Speech Moves

About the Movement

Speech Moves is a non-partisan movement by WSB, to reinforce the power of speech. Launched in 2018 at SXSW, the movement brought together disparate voices — like Platon, Tony Blair, Abby Wambach, and James Comey — to talk about the positive impact that speech can have, especially in times of great division.

Meet some of the voices behind the movement below, and hear their bold perspectives on topics that matter. 


Meet the Voices Behind the Movement


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Kat Cole’s improbable rise from working as a Hooters Girl to running a billion-dollar brand in under two decades is an exemplary story of grit, service, and hustle. The FOCUS Brands COO and President teaches what it takes to be a leader of innovation and progress, so that people and organizations can iterate, adapt, and succeed faster.


On the impact of exchanging ideas, she says:

  • Speech can move ideas, people, companies, and culture.
  • To succeed, don't let the past hold you back, or define you.
  • Use your roots as permission to evolve and explore.
  • Ask the things you need to know, to bring your full value.


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José Andrés

On igniting passion with people.

Chef José Andrés talks about igniting passion and connecting with people through the commonality of food. "Food is at the heart of everything we do as humans," he says. "Food very much is the DNA of who we are."




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Bonnie St. John

On embracing transformation.

Bonnie St. John, Paralympic ski medalist, prepares people and businesses for major transformation. Putting her own spin on Einstein's famous quote, St. John says, "You can't keep doing the same thing. The world's changing around you you'll get left behind."



Scott Harrison

On never giving up.

"Do not be afraid of work that has no end," says Scott Harrison, Founder and CEO of charity: water. He knows solving the world’s water crisis is no easy feat. Through his talks, he's moving people to greater compassion and empathy through the compelling and connecting power of storytelling.


sally kohn

On positive leadership.

Sally Kohn, one of the leading progressive voices in America, discusses how to be a positive and shining example and a source of light when it comes to hard issues. "None of us are perfect," she says. "The question is, 'Are we striving to be better?'"


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