Keynotes

Daily Keynotes present diverse, visionary speakers who deliver the most powerful new ideas in the ever-evolving worlds of technology, film, culture, and music.


Steve DeAngelo – SXSW 2019 – Photo by Aaron Rogosin

Steve DeAngelo – SXSW 2019 – Photo by Aaron Rogosin

About Keynotes

 

At the center of the SXSW Conference, Keynotes drive the shared daily dialogue that connects the many industry professionals in attendance from around the globe. These presentations run for one hour each, showcasing some of the world’s most inspired thinkers as they tackle the most timely topics of today and tomorrow.

Explore our first Keynote and Featured Speaker announcement for SXSW 2022 and stay tuned for more programming throughout the season.

2022 Keynotes

 

Alexis McGill Johnson

Alexis McGill Johnson is the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Planned Parenthood provides vital health services to 2.4 million people each year through more than 600 health centers across the country. Their vision is a world of equity: where sexual and reproductive rights are basic human rights; where access to health care doesn’t depend on who you are or where you live; and where every person has the opportunity to choose their own path to a healthy and meaningful life.

Alexis is a champion for social and racial justice, a respected political and cultural organizer, and a tireless advocate for reproductive freedom. She has been in Planned Parenthood’s leadership for more than a decade as PPFA board chair, Planned Parenthood Federal PAC chair, and a Planned Parenthood Action Fund board member.

A researcher by training, Alexis co-founded and co-directed the Perception Institute, a consortium of researchers, advocates, and strategists who translate cutting-edge mind science research on race, gender, ethnic, and other identities into solutions that reduce bias and discrimination, and drive equity and belonging. She is also a thought leader on brain science and narrative change and has written extensively on equity, race, and culture.

She is a frequent commentator in the press and keynote speaker, and currently serves on the boards of Color of Change, Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, and is a founder of the Culture Group. She holds degrees from Princeton and Yale Universities and has taught political science at both Yale and Wesleyan Universities. She is the proud mom of two daughters.

Ta-Nehisi Coates – 2018 Keynote

"Ask me about something I haven’t read on or reported on, I’m not gonna say much about it. When you go into a punch your feet have got to be set."

Olivia Wilde

2019 Film Keynote

“I realized if I wanted things to change, if I wanted to make my voice heard, I was going to have to shift the paradigm from within.”

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Olivia Wilde Film Keynote - Photo by Danny Matson

T Bone Burnett

2019 Music Keynote

“I will stay with the artists. Artists contain the accumulated knowledge of generations. Artists create conscience. The artists are our only hope.”

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Music Keynote T Bone Burnett - Photo by Adrianne Schroeder

Barack Obama

2016 Keynote

“It’s not enough to focus on the cool, next big thing. It’s harnessing the cool, next big thing to help people in this country.”

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2016 Keynote Barack Obama - Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SXSW

Esther Perel

2018 Interactive Keynote

“It’s the quality of our relationships that determines the quality of our lives – but it’s equally so that the quality of relationships at work determines the actually quality of our work and our overall ability to succeed.”

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Esther Perel speaks onstage as SXSW 2018 Interactive Keynote. Photo by Amy E. Price/Getty Images for SXSW

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