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Life Is Beautiful Festival Announces The Return Of The Nationally Prestigious Learning Series



Advocate/Model Geena Rocero, Actor/Director Justin Baldoni, Actress Kat Graham, CEO of Zappos Tony Hsieh and Additional Speakers Who Will Participate In The Learning Series During The Three-Day Festival

Las Vegas, NV (July 29, 2015) – In its third year, Life is Beautiful Festival announces the 2015 Learning Series featuring thought-provoking, global leaders in pop culture, science, sports, art, leadership and more from diverse backgrounds who have individually impacted the growth of their respective fields. series, which is focused on providing festival-goers with an authentic, inspirational and passionate experience, will offer live discussions, learning panels and interactive Q&A sessions as part of the three-day festival weekend taking place in Downtown Las Vegas on September 25 -27.


This year’s learning program, curated by CatalystCreativ, will feature three different daily themes in a way that has never been done before: “A Force for Good” highlighting new approaches to giving back to the community, “Shaping The Future” surrounding topics on technology and new media, and “Challenging the Game” with subjects such as overcoming defeat, facing adversity and more.

“We really focused on creating a program this year that will bring together a group of speakers from all walks of life that millennials trust and look up to,” said Amanda Slavin, CEO and Founder of CatalystCreativ. “The timely topics that will be discussed will hopefully inspire festival attendees and expose them to a whole new way of learning.”

The 2015 Life is Beautiful Festival is proudly hosting a variety of prominent voices in today’s generation including but not limited to CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh; Actress on CW’s “The Vampire Diaries,” Kat Graham; model and transgender activist, Geena Rocero; director and actor on “Jane The Virgin,” Justin Baldoni; television personality and scientist, Bill Nye; Co-Founder of Priceline, Jeff Hoffman; Co-Founder of the Webby Awards, Tiffany Shlain; the real Coach Carter, Ken Carter; professional surfer, Anastasia Ashley; President of Global Grind, Michael Skolnik; American Idol alum, Jackie Tohn; professional surfer and founder of Waves for Water, Jon Rose; Tedx speaker and founder of The Giving Keys, Caitlin Crosby; vegan Triathlete, Rich Roll; Forbes 30 under 30 Director of Marketing for Oprah, Maya Watson; Visioneering Lead at XPRIZE, Jordan Brown; CMO of Hummin, Lane Wood; Winner of the Best Athlete with a Disability ESPY Award, Marlon Shirley; co-founder of The Kitchen Community, Kimbal Musk; champion skier, Kristen Ulmer; Co-Founder and CEO at StyleSeat, Melody McCloskey; Editor at, Erica Williams Simon; Co-Founder at Turning Green, Erin Schrode; Founder at StemBox, Kina McAllister; professional skateboarder and X Games Winner, Chris Cole; one of Fast Company’s most creative people and food designers, Marije Vogelzang; Paralympic athlete, Sam Kavanagh; Def Jam poet, IN-Q; Founder and CEO of Gravity Payments, Dan Price; and more to be announced.

“I could not be more excited and inspired to be a part of the Life is Beautiful Learning Series,” said Justin Baldoni. “At my company, Wayfarer Entertainment, we try to find ways to reach the masses without sacrificing entertainment – we call it, ‘Choccoli or Chocolate Covered Broccoli.’  I can’t think of a better example of a real world application than this festival and the movement that’s taking place in the heart of Las Vegas.”

Festival attendees will have access to these unique panels in between acts such as music legends Stevie Wonder and Duran Duran, chart-toppers Imagine Dragons and Hozier, and hip-hop heavyweights Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg. A special Insomniac-curated dance music stage will feature artists such as Thievery Corporation, Porter Robinson, Kygo, and more.

“By providing a stage for these leaders and inspirational figures incorporated into the festival, you create a certain component of discovery. People who might not otherwise seek out this information are often pleasantly surprised,” said Justin Weniger, CEO of Life is Beautiful. “We’ve received hundreds of written stories from festival attendees about how the Learning Series has inspired them to make changes in their lives.”

Life is Beautiful’s Learning Series is part of the festival ticket. For updates on the festival, artists and to purchase tickets, please visit