Last week, Brian McDonald, screenwriter and author of Invisible Ink, gave a talk on the Power of Storytelling (or a title something along those lines :)
Brian is from my neck of the woods in Seattle , WA. A professor at the Uni of Wash, I've followed his wonderful Invisible Ink blog for a few years now. I can't remember how I found it, but I always come away super inspired. He obviously has topics on story and film, but also how you approach and think about your craft. They really encouraged me when I was building my reel through Animation Mentor.