Educator & Founder of The Freedom Writers Foundation
Erin Gruwell has earned an award-winning reputation for her steadfast commitment to the future of education. Her impact as a change agent attracted Hollywood’s attention, and in 2007, Paramount Pictures released Freedom Writers, starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as Erin.
Head of Creative at SoulPancake
Golriz Lucina is the Head of Creative at SoulPancake, an inspiring entertainment company founded by actor Rainn Wilson, that creates daily socially conscious videos about human connection.
Rapper & Actor, Law & Order: SVU
Ice-T not only invented gangster rap, he lived it. He is the embodiment of LA Hip-Hop, an actor, and a cultural icon. Through his music, books, and lecture tours of America’s prisons, high schools, libraries, and colleges Ice-T has become an influential spokesman for America’s youth, regardless of color.
Founder of The Aesthetics of Joy
Ingrid Fetell Lee discusses the powerful connection between our surroundings and our emotions, and empowers people to find more joy in daily life through design.
Burn Survivor, Army Veteran, Actor, & Bestselling Author
J.R. Martinez is an Army veteran, burn survivor, actor, motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author, and Dancing with the Stars season 13 winner. J.R. travels the world spreading his message of resilience and optimism and does it all with a smile.
Rockstar Concert Pianist
Jade Simmons creates mind-blowing, MainStage experiences for audiences worldwide — with captivating storytelling and a riveting concert adventure — awakening people to a redefined sense of purpose and inspiring transformative leadership along the way.
Founder + CEO of PowerHouse Performance
Ms. Evans is a speaker, author and on-air expert on resiliency, stress, performance, exercise physiology, nutrition and health.
Founder of Headbands of Hope
Jess Ekstrom shares her own inspirational story of how optimism helped her overcome multiple challenges, and the dynamic ways her mind-set propelled her as a young entrepreneur, international speaker, and philanthropist.