Frederick Speaker Series

What is the Frederick Speaker Series?

Now entering its fourth year, the celebrated Frederick Speaker Series aims to bring intellectually stimulating speakers and inspiring leaders to the Frederick community. World-class speakers will engage with our audiences, illuminating current events, culture, politics, and science.

Meet & Greets

Purchase the Meet & Greet option for an opportunity to meet your favorite speaker at a private reception following their presentation, for an additional $75.00 per ticket. One hundred percent of the proceeds from these receptions will benefit children’s programs at Frederick County Public Libraries. Limit of 100 Meet & Greets available per speaker.

Purchasing Your Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online, via phone at 301.600.2828, or in person at the Weinberg Center box office.

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Student and Military Discount Available

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Group Discounts now available

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Daniel Pink

Leading business and behavior mastermind, best-selling author, and TED all-star

Thursday, February 11, 2016 | 7:30 PM 

As one of the world’s leading business minds, Daniel Pink’s forward-thinking ideas and blockbuster books are reshaping how organizations approach traditional leadership. In a quest to build a culture of creativity, Pink challenges the notion that innovation is no longer any one person’s job – it’s everyone’s job. A previous chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore, Pink quickly conquered the business world with three long-running New York Times bestsellers: “To Sell is Human,” “Drive,” and “A Whole New Mind.” His books have been translated into 33 languages and have sold over one million copies in the U.S. alone. Pink’s TED talk on the science of motivation is one of the 20 most-watched TED talks of all time. In 2011, Harvard Business Review and Thinkers50 named him one of the top 30 business thinkers in the world. His articles appear in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review and Wired, and he advises startups and Fortune 100 companies alike. Currently, Pink hosts “Crowd Control,” a National Geographic television series that utilizes behavioral science and technology to solve everyday problems. Learn More


Marlee Matlin and Henry Winkler

Actors, best-selling authors, and advocates for diversity awareness

Thursday, March 10, 2016 | 7:30 PM 

Henry Winkler’s ten seasons as the iconic Fonz on “Happy Days” made him one of the most recognized actors in the world. Winner of two consecutive Golden Globe Awards and a three-time Emmy® nominee, Winkler is a bestselling author, director, producer, and philanthropist. When 12-year-old Marlee Matlin met Winkler, the two instantly struck a special bond. Winkler, who endured a childhood struggle with undiagnosed dyslexia, recognized a kindred spirit in the profoundly deaf actress. In 1987, Matlin became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar® for her lead role in “Children of a Lesser God.” Today, her career has spanned from film to stage and TV, including appearances on “Seinfeld,” “The West Wing,” and “Dancing with the Stars.” Like Winkler, she is a champion for numerous humanitarian causes and diversity awareness. Now, together on stage, Winkler and Matlin delight audiences with intimate dialogue and personal anecdotes, providing inspiring insights about overcoming adversity and the power of mentorship. Learn More


Bryan Stevenson

Attorney, human rights activist, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of “Just Mercy”

Thursday, April 21, 2016 | 7:30 PM 

Bryan Stevenson is one of the country’s most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates. Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu has called him “America’s young Nelson Mandela.” A MacArthur fellow and creator of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson is a founding leader of the movement against mass incarceration in the United States. His work on individual cases has generated national attention, and his efforts have reversed death penalties for dozens of condemned prisoners. His memoir, “Just Mercy,” tells the story of a young lawyer fighting on the frontlines of a country in thrall to extreme punishments and careless justice. For this work, Stevenson recently garnered the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. Stevenson’s remarkable twenty-minute TED talk on the subject of injustice was named one of The New Yorker’s five essential TED talks, and Time named Stevenson one of their 100 Most Influential People for 2015. He recently served on President Obama’s task force on 21st-century policing. Learn More


George Takei

Actor, social justice activist, and social media mega-power

Monday, May 2, 2016 | 7:30 PM 

With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his role in the acclaimed television series “Star Trek,” in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. But George Takei’s story goes where few stories have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in a United States internment camp during WWII, to becoming one of the country’s leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality – George Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture. In 2012, named Takei the #1 most-influential person on Facebook, currently with more than 9.7 million likes and over 1.8 million followers on Twitter. Currently, Takei hosts the AARP-produced YouTube series “Takei’s Take,” and is the subject of “To Be Takei,” a documentary on his life and career. Takei and Tony recently developed “Allegiance – A New American Musical” for Broadway, an epic story of love, family and heroism during the Japanese American internment. After being seen by over 120,000 attendees, the musical, which also starred Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, ended its Broadway run this past February. Learn More


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