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APB's speakers on social issues are not just speakers but representatives of action and change. Our keynote speakers offer a rich combination of information and inspiration, while addressing a wide range of thought-provoking topics.

Through their personal life and professional experiences, APB social issues speakers offer a deep understanding of our society's pressing issues and can give audiences the hope and tools to address critical themes and enact meaningful change.

Social Issues

Author & Recovering Addict

In a voice that is raw and honest, speaker Nic Sheff spares no detail in telling the compelling true story of his relapse into and road to recovery from drug addiction.

Former NBA Player / Addiction Recovery Advocate

A hometown basketball legend, Chris Herren realized his dream of playing for the Celtics only to lose it all to addiction. He shares his story in Basketball Junkie & the ESPN documentary Unguarded.

Provocative Public Intellectual & Groundbreaking Author

One of America’s most provocative public intellectuals, Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking and teaching weave together the traditions of the Black Baptist Church, progressive politics and...

Media Mogul & Philanthropist

Ted Turner is a media mogul, philanthropist and speaker on leadership and business issues. He is best known for founding CNN and Turner Classic Movies.

CEO of Robin Hood, Army Combat Veteran & Best-Selling Author

Acclaimed author Wes Moore energizes audiences with his remarkable personal story of overcoming adversity through education, embracing personal responsibility and emerging as an inspirational leader.

President of Global Communications Strategy & Talent at A+E Networks & Former Deputy Chief of Staff For Operations, Obama Administration

The youngest woman ever to be Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations at the White House, Alyssa Mastromonaco is a bona fide trailblazer who's keen ability to measure and take calculated risks helped not only to keep our country running throughout a...

Musician & Activist

Part of the legendary musical trio Peter, Paul and Mary, Yarrow is also a devoted activist whose educational nonprofit, Operation Respect, helps assure children a welcoming environment conducive to learning.

Inner-City Youth & Education Advocate

Profiled on 60 Minutes & featured in the documentary Waiting for Superman, Geoffrey Canada is the former President & CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, an agency that works to better the future of inner-city youth.

Survivor of Cleveland Kidnappings

Lily Rose, aka Michelle Knight, the first of the three women abducted by notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, recounts the full story of her years in captivity, her escape and the powerful inner strength and capacity for hope that has...

Actress

An accomplished actress in a career that shows no signs of slowing down, Andie MacDowell is known worldwide for her undeniable charm, talent, and versatility.

Former US Representative, Rhode Island; Co-Founder, One Mind for Research & Founder, Kennedy Forum

Patrick Kennedy was a Representative from Rhode Island to the United States House of Representatives from 1994-2010. He now works as a mental health advocate and is a sought-after speaker on topics such as mental health, healthcare and many other...

International Affairs Expert

John Prendergast is a human rights activist and best-selling author. He is the co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Working for the Clinton Administration, he was directly involved in a...

Olympic Diver & Author

Greg Louganis began competing in diving at age 10. By 16, he had won his first Olympic medal, a silver medal on the platform in 1976. At 24, he became the first man in 56 years to win two gold medals in diving by winning both the platform and...

Award-Winning Actor of Arrested Development, The Hangover & Transparent

A veteran of film, television, and the Broadway stage, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor is one of the most iconic and respected character actors of his generation. He has appeared in The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested...

Actor, Activist & Philanthropist

An actor known for his roles on Sex and the City and In Treatment, speaker Blair Underwood is the co-founder of Artists for New South Africa.

Writer, Producer & Actor, My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Nia Vardalos is a writer, producer, and actor best known for her work in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She is also an adoption advocate and the author of Instant Mom.

Actress, Author & Activist

Maria Bello is an internationally renowned actor, activist and author of Whatever… Love Is Love, a book due out in April 2015 that makes a compelling argument about the fluidity of partnerships, and how families today come in a myriad...

Emmy-Winning Journalist

An Emmy-winning journalist, speaker Charlie Rose has been praised as "one of America's premier interviewers." He sparks in-depth discussions on issues and ideas of our time.

Mother of Trayvon Martin

Since the death of her 17 year old son, Trayvon Martin, during the violent confrontation in 2012, Sybrina Fulton is dedicating her life to transforming family tragedy into social change.

Father of Trayvon Martin

Since the 2012 death of his son, Trayvon, in a violent confrontation, Tracy Martin has committed his life to transforming tragedy into change.

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