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Berry, Mary Frances

Mary Frances Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.  She was appointed by President Carter and confirmed by the Senate as a Commissioner on the US Commission on Civil Rights. After President Reagan fired her for criticizing his civil rights policies, she sued him and won reinstatement in federal district court. In 1993, President Clinton designated her Chairperson of the Civil Rights Commission.

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Burton, LeVar

The multi-talented LeVar Burton has captured the attention of audiences and peers for over two decades. As a multiple Daytime Emmy Award and Grammy Award winning actor, director, producer, author, and celebrity speaker, Burton proves he can do it all. Burton’s first professional audition, at the age of 19, led to his being cast as Kunta Kinte in the acclaimed miniseries “ROOTS.”  He is also well known for his acting on the “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

 

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Conejo, Carlos

Carlos Conejo has been lecturing and consulting internationally on management, supervision, organizational development, and multicultural issues in Canada, Puerto Rico and The United Kingdom, presenting to thousands of people from various organizations and companies. His clients include, Johnson & Johnson, Oakley Sunglasses-Luxotica, Pentair Pool Products, Jacuzzi Brand Products, Curtis-Wright Aerospace, The US Marines Corps, U.S. Army, U.S. Postal Service, Amgen, St. Jude's, Medtronic and more.

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Edelman, Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life.  Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families.  The Children's Defense Fund’s Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

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Gates, Henry

African American politics. An influential cultural critic, Professor Gates has written a 1994 cover story for Time magazine, numerous articles for the New Yorker, and in September 2004, a biweekly guest column in The New York Times.
In 2006, Professor Gates wrote and produced the PBS documentary also called “African American Lives,” the first documentary series to employ genealogy and genetic science to provide an understanding of African American history.

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George, Bruce

Bruce George is a visionary, executive producer, writer, poet and activist.
George is the Co-Founder of the critically acclaimed award winning “Russell Simmons’s Def Poetry Jam.” He’s also the Founder/Managing Editor of “The Bandana Republic, an Anthology of Poetry & Prose by Gang Members & Their Affiliates.”

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George, Bruce

Bruce George is a visionary, executive producer, writer, poet and activist.
George is the Co-Founder of the critically acclaimed award winning “Russell Simmons’s Def Poetry Jam.” He’s also the Founder/Managing Editor of “The Bandana Republic, an Anthology of Poetry & Prose by Gang Members & Their Affiliates.”

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Gibbons, Chris

Dr. Gibbons’ is an Urban Health expert and informatician who works primarily in the area of Consumer Health informatics where he focuses on using Health Information and Communications Technologies to improve urban healthcare disparities. His work is forming the foundation of the emerging field of populomics which represents the fusion of the population sciences, medicine and informatics. Prior to coming to the Urban Health Institute, Dr. Gibbons was a Senior Policy Fellow at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

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Giovanni, Nikki

Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past thirty years, her outspokenness, in her writing and in lectures, has brought the eyes of the world upon her. One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being "a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English." Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality. 

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Gordon, Jullien

Jullien Gordon is passionate about writing and speaking. He speaks regularly on millennials, motivation, purpose, and careers. He was invited to speak at the 30 Summit and The Gathering—two very selective groups for forward thinking millennials. Finally, he holds a seat on the Junior Board for the Beginning with Children Foundation and works closely with the Stay Inspired organization.

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Greer, Joe

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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Harper, Hill

Hill Harper has won legions of admirers for his soulful portrayal of "Dr. Sheldon Hawkes" on the hit drama series CSI: New York. A talented actor, Harper's passion for his craft is surpassed only by his dedication to inspire America's youth. A firm believer that identity is not defined by skin color or circumstance, the charismatic Harper encourages audiences to "take your biggest dream, and double it."

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Hingson, Michael

Michael and “Roselle” have since become well-known as representatives of the strength of the human/animal bond, and have been successful in communicating the power of that bond in many media interviews and public presentations. Michael has traveled with a Guide Dog for 40 years and embodies the lifelong partnerships created by Guide Dogs for the Blind and those they serve.

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Ilibagiza, Immaculée

Immaculée Ilibagiza is the author of Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, the international bestseller that has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide and has been made into a documentary. Some of the proceeds from the book have raised over $150,000 for the orphans of Rwanda.

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Johnson, Magic

NBA legend, two-time Hall of Famer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, motivational speaker… these are but a few of the honors and distinctions Earvin “Magic” Johnson has racked up over the years. Today, the business mogul has successfully parlayed his skills on the basketball court into multimillion-dollar success in the business world, propelling his company to the status of #1 urban brand in America.

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Jones, Sarah

Sarah Jones is a Tony Award® winning playwright and performer. Her multi-character solo show Bridge & Tunnel was originally produced Off-Broadway by Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, and went on to become a critically acclaimed, long running hit on Broadway. Sarah Jones was educated at Bryn Mawr College and the United Nations International School, Sarah recently returned to her UN School roots by becoming a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, traveling as a spokesperson on violence against children, and performing for audiences from Indonesia to Ethiopia, the Middle East and Japan.

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Kielburger, Craig

Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and syndicated columnist. He co-founded Free The Children in 1995 when he was 12-years-old. Today, he remains a full-time volunteer for the organization, now the world’s leading youth-driven charity.


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Kotb, Hoda

Co-Anchor, Fourth Hour of Today & Correspondent, Dateline NBC

Hoda Kotb is the co-host of the fourth hour of NBC’s Today. She began hosting the 10 a.m. hour when it debuted in September 2007, and she currently hosts alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. Kotb has also been a Dateline NBC correspondent since April 1998 and the host of the weekly syndicated series Your Total Health since September 2004.  She is the author of Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee.

 

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Kuykendall, Crystal

Dr. Crystal Arlene Kuykendall is considered one of the most dynamic individuals of our time. A critical thinker, analyst, motivator, and mentor. Dr. Kuykendall has astounded audiences and individuals through the power of her observations and the warmth of her words. A highly sought after and savvy speaking sensation, she is an engaging educator, human relations expert, legal analyst/litigator, endearing author and loving mother.

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Lee

Mr. Lee has been a diversity consultant and speaker to Fortune 100 & 500 companies around the world and was the Dean of a university business school. He is the author of eight books on marketing and selling to multicultural customers, women, Generation-X & -Y, Baby Boomers and others. His latest is, "Cross-Cultural Selling for Dummies". 

 

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