Education and Children

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

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, 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 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

"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

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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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'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 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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Bill Egan

On the surface, Billy Egan was the ideal high school student. He was an AP student and Varsity athlete who was offered several college scholarships, but he was also addicted to cocaine which eventually led to pills and heroin. As Billy’s substance abuse issues intensified, his life changed dramatically; the downward spiral cost him his education, his friends, his family and eventually his freedom.

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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 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

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, 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

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 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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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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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, 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

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

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, 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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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

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 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

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 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

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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