The Chesapeake Forum takes pride in providing outstanding speakers and programs for our community.  Our third season was scheduled to begin on February 2, 2023 at the Chesapeake Conference Center with the actor Henry Winkler. Less than one month before the program, we received word that Mr. Winkler was being called back for reshoots on the Barry television show, and “due to his professional responsibility, he will no longer be able to participate in this event.”  

Due to the short timeline before the program, the February 2 Forum has been canceled.  Rescheduling was not possible due to lack of available dates at the venue.

Our next speaker will be Kwame Alexander on April 5, 2023 at the Chesapeake Conference Center.  We look forward to seeing at that event!


Come join our community for a night out with a challenging and engaging speaker.  Our third season will feature an amazing speaker with a fascinating background whose career has evolved in multiple directions. Kwame Alexander will expand your horizons while entertaining you.  See the information on this page to learn more about him.

Scroll through our website to learn about our diverse and entertaining speakers from our first and second seasons. Jane Pauley, Dr. Mae Jemison, Dr. Ronan Tynan, Dave Barry, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, and Joan Lunden all challenged and delighted our diverse audiences.

Tickets for Kwame are currently available through this website and by mail (P.O. Box 15864, Chesapeake, Virginia 23328). We look forward to seeing you at our program on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.


Kwame Alexander    Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times best-selling author of 36 books.

Kwame graduated from Great Bridge High School and Virginia Tech University.

He has won the Newberry Medal, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary work, The Coretta Schott King Award, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and was nominated for the UK Carnegie Medal.

Kwame is a regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, co-founded LEAP for Ghana, an international literary program, and opened the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic in Ghana in 2018.

Alexander's recent book release, THE DOOR OF NO RETURN, is destined to be a game changer! He is also the writer and executive producer of THE CROSSOVER TV series on Disney+.

Kwame loves his job and works to "Change the World One Word at a Time".

The Chesapeake Forum
Mission Statement

The Chesapeake Forum seeks to bring dynamic and diverse high-profile speakers to the Chesapeake community, thereby promoting education and learning among the general public.


In a world of diverse opinions, what does it take to bring a community together?  A small group of ten citizens met over several months during the winter of 2018-19 to answer that question and form the framework of a non-profit organization.

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The Chesapeake Forum is a subscription ticket program.  A season subscription including tickets to three speakers will cost $125 if purchased by mail. Online purchases include added Convenience Fees. The Forum reserves the right to substitute a speaker in the event that the announced speaker must cancel. In the event of conditions beyond our control. The Forum reserves the right to reschedule the program at a different time or location.


The Chesapeake Forum speaker programs will be held at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Located in the Greenbrier area, the facility features 39,000 square feet of versatile function space with room for up to 200 exhibits.