Lesley University proudly presents the Boston Speakers Series, an outstanding opportunity for our community—and Greater Boston—to benefit from the perspectives of national and world leaders, authors, activists, historians, humanitarians, and other influential individuals.

As we deepen our century-long tradition of service to others, we seek to build knowledge and engage the community in meaningful discussion. The Boston Speakers Series is an extension of our mission to educate others, shape the future of bold ideas, and expand our global outreach.

Lesley has announced the 2019-20 lineup for our Boston Speakers Series, which will include major newsmakers, influential entertainers and more for the sold-out subscription series.

Upcoming Speakers

  • Jay Leno, Comedian and Former Host of The Tonight Show

    APPEARANCES: MONDAY, APRIL 29 + WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019
    The 2018-2019 season will conclude with a conversation with late night TV host Jay Leno. After performing stand-up comedy for years, Leno became host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” after Johnny Carson’s retirement in 1992. Leno dominated the late-night TV ratings for more than two decades. He hosted his last episode in 2014 and currently hosts “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC.

  • John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State (2013-2017)

    APPEARANCES: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 + MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2019
    Kerry served as United States Secretary of State during President Barack Obama’s second term. He represented Massachusetts in the United States Senate for nearly thirty years, and was the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in 2004.

  • Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist

    APPEARANCES: MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 + WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019
    Named one of the “Most Powerful Women in the World” by Forbes, Beddoes is the first female editor-in-chief of The Economist, a post she has held since 2015. Prior to her 25-year tenure with The Economist, she was an economist at the International Monetary Fund.

  • Bob Woodward, Washington Post Investigative Journalist

    APPEARANCES: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 + WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019
    A journalistic icon, Woodward is associate editor of The Washington Post. He, along with Carl Bernstein, uncovered the Watergate scandal detailed in their Pulitzer Prize-winning book, All the President’s Men. Woodward has written 19 bestselling books on American politics, most recently, Fear: Trump in the White House.

  • Douglas Brinkley, American Historian

    APPEARANCES: MONDAY, JANUARY 27 + WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020
    An award-winning historian, Brinkley has written on a wide range of topics, including D-Day, Hurricane Katrina, President Kennedy and the Great Space Race and the lives of Ronald Reagan, Bob Dylan and Walter Cronkite. Brinkley serves as CNN Presidential Historian, and as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.

  • Peter Diamandis, Founder of the XPRIZE Foundation

    APPEARANCES: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 + WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2020
    Fortune named Diamandis one of the “World’s Greatest Leaders.” A space entrepreneur turned innovation pioneer, he founded the XPRIZE Foundation to fund big money competitions to inspire groundbreaking developments in science and technology, and to solve some of the planet’s most pressing challenges.

  • Susan Rice, Former National Security Advisor and U.N. Ambassador

    APPEARANCES: MONDAY, MARCH 16 + WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020
    Rice served as National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2017. She also served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013. Under President Clinton, Rice worked for the National Security Council and was Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

  • Jason Alexander, Actor and Comedian

    APPEARANCES: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 + MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2020
    Alexander is best known for his role as George Costanza in the hit television series Seinfeld. Other well-known movie credits include Pretty Woman and Shallow Hal. He has also had an active career on stage, winning a Tony Award as Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his role in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway.

Past Speakers

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets are sold by series subscription only; prices range from $325 to $545 per subscription for all 7 lectures to either the Monday series or the Wednesday series. Contact the Boston Symphony Hall ticket office as soon as possible to order your tickets.

For More Information

Visit BostonSpeakersSeries.org or call 617.266.1200

Sponsorship Opportunities

Partner with Lesley to sponsor this powerful series. All levels of sponsorship include recognition on the Boston Symphony Hall stage and in our program book, distributed at each lecture throughout the year.

Some levels of sponsorship offer opportunities to meet speakers at intimate dinners or at private receptions following the events.

Learn More About Sponsorship Benefits

Renee Aisenberg
renee.aisenberg@lesley.edu
Lesley University / Office of Advancement
617.349.8736

“We aim to bring the foundation of a Lesley University education to the broader community by presenting speakers who will stimulate our thinking, encourage us to ask new questions, and nurture our passion for lifelong learning.”
Richard S. Hansen, Interim President, Lesley University