Education & Children

Robin Karr-Morse

Robin Karr-Morse

As executive director of The Parenting Institute, Karr Morse views her work as "building" healthy kids rather than "fixing" broken ones.

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Craig Kielburger

Craig Kielburger

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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Jean Kilbourne

Jean Kilbourne

Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on alcohol and tobacco advertising and the image of women in advertising. Her films, slide lectures and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world. She was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses today. Her book, Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel, won the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology in 2000.

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Crystal Kuykendall

Crystal Kuykendall

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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B. Gentry Lee

B. Gentry Lee

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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Jack Levin

Jack Levin

Jack Levin, Ph.D. is the Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University in Boston, where he co-directs its Center on Violence and Conflict. He has authored or co-authored 30 books, including the recently published volumes Serial Killers and Sadistic Murderers—Up Close and Personal and The Violence of Hate. Dr. Levin has also published more than 150 articles in professional journals and newspapers, such as The New York Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and USA Today.

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Maryann Mendoza posing with her son Brandon Mendoza

Maryann Mendoza

Brandon had many dreams of what he wanted to continue achieving in his life and had just completed the renovation of the My name is Mary Ann Mendoza and my life course has been changed forever. My son, Sgt Brandon Mendoza, was killed on May 12, 2014 in a violent head-on collision. Guerrero Park area in Mesa. He changed the neighborhood forever with his relentless drive to make it a safe place for the families and especially the children of the area. He worked with the City of Mesa Building Code Division to have landlords bring their rental properties up to code to provide a safe living environment for renters. He made friends with everyone he met. the community knew they could trust him and he was there for them.

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Marianne Neifert

Marianne Neifert

Dr. Neifert is one of the best women motivational speakers for your conference or event, with impressive professional credentials, powerful content, and eloquent delivery. She is an ideal keynote speaker for professional organizations, health-related associations, hospitals, faith-based groups, civic organizations, and community events. Dr. Neifert is both a compelling speaker on life balance, as well as a nationally recognized parenting and breastfeeding expert.

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Alan November

Alan November

Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

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Lucille O'Neal

Lucille O'Neal

She may be the mother of one of the greatest athletes of all time, but Lucille O'Neal is much more than "Shaquille O'Neal's mom." Acquainted early in life with turmoil, O'Neal's circumstances shaped her perspective, strengthening her resolve to overcome the challenges she would later encounter. She has endured poverty, rejection, abuse, addiction, and the illness of a child, yet today her faith and compassion for others is stronger than ever.

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Kyle Olson

Kyle Olson

Kyle Olson is founder of Education Action Group and EAGnews.org, a leading education news site regularly cited by Fox News, the Drudge Report, The Blaze and other notable news outlets. He started EAG more than seven years ago when he was greatly bothered by the focus on adult issues in the education system. As a father of three children, the fight for better educational opportunities for all children has become all the more personal for him. Kyle sees a war being waged for our kids’ minds. On one side are secular progressives pushing moral relativism, hostility towards Christianity and traditional values, and putting the “collective” above the rights of individual. On the other are parents wanting to raise their children to embrace the exceptionalism of America and with their values, not those of the collective.

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David Pelzer

David Pelzer

In a word, Dave Pelzer embodies Esprit: Spirit, Humor & Wit. As a child, his resilience enabled him to overcome extreme life-threatening obstacles. As an adult, for over 20 years, Dave’s inspirational work has encouraged countless organizations and millions of individuals to recommit their efforts and remain steadfast to their personal convictions. Dave has experienced a truly extraordinary life. He nearly died several times by the hands of his mentally disturbed alcoholic mother. Years later it was determined that Dave’s case was identified as one of the most gruesome and extreme cases of child abuse in California’s then history.

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Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields is an actress, model and a mom. Shields speaks about her passion for children and for women's issues. She addresses the struggle with postpartum depression after her son Rowan's birth. She appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to publicize her book, Down Came the Rain, which detailed her experiences with suicide, delayed bonding and severe depression that came with her traumatic childbirth experiences.

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John Wood

John Wood

At age 35, John left an executive career track at Microsoft Corporation to form Room to Read, a nonprofit organization that “combines the heart of Mother Theresa with the scalability of Starbucks” to help children across the developing world break the cycle of poverty through the power of education. Razor-sharp business acumen honed at Microsoft, combined with a passion to change the world makes John Wood a unique, inspiring and popular speaker with universal appeal.

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Marian Wright Edelman

Marian 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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