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Jaden Smith keeps a list of the most inspiring people in his life. It’s short, pretty star-studded and goes like this: “My mom, my dad and Al Gore.”
The 20-year-old artist, actor, activist and rapper has not been shy about sharing his admiration for the 70-year-old politician-turned-environmentalist, telling everyone from Elle to WWD how high Gore charts next to his famous parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, because of his decades-long commitment to protecting the earth. He has even called Gore “the coolest person in the world.”
Next month, Smith will share a stage with his idol as part of the program for Summit LA18, set to run Nov. 2-5 in downtown Los Angeles. The organization — a multi-disciplinary global community of entrepreneurs, academics, athletes, artists, authors, chefs, engineers, philanthropists, spiritual leaders, scientists and others including Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Shonda Rhimes, Malcolm Gladwell, Brene Brown, Marie Kondo, Kobe Bryant, Jessica Alba and Brian Grazer — hosts conference weekends in such places as Utah, Tulum and even Kenya.
The L.A. installment will feature a total of 80 talks, 45 wellness events and 40 live performances. Smith and Gore headline a program that will also feature Michael Ovitz, #MeToo leader Tarana Burke, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuck, Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, Diplo, The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, chef Jose Andres, ACLU’s Anthony Romero, Haim, RZA, In-Q, Spencer Ludwig, Kabbalah Center’s Karen Berg, Eckhart Tolle, Wim Hof, and AcroYoga’s Jason Nemer. Attendees will gather across a variety of venues (Ace Theatre, Orpheum, Globe Theatre, Palace Theatre and Belasco), restaurants, hotels (Ace Hotel, Freehand Hotel, The Standard and The Nomad) and social spaces.
The full lineup for Summit LA18 can be found here.
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