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Guest Speakers

Learn from the best creative minds and industry leaders.

New York Times Bestselling Author, Lessons in Chemistry

Songwriter, multiple Grammy winner and Oscar winner

Producer, The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast

New York Times Bestselling Author, The Henna Artist

President Emeritus, Producers Guild of America

New York Times Bestselling Author, The Many Lives of Mama Love

President Emeritus, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

New York Times Bestselling author, Maid

Chairman, Motion Picture Corporation of America

President, Denise Di Novi Productions

Author, Maria’s Scarf: A Memoir of a Mother’s Love, a Son’s Perseverance, and Dreaming Big

Literary Agent, Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.


Screenwriter, Dumb and Dumber




Writer and Co-Creator, Friends and Grace and Frankie

Screenwriter, There’s Something About Mary

Literary Agent, Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.

Academy Award Winner, Best Picture, Nomadland

Screenwriter, The Christmas Card


International bestselling author, The Hundred Foot Journey

Literary Agent, Young Adults


Co-Director, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Music supervisor, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Gilmore Girls

Oscar-nominated composer and conductor

Author, Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself

Co-Director, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

NYT Bestselling author,  Blow Your House Down

Literary Agent, Andy Ross Literary Agency

Author, Black Titan: A. G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire

Screenwriter, Christmas on Cherry Lane

Writer-Director, Disney’s Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Screenwriter, The Housewives of the Northpole

Editor, Harper Collins

New York Times Bestselling Author, Before We Were Yours

New York Times Bestselling Author, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

International Bestselling Author, Across the Winding River

Director of international blockbuster, Grease

 NYT bestselling author, The Wedding Veil

 Author, The Virginia Mysteries

NYT Bestselling author, All the Missing Girls

Author, untitled manifestation project from Penguin Random House 2025

USA Today bestselling author, The Vibrant Years

Essayist and former editor on Interview magazine

Author, His Perfect Partner

Publicist for authors, Taeckens Marketing and PR

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