- Zainab Salbi
- Loung Ung
- Jaha Dukureh
- Jamie Metzl
- Temple Grandin
- Wynton Marsalis
“One of the 25 Women Changing the World” — People. One of the “100 leading global thinkers” — Foreign Policy Magazine. The Iraqi-American humanitarian, bestselling author, TV Host and media commentator founded Women for Women International at the age of 23. The organization has since helped over 478,000 marginalized women rebuild their lives in 8 conflict areas. She is the author of several books including, Freedom is an Inside Job: Owning Our Darkness And Our Light To Heal Ourselves And The World. Her TV shows include “Through Her Eyes with Zainab Salbi” on Yahoo! News, exploring contemporary issues from a female perspective and appears regularly as a commentator in the media.
Loung Ung is a bestselling author three books, activist and co-screenplay writer of the Netflix Original Movie directed by Angelina Jolie based on her memoir, First They Killed My Father, now streaming in 190 countries. Loung provides an eyewitness account of the Cambodian genocide, her survival, and life as a refugee in the U.S. from the age of ten. An eloquent speaker, she interweaves themes of leadership, activism, healing and resiliency. In these challenging times, she inspires hope as she delivers an empowering message of our ability to overcome adversity to create change in our lives and in the world.
The most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. The bestselling author, innovator & animal scientist was subject of the HBO feature film “Temple Grandin,” starring Claire Danes. Her TED Talk "The World Needs All Kinds Of Minds," has been viewed almost 5 million times. Dr. Grandin is sought after globally to speak about her experiences with autism, cattle handling and the humane treatment of animals. She has been featured widely in the global media. Time Magazine named her one of the world's 100 most influential people.
Brigadier General Peter Zwack
Brigadier General Zwack (Ret.) served as the United States Senior Defense Official and Attaché to the Russian Federation during challenging years of 2012-201, serving in the military for 34 years, and is one of America's leading experts on Russia. BG Zwack is currently a Global Fellow at the Kennan Institute within the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars and is a sought after consultant on Russia globally. He presents lively, illustrated talks, including, “Russians: Who They Are, How They Think, and Why.”
In the American Southwest and its borderlands, no other social justice advocate has made a greater impact on the lives of undocumented workers than internationally acclaimed Enrique Morones. As founder and Executive Director of Border Angels for 33 years, he continues to save lives and make a difference. His non-profit organization has given a human face to countless migrants, while offering them compassion in the form of food, water, clothing, education, advocacy and hope. Also founder of GENTE UNIDA, a human rights border coalition, Morones is recognized as one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the USA by Hispanic Business Magazine. He is author of The Power of One: The Border Angels Story and has appeared widely in the national media.
Rev. Steve Pieters
With televangelist Tammy Faye’s historic 1985 interview with Rev. Steve Pieters, a gay man with AIDS, she wrapped her arms around marginalized LGBTQ people throughout America. The interview, a pivotal scene recreated in the new feature film THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE starring Jessica Chastain, was a turning point in the culture wars between the powerful televangelists of the time and the marginalized LGBTQ community. In his talk, My Journey Through AIDS, the long term AIDS survivor, activist and hospice chaplain shares A Living History of AIDS. His remarkable story of recovery serves as an inspiring example of healing and hope. He has appeared on CNN, "CBS This Morning," and "Real Life with Jane Pauley," among others, and is also featured in the 2000 documentary, The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
Produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, the film is based on the bestselling memoir by Loung Ung.View Speaker
Author, TV Commentator & Founder of Women for Women InternationalView Speaker
At TED with "The World Needs All Kinds of Minds"View Speaker
Loung's keynote speech for the 2019 annual benefit for The Refugee ResponseView Speaker
Jamie Metzl Speaks on Engineering Immunity to Pathogens Like CoronavirusView Speaker
Richard Branson in conversation with Jaha Dukureh and Uzo Iweala about fighting inequality and injustice, exploring how rising global leaders are chaView Speaker