Featured Speakers

SXSW Featured Speakers are leading figures in society and industry, presenting mind-expanding ideas to shape today and tomorrow.

Stacey Abrams - SXSW 2019. Photo by Danny Matson/Getty Images for SXSW

Stacey Abrams - SXSW 2019. Photo by Danny Matson/Getty Images for SXSW

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Looking for mind-expanding presentations by industry leaders? Spanning the many themes and trends of SXSW, Featured Speakers present a snapshot of the ideas that can most transform our future.

SXSW Conference Featured Sessions bring together some of the biggest and brightest names of our time. Dive into previous Featured Sessions below including politician Stacey Abrams; musician Brandi Carlile and actress Elisabeth Moss; television host and comedian Trevor Noah and The Daily Show News Team; best-selling author Neil Gaiman; U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; and more.

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Trevor Noah and The Daily Show News Team on Changing Media at SXSW 2019

CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper sat down with The Daily Show host Trevor Noah and correspondents Ronny Chieng, Michael Kosta, Desi Lydic, Dulcé Sloan, Roy Wood Jr., and Jaboukie Young-White to panel harder than anyone has ever paneled before at SXSW 2019.

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Trevor Noah and Jake Tapper at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Featured Session – Photo by Travis P Ball/Getty Images for SXSW

Brandi Carlile Interviews Elisabeth Moss at SXSW 2019

Grammy winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile interviews Emmy Award-winning actress Elisabeth Moss about her intense transformation to play punk rocker Becky Something in the acclaimed film Her Smell.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Government and Courage at SXSW 2019

New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sat down with The Intercept‘s Senior Politics Editor Brihna Gray for a conversation at SXSW 2019 about identity, the race/class divide, and how these factors are likely to play out in the years ahead.

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2019 SXSW Featured Speaker, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – By Merrick Ales

Tinker Hatfield on Design with Scott Dadich at SXSW 2019

Tinker Hatfield, Nike’s VP of Creative Concepts and legend among sneaker-heads, breaks down the creative process, exploring how different disciplines of design influence, inform, and inspire each other along with Abstract co-creator Scott Dadich.

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2019 Featured Session, Tinker Hatfield with Scott Dadich - Photo by Christopher Bouie

Stacey Abrams: Making Change Out of Defeat at SXSW 2019

Sit down with Stacey Abrams for a conversation covering how to stay mad but stay busy and ultimately drive lasting and meaningful change.

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2019 Featured Speaker, Stacey Abrams - Photo by Danny Matson/Getty Images for SXSW

Neil Gaiman on Taking Good Omens from Book to Screen

Prepare thyself, something wickedly good this way comes. Best-selling author Neil Gaiman took to the SXSW stage for a conversation with writer and actress Kirsten Vangsness about his mini-series adaptation of Good Omens.

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2019 SXSW Featured Speaker, Neil Gaiman – Photo by Alexa Gonzalez Wagner

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