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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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Katie  Hurley
Katie Hurley

Psychotherapist & Parenting Expert

Katie Hurley, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, parenting expert, and writer. She is the founder of “Girls Can!” empowerment groups for girls between ages 5-11.

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Christine  Carter
Christine Carter

Sociologist & Happiness Expert

The author of Raising Happiness Dr. Christine Carter shares science-based parenting advice and skills for building emotional intelligence.

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Ilyasah  Shabazz
Ilyasah Shabazz

Daughter of Malcolm X, Professor & Author

Sharing the legacy of her parents, Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, Ilyasah is an inspirational role model, youth advocate and champion of women and girl empowerment.

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Bill  Deresiewicz
Bill Deresiewicz

Award-Winning Essayist & Critic

William Deresiewicz is an award-winning essayist and critic, a frequent college speaker, and the best-selling author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life.

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Diane  Ravitch
Diane Ravitch

Research Professor & Historian of Education

Diane Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University and a prolific writer, who has published more than 500 articles and reviews for scholarly and popular publications on the subject.

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Freeman  Hrabowski
Freeman Hrabowski

President of the University of Maryland

Award-winning educator and diversity expert Hrabowski transformed UMBC with his enthusiasm for STEM. Partnering with businesses, UMBC fosters skills to ensure employability.

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Salome  Thomas-EL
Salome Thomas-EL

Inspirational Principal

Being driven by a purpose larger than the self is the theme of I Choose to Stay, a memoir written by the award-winning school principal and speaker Salome Thomas-EL.

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