Stewart A. Baker

Stewart Baker is a partner in the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C.  From 2005 to 2009, he was the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security.  His law practice covers homeland security, international trade, cybersecurity, data protection, and travel and foreign investment regulation. As an intelligence lawyer, Mr. Baker has been General Counsel of the National Security Agency and of the commission that investigated WMD intelligence failures prior to the Iraq war.  He is the author of Skating on Stilts, a book on terrorism, cybersecurity, and other technology issues, and he blogs about such topics on


Gardiner Comfort

Gardiner Comfort is an actor, playwright, and educator who was born and raised in New York City. He holds an MFA in acting from the American Repertory Theater Acting Institute at Harvard University and a BS in Theater from Skidmore College. Mr. Comfort has traveled the world as an actor in many productions, from Shakespeare to contemporary works. At age 7, Mr. Comfort was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome about which he has developed an original, live production, "The Elephant in Every Room I Enter," with director Kel Haney. "Elephant in Every Room" is a humorous and compelling recounting of Mr. Comfort's life with Tourette Syndrome and his life-changing visit in 2014 to the Tourette Association of America's National Conference in Washington, DC. Since that time, Mr. Comfort has dedicated much of his professional life to reaching out to audiences with disabilities, helping them to be accepted and accepting, to develop stronger connections with the world around them, and to believe that living with a disability should not affect one's ability to change the world for the better. His story is captivating, and his optimism and humor in the face of difficult circumstances are moving. Watch Gardiner Comfort's TED Talk, "Owning My Disorder," by clicking here: Watch Gardiner's TEDxCibeles (Madrid) talk, "Welcome To My World," by clicking here: Click on icon below for his résumé.