Franklin Graham has devoted his life to meeting the needs of people around the world and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The eldest son of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, he serves as President and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Under his leadership, Samaritan's Purse has met the needs of poor, sick, and suffering people in more than 100 countries. As an evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, he has led crusades around the world.
Caryl M. Stern is the President and CEO of UNICEF USA. Stern is an activist, author, executive, public speaker, mother of three and grandmother of two. A dynamic change-maker, Stern has dedicated her career to helping others through education, compassion, advocacy and rolling up her sleeves. Since 2007, she has served as President and CEO of UNICEF USA, an organization that supports UNICEF’s lifesaving work to put children first. Under Stern’s leadership, UNICEF USA has more than doubled its fundraising revenue, secured multi-million dollar commitments in support of the world’s children and launched UNICEF Kid Power, the world’s first Wearable-for-Good™ that empowers kids to get active and save lives.
Stern has traveled to more than 30 countries in support of UNICEF’s work and has spearheaded the organization’s emergency relief efforts for children affected by disasters, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 East Africa drought, the Ebola and Zika epidemics and the ongoing global refugee and migrant crisis. A sought-after public speaker on the topics of Kids helping Kids, children and philanthropy, anti-bullying and international development, Stern was invited to present at the White House’s inaugural summit on The United State of Women and was named one of "25 Women Changing the World in 2017" by People Magazine, “20 Most Influential Moms of 2017” by Family Circle, “25 Moms We Love” by Working Mother Magazine and “Ten Women to Watch” by Jewish Women International. Stern serves on the Board of Directors of The Container Store and the We Are Family Foundation, the Advisory Board to the WNBA and the Advisory Council of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Prior to joining UNICEF USA, Stern was an executive at the Anti-Defamation League, the founding director of its A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, and the Dean of Students at Polytechnic University.
Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is an author, strategist, and speaker, bringing focus to what is possible for humanity and our home, this earth. She is Vice President of Communication & Engagement at Project Drawdown and lead writer of the New York Times bestseller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Her first book, Between God & Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change, was dubbed “a vitally important, even subversive, story” by The Boston Globe. Katharine speaks internationally, sharing her expertise at Aspen Ideas, Skoll World Forum, Talks @ Google, and through frequent media appearances. Her interdisciplinary background spans academia, business, and the social sector. Previously, Katharine was Director of Strategy at the purpose consultancy BrightHouse and worked for The Boston Consulting Group and Natural Resources Defense Council. She has taught at the University of Oxford and Agnes Scott College and currently advises on Mary Robinson’s new podcast, Mothers of Invention. Katharine holds a doctorate in Geography & Environment from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. in Religion from Sewanee—The University of the South. She is happiest on a mountain or a horse.
Thomas Tighe has served as President and CEO of Direct Relief, a nonprofit humanitarian medical organization, since October 2000. Since Tighe's arrival, the organization has provided cash grants of more than $40 million and furnished more than $4 billion essential medicines, equipment, and supplies to support health services for low-income people in 88 developing countries and in all 50 U.S. states, where the organization conducts the country's largest nonprofit charitable medicines program.
During Tighe’s tenure, Direct Relief has been named among the world’s most innovative nonprofits by Fast Company, has been rated by Forbes as being 99 percent efficient or better in fundraising since 2001, won the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation, the CECP Director’s Award, the Esri President’s Award for GIS innovation, the Office of the Surgeon General’s National Leadership and Partnership Award, and become the first U.S. nonprofit to obtain VAWD accreditation and a license to distribute Rx medications in all 50 U.S. states. From 1995 to 2000, Tighe served as Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer of the Peace Corps, overseeing day-to-day operations of the agency’s worldwide programs and a resurgent growth of the agency to a 27-year high. From 1993 to 1995, Tighe served as Associate General Counsel of the Peace Corps, negotiating bilateral agreements to initiate Peace Corps programs in South Africa and China. From 1989 to 1993, he served as Associate Counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, conducting oversight and developing legislation related to veterans’ mental-health care, special disability programs, drug and alcohol treatment, and services for homeless veterans. Tighe also handled collateral duties related to foreign aid and the Peace Corps..
