Renaissance Weekend

Renaissance Weekend

Illustrative' Lists of Past Participants

For more detailed Illustrative Lists of Participants, categorized by disciplines,
select from the following list.
David Agus
Author, The End of Illness
Buzz Aldrin
Former Astronaut
Lamar Alexander
US Senator/Former US Education Secretary and Tennessee Governor
Dan Ariely
Author, Predictably Irrational
Frances Arnold
Bioeng. & Biochem. Prof., Cal Tech/Winner, 2013 Nat'l Medal of Technology/Fndr., 2 Companies
Adam Aron
CEO, AMC Theaters/Former Pres., Philadephia 76ers; Pres., Vail Resorts
Jeffrey Von Arx
President, Fairfield University
Byron Auguste
Co-Founder & Chairman, Hope Street Group Partners/Strategy Consultant, McKinsey
Bruce Babbitt
Former US Secretary of Interior & Arizona Governor
Bob Barnett
Sr. Partner, Williams & Connolly
Craig Barrett
Former Chm.-CEO, Intel
Evan Bayh
Former US Senator and Indiana Governor
Charlotte Beers
Former CEO, Ogilvy Worldwide & J. Walter Thompson and US Under Secretary of State
Peter Benchley
Author-Screenwriter, Jaws
Regina Benjamin
Former US Surgeon-General/MacArthur Prize-winning former President, Alabama Medical Assn.
Henry Bienen
Former Pres., Northwestern University and Dean, Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School
Theo Bikel
Actor-Vocalist, "Fiddler on the Roof," "Sound of Music"
Harry Blackmun
Former Associate Justice of US Supreme Court
Sara Blakely
Founder-Pres., Spanx
Alan Blinder
Econ. Prof., Princeton Univ./Former V. Chm., Federal Reserve Board
Wolf Blitzer
Correspondent, CNN
Robert Blocker
Dean, Yale School of Music
Charles Bolden
Administrator, NASA/Former Astronaut & Marine Corps General
David Booth
Patron, Univ. of Chicago Booth School of Business/Co-Founder, Dimensional Fund Advisors
Robert Bradway
Chm.-CEO, Amgen
Lael Brainard
Governor, Federal Reserve Board & former Asst. Secretary, US Treasury
Rita Braver
Emmy-winning Nat'l, and former Chief White House Correspondent, CBS News
Stephen Breyer
Associate Justice, US Supreme Court
William Brock
Former US Secretary of Labor, Trade Representative & Senator and Chairman, National Republican Party
J. Carter Brown
Former Director, National Gallery of Art
Sam Brownback
Governor, Kansas/Frmr. US Senator
Erik Brynjolfsson
Director, MIT Center for Digital Business/Editor, Information Systems Network
Art Buchwald
Former Pulitzer Prize-winning Syndicated Columnist
Angel Cabrera
President, George Mason University
Kim Campbell
Former Canadian Prime Minister
Tony Campolo
Pres., Evangelical Assn. for Promotion of Education
Jack Canfield
Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Stephen Carter
Prof., Yale Law School/Author, The Culture of Disbelief
James ("Hoss") Cartwright
Retired Vice Chairman, US Joint Chiefs of Staff/Former Commander, US Strategic Command & Marine 1st Air Wing
Steve Case
Founder, Revolution/Former Chm., AOL/TIME-Warner & CEO, AOL
Julian Castro
US Secretary of Housing & Urban Affairs/Former Mayor, San Antonio
Vint Cerf
VP-Chief Internet Evangelist, Google/"One of the Founders of the Internet"
Clayton Christensen
Prof., Harvard Business School/Author The Innovator's Dilemma
Stephen Chu
Former US Secretary of Energy; Dir., Lawrence Livermore Laboratory/Physics Nobel Laureate
George Church
Genetics Prof., Harvard Univ./Director, PersonalGenomes.org
Wesley Clark
Former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO & US Army General
William Clinton
Former US President & Arkansas Governor
Hillary Clinton
Former US Secretary of State; US Senator; US First Lady
Matt Cohler
General Partner, Benchmark Capital/Former VP, Facebook & VP-Gen. Mgr., LinkedIn
Stephen Colbert
TV Host & Comedian
James Comer
Child Development Authority, Yale University
Charlie Cook
Editor-Publisher, Cook Political Report
Roger Corman
Academy Awarding-winning Film Producer-Director
Philippe Cousteau
CEO, EarthEcho Int'l & Thalassa Ventures/Smithsonian's "Top Innovators"/Host, TV's "Oceans"
James Cuno
President, J. Paul Getty Trust
Meryl Davis
Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist/2014 US Sportswoman of Year/6x US Ice Dance Champion
Howard Dean
Former Chm., Democratic Nat'l Cte; Vermont Governor; Physician
Robert Dell
Former Chm., Latham & Watkins
Robert Denham
Former Managing Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson/Former Chm., Salomon Brothers
Alan Dershowitz
Professor, Harvard Law School
Rita Dove
Former US Poet Laureate
Pete DuPont
Former Delaware Governor
John Ehrlichman
Former Nixon Administration Domestic Policy Adviser
Charles Elachi
Dir., NASA Jet Propulsion Lab/Planetary Sci. Prof., Caltech
Roger Ferguson
Pres., TIAA-CREF/Frmr., V.Chm., Federal Reserve Board
Joel Fleishman
Philanthropy & Public Policy Professor, Duke University/Former Pres., Atlantic Philanthropic Co.
