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Adams, Jeff

Jeff Adams has been an actor, spokesperson, and CBC reporter and commentator. Adams is an example that the power of focus can make a winner out of anybody. His love of competitive sport helped him turn his wheelchair into the vehicle for a journey of success. Adams is a three-time Olympian, three-time Paralympic gold medalist, and six-time World Champion, competing for Canada in the 800m and 1500m wheelchair events.

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Alexis, Kim

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Supermodel & Health & Fitness Expert About the Speaker Supermodel; Revlon Spokesperson; TV Host; Actress; Health & Fitness Expert Faith and Inspiration Pro Life Issues. At the age of 18, Kim Alexis was "discovered" by the Elite Talent Agency. She soon moved to New York City and thus began an unbelievable career in the modeling industry. In fact, it's as though the term "supermodel" was coined to describe her.

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Allison, Stacy

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Mountaineer, Author and Inspiring Speaker - Many Mountains to Climb! "Only when we accept full responsibility for our lives, will we have the confidence and courage to risk" - Stacy will take you and your organization on an exciting journey to Mt. Everest and into the world of high altitude climbing.   She also understands business: Stacy Allison is president of Allison Construction, a residential building company in Portland, Oregon.

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Banks, Billy

Fitness Expert & Author Fitness Expert: Creator of Tae Bo Workout System.  Billy Blanks has crafted a successful career out of teaching people how to get fit utilizing his patented blend of Tae Kwon Do and kick boxing. Billy Blanks appearances on infomercials and in classes in Los Angeles have been helping people work out by Tae Bo since the late 1980s.

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Baxter, Meredith

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Meredith Baxter has devoted much of her time to speaking out on issues about which she is passionate. A champion of women's rights, she is an active supporter of NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Baxter was involved with The Center to Prevent Handgun Violence and lobbied extensively on behalf of the Brady Bill, the National Crime Bill and gun control measures. She has also worked with members of the California Senate and Assembly on state legislative matters.

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Black, Conrad

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Conrad Moffat Black, Baron Black of Crossharbour, PC, OC, KSG (born August 25, 1944) is a Canadian-born former newspaper publisher, an historian, a columnist, and a non-affiliated life peer. Black controlled Hollinger International, once the world’s third-largest English-language newspaper empire, which published The Daily Telegraph (UK), Chicago Sun Times (U.S.), The Jerusalem Post (Israel), National Post (Canada), The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), and hundreds of community newspapers in North America.

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Bogdanos, Matthew

A US Marine, New York City homicide prosecutor, middleweight boxer, and classics scholar, Colonel Matthew Bogdanos has lived a life rich with intrigue and excitement. Bogdanos is a remarkable blend of warrior, historian, and leader who tells an engrossing story abundant with history and resplendent with hope for the future.

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Common, Common

With his Multi-Grammy Award winning music career and his continued work in film, Common has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men. He has been seen on the silver screen in films such as SMOKIN ACES, AMERICAN GANGSTER, WANTED, TERMIN.

Common is a regularly requested guest speaker known to motivate and empower collegiate minds while speaking at prestigious universities across the Country.

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Derek, Bo

Celebrity. Super Model. Patriot.

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Derek, Bo

Celebrity. Super Model. Patriot.

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Drescher, Fran

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An accomplished film actress, Fran Dresche won Esquire Magazine’s Five Minute Oscar for her memorable performance in the mockumentary This is Spinal Tap. She has co-starred in countless films through out her career with the likes of Robin Williams, Dan Aykroyd, Tim Robbins and Billy Crystal. Not to mention such esteemed directors as Rob Reiner, Milos Forman and Francis Ford Coppola. But she is most proud of "Beautician and The Beast" a film she both executive produced as well as starred in with Timothy Dalton.

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Ferrera, America

America Ferrera is perhaps best known for her Emmy Award-winning portrayal of "Betty Suarez" on the ABC hit comedy Ugly Betty, but she is also a devoted humanitarian who dedicates her time, energy, and dazzling star power to generating attention to the causes that are near and dear to her heart, particularly those impacting children and their education.

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Fisher, Antwone

Author of "Finding Fish", Inspiration for film "Antwone Fisher"

Antwone Quenton Fisher was born in prison to a teenaged mother. He became a ward of the state of Ohio and was placed in foster care immediately. He spent two years in a loving foster home, but when it was apparent that the foster mother had become too attached to Antwone, deeming a reunion with his birth mother too difficult for the child, he was placed in a foster home where he would suffer twelve years of abuse at the hands of the foster family.

 

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Greer, Joe

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Dr. Joe Greeer is a Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient. He opened Camillus Health Concern (CHC) to Treat the Poor & Homeless Populations of Miami.  He is the Assistant Dean for Homeless Education at the University of Miami School of Medicine and Chairman of Digestive Management at Mercy Hospital. Dr. Greer's autobiography, Waking up in America: How One Doctor Brings Hope to Those Who Need It Most, details his early years as a physician from taking care of the homeless under the bridges to advising in the Bush and Clinton administrations.

 

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Hanna, Jack

Category:Adventurers

Jack Hanna, popular host of the hit television series, Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures, is one of America's most beloved naturalists and adventurers. Each week, Hanna takes millions of family viewers on exciting journeys to learn about animals and the places they live. What makes the series a success to a broad segment of viewers is Hanna's enthusiasm and wonderment with every new creature and experience he encounters. No intellectual pomp or circumstance here - Jack Hanna is "every person's" television zoologist.

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LaBelle, Patti

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The Grammy-award winning Patti LaBelle is well-known as an inspirational speaker who shares a powerful message of hope. She has become almost as well-known for her support of social causes as for her chart-topping music. In recent years, she's worked tirelessly to raise awareness about AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, cancer and foster care. She is also the author of Don't Block the Blessings, a book that chronicles her personal story of emotional survival following traumatic family events and losses.

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Lee, B. Gentry

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On August 5, 2012, an SUV-sized rover named Curiosity landed safely in Gale Crater on Mars, beginning a new era in the exploration of Mars. Curiosity is by far the most complex and sophisticated robot spacecraft ever built and it will add fascinating new details to our understanding of the past and present habitability of the red planet. Gentry Lee will describe the challenging development of the Curiosity spacecraft and its spectacular landing and early scientific discoveries, as well as the place of Curiosity in the history of mankind’s knowledge of Mars.

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Leno, Mavis

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Mavis Nicholson Leno is the Chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation's Campaign to Help Afghan Women and Girls, and has been the United States' most outspoken critic of the Taliban's horrific treatment of women. Leno joined the Board of Directors of the Feminist Majority Foundation in 1997, after playing an active role in the effort to defeat Proposition 209, the anti-affirmative action initiative on the 1996 California ballot.

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Mayer, Marissa

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Marissa Mayer is the President and CEO of Yahoo. Mayer developed a passion for computers while at Stanford University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in symbolic systems and a Master of Science degree in computer science with a specialization in artificial intelligence. During her studies, Mayer taught undergraduate courses in computer programming, but it was perhaps her research internships at Stanford University and the Union Bank of Switzerland's research lab in Zurich that helped her net 14 job offers fresh out of grad school.

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McSally, Martha

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Martha McSally is a  decorated military leader and pioneer. She was the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, and first to command a fighter squadron in combat in United States history. In 2001-2002, Martha McSally earned national recognition for successfully overturning a military policy requiring all U.S. servicewomen to wear a Muslim Abaya and headscarf when off base in Saudi Arabia. She was awarded a Bronze Star and multiple Air Medals for her combat leadership and performance.

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