The NaplesNEXT Ideas Festival will be held March 17-19, 2019 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort.

Former First Lady Laura Bush will be the festival’s closing keynote speaker. She will join leading professionals and policy experts across a myriad of  fields. 

Panels, roundtables and Q&A sessions will address subjects of global and national importance and integrate with culinary experiences directed by the James Beard Foundation.

Discussion leaders include:

  • Christine Brennan, sports columnist for USA Today, best-selling author of seven books, and contributor to several news outlets
  • John Brennan, former CIA director and senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC
  • Eric Eikenberg, CEO, The Everglades Foundation
  • Denis McDonough, former White House chief of staff
  • Dr. William Nelson, professor and director of oncology, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University
  • Reince Priebus, former White House chief of staff and former chairman of Republican National Committee
  • David Rubenstein, financier and philanthropist, co-founder of The Carlyle Group and chairman of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institution

The event will also include live entertainment, an interactive lunch to kick off March Madness, a Mac Stone photography showcase and more. The three-day event is $3,000 per person. For information, visit