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Speakers Who Draw a Crowd:

Mickey  Rowe
Mickey Rowe

Founder & Artistic Director of National Disability Theatre

Mickey Rowe is on the autism spectrum. He was the epicenter of significant publicity when he became the first autistic actor to play Christopher Boone, the lead role in the Tony Award-winning play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”

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Sonia  Manzano
Sonia Manzano

"Maria" on Sesame Street & Author

Having retired her iconic Sesame Street character “Maria,” Manzano now dedicates her time to speaking and writing on education, communication, and Hispanics in the media.

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Blair  Underwood
Blair Underwood

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.

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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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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 who now works to bring innovative educational opportunities to underserved communities.

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Sean  Astin
Sean Astin

Actor & Filmmaker

Sean Astin is an actor and director known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Goonies, Rudy and Netflix’s Stranger Things 2. Son of actress Patty Duke, he is an advocate for mental health awareness, civic engagement and more.

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Jim  Avila
Jim Avila

Award-Winning Journalist & Senior Correspondent

Award-winning journalist Avila shares fascinating insights into the role of the media in shaping public opinion and policies on national issues including immigration. 

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Scott  Brown
Scott Brown

Former US Senator & Ambassador

Known as a builder of political bridges with deep expertise in both the public and private sector, Ambassador Scott Brown speaks from more than 30 years of experience as a diplomat, senator, military officer, trade negotiator and bestselling author.

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