March 13, 2017


Perry Bacon, Jr., a Louisville native, is a former TIME magazine and Washington Post reporter and NBC News senior political reporter and current ESPN fivethirtyeight.com senior political writer. The Root calls him “one of the few African-American ‘shoe leather’ political reporters on TV” because of his penchant for leaving his computer and the newsroom behind to hit the streets in search of answers for pressing political questions.





Louisville native John Yarmuth launched his publishing career when he founded Louisville Today magazine (1975) and later the Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO) a weekly newspaper (1990). Since 2007 he has represented Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.




August 23, 2017


Elizabeth Mayhew is currently the Brand Editor for Reese Witherspoon’s Southern-inspired brand, Draper James, a contributing editor at NBC’s Today Show and a monthly columnist for The Washington Post. She also is the author of FLIP! for Decorating (Ballantine). She has worked for a number of publications including REAL SIMPLE, House Beautiful, Southern Living, and Woman’s Day. A native of Louisville, Kentucky and a graduate of Georgetown University, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two teenage kids.




Multiple Emmy winner Shannon Cogan is a news anchor at WAVE 3 News, the NBC affiliate in Louisville, Kentucky. Shannon has 23 years experience in the news field, having worked in some of the biggest markets across the nation, including Miami, Dallas, and Orlando, where she covered the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster and the 2000 presidential election. Shannon is a graduate of Indiana University.

October 17, 2017


Peter Byck, director, producer and writer of the acclaimed film “Carbon Nation” and faculty at Arizona State University has met and collaborated with the leading minds from the worlds of climate, clean energy, military applications and land use. Byck, a native of Louisville, has been filming on ranches and farms for 3 years – exploring which grazing methods are creating the best conditions for the land, the livestock and the producer. Peter will provide insights on how—and why—he became a passionate advocate for soil health and research, and a proponent for dealing with global climate change—even for those who don’t believe it. Byck has presented Carbon Nation at Google, Facebook, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Shell, Walmart.com, House of Commons, a number of U.S. Embassies abroad, and many others.