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John  Quiñones
John Quiñones

ABC News Veteran, Creator & Host, What Would You Do?

A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer” took Quiñones from migrant farm work to the anchor desk at 20/20 and Primetime and creating, What Would You Do?, the hit show he hosts. 

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Michele  Erwin
Michele Erwin

Founder of All Wheels Up

A former fashion merchandiser, Michele Erwin pivoted careers as she saw a need in the disability community to address the white space for true accessible air travel, which is a wheelchair spot on airplanes, as you find on buses and trains today.

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Steve  Pemberton
Steve Pemberton

Author & Chief HR Officer, Workhuman

Considered one of America’s most inspiring business and HR leaders, Steve Pemberton’s triumphant life story is about defying seemingly insurmountable beginnings as a child orphaned into foster care.

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Rebekah  Taussig
Rebekah Taussig

Disability Advocate & Educator

Rebekah Taussig will challenge everything you think you know about disability as she invites us into her experience of living in a body that looks and moves differently than most.

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Ray Ray  McElrathbey
Ray Ray McElrathbey

Subject of the Disney+ film Safety

The Disney+ film Safety shares Ray Ray’s story as a shining example of perseverance triumphing through repeated adversity and the message of family above everything.

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Richard  Carmona
Richard Carmona

17th Surgeon General & CEO, Canyon Ranch Health

Having gone from high school dropout to serving as our nation’s top doctor, Carmona instills in audiences that anything is possible through commitment and determination.

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Doug  Lindsay
Doug Lindsay

Inspiring Innovator & Transformational Thought Leader

CNN Health’s top story of 2019, Doug Lindsay is a standing ovation TEDx speaker who shows audiences how to take on seemingly impossible challenges.

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Christina  Meredith
Christina Meredith

Abuse & Homelessness Survivor, Author of CinderGirl

Empowering others with her inspiring life story, Christina Meredith survived sexual, mental and emotional abuse, incest, trauma, aging out of foster care, poverty and homelessness to forge a life committed to helping others.

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