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Jim Axelrod  –


Jim is a national correