2023 LINEUP OF DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS
The Coachella ValleyÕs premier 2023 lecture series, Desert Town Hall, presented by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, includes four renowned individuals who will appear before an audience of nearly 2,000 ticket holders at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells.
ÒWe are thrilled to present these respected leaders for the 2023 series,Ó said Executive Director Becky Kurtz. ÒAttendees will hear from acclaimed experts on foreign policy, the national political scene, cyber security, genius and innovation, and more.Ó
THE 2023 SEASON LINE-UP INCLUDES:
Frank Abagnale on Sunday, January 29, 2023.
Abagnale is a renowned cyber security and fraud prevention expert and bestselling author of Scam Me If You Can, revealing what the worldÕs most skilled scammers are up to and how to stop them. He is one of the worldÕs most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents. For over 40 years, he has worked with, advised, and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations, and government agencies worldwide, including the FBI. AbagnaleÕs rare blend of knowledge and expertise began more than 50 years ago when he was known as one of the worldÕs most famous con men. His riveting story inspired Steven SpielbergÕs 2002 film, Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale and Tom Hanks as the FBI agent fast on his heels. The Tony-Award winning musical, Catch Me If You Can, directed by the legendary Jack OÕBrien, opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Kimberley Strassel on Thursday, February 23, 2023.
Strassel is an award-winning journalist and author, weekly columnist of ÒPotomac WatchÓ for the Wall Street Journal, and she also serves on the Wall Street Journal editorial board.
Mike Pompeo on Monday, March 6, 2023.
Pompeo served under President Trump as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2017 to 2018 and as Secretary of State from 2018 to 2021. He is the first person to have held both of those positions. As our nationÕs senior diplomat, Pompeo helped craft U.S. foreign policy based on our nationÕs founding ideals, putting America first. He emphasized renewing alliances with key allies, including Japan, Australia, and South Korea.
Walter Isaacson on Sunday, April 2, 2023.
Isaacson is a bestselling author, acclaimed historian, journalist, and Professor of History at Tulane University. He is the former president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, where he is now a distinguished fellow, and he also served as chairman and CEO of CNN and a managing editor at Time magazine. An accomplished biographer, Isaacson has written acclaimed books on Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger, and, most recently, Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna. He is also the co-author of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.
Desert Town Hall is recognized as one of the pre-eminent speaker series in the nation, featuring world-renowned speakers. Desert Town Hall also offers a Youth Town Hall program bringing 150 Coachella Valley high school students to join a special presentation by each speaker before the main speech. Desert Forum, Inc. (which produces Desert Town Hall) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational corporation. A portion of ticket purchases may be tax-deductible.
A limited number of season tickets are available, beginning at $400, including all four speakers.
Visit www.deserttownhall.org or call 760-610-2852.
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