strategy at Vox Capital
Mandana Dayani
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Mandana Dayani

Creator & Cofounder, I am a voter.
Matt Dalio
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Matt Dalio

Founder, Endless
Maxine Williams
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Maxine Williams

Chief Diversity Officer, Facebook
Melinda Gates
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Melinda Gates

Philanthropist, Author, & Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Michael Brun
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Michael Brun

Haitian DJ & Record Producer
Miguel Mckelvey
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Miguel Mckelvey

Co-Founder, WeWork
Niketu Iralu
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Niketu Iralu

Social Worker restoring community relationships in India and Myanmar
Premal Shah
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Premal Shah

Co-founder Kiva.org
Priti Krishtel
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Priti Krishtel

Co-Executive Director, I-MAK
Selena Sermeno
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Selena Sermeno

Psychologist, Educator and Facilitator
Selina Tobaccowala
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Selina Tobaccowala

Chief Digital Officer, Openfit
Seth Godin
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Seth Godin

Author, Teacher, akimbo.com
Shawn Mendes
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Shawn Mendes

Singer/Songwriter
Sheryl Sandberg
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Sheryl Sandberg

Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
Sophia Bush
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Sophia Bush

Actress & Activist
Sundar Pichai
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Sundar Pichai

CEO, Google and Alphabet
Toni Townes-Whitley
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Toni Townes-Whitley

President, US Regulated Industries
Varshini Prakash
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Varshini Prakash

Executive Director and Co-founder of Sunrise Movement
Wendy Kopp
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Wendy Kopp

CEO & Co-founder, Teach For All
Wes Moore
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Wes Moore

CEO, Robin Hood
Ziad Ahmed
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Ziad Ahmed

21-year-old entrepreneur, student, and speaker
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