Great Achievers

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

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

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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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

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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Common

With his Multi-Grammy Award winning music career and his continued work in film, Common has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men. He has been seen on the silver screen in films such as Smokin Aces, American Gangster, Wanted, Terminator Salvation. Common is a regularly requested guest speaker known to motivate and empower collegiate minds while speaking at prestigious universities across the Country.

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Bo Derek

Celebrity. Super Model. Patriot.

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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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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, 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

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 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 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 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, 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

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 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

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.

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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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

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 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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