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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)



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).

Jon Meacham
Presidential Historian & Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham is one of America's most prominent public intellectuals. A contributor to TIME, Meacham is a highly sought-after commentator, regularly appearing on MSNBC, CNN, and other news outlets. A skilled orator with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs, Meacham has the unique ability to bring history to life and offer historical context to current events and issues impacting our daily lives - whether we realize it or not - to audiences of all backgrounds and levels of understanding. He served as Newsweek's managing editor from 1998 to 2006 and as editor from 2006 to 2010...(See Full Bio)

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Dereck & Beverly Joubert
African Wildlife Conservationists, Award-winning Filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-at-Large

Dereck and Beverly Joubert are award-winning filmmakers, National Geographic Explorers-at-Large and wildlife conservationists, who have been filming, researching and exploring Africa for over 40 years. Their mission is the conservation and understanding of large predators and other key wildlife species that determine the course of all conservation in Africa. The Jouberts are founders of Rhinos Without Borders, an initiative that has moved 87 rhinos from high poaching areas to safety. They also co-founded the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic, which currently funds 150 projects in 28 countries. This program has now transitioned to the Great Plains Big Cats Initiative, under the Jouberts’ leadership and Great Plains Foundation management.

The Jouberts have made over 40 films for National Geographic, published 14 books, half a dozen scientific papers...(See Full Bio)


Dr. Kate Darling
Leading Expert in Social Robotics & MIT Media Lab Research Scientist

A leading expert in robot ethics, Dr. Kate Darling is a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and also heads the Boston Dynamics AI Institute’s study of ethics and societal impact, where she oversees a team of researchers who explore key societal questions related to the development of intelligent robots.

Dr. Darling explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Dr. Darling’s writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the wider public will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades...(See Full Bio)

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Father Gregory Boyle
Founder and Director of Homeboy Industries, the world's largest gang-intervention and rehabilitation program, American Jesuit Priest, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient 

Father Gregory Boyle a Jesuit priest is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang- intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world.

Born and raised in Los Angeles and Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Fr. Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights. Dolores Mission was the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city.

Fr. Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the so-called “decade of death” that began in the late 1980s and peaked at 1,000 gang-related killings in 1992...(See Full Bio)


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