Baratunde Thurston
Guest keynote

Baratunde Thurston

Writer, Activist, Comedian
Baratunde Thurston holds space for hard and complex conversations with his blend of humor, wisdom, and compassion. Baratunde is an Emmy-nominated host who has worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, advised the Obama White House, and wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black. He’s the executive producer and host of How To Citizen with Baratunde which Apple named one of its favorite podcasts of 2020. Baratunde also received the Social Impact Award at the 2021 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards on behalf of How to Citizen with Baratunde. In 2019, he delivered what MSNBC’s Brian Williams called “one of the greatest TED talks of all time.” Baratunde is unique in his ability to integrate and synthesize themes of race, culture, politics, and technology to explain where our nation is and where we can take it.
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Thursday, October 21, 2021 / 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM EDT
(08:00 AM - 08:45 AM PDT)
Guest Keynote: Digital Storytelling for Humans

Whether you’re whether you’re in media, politics or technology leadership, talking with people is better than talking at people. Baratunde dug through his 30-year history of making media and conversations online. What he uncovered are timeless principles that apply to anyone trying to get their message heard in an increasingly noisy digital world, including make conversation, not statements; build relationships, not transactions; treat people as humans, not consumers.

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