Ann Dolin

Ann Dolin

Ann Dolin, a recognized education coach, speaks extensively on education-related topics and is available to speak to parents and teachers throughout the Metropolitan D.C. area. Ann is known for her engaging and informative approach while addressing students, faculty and parents on the most important topics related to today’s educational programs.

 

Many families deal with the daily stress of homework. Arguments and battles with your child rarely conclude with a winner and your relationship with your child suffers. Read more

Anthony Campolo

Anthony Campolo

Anthony Campolo is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, and previously served for ten years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Eastern College and earned a Ph.D. from Temple University. Founder and President of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE), Dr. Campolo has worked to create, nurture and support programs for “at-risk” children in cities across North America, and has helped establish schools and universities in several developing countries. Read more

Carolyn Warner

Carolyn Warner

Carolyn Warner, Founder and President of Corporate//Education Consulting, Inc., advises Fortune 500 companies, foundations and numerous national associations on workforce/work place issues, education, leadership, women’s issues and public/private partnerships. Through her speaking, seminar, consulting and training services she delivers over forty presentations each year, both in the U.S. and abroad, including three European Union conferences on education and skills training. Read more

Craig Kielburger

Craig Kielburger

Craig Kielburger is an accomplished child rights activist, an award-winning author and a popular speaker. In 1995 at only 12 years of age, he was the co-founder of Free The Children. Free the Children is the world’s largest network of children helping children through education, which has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize and has established partnerships with the United Nations and Oprah’s Angel Network. A sought-after speaker, he has shared the podium a number of times with former U.S. president Bill Clinton, Read more

Daniel Burrus

Daniel Burrus

Considered one of the world’s leading technology forecasters and business strategists, over the past quarter century Read more

David Zach

David Zach

One of the few professionally trained futurists in the US, David Zach – through his company, Innovative Futures – works with businesses, universities, and associations to help them understand how to think about the future, change, and continuity – and how to make choices about them. He gathers his information and ideas through extensive research, and a daily study of books, magazines, discussions, and online explorations. In his thought-provoking presentations, he takes his audiences on a tour of key trends and current issues in technology, business, education, and society. Read more

Donna Brazile

Donna Thoren

 

Don Thoren works with organizations and helps people explore what their future “could be” , and develops plans and skills in its pursuit. In his beginning, he grew up on a cattle ranch in Wyoming, gave his first speech in a Future Farmers of America contest, and held many student leadership positions in high school and college. As an Army training officer, he participated in establishing standards and conducting innovative training to achieve high operational readiness scores.

 

General Electric gave Don the opportunity learn personnel practices and then sent me into manufacturing to achieve results with the people he hired. First as a shift foreman and later manager, he learned the importance of integrating systems with leadership skills to achieve exemplary results. At American Salesmasters he learned to make 20 street sales calls a day to sell communication and sales training seminars.

 

Looking back on 30 years of speeches, consulting and organization change initiatives, Don is grateful to those clients who allowed him the opportunity to help them on their way, and to employees who came to work with him as they sought to practice and teach, “Maximizing Joint Productivity.”

 

Today, Don is a seasoned practitioner who specializes in:

 

  • Mentoring leaders
  • Showing how conflicting opinions can lead to break through thinking and break out results
  • Delivering unique speeches for special occasions
  • Coaching project teams
  • Teaching others to speak more effectively and persuasively
  • Helping resolve alignment issues
  • Improving the results of technical sales people
  • Teaching creative problem solving
  • Conflicting opinions, turf wars, customer demands, confusing technological choices and the assignment of responsibility are the issues most likely to cripple organizations.

 

The solution to all this chaotic change and attendant conflict is embracing the commitment to “Let Ideas Compete—Not People!” The skillful collision of ideas CAN create new and better “3RD IDEAS.” Learning to view passionate conflict as an invaluable engine of creativity is key to organizational and personal success.

Full Biography

Full Biography

Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, and the vice chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee.

Brazile began her political career at the age of nine when she worked to support the campaign of a city council candidate who promised to build a playground in her neighborhood. Four decades and innumerable state and local campaigns later, she has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as presidential campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore.

Author of the bestselling autobiography Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. In the media, she serves as a political contributor on CNN, consultant to ABC News, regularly appearing commentator on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos and frequent contributor to National Public Radio. In print and online, she is a columnist for Roll Call and Ms magazine.

Washingtonian named Brazile one of the ‘100 most powerful women’ and Essence named her one of the top 50 women in America. The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation has bestowed upon her its award for political achievement.

Prior to serving as vice chair of Voter Registration and Participation, Brazile dedicated herself to strengthening the American democratic process as chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute, established in 2001 to help protect and promote the rights of all American citizens to participate in the electoral process. Her passion is encouraging young people to vote, work within the system to strengthen it and run for public office.

Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco appointed Brazile, a New Orleans native, a member of the board of directors of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the guiding agency charged with leading the state s rebuilding process in the aftermath of two catastrophic hurricanes.

Brazile is founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, D.C.

Erin Gruwell

Erin Gruwell is a collaborative writer for the best-selling The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them, which became a feature film starring Academy Award winner Hilary Swank. By fostering an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, Gruwell transformed her students’ lives. Her initial commitment to her 150 students, which included working three part-time jobs to fund student activities, ensured they would all graduate high school, most would graduate college and many would complete a post-graduate education. She currently serves as president of the Freedom Writers Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 that positively impacts communities by decreasing high school drop out rates through the enhancement of the Freedom Writers Method. Gruwell and her students have appeared on numerous television shows, including Oprah, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Prime Time Live with Connie Chung, Barbara Walters’ The View, Good Morning America, and CSPAN’s Book TV to discuss their experiences and promote improved educational reform, and been featured on National Public Radio and in national newspapers and People magazine. She is also author of The Freedom Writers Diary Teacher’s Guide, a treatise on innovative teaching techniques; Teach With Your Heart, a memoir and call to arms for educational reform; and Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writers Teachers (2009). Erin Gruwell has earned an award-winning reputation for her steadfast commitment to the future of education and her ability to relate her experiences to a wide range of audiences has made her a popular speaker. She inspires audiences to achieve a higher purpose in their lives. Read more

Gary Hoover

Gary Hoover

One of America’s greatest entrepreneurs, Gary Hoover created Hoovers.com, the world’s largest Internet-based provider of information about business. From his own successes and failures, and from the lessons of the thousands of companies he has studied, Hoover draws real-life examples of the practices that really make a difference. He describes the impact of history, geography, demography and curiosity on modern business. Hoover speaks from long experience, and long study, about the big picture and the critical components of the successful business mission. Read more

Glenda Hatchett

Glenda Hatchett

Nobody gets results like Judge Glenda Hatchett. A visionary on the bench, she is renowned for her unique way of determining justice for thousands of today’s youth in an innovative yet authoritative manner. Known for her popular, award-winning, nationally syndicated show, Judge Hatchett, she has been lauded for her creative sentencing and powerful administration of justice. With a groundbreaking approach to courtroom television, she delivered revolutionary interventions where litigants “do time” with successful community leaders and professionals from the workforce, social activism, public service, and athletics. Read more