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U.S. Special Correspondent for BBC Studios, Award-winning Journalist, and Bestselling Author
As the lead anchor for BBC World News America, Katty Kay brings a fresh perspective to the reporting of American politics and global affairs. Katty’s insights reflect a global mindset that is a natural offshoot of having grown up in the Middle East and worked as a journalist in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Rapper, Civic Leader & Activist
Killer Mike is a Grammy award-winning rapper and actor who is making waves in the political arena for his gripping commentary on ongoing social issues confronting America.
Transgender Veteran & Activist
Veteran Laila Ireland courageously came out as a transgender service member by sharing her story in the Emmy-nominated short film "Transgender, at War and in Love." Today, Laila advocates for LGBTQIA equity by speaking across the country and establishing safe spaces for this critical conversation.
CEO of Rappler, Journalist, Author, Freedom Advocate and 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Maria Ressa is the co-founder, CEO of Rappler.com, an online news organization in the Philippines. Maria’s courage and work on disinformation and ‘fake news’ culminated in being awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” Her numerous awards include being named Time’s 2018 Person of the Year and listed among its 100 Most Influential People of 2019.
Maria advises organizations and corporations on corporate governance, values, and strategy. Her experience as a journalist and an entrepreneur in the digital world makes her a sought-after keynote speaker and panelist.
A journalist for over 36 years, Maria has been arrested on 10 charges related to exposing the Duterte government’s corrupt practices and was convicted of cyber-libel in June. She is out on bail pending her appeal but true to form, Ressa, vows to keep fighting.
Maria was featured in the 2020 documentary “A Thousand Cuts,” which profiles her fearless reporting on the abuses of Duterte’s presidency, while also illustrating social media’s capacity to deceive and entrench political power.
Maria now travels the world speaking to organizations of all kinds on freedom of the press, democracy, and corporate governance.
MSNBC Political Analyst & Former Chair of the Republican National Committee
Michael Steele examines the crux of business, politics and race. Steele draws from his unique combination of experience to deliver a relevant and insightful perspective on the day’s most important issues affecting individuals and businesses across the country.
Political Strategist & Senior Political Director, Crooked Media
Shaniqua McClendon has worked in politics for more than a decade and currently serves as Vice President of Political Strategy for Crooked Media, home to the popular podcast, Pod Save America. In this role, Shaniqua led the creation of their voter and volunteer engagement program, Vote Save America, that has raised more than $55 million for progressive candidates and causes, while mobilizing more than 500,000 voters, volunteers, and grassroots donors across the country to support Democratic victories in 2018, 2020, and 2022.
Host/Correspondent, NPR's Code Switch
Shereen Marisol Meraji is an award-winning journalist and the co-host and senior producer of NPR’s Code Switch podcast about race, identity and culture. Code Switch is the only podcast about race that's talking about all of us: our histories, how we're represented, the ways we work together and against each other.