Alexis McGill Johnson, Sarah Bond, Vicki Dobbs Beck, Ebro Darden & More Join SXSW 2022

October 19, 2021 Jordan Roberts

2022 SXSW Keynote, Alexis McGill Johnson and Featured Speakers Sarah Bond, Vicki Dobbs Beck, and Ebro Darden

Announcing Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund President and CEO, as the initial Keynote speaker for SXSW 2022 along with new Featured Speakers made up of prominent industry leaders and creative visionaries from the world’s of tech, film, music, and beyond.

“At the 2022 SXSW Conference, we will focus on building a future that is equitable and sustainable across society, culture, technology, and policy,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer. “Our first announced Keynote speaker, Alexis McGill Johnson, embodies these values as our communities continue to fight for reproductive freedom and civil rights for all people.”

Featured Speakers announced today include Sarah Bond, Jack Conte, Roman Coppola, Ebro Darden, Rana el Kaliouby, Stephanie McMahon, Erika Nardini, Kelly Wearstler, and many more.

Get to know the latest round of speakers below, add events to your SXSW Schedule, and explore the 15 Tracks of programming associated with each Conference session. Plus, dive into over 160 previously-announced sessions sourced from the SX community. Friday, October 22 is the deadline for entering session proposals in the second round of PanelPicker®.

Help us write the next chapter of SXSW from March 11-20, 2022 in Austin, TX and online. Register to attend to gain access to Conference sessions as well as film screenings, music showcases, professional development opportunities, and the unexpected discoveries that are always a part of SXSW. Secure your spot today and save before rates increase after November 11.

Stay tuned for more big announcements throughout the season including round one of Music Festival artists coming later this week.


  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson

2022 Keynotes

Featured Speakers

  • Check My Ads activists and co-founders Claire Atkin and Nandini Jammi in conversation

  • CEO of fuseproject & Co-Founder of August Home, FORME Life and Canopy Space Yves Béhar

  • Corporate Vice President, Game Creator Experience and Ecosystem at Xbox Sarah Bond

  • Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning filmmaker and co-founder of The Decentralized Pictures Foundation Roman Coppola in conversation with Decentralized Pictures co-founder Leo Matchett moderated by freelance journalist and media attorney Barbara Bruni

  • SVP Chief Customer Experience Officer at Everbridge John Maeda

  • WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon in conversation with Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini

  • Chainlink co-founder Sergey Nazarov

  • Host of IHeartRadio’s There Are No Girls on the Internet podcast Bridget Todd

  • Designer, author and CEO of Kelly Wearstler Interior Design Kelly Wearstler

  • Quantitative futurist, author and founder and CEO of the Future Today Institute Amy Webb

Featured Sessions

  • 50 Non-Obvious Trends Changing the Future Normal
    A presentation with Non-Obvious Company founder Rohit Bhargava.

  • Breaking the Rules to Make Your Experience Matter
    Accenture Interactive CEO, David Droga, will talk with industry disruptors Dara Treseder, SVP, head of global marketing and communications at Peloton, and Ukonwa Kuzi-Orizu Ojo, Global Chief Marketing Officer at Amazon Prime Video & Amazon Studios, on how to break through the barriers holding brands back from creating the experiences people didn’t even know they needed.

  • Creative Catalysts: Pioneering the Future
    A conversation with VP of Immersive Content Innovation ILMxLAB at Lucasfilm Vicki Dobbs Beck, and LiveArea Director of Strategy Val Vacante about what it takes to innovate, the impact of the ever-evolving emerging technology landscape and how next generation connected experiences will be powered through choice and participation.

  • Elevating Communities that Created Pop Music
    A discussion with Apple Music Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&B Ebro Darden and Save The Music Foundation CEO Henry Donahue on the necessity of ensuring that today’s youth have direct access in their classrooms to the rich musical and cultural legacies in their communities.

  • Machine or Human? The Ethics Behind Smarter AI
    A conversation with Smart Eye deputy CEO Rana el Kaliouby and MIT Technology Review CEO and Publisher Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau on what a human-centric AI world can look like, how we can build emotional intelligence into our machines, and the massive potential this has to improve our lives — as well as the possible risks.

  • Next Gen Tech & The Live Entertainment Revolution
    Unity SVP of Sports & Live Entertainment Peter Moore will provide a sneak peek into the new fusion of the physical and virtual worlds in live entertainment offering consumers an elevated, personalized, and gamified experience.

  • The Second Renaissance of Creativity
    A presentation from Patreon CEO & co-founder Jack Conte on the rapidly fading “starving artist” stigma and what the next five to ten years hold for the creator economy.

2022 Featured Speakers & Sessions

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