Great Achievers

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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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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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Lynn St. James

Lynn St. James

Named “one of the top 100 female athletes of the century” by Sports Illustrated, Lyn St. James has set 31 national and international speed records and succeeded in the sport of auto racing at levels unparalleled by any other woman. As a competitor in the world′s largest sporting event, the Indianapolis 500, St. James masterfully drove her way to earn Rookie of the Year honors in 1992. With six-Indy 500′s to her credit, St. James has competed in more of these prestigious events than any other woman in the race′s 82-year history.

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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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Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak

Co-Founder of Apple Computer, Inc. and Icon Among Futurist Speakers. Steve Wozniak is a star of the Silicon Valley community. For over three decades, Wozniak’s contributions have forged the path for the future of computing technology. His extensive philanthropic work has opened doors of opportunity for future generations of creative thinkers and thought-leaders.

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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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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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