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29 Sep David Shi

David E. Shi (pronounced “Shy”) served as the 10th president of Furman University from 1994 to 2010. During his presidential tenure, Furman solidified its stature as one of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges. Applications to the university increased 75 percent, faculty salaries improved dramatically, the endowment…

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26 Sep Andrew Mayne

Wildly innovative, highly-visual with a little bit of mischief thrown in, Andrew Mayne is at the forefront of the next generation of magic. Star of A&E’s Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne, he’s performed his unique brand of illusion on five continents, his YouTube videos have millions of…

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11 Sep Jason Silva

Jason Silva is the Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic Channel’s #1 rated and Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games, seen in over 100 countries. “A Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age” was how The Atlantic described television personality, filmmaker and philosopher Silva, who has also been described as “part Timothy…

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25 Aug Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has been sharing his theories on the Universe with audiences around the world for the majority of his life. He frequently appears as the director of Hayden Planetarium giving his input on shows including The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Real…

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26 Jun Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman is the author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison from Spiegel & Grau. The book has been adapted by Jenji Kohan into a Peabody Award-winning original series for Netflix. Piper works with Spitfire Strategies as…

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26 Jun George Saunders

George Saunders’s political novella The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil was published by Riverhead Trade Paperbacks in September 2005. He is also the author of Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, both New York Times Notable Books, and The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip,…

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19 Jun Mark Cuban

Since the age of 12, Mark has been a natural businessman. Selling garbage bags door to door, the seed was planted early on for what would eventually become long-term success. After graduating from Indiana University – where he briefly owned the most popular bar in…

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08 May Aimee Mullins

Aimee Mullins was born without fibulae and, to better her chances for mobility, doctors amputated both her legs below the knee. Defying all predictions that her physical activities would be severely limited, Aimee learned to walk on prosthetic legs by her second birthday, and spent…

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07 May Erik Weihenmayer

On May 25, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer became the only blind man in history to reach the summit of the world’s highest peak – Mount Everest. On August 20, 2008, when he stood on top of Carstenz Pyramid, the tallest peak in Austral-Asia, Weihenmayer completed his…

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06 May Erik Wahl

As an internationally recognized graffiti artist, and a #1 best selling business author, Erik redefines the term “keynote speaker.” Pulling from his history as both a business strategist and an artist, he has grown to become one of the most sought-after corporate speakers available today….

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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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06 May Lisa Ling

Lisa Ling has spent her life telling stories. Using powerful anecdotes in her keynotes and lively Q&A sessions, she shares her 20-year career in the media: providing unique insight into how reporting stories that change our world ultimately changed her life. Ling pushes audiences to…

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06 May Ken Burns

Ken Burns is without a doubt one of America’s most exceptional filmmakers. But he is also one of our great public speakers—a passionate and insightful auteur who reminds us of the timeless lessons of history and the enduring importance of the United States in the…

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06 May Hilary Swank

Two-time Academy Award winning actress, Hilary Swank has graced some of this decade’s most fascinating films. An actress as well as a producer, Swank is involved with several highly anticipated projects. Hilary can currently be seen in Fox Searchlight’s “CONVICTION”, which she also executive produced…

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06 May Bill Maher

Bill Maher is one of the most politically astute comedians in America today. His unflinching honesty and commitment to never pulling a punch have garnered him the respect and admiration of millions of fans. In 2003, Maher launched Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO,…

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05 May Jon Stewart

Known for his unique brand of political satire as the host of Comedy Central’s runaway hit The Daily Show, Jon Stewart is considered one of America’s most respected comedic voices on American politics and current events. With unmatched wit and a deep knowledge of the…

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05 May Emmitt Smith

A respected entrepreneur, a sought-after speaker, bestselling author and one of the most valuable personal brands in the sports-entertainment field — these are just a few of the ways to describe Emmitt Smith. As President & CEO of Emmitt Smith Enterprises, Inc., Smith leads a…

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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 Peter Senge

Peter M. Senge, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also Founding Chair of a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the “interdependent development of people and their institutions.” The Journal of Business Strategy named Dr….

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04 May Bob Saget

Bob Saget is a stand-up comedian whose unique comic riffs reflect his unbridled energy, which in turn has fueled his career as it expanded into acting, writing and directing. Bob makes his feature film directorial debut with Dirty Work. Saget began his career writing and…

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04 May Bill Rancic

Bill Rancic first burst onto the scene when he was chosen as Donald Trump’s right-hand man out of a competitive pool of 250,000 applicants on the first season of The Apprentice. Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Rancic is an example of a true entrepreneur….

