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Steve  Pemberton
Steve Pemberton

Author & Chief HR Officer, Workhuman

Considered one of America’s most inspiring business and HR leaders, Steve Pemberton’s triumphant life story is about defying seemingly insurmountable beginnings as a child orphaned into foster care.

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Lt. Colonel Olga   Custodio, USAF (Retired)
Lt. Colonel Olga Custodio, USAF (Retired)

America’s First Latina Fighter Pilot

Turned away from flight school because she was a woman, Custodio went on to break barriers (including the sound barrier) as the first Latina USAF pilot and commercial pilot for American Airlines.

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Admiral Michelle  J.  Howard (Retired)
Admiral Michelle J. Howard (Retired)

First Female U.S. Navy Four-Star Admiral

A ground-breaking leader during her 35-year career in the U.S. Navy, Michelle Howard was the first woman to achieve the rank of four-star admiral and the first woman to be appointed to the position of vice chief of naval operations.

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Dan  Rather
Dan Rather

Legendary Journalist & News Anchor

One of the most renowned reporters of our time, Emmy-winning Dan Rather has experience and perspective few can match. He offers insight into world events and the significance of journalism today.

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Jesse  Jackson
Jesse Jackson

Civil Rights Activist & Politician

Presidential candidate and civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson is the voice of American activism. Called “the great unifier,” he has played a pivotal role for civil rights and economic and social justice.

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Africa’s First Elected Female President

Known as “Africa’s Iron Lady,” Nobel Peace Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won international acclaim for leading Liberia through the Ebola Crisis and through reconciliation and recovery following her nation’s decade-long civil war.

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Mayim  Bialik
Mayim Bialik

Star, The Big Bang Theory & Neuroscientist

Talented and multifaceted, Mayim Bialik - best known for her roles on Blossom and The Big Bang Theory - has a Ph.D. in neuroscience, studies Judaism and practices natural living.

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David  Pogue
David Pogue

NYT Columnist & CBS Sunday Morning Contributor

Whether he’s covering AI, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, the latest consumer tech, a post-robot world, or preparing for climate change, David Pogue is a master communicator who brings even the most non-technical audiences up to speed.

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