Our Speakers

Erin Brokovich

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Say the name Erin Brockovich and you think: strong, tough, stubborn and sexy. Erin is all that and definitely more. It’s been over 15 years since Julia Roberts starred in the Oscar-winning tour de force Erin Brockovich. The film turned an unknown legal researcher into a 20th century icon by showcasing how her dogged persistence was the impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history.

Since then, Erin hasn’t been resting on her laurels… she continues to fight hard and win big! Over time, Erin realized that she could use her notoriety to spread positive messages of personal empowerment and to encourage others to stand up and make a difference.

Erin’s first TV project was ABC’s 2001 Special, Challenge America With Erin Brockovich, where she helped motivate and organize the rebuilding of a dilapidated park in downtown Manhattan. For three seasons, Erin hosted the Lifetime series, Final Justice With Erin Brockovich. The show celebrated everyday women who triumphed when faced with overwhelming adversity.

Erin has authored a New York Times Business Bestseller, Take It From Me: Life’s A Struggle, But You Can Win and two novels, Rock Bottom and Hot Water.

As President of Brockovich Research & Consulting, she is currently involved in numerous environmental projects worldwide. She is a true American hero whose icon status, and “stick-to-it-iveness” only fuels her determination to expose injustice and lend her voice to those who do not have one.

Angela Davis

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Angela Davis is at the forefront of a fitness revolution. As a member of the USA Track and Field Team, Angela was a 5-time All-American who held world rankings at the 100m. She ran track professionally for Nike, was an Olympic Trials semi-finalist and a member of the World Championship team.

Born into a sports family, Angela’s father Jerry Manuel played, coached and managed baseball in the MLB. Drive, determination, and a competitive spirit were instilled in Angela from a young age. Angela has been coaching and training private clients for the past 15 years. In the meantime, Angela and her husband Jerome Davis have traveled the country giving speed clinics, teaching the fundamentals of running and leading motivational forums.

Angela Davis had the opportunity to bring her passion, motivation and “life skills” to Oprah Winfrey’s acclaimed “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend Tour.” She was able to encourage thousands to believe in themselves and trust that they were already equipped for victory. Angela is currently touring with the BELONG Tour, where she incorporates her positive affirmations, momentous music and exercise to move the masses toward change.

Angela currently trains private clients on and off the track, and is a spin instructor. Angela knows her true life’s work is to help empower those who are ready for change.

Brad Meltzer

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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Book of Fate, and The President’s Shadow. His newest book is The House of Secrets.

In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for Non-Fiction (History Decoded), Advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), Children’s Books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even comic books (Justice League of America), for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award.

He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on the History Channel. The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors.

Brad is also responsible for helping find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero, making national news on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Using his TV show, Brad Meltzer’s Lost History, he told the story of the missing flag and asked Americans for their help in returning it. Four days later, a former Marine walked into a fire station in Everett, Washington, said he saw Meltzer’s TV show, and now wanted to return the flag. Meltzer recently unveiled the flag at the 9/11 Museum in New York, where it is now on display.

Dr. Pepper Schwartz

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Dr. Pepper Schwartz has published 22 books and regularly makes television appearances including “Married at First Sight” on A&E. Through her work, she offers advice on anything from sex and health to communication and dating in midlife and beyond.

Dr. Schwartz is Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. She received her B.A. and M.A, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University in St. Louis and her Masters of Philosophy and Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University.

She is presently the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Ph.D in sexuality studies at the Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. She is also Chairperson of the Intimacy and Aging study group at Stanford University’s Center for the Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences as well as a senior fellow and board member of the Council on the Contemporary Family.

Dr. Schwartz has earned awards for excellence in education from the Washington State Women’s Forum, the American Sociological Association for Public Understanding of Sociology and the Simon and Gagnon Award for Sexuality Studies.
She currently resides in the Seattle, Washington area on a horse farm with her family.