World-class musician and humanitarian Angélique Kidjo is one of Africa’s most celebrated singers and an empowering voice for women’s rights, human rights, and social justice.
With her infectious energy, her passion for performance, and her inspiring story, Angélique is truly a unique speaker as she seamlessly weaves singing into all of her speeches.
A creative force with three Grammy’s and thirteen albums to her name, Angélique is an enthusiastic collaborator, having worked with countless artists, including Alicia Keys, Bono, John Legend and Philip Glass. This spring, Angélique will release her reimagining of The Talking Heads’ 1980 masterpiece, Remain in Light. Recorded with superstar producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay Z, and Beyoncé), Angélique has reinterpreted this opus with electrifying rhythms, African guitars, and layered backing vocals.
“I work with everyone who believes that music is the tool of peace,” says Angélique, “For me, music is the only form of art that connects the entire world.”
A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Angélique is the co-founder of the Batonga Foundation, an organization that promotes secondary education for girls across Africa. She is also the recipient of the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum in Davos and the Amnesty International “Ambassador of Conscience Award.”
Camryn Manheim is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress and social activist best known for her roles on The Practice, Person of Interest, and Major Crimes who will make a big return to the small screen as ‘Ms. Meadows’ on CBS’ Living Biblically, premiering Monday, February 26.
It is not only for her TV roles but for her inspiring life story and persistent belief in herself – and in you! that she continues to inspire fans and audiences, on and off screen. With her trademark candor and warmth, Manheim speaks on a range of topics, from life behind the camera and never taking ‘no’ for an answer to living life generously and keeping humor and strength in the face of a cancer diagnosis.
“Camryn Manheim “hit it out of the ballpark” with her message to the 1,450 women who attended YWCA’s ‘In the Company of Women’ luncheon. She both inspired and entertained, I would highly recommend her as a keynote speaker.” – YWCA Hartford
“She was warm, generous, funny, perceptive, focused, giving, down-to-earth and immensely popular with our students, faculty and community members. She is a wonderful story-teller… We were all fascinated.” – Saint Mary’s College
“Camryn was fabulous! What a mensch (can women be mensches?) Anyway, we are all big fans. Thanks for recommending her. She will be hard to top for next year.” – Cleveland Jewish Federation
A vocal advocate for human rights, Manheim has worked with the ACLU, RAINN, Planned Parenthood, and the American Cancer Society.
Before Elon Musk there was Burt Rutan, who Newsweek described as “the man responsible for more innovations in modern aviation than any living engineer.”
Burt Rutan is considered the father of the new space race. He designed Virgin Galactic and SpaceShipOne, the world’s first privately funded spacecraft, and won the Ansari X Prize, awarded for advancing affordable space tourism. Rutan also designed the legendary Voyager, the first aircraft to circle the world nonstop without refueling.
Named one of the ‘greatest engineers of all time’ by Interesting Engineering, Rutan is a bold entrepreneur and visionary who inspires audiences with his talks on creativity and innovation, collaboration, leadership and managing creativity.