David J. Theroux is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Institute and Publisher of The Independent Review. He received his B.S., A.B., and M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He was a Juror for the 2017 Brock International Prize in Education, and books and films produced by Mr. Theroux have been the recipients of scores of awards, including three Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prizes, Templeton Freedom Award, two Mencken Awards for Best Book, eight Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Awards for Best Book, three Benjamin Franklin Awards, ten Independent Publisher Book Awards, Peter Shaw Memorial Award, and three Choice Magazine Awards for Outstanding Book. He is Founder and President of the C.S. Lewis Society of California, and he was founding Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for the Cato Institute and President of the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy. He previously served both as Research Assistant for the economist Yale Brozen and Director of the Lecture Series on Economic Science in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Having directed and published 140 scholarly books, Mr. Theroux is the editor of the books, The Energy Crisis, Private Rights and Public Lands (with P. Truluck), and Politics and Tyranny, and his scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of Private Enterprise, Culture and Civilization, The Independent Review, and Society, as well as such volumes as Hayek: A Collaborative Biography (ed. by Robert Leeson), Everything Voluntary: From Politics to Parenting (ed. by Skyler Collins), The Family and Economy in the Future of Society, and Resolving the Housing Crisis: Government Policy, Decontrol, and the Public Interest (ed. by M. Bruce Johnson). His articles and reviews have also appeared in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Investor's Business Daily, Washington Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dallas Morning News, Insight, other publications, and he has appeared on ABC, MSNBC, Fox Business Network, CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, Voice of America, and other local, national, and international TV and radio networks and programs. A contributor to American Political Economy: An Encyclopedia, he has been a director of eight corporations and four foundations, and he has been a member of the Nominating Committee for the Heinz Awards, William I. Koch Crime Commission, Prison Advisory Board for the California Little Hoover Commission, Board of Advisors of the Libertarian Christian Institute, and Executive Committee for the Templeton Collegiate Honor Rolls for Education in a Free Society.
Gail McGovern joined the American Red Cross as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2008, and has taken a strong leadership role at the nation’s leading emergency response and blood services organization. Under her direction, the Red Cross has become more effective in fulfilling its mission and is better prepared to face current and future challenges. Her transformational initiatives have led to improved financial stability and have expanded the reach of lifesaving Red Cross services. McGovern has initiated extensive modernization projects at the Red Cross. Among them are an overhaul of Red Cross IT systems and the growth of the organization’s leadership in social media and mobile technologies – including the introduction of a series of free apps that put lifesaving skills at people’s fingertips during emergencies.
During her tenure, McGovern has overseen the American Red Cross response to multiple high-profile disasters across the country and around the world, including the Haiti earthquake in 2010, the Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017, as well as the multitude of tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, home fires and other local disasters that affect our country each year. Prior to joining the Red Cross, McGovern was a faculty member at the Harvard Business School and earlier had served as President of Fidelity Personal Investments, a unit of Fidelity Investments. She was also Executive Vice President at AT&T for the Consumer Markets Division, the company’s largest business unit, and was responsible for its $26 billion residential long-distance service.
Since 1999, Duane Silverstein has been the executive director of Seacology, an international non-governmental organization with the sole focus of preserving islands – their fragile habitats, vanishing species and historic cultures – throughout the globe. For 18 years prior to heading Seacology, he was the executive director of the Goldman Fund, one of California’s largest philanthropic foundations. Duane was instrumental in creating and heading the Goldman Environmental Prize, which has been dubbed the “Nobel Prize of the Environment” by National Geographic and news media around the globe. Over his career he has visited 199 islands in 77 nations. Silverstein has met with presidents of the United States, Secretaries-general of the United Nations, kings, heads of state, and indigenous chiefs throughout the world on behalf of the environment. His work has been covered in media such as Time Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The New York Times. Articles he has written have appeared in over a dozen international publications. In 2009 he was selected by a public vote as a national All-Star Among Us to be honored by Major League Baseball at the All-Star Game in St. Louis. In 2010 Silverstein was given the esteemed Jefferson Award for Public Service. In giving Silverstein a 2010 Coastal Hero Award, Sunset Magazine called him a “superhero of the deep.” In early 2012, he was invited to give the closing speech on the state of the Earth’s islands for the prestigious TEDx conference in South Africa’s Cape Town. In January 2015 His Serene Highness Prince Albert II honored Silverstein on behalf of Seacology for outstanding innovation in a ceremony in Monaco. Widely considered one of the world’s foremost experts on islands, he is a National Fellow of The Explorers Club and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 2018, he accepted the United Nations Momentum For Change climate action award on behalf of Seacology. Under his leadership, Seacology was named one of the top 15 US nonprofit organizations to work for.
