The Atlantic Festival

The Atlantic Festival

From September 22 to 24 and 27 to 30, 2021, The Atlantic brought its marquee festival directly to viewers, featuring seven days of can’t-miss conversations and engaging experiences.

The expanded, all-digital festival convened bold thinkers and prominent voices from politics, business, science, technology, and culture to explore ideas for building a better future—and visions of what America could be.

You can find our library of festival forums, breakouts, and Ideas Stage conversations on our YouTube channels. Or watch a specific session from the Ideas Stage here. And you can sign up to receive updates about The Atlantic Festival 2022.

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  • Sophie Ackoff

    Co–Executive Director, National Young Farmers Coalition

    Twitter
  • Saida Agostini-Bostic

    President, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

    Twitter
  • Sobia Ahmad

    Interdisciplinary Artist

  • Lisa Alcorta

    Senior Vice President for Programs and Operations, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

  • Rasheda Ali

    Actress and Daughter of Muhammad Ali

    Twitter
  • Ashley Allen

    Chief Sustainability Officer, Oatly

    Twitter
  • Daniel Ament

    President, Fight4Wellness and Former Vaper

    Underwriter Session

  • Ross Andersen

    Deputy Editor, The Atlantic

  • Amon Anderson

    Director, Acumen America

    Underwriter Session

  • Stanley Andrisse

    Executive Director, From Prison Cells to PhD

  • Yoni Appelbaum

    Senior Editor, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Anne Applebaum

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

  • Songhai Armstead

    Executive Director, Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative

  • Allison Arwady

    Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health

    Twitter
  • Jon Banner

    President, PepsiCo Foundation, and Executive Vice President, Global Communications, PepsiCo

    Twitter
  • Gabrielle Berbey

    Associate Producer, The Experiment

    Twitter
  • Mark Berry

    VP of Environmental and Natural Resources, Georgia Power, and VP of R&D, Southern Company Services

    Underwriter Session

  • Xavier McElrath-Bey

    Co-Executive Director, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and Co-Founder, Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network

    Underwriter Session

  • Carrie Billy

    President and CEO, American Indian Higher Education Consortium

  • Brooke Bollyky

    Managing Director and Partner, BCG

    Underwriter Session

  • Andrew Bosworth

    Vice President, Facebook Reality Labs

    Twitter

    Underwriter Session

  • Albert Bourla

    CEO, Pfizer

    Twitter
  • "Broadie"

    Graphic Collage Artist

  • Arthur Brooks

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Heber Brown

    Pastor, Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Founder, Black Church Food Security Network

    Twitter
  • Ron Brownstein

    Senior Editor, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Miana Bryant

    Founder, The Mental Elephant

  • Les Brun

    Chair and CEO, Ariel Alternatives

  • John Hope Bryant

    CEO, Operation HOPE

    Twitter
  • Ken Burns

    Documentary Filmmaker, Co-Director of Muhammad Ali

    Twitter
  • Susana Cabrera

    Store Manager & Everytable University Participant

  • Yvette Cabrera

    Director, Food Waste, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

  • Chris Capossela

    CMO and EVP, Marketing and Consumer Business, Microsoft

    Twitter
  • Kevin Carey

    Vice President, Education Policy & Knowledge Management, New America

    Twitter
  • David Chase

    Filmmaker, Co-Writer and Producer of The Many Saints of Newark

  • Eva Chen

    VP of Fashion and Shopping Partnerships at Instagram, children’s book author

  • Jennifer Christie

    Chief HR Officer, Twitter

    Twitter
  • Steven Clarke

    Director of Corporate Clean Energy Leadership, Ceres

  • Nick Clegg

    Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications, Facebook

    Underwriter Session

  • Billy Colbert

    Interdisciplinary Artist

  • Barbara Creel

    (Pueblo of Jemez), Karelitz Professor of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law

  • Greg Cunningham

    Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, U.S. Bank

    Underwriter Session

  • Jeff Daniels

    Actor, Executive Producer, American Rust

    Twitter
  • Joe Davis

    Chair, North America; Managing Director & Senior Partner, BCG

    Underwriter Session

  • Jean Desravines

    CEO, New Leaders

    Twitter
  • The Cast of "Diana"

