Winona LaDuke    International, Social Issues

Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. In 1994, Time magazine named her one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and... Continue »
Stedman Graham

Stedman Graham

Stedman Graham is chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates (SGA), a management and marketing consulting company that specializes in the corporate and educational markets. As a businessman, educator and speaker, Stedman Graham presents, consults and conducts training with corporations, organizations and non-profits on the topics of maximizing leadership, identity development, achieving success, growing a business, embracing diversity,... Continue »
Daymond John

Daymond John

A young entrepreneur, industry pioneer, highly regarded marketing expert and a man who has surpassed new heights of commercial and financial success are just a few ways people have described Daymond John. Over the last 20 years, Daymond John (The Shark) has evolved from one of the most successful fashion icons of his generation to a highly sought after... Continue »
Kenny Smith

Kenny Smith

Kenny Smith is an NBA studio analyst for TNT Sports.  He joins Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson each week during the NBA season to form one of the most entertaining studio shows in sports television. Kenny will be a main studio analyst for the 2011 NCAA Tournament on  CBS and Turner. Kenny has also served as the NBA expert... Continue »
Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton

Clearly one of the most sought after keynote speakers and most popular figure skating stars in the world today, Scott Hamilton is an Olympic Gold Medalist, Network TV skating commentator, actor, performer, producer, Emmy Award nominee, best-selling author, role model, humanitarian, philanthropist, and a cancer and brain tumor survivor.  His motto is: “The only disability in life is a... Continue »
Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper

Host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° Anderson Cooper has redefined what it means to be a news anchor today. Into a staid medium — the evening newscast — he has inserted his fierce intelligence, a deeply felt emotional side, a charm and a sense of humor rarely found on television news, and a shock of silver hair that has... Continue »
Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant

Rev. Dr. Iyanla (pronounced E-Yan-La) Vanzant’s story reads like an epic adventure filled with near misses, struggle, strength, courage and triumph! From her life’s experiences she has uncovered her life’s purpose, discovered the power that lies within and recovered her authentic self Iyanla Vanzant has emerged as a living testament to the value in life’s valleys and the power... Continue »
David Kim

David Kim

David Kim is the former CEO of Baja Fresh, La Salsa, Sweet Factory, and several other companies, as well as the author of Ignite!: The 12 Values that Fuel Billionaire Success. A serial entrepreneur by nature, David’s equity market investment group specializes in acquiring distressed companies and turning them into high-powered profit centers in record time. Kim’s love of... Continue »
Pat Riley

Pat Riley

President and former head coach of The Miami Heat, Pat Riley posted 50-plus win seasons in 14 seasons, which is unprecedented in the NBA. Pat concluded his 15th season with a 859-360 career record, a sizzling .705 mark. Having addressed over 500 corporations, associations, and colleges, Pat Riley has gained the respect and admiration of meeting planners nationwide. Pat’s... Continue »
Judge Glenda A. Hatchett

Judge Glenda A. Hatchett

A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law, where she was an Earl Warren Scholar, Hatchett completed a prestigious federal clerkship in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. She then spent nearly 10 years at Delta Air Lines, where she was the airline’s highest-ranking woman of color worldwide. As Senior Attorney, she... Continue »
Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

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... Continue »
Charles D. Ellison

Charles D. Ellison

CHARLES D. ELLISON is Host of “The New School” on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio (Sirius 110, XM 130 and XM 169) and author of the critically-acclaimed urban political thriller TANTRUM. He is the Washington Correspondent for The Philadelphia Tribune and Washington Politics Correspondent for the popular online political news daily Politic365.com. He is also a frequent contributor to The Huffington... Continue »
Shaun T

Shaun T

Shaun T, born as Shaun Thompson, was raised in New Jersey. He received a BS degree in Sports Science with a minor in Theater and Dance from Rowan University. Shaun moved on to work in the corporate world as a health and fitness specialist/personal trainer. He was then promoted to a health program manager at one of the world’s... Continue »
Dr. Cornel West    Faith, Motivation & Inspiration, Social Issues

Dr. Cornel West

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. He has written 19 books... Continue »
William Cunningham

William Cunningham

Mr. Cunningham is Founder and CEO of Creative Investment Research, Inc., Blackcrowdfunding.net and MinorityFinance.com. He is the best selling author of The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding for Small Businesses and Startups, published by Apress Books. Mr. Cunningham is a highly requested expert on Crowdfunding. He educates and empowers audiences across the globe to better understand crowdfunding, it’s history, it’s future,... Continue »
Jonathan Jackson

Jonathan Jackson

Jonathan Luther Jackson is a businessman, professor and social justice advocate, known for his keen analysis of the social and economic forces that prevent America from being a more perfect union. A gifted educator, Jackson is hailed for his facile analyses of public education, the justice system and the stark realities that lurk behind abstruse economic theory. Jackson is... Continue »
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Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik is a 21st century civil rights leader. As the Political Director to hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and President of GlobalGrind.com, an online destination founded by Simmons with over 4.5 million viewers per month, Michael is a leading voice for young America. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy A trailblazer of social... Continue »
Rafael Romo

Rafael Romo

Rafael Romo is Senior Latin American Affairs Editor of CNN Worldwide. He is based out of Atlanta and reports to Parisa Khosravi, Senior Vice President of international newsgathering for CNN Worldwide. Romo is charged with tracking the top stories across Latin America for the global audiences of CNN across its multiple platforms. A native of Mexico, Romo is an... Continue »
Ray Lipowski

Ray Lipowski

His comedy is the best of both worlds — not black, not white — but true. Ray started his comedy career back in 2000 and has been blowing up clubs, colleges and comedy rooms ever since. Entering a comedy contest with absolutely no experience — not even touching a mic — he took 3rd place. This is no small... Continue »
Syleena Johnson

Syleena Johnson

Imagine this: you’re a Grammy-nominated singer, considered one of the best vocalists of your generation, who has scored major R&B hits and been invited to collaborate with the likes of Kanye West and R. Kelly, yet some folks consider you “underrated.” This has been the plight of Syleena Johnson, acclaimed as one of the finest R&B voices to have... Continue »
Suzan Shown Harjo

Suzan Shown Harjo

Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee) is a poet, writer, lecturer, curator, and policy advocate, who has helped Native Peoples recover more than one million acres of land and numerous sacred places. She has developed key federal Indian law since 1975, including the most important national policy advances in the modern era for the protection of Native American... Continue »
The Three Doctors

The Three Doctors

Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins, fondly known as The Three Doctors serve as an extraordinary model of leadership for anyone who’s been through any kind of life challenge or major hardship. Sampson David, MD: Dr. Sampson Davis’ life has come gratifyingly full-circle. Born as the fifth of six children in one of New Jersey’s poorest cities,... Continue »
Robert Townsend

Robert Townsend

A passionate visionary and trailblazer, Hollywood Icon, Robert Townsend transcends any medium he touches. Whether he’s performing stand up, acting, writing, directing, producing, or running a television network, his magic and versatile talent is undeniable. A Hollywood-pioneer well ahead of his time, Townsend, a Chicago native is often referred to as one of the “Godfathers” of the Independent Film... Continue »
Tim King

Tim King

Tim King is founder, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, a nonprofit organization operating a network of public college-prep boys’ schools in Chicago (including the nation’s first all-male charter high school) and related programs aimed at promoting college success. 100% of Urban Prep graduates—all African-American males and mostly from low-income families—have been admitted to four-year colleges/universities. Tim also... Continue »