As we launch into the new school year, we are thrilled to share the fall lineup for our National Speaker Broadcasts. We look forward to these speakers motivating our members, providing a call to action to serve their communities and driving them towards their passions!
Genevieve Thiers (October 10, 2017)
Genevieve is a disruptor, entrepreneur, speaker, investor and opera singer. Her first company, SitterCity.com, which she founded while still in college, is America’s first company to take caregiving services online.
Among the many awards she has received, Genevieve was recognized by the White House as the Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur Champion of the Year and has been featured on the TODAY Show, Ellen, The View, MSNBC, the CBS Early Show and CNN. She has lectured or spoken at TED Global, American Express, Groupon, Microsoft, Harvard Business School, and for hundreds of other entrepreneurial groups around the country.
Sir Richard Branson (October 17, 2017)
World-famous humanitarian, activist, adventurer and business icon, Sir Richard Branson is the founder and chairman of the Virgin Group.
Mr. Branson was knighted at Buckingham Palace for "services to entrepreneurship" and named in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. He was recently recognized by The Sunday Times as the most admired business person over the last five decades.
Wendy Williams (October 24, 2017)
Mother, wife, media mogul, entrepreneur, performer and best-selling author, Wendy Williams is best known for her long-running Daytime Emmy® nominated talk show, The Wendy Williams Show. The nationally syndicated weekday program airs in 52 countries, on BET at midnight, and launched its eighth season on September 19th 2016.
Prior to achieving success in daytime television, Williams built a devoted fan base throughout a successful 23-year career in radio. One of the most popular personalities in radio, she was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in November of 2009 – one of only a handful of women with that honor.
With TV, Broadway and film performances to her name, Williams is a seasoned performer, both as herself and in character. Her television credits include appearances on NBC’s 30 Rock, competing on Season 12 of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, and appearing as a featured guest on ABC’s One Life to Live and Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva. Wendy also appeared in the major motion pictures, Steve Harvey’s Think Like A Man, Think Like A Man Too and took center stage as Mama Morton in the Tony-winning revival of the musical Chicago.
Simon Sinek (November 8, 2017)
Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Simon is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.
A trained ethnographer, Simon is fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact within their organizations and in the world — those with the capacity to inspire. He has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate, and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action.
Simon's TED talk has over 33 million views and is listed as the #3 viewed talk of all-time.