Pete DominickDominick is a stand-up comic who joined SiriusXM in August 2006 as a host on Raw Dog Comedy. He launched Stand Up! on non-partisan political talk channel SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. in February 2008, and the show quickly became a can’t-miss stop for experts and newsmakers. Dominick also had the sought-after job of opening for Stephen Colbert on “The Colbert Report” for six years, a job left to focus on his SiriusXM radio show.
Comedian John Fugelsang, acclaimed comedian, television host and social media star. He’s appeared at Montreal’s ‘Just for Laughs’ Festival, HBO’s U.S Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Michael Moore’s Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival, The Las Vegas Comedy Festival, and the South Beach Comedy Festival in Miami. He appeared on “Politically Incorrect” more than 20 times, Bill Maher called him ‘one of my favorite comedians’.
Co-host of Sit Down with Alfred & Chris. Senior Producer for Stand Up with Pete Dominick since 2010. Worked in public radio (the Takeaway), internet radio (EVR), and terrestrial radio (WGAN & WZAN). Jocked at WLZ in Portland, Maine and WMEB in Orono, Maine. Has had bylines in Maxim Magazine, Blender magazine, and Asylum.com. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, and studied journalism at the University of Maine.
Technical Producer for Stand Up with Pete Dominick and former on-air host and production director at heritage alternative rock station WHTG in New Jersey and Martha Stewart Living Radio. Former host of PBS Digital series “Food Buzz” as well as contributing writer to Comedy Central’s Indecision 2008 online “swing state” series.
Bill Carter expertly covered the television beat at the New York Times for more than 25 years, is one of the most respected journalists in the media industry and was recently named a CNN contributor. He is also the author of four books, including The Late Shift, a cultural smash that centered on the Letterman-Leno “late night war” to succeed Johnny Carson as host of “The Tonight Show.” The book was later adapted into an Emmy Award-nominated film by HBO.
Russ Altman, MD, PhD is a physician, engineer and scientist at Stanford University, where he has served as Chair of Bioengineering and is currently the Director of the Program in Biomedical Informatics. He is past president of the International Society for Computational Biology and the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics. He has advised the FDA and NIH. He is a founder of Personalis Inc and his research focuses on how drugs work and how we can use them optimally.
Denise Pope is a senior lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is a co-founder of Challenge Success, which provides families and schools the practical, research-based tools they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for kids. She is the author of, “Doing School”: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students, which was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001, and co-author of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids. Prior to teaching at Stanford, Pope taught high school English in Fremont, Calif. and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University.
Daniel Schwartz is dean of Stanford Graduate School of Education and an expert in human learning and educational technology. Schwartz oversees a laboratory whose computer-focused developments in science and math instruction permit original research into fundamental questions of learning. He has taught math in rural Kenya, English in south-central Los Angeles, and multiple subjects in Kaltag, Alaska, and this diversity of experience informs his work. Among many honors, Schwartz was named Graduate School of Education Teacher of the Year for 2015. His latest book, The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work and When to Use Them, distills learning theories into practical solutions for use at home or in the classroom. NPR noted the book among the "best reads" for 2016.
Tricia Johnson is editorial director of public programs at the Aspen Institute. As host of Aspen Ideas to Go, she tees up the in-depth conversations and fascinating talks hosted by the Institute. Tricia plays an integral role in planning the annual Aspen Ideas Festival — the nation's premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and probing discussion of the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.
Doron Levin is an author and veteran journalist, having covered Detroit and the global automotive industry for The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg and Detroit Free Press. He writes for TheStreet.com and other publications. He was graduated from Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Mike Mastanduno is an expert in international relations theory, U.S. foreign policy, and the politics of the global economy. His work examines U.S. economic and security strategy in the post-Cold War world, and the implications of the rise of China for the world economy and the stability of the international system. He has published numerous articles in leading international relations journals, co-edited seven books, and is the author of Introduction to International Relations and Economic Containment: Cocom and the Politics of East-West Trade. Mastanduno is a recipient of Dartmouth’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award for Scholarly Achievement. He lectures widely in policy and scholarly settings in Asia and Europe. He joined Dartmouth’s faculty in 1987 and has been dean of the faculty since 2010.
Perri is an award winning reporter, journalist and documentary film maker committed to serving her community as a philanthropist and volunteer, raising awareness through discussion. Through her work in broadcast and film, she gives voice and attention to issues of social justice.
Bob Roth is one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in America. Over the past 40 years, Bob has taught Transcendental Meditation to many thousands of people and authored an authoritative book on the subject, fittingly entitled, Transcendental Meditation, which has been translated into 20 languages. Bob currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c) (3) charity which has brought meditation to over 500,000 inner-city youth in underserved schools in 35 countries, to veterans and their families who suffer from post-traumatic stress, and women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Bob also directs the Center for Leadership Performance, another nonprofit, which is bringing meditation to Fortune 100 companies, government organizations, and non-profit charities. Bob is the host of the Sirius XM radio show, “Success Without Stress” and has spoken about meditation to industry leaders at such gatherings as Google Zeitgeist, Aspen Ideas Festival, Wisdom2.0, and Summit.
Walter Isaacson, former CNN chairman and CEO, is your guide through the narratives and nuances of Trailblazers. The acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller “The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution” is also the president of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization.
Geoff Siskind has helped launch some of Canada’s most popular reality television programs including Storage Wars Canada, Canada’s Worst Driver, Redemption Inc. with Kevin O’Leary, Canada’s Worst Handyman, and Junk Raiders. An alumni of the Canadian Film Centre’s Interactive Entertainment Program, Geoff directed the interactive documentary Tightrope, which has been presented by many festivals, including SXSW, IDFA, and Hot Docs. He’s produced many hours’ worth of radio programming and documentaries for CBC Radio, including Search Engine (for which he won the New York Festivals’ International Broadcasting Award), Outfront, and The Phone Book Stories.
Howard Wolf, who has led the Stanford Alumni Association and its staff since 2001, earned his bachelor's degree in psychology, with distinction, from Stanford in 1980 and his MBA from Harvard in1985. Before his appointment as Vice President for Alumni Affairs and President, Stanford Alumni Association, he worked as both an entrepreneur and business manager in the publishing and commercial real estate development and management industries. An active alum and volunteer, as well as an avid Stanford athletics fan, he received the Stanford Associates Outstanding Achievement Award in 2000. In addition to his Alumni Association role, Howard is one of eight officers of the University and part of its senior management team, with particular responsibility for advising the University's President and the Provost on alumni affairs.
One of the nation’s leading experts on voting and the political process, Stanford Legal’s Pam Karlan is often called upon by policy makers and popular media alike to break down the tough legal issues of the day. Also a leading constitutional scholar and award winning teacher who has argued seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, Karlan co-founded Stanford’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic in 2004, the first of its kind at any law school. Since its launch, the clinic has compiled a record that would be the envy of any law firm, representing parties in more than 60 merits cases before the Court.
Co-host Joe Bankman is a clinical psychologist as well as a lawyer who researches topics such as the consumption tax and the role of tax in the structure of Silicon Valley start-ups. A tax law expert, he has gained wide attention for his work on how government might control the use of tax shelters and has testified before Congress and other legislative bodies on tax compliance problems posed by the cash economy. He has written and spoken extensively on how we might use technology to simplify tax filing.