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Dr Freeman A. Hrabowski III

Advocate for Science and Technology Education for African Americans and President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President Emeritus of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) served as president from 1992 to 2022. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the 2011 report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He was named in 2012 by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Dr. Dambisa Moyo

Global Economist, Best-selling Author

Dr. Dambisa Moyo is a co-principal of Versaca Investments - a family office, focused on growth investing globally. She serves on a number of global corporate boards including: 3M Corporation, Chevron, and Conde Nast, as well as, the Oxford University Endowment investment committee. Dr. Moyo is a pre-eminent thinker, who influences key decision-makers in strategic investment and public policy. She is respected for her unique perspectives, her balance of contrarian thinking with measured judgment, and her ability to turn economic insight into investible ideas.

Dr. Daniel Kraft

Physician-Scientist & Innovator

Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator. With over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation, Daniel Kraft explores the impact and potential of rapidly developing technologies as applied to health and medicine.

Erin Gruwell

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.

Gene Marks

Keynote Speaker, Author, Columnist

As a renowned keynote speaker and national business columnist, Gene speaks at over 70 live events each year. These events range from Fortune 500 sales and corporate events to large association conferences. Gene’s presentations are not only funny and energetic but also packed with valuable content.

Jason O. Harris

Keynote Speaker, Best-Selling Author and Professional Pilot

Lt Col (ret) Jason O. Harris understands the crucial importance of trust. For over 25+ years, he has flown thousands of flights as a US Air Force pilot and commercial airline pilot. Whether flying cargo and personnel into enemy territory or travelers to Paris, every single flight has required absolute trust between him and his crew. It's a lesson that's been reinforced mission after mission, flight after flight: Trust your people like your life depends upon it.

But Jason doesn't just understand the importance of trust; he knows how to build it-through a culture of deep commitment, accountability, and empowerment.

As a Squadron Commander and Instructor at the US Air Force Academy, he discovered the principles behind the trust he experienced in the cockpit. As he implemented those principles in his squadron, he saw trust skyrocket, performance improve, and engagement increase.

Today he shares these principles through keynotes, training, and video courses with organizations ready to move beyond average and empower their leaders and teams with No Fail Trust®.

Jeff Bergman

Veteran Voice Actor

Jeff Bergman is an American voice actor who is the principal successor of Mel Blanc. Bergman is the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester and Foghorn Leghorn in several Looney Tunes works including Steven Spieberg's Tiny Toon Adventures and popular Nike Commercials which led to the movie "Space Jam: A New Legacy". Other notable roles include The Joker in Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders and Yogi Bear and Fred Flintstone in MAX"S TV series "Jellystone".


Youtube Star and Activist

Jouelzy is one of the top-watched African American female vloggers on Youtube. She is best known for advocating for the #SmartBrownGirl. She produces weekly videos for her 170,000+ Youtube subscribers with witty commentary on current events and cultural topics that impact women of color throughout the African diaspora. With a dash of wit, snark and humor, Jouelzy educates her audience on historical and political context of trending pop culture topics in her popular #PopSnark series.

Kara Brown

Pop-Culture Writer & Podcaster

Kara is a writer and former cohost of Crooked Media's pop culture podcast, "Keep It". Television credits include In the Dark and Freeform's grown-ish. Previously she was a senior writer at Jezebel, covering pop culture, race, television and more. She has also contributed to Glamour, Time Magazine, Nylon, Billboard and The Fader. In 2018, she was featured on Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 in Hollywood and Entertainment. She is currently developing a new culture podcast with Crooked Media and directing a pilot for NBC with Rashida Jones and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Kat Blaque

Transgender YouTube Star & Activist

Kat Blaque is an Animator, Illustrator and Youtuber from Southern California who has been openly blogging about her life for the past 10+ years on Youtube. Experiencing the ups and downs of New Media, she has ultimately concluded that Social Media is a powerful force for change and awareness. She uses her platforms on Youtube and Facebook to speak about the topics she’s passionate about as well as spread information, and cultivate conversations that encourage education across intersections.