    on Broadway

  • Caitlin Dickerson

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Talisa Dixon

    Superintendent and CEO of Columbus City Schools

    Twitter
  • Domo

    DJ

  • John Donvan

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

  • Ann Dowd

    Actor, Mass

  • Romy Drucker

    Interim K-12 Education Program Director, Walton Family Foundation

    Underwriter Session

  • Lindsay Elin

    Vice President of Public Policy, External Affairs, Facebook

    Underwriter Session

  • Tom Fanning

    Chair, President, and CEO, Southern Company

    Underwriter Session

  • Sara Fischer

    Media Reporter, Axios

    Twitter

    Underwriter Session

  • Bryce Fluellen

    Director of Social Equity Franchising, Everytable

    Underwriter Session

  • Reign Free

    Founder, Red Door Catering and The Black Culinary Collective

    Twitter

    Underwriter Session

  • Jacquelline Fuller

    President, Google.org

    Twitter
  • Dan Futterman

    Writer, Executive Producer, American Rust

  • Sophie Gilbert

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

  • Bria Gillum

    Program Officer, Criminal Justice The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

    Underwriter Session

  • Hannah Giorgis

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Jeffrey Goldberg

    Editor in Chief, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Lori Gottlieb

    Contributing writer, The Atlantic and author, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

    Twitter
  • Cat Goughnour

    Director, Racial Wealth Equity Strategy, Prosperity Now

    Twitter
  • Kelly Grier

    U.S. Chair and Managing Partner and Americas Managing Partner, EY

    Underwriter Session

  • Lauren Groff

    Author of Matrix

    Twitter
  • Isabella Casillas Guzman

    Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

  • Hubert Hamer

    Acting USDA Chief Scientist and Acting Deputy Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics

  • Adam Harris

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Hannah Heimbuch

    Senior Consultant, Ocean Strategies

    Underwriter Session

  • Bracken Hendricks

    President and CEO, Urban Ingenuity

  • Billy J. Hensley

    President and CEO, National Endowment for Financial Education

    Twitter
  • Quita Highsmith

    Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Genentech

    Underwriter Session

  • Jemele Hill

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Trevor Houser

    Partner, Rhodium Group

  • Sherrilyn Ifill

    President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

  • Jason Isaacs

    Actor, Mass

  • Rose Jaffe

    Visual Artist

  • Aurora James

    Founder, Fifteen Percent Pledge, Founder and Creative Director, Brother Vellies

    Twitter
  • Charles Philippe Jean-Pierre

    Haitian American Artist and Professor

  • Charisse Conanan Johnson

    Managing Partner, Next Street

    Twitter
  • Rukiya Curvey Johnson

    Executive Director, Rush Education and Career Hub (REACH)

  • Kate Julian

    Senior Editor, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Mayor Tim Keller

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • Scott Kirby

    CEO, United Airlines

  • Hoda Kotb

    Co-anchor of Today and co-host of Today With Hoda & Jenna

    Twitter
  • Robin Koval

    CEO and President, Truth Initiative

    Underwriter Session

  • Michelle Kramer

    Head of Early Development, Neuroscience at Janssen

    Underwriter Session

  • Fran Kranz

    Writer and Director, Mass

    Twitter
  • Adrienne LaFrance

    Executive Editor, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Sarah Lewis

    Senior Director, Innovation

  • Shirley Li

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

  • Mayor Sam Liccardo

    San Jose, California

    Twitter
  • Lisa Ling

    Host and Executive Producer of This Is Life

    Twitter
  • Michael Lomax

    President and CEO, United Negro College Fund

  • Julia Longoria

    Host, The Experiment

    Twitter
  • Simon Lovestone

    Global Head of Discovery and Translational Research, Neuroscience at Janssen

    Underwriter Session

  • Fred Makonnen

    Divisional Vice President, Equitable

    Underwriter Session

  • Sharon Marcil

    Managing Director & Senior Partner, Chief Marketing Officer, Global Client Team Chair, BCG

    Underwriter Session

  • Cynthia Marten

    U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education

  • Cynthia "Cynt" Marshall

    CEO, Dallas Mavericks

  • Bill Martin

    Global Therapeutic Area Head, Neuroscience at Janssen

    Underwriter Session

  • Moira McDonald

    Environment Program Director, Walton Family Foundation

    Underwriter Session

  • Kathleen McLaughlin

    Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart, and President, the Walmart Foundation

    Twitter
  • Craig Melvin

    Today News Anchor and MSNBC Anchor

    Twitter
  • Ruben Mesa

    Director, UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Underwriter Session

