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Palm Springs Speaks

A World Class Speaker Series

What is Palm Springs Speaks?

Palm Springs Speaks is a speaker series that brings distinguished speakers from the worlds of politics, wellness, and entertainment to the Coachella Valley in California.
Past guests have included former Vice President Al Gore, Bob Woodward, Deepak Chopra, Janet Mock, Jane Fonda, Dame Joan Collins, and Rick Steves, just to name a few.

We are a fundraising vehicle benefiting The Friends of the Palm Springs Public Library.

Our Next Speaker

An Evening with Best-Selling Author Terry McMillan

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 – 7:30pm

One of America’s most beloved and critically-acclaimed authors, Terry McMillan became the empowering voice of a generation of women with her New York Times #1 bestsellers Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Known for “irreverent, pitch perfect tales of women’s lives,” McMillan’s seven bestsellers are rich in fearless wisdom, heart-touching characters and unforgettable stories of friendships, healing, intergenerational bonds and women saving their own lives. A passionate champion of growing older by looking joyously forward, McMillan boldly rejects the concept of “mid-life crisis.” Instead, she evangelizes that anyone, at any age, can “change lanes” to reinvent themselves, overcome obstacles, get out of ruts and pursue postponed dreams. As a speaker, artist and woman of hard-won wisdom, McMillan challenges us to tap into our passions, defeat our demons, take care of our whole selves, and never, ever take happiness for granted.

Tickets: $35 rear reserved, $50 general admission, $75 premium reserved, and $125 VIP with reception on-stage and photo.


Our Upcoming Speakers

Fran Drescher
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024

Terry McMillan
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024

Billy Dee Williams
Thursday, March 7, 2024


We can’t do this alone…it takes a village to continuously present high caliber speaker events.
We have various levels of sponsorship opportunities available!

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Benefactor Sponsor

Palm Springs Speaks started in 2017 initially by the Palm Springs Cultural Center and the Friends of the Palm Springs Public Library but has evolved with the Friends as sole benefactor/presenting sponsor. This speaker series was developed to bring noted speakers representing many walks of life to the Coachella Valley. Proceeds go to support the Palm Springs Public Library.

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