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03 May Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps has been making waves in the world of sports since he was young. He broke Mark Spitz’s 36 year-old record for the most gold medals at a single Olympics in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games when he won eight gold medals. Already…

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02 May Suze Orman

Suze Orman has been called “a force in the world of personal finance” and a “one-woman financial advice powerhouse” by USA Today. A two-time Emmy Award-winning television host, New York Times mega bestselling author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer, and one of the top motivational…

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02 May Kevin Nealon

With his unique sense of humor, profound dry wit and likeable demeanor, Kevin Nealon has established himself as one of the premiere television, theatrical and stand-up comedians of his generation. As a cast member of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (1986-1995), Kevin is most recognized as the…

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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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01 May Archie Manning

When people think of Archie Manning, they think football. But Archie’s appeal transcends his athletic achievements. People far and wide have been inspired by his warm personality, his drive and sense of humor. He was recently selected as one of 10 outstanding New Orleanians by…

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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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30 Apr Ann Lee

Ann Lee is an internationally recognized leading authority on China’s economic relations and an adjunct professor of economics and finance at New York University. She is also a former visiting professor at Peking University where she taught macroeconomics and financial derivatives. She consults with policymakers…

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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 James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla Township, Mississippi. His parents separated before his birth and he was raised by his grandparents on a farm that had been in the family since Reconstruction. When he was only five, the family moved north to a farm…

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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 Phil Jackson

The National Basketball Association recognized Phil Jackson as one of the 10 best coaches of all time. He led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA Championships in eight seasons, and orchestrated a team of some of basketball’s leading players, including Michael Jordan. Known for his…

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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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27 Apr Doc Hendley

In 2003 Doc Hendley dreamed up the concept of Wine To Water while bartending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, North Carolina. In January of 2004 he held his first fundraiser and by August was living in Darfur, Sudan installing water systems for victims…

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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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25 Apr Wayne Gretzky

For two decades, the ethereal Wayne Gretzky lifted hockey to new and dizzying heights while establishing himself as the greatest player of all time. He transcended hockey and was the most statistically dominant player in the history of North American team sports. Gretzky helped win…

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24 Apr Bob Geldof

Best known for organizing the mammoth Live Aid extravaganza and political activism on behalf of Africa, Sir Bob Geldof was the founder of the widely acclaimed pop group The Boom Town Rats and has had an illustrious singing/songwriting career spanning 25 years. As the inspirational…

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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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23 Apr Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. He has published fourteen books. His first, Paper and Iron:…

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23 Apr Janet Evans

Janet Evans is widely considered to the be the greatest female distance swimmer in history. Despite her small size and unorthodox windmill stroke, she was a natural-born swimmer, completing laps by the age of two. In 1987, when she was 15 years old, Janet burst…

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22 Apr Jamie Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis is an actress with starring roles in such acclaimed films as Freaky Friday, True Lies, Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda. In television, Ms. Curtis co-starred opposite Richard Lewis in the sitcom Anything But Love, as well as the title role…

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22 Apr Bill Walton

One of the NBA’s 50 all-time greatest players, Bill Walton shares his inspiring lessons learned through a brilliant career, his focus on teamwork and ability to overcome adversity. A basketball superstar and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Bill Walton made sports history playing…

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18 Apr Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” and PBS selected Ray as…

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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 Sara Blakely

Sara Blakely wanted footless body-shaping pantyhose to wear with her cream-colored pants and open-toed shoes, but she couldn’t find them anywhere. As a frustrated consumer turned entrepreneur, Blakely took $5,000 in savings and began her adventure in the $2 billion male-dominated hosiery industry. Two years…

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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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11 Apr Dave Barry

Dave Barry has been a professional humorist ever since he discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working. For many years he wrote a newspaper column that appeared in more than 500 newspapers and generated thousands of letters from readers who thought he…

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10 Apr Janine Shepherd

Janine Shepherd’s story reads like the plot of a hollywood movie. A champion cross country skier in training for the winter Olympics, her life was irrevocably altered when she was run over by a truck during a training bicycle ride to the Blue Mountains. Her…

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10 Apr Michelle Rhee

In the ever-evolving landscape of education in America, Michelle Rhee has been working tirelessly for the past two decades to give children the skills and knowledge they will need to compete in a changing world. From adding instructional time after school and visiting students’ homes…

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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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