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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

Author & Chief HR Officer, Globoforce

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

A global icon that changed the game of basketball, Kareem is a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and civil rights advocate working to bring more opportunities to underserved communities.

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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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Dr. Rich  Benjamin
Dr. Rich Benjamin

Author, Essayist & Adventurer

Dr. Rich Benjamin sharply observes modern society and politics. He is the author of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America, selected as an Editor’s Choice by Booklist and The American Library Association (2009).

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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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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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