Leaders in Business, Finance, & Technology Among Speakers Set to Attend 2022 Aspen Ideas Festival

June 1, 2022

More than 300 speakers will participate in the festival, taking place June 25-July 1.

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


Washington, DC and Aspen, CO, June 1, 2022 — Leading CEOs, economists, technologists, and high-profile innovators in business and finance are set to appear at the Aspen Ideas Festival from June 25 – July 1. The Aspen Institute’s flagship summer festival returns this summer as a full scale, in-person event in Aspen, Colorado, delivered in partnership with NBCUniversal News Group.

More than 300 speakers are ultimately set to attend, with the full speaker list available here. Business and finance leaders will engage in deep discussion on issues spanning economic inclusion and addressing global inequities, the future of monetary systems and the role of technology, sustainable business, trust in institutions, and more. Among those attending:

  • Jessica Alba, Actress; Founder and Chief Creative Officer, The Honest Company
  • Beatriz Acevedo, Co-Founder and CEO, Suma Wealth
  • Brian Brooks, CEO, Bitfury Group
  • Stewart Butterfield, Co-Founder and CEO, Slack; Co-Founder, Flickr
  • Carolyn Childers, Co-Founder and CEO, Chief
  • Gregory Constantine, Co-Founder and CEO, Air Company
  • James G. Coulter, Founding Partner and Executive Chairman, TPG; Managing Partner, TPG Rise Climate; Co-Managing Partner, The Rise Fund
  • Gregory Daco, Chief Economist, EY-Parthenon
  • Kenneth Davis, CEO, Mount Sinai Health System
  • Michael Eisner, President and CEO, The Tornante Company
  • Tony Fadell, Founder and CEO, Nest
  • Rob Falzon, Vice Chair and Member, Board of Directors, Prudential Financial
  • Rodney Foxworth, CEO, Common Future (formerly BALLE)
  • Angela Gichaga, CEO, Financing Alliance for Health
  • Darío Gil, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, IBM
  • Christo Grozev, CEO and Lead Investigator, Bellingcat
  • Merit Janow, Chair, Mastercard
  • Broderick Johnson, Executive Vice President of Public Policy & Digital Equity, Comcast
  • Sheila Johnson, Founder and CEO, Salamander Hotels & Resorts; Co-Founder, Black Entertainment Television
  • Alexander Karp, Co-founder and CEO, Palantir Technologies
  • Karin Kimbrough, Chief Economist, LinkedIn
  • Arvind Krishna, Chairman and CEO, IBM
  • Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer, YouTube
  • Bill Leslie, CEO, Soli Solutions
  • Sanjay Mehrotra, President and CEO, Micron Technology
  • Rima Patel, Co-Founder, Cryptobesties
  • Ida Rademacher, Executive Director, Financial Security Program, Co-Chair, Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy, The Aspen Institute
  • Sarah Bloom Raskin, Former United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
  • David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, The Carlyle Group
  • Charlie Scharf, CEO, President, and Director, Wells Fargo & Company
  • Eric Schmidt, Technical Advisor, Alphabet; Former CEO and Executive Chairman, Google
  • Dan Schulman, President and CEO, PayPal
  • Michael Sheren, Senior Advisor, Bank of England
  • Tom Wilson, Chair, President, and CEO, The Allstate Corporation
  • Whitney Wolfe Herd, Founder and CEO, Bumble

The Aspen Ideas Festival is built around six substantive core themes: Heat, Power, Connection, Trust, Money, and Beauty. In addition to the names above, the festival will bring together policymakers, scientists, artists, educators, academics, and more.

Last year, the festival and NBCU News Group announced a multi-year, multi-platform partnership that includes an editorial and programming collaboration. Top anchors and journalists from NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and Noticias Telemundo are participating throughout the event.

Editor’s Note: A limited number of press passes are available for media interested in attending the Aspen Ideas Festival as covering reporters. To apply, please fill out the form here. Aspen Ideas Festival can accommodate both print and broadcast media; and staff can assist in facilitating interviews on-site.

Passes to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival are available for purchase, with the option to attend Festival 1 (June 25-28) or Festival 2 (June 28-July 1). Organizers also recently launched Aspen Ideas Digital, a digital pass that will mirror the in-person Festival experience. The digital passes provide access to view a curated sample of the best in-person sessions and participate in live, virtual-only Q&A sessions with distinguished speakers.

Presenting Underwriters for the Aspen Ideas Festival are Allstate, Comcast NBCUniversal, the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Meta, Mount Sinai Health System, PayPal, Prudential Financial, Inc, Soli Solutions, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, and Wells Fargo. Supporting Underwriters are EY-Parthenon, Google.org, IBM, Skoll Foundation and YouTube. Contributing Underwriters are Guild Education, PBS, National Geographic Society and TPG / Rise Fund.


The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org. 

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