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Alex Rodriguez

Former MLB Baseball Player, Media Personality

American baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez won three MVP awards and hit nearly 700 home runs over his 22-year career. After retiring as a player, Rodriguez became a media personality, serving as a broadcaster for Fox Sports, a cast member of Shark Tank and a member of the ABC News network. ESPN recently announced Rodriguez to host and executive produce a new four-part series called "Pivot with Alex Rodriguez." The former Yankees third baseman will conduct in-depth, one-on-one interviews with a current or former star athlete battling through some type of adversity.

Amelia Rose Earhart

President Of Fly With Amelia Foundation, Around The World Pilot

Amelia Rose Earhart decided to honor her namesake, aviation pioneer Amelia Mary Earhart, in the biggest way possible — by becoming the first person to pilot a single-engine Pilatus PC-12-NG around the world. The journey to successfully complete this 28,000 nautical miles flight included challenges and obstacles, but ultimately taught her invaluable lessons about life. Amelia’s story of hard work, determination, and dedication resonates deeply with many audiences. She takes them along on her epic flight drawing powerful comparisons to how we lead, work as teams, handle turbulence, and boldly journey into uncharted territory with confidence.

April Hernandez Castillo

Actor | Speaker | Author

April is best known for her performance as “Eva” in Freedom Writers. Her inspirational story of resilience, overcoming adversity, and choosing to move forward is a message that resonates with audiences across the globe. In her keynote entitled, Moving Forward, April intimately describes how she was able to take all her tragedies and turn them into triumphs by choosing to never give up. Form growing up in the tough streets of the Bronx during the Crack Epidemic Era, to being in an abusive relationship as a teenager, to almost taking her own life, April truly understands what it feels like when the odds are up against you.
From growing up in the tough streets of the Bronx during the Crack Epidemic Era to being in an abusive relationship as a teenager, to nearly taking her own life; April’s future looked bleak.

Embracing Me is April’s inspirational story of resilience, forgiveness, and overcoming adversity. This heartfelt yet witty memoir explores April’s story of standing up against life’s many challenges with strength, perseverance, and faith. Journey with April as she takes you on behind-the-scenes to some of the most intimate parts of her life, and learn from the wisdom she obtained along the way.

Ben O'Keefe

Diversity & Social Change Activist, Political Commentator

Ben O’Keefe is a social change activist, political commentator, and Head of Diversity & Impact Production at Creator+, a next-generation content studio and distribution platform for digital-first storytellers and creators. His work finds him at the intersection of entertainment and politics, having worked with top organizations, brands, politicians, celebrities, and showrunners to build campaigns, make content, and execute strategies that make a bold impact on the world.

Carey Lohrenz

The First Female F-14 Fighter Pilot

In her motivating and engaging keynote presentations, Carey Lohrenz shares her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world’s most challenging environments– an aircraft carrier. She can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time-crunched world.

Carla Harris

Managing Director of Morgan Stanley

Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. The breadth of her industry experience enables her to move effortlessly from topics of technology, retail, or media sectors to healthcare, telecommunications, and transportation. With audiences, Carla is applauded for her grace and humor, as well as what she calls “Carla’s Pearls,” delightful bits of evergreen wisdom. Carla’s belief is that “we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to someone else.” As a result, she remains actively involved in her community and carries the energy of that empowering spirit to each presentation

Carla Johnson

Innovation Architect, Best-Selling Author & Keynote Speaker

Carla Johnson helps leaders paralyzed by traditional thinking and teams that lack purpose and progress. As the world’s leading Innovation Architect, Carla’s spent 20 years helping leaders shatter limits and discover undiscovered possibilities. Through years of research, she’s developed frameworks and processes that teach people how to consistently produce inspired ideas that lead to uncommon outcomes.

Celeste Headlee

Award-Winning Journalist, Author, Public Speaker, and Vocalist

As an NPR host and journalist, Celeste Headlee has interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life. Through her work, she has learned the true power of conversation and its ability to both bridge gaps or deepen wounds. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In her insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. "Go out, talk to people, listen to people," she says. "And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed."

Chike Ukaegbu

CEO at Startup52, Former Candidate for President of Nigeria

Chike is a dynamic speaker and inspiring storyteller with a unique and extensive background that captivates diverse audiences. He believes in the untapped potential of each audience as he engages them to unlock new ideas through experiential storytelling.

Chip Wade

Chief Executive Officer, Union Square Hospitality Group

As Chief Executive Officer of Union Square Hospitality Group, Chip is responsible for further enhancing and evolving the company’s culture, driving an even greater guest experience, and bolstering the excellence and growth of its businesses. Chip joined the USHG executive team as President, in 2019, following a rich 30-year career in operational leadership in the hospitality industry. In 2022, he was named Chief Executive Officer.