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Leaders with Lessons:

John B. King
John B. King

Secretary of Education under President Obama

An inspiring educational leader and advocate, King’s own story is proof of the transformative power of education. He shares a passionate message about access to opportunity and America’s future.

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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

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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Mary  Robinson
Mary Robinson

Former President of Ireland & Chair of The Elders

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

Founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone, Canada addresses inner city poverty and violence. His model was featured in Waiting for Superman and has been replicated across the U.S.

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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

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

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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