Stanford Speakers Bureau
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2019

8th Secretary-General of the United Nations

Ban Ki-moon

As chief administrative officer for the paramount body of international cooperation, Ban Ki-moon is well known for his peacekeeping and employment reforms, as well as his firm stance on global warming. Furthermore, Ban is the current chair of the International Olympic Committee’s Ethics Commission, as well as co-founder of an international citizenship nonprofit. At Stanford, Ban gave an inspiring lecture about the future of global citizenship, overviewing the challenges that lie ahead and encouraging youth activism!

Actor, Comedian, and Physician

Ken Jeong

Ken Jeong is an actor and comedian, well known for his roles in the Community TV series, The Hangover film series, Crazy Rich Asians, and the ABC sitcom Dr. Ken. Also a licensed physician, Ken has since stopped practicing to focus on his career in acting. At Stanford however, Ken did not only amazing stand-up, but also answered medical questions from the audience! (With astonishing accuracy, while at the same time roasting everyone. Truly impressive.)

Director, Animator, Author, and Illustrator

Glen Keane

Glen Keane is a renowned animator, author, and illustrator. From the Oscar-winning short Dear Basketball to Disney classics such as the Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, Glen's directed projects are highly prevalent and imaginative. With his talk and incredible VR performance for Family Weekend, Glen reminded us all of the creativity that lies within our childlike side, and instilled magic that many had long forgotten.

Actress, Singer, Dancer, Designer, Producer and Businesswoman

Jennifer Lopez

Singer-actor Jennifer Lopez energized our campus during her talk about her movie, “Second Act”. Her fellow panelists, Alex Rodriguez (her significant other), Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas (Producer, A Second Act), and Desiree Gruber (CEO, Full Picture) discussed the hit movie, future steps, and life in general. Offering advice on overcoming fears, J.Lo also touched on how she has stayed true to her beginnings, reminiscing on the inspiration her mother gave her when she first began acting.

2018

Co-founder of The Onion

Scott Dikkers

Scott Dikkers, co-founder of The Onion, was an essential figure in building up arguably the most renowned news satire organization in America. As the publication's longest serving editor-in-chief, Dikkers discussed his fascinating journey — sharing insights on satire, fake news, and entertainment marketing.

Comedian, Actor, Host, and Writer

Hasan Minhaj

Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, host, and writer. In November 2014, he made his debut as a full time correspondent on the Emmy and Peabody award-winning The Daily Show (and became the last hire Jon Stewart made). That night, Hasan Minhaj explained — through the vantage point of his own identity as a Muslim Indian-American — why Americans need not worry about refugees committing acts of terrorism, while at the same time feeding us with humor.

Founder of Khan Academy

Sal Khan

Sal Khan is an American educator and entrepreneur who founded Khan Academy, a free online education platform with which he has produced over 6,500 video lessons teaching a wide spectrum of academic subjects. Sal's inspirational journey to leading a nonprofit serving millions of people across the world provided him with intriguing insights regarding the future of education.

2017

Host of the Daily Show

Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah is a comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, and actor. He is also the host of The Daily Show, the popular late-night television talk show on Comedy Central. Noah hails from South Africa, and frequently incorporates his experiences there with his political savvy into comedy that is both witty and insightful.

2016

Founder of The Energy Project

Tony Schwartz

Tony Schwartz is an American journalist, business book author, CEO and founder of The Energy Project, and the ghostwriter of Trump: The Art of the Deal. Schwartz spoke about his experiences writing the book and interacting with Donald Trump, as well as what he has learned about balancing professional ambitions with personal values.