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2021 Atlantic Festival


Wed 09 / 22 / 2021
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Who can attend

Open to all



The 2021 Atlantic Festival returns this September for seven days of can’t-miss conversations and engaging experiences. The newly expanded festival will bring urgent and powerful moments to audiences around the world.   

Dates: September 22-24 and 27-30.  Multiple sessions and speakers from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day.   Speaker list is below.

Join 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 can be.

This year, for the first time, you can curate your experience at The Atlantic Festival by adding sessions to your calendar around content tracks that interest you.

Here’s how: After you register, simply filter the schedule of events by the following tracks to see different conversations and experiences, then add what you’re interested in to your calendar:

  • Business & Tech - How are companies, from local small businesses to the largest corporations, innovating and becoming more inclusive?
  • Culture - From media to microtrends, what cultural forces are shaping our nation?
  • Health - How will the world continue to navigate the deadliest pandemic in a century and ensure that health outcomes are more equitable?
  • Race/Identity/Politics - What is the future of the American idea?
  • Climate - How can humanity live on—and save—a warming planet? As the Festival approaches, stay tuned for more updates on how to build your customized schedule.

If you have any questions or concerns, please visit our list of frequently asked questions.



Rochelle P. Walensky
Director, CDC

Anthony Fauci
Director, NIAID

Rosario Dawson
Actor, Producer, Activist

Ed Yong
Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Senator Marco Rubio

Jemele Hill
Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

Sophie Ackoff
Co–Executive Director, National Young Farmers Coalition

Saida Agostini-Bostic
President, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Rasheda Ali
Actress and Daughter of Muhammad Ali

Daniel Ament
President, Fight4Wellness and Former Vaper

Amon Anderson
Director, Acumen America

Yoni Appelbaum
Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Anne Applebaum
Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Songhai Armstead
Executive Director, Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative

Allison Arwady
Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health

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

Albert Bourla
CEO, Pfizer

Arthur Brooks
Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

Ron Brownstein
Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Miana Bryant
Founder, The Mental Elephant

Les Brun
Chair and CEO, Ariel Alternatives

Ken Burns
Documentary Filmmaker, Co-Director of Muhammad Ali

Chris Capossela
CMO and EVP, Marketing and Consumer Business, Microsoft

Kevin Carey
Vice President, Education Policy & Knowledge Management, New America

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

Jennifer Christie
Chief HR Officer, 

Barbara Creel
Director, Southwest Indian Law Clinic, Professor of Law, The University of New Mexico

Francys Crevier
CEO, National Council of Urban Indian Health

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

Jeff Daniels
Actor, Executive Producer, American Rust

Jean Desravines
CEO, New Leaders

Caitlin Dickerson
Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Talisa Dixon
Superintendent and CEO of Columbus City Schools

John Donvan
Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

Ann Dowd
Actor, Mass

Bryce Fluellen
Director of Social Equity Franchising, Everytable

David Frum
Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Jacquelline Fuller

Dan Futterman
Writer, Executive Producer, American Rust

Sophie Gilbert
Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Hannah Giorgis
Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Jeffrey Goldberg
Editor in Chief, The Atlantic

Cat Goughnour
Director, Racial Wealth Equity Strategy, Prosperity Now

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

Lauren Groff
Author of Matrix

Isabella Casillas Guzman
Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Adam Harris
Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Jason Isaacs
Actor, Mass

Charisse Conanan Johnson
Managing Partner, Next Street

Cristina Jones
Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer,

Scott Kirby
CEO, United Airlines

Robin Koval
CEO and President, Truth Initiative

Michelle Kramer
Head of Translational Medicine, Neuroscience, at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

Fran Kranz
Writer and Director, Mass

Adrienne LaFrance
Executive Editor, The Atlantic

Simon Lovestone
Stronghold Leader, Neurodegeneration Disease Area, Neuroscience, at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

Cynt Marshall
CEO, Dallas Mavericks

Bill Martin
Global Therapeutic Area Head, Neuroscience, at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

Jeanne Meserve
Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

Robinson Meyer
Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Nate Mook
CEO, World Central Kitchen

Xavier Morales
Executive Director, The Praxis Project

Janai Nelson
Associate Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Vann R. Newkirk II
Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Marcella Nunez-Smith
Chair, Presidential COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force

George Packer
Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Amit Paley
CEO and Executive Director, The Trevor Project

James Parker
Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Benjamin Perkins
CEO, Wholesome Wave

Michael Regan
EPA Administrator

Lyneir Richardson
Executive Director, The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and Co-founder and CEO, The Chicago TREND Corporation

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

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

Hayley Romer
Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer, The Atlantic

David Rothkopf
Host, Deep State Radio

Senator Ben Sasse

Susan Saulny
Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

Adam Serwer
Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Christian Siriano
CFDA Fashion Designer

Clint Smith
Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Robert F. Smith
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Vista Equity Partners

Senator Tina Smith

Stacey D. Stewart
President and CEO, March of Dimes

Derek Thompson
Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Maura Tierney
Actor, American Rust

Hector Vargas
Executive Director, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

Troy Vaughn
President and CEO, Los Angeles Mission

C.S. "Venkat" Venkatakrishnan
Head of Global Markets and Co-president, Barclays

Jenisha Watts
Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Gillian B. White
Managing Editor, The Atlantic

Holly Wilcox
Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Lauren Williams
Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Zak Williams
Mental-Health Advocate and Son of Robin Williams

Katherine J. Wu
Staff Writer, The Atlantic