SPEC Connaissance is the premier group on campus tasked with bringing keynote speakers to Penn’s campus. At its core, Connaissance is dedicated to supporting events that will educate, challenge, and entertain the students of Penn. Past keynote speakers include Serena Williams (2015), Trevor Noah (2017), Terry Crews (2018), Laverne Cox (2019), and Antoni Porowksi (2019). In addition to putting on their own events, Connaissance also co-sponsors speaking events put on by various campus groups. We are an open and loving community where all ideas, viewpoints, and people are welcome!



Jackfille Pierre

Jackfille is a junior in Wharton concentrating in Management. She enjoys comedies, snacks, and dropping her Hydro Flask from tall surfaces. Find her tripping on loose bricks on Locust!


Katy Dirks

Katy is a Junior in the College studying Health & Societies with a concentration in Health Policy & Law and minors in Bioethics and Spanish. She loves her chihuahua, watching documentaries, and once bungee jumped off the highest urban jump in the world.


Matt Dougherty

Matt is a senior in the college studying Cognitive Neuroscience and is in the second year of being the Director of External Affairs for SPEC Connaissance. In his free time, Matt enjoys listening to & discussing music, and exploring coffee shops throughout Philly. Hit him up for any suggestions on speakers you would want to see at Penn!