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Amberly’s life story of astounding resilience has inspired a revolutionary lesson she offers to the world. She brings unique strategies developed to teach others how to tap into their superpower of resilience and persevere through any challenge. She is a powerhouse of energy on stage with a story that will engage and captivate any audience. Her keynote speeches, best-selling book, workshops, and podcasts offer hope and solutions for living life at its fullest to those in chronic pain (like her) and those who find themselves struggling against any obstacle.
Anne Morriss has spent the last twenty years building and leading mission-driven enterprises, serving most recently as CEO and Co-Founder of GenePeeks, a computational genomics company developing breakthrough ways to identify genetic risk. Anne founded the company after her son was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease. Anne has worked with entrepreneurs, companies, and governments throughout the United States and Latin America on strategy, leadership, and organizational change. She worked as a senior advisor with the OTF Group, launched the Concise Leadership Institute, and served as the founding Chair of InnerCity Weightlifting, a groundbreaking NGO enabling an unprecedented reduction in youth violence in Boston. Anne currently serves on the national Board of IGNITE and on the Board of Overseers for Boston’s Museum of Science. She co-authored the best-selling book Uncommon Service and is now writing a second book on how emerging leaders can remove barriers to impact. Anne received her BA from Brown University and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Diversity / Activism
Baratunde Thurston is an Emmy-nominated writer, activist, and comedian who has worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, advised the Obama White House, and cleaned bathrooms to pay for his Harvard education. He hosts the iHeartMedia podcast Spit, wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black, and serves on the boards of BUILD and the Brooklyn Public Library. Baratunde makes media, delivers keynotes, and promotes action with his unique blend of criticism, humor, and optimism. He’s most invested in topics of race, technology, democracy, and climate because the hard stuff has already been solved.
Bernard Coleman III
Bernard joined Uber as the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in January 2017. In this role, he drives the D&I programs through meaningful relationships, both internally and externally, as well as promotes Uber as a leader in ride sharing, and as a forerunner in D&I engagement. Prior to Uber, Bernard led Hillary for America’s D&I and HR initiatives, as the first ever Chief Diversity and Human Resources Officer in U.S. history for any presidential campaign and political party. Bernard’s written for Catalyst, SHRM and his insights have appeared in the Nasdaq Government Clearinghouse and the Huffington Post. Bernard holds an M.B.A. from Trinity University, a B.A. in psychology from Hampton University, a Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management certification from Georgetown University, and is a graduate of the University of Virginia's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.
Speaker / Culinary
For the past twenty years, Billy Harris has been wowing corporate audiences throughout the United States and around the world. His razor-sharp timing and brilliant improvisational skills have made him one of the most sought-after Corporate MC's in the business. A cousin of Vaudeville great Georgie Jessel, Billy has been performing his entire life. By the tender age of five and a half, he understood how to "work a room"! What's the word on the street?" Billy Harris will find out! Whether Billy is on the corner, or on the corner of your Trade Show Booth, Company Sales Meeting, Product Launch, Convention Center or Fundraising Event. Billy will bring your message out to the public with his comedic style and improvisational skills! Billy's film crew will film and edit on the same day of your event, bringing instant live marketing to all of your A+ social media sites. Billy Harris is "The Man on the Street!" Billy has become the "go-to guy" in the culinary world. He has hosted events with Mario Batali, Rachael Ray, Todd English and Michael Symon. You can also find Billy at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, and Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Whether he's in South Beach, Aspen, New York, LA or New Orleans, everybody wants to hang with Billy Harris.
From restaurants and bars to local hang outs and the best in style, fashion and entertainment, Billy hangs with the best. Billy is a highly sought-after auctioneer who lends his comedic style to the auction block. His contagious energy, explosive style and ability to work the crowd, will create an atmosphere that will have the audience laughing while opening their wallets! Billy has raised millions of dollars for Share Our Strength, The New York Food Bank, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and The Mario Batali Foundation.
Cornell William Brooks
Moving, motivating, informative and insightful, Brooks brings both a proud personal heritage and a thought-provoking vision to the podium. Brooks has picked up the mantle of the powerful orators that have influenced him, including Dr. Martin Luther King. He has actively embraced Black Lives Matter within the evolving continuum of civil rights activism. His stirring keynotes inspire audiences to broaden their perspectives, expand their definition of inclusion and diversity, eliminate inequality and honor the history and ever-evolving mission of the civil and human rights movement.
Ferguson. Staten Island. North Charleston. Cleveland. Cornell Brooks has traveled the nation, led a 40-day march from Selma to Washington, D.C. and continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with those advocating for justice and change.
Diversity / Business / Leadership
Cynthia "Cynt" Marshall is the CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, and has been a dynamic force for inclusion and diversity within the organization and over a 36-year career at AT&T. As the first African-American woman to lead an NBA team, Marshall guided the Mavs to become the standard for inclusion and diversity in the NBA. Prior to joining the Mavs, Marshall served as Senior Vice President – Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer at AT&T. Her work landed AT&T in the Top 3 on Diversity Inc’s Top 50 list of companies, and for the first time placed AT&T on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, one of only two Fortune 50 companies. Marshall was named one of Adweek’s 30 Most Powerful Women in Sports and selected as one of the 2019 Women of Power Legacy Award honorees by Black Enterprise, among many other awards throughout her career.
Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr.
Glaude began his teaching career at Bowdoin College where he served as chair of the Department of Religion. Glaude has received numerous awards including the Carl A. Fields Award and was a Visiting Scholar in African-American Studies at Harvard University and Amherst College. His first book, Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America won the Modern Language Association's William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize. Glaude has appeared on The Tavis Smiley Show, Fox News's Hannity & Colmes Show, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, and NBC Meet the Press. Along with Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson, he also appeared in the documentary Stand, produced and directed by Tavis Smiley. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post and is well known for being a regular contributor and panelist during the State of the Black Union. In 2007, Glaude delivered the Founder's Day Convocation keynote address during the 140th anniversary of Morehouse College.
Widely regarded as one of the top business strategy experts in the world, Frances Frei is the UPS Foundation Professor of Service Management at Harvard Business School and the co-author of the best-selling book, Uncommon Service. Her research and keynotes focus on how leaders can compete on excellence by designing, managing, and scaling exceptional service organizations.
Trust is the foundation for everything we do. But what do we do when it's broken? In an eye-opening talk, Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei gives a crash course in trust: how to build it, maintain it and rebuild it -- something she worked on during a recent stint at Uber. "If we can learn to trust one another more, we can have unprecedented human progress," Frei says.
Diversity / Business
Mr. Rhee is an impact-focused entrepreneur, investor, operator and educator. As both CEO and investment firm founder, Mr. Rhee has generated market-leading returns by creating bespoke capital and operational solutions through the contemporaneous application of algorithmic, technologic and cultural change. He has a uniquely diverse network and knowledge base spanning the private equity, retail/consumer, venture and media/technology communities. At Ashley Stewart, as Chairman/CEO, marketing head and investor, Mr. Rhee has authored and executed upon an innovative complement of CRM, digital and organizational changes that have transformed a twice bankrupt, unprofitable brick-and-mortar retailer with decades of operating losses into an industry leader founded upon a values-based, social commerce paradigm. FirePine Group, the investment firm he founded in 2009, invests the capital of some of the world’s most sophisticated investors and their family offices to successfully fuel transformative and impactful change in multiple enterprises, including Ashley Stewart.
Jessica is Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Honest Company, which launched in 2012 with a mission to inspire and empower people to live a healthy, happy life. Its growing portfolio of more than 100 effective, safe, and responsible lifestyle products includes baby, personal care, home care, vitamins and supplements, feeding, as well as gear and accessories. Honest products are available across the U.S., Canada and South Korea, via Honest.com and at more than 13,000 retail locations in North America. Honest Beauty offers over 80 skincare, makeup, and hair products available online at HonestBeauty.com.
In 2013, Jessica released her first book, the instant New York Times Bestseller, “The Honest Life,” a how-to handbook based on her mission to create a natural, authentic and non-toxic life for her family. She appeared on the cover of Forbes’ “Self-Made Women” issue and was among the top twenty of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, one of CNBC’s Next List of Rebels, Leaders and Innovators, and one of Fortune’s 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, among many other prestigious honors and accolades for her extensive activism and humanitarian endeavors.
Luvvie Ajayi Jones
Luvvie Ajayi is known for her trademark wit, warm voice, and exceptional integrity. But even she’s been challenged by the enemy of progress known as fear. She was once afraid to call herself a writer because she was afraid of the title. She nearly skipped out on doing a TED talk that changed her life because of imposter syndrome. Also, she’s deathly afraid of bugs. And, as she shares in Professional Troublemaker, she’s not alone.
We’re all afraid of asking for what we want because we’re afraid of hearing “no.” We’re afraid of being different, of being too much or not enough. We’re afraid of leaving behind the known for the unknown. But in order to do the things that will truly, meaningfully change our lives, we have to become professional troublemakers: people who are committed to not letting fear talk them out of the things they need to do or say.
With humor and honesty, and guided by the influence of her inspiring and professional troublemaking grandmother, Funmilayo Faloyin, Luvvie walks us through what we must get right within ourselves before we can do the things that scare us; how to use our voice for a greater good; and how to put movement to the voice we’ve been silencing–because truth-telling is a muscle.
The point is not to be fearless. It is to know we are afraid and to charge forward regardless, to recognize the things we must do are more significant than the things we are afraid to do. This book shows you how she’s done it, and how you can, too.
