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Wes  Moore
Wes Moore

NYT Best-Selling Author & Motivational Leader

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.

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Nicholas  Kristof
Nicholas Kristof

Pulitzer Prize-Winning NYT Columnist

A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, Nick Kristof offers a compassionate glimpse into such issues as global health, poverty and gender in the developing world.

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Steve  Pemberton
Steve Pemberton

Senior Exec., Walgreens Boots Alliance & Author

Pemberton’s story is about defying the odds— overcoming abuse and neglect as an orphan in foster care to become a corporate executive, enlightened diversity leader, visionary youth advocate and acclaimed speaker.

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Kareem  Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

NBA Legend & NY Times Best Selling Author

When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the NBA in 1989 at age 42, no player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more MVP Awards or logged more seasons; but his most important triumph was beating cancer.

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Sonia  Nazario
Sonia Nazario

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author & Journalist

Nazario, a former projects reporter for The Los Angeles Times, has covered social issues, earning her dozens of national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her series “Enrique’s Journey.”

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Sheryl  WuDunn
Sheryl WuDunn

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

Journalist and best-selling author of Half the Sky, Sheryl WuDunn offers a compelling perspective on current economic, political and social issues such as women's rights.

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Anand  Giridharadas
Anand Giridharadas

New York Times Columnist & Author

Anand Giridharadas is an author and columnist, writing about a world in transition as seen through the lens of culture.  He is the author of India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking.

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James  McBride
James McBride

New York Times Best-Selling Author & Musician

An award-winning jazz musician, McBride is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The Color of Water, a memoir that has become a modern classic. The book was adapted into the film Miracle at St. Anna.

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