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Cofounder of Black Voters Matter Fund, jazz singer, and Senior Practice Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
Anchor/Correspondent, FOX Business Network
With nearly 25 years of experience, Liz Claman—described by Vanity Fair as “…one of television’s top business reporters and anchor”—shares insights on leadership and the global economy gleaned from her access to the most influential and powerful business leaders in the world.
Disruptive Innovation Leader
At some time, someone somewhere is going to disrupt your entire industry. Shouldn’t it be you? Luke Williams, author and globally recognized authority on disruptive innovation, reveals a way of thinking that has the power to transform your business and stay ahead of the game.
CEO of Rappler, Journalist, Author, Freedom Advocate and 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Maria Ressa is the co-founder, CEO of Rappler.com, an online news organization in the Philippines. Maria’s courage and work on disinformation and ‘fake news’ culminated in being awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” Her numerous awards include being named Time’s 2018 Person of the Year and listed among its 100 Most Influential People of 2019.
Maria advises organizations and corporations on corporate governance, values, and strategy. Her experience as a journalist and an entrepreneur in the digital world makes her a sought-after keynote speaker and panelist.
A journalist for over 36 years, Maria has been arrested on 10 charges related to exposing the Duterte government’s corrupt practices and was convicted of cyber-libel in June. She is out on bail pending her appeal but true to form, Ressa, vows to keep fighting.
Maria was featured in the 2020 documentary “A Thousand Cuts,” which profiles her fearless reporting on the abuses of Duterte’s presidency, while also illustrating social media’s capacity to deceive and entrench political power.
Maria now travels the world speaking to organizations of all kinds on freedom of the press, democracy, and corporate governance.
MSNBC Political Analyst & Former Chair of the Republican National Committee
Michael Steele examines the crux of business, politics and race. Steele draws from his unique combination of experience to deliver a relevant and insightful perspective on the day’s most important issues affecting individuals and businesses across the country.
Robert J. Darling
Lt. Col USMC (Retired)
As a public speaker, Robert Darling has addressed numerous academic, government, military, and civic organizations to include the CIA, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Navy Space Warfare Center, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, Washington DC Chapter of the Program Management Institute, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Iona College, Defense Language School, and the Military Officers’ Association of America. He has also guest lectured on the subject of Crisis Leadership and Counterterrorism at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Political Strategist & Senior Political Director, Crooked Media
Shaniqua McClendon has worked in politics for a decade and currently serves as Political Director for Crooked Media, home to the popular podcast, Pod Save America. In this role, Shaniqua led the creation of their voter engagement program, Vote Save America and volunteer engagement program, Adopt a State, which has educated millions of voters, recruited hundreds of thousands of volunteers and raised millions of dollars for progressive causes and candidates. Prior to Crooked Media, Shaniqua worked on Capitol Hill, serving as a policy advisor to Senator Kay R. Hagan and Congresswoman Alma S. Adams. Shaniqua earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was also a fellow at the USC Center for the Political Future.
Shereen Marisol Meraji
Host/Correspondent, NPR's Code Switch
Shereen Marisol Meraji is an award-winning journalist and the co-host and senior producer of NPR’s Code Switch podcast about race, identity and culture. Code Switch is the only podcast about race that's talking about all of us: our histories, how we're represented, the ways we work together and against each other.
Emmy-Nominated Actor & Host, Blues Clues
Steve Burns is an actor and television host best known as the original host of the long-running children's preschool television program, Blue's Clues. The series was rebooted as Blue's Clues and You, with Burns serving as frequent writer, director, and producer. As a speaker, Burns refines and re-examines the message of empowerment and exceptionalism he delivered to a generation of children as they now struggle with the demands and realities of adulting.