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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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31 Oct Kevin Spacey

Perhaps no one in Hollywood works harder to defend the value and integrity of the arts quite like Kevin Spacey. A lifelong artist, Spacey began his acting career in Jr. High School and High School drama classes. He later attended the Juilliard School of Drama and began…

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30 Oct Stephanie Decker

In March of 2012, a tornado ripped through the town of Henryville, Indiana. Stephanie Decker, a 37-year-old mother, found herself in a life-altering moment. As her house began to disintegrate around her, she shielded her two young children with her body. Her dream home fell in,…

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30 Oct Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott was born September 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. He was an All-America hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in 1987; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the…

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01 Oct Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov is a Russian pro-democracy leader, global human-rights activist, business speaker and author, and former world chess champion. He was born on April 13, 1963, in Baku, Azerbaijan (then USSR). He lives in Moscow and travels constantly. Kasparov came to international fame as the…

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29 Sep Lyndon Harris

Lyndon Harris is a forgiveness coach, and an inspirational and motivational speaker, having spoken for numerous conferences around the country and around the world (five continents). Harris has over 20 years’ experience as a pastor and his work at Ground Zero in New York City has been written about…

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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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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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05 May Bernie Siegel

Dr. Siegel opens his heart and mind to give audiences expert advice on health and healing. His message of hope and love is extended to all who seek a whole person approach for living life fully. A physician who’s cared for and counseled innumerable patients…

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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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04 May Jeff Salz

Jeff Salz is an advocate of NOT taking the safe, secure and conservative path. With a PhD in cultural anthropology, a Masters in experiential education and 10 years as a highly regarded university professor, Jeff presents a unique perspective on taking risks. For the last…

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03 May Vince Poscente

Vince Poscente, CEO of The Goal Acceleration Institute is frequently invited to help organizations dedicated to reach BIG GOALS in less time. His talent as an master communicator includes his formula used to go from recreational skier to Olympian in four years. As a New…

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03 May Vince Papale

It was 1976 and the Philadelphia Eagles were a losing franchise. Looking to win again, Eagles’ ownership hired the young and energetic college coach Dick Vermeil who put his credibility on the line with bosses and fans when he announced that the Eagles would be…

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02 May Deborah Norville

Two-time Emmy© Award winner Deborah Norville is Anchor of Inside Edition, the country’s top-rated and most honored syndicated newsmagazine. Ratings jumped 15% the week Norville joined the program and have remained high ever since. Throughout her tenure, the show has consistently ranked in the top…

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02 May Cary Mullen

Cary Mullen currently holds the World Downhill Speed Record for skiing 97 miles per hour down the world’s most famous ski course in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Cary was a non-prodigy who used the five Winning Secrets™ to ultimately become a two-time Olympian and World Cup Champion….

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01 May Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, best-selling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades,…

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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 Dewitt Jones

Dewitt Jones is one of America’s top professional photographers. Twenty years with National Geographic photographing stories around the globe has earned him the reputation as a world-class photojournalist. As a motion picture director, two of Dewitt’s films were nominated for Academy Awards. In the business…

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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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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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27 Apr Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton The most recognized male figure skating star in the world, Scott Hamilton has won 70 titles, awards and honors including an Emmy Award nomination, induction into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and a privileged member of the World Figure Skating Hall…

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25 Apr Lynn Guerin

In addition to leading the family-owned marketing services firm, Mr. Guerin specializes in assisting corporations in the development and implementation of performance improvement systerms that create market leadership. He combines broad experience in management, marketing, strategic planning, human resource development, quality education training systems, and…

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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 Leeza Gibbons

Emmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons is one of the most well‐known pop‐culture icons on the air. In addition to her impressive background in the field of entertainment and news media, Leeza is an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness, and caregiving. She is also a wife,…

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23 Apr Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda was born in New York City in 1937, the daughter of Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Fonda. She attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, and Vassar College. In her early twenties, Fonda studied with renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg and…

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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 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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23 Apr Mike Eruzione

Millions of Americans remember Mike Eruzione as the captain of the US Hockey Team that beat the odds to win the Gold Medal at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. It was his decisive winning goal that beat the Soviet team and stunned the…

