Great Achievers

Jeff Adams

Jeff Adams

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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Stacy Allison

Stacy Allison

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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John Amatt

John Amatt

For over 30 years, John Amatt has led expeditions to remote regions of Northern Norway, Peru, Nepal, China and Greenland. He has explored areas of the Arctic on six occasions, making many first ascents of previously unclimbed peaks. . At the age of 20, John spent two weeks lashed to tiny ledges while making the first ever ascent of Europe's highest and steepest mountain precipice - the 5,000 foot "Vertical Mile" Troll Wall in Norway.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim Bernes-Lee is the Director of World Wide Web Foundation, USA. In 1976, he got degree in Physics from Queen's College, University of Oxford. 1989 and invented World Wide Web. Professor, MIT, conducting research into Semantic Web and other decentralized systems. Director, World Wide Web Consortium. Founder, World Wide Web Foundation. Recipient of numerous awards including FRS, FREng, KBE and OM.

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Conrad Black

Conrad Black

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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Matthew Bogdanos

Matthew Bogdanos

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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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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Joe Greer, M.D.

Joe Greer, M.D.

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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Jack Hanna

Jack Hanna

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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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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Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer

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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Martha E. McSally

Martha E. McSally

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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Jim “The Rookie” Morris

Jim “The Rookie” Morris

Jim “The Rookie” Morris is the top inspirational and motivational speaker on the public speaking circuit. His Cinderella story serves as testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life. Jim’s meteoric rise from 35 year old high school teacher to flame throwing major league pitcher in 3 months made cinematic history with the release of “The Rookie” starring Dennis Quaid. This heartwarming and unforgettable Disney blockbuster about chasing your dreams and keeping your promises won the ESPY for Sports Film of the Year.

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Bill Nye

Bill Nye

Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society. Nye is the host of two currently-running television series. “The 100 Greatest Discoveries” airs on the Science Channel. “The Eyes of Nye” airs on PBS stations across the country. Bill was asked to speak at his former professor Carl Sagan’s memorial service and has since moved from being a regular member of the Planetary Society to becoming a member of the Board of Directors.

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Marie Osmond

Marie Osmond

Singer, actress, television personality, businessperson. Born Olive Marie Osmond on October 13, 1959, in Ogden, Utah. While she has achieved a number of successes as a solo artist, an actress, and a businessperson, Marie Osmond is often best remembered for her collaboration with her brother as the singing duo Donny and Marie.

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Phil Robertson

Phil Robertson

Phil Alexander Robertson is an American professional hunter, businessman, and reality television star on the popular TV series, Duck Dynasty. He is also featured on the television show Buck Commander, a hunting show on the Outdoor Channel. He is the author of Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander.

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J K Rowling

J K Rowling

JK Rowling's keynotes focus on the failures she endured throughout her journey to become one of today's greatest writers. Best known as the author and creator of the beloved book series Harry Potter, Rowling has increased literacy among children, inspired young authors, and given birth to an entire world beyond our own that many of us, to this day, still remain an active resident of.

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Jeff Salz, Ph.D.

Jeff Salz, Ph.D.

One of world's leading adventurers and explorers, Dr. Jeff Salz helps organizations chart new paths through this time of challenge and transformation. An expert in achieving sustainable change in the face of adversity, Dr. Salz is relied upon by top leadership at visionary organizations such as Microsoft, eBay and Disney, where he was the creativity consultant for the production team of The Lion King. A recognized television host, Salz creates and stars in adventure specials for the Discovery, Travel and History channels.

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Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer at Facebook. She oversees the company's business operations including sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications. In 2013, she released the book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, in which she examines why women's progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

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Robert Ballard

Robert Ballard

Dr. Robert Ballard is also the founder and president of the Institute For Exploration (IFE) at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. Specializing in deep-sea archaeology, IFE's goal is to establish this new field of research utilizing evolving technology, such as advanced mapping and imaging systems, underwater robotics and remotely operated vehicles. Another Institute for Exploration objective is to share Ballard's most recent discoveries with guests in the Challenge of the Deep exhibition, completed as part of a $52 million expansion at Mystic Aquarium in 1999.

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Sebastian Copeland

Sebastian Copeland

Inspiring Adventurer, Photographer and Speaker on the Environment. Sebastian Copeland holds four world and Guinness records in the polar regions. He has crossed the Arctic Ocean on foot, the Greenland Ice Cap in its length and the Antarctica continent from its east to west axis. He has been charged alone by polar bears, fell through the ice in minus forty degrees, and has had frostbites on almost all his extremities.

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Jack Hanna

Jack Hanna

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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Jeff Salz, Ph.D.

Jeff Salz, Ph.D.

One of world's leading adventurers and explorers, Dr. Jeff Salz helps organizations chart new paths through this time of challenge and transformation. An expert in achieving sustainable change in the face of adversity, Dr. Salz is relied upon by top leadership at visionary organizations such as Microsoft, eBay and Disney, where he was the creativity consultant for the production team of The Lion King. A recognized television host, Salz creates and stars in adventure specials for the Discovery, Travel and History channels.

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Sharon Wood

Sharon Wood

Sharon Wood is the first woman in North America to climb Mount Everest. Wood's climb of Everest was only one facet of more than twenty years experience as a professional and elite mountaineer, with numerous ascents of summits over 20,000 feet to her credit. Mount Everest was a culmination of an odyssey that began at age twelve when her father took her up her first mountain

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Jeff Adams

Jeff Adams

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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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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Craig Sawyer "Sawman"

I’ve been betrayed, won various sports, racing and fighting championships, lost those closest to me, traveled extensively to 55 countries around the globe, learned dozens of professions, studied at several universities, been in covert agencies and units I’ll never talk about, enjoyed great triumphs, I’ve hunted the most violent men on earth and defended the most peaceful, worked in film & television, raised 2 fantastic kids, loved, lost, won, been a rock drummer, married my gorgeous "laughing buddy," achieved, blown it, learned, endured sickness, injury, enjoyed great health, fitness, rescued endangered animals in Africa from poachers, been ripped off, helped take down crooked high-ranking government officials, been humiliated, praised, misrepresented, crashed helicopters, been blessed and helped out by people for reasons that weren’t always readily apparent.

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Marci Shimoff

Marci Shimoff

Marci Shimoff is the woman’s face of the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her six bestselling titles, including Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul, have met with stunning success, selling more than 13 million copies worldwide in 33 languages. Marci is one of the bestselling female nonfiction authors of all time.

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John "TIG" Tiegen

John ‘Tig’ Tiegen leverages over 13 years of high-profile security and force protection expertise within contract and government agencies along with his military experience as a Marine Sergeant, to bring a powerful, thought-provoking, and engaging presentation of his first-hand account of the Benghazi Attacks to his audiences.

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