The Communications Network Annual Conference

ComNet — The Communications Network annual conference. 

Keynote Speakers

Lena Waithe

Actress & Producer

Cecile Richards

Former President of Planned Parenthood

David Frum

Senior Editor at The Atlantic

Henry Timms

Executive Director of the 92nd Street Y

Eric Asche

Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer of Truth Initiative

Jeremy Heimans

Co-Founder & CEO of Purpose

keynote interviewers

Joshua johnson

Radio Host of NPR’s A1

Lara setrakian

CEO and Executive Editor at News Deeply

sf keynote panel



  • Civil rights leader and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s personal counsel Dr. Clarence B. Jones

  • Sarah Hurwitz, speechwriter for former first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama & former speechwriter for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign

  • Michele Norris, former host of NPR’s All Things Considered and founder of the Peabody Award-winning The Race Card Project

  • The New York Times columnist Charles Blow

  • Terry Gross, host of NPR’s Fresh Air

  • Ezra Klein, Editor in Chief at

  • Katherine Boo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz