Achieving Diversity

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19 Nov Geoffrey Canada

Geoffrey Canada has a radical new idea: if you really want to change the lives of inner-city kids, change everything all at once – their schools, families, and neighborhoods. As the former President and CEO of the revolutionary Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City,…

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11 Sep Bill Strickland

Bill Strickland was born in 1947 and grew up in Manchester, an inner-city neighborhood of Pittsburgh. His life changed when he became inspired by high school art teacher Frank Ross, a skilled artisan on the potter’s wheel. The relationship that Ross and Strickland initiated with…

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07 May Margaret Wheatley

Meg has worked for 40 years with leaders on all continents and with most types of organizations and communities. At this critical historic juncture, she feels compelled to challenge leaders with this question: “Who do we choose to be for this time?” Do we contribute…

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06 May Baratunde Thurston

Baratunde Thurston is a technology-loving comedian from the future who cares enough about the world to engage with it politically. Yes, he votes. Regularly. With an ancestry that includes a great-grandfather who taught himself to read, a grandmother who was the first black employee at…

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05 May Tavis Smiley

From his celebrated conversations with world figures, to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, as a broadcaster, author, advocate, and philanthropist, Tavis Smiley continues to be an outstanding voice for change. Smiley, who started his career as an aide to the late…

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05 May Gale Sayers

Pride, poise, leadership, dedication and loyalty are all traits exhibited by NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers. Following an incredible football career with the Chicago Bears, Sayers began another successful career in business following the same principles he used on the field. After completing his…

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03 May Pamela Peeke

Dr. Pamela Peeke is an internationally recognized expert, physician, scientist and author in the fields of nutrition, stress, fitness and public health. On stage or in front of a camera, she combines her trademark energy, wit and humor with the latest scientific data to motivate…

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02 May Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison is one of the most prominent authors in world literature, having won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 for her collected works. Several of her novels have taken their place in the canon of American literature, including The Bluest Eye, Beloved, and…

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30 Apr Spike Lee

Spike Lee needs no introduction. In person, the provocateur and media icon is never at a loss for words. As one of the most outspoken African American voices, he talks candidly, and with authority, about issues of race in mainstream media and Hollywood, using as…

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29 Apr Jackie Joyner-Kersee

As one of the most decorated female athletes of all time, Jackie Joyner-Kersee dominated the track and field circuit for 13 years and won three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals spanning four Olympic Games during her illustrious career. At the 1984 Olympics in…

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29 Apr Earvin “Magic” Johnson

NBA legend, two-time Hall of Famer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, motivational speaker… these are but a few of the honors and distinctions Earvin “Magic” Johnson has racked up over the years. Today, the business mogul has successfully parlayed his skills on the basketball court into multimillion-dollar success…

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29 Apr Ice-T

Ice-T not only invented gangster rap, he has lived it. Ice-T is the original embodiment of LA hip-hop. Through his music, his book, The Ice Opinion, and his lecture tours of America’s prisons, high schools, and colleges (including Harvard, Berkeley, and Stanford), Ice-T has become an…

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25 Apr Erin Gruwell

Nothing could have prepared Erin Gruwell for her first day teaching at Long Beach High School. Many of her students from this tough, racially divided school were deemed “unteachable,” and written off by the education system. Shaken, but undeterred, Gruwell leveraged the power of education…

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24 Apr Stedman Graham

Stedman Graham is chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm that specializes in the corporate and educational markets. Stedman delivers his leadership message throughout the country and globally to corporations, professional associations, government and civic organizations, colleges and…

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24 Apr Whoopi Goldberg

In 2002, Whoopi Goldberg became one of a very elite group of artists who have won the Grammy (Whoopi Goldberg, 1985), the Academy Award (Ghost, 1991), the Golden Globe (The Color Purple, 1985 and Ghost, 1991), the Emmy (as host of AMC’s Beyond Tara: The…

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23 Apr Antwone Fisher

Antwone Fisher is an award-winning film and literary writer. Born in an Ohio prison to a teenage mother, Antwone became a ward of the state and was placed in foster care. He spent two years in a loving foster home, but was subsequently moved and…

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17 Apr Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest leaders in the field of mind/body medicine, Deepak Chopra, MD continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Deepak Chopra is the Founder and co-Chairman of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California. He is…

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12 Apr Bertice Berry

No one defies stereotypes, generalizations or clichés more than Dr. Bertice Berry. Growing up poor in Wilmington, Delaware, the sixth of seven children, Bertice was told by a high school teacher that she was “not college material”. Fortunately, there was another teacher who believed that…

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18 Dec Ken Carter

Coach Ken Carter has been coaching for well over 15 years. Throughout his life and tenure as a coach, he has inspired and guided numerous lives of young men to reach their highest potential. His “no non-sense” approach to getting things done is the force…

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