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Christopher  Gardner
Christopher Gardner

Entrepreneur, Author & Philanthropist

Chris Gardner is an entrepreneur whose autobiography, the Pursuit of Happyness, became a best seller and the inspiration for the movie of the same name. His talks aim to help others achieve their full potential.

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Christy  Beam
Christy Beam

Author, Miracles from Heaven

Christy Beam is the author of Miracles from Heaven, a NYT bestseller that was adapted into a major motion picture starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah. 

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Rais  Bhuiyan
Rais Bhuiyan

Founder, World Without Hate & Peace Activist

Rais Bhuiyan has a remarkable story — one that continually inspires people to interview him about his campaign, World Without Hate. His captivating speeches educate others on the regenerative power of forgiveness.

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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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Erin  Gruwell
Erin Gruwell

Inspirational Educator & Author

Erin Gruwell helped students "written off" by the system harness the power of education to graduate high school. Her dedication to her students resulted in the publication of The Freedom Writers Diary.

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Dr. Alfredo  Quiñones-Hinojosa
Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

World-Renowned Neurosurgeon & Neuroscientist

Mexican immigrant Quiñones-Hinojosa went from migrant worker to head of brain tumor surgery at Johns Hopkins. His incredible story is being developed into a movie by Brad Pitt and Disney.

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Christopher  Gray
Christopher Gray

Founder & Chief Executive Officer Scholly

Raised in poverty and determined to help others go to college, Gray sparked the biggest fight in Shark Tank history with Scholly, his breakthrough app that helps students find scholarships.

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