Watch ThinkFest Live

Don't miss this day of big ideas and bold perspectives from some of Philadelphia's most incisive minds and notable personalities.


Tickets have been sold out for more than a week, but you can still share in the big ideas and bold perspectives at this year’s ThinkFest. Catch up on the event previews we’ve been running, then tune into the livestream starting at 9 a.m. for these great talks:


9 a.m.
Experiential Learning: Supporting the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Speaker: Nick Bayer, CEO of Saxbys Coffee

9:20 a.m.
Building a Franchise: The Intersection of a Sports Team and a City

Speaker: Christina Weiss Lurie, Philadelphia Eagles, interviewed by Diana Lind, Editor, Next City

9:50 a.m.
Eds and Meds: How the Healthcare Revolution Will Change Philadelphia

Panelists: Dr. Stephen K. Klasko, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and the TJUH System, and Dr. Stephen Altschuler, CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, interviewed by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Head of the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania

10:35 a.m.
Finding Opportunities in a Creative Economy

Speaker: Dr. Keith Leaphart, Brand Manager of Replica Creative, Chairman of the Lenfest Foundation

10:55 a.m.
Innovation, Technology and Development: The Next Decade for Penn

Speaker: Dr. Amy Gutmann, President of UPenn, interviewed by Jim Gardner, Anchor, 6 ABC

11:30 a.m.
Philly Schools: What I’ve Learned and Where I’m Going

Speaker: Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of Philadelphia School District, interviewed by Patrick Kerkstra, Deputy Editor of Philadelphia magazine

Noon to 1 p.m.
Lunch break

1 p.m.
The Making of a World-Class City

Ajay Raju, Co-Chairman and CEO of Dilworth Paxson, interviewed by Tom McGrath, Editor-in-Chief, Philadelphia magazine

1:30 p.m.
Pot Is Coming: Realities, Positives and Pitfalls

Speaker: Daylin Leach, State Senator, interviewed by Daniel Denvir, Senior Staff Writer, Philadelphia City Paper

2 p.m.
Building for Innovation: Inside Comcast’s New Vertical Campus

Speaker: Karen Dougherty Buchholz, Senior Vice President, Administration of Comcast Corporation

2:10 p.m.
The Power of the Positive Message

Speaker: Emma Fried-Cassorla, Founder of Philly Love Notes

2:35 p.m.
Innovation Neighborhood: Drexel’s Vision for the Future

Speaker: John Fry, President of Drexel University

3 p.m.
Uniting a City: Lessons from the Taney Dragons

Speaker: Alex Rice, Coach of the Taney Dragons, interviewed by Chris Stigall, Host, Talk Radio 1210, WPHT

3:30 p.m.
Changing the World: Fostering Remarkable Community Leaders

M. Night Shyamalan and Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan, Co-founders of the MNS Foundation