Featured Speakers


Kristian Bush, Grammy Award-winning singer, Sugarland

Kristian Bush, one half of platinum-selling country duo Sugarland, has been leaving his mark on music for more than two decades. He is currently on the road with his 2014 Put Your Soul In It Tour. Bush founded Sugarland in 2002; in 2004, he and singer Jennifer Nettles exploded onto the music scene. They have surpassed sales of over 22 million albums worldwide, achieved five No. 1 singles and won numerous awards, including trophies from the Grammys, AMAs, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards and CMA Awards. In October of 2012, they were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Kristian partners with Global Citizen, a website and app that revolves around a simple premise: that every person can play a role in realizing the end of extreme poverty by 2030. Fans can take action on issues affecting the world's poor and collect points to win tickets to shows.


Neil Bush, Chairman of Points of Light

As chair of the Points of Light Board of Directors, Neil Bush expands the vision launched by his father, President George H. W. Bush and lived by his family members, who understand the critical importance of volunteers to the success of individual lives and the life of our country.

In addition to leading Points of Light, Neil is a director of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M and serves on the board of the Houston Salvation Army. Neil and his wife, Maria Bush, are co-chairs of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, dedicated to increasing literacy rates for Houstonians of all ages.

In his professional life, Neil develops international business opportunities. As chair of the Great Texas Regional Center, he helps create jobs by recruiting immigrants to invest in the U.S. He is chair of Singhaiyi, a Singapore company investing in U.S. real estate, and director of Hong Kong's Hoifu Energy, which has a diverse line of energy
businesses. Neil is also chair of the Bush China US Relations Conference, which convenes American and Chinese leaders to cooperate on issues of global importance.

Neil is proud that the family passion for service has passed on to his children. Neil's daughter, Lauren Bush Lauren, is founder and CEO of FEED Projects. His son, Pierce Bush, mentors an inner-city youngster and recently became vice president for development at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Houston.


Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Chelsea Clinton works with her parents, President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, to drive the vision and work of the Clinton Foundation. Chelsea focuses especially on the Foundation's health programs, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which strengthens health care and access to lifesaving services in the developing world; the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which fights childhood obesity in the United States; and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which addresses preventable disease in the United States. She also established - and continues to lead - the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program, which identifies and organizes meaningful service opportunities for Foundation staff, friends, and partners and for the wider Foundation community. As one of the strongest champions of the Clinton Global Initiative University, Chelsea works to empower the next generation of change makers to take action on some of the world's most urgent challenges. And through the Clinton Foundation Millennium Network, Chelsea plays an integral role in inspiring young leaders and philanthropists to get involved in the work of the Foundation.


Deb Elam, President of the GE Foundation

Deborah (Augustine) Elam is President of the GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer for GE. She works at the Corporate Headquarters in Fairfield, CT, and leads efforts globally to bring GE employees closer to their communities while maintaining diversity and inclusiveness as an essential part of GE's productivity, creativity, innovation and competitive advantage. Elam is a native of New Orleans, LA and an alumna of Ursuline Academy. She received a B.A. degree in sociology at Louisiana State University and a Masters of Public Administration at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.

The GE Foundation focuses on health, education, and disaster relief. The strategic philanthropic programs draw on GE's culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness and are supported by the ideas, inspiration and generosity of GE employees, who have a strong commitment to their communities.


Tracy Hoover, President of Points of Light

In July 2013, Tracy Hoover, a longtime leader of the service movement, was named president of Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service. Hoover, who has served as Points of Light's chief of staff and chief operating officer, brings more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and volunteer service sector to the task of leading the organization.

Prior to joining Points of Light in 2008, Hoover was the CEO of Hands On Atlanta, an organization that connects individuals, families and groups with volunteer opportunities. Under her leadership, Hands On Atlanta grew to become one of the country's premier volunteer mobilization organizations.

Hoover has taken on a variety of community leadership roles during her career, including service on the advisory boards of The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Junior League of Atlanta, The Georgia Foundation Center and the National Black Arts Festival-Full House Commission. She was a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2007 and was awarded a scholarship from the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta to attend Harvard Business School's nonprofit management summer program.


