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Leaders with Lessons:

John B. King
John B. King

Secretary of Education under President Obama

A passionate advocate and inspiring educational leader, former Secretary of Education John B. King considers himself living proof of the transformative power of education.

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Johnnetta  Cole
Johnnetta Cole

College President & Diversity Consultant

Speaker Johnnetta B. Cole is President Emerita of both Bennett College and Spelman College. She fights for diversity, justice, health, and safety.

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Freeman  Hrabowski
Freeman Hrabowski

President of the University of Maryland

President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County since May 1992. His research focuses on participation and performance of African-American males.

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Mary  Robinson
Mary Robinson

President, Mary Robinson Foundation

One of the world’s most respected advocates for human rights and Ireland’s first woman President, Mary Robinson leads the mission of the Mary Robinson Foundation—Climate Justice.

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Geoffrey  Canada
Geoffrey Canada

Inner-City Youth & Education Advocate

Profiled on 60 Minutes & in the documentary Waiting for Superman, Geoffrey Canada is the former President & CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone which works to better the futures of inner-city youths.

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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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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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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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