Featured Speakers

March 13-22, 2020

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


2019 Featured Speaker, Zoe Saldana - Photo by John Feinberg

2019 Featured Speaker, Zoe Saldana - Photo by John Feinberg

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Spanning the many themes and trends of SXSW, Featured Speakers present a snapshot of the ideas that can most transform our future.

Browse 2019 Featured Speakers video highlights below. Explore more videos on the SXSW Youtube Channel and listen to sessions on the SXSW Schedule by clicking the audio symbol next to each item.

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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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Featured Session: Elisabeth Moss with Brandi Carlile - Photo by Travis P Ball/Getty Images for SXSW

Featured Session: Elisabeth Moss with Brandi Carlile - Photo by Travis P Ball/Getty Images for SXSW

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

Amanda Palmer on Crowdfunding and Songwriting at SXSW 2019

At SXSW 2019, songwriter and Dresden Dolls member, Amanda Palmer, spoke about the benefits of self-releasing, how crowd-funding music can greatly benefit artists trying to maintain the integrity of their work, and more.

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Amanda Palmer - Photo by Lauren Simpson

Amanda Palmer - Photo by Lauren Simpson

Pamela Adlon Embraces Better Things at SXSW 2019

In this candid conversation, Pamela Adlon — Emmy®-winning actress and acclaimed executive producer, writer, and director of the award-winning FX series Better Things — discussed her storied career including the return of her semi-autobiographical and critically-acclaimed series.

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Featured Session: Unfiltered: Pamela Adlon Embraces Better Things

Featured Session: Unfiltered: Pamela Adlon Embraces Better Things

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