2016 Frederick Speaker Series

Frederick Speaker Series

2016 Lineup Announced

Frederick, MD, July 28, 2015

Now entering its fourth year, the celebrated Frederick Speaker Series has developed a strong reputation for bringing world-class innovators and leaders into the Frederick community. The 2016 lineup includes: Daniel Pink, Marlee Matlin and Henry Winkler, Bryan Stevenson, and George Takei.

Tickets for the speaking engagements are available either individually or for a discounted subscription rate. All series events are held at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in downtown Frederick, Md.

 A separately ticketed meet-and-greet reception will take place immediately following each presentation. These exclusive events provide a chance for fans to meet the speakers, take pictures, and obtain autographs. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the meet-and-greet receptions will benefit children’s programs at Frederick County Public Libraries.

 Daniel Pink | Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7:30pm

Daniel Pink is the best-selling author of “To Sell is Human,” “Drive,” and “A Whole New Mind.” Named by Harvard Business Review as one of the world’s top 30 business thinkers, Pink’s 21st-century approach to behavior is reshaping how organizations view innovation. His TED talk on the science of motivation is one of the 20 most-watched TED talks of all time.

 A conversation with
Marlee Matlin and Henry Winkler | Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:30pm

Henry Winkler’s ten seasons as the iconic Fonz on “Happy Days” made him one of the most recognized actors in the world. Over three decades ago, Winkler – who endured a childhood struggle with undiagnosed dyslexia – recognized a kindred spirit in profoundly deaf actress Marlee Matlin. In 1987, Matlin became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar® for her lead role in “Children of a Lesser God.” Now, together on stage, Winkler and Matlin delight audiences with intimate dialogue and personal anecdotes, providing inspiring insights about overcoming adversity.

 Bryan Stevenson | Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:30pm

Bryan Stevenson is one of the country’s most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates. Creator of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson is a founding leader of the movement against mass incarceration in the United States. He recently served on President Obama’s task force for 21st-century policing. His memoir, “Just Mercy,” was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. Time magazine named Stevenson one of the 100 Most Influential People for 2015.

 George Takei | Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7:30pm

George Takei is known around the world for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the acclaimed television series “Star Trek.” From a childhood spent wrongfully imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp during WWII, to becoming one of the country’s leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality, he remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture.

 Frederick Speaker Series committee chair Lisa Ausherman said, “Our committee selects speakers that will appeal to the Frederick community, cover a broad spectrum of subjects, and address some of the prominent social issues for today. These individuals are experts or celebrities in their field and have great stories to share with us. Some of the topics we will explore this year are workplace motivation, overcoming adversity, mass incarceration, social justice and gay rights. We hope that you will invest in the opportunity to hear all of these dynamic individuals by attending all four speakers in the series!”

 Tickets for all speakers will go on sale to Weinberg members on Tuesday, August 4 at 10am. Series subscriptions will also be available beginning at that time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, August 18 at 10am. Tickets may be purchased online at FrederickSpeakerSeries.org, by calling the Weinberg Center box office at 301-600-2828, or in person at 20 W. Patrick Street in Frederick, Md. For more information about becoming a Weinberg Center member and gaining early access to tickets, please visit WeinbergCenter.org/Membership.


The Frederick Speaker Series was developed through an innovative partnership between the Ausherman Family Foundation, the Weinberg Center for the Arts, Inc., and Frederick County Public Libraries. Since its inception in 2013, the series has featured notable personalities such as Dr. Michio Kaku, Tom Brokaw, Dr. Ben Carson, Cal Ripken Jr., and General Colin Powell.

This year’s sponsors include: Ausherman Family Foundation, Leidos Biomedical, Frederick County Bank, C. Burr Artz Trust, Flying Dog Brewery, PNC Bank, Kiplinger Foundation, Graphcom, Inc., and Frederick Magazine.

 For further information about the Frederick Speaker Series, including speaker biographies, ticket availability, pricing, and the meet-and-greet receptions, please visit FrederickSpeakerSeries.org.

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