Leading the Way Past Speakers


See all of our 2020 speaker bios here.

Juan Williams

Political Analyst

Fox News

Lorella Praeli


Community Change

Stuart Stevens

Author and Political Strategist

Linda Chavez

Senior Fellow

National Immigration Forum

Robert P. Jones

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Public Religion Research Institute

Tim Miller


The Bulwark

Michelle Hackman

Immigration Policy Reporter

Wall Street Journal

Michael A. Clemens

Senior Fellow & Program Director

Center for Global Development

Jia Lynn Yang

Deputy National Editor

New York Times

Mindy Belz

Senior Editor

World Magazine

Ambassador Martha Bárcena Coqui

Ambassador of Mexico to the United States

David Miliband

Chief Executive Officer

International Rescue Committee

Michael Wear

Chief Strategist

The AND Campaign

Cherie Harder


Trinity Forum

Dr. Russell Moore


Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Catherine Rampell

Opinion Columnist

The Washington Post

Stephen Hawkins

Director of Research

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Amanda Ripley

Contributing Writer

The Atlantic

Stef Kight



John R. Tyson

Chief Sustainability Officer

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Jay Timmons

President & Chief Executive Officer

National Association of Manufacturers

Lomi Kriel


ProPublica-Texas Tribune Investigative Initiative

Mayor Dee Margo

City of El Paso, TX

Mayor Marvin Rees

City of Bristol, UK

Ted Mitchell


American Council on Education

Dr. Dan L. Boone


Trevecca Nazarene University

Dr. Michael Crow


Arizona State University

Jacinta Ma

Vice President of Policy & Advocacy

National Immigration Forum

Doris Meissner

Senior Fellow & Director

US Immigration Policy Program, Migration Policy Institute

Alex Nowrasteh

Director of Immigration Studies

CATO Institute

Ali Noorani

President & Chief Executive Officer

National Immigration Forum

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren

U.S. Representative

19th District of California

Congressman Michael Simpson

U.S. Representative

2nd District of Idaho

Heather Sells

Senior National Affairs Correspondent

The Christian Broadcasting Network

Senator Moises Denis

State Senator

2nd District of Nevada

Senator John McCollister

State Senator

20th District of Nebraska

Kimberly Atkins

Senior Opinion Writer

The Boston Globe

Ben Hasan

Senior Vice President & Chief Global Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer


Rev. Dr. Walter Kim


National Association of Evangelicals


Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO)

Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)

Cherie Harder


The Trinity Forum

Dr. Russell Moore


Ethics & Religious Liberties Commission

of the Southern Baptist Convention

Michael Wear

Chief Strategist

The AND Campaign

Marcela García

Editorial Writer & Columnist

Boston Globe

Chief Carmen Best

Chief of Police

Seattle Police Department

Mark Holden

Board Member

Americans for Prosperity

Sister Norma Pimentel

Executive Director

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

Heather Sells


Christian Broadcasting Network

Andrew Selee


Migration Policy Institute


Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Senator James Lankford (R-OK)

Marya Rose


Cummins Inc

Tracy Jan

Race & Economics Reporter,

The Washington Post

Pete Wiersma


Idaho Dairymen’s Association

Kevin Murphy


Driscoll’s Inc

Molly Ball

National Political Corr.,


Tim Dixon


More in Common

Lomi Kriel


Houston Chronicle

Mindy Belz

Senior Editor,

World Magazine

Shirley V. Hoogstra

President, CCCU

Scott McConnell

Executive Director,

LifeWay Research

Sheriff Margaret Mims

Fresno County, California

Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin


American Action Forum

Jeff Wasden


Colorado Business Roundtable


Thom Tillis, Senator, North Carolina
Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Bureau Chief, Dallas Morning News
Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Art Acevedo, Chief, Houston Police Department
Paola Avila, Vice President of International Business Affairs, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
Sarah Goldfeder, Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group
Arturo Sarukhan, International Strategic Consultant, Former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.
Pia Orrenius, Vice President & Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Tim Brown, President and COO, Chobani
Kathleen Mclaughlin, President, Walmart Foundation and Chief Sustainability Officer for Wal-mart Stores, Inc.
Tom Nassif, President and CEO, Western Growers
David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief, The Economist (Moderator)
Scott Arbeiter, President, World Relief
Bishop Mario Eduardo Dorsonville-Rodríguez, Archdiocese of Washington
Jo Anne Lyon, Ambassador and General Superintendent Emerita, The Wesleyan Church
Tom Gjelten, Correspondent, Religion and Belief, National Desk, NPR News
Linda Chavez, President, Becoming American Institute
Scott Mcconnell, Executive Director, Lifeway Research
Bryant Wright, Senior Pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, GA

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