Speaker / Education / Math
If you need a entertaining but technical keynote speaker for your conference or corporate event: Matt Parker is your guy. He can adapt his material for any audience and is guaranteed to leave your event buzzing.
Matt has done after-dinner talks for financial, accounting, insurance and networking companies including events at the Houses of Parliament, the Royal Society and the Royal Institution. He has been the entertaining keynote speaker at conferences for database developers, financial consultants and of course teachers. He can also host conferences, award ceremonies and company sports days (but not all at once).
Mayor Michael D. Tubbs
Diversity / Leadership
Included in Fortune's 2018 "40 under 40," Forbes' 2018 list of the "30 Under 30" and The Root's 100, Tubbs' leadership, paired with an ambitious agenda, received national recognition.
Tubbs secured over $20 million in philanthropic capital to launch the Stockton Scholars, a place-based scholarship that aims to triple the number of Stockton students entering and graduating from college. Tubbs also brought Advance Peace to Stockton, a data-driven program that works to reduce gun violence in communities. Additionally, with an innovative public-private partnership supported by a $1,000,000 seed grant from the Economic Security Project, Tubbs launched the nation’s first municipal level basic income pilot, the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration.
Before becoming mayor, Tubbs served as Stockton's District 6 City Councilmember. Elected at age 22 in 2013, he became one of the youngest city councilmembers in the country. As a councilmember, Tubbs created the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, championed the creation of the City's Office of Violence Prevention and was part of the council that led the city out of bankruptcy as Chair of the Audit and Legislative Committee.
For most of her life, Melissa’s personal experiences have influenced her professional choices with such success and purpose that, today, her multi-passionate career is dedicated to sharing the hard-fought lessons of her path. Melissa has turned her personal story into her career: as the CEO of two global media companies, an international keynote speaker, a coach for message-driven companies and individuals, an influential TV show host, a published author, and an award-winning fine artist. More importantly, her story has been welcomed by audiences worldwide. With a social media audience of more than 460,000 followers and growing, Melissa’s figured out how to turn her passion into a fulfilling career with global impact. Today, it’s her life’s mission to help others do the same.
Neil Patrick Harris
After first entering America's homes regularly as the title character, Doogie Howser, MD., Neil Patrick Harris has been a fixture of American pop-culture for nearly three decades. Starring on the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother, Neil plays "Barney," a philandering playboy, which ran its ninth and final season on CBS for which Neil won multiple awards including the Emmy. Other notable film credits include The Smurfs and the Harold and Kumar franchises. An avid fan of live theater, Neil has also performed on Broadway in both musical (Sweeney Todd), dramatic roles (Proof) and even hosted the Tony Awards three times ('09, '11, '12).
Outside of his acting work, Neil is also an accomplished magician having won the Tannen's Magic Louis Award in 2006. He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the world-famous Hollywood Magic Castle.
In 2010, Neil was named one of TIME magazine's '100 Most Influential People of 2010.' Neil currently resides in Los Angeles.
Jimenez started with CNN in 2017 for the network's affiliate service, CNN Newsource, based in Washington, D.C. While there, he covered breaking news stories for CNN's more than 900 affiliates nationwide reporting both in the United States and internationally in France and Mexico. Among his work at Newsource: He reported from the ground in Paris in the aftermath of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire; from Las Vegas just hours after the mass shooting there, the deadliest in modern American history; and from Florida and Texas during the 2017 hurricanes that became part of CNN's Emmy-nominated coverage. Prior to joining CNN, Jimenez worked for WBAL-TV in Baltimore, Maryland where he was a reporter and fill-in anchor. While there, he received an individual Emmy nomination for general assignment reporting.
Hip Hop / Rap / Latin / Diversity
Pitbull has sold over 25 million studio albums and over 100 million singles worldwide. He has over 15 billion views on YouTube as of May 2020. He was ranked by Billboard as the 45th Top Artist of the 2010s and the 24th Top Latin Artist of the 2010s. Pitbull's other ventures include brand ambassadorship and for various entities, activism and philanthropy in the Latino American community, a radio station (Pitbull's Globalization) on Sirius XM Radio and ownership of the Trackhouse Racing NASCAR team. As of May 2019, Pitbull has won 35 Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Valderrama is best known for the role of Fez in the sitcom That '70s Show and as Carlos Madrigal in From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. He was also the host of the MTV series Yo Momma, the voice of Manny in the children's show Handy Manny, and has had recurring roles on Grey's Anatomy as well as The Ranch. He is currently part of the main cast of NCIS, portraying Special Agent Nick Torres.
Valderrama has further performed in several prominent feature films, including Party Monster, Beauty Shop, Fast Food Nation, Unaccompanied Minors (2006), Larry Crowne, and The Adderall Diaries. He voiced the character of Prince Philippe Charming in the family animated film Charming.