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From celebrities using their dazzling star power to shed light on an issue to entrepreneurs looking to make a difference, APB's philanthropy speakers truly demonstrate love for humankind and a desire to lend a helping hand.

Philanthropy

Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Times Columnist

A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, Kristof is an extraordinary thinker, human rights advocate, and astute chronicler of humanity. As a seasoned journalist who has traveled China, Africa, India, and South Asia, he...

Founder, Homeboy Industries

Father Gregory Boyle is the founder and CEO of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in Los Angeles County.

Author & CBS Contributor

After ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff was wounded in Iraq, he and his wife, speaker Lee Woodruff, penned the best-selling In an Instant to help others cope with crisis.

Social Entrepreneur & Veteran

The founder of an NGO and a former Marine, Rye Barcott has the distinction of being both a warrior and a peacemaker, a juxtaposition he explores in the memoir It Happened on the Way to War.

Co-Founder & Executive Director of The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund

On September 11th, 658 men and women at Cantor Fitzgerald lost their lives in One World Trade Center. Among them was Edie Lutnick's youngest brother Gary, whom she had raised when their parents died at an early age. In the aftermath of the...

Humanitarian, Social Entrepreneur, Co-Founder & CEO at Global Citizen/Global Poverty Project

Hugh Evans’ breakthrough brand of action-oriented humanitarianism has mobilized millions to end extreme poverty and inequality around the world. A riveting speaker and irresistible motivator, Evans’ passion and purpose has captured the attention...

Politician & Founder of Citizens Energy Corporation

The oldest son of Robert F. Kennedy and a former Democratic congressman, Joseph P. Kennedy II devotes his energies to the nonprofit world.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

Journalist and best-selling author of Half the Sky Sheryl WuDunn offers a compelling perspective on current economic, political and social issues such as women's rights.

Senior Executive at Walgreens Boots Alliance, Author of A Chance in the World & Voice of Change for Youth

Author of A Chance in the World, Stephen Pemberton is the Senior Executive at Walgreens Boots Alliance and is an expert at diversifying workforces. He is a leading keynote speaker on matters of diversity and inclusion and its importance to...

Oprah Winfrey's "All-Time Favorite Guest"

Speaker Tererai Trent endured a life of poverty in Zimbabwe before changing it all by obtaining her doctorate. She works to improve education in her home village.

Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement & Editor of Essence Magazine

The soul of Essence for decades, speaker Susan L. Taylor led the business into the success it is today. She also recruits mentors for at-risk youth.

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Social Entrepreneur & Motivational Leader

Acclaimed author Wes Moore is a veteran, Rhodes Scholar and the founder of BridgeEDU. His most recent book, The Work, debuted at No. 15 on the New York Times Best Seller List and is a collection of, “…incredibly valuable lessons...

Inner-City Youth & Education Advocate

Profiled on 60 Minutes & featured in the documentary Waiting for Superman, Geoffrey Canada is the former President & CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, an agency that works to better the future of inner-city youth.

Founder and CEO, Room to Read

Speaker John Wood left a career at Microsoft to form Room to Read, a nonprofit helping children in the developing world escape poverty through education.

Award-Winning Filmmaker, Author & Television Host, Globe Trekker

Holly Morris is an award-winning filmmaker and writer, and television host. Her newest documentary, The Babushkas of Chernobyl, premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival. Through her work, she has lectured widely to talk about post-...

"Maria" on Sesame Street & Author

Those who grew up learning their ABC's with Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Kermit and the Cookie Monster will immediately recognize Manzano as the bilingual "Maria" on Sesame Street. Manzano attributes her appeal to the fact that she acts the...

Inspirational Educator & Author of The Freedom Writers

Erin Gruwell helped students "written off" by the system harness the power of education to graduate high school. Her dedication to her students resulted in the publication of The Freedom Writers Diary.

Founder of Oliberté Footwear

Speaker Tal Dehtiar creates jobs in developing countries to build thriving middle classes - and healthy economies - there.

Civil Rights Activist, Law Professor & Attorney to the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown Families

Known for her representation of the Trayvon Martin family, Jasmine Rand excels in the civil rights arena. In addition to her dynamic legal practice, Rand is currently scheduled to provide guest lectures in more than a dozen nations throughout the...

Humanitarian, Director & Author of The Third Wave

Alison Thompson has been charged by hippos, elephants and rhinos. She has come face-to-face with a hyena at 4 a.m., and has awoken to eight lionesses sleeping outside her tent. However, she is most passionate about her humanitarian work, and is...

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