Gerald Ford
Former US President & Congressman
Al Franken
Emmy-winning "Saturday Night Live" Writer-Comedian/US Senator
Betty Friedan
Author, The Feminine Mystique
Jerome Friedman
Physics Nobel Laureate
Foster Friess
Chm., Brandywine Funds
Michael Froman
US Trade Representative/Frmr. Deputy Assistant to President Obama for International Economic Affairs
Millard Fuller
Founder & Former Pres., Habitat for Humanity International
Ellen Futter
President, American Museum of Natural History
Orit Gadiesh
Chair, Bain & Company
George Gallup
Co-Chm., The Gallup Organization
Arun Gandhi
Former Director, The Gandhi Institute for Non-violence
Eric Garcetti
Mayor, Los Angeles
Howard Gardner
MacArthur Prize-winning Education Prof., Harvard University
Helene Gayle
Former Pres., CARE International
Murray Gell-Mann
Physics Nobel Laureate
Phyllis George
Former "Miss America," Kentucky First Lady & TV Commentator-Host
David Gergen
Presidential Adviser
Tess Gerritsen
Author, Harvest, The Surgeon, Body Double
Gabrielle Giffords
Former US Congresswoman
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Associate Justice, US Supreme Court
Lee Goldman
Dean, Columbia Medical School
Marshall Goldsmith
Management Consultant
Howard Gordon
Emmy-winning former Exec. Producer, TV's "Homeland," "24," & "X-files"
Maggie Grace
Actor
Bob Graham
Former US Senator & Florida Governor
Alan Greenspan
Former Chm., Federal Reserve Board
Pedro (Joe) Greer
MacArthur Prize-winning Professor of Medicine/Presidential Medal of Freedom Awardee
Eric Greitens
Missouri Governor/CEO, The Mission Continues/Rhodes Scholar/Frmr. Navy Seal
Tom Gruber
Product Designer, Apple/Co-Inventer, Siri
Amy Gutmann
President, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Gary Hamel
Management Consultant & Author
Mariel Hemingway
Actor
Alexis Herman
Corporate Director/Former US Secretary of Labor
Joan Higginbotham
Former Astronaut
Danny Hillis
Co-Founder, Thinking Machines, Metaweb Technologies, Freebase
Reid Hoffman
Co-Fndr., LinkedIn
Rush Holt
Pres., AAAS/former US Congressman/Six-time "Jeopardy" winner
Robert Hormats
Former US Under Secretary of State and V.Chm., Goldman Sachs
Arianna Huffington
Author and Political Commentator
Jon Huntsman
US Ambassador to China/Former Utah Governor
Lauren Hutton
Actress & Model
Walter Isaacson
Pres., Aspen Institute and former President, CNN & Editor, TIME
Jessica Jackley
Co-Founder, Kiva.org/Director, Opportunity International
Shirley Jackson
Pres., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/Former Chair, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Kay Redfield Jamison
Psychiatry Prof., Johns Hopkins Medical School
Ben Jealous
Former Pres., NAACP
Lady Bird Johnson
Former First Lady of the United States
Kristina Johnson
Former US Under Secretary of Energy & Provost, Johns Hopkins University and Engineering Dean, Duke University
Luke Timothy Johnson
New Testament Authority
Alex Jones
Pulitzer Prize-winning former Dir., Shorenstein Ctr.-Media, Politics & Public Policy
Steve Jurvetson
Venture Capitalist, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Prof., Harvard Business School/Author, World Class
Mitch Kapor
Founder, Lotus Dev't Corp.
