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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

Palm Springs Speaks presents Billy Dee Williams


Thursday, March 7, 2024 – 7:30pm

Palm Springs Cultural Center
2300 East Baristo Road
Camelot Theater One
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Billy Dee Williams is a heralded actor and legendary entertainer. He was born and raised in New York City. He has starred in more than forty television shows and movies combined including Lady Sings the BluesMahogany, and Brian’s Song just to name a few, and seven Broadway plays. He became a true pop culture icon, playing Lando Calrissian in George Lucas’s The Empire Strikes Back, which was the first Black character in the Star Wars universe. It was a role he reprised in the final film of the original trilogy, The Return of the Jedi, and in the recent sequel The Rise of Skywalker. He lives in Los Angeles.

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.

Our Sponsors

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