Life Is Beautiful announces initial lineup of speakers

Kanye West, meet Ricki Lake.

The Life Is Beautiful music and food festival has announced the initial lineup of speakers for its Learning Program, who will join performers such as West, Outkast and the Foo Fighters during the three-day fest from Oct. 24-26.

The speakers will lead 90-minute sessions from 2 to 7 p.m. each day in the space that used to be the Western Hotel.

In addition to actress/TV host/film director Ricki Lake, the roster includes Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, basketball player and former NBA prospect Isaiah Austin, celebrity chef Jose Andres, “Hacking the Planet” host John Rennie, former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, pilot Amelia Rose Earhart, music producer Dave Aude and many others.

For the full list of speakers announced thus far, visit

Contact reporter Jason Bracelin at or 702-383-0476. Follow @JasonBracelin on Twitter.


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