Featured Speakers


John Bridgeland, CEO, Civic Enterprises

Civic Enterprises is a public policy firm in Washington, D.C. John is also Co-Chair of the Franklin Project at The Aspen Institute, a new initiative to create a voluntary, civilian national service counterpart to military service in the United States, and an author of the book Heart of the Nation: Volunteering and America's Civil Spirit. John was appointed by President Obama to the White House Council for Community Solutions. He served as Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council in the first term of President George W. Bush, and then as Assistant to the President of the United States and first Director of the USA Freedom Corps, where he coordinated policy on international, national, community, and faith-based service in the aftermath of 9/11. Bridgeland also co-led the Policy Transition for President Bush in 2000-2001.


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.


Karl Dean, Mayor, City of Nashville

Karl Dean was elected on Sept. 11, 2007 and was re-elected on Aug. 4, 2011. Mayor Dean's priorities are improving schools, making neighborhoods safer and bringing more and better jobs to Nashville. Mayor Dean believes that volunteerism is a great tool to address some of the city's most pressing challenges. On Sept. 10, 2009, Mayor Dean pledged that Nashville would help the country achieve the goals of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act by joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City to launch the Cities of Service coalition. By signing the Declaration of Service, Mayor Dean promised to do his part by developing a comprehensive local action plan to increase civic engagement. Nashville's local service plan, called Impact Nashville, seeks to leverage institutional and cultural capital through impactful volunteerism directed toward two of the mayor's top priorities: public education and the environment.


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.


Mayor Laurie Gill, City of Pierre, South Dakota

Laurie Gill was sworn in as Mayor of Pierre, South Dakota, in July 2008 and will start her third term in July 2014.

Laurie is a graduate of South Dakota State University, majoring in Commercial Economics. She spent 10 years working as a business manager in non-profit settings, prior to coming on board with the South Dakota Department of Health where she worked for 13 years. Laurie worked in the private sector as the Clinic Administrator at Avera Medical Associates Clinic in Pierre, and in June 2011 she had the honor to join Governor Daugaard's Cabinet where she currently is the Commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources.

Laurie currently serves on the boards of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Capital University Center, the South Dakota Municipal League, the South Dakota Retirement System and the Capital City Beautification committee.


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.


Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President, Dillard University

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough was his high school salutatorian and student body president in 1985, and went on to earn degrees from the University of Georgia, Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. He has enjoyed a fulfilling career in student affairs, serving at Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Dominion University, Albany State University and Philander Smith College. In 2012 he became the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In 2009, he was named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 To Watch. In 2010, he made the coveted Ebony Magazine Power 100 list of the doers and influencers in the African American community. Finally, in February of 2013 he was named to NBC News/The Grio.com's 100 African Americans Making History Today.


Dr. Bernice King, CEO, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

Bernice King, the youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, is an internationally known speaker who began her oratorical career when she spoke in her mother's stead at the United Nations at age 17. She is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia. As an ordained preacher, King has planned and organized numerous conferences, seminars and workshops, including non-violent conflict resolution conferences for college and university students and women and family conferences. She conducted a class on race relations at Mississippi College and taught a year-long leadership development class at her previous church. King has been featured on Oprah, BET Talk with Tavis Smiley and the Judge Hachett Show, and in magazines such as People, Ebony, Essence, Ladies Home Journal, Gospel Today and Charisma. King also guest hosted a live lunchtime television show on CNN, and authored the book, "Hard Questions, Heart Answers."


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.


Jeff Raider, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Harry's & Co-Founder, Warby Parker

Jeff Raider likes to improve people's daily lives in small ways by building brands that offer them high quality products at accessible prices (he cannot, however, say that three times fast). Jeff is currently the co-founder and co-CEO of Harry's, a new brand of high-quality men's shaving and grooming products sold directly to consumers. Jeff is also a co-founder of Warby Parker, a brand offering designer-like eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses. Jeff has worked extensively with non-profit organizations and is constantly inspired by other entrepreneurs. He graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a BA in International Studies and earned a Masters in International Affairs from The Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He also has an MBA from Wharton Business School.


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.


Lamman Rucker, Actor, "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns"

Artist, educator, activist and entrepreneur, Lamman is the star of the popularly syndicated hit sitcom "Meet the Browns" and he is also affectionately referred to by many as 'Sheriff Troy' of the box-office smash Tyler Perry films "Why Did I Get Married?" and its sequel, "Why Did I Get Married Too?"

A proud graduate of the illustrious Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, Lamman was an original member of the groundbreaking youth company - the Washington Area Improvisational Teen Theatre (W.A.I.T.T.). The company's primary goal was to promote sexual abstinence to teens and educate young people about their bodies, the risks of teen pregnancy, STD's and HIV/AIDS. W.A.I.T.T. dealt with other issues like peer pressure, domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse. He has since become a skilled, talented and sought-after teacher, coach, mentor and youth advocate.


Eric Schwarz, Co-Founder & CEO, Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools was awarded Fast Company magazine's Social Capitalist Award in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008 and the Skoll Foundation's Skoll Award in Social Entrepreneurship in 2005.

Schwarz has been tapped to speak about education reform and Expanded Learning Time at numerous conferences across the country. He has served as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's Task Force on 21st Century Skills, the Center for American Progress working group on Expanded Learning Time, the transition team of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the Social Entrepreneur Advisory Board for the New Profit, Inc. Gathering of Leaders.

He is the author of "Realizing the American Dream: Historical Scorecard, Current Challenges, Future Opportunities," a widely cited essay examining social change efforts and the role of social entrepreneurs, and co-editor of The Case for Twenty-First Century Learning.


Kerry Sullivan, President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Kerry Herlihy Sullivan is President of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen the economic and social health of communities across the company's global footprint through $200 million in annual philanthropic investments. In this role, Sullivan leads a team responsible for implementing a broad range of national and international philanthropic programs associated with the company's corporate social responsibility initiatives

Sullivan manages strategic relationships with global philanthropic partners addressing pressing issues of education, community development, health and human services, the environment, and the arts. She leads the company's signature philanthropic programs, which recognize the community leadership and service of nonprofit organizations and students in 44 markets across the US, with more than $150 million invested since 2004. In addition, Sullivan is responsible for Bank of America Community Volunteers, the company's global volunteer program open to the company's more than 280,000 employees.


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.


Mayor Dayne Walling, City of Flint, Michigan

Dayne Walling is serving in his second term as the Mayor of the City of Flint. His vision of a sustainable 21st Century community has attracted new investments and energy to the difficult challenge of turning Flint around. He is committed to bringing new jobs, making neighborhoods safe, and supporting great schools in Flint and across Michigan. Under his leadership, the City of Flint has adopted its first comprehensive master plan in more than 50 years. As an AmeriCorps Alum, he values the power of citizens and volunteers and has declared 2014 a Year of Service and Action in Flint. Mayor Walling serves on the Executive Committee for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and is Chairman of the national Manufacturing Alliance of Communities. Mayor Walling previously worked in the public, nonprofit and private sectors and was a Rhodes Scholar from Michigan State University.


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