KeyNote speakers

Hampton Sides
Friday, Dec. 11
Noon - 2 p.m.
Hampton Sides is the award-winning editor of Outside magazine and a best-selling historian. He is best-known for his gripping adventure stories, often set in war-time or depicting epic expeditions of exploration and discovery. Most recently the author of In the Kingdom of Ice, Sides has written about polar exploration, World War II, Kit Carson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the American frontier. His lectures captivate audiences and bring his sweeping tales to life.

Sides is the author of Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, Hellhound On His Trail and other best-selling works of narrative history. His most recent book, In the Kingdom of Ice, is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth: the North Pole.
Sides’ talks, often accompanied by slideshows or multi-media presentations, enthrall audiences with the white-knuckle stories behind his epic books. He discusses his writing process and how he ties findings from obscure documents and hisown exploration trips into his work. Sides’ discussions often focus on intriguing questions of leadership and ethics that arise in extremely difficult wilderness or battlefield situations—examining what qualities of training, attitude, and spirit cause some groups to prevail while other don’t.

Sides is editor-at-large for Outside magazine and has written for such periodicals as National Geographic, The New
, Esquire, Preservation and Men’s Journal. His magazine work, collected in numerous published anthologies, has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing.

Ghost Soldiers, a World War II narrative was the basis for the 2005 Miramax film, The Great Raid. Sides’ Blood and
, about the life and times of controversial frontiersman Kit Carson, was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2006 by TIME magazine and is currently under development for the screen.

Sides is a partner in Atalaya Productions, a Santa Fe-based independent production company that develops historical
dramas and non-fiction projects for the screen. A native of Memphis and a Yale graduate, Sides is an advisory board
member of the Author’s Guild and a 2015 Miller Distinguished Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute. A frequent lecturer, he
divides his time between Santa Fe and Colorado College, where he teaches narrative non-fiction and serves as journalist-in-residence.



Frederick W. Smith
Saturday, Dec. 12
Noon-2 p.m.


Frederick W. Smith is chairman, president, and CEO of FedEx Corp., a $47 billion global transportation, business services, and logistics company. Smith is responsible for providing strategic direction for all FedEx Corp. operating companies, including FedEx Services, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Freight. 
Since founding FedEx in 1971, he has been an active proponent of regulatory reform, free trade, and “open skies agreements” for aviation around the world.  Most recently, he has advocated for vehicle energy-efficiency standards and a national energy policy.  Smith is co-chairman of the energy Security Leadership Council, a trustee for the United States Council for International Business, and a member of the Business Roundtable. He served as chairman of the U.S. - China Business council and is co-chairman of the French-American Business Council. 
He has also served on the boards of several large public companies and on the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Mayo Foundation boards. He was formerly chairman of the board of governors for the International Air Transport Association and the U.S. Air Transport Association. Smith has received numerous civic, academic, and business awards, including the Global Leadership Award from the U.S. - India Business Council, the George C. Marshall Foundation Award, and the Circle of Honor Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. In addition, he is a member of the Aviation Hall of Fame, served as co-chairman of both the U.S. World War II Memorial Project and the campaign for the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and was named a top CEO by Barron’s and Chief Executive magazines. 
Born in 1944 in Marks, Miss., Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1966. He served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1970.