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23 Apr John Elway

John Elway was born in Port Angeles, Washington and later attended High School in Granada Hills, California. Elway spent his college years at Stanford University where he played both football and baseball. His last football game at Stanford was one of the most famous games…

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23 Apr Linda Ellerbee

Linda Ellerbee is an outspoken journalist; award-winning television producer, writer, and anchor; best-selling author; breast cancer survivor; a mother and grandmother; and one of the most sought-after speakers in America. Ellerbee and her work can be seen all over the television universe. Lucky Duck, her…

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22 Apr Al Roker

America’s Most Loved Weatherman As a host and weatherman of NBC’s Today show, along with Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer, Al Roker has the undivided attention of the nation (over 32 million viewers per week) every weekday morning as America prepares for work. Spanning a…

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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 Mike Ditka

Pro Football Hall of Fame player and Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Ditka joined ESPN as an NFL analyst in 2004. With a combined 26 years of playing and head coaching experience, Ditka brings savvy insights as an analyst on Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night…

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22 Apr Geena Davis

Academy Award winner Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks. Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of…

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22 Apr Pat Croce

Pat Croce graced the cover of Success magazine as the first person to ascend from the training room to the boardroom of a professional sports team. His remarkable success as a physical therapist and pioneer in the sports medicine field to the colorful leader responsible…

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18 Apr Jim Craig

Jim Craig is widely known as the heart and soul of the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey team. The “Miracle on Ice” victory for the United States over the vaunted, seemingly unbeatable Soviet Union team is largely regarded as one of the most extraordinary sports victories…

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17 Apr Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran’s credentials include straight D’s in high school and college and twenty jobs by the time she turned twenty-three. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country when she took a $1000 loan to…

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17 Apr Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper anchors Anderson Cooper 360°, an unconventional, wide-ranging weekday news program on CNN. Mr. Cooper, who joined CNN in December 2001, served as CNN’s weekend anchor before moving to the 7 pm hour in March 2003 following the war in Iraq. Since joining CNN,…

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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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17 Apr Dana Carvey

Emmy-award winning comedian Dana Carvey has maintained a tremendous career. Carvey was born June 2, 1955, in Missoula, Montana. Dana went on to college at the San Francisco State University where he won the San Francisco Standup Comedy Competition. After his graduation (with a degree…

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17 Apr Jack Canfield

As the beloved originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, Jack Canfield fostered the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre – and watched it grow to a billion dollar market. As the driving force behind the development and delivery of more than…

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16 Apr Scott Burrows

Scott Burrows is living proof your life can change in an instant. By the age of 19, he was playing college football at Florida State University as a wide receiver and a top-ranked kick-boxing champion, with his last fight broadcast by ESPN. On November 3,…

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16 Apr Les Brown

As one of the world’s most renowned motivational speakers, Les Brown is a dynamic personality and highly-sought-after resource in business and professional circles for Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, non-profit and community leaders from all sectors of society looking to expand opportunity. For three…

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16 Apr Brené Brown

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brené is a nationally renowned speaker and has won numerous teaching awards, including the College’s Outstanding…

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16 Apr Erin Brockovich

Say the name Erin Brockovich and you think, strong, tough, stubborn and sexy. Erin is all that and definitely more. She is a modern-day “David” who loves a good brawl with today’s “Goliaths.” She thrives on being the voice for those who don’t know how…

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12 Apr Nancy Brinker

Ambassador Nancy Brinker’s creativity in raising awareness led to programs that at the time were revolutionary: In 1983, she founded the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, which is now the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer. She…

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12 Apr Brian Biro

Brian Biro is America’s Breakthrough Coach! He is one of the nation’s foremost speakers and teachers of Leadership, Possibility Thinking, Thriving on Change, and Team-Building. He has delivered over 1,200 presentations around the world over the last 20 years. A major client described Brian best…

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12 Apr Michael Beschloss

With informative, revealing presidential anecdotes set against the backdrop of history, Michael Beschloss illuminates the leadership skills necessary for both political and business success. Michael Beschloss weaves colorful anecdotes and brilliant inside analysis of U.S. presidents with an informed, detailed understanding of their leadership styles….

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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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