Rich Karlgaard
Publisher, Forbes
David Keene
Chm., National Rifle Assn./Former Chm., American Conservative Union
Mark Kelly
Former Astronaut
Dirk Kempthorne
Former US Interior Secretary, US Senator & Idaho Governor
William Kennard
Former US Ambassador to the European Union & FCC Chairman; Partner, Carlyle Group
Robert Kirshner
Astronomy Prof., Harvard University
Joel Klein
Former Chancellor, New York City Public Schools System/US Asst. Atty. General for Antitrust
Robert Kogod
Philanthropist/Former Chm., Robt. E. Smith Cos.
Harold Koh
Former Legal Adviser, US State Dept. & Dean, Yale Law School and US Assistant Attorney-General
Kay Koplovitz
Founder-Former CEO, USA Network
John Koskinen
IRS Commissioner; former Chm., Freddie Mac; Y2K Czar; Deputy Dir., OMB; Deputy Mayor, DC
Nicholas Kristof
Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist, New York Times
Harold Kushner
Rabbi/Author, When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Leon Lederman
Physics Nobel Laureate
Betty Liu
News Anchor, Bloomberg TV/Frmr. Anchor, CNBC-Asia & "Capital Connection"/Author
Sam Lloyd
Former Dean, National Cathedral
Dennis Lockhart
President, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
James Lovell
Former Apollo XIII Commander & Gemini Astronaut
Amory Lovins
MacArthur Prize-winning Fndr.-Pres., Rocky Mountain Institute
Li Lu
Founding Gen. Ptnr. Partner, Himalaya Capital/Former Student Leader, Tiananmen Square
Eugene Ludwig
Founder-Chm., Promontory Financial; former US Comptroller of the Currency & Vice Chm., Bankers Trust
Manuel Lujan
Former US Secretary of Interior & Congressman
Harry Markowitz
Economics Nobel Laureate/Finance Prof., Rady School of Mgmt-UCSD
Thurgood Marshall, Jr.
Atty., Morgan Lewis/Former Cabinet Secretary
Martin Marty
Religion Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago
Walter Massey
Former Chairman, Bank of America; President, Morehouse College
Sir Deryck Maughan
Partner, KKR & Former Chairman, Citigroup International
Alexis Maybank
Co-Founder, Gilt Group
General Stanley McChrystal
Ret'd US Army General/Frmr. Cmdr., US Forces-Afghanistan
Jim McKelvy
Co-Fndr., Square & Third Degree Glass/Author, The Art of Fire
Danny Meyer
Owner, Union Square Cafe & Gramercy Tavern
David Miliband
CEO, International Rescue Cte./Former UK Foreign Secretary
Eric Mindich
Founder, Eton Park/Former Partner, Goldman Sachs
Newton Minow
Sr. Counsel, Sidley, Austin/Former Chairman, FCC, PBS, RAND Corp. & Carnegie Foundation
Nell Minow
Founder, The Corporate Library
Leslie Moonves
President, CBS Corporation
Edwin Moses
Track & Field Olympics Gold Medalist
Matt Mullenweg
Fndr., WordPress/Automattic; Chm., WordPress Fndtn./Dir., Grist.org/Frmr. Prod. Mgr., CNET
Charles Murray
Author, The Bell Curve and Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Alan Murray
Editor, Fortune/Former President, Pew Research
Bill Nelson
US Senator/1st US Congressman-Astronaut
William Neukom
Former Pres., American Bar Assn. & General Counsel, Microsoft Corp.
Scott Neustadter
Award-winning Screenwriter, "The Fault in Our Stars,"
"(500) Days of Summer," & "Pink Panther II"
Andrew Ng
Co-Fndr., Coursera/Founder, "Google Cat"
Peter Norton
Creator, Norton Utilities/Arts Patron
Bill Nye
Emmy-winning Science Presenter/"The Science Guy"
Joseph Nye, Jr.
Former Dean, Harvard's Kennedy School of Gov't & US Under Secretary of Defense
Funmi Olopade
MacArthur Prize-winning Human Genetics Prof. & Dir.-Cancer Risk Clinic, Univ. of Chicago Medical School
Candace Carpenter Olson
Founder & Former iCEO, Village
Dean Ornish
Author, Reversing Heart Disease and Eat More, Weigh Less
Sally Osberg
CEO, Skoll Foundation
Mehmet Oz
Physician/Author/Health Commentator
Luis Palau
Evangelist
Leon Panetta
Former US Defense Secretary; Director, CIA; White House Chief of Staff; OMB Director; Congressman
Deval Patrick
Former Massachusetts Governor & US Asst. Atty.-Gen. & General Counsel, Coca-Cola Co.
