2019 Festival


2019 Festival
Empathy in Action

At the 2019 Festival convened renowned experts and leaders from throughout the Americas for four days of events, workshops and performances designed to inspire critical thinking, accelerate and transform our business and social connections and promote action. The 2019 festival theme was “Empathy in Action” and showcased the people and ideas across North and South America that are moving beyond divisions to build solutions to the most important issues we face together.


2019 Festival Highlights:

  • Our exhibit of A Mile in My Shoes received over 4,000 visitors and featured 30 Denver storytellers, including Dafna Michaelson Jenet, Suzi Q. Smith and Ryan Foo.

  • At the 2019 Americas Symposium we heard from three compassionate women leaders, Valeria Alberola, Clare Patey and Michelle Sie Whitten about the role of strong female leadership and the power of empathy in purpose driven work.

  • During our keynote at the Americas Symposium we heard from Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group and Jorge Ramos, Anchorman of Univision during a fireside chat. They discussed entrepreneurial leadership, taking risks and the qualities of a visionary leader.

  • We received over 2,000 attendees to our daytime programming, including 9 unique clínicas panel discussions, various workshops featuring international speakers on themes ranging from Artificial Intelligence to Sustainable Fashion and Panel on Empathy through Film. Through these dynamic conversations we explored the transformative power of empathy in creating positive change across the Americas.

  • Over 10,000 people joined us in Civic Center Park on September 28th for Cósmico Americas, featuring Jaguara-- a stunning light sculpture and stage for our five local and international bands, including Mucho Indio, Jackie Mendoza, Systema Solar and local band Kiltro! After dusk the City and County building was lit up with the digital light projections by Colombian artist Catalina Estrada and Japanese artist Akira Hasegawa.


2019 Festival Highlights