In its seventh year, the Broward College Speaker Series continues to feature notable speakers from a variety of backgrounds to educate, enlighten and entertain the community on a variety of topics. From current events in our nation, to finding inspiration beyond all odds, this year’s roster of speakers will bring their personal perspectives on the world around us.
The 2020 Broward College Speaker Series features three distinguished speakers sharing their exciting experiences, points of view and behind the scenes stories on some of the most current topics of the day. Each lecture will be followed by a Q&A session with questions submitted by audience members. Speakers include Wikipedia founder and tech visionary Jimmy Wales, gold medal soccer legend Abby Wambach and celebrated chef and humanitarian José Andrés.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
Ranked by Forbes Magazine as a “Web Celeb”, Jimmy Donal Wales is a U.S. Internet entrepreneur, wiki pioneer, and technology visionary, who is best known as the Founder of Wikipedia, an international collaborative free content encyclopedia on the Internet, and the Wikimedia Foundation. He is also the founder of WikiTribune, a groundbreaking ad-free news platform that produces evidence-based journalism, and co-founder of Wikia, a privately owned free web hosting service he set up in 2004.
In a 2004 interview with Slashdot, Wales explained his motivations about Wikipedia, “Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing.”
The success of the project has helped popularize a trend in web development (called Web 2.0) that aims to facilitate creativity, collaboration, and sharing among users. As Wikipedia expanded and its public profile grew, Wales took on the role of the project's spokesperson and promoter through speaking engagements and media appearances. His work with Wikipedia, which has become the world's largest encyclopedia, prompted TIME Magazine to name him one of its “100 Most Influential People,” in 2006 in the “Scientists & Thinkers” category.
In 2017, Wales founded WikiTribune, an ad-free global news platform that aims to address the idea that “the news is broken and we can fix it.” By pairing standards-based journalism with a team of dedicated community contributors and a crowdfunded business model, WikiTribune ensures articles are fact-checked and un-biased, sources are transparent, and users have the ability to flag and contribute to the articles they read.
Wales is a Fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. He serves on the Board of Directors of Socialtext, a provider of wiki technology to businesses and the non-profit organization Creative Commons. Wales has received honorary doctorates from numerous academic institutions, including Knox College of Illinois where he was presented with a Pioneer Award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Maastricht University, where he received the Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service. Wales received his bachelor's degree in finance from Auburn University and started with the Ph.D. finance program at the University of Alabama, where he left with a Master's. After that, he took courses offered in the Ph.D. finance program at Indiana University. He taught at both universities during his postgraduate studies, but did not write the doctoral dissertation required to earn a Ph.D.
Tuesday, September 8 | 7:30 p.m.
One of the world’s greatest players of all time, Abby Wambach is the #1 all-time leading scorer in international soccer history with 184 career goals. Long known as one of the most intense competitors in U.S. history, her years of clutch goal scoring made her a fan favorite. She led the USA in scoring in the 2008 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments, and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics (she missed Beijing 2008 due to a broken leg).
Wambach is the leading voice for women’s sports as well as for her generation of female soccer players and athletes. An ambassador for Right to Play and USAID among other organizations, she will continue to inspire others for years to come. Wambach is the youngest of 7 children and claims she got her “toughness” from her 4 older brothers.
Wednesday, October 21 | 7:30 p.m.
Named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” in both 2012 and 2018 and awarded “Outstanding
Chef” and "Humanitarian of the Year" by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized
culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of
ThinkFoodGroup. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for his
groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of more than 30 restaurants plus a
food truck located throughout the country, as well as in Mexico City and the Bahamas. Andrés is the only
chef globally that has both a two-star Michelin restaurant and four Bib Gourmands. His award winning
restaurants include two Michelin-starred minibar by José Andrés, Jaleo, Zaytinya, J by José Andrés at W
Mexico City, Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas, the Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills and
South Beach, and Beefsteak, his vegetable-driven fast casual concept.
Andrés is a committed advocate of food and hunger issues and is known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. In 2010, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that provides smart solutions to hunger and poverty by using the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies. Most notably, World Central Kitchen, along with #ChefsForPuertoRico, served over 3.5 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Andrés’ work has earned awards and distinctions including the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from International Association of Culinary Professionals and the 2015 National Humanities Medal, one of twelve distinguished recipients of the award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Andrés was also named EY Master Entrepreneur of the Year in Greater Washington for his leadership and impact on the global business community and was also awarded the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Chair’s Medallion Award.
College Student Discount: Available for Individual Tickets.
Tickets must be purchased at the AutoNation Box Office window at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Must show valid student ID.
Educator Discount: Available for Individual Tickets.
Tickets must be purchased at the AutoNation Box Office window at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Must show valid proof of employment.
Group Discount of 10% off for groups of 10 or more can be purchased by calling 954.660.6307.