Keynote Speakers

2020 General Session Speakers

Austin Channing Brown

Austin Channing Brown is a leading voice on racial justice and author of “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness.” After graduating from North Park University, Austin went on to earn a master’s in social justice from Marygrove College in Detroit. Building on her graduate work, Austin has since worked at various nonprofits and within higher education.

Austin is also the creator and executive producer of a talk show web-series dedicated to expanding our imaginations for racial justice. Featured guests have included Nikole Hannah Jones, Jasmine Guillory and Brené Brown. The show covers a wide range of racial justice themes, but never sacrifices truth-telling, laughter and (sometimes) a little bourbon.

Ashton Applewhite

Ashton Applewhite is dedicated to dismantling ageism and making age a part of diversity. The author of “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism” and a TED mainstage speaker, she reveals the untapped possibilities of late life—in our communities, at work, and in ourselves.

In her candid talks, Ashton debunks our culture’s most pervasive myths and truthless stereotypes about getting older. In 2018, she was named a member of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ “100” list. She was also recognized on the PBS site Next Avenue’s annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year.