Headliners

The AFI community is made up of tens of thousands of Very Innovative People.  Here is just a small sample of speakers that will be at TLG Govapalooza. Check back for coming announcements.

Steve Wozniak

Apple Co-Founder, Engineer, and Philanthropist

Steve Wozniak built his first computer when he was 13 years old, and he went on to co-found Apple Computer. A noted philanthropist who helped found the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Wozniak was also the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, the Silicon Valley Ballet, and the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Woz will join us for a Jam Session around tech in government, the future of AI, and defending civil liberties in the digital world.

Dr. Mark Funkhouser

Former Kansas City Mayor, Governing Magazine Publisher, and Author

Mark Funkhouser, a former publisher of Governing magazine, is president of Funkhouser & Associates, LLC, an independent consulting firm focused on helping public officials and their private-sector partners create better, more fiscally sustainable communities. He served as mayor of Kansas City, Mo., from 2007 to 2011. Prior to being elected mayor, Funkhouser was the city's auditor for 18 years and was honored in 2003 as a Governing Public Official of the Year. Before becoming publisher of Governing, he served as director of the Governing Institute.

Dr. Jyotika Virmani

Schmidt Ocean Institute Executive Director, 21st Century Explorer, and Science Blogger

Jyotika Virmani is the Executive Director of the Schmidt Ocean Institute, where she leads a team of explorers working at the nexus of advanced science and state-of-the-art technology to achieve amazing results in ocean research. The world's longest sea creature? Found it! A never-before-seen coral reef taller than the Empire State Building? Found it! A never-ending sense of wonder and joy in exploring the unknown? Got it! Jam with Jyotika as we dive into her amazing journey as one of the top explorers of the 21st Century.

Dr. Michael Crow

ASU President, Academic Innovator, and Antifragile Advocate

Dr. Michael M. Crow is an educator, knowledge enterprise architect, science and technology policy scholar, and higher education leader. He has spearheaded ASU’s rapid and groundbreaking transformative evolution into one of the world’s best public metropolitan research universities. As a model “New American University,” ASU simultaneously demonstrates comprehensive excellence, inclusivity of the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the U.S., and consequential societal impact.

Bill Horne

Former Air Force Officer and City Manager of Clearwater, FL

Bill Horne has been Chief Administrative Officer for Clearwater, FL, since 2000. He is directly responsible for 1685 employees and accountable for the annual operating and capital budget of $385 million. Prior to his work in local gov, Bill served as a Colonel in the United States Air Force. Bill earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Tulsa, a Masters in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University, and a Masters in Political Science from Auburn University.

Rebecca Ryan

AFI Resident Futurist, Author, Economist, and Zen Priest

Rebecca helps us think deeply about what’s coming to help prepare for multiple, plausible futures. She does this as the Resident Futurist for AFI, a keynote speaker, a Futures Lab facilitator, an author of books, blogs and articles, a client advisor, and the founder of Futurist Camp. Futurist Camp is truly unique. Camp's three goals are: (1) to teach a crash course in foresight; (2) to build a community (futuring can be lonely work and weirdoes have to stick together!); and (3) to help people get back in touch with themselves. Camp, the woods, and water are good for Campers' souls.

Rasha Hasaneen

Trane’s Vice President of Innovation and Executive Director of the Center for Healthy and Efficient Spaces

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Mike Rowe

Actor, Writer, Producer, and the Dirtiest Man on TV

We all know Mike Rowe as the creator and host of TV’s “Dirty Jobs”, and voice of “Deadliest Catch”. He also has the #1 short-form podcast in the country, “The Way I Heard It”? Mike is also a champion of work – that hard stuff that makes your hands dirty. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a leading national organization working to help close the skills gap by challenging the stigmas and stereotypes that discourage people from pursuing the millions of available jobs in skilled labor. Mike’s Jam Session will dig into the skills we need in the 21st Century, the rewards of hard work, and a lifetime spent getting dirty.