Seminarians and guests will be inspired and informed at the 2019 forum, featuring a slate of speakers and experiences presented over three days at The Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, California.

FELLOWSHIP, INSIGHT AND LEADERSHIP—these are keywords at The Seminar, which features opportunities to meet and learn from fellow professionals and enjoy presentations by bold leaders        
FELLOWSHIP—Conviviality and camaraderie always frame the Seminar experience, as here in 2018, where Seminarian Karen van Bergen engaged with speaker Lance Black        
INSIGHT—A “fireside chat with a CEO,” is a popular component of The Seminar, here with 2018´s Brendan Bechtel, left, who shared his business acumen with Seminarians and interviewer Nicholas Ashooh        
LEADERSHIP—A panel at 2018´s Seminar featured General (ret.) David Petraeus, left, and Ambassador Cameron Munter, center, who recounted their leadership experiences with moderator Brian Lott        
Adventurer and climber Tommy Caldwell, left, was featured in the 2018 Seminar, here interviewed by Michael Mand        

Previously confirmed presenters are:

Storytelling at its Best will
Enliven, Inspire Seminarians

June 2-5, 2019
The Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa, California

Thought-Provoking Content
and Unique Experiences

Major issues and trends around the world and dramatic personal stories—from topics shaping the headlines to thrilling advances in science and technology, to theories on creativity, innovation and learning—will capture the minds and imaginations of Seminarians at The Seminar, June 2-5, 2019. The beautiful Napa Valley setting will be the backdrop for 2019.

Seminar 2019 Highlights

We will come together June 2-5 to hear from some of the world’s pre-eminent experts as we welcome a community of like-minded colleagues and professionals.

This Just In:

Tina Tchen, a leading voice in the national conversation on fighting sexual harassment, gender inequity, and discrimination and former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, will focus on the MeToo Movement on Monday, June 3.

Stephen Attenborough, Commercial Director, Virgin Galactic will lead Seminarians through space exploration on Wednesday, June 5.

Michael Casey, MIT Media Lab will dive into the world of digital currency - Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Bitcoin, and more on Wednesday, June 5.

Dr. Andrea Barthwell, chair of the board of directors, Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) and founder & director of Two Dreams, will speak on America's Opioid Crisis.

Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, will address the power of community movements.

State of the Media Panel with Moderator Brian Stelter, CNN and Panelists Peter Cherukuri, 1776 and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, Financial Times U.S.

Other speakers previously announced:

•  Dick Costolo, former CEO of Twitter and tech culture insider
•  Carol Dweck, Stanford University Professor of Psychology, on how a "growth mindset" can shape the cultures we live and work in
•  Kenya Barris, Creator, Executive Producer & Co-Showrunner, "Black-ish" & "Grown-ish"
•  Garen WintemuteM.D., Director, Violence Prevention Research Center, UC Davis, firearms violence expert and ER physician, on gun violence risk and prevention
•  Bernard Tyson, CEO, Kaiser Permanente, on the future of healthcare
•  Christopher Hill, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, South Korea and Poland
•  Tina Seelig, director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship

•  Access to Education Panel, Eli Kennedy, CEO, SMASH; Ana Roca Castro, Founder-CEO, Genius Plaza; and, Andy Rosen, chairman & CEO, Kaplan University

•  Kári Stefánsson, M.D., founder, deCODE, on cell and gene therapy advances
•  John Kelly, CEO, Graphika, on social network analysis and statistics to make complex online networks understandable

Who We Are

Seminarians are the attendees at the annual forum, The Seminar. They are a select, invitation-only group of the highest-ranking communications and public affairs executives at the world’s most influential corporations, nonprofit organizations, universities, and public relations agencies.

Topics and personalities always distinguish The Seminar’s eclectic programming, capturing hearts and minds with storytelling that has the power to change how we view the world. Panels, interviews and narratives bring a unique perspective, followed by special events, live music, and evening entertainments. Of course, we will be celebrating the delights of Napa Valley Wine Country throughout The Seminar 2019!

Peerless Programming, Fellowship

As Seminarians have come to expect, the programming for 2019 will be exceptional and mind-expanding—and the fellowship of The Seminar—matchless.

Seminarians always get the chance to question speakers at frequent Q&A sessions, and have plenty of time to engage with fellow Seminarians. Whether it’s through conversations, a shared meal, renewed long-time friendships or the added acquaintance of First-Time Seminarians, fellowship grows and abounds each year.