Introducing, the 2024 – 2025 Season!

The 39th season of The Richmond Forum will present six compelling speakers who come to Richmond with new discoveries, new stories, and new perspectives.

Student speech & debate competitor

RIchmond Forum Speech & Debate Initiative

In 2018 — recognizing the absence of speech & debate programs or inadequate funding in most of the region’s public schools — The Richmond Forum launched an initiative to implement, grow, and support these essential programs.

The goal of the Richmond Forum Speech & Debate Initiative is for every public middle and high school in the region to have competitive speech & debate programs by 2025, the 250th anniversary of Patrick Henry’s speech, delivered right here in Richmond.

Who has spoken at The Forum?

More than 240 distinguished speakers have participated in The Forum since its inception in 1987. Our list of alumni includes past U.S. presidents, sitting heads of state, and leaders from the sciences, arts, business, and more.

Steven Spielberg speaking at The Richmond Forum

THANK you to This season’s lead patrons

Altria Group
Davenport & Company, LLC
Dominion Energy
Genworth Financial, Inc.
Wells Fargo

Join us next season

Tune in to all five engaging conversations with the most powerful voices of today, all from the comfort of your living room. A flexible online subscription to The Richmond Forum allows you to stream these programs from anywhere you are, either live or within 30 days after the event. Online subscriptions for the 2024 – 2025 season are on sale now.

110 South 15th Street
Suite B
Richmond, VA 23219

Office: (804) 330-3993
Office Hours: 9am – 5pm
Program Day: 10am – noon

Presenting powerful voices so Richmond can learn. Empowering local voices so Richmond can lead.

The Richmond Forum and its partners are proud to support the Richmond Forum Speech & Debate Initiative, a community initiative to bring speech & debate programs to all of our region’s public schools.

The Richmond Forum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization.

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