Mark Kramer, Co-founder and Managing Director of FSG

Mark is co-founder and Managing Director of FSG and the author of influential publications on shared value, catalytic philanthropy, collective impact, strategic evaluation, and impact investing.

He oversees FSG's consulting practice and action initiatives, and also serves as a Senior Fellow in the CSR Initiative at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Mark has spoken and published extensively on topics in philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. He is co-author, with Professor Michael E. Porter, of several influential Harvard Business Review articles, including "The Competitive Advantage of Corporate Philanthropy" (2002), "Strategy and Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility" (2006), and "Creating Shared Value" (2011). In the Stanford Social Innovation Review he has written or co-authored "Catalytic Philanthropy" (2009), "Collective Impact" (2010), and "Channeling Change" (2012), "Embracing Emergence" (2013).

He received a B.A. summa cum laude from Brandeis University, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, and a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Jean Oelwang, CEO of Virgin Unite

Jean Oelwang is the CEO of Virgin Unite, the entrepreneurial foundation of the Virgin Group. In 2003, Jean left her post as joint CEO of Virgin Mobile Australia to begin working with Richard Branson and the Virgin staff from around the world to create Virgin Unite. Over the last 10 years, Jean has worked with partners to create new approaches to social and environmental issues, such as the Branson Centres of Entrepreneurship and a global platform to support budding entrepreneurs. She has helped incubate a number of global leadership initiatives such as The Elders, the Carbon War Room and The B Team. In addition, Jean has been instrumental in working with Virgin's businesses and others worldwide to put driving positive change at their core.

Jean has long explored the overlap of the business and social sectors and has been involved in both, having worked for the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife in Australia, and in numerous volunteer roles, including a stint as a VISTA volunteer where she worked with - and learned from - homeless teens in Chicago.


Tyler Perry, Filmmaker, Actor and Philanthropist

Tyler Perry's inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the heights of Hollywood's A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Tyler fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and shows. But listen to Tyler Perry and you'll hear a man who hasn't forgotten about the people that have helped him reach the top of a mountain he could once only dream of climbing. He has been intimately involved and donated generously to civil rights causes through work with the NAACP and NAN. He also strongly supports charities that focus on helping the homeless. In January 2010, Perry pledged $1,000,000 via The Tyler Perry Foundation to help rebuild the lives of those affected by the earthquakes in Haiti.


Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta

Kasim Reed was inaugurated as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta on January 4, 2010. Since then, he has hired more than 800 police officers and funded initiatives to reduce the city's crime rate by 18 percent, re-opened all of the city's recreation centers as safe havens for young people and improved core city services such as fire-rescue response times. Mayor Reed was named the 6th most influential African-American in the nation in 2012 by The Root, a publication of the Washington Post Company. Mayor Reed's leadership has been recognized on programs such as Meet the Press and he has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post and Black Enterprise. He has been a guest speaker and panelist at numerous conferences, including the Aspen Ideas Festival, Chicago Ideas Week, New York Ideas, New Cities Summit, Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America and the Gathering of Leaders.


Mark Swinton, Producer of "Tyler Perry's The Haves the Have Nots"

Mark E. Swinton is a producer for Tyler Perry Studios. Swinton is currently producing The Haves And The have Nots episodic drama on OWN, the sitcom For Better Or Worse, and the new sitcom Love Thy Neighbor, also on OWN. Swinton also works as a producer and assistant director for the live stage shows written and directed by Mr. Perry each year. Swinton produced seasons five and six of House Of Payne, winning an NAACP Image Award for his work on season five. Swinton also produced each season of Tyler Perry's hit situation comedy For Better Or Worse.

As a theater educator, Swinton founded the Stephen and Carrie Odell Theatre Arts Academy in Los Angeles, and The Youth Arts Initiative, an after school program for at risk youth. Swinton wrote the curriculum for both schools, and birthed a creative writing, film, and theatre arts program that attracted thousands of youth from all over greater Los Angeles.

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