World-renowned businesswoman Melinda Gates will be a Keynote Speaker at the 2018 SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. She was announced for the event along with a new round of Featured Speakers: Olivier Assayas, Michael Dell, Priscilla Presley, Thom Zimmy, Joséphine Goube, Kurzweil, Richard Linklater, Megan Smith, Jonathan Nolan, and Lisa Joy, and Rachel Zoe.

“As one of the world’s most successful philanthropists, Melinda Gates brings a focus on empowering women and girls to realize their full potential that is particularly relevant in 2018,” says said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer. “Her participation in SXSW highlights the message that creative industry professionals have a duty to give back to the global community.”

Forrest continues, “Another leader in today’s announcement also reflects this inspiring message of positive engagement – Opening Speaker Joséphine Goube, who is COO of the hacktivist group Techfugees.”

Melinda Gates is the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and she recently launched Pivotal Ventures. The former Microsoft employee joins previously announced SXSW Keynotes Darren Aronofsky, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Lyor Cohen, Barry Jenkins, Sadiq Khan, Esther Perel, and whurley.

The South By Southwest Conference and Festivals is scheduled for March 9-18. For more info about SXSW 2018 click it.

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