Plenary Speakers - NAFSA 2017

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NAFSA’s four plenary speakers will share their unique insights and viewpoints on the challenges and opportunities facing everyone in the ever-changing global landscape. Each day we will unite at the plenaries to reflect, discover, and expand our collective horizon. Be inspired to grow and transform the landscape of international education.

NAFSA will share updates regarding each featured speaker prior to the opening of registration. Return to this page for updates.

Opening Plenary
Isabel Wilkerson
May 30, 2017

Wednesday Plenary
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
May 31, 2017

Thursday Plenary
Shirin Ebadi
June 1, 2017

Closing Plenary
Abigail E. Disney
June 2, 2017


The plenary speakers each had their own special qualities which combined so well to make this conference a memorable one. Rather than just delivering a good message, each speaker challenged us to take action and be a change agent.Paige Ramsey-Hamacher, Saint Leo University