Two-time Academy Award nominee Laura Dern has touched audiences and critics alike with her moving and heartfelt performances. For her Oscar-nominated turn in the in 1991 Martha Coolidge film Rambling Rose, critic Peter Travers declared that she “ranks among the best actresses of her generation.” In 2010, in celebration of their family legacy in film and television, Laura, her mother Diane Ladd and father Bruce Dern were honored with the first ever “Family Star Ceremony” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to her two Oscar nominations, Laura has received four Golden Globe Awards and has been nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards. Part of Laura’s greatness lies in her ability to appeal to both art-house and mainstream crowds—her career has ranged from David Lynch auteur classics like Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart to action blockbusters like Jurassic Park and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now a producer as well as an actress, and still only in her early fifties, Laura is uniquely positioned to share with audiences an insider’s view of Hollywood over the last 40 years.
Since 2009, Anja Manuel has served as a Founding Partner and Principal at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, a strategic consulting firm she co-founded along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley and Robert Gates. The firm works with senior executives of major companies to evaluate strategic and political risk, and expand in emerging markets. Anja is the author of the critically acclaimed 2016 book This Brave New World: India, China and the United States, which takes readers on an intimate tour of both the corridors of power and the slums of Asia. From 2005 to 2007, Anja served as an official at the U.S. Department of State, responsible for South Asia policy. Her front-row view of the colossal shift in power to China and India makes her a significant voice on globalization and how to manage it. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Stanford University, Anja now also lectures at Stanford. Providing audiences with a candid look at the rise of emerging markets, she is a frequent commentator on foreign policy and technology for TV and radio outlets and major news publications.
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