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Afdhel Aziz

Marketer & Author

Afdhel Aziz is one of the most inspiring leaders in the global movement of business as a force for good. After a 20-year career as a global marketer at Procter & Gamble, Nokia, Heineken, and Absolut Vodka, Aziz is now the Founder and Chief Purpose Officer at Conspiracy of Love, a B Corp-certified global purpose consultancy that helps Fortune 500 companies like Adidas, Red Bull, Facebook, Microsoft, Mondelez, AB Inbev, Diageo and Mars use culture and technology as a force for good.

Alex Sheen

Founder of because I said I would

Alex Sheen is the Founder of because I said I would, the international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Sparked by the loss of his father, Alex began sending promise cards to anyone who requested them at no cost. Since his father’s passing in 2012, because I said I would has sent over 6.64M promise cards to over 150 countries. Alex’s commitment to the betterment of humanity has inspired millions around the world. The story of his promises have been shared virally throughout social media and international news.

Amy Trask

Former CEO of the Oakland Raiders

Respected sports executive Amy Trask worked with the Oakland Raiders for almost 30 years, serving as CEO from 1997 to 2013. In her role, she was involved in all non-football business matters and operations for the team, including team representation at league meetings. She joined the Raiders as an intern while she was still a law school student in 1983, and worked her way up to become the NFL’s first female front-office executive. Since 2013, Trask’s now serves as a panelist on WE NEED TO TALK, the first-ever nationally televised all-female sports show and contributes to THE NFL TODAY on CBS.

Angela Davis

Legendary Human Rights Activist & Author

Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. Professor Davis is especially concerned with the tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions. Having helped popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges audiences to think seriously about the future and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement.

Angelica Ross

Actor, Founder of TransTech Social Enterprises

From the board room, to film sets, to the White House, Angelica Ross is a leading figure of success and strength in the movement for trans and racial equality. Is the founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, a company that empowers trans and gender nonconforming people through on-the-job training in leadership and workplace skills. Angelica has toured nationally, speaking her powerful mission into action with business leaders, educators, and the President of the United States.

April Hernandez Castillo

Actor, Speaker, and 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.

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.

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

Youngest Presidential Candidate of Nigeria, Educator & Entrepreneur

Chike is currently the Head of Crypto Policy and Emerging Markets Strategy at Visa. He has a lifelong passion to empower untapped and under-banked communities and believes that Crypto is a tool that will foster financial inclusion globally. Before Visa, Chike founded Startup52, NYC's first diversity-focused tech accelerator focused on creating better access to resources, capital, and support for founders from untapped communities. At 35, he ran for president of Nigeria and got his MBA.

Chip Wade

Chief Executive Officer of 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.