New Speakers at the Aspen Ideas Festival: Former U.S. Representative Liz Cheney, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, and Renowned Actor Brian Cox

June 12, 2023

From June 24-30, hundreds of speakers and thousands of attendees and fellows will gather in the Rocky Mountains for the Aspen Ideas Festival, held in partnership with NBCUniversal News Group.


Contact: Jon Purves
Associate Director, Media Relations
The Aspen Institute

Washington, DC & Aspen, CO, June 12, 2023Liz Cheney, Dara Khosrowshahi, and Brian Cox will be among more than 300 speakers appearing at the Aspen Ideas Festival, organizers announced today. The Aspen Institute’s signature summer festival takes place in Colorado in partnership with NBCUniversal News Group, with more than 300 speakers and thousands of attendees set to participate. 

The Aspen Ideas Festival runs from June 24-June 30, 2023; passes to attend are available, and members of the media are invited to request credentials here. 

Among the speakers announced today:

  • Former United States Representative Liz Cheney will discuss the future of democracy in conversation with NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor Lester Holt.
  • Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will discuss changes coming to the ridesharing service, like sustainability features for riders and drivers, a more efficient food delivery system, and a plan to make the company emissions free, in conversation with NBC News NOW anchor Savannah Sellers.
  • Bringing Shakespeare to Life: Brian Cox, renowned Shakespearean actor and star of “Succession,” and Simon Godwin, Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director and Aspen Institute Harman/Eisner Artist in Residence, will join former CEO of The Walt Disney Company Michael Eisner to discuss how they bring the Bard to life on stage and screen.

Top anchors and journalists from NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and Noticias Telemundo participating in the festival this year include NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor Lester Holt, co-host of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna Jenna Bush Hager, NBC News chief Washington correspondent & chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, NBC News NOW anchor Tom Llamas, NBC News NOW anchor and co-host of Stay Tuned Savannah Sellers, co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box Andrew Ross Sorkin, anchor of CNBC’s TechCheck Deirdre Bosa, Noticias Telemundo anchors Vanessa Hauc and Johana Suárez, as well as host of MSNBC Films and NBC News Studio’s Leguizamo Does America, John Leguizamo.

More than 300 speakers are ultimately set to attend with more to be announced, including leaders and innovators in policymaking, the arts, science, education, and more. A complete list of speakers confirmed to date is available here.

Presenting Underwriters for the 2023 Aspen Ideas Festival are Allstate, Amazon, Comcast NBCUniversal, Danone, Deloitte,, Mount Sinai Health System, Walton Family Foundation, Wells Fargo, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Supporting Underwriters are Google, IBM, Meta, Prudential Financial, and Ralph Lauren.


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