Coach, writer, speaker, artist, Julie Melillo was raised in Tucson, Arizona and lived in Phoenix for five years after college. She then moved to Manhattan in 2007 (with one suitcase and not knowing anyone), to bring her happiness-focused coaching to stressed out New Yorkers. Julie brings her passion to her clients with her five-step goal-reaching success process and personality type strength expertise. Julie coaches clients in-person in Manhattan and internationally over the telephone and internet. She also leads workshops and seminars in Manhattan. She is a member of The International Coach Federation and is a Certified Life Coach from an accredited school. Julie has a BA in Communications, minor in Journalism and graduated Magna Cum Laude a semester early. Julie's articles on coaching topics are read by thousands worldwide. She has written two e-books including The Happy Book: 10 Ways to Completely Change your life. Julie continues to chase her own dreams, and she has recently written her first fiction novel, called Violet Dates in New York.
Imi Lo is an award-winning mental health professional, a Specialist Psychotherapist, Art Therapist, and author of the book Emotional Intensity and Sensitivity (Amazon bestseller, Hodder & Stoughton, 2018). She sits at where art, culture, psychology, and spirituality meet, and her mission is to inspire and empower emotionally intense, sensitive and gifted individuals to rise from being the 'misfits' to being leaders.
She was granted the Endeavour Award by the Australian Government, for her clinical and academic excellence; and later the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) for her commitment and contributions to social change. She has been featured as a pioneer in the field in The Psychologies Magazine, The Telegraph, Marie Claire, The Daily Mail, and TalkRadio Europe. Her work appears on Psychology Today, Psych Central, Counselling Directory, The Elephant Journal, Rebelle Society, and more.
Leaving home at a young age, Imi has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, the USA and the UK. She has been a suicide counselor, social worker, artist, mindfulness teacher, yoga instructor, holistic healer, art therapist, psychotherapy trainer, and supervisor. She has also enjoyed an artist/ art model career where she toured around the world. Imi's artwork was exhibited in Australia and London's East End and sold internationally. Her work reflects her passion in the emotional and existential themes that connect people. Combining her life-long passion and clinical expertise, she founded the international psychotherapy practice Eggshell Therapy and Coaching, where she works with intense people across the world.Imi owns over a thousand Japanese manga and eats broccoli every day.
Eugenia Kuzmina is a fashion model, actress, and comedian born in Russia. Her dad was a Nuclear scientist. Eugenia's first entertainment gig was at 13 years old when she was pulled out from a group of kids in her school to appear in a Russian version of SNL " Eralash". She was then cast to appear in Chuck Noris film, but couldn't leave the country due to visa issues. After appearing in commercials for Coca-Cola, Loreal, and Wrigleys in Moscow she was noticed by a scout at Nathalie Models Europe. She signed a contract and moved to Paris at 15 to work with such brands as Cartier , Dior , Armani,Hermes , Loreal , Vogue among many others .... After Ford Models, then IMG resigned her contract and moved her to US , she was noticed by Rodrigo Prieto ( cinematographer " Wolf Of Wall Street ", " Babel " ) to appear in his directorial debut opposite Elle Fanning " Likeness " . The movie was screened at Tribeca and received excellent reviews. John Turturro cast Eugenia to play opposite him in a film with Woody Allen " Fading Gigolo". Recently Eugenia worked opposite Bill Murray in " Rock The Kasbah " and opposite Milla Kunis and Christina Applegate in " Bad Moms " and Rebel Wilson in " Isn't it Romantic " Eugenia's Tv credits include " True Blood"," New Girl", " Castle", " The Comeback", ' Lady Dynamite " ... Eugenia is very passionate about comedy and writes and performs Stand Up regularly at THE COMEDY STORE and touring around US . Her other hobbies include motorcycles , languages (French, Portuguese), and supporting environmental issues around the world . She resides in Los Angeles with her Husband Bill Block ( CEO of Miramax ) and 3 children