Alan Patricof
Founder & Former Chm., APAX Partners
Scott Pelley
Anchor, CBS Evening News & Emmy-winning Correspondent, CBS News' "60 Minutes"
Arno Penzias
Physics Nobel Laureate
William Perry
Former US Secretary of Defense
Michael Porter
Professor, Harvard Business School/Author, The Competitive Advantage of Nations
Lisa Randall
Physics Prof., Harvard U./Author, Warped Passages: Unraveling the Universe's Hidden Dimensions
Bruce Rauner
Illinois Governor/Frmr. Private Equity Investor
Naval Ravikant
Co-Founder & CEO, AngelList
Susan Rice
National Security Adviser/Former US Ambassador to the United Nations
Bill Richardson
Former US Secretary of Energy; New Mexico Governor; US Amb. to UN; Congressman
Richard Riley
Former US Secretary of Education & SC Governor
Lord (George) Robertson
Former Secretary General, NATO and UK Defence Secretary
Judith Rodin
President, Rockefeller Foundation/Former President, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Jim Rogers
Investor/Author, Investment Biker
Kenneth Rogoff
Economics & International Finance Prof., Harvard University/Former Chief Economist, World Bank
Terry Sanford
Former US Senator; President, Duke University and North Carolina Governor
Roger Sant
Co-Founder & former Chm., AES Corporation/Former Chm., World Wildlife Fund
Diane Sawyer
Former Anchor, ABC Evening News
Wally Schirra
Former Astronaut
Arthur Schlesinger
Pulitzer Prize-winning Historian and JFK AIRPORT Adviser
Kurt Schmoke
President, University of Baltimore/Former Baltimore Mayor, Howard Law School Dean & Rhodes Scholar
Myron Scholes
Economics Nobel Laureate
Rick Scott
Governor, Florida
William Sharpe
Economics Nobel Laureate
Gail Sheehy
Author, Passages, Pathfinders, Sex & the Seasoned Woman
Jeremy Siegel
Prof., Wharton School of Finance
Ruth Simmons
Former President, Brown University & Smith College
Alan Simpson
Former US Senator
Rodney Slater
Former US Secretary of Transportation
Dean Smith
Former Head Basketball Coach, University of North Carolina
Stan Smith
Former Wimbledon and US Open Tennis Champ
Theodore Sorensen
Former Counsel to President Kennedy
Joseph Stiglitz
Economics Nobel Laureate/Former Chm., Pres.' Coun.-Econ. Adv. & Chief Econ., World Bank
Barbra Streisand
Vocalist/Actress
Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.
Publisher, The New York Times
Lawrence Summers
Former US Treasury Secretary; Dir., National Economic Council; President, Harvard University
George Takei
Actor/"Star Trek"'s Mr. Sulu
Amy Tan
Author, The Joy Luck Club
Deborah Tannen
Linguistics Prof., Georgetown/Best-selling Author, You Just Don't Understand, Talking 9-5
Peter Thiel
Co-Founder, PayPal & Palantir Technologies; Founder, Founders Fund
Debi Thomas
Former World Figure Skating Champion & US Olympian/Orthopedic Surgeon
Dick Thornburgh
Former US Attoney General, Pennsylvania Governor & UN Under Secretary-General
Andrew Tobias
Financial Writer
David Trimble
Nobel Peace Prize-winning Former First Minister, Northern Ireland
Sherry Turkle
Sociology Prof., MIT/Author, Life on the Screen, Second Self
Malcolm Turnbull
Australian Prime Minister
Ted Turner
Founder, CNN & Turner Broadcasting
Craig Venter
Founder, Institute for Genomic Research/Former CEO, Celera
Richard Viguerie
Direct Mail Entrepreneur/Publisher, Conservative Digest
Robson Walton
Chairman, Wal-Mart
Ruth Westheimer
Sexuality & Relationships Therapist ("Dr. Ruth")
Brian Williams
Former Anchor, NBC News
Wendell Willkie
General Counsel, Mead-Westvaco Corp. & Former General Counsel, US Commerce Department
Tim Wirth
Former Pres., United Nations Foundation; US Senator & Under Secretary of State
Will Wright
Fndr.-CEO, Syntertainment/Designer-Creator, SimCity/Co-Fndr., Centaur Records, Maxis Software
Daniel Yergin
Pulitzer Prize-winning Author, The Prize, Commanding Heights & Fndr., Cambridge Energy Research Associates
Elmo & Mouza Zumwalt
Former Chief, US Naval Operations
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