The Atlantic Festival Set to Convene Leading Innovators, Entertainers, and Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. September 24-26

Yo-Yo Ma; General Jim Mattis (Ret.); Susan Rice; Arnold Schwarzenegger; and Susan Wojcicki among mainstage speakers

Yo-Yo Ma. Susan Rice. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Susan Wojcicki. These are just some of the marquee names scheduled to appear at The Atlantic Festival this fall in Washington, D.C. The annual event will animate downtown’s Penn Quarter with some of the world’s most fascinating people in politics, business, tech, and entertainment.

From September 24-26, The Atlantic Festival will bring together over 100 speakers and thousands of attendees for 50 events across 10 stages, from exclusive interviews and book talks to film screenings and topical forums that challenge, invigorate, and entertain. Programming across the week will reflect the scope of The Atlantic’s iconic journalism, with conversations and discussions on the most critical economic, social, and cultural issues defining America today.

Speakers announced today include: Sylvia Acevedo, president and CEO, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.; Patrick O. Brown, CEO and founder, Impossible Foods; Mandy Ginsberg, CEO, Match Group; Ibram X. Kendi, contributor to The Atlantic and author, How to Be an Antiracist; Franklin Leonard, founder, The Black List; General Jim Mattis (Ret.), former Secretary of Defense; Susan Rice, former U.S. National Security Advisor; Dia Simms, president, Combs Enterprises; and Evan Spiegel, co-founder and CEO, Snap. The Atlantic’s editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg will lead conversations across the Festival, along with many of The Atlantic’s journalists.

Additional announcements about speakers and event information will be made in the coming weeks.

Tickets are available at Members of the media should inquire directly with the contacts below for press registration information.

Created in 2009 as the Washington Ideas Forum, the event rebranded in 2018 as The Atlantic Festival, expanding its physical footprint in Penn Quarter and increasing the breadth and depth of its programming to reflect the The Atlantic’s illumination of the American idea, and its celebration of culture and democracy. Last year’s Festival included headline-making conversations with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Senators Kamala Harris, Lindsey Graham, Chris Coons, and Jeff Flake; and counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway.

The Atlantic Festival is supported by: the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Bayer, Booz Allen Hamilton, Facebook, Pfizer, Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and US Bank as Presenting Level Underwriters; Aflac and Allstate as Supporting Level Underwriters; and ExxonMobil, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and PayPal as Contributing Level Underwriters. United Airlines is the exclusive airline of The Atlantic Festival.


About The Atlantic:

Founded in 1857 and today one of the fastest growing media platforms in the industry, The Atlantic has throughout its history championed the power of big ideas and continues to shape global debate across print, digital, events, video, and audio platforms. With its award-winning digital presence and on cities around the world, The Atlantic is a multimedia forum on the most critical issues of our times—from politics, global, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. Bob Cohn is president of The Atlantic and Jeffrey Goldberg is editor in chief. Emerson Collective is majority owner; Atlantic Media is the minority operating owner of The Atlantic.

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