Robert Costa is a national political reporter for The Washington Post, where he covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. He is also the moderator of Washington Week, an award-winning reporter’s roundtable series on PBS, and a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
A regular on NBC’s Meet the Press, MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Hardball, as well as PBS NewsHour and Frontline, he frequently travels across the country to report on how policies and politics affect Americans. His in-depth reporting on President Donald Trump, which has included dozens of interviews and feature stories, has been widely circulated.
Prior to joining The Washington Post, Costa was National Review’s Washington editor, a CNBC political analyst, and a fellow at The Wall Street Journal. The New Republic called him "the most important reporter in the country" during the 2013 US government shutdown and Washingtonian magazine said he is "one of the next generation of journalists worth following."
He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned a master’s degree in politics from the University of Cambridge.
Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage, an economic and policy consulting firm in Baltimore, Maryland that he founded in 2004. Mr. Basu has done extensive consulting work on behalf of prominent developers, bankers, brokerage houses, energy suppliers, law firms and business associations.
Mr. Basu has written several high-profile economic development strategies on behalf of government agencies and non-profit organizations, including co-authoring economic development strategies for Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Maryland. Among other things, Anirban serves as the chief economist to Associated Builders and Contractors (national) and as chief economic advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association.
In recent years, he has also focused on economic development and currently lectures at Johns Hopkins University on global strategy.
In 2007 and then again in 2016, Mr. Basu was selected by the Daily Record newspaper as one of Maryland’s 50 most influential people. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010.
Over time, Mr. Basu has had occasion to serve on many boards, including the boards of First Mariner Bank, the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Baltimore City Public School System, and Union Memorial Hospital. He is presently chairman of the Maryland Economic Development Commission and the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee.
Mr. Basu earned his B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1990. He earned his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his Master’s in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. His Juris Doctor was earned at the University of Maryland School of Law in 2003. His doctoral work in health economics has taken place at UMBC.
Keller Rinaudo is a robotics and healthcare innovator who is showing the world how drone technology can be used to save lives. He is the CEO and co-founder of Zipline, the largest commercial autonomous system on earth, which delivers life-saving medical supplies to hospitals and health centers on demand. Zipline was named one of the “50 Most Disruptive Companies in the U.S.” in 2019 by CNBC, called a “visionary project” by the World Health Organization, and dubbed “the new face of the aerospace industry” by The New York Times.
Zipline uses cutting-edge technology to leapfrog the absence of pre-existing infrastructure all over the globe and deliver medical necessities to healthcare professionals and patients in the most remote parts of the world. The company currently operates in parts of Africa as well as within two U.S. states. A former TED main stage speaker, Rinaudo was named one of 2017’s “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and made Forbes’ prestigious 2017 “30 Under 30” list in the Consumer Technology category. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, he discusses how to test solutions quickly to effectively maximize output, how to discover simple solutions to complex problems, emerging as a leader in an industry dominated by monopolies, and what technology and robotics mean for the future of business and government.
The idea for Zipline was born on a trip to Tanzania, when Rinaudo met with a researcher who had compiled a database of doctors across the country who required immediate medical assistance for patients. This assistance typically came in the form of special medicine, blood donations, and other emergency treatments. Rinaudo was astounded by the number of requests and the lack of availability for those supplies to be delivered as needed. Inspired to find a solution, he gradually built a coalition around his vision, raised capital, recruited talent, created innovative delivery vehicles, forged new partnerships with government agencies, and implemented these solutions in extremely remote areas.
Zipline’s groundbreaking partnership with the country of Rwanda has been the organization’s largest success story to date—and will ultimately put all 11 million of the country’s citizens within a 20-30 minute delivery of blood and any essential medical product. Zipline currently delivers 65% of the national blood supply of Rwanda. Zipline is also working closely with the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), UPS, and the Gates Foundation. In 2017, Fast Company named drones being used for good as one of the “12 tech trends that will shape our lives” this year, and cited Zipline’s work as proof. In 2019, Zipline expanded into Ghana, covering 2,000 health facilities and hospitals and facilitating the instant delivery of 152 different medical products there.
Before founding Zipline, Rinaudo was a software engineer with a special interest in robots and autonomous systems. A graduate of Harvard University, Rinaudo built computers out of RNA and DNA that operate in human cells as molecular doctors and published this research in Nature Biotechnology, becoming one of the youngest first authors in that publication’s history.
Rinaudo currently oversees a team of 150 flight engineers and operators formerly of companies including SpaceX, Boeing, and Google based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Rwanda. Zipline is funded by Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures and Stanford University.
Imagine harnessing the power of an engaging opening video, an electric closing performance, and an insightful main stage keynote all in one dynamic presentation. For over 15 years Sekou Andrews has been helping the world’s largest organizations deliver relevant information with riveting inspiration through an innovative, unconventional category of speaking called “Poetic Voice.”
It is no surprise that Forbes Magazine has called Sekou “the de facto poet laureate of corporate America.” His “wow-factor” is in high demand with the world’s most successful organizations, including Google, Viacom, Toyota, Nike, Cisco, Linkedin, Global Green, Paypal, ASAE, The Gap, General Mills, TEDx, YPO, Capital One, L’Oreal, Autodesk, ACLU, Intuit, and the NBA to name but a few. Sekou has also emerged as an inspiring voice for health and wellness, routinely evoking tears, cheers, and standing ovations at events for clients such as Johnson & Johnson, United Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, Blue Shield, TEDMED, Roche, Genentech, and the American Nurses Association.
Many of Sekou’s clients share a similar journey with his work. It begins with the words “Why would we want poetry at our leadership meeting?” and ends with the words “highest rating opening of our event, ever” and “only speaker invited back.” Sekou’s talks on disruption are in such demand because they literally embody disruption on stage, charging audiences to disrupt themselves to access their individual innovation. His keynotes on dynamic communication and storytelling show leaders how to deliver dense data through beautifully human presentations. From bold thinking and success, to healthcare and tech, Sekou’s speeches are rich with actionable insight that help attendees connect more deeply with their communities, become more influential leaders, and unlock greater possibilities.
A schoolteacher turned actor, recording artist, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and award-winning poetic voice, Sekou is a multi-talented entertainer with over 2 decades of experience rocking diverse audiences. His work has been featured on ABC World News, MSNBC, HBO, Good Morning America, Showtime, MTV and BET. He has given private performances for such prominent individuals as Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Quincy Jones, Larry King, Hillary Clinton, Coretta Scott King & family and President Obama. He has also shared the stage with such heavyweights as Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Carlos Santana, Kendrick Lamar, Maroon 5, Jill Scott, and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra. As a recording artist, his last album, “Poetic License,” made him the most awarded artist in the nation’s largest independent music organization.
Sekou has now returned to the classroom, teaching his rockstar secrets to public speakers through his highly effective Stage Might™ speaker training system, that helps executives, influencers and leaders become more dynamic communicators by applying the techniques of master performers to business stages.
With all of the innovation and inspiration that is poetic voice, Sekou Andrews is accomplishing the seemingly impossible – bringing spoken word to the world’s largest stages, while redefining the notion of what a speaker is… and what a poet can be.