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2024-2025 Speakers

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
67th Secretary of State of the United States (2009-2013), United States Senator for New York (2001-2009), First Lady of the United States (1993-2001), 2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee
 

Hillary Rodham Clinton has spent five decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State, and presidential candidate.  

Hillary Clinton was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 26, 1947.  After graduating from Wellesley College and Yale Law School, she began her life-long work on behalf of children and families by joining the Children’s Defense Fund.  

 

In 1974, she moved to Arkansas, where she married Bill Clinton and became a successful attorney while also raising their daughter, Chelsea.

 

As First Lady of the United States, from 1993 to 2001, Hillary Clinton championed health care for all Americans...(See Full Bio)

 

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Anderson Cooper
Multiple Award-Winning Journalist and News Anchor of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360° 

Anderson Cooper is the anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, a global newscast that goes beyond the headlines with in-depth reporting and investigations. The show airs weeknights at 8:00pm ET on CNN and is simulcast on CNN International.

Since April 2023, he also hosts The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper, airing Sundays on CNN, which showcases character-driven stories and investigative deep dives from CNN anchors and correspondents...(See Full Bio).

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Anita Hill
Lawyer, Educator, and Author, Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies at Brandeis University

The youngest of 13 children from a farm in rural Oklahoma, Anita Hill received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980. She began her career in private practice in Washington, D.C. Before becoming a law professor, she worked at the U. S. Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1989, Hill became the first African American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law, where she taught contracts and commercial law. She has made presentations to hundreds of business, professional, academic and civic organizations in the United States and abroad

...(See Full Bio).

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Steve Wozniak
"The Woz", Co-Founder of Apple, Inc., Best Selling Author of iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon
 

A Silicon Valley icon, technology entrepreneur and philanthropist for more than forty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II. He also influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry. He is listed as the sole inventor on four Apple patents.

In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators...(See Full Bio).

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John Brennan
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, 2013-2017

John O. Brennan served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from March

2013 until January 2017. As CIA Director, he was responsible for intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence, and liaison relationships with foreign intelligence services. From January 2009 to March 2013, Mr. Brennan was Deputy National Security Advisor and Assistant to President Obama for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, shaping and coordinating Obama administration policies on counterterrorism, homeland security, pandemics, cyberattacks, and natural disasters.

 

Mr. Brennan began his government service at the CIA, where he worked from 1980 to 2005. He served as CIA’s daily intelligence briefer to President Clinton, Chief of Staff to then Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, and Deputy Executive Director. In 2003, he led a multi-agency effort to establish the National Counterterrorism Center and served as the Center’s first Director. After retiring from the CIA in 2005, he worked in the private sector for three years...(See Full Bio).

Marlee Matlin
Academy Award-winning Actress, Director & Activist

Marlee Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her film debut in Paramount Pictures’ Children of a Lesser God, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress. At 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar and only one of four actresses to receive the honor for her film debut. In addition to the Oscar, Marlee received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. In 2021, Marlee was nominated once again as Executive Producer for the Live Action Short,
Feeling Through. And in 2022, her Apple TV+ film CODA swept every category it was nominated in at the 2022 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Marlee has also starred in numerous television projects, including Seinfeld, The West Wing, Law and Order SVU...
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Henry Winkler
Emmy Award-Winning Actor, Author, Director & Producer

Henry Winkler will celebrate 50 years of success in Hollywood this year and continues to be in demand not only as an actor, producer, and director but as a best-selling author. His autobiography, BEING HENRY...The Fonz and Beyond, was published last October. It was on the New York Times bestseller list for 11 weeks and was a Good Reads Award winner for Best Humor book.

Henry co-starred as acting teacher Gene Cousineau on the hit HBO dark comedy, Barry. In 2018, he won his first Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his role on the series. He was nominated again for an Emmy in 2019, 2022 and 2023. Henry has also won two Television Critics Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and was nominated for both a Golden Globe and SAG Award...

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Dr. David Eagleman
Neuroscientist, New York Times Bestselling Author, Writer & Presenter of The Brain on PBS

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Stanford University and an internationally bestselling author. He is co-founder of two venture-backed companies, Neosensory and BrainCheck, and he also directs the Center for Science and Law, a national non-profit institute. He is best known for his work on sensory substitution, time perception, brain plasticity, synesthesia, and neurolaw.

 

He is the writer and presenter of the international PBS series, The Brain with David Eagleman, and the author of the companion book, The Brain: The Story of You. He is also the writer and presenter of The Creative Brain on Netflix...(See Full Bio)

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