Guest Speakers

Push Your Perspectives

We live in a complex world that requires thoughtful exchanges. With a shared interest in empathy and understanding, the Marlborough community leans into powerful conversations that deepen our appreciation of each other and inform us as world citizens.

Integral to this work is exposure to a wide range of enlightening and inspiring outside voices - speakers and leaders who add to a diversity of experience and points of view for our students. We offer weekly opportunities for students to learn from others and share their talents and knowledge, be it from our all-school assemblies or our lunchtime Pushing Perspectives speaker series. Such opportunities allow students to connect, reflect, learn, question, and push beyond what they think they know about each other and the world around them.

Guest Speakers

From Secretaries of State to Senators, and entrepreneurs to environmentalists, Marlborough has been fortunate to welcome a number of inspirational speakers to campus. Click below for a list of guests by academic year.

2018 - 2019

Courtney Abrams Lee '99, Employment Attorney 
Nicole Duckett, General Counsel and Vice President of the LA Clippers
Scott Jarus, Chief Executive Officer of EV Connect and Board Chair of Fruit Forward
Sarah Jones, Writer, Performer
Danielle Krysa, aka The Jealous Curator, Visual Artist, Writer, Curator
Visitors from Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Jessica Levinson '98, American Law Professor at Loyola Law School, political commentator
Siobhan McClure, Artist
Erica Muhl, Dean of USC Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation
Sally Slade, AR/VR game developer
Kelsey Tainsh, Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur
Elaine Welteroth, Journalist, Author, Editor
Yale Improv Group Just Add Water
Yale's Mixed Company A Capella Group

2017 - 2018

Mindy Kaling, Actor, Writer, Producer, Director
Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream
Madame Gandhi, Artist, Activist, Musician
Annie Tevelin, Founder and CEO of Skin Owl skincare
Jeff White, Accountant discussing the Basics of Banking
Nina Guarduno, founder of Free City
Lela Lee, Actress, TV writer, Creator of the animated cartoon Angry Little Asian Girl
Sharon Horgan, Writer, Actress, Producer, Director
Astrophysicist Dr. Rachel Paterno-Mahler ‘03
Katie Hill, Congressional Candidate
Jamie Tarses, first female president of ABC, and Channing Dungey, first African-American president of the ABC Entertainment Group
Brian S. Bentley, former LAPD officer
Scot Jones, Executive Chef at Crossroads Kitchen
Ashley Bell, documentary filmmaker of Love & Bananas, and Lek Chailert, world-renowned elephant conservationist
Cynthia Germanotta, Co-Founder of the Born this Way Foundation
Melanie Stricklan, STO and Co-Founder of Slingshot Aerospace

2016 - 2017

Senator Kamala Harris
Downtown Women's Center
Kassidy Brown and Allison Rapson, Founders of We Are The XX.
The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus, Yale a cappella group
Preston Smiles, Motivational Speaker
Rachel Simmons, Author of two best selling books about adolescent girls
Peggy Orenstein, Author of the New York Times bestsellers Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Waiting for Daisy, a memoir.
Kate Grace '07, Olympian
Mykee Fowlin, Psychologist, Performer, Poet
Lori Getz, Internet Safety Specialist
Jonathan Scott, Drug Education Specialist
Pam Levine, Satelite Engineer for Hughes/Boeing
Julie Ann Crommett, Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief, Google
Shelmina Abji, Former IBM Vice Preseident
Cambria Findley-Grubb, Community Engagement Fellow for UNICEF in Los Angeles
Liza Koshy, YouTuber and Vine Star
Anne Moses, Founder and President of Ignite

2015 - 2016

Wendy Butts,Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Conservation Corps
Rachel Fidler and Natalie Gold, Program Managers, Holocaust Museum
Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate and Liberian Peace Activist
Dee Dee Myers, First female White House Press Secretary
Kimi Narita, Director of Strategic Engagement, National Resources Defense Council
Hoppy Price, Jet Propulsion Lab Engineer
Isabelle Rui '10, Sierra Club Environmentalist

2014 - 2015

Dr. Anne Kasmar '90, International doctor who now works to combat tuberculosis globally with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dez White, Programmer, entrepreneur, and outreach activist
Edwin Hill, USC French professor
Leon Prochnik, Holocaust survivor
Dr. Monica Applewhite, researcher and author
Dr. Kathlyn Cooney, an Egyptologist and Assistant Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA
Annabel Schwedes Monaghan '87, Author and alumna

2013 - 2014

Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State in the Clinton administration
Edward Ayers, historian, professor, administrator, and ninth president of the University of Richmond
Lewis McAdams, river advocate and poet
Diana Nyad, long-distance swimmer
Mona Sutphen, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Obama administration
Tony Tolbert, ‎Associate Director of Admissions & Outreach at UCLA School of Law
Tim Wise, anti-racism activist and writer

2012 - 2013

Dayna Bochco, Board member of environmental groups such as Heal the Bay and Natural Resources Defense Council's Southern California Leadership Council
Rebecca L. Brown, Newton Professor of Constitutional Law at USC Gould School of Law
Paola Gianturco, Photojournalist
Wendy Greuel, former Los Angeles City Controller
Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist
Terry McCarthy, President and CEO of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council
Lee Wind, writer and blogger
Pete Yarrow, folk musician (Peter, Paul and Mary) and political activist