Education & Children

Mary Frances Berry

Mary Frances Berry

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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Guion S. Bluford

Guion S. Bluford

Dr. Guion S. Bluford, Jr., is Founder and President of The Aerospace Technology Group (ATG), an aerospace technology and business consulting organization specializing in aviation and space related technology development, analysis, and marketing related activities. Prior to joining ATG, Dr. Bluford was Vice President of Microgravity R&D and Operations for the Northrop Grumman Corporation and was responsible for all corporate microgravity research and technical development activities in support of NASA’s Human Exploration and Development of Space (HEDS) Enterprise.

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Michele Borba

Michele Borba

Michele Borba, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned educator, award-winning author, parenting expert and child and adolescent expert. She is recognized for her practical, solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s behavior, character, and social development, and to build strong families. A sought-after motivational speaker, she has presented workshops and keynote addresses throughout North American, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific and has served as an educational consultant to hundreds of schools.

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Kevin Brooks

Kevin Brooks

Kevin is a leading youth speaker on suicide prevention, impaired driving and overcoming obstacles. He is living proof that one poor choice can change one’s life forever, or even end it. From his wheelchair, Kevin Brooks shares the story of the night that changed his life forever… Kevin left a party, driving at excessive speeds after consuming large amounts of alcohol. He was not alone. Beside him sat his passenger and childhood friend Brendan. The result – a horrific crash…Brendan didn’t walk away from the crash…. Neither did Kevin.

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Marc Brown

Marc Brown

"When my three sisters and I were growing up near Erie, Pennsylvania, our grandmother Thora told us the most wonderful stories. Back then I never dreamed I would grow up to tell stories of my own," says Marc Brown. "But when my first son, Tolon, was born, I started telling him stories. One night our story was about an aardvark named Arthur." Now, Arthur is the star of a series of bestselling books and Emmy award-winning television series on PBS.

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Joan Collins

Joan Collins

Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominee, Joan Collins, possesses a star quality that circles the globe. In five decades, she has come to define what it means to be a living legend. As an accomplished actor, author, producer, humanitarian and entrepreneur, Collins has built a career that places her in the unrivaled ranks of international superstar and icon.

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Richie Contartesi

At 12 years old, Richie found a mentor who picked him up and showed him a formula to succeed in life, become the best he could be, and his life changed forever. Now, he does the same for other students. Richie struggled with goals, being bullying, anxiety, depression, and even had suicidal thoughts until he found his first passion, playing football, and turned that into a full D1 football scholarship at Ole Miss standing a staggering 5’7″ and a hefty 150 pounds.

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Dominique Dawes

Dominique Dawes

Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Gymnast Dominique Dawes is a champion in life. Bursting into the international spotlight in 1992 as part of the bronze-medal winning women’s Olympic gymnastic team, she was the first African American gymnast to ever qualify and compete in an Olympic games. A three-time Olympian, “Awesome Dawesome” catapulted into stardom, winning more national championship medals than any other athlete, and is now the most decorated gymnast on the US women’s Olympic team. Since her Olympic glory, Dawes hasn’t rested on her laurels.

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Craig Dietz

Craig Dietz

Craig Dietz's story has been featured in ESPN The Magazine, on KDKA-TV News in Pittsburgh and most recently on E:60 on ABC and ESPN. Deitz will also be featured this spring on ESPN's television show E:60 (Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.) Invite Deitz to challenge and inspire your community, school or workplace today.

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Terry Dozier

Terry Dozier

Terry has been mentoring for more than 16 years and is the founder of the “Men of Standard” men’s mentoring group, which provides young and adult men a forum to discuss, share and address relevant topics for achieving a fulfilled Christian life based on biblical exploration and application.

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Jonah Edelman

Jonah Edelman

Jonah Edelman wants to make our public schools better. An advocate for public education in America, Jonah is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stand for Children, a growing and influential political voice for students. He is committed to mobilizing Americans around a common goal of changing the odds for our children.

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Mary Lynne Fernandez

Mary Lynne Fernandez

Mary Lynne is a gifted motivator who relates to teens with personal stories that touch the heart, creates laughter, and connection. As a youth motivational speaker whose message on teen leadership and life choices has empowered youth audiences since 2011, she teaches students to take control of their life, their happiness, and their success. She speaks at schools, conventions, conferences, camps, retreats, and other events for students and those who work with students.

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America Ferrera

America Ferrera

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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Antwone Fisher

Antwone Fisher

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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Ellen Galinsky

Ellen Galinsky

Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI), helped establish the field of work and family life while at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for twenty-five years. Her more than forty-five books and reports include the highly acclaimed Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ask The Children and the now classic The Six Stages of Parenthood.

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James Garbarino

James Garbarino

Dr. James Garbarino is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Garbarino has served as consultant or advisor to a wide range of organizations, including the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health, the American Medical Association, the National Black Child Development Institute, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the FBI.

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Bobby Gordon

Bobby Gordon

Bobby Gordon is an award-winning advocate for alcohol/other drug education, research, and prevention. The Right Mix and Beyond Alcohol: The Other Drug Category are programs available to colleges and universities, high schools, community agencies, and professional organizations to help sort fact from fiction in the confusing world of drugs. The focus on alcohol education often clouds research and education about drugs like ecstasy, cocaine, and prescription drugs.

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Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. Hanson is the author of hundreds of articles, book reviews, scholarly papers, and newspaper editorials on matters ranging from ancient Greek, agrarian and military history to foreign affairs, domestic politics, and contemporary culture.

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Nathan Harmon

#1 Booked School Speaker Nationwide 2017, 2018 & 2019, Speaking in Over 750 Schools. He shares directly from his own personal experiences in a profound way that truly reaches students of all ages. Nathan has overcome drug addiction, suicidal thoughts, self destructive lifestyle and so much more.

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Asma Gull Hasan

Asma Gull Hasan

Asma Gull Hasan co-authored book entitled “Mean Girls, Meaner Women: Understanding Why Women Backstab, Betray and Trash Talk Each Other and How to Heal” is currently available. It is a book for girls in their late teens and adult women who are interested in learning more about why females hurt each other. The book talks about meanness as a coping strategy for women, women's difficulty handling angry and competitive feelings and other influences that foster an environment where women are hostile toward one another.

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