  • Jeanne Meserve

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

    Twitter
  • Robinson Meyer

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Stephanie Monroe

    Executive Director, African Americans Against Alzheimer’s

    Underwriter Session

  • Candace Montgomery

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, AtlanticLIVE

  • Tulaine Montgomery

    Co-CEO, New Profit

    Twitter
  • Nate Mook

    CEO, World Central Kitchen

    Twitter
  • Xavier Morales

    Executive Director, The Praxis Project

  • Amanda Mull

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

  • Vivek H. Murthy

    U.S. Surgeon General

    Twitter

    Underwriter Session

  • Janai Nelson

    Associate Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

  • Vann R. Newkirk II

    Senior Editor, The Atlantic

  • Marcella Nunez-Smith

    Senior Advisor, White House COVID-19 Response Team

  • Kelly O'Donnell

    White House Correspondent, NBC News

    Twitter
  • George Packer

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

  • Amit Paley

    CEO and Executive Director, The Trevor Project

    Twitter
  • Martha Parham

    Senior Vice President of Public Relations, American Association of Community Colleges

  • James Parker

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

  • Craig Santos Perez

    Poet and Professor, University of Hawai’i Manoa

  • Benjamin Perkins

    CEO, Wholesome Wave

    Twitter
  • James Puerini

    Wildland Firefighter and Graduate Researcher in Wildfire Management

  • John Rice

    Founder and CEO, Management Leadership for Tomorrow

    Underwriter Session

  • Lyneir Richardson

    Executive Director, The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

    Twitter
  • Nicole Richie

    Global Head Health Equity and Population Science, Genentech

    Underwriter Session

  • Sam Ricketts

    Co-Founder and Co-Director, Evergreen Action

  • Craig P. Robinson

    Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal

  • Rashad Robinson

    President, Color of Change

  • Rosa Rodriguez-Williams

    Senior Director, Belonging and Inclusion, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

  • Al Roker

    Weather and Feature Anchor, Today, and Co-host, Third Hour of Today

    Twitter
  • Otis Rolley

    Senior Vice President, U.S. Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation

    Twitter
  • Hayley Romer

    Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer, The Atlantic

  • David Rothkopf

    Host, Deep State Radio

    Twitter
  • Peter Rubin

    Contributing Editor, Wired

    Twitter

    Underwriter Session

  • Senator Marco Rubio

    (R-FL)

    Twitter
  • Senator Ben Sasse

    (R-NE)

    Twitter
  • Susan Saulny

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

  • Eric Schmidt

    Co-founder of Schmidt Futures, Former Google CEO and Co-author of The Age of AI

    Twitter
  • Macy Schmidt

    and The Broadway Sinfonietta

  • Ayori Selassie

    Senior Product Marketing Manager of Data Services, Salesforce, and Founder, BOLDforce

    Twitter

    Underwriter Session

  • Jennifer Senior

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

  • Adam Serwer

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Christian Siriano

    CFDA Fashion Designer

    Twitter
  • Anna Deavere Smith

    Actress and Playwright

  • Clint Smith

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Harry Smith

    Correspondent, NBC News

    Twitter
  • Robert F. Smith

    Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Vista Equity Partners

    Twitter
  • Senator Tina Smith

    (D-MN)

    Twitter
  • Nick Starling

    CEO, Skyscraper Farm

  • Alison Stewart

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE, and WNYC Host, All of It

    Twitter
  • Stacey D. Stewart

    President and CEO, March of Dimes

    Twitter
  • Bentina Terry

    Senior Vice President of Region External Affairs and Community Engagement, Georgia Power

    Underwriter Session

  • David A. Thomas

    President, Morehouse College

    Underwriter Session

  • Derek Thompson

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Nicholas Thompson

    CEO, The Atlantic

  • Luz Urrutia

    Chief Executive Officer, Accion Opportunity Fund

    Underwriter Session

  • Andrea Valdez

    Senior Vice President, The Atlantic

  • Hector Vargas

    Executive Director, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

    Twitter
  • Troy Vaughn

    President and CEO, Los Angeles Mission

  • C.S. "Venkat" Venkatakrishnan

    Head of Global Markets and Co-president, Barclays

    Underwriter Session

  • Jenisha Watts

    Senior Editor, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Randi Weingarten

    President, American Federation of Teachers

    Underwriter Session

  • Gillian B. White

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Holly Wilcox

    Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Twitter
  • Jhacova Williams

    Economist, RAND Corporation

    Twitter
  • Lauren Williams

    Senior Editor, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Zak Williams

    Mental-Health Advocate and Son of Robin Williams

  • Chris Womack

    Chair, President, and CEO, Georgia Power

    Underwriter Session

  • Katherine J. Wu

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Aretae Wyler

    Chief Operating Officer, The Atlantic

  • Ed Yong

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter

*Underwriter sessions not produced by The Atlantic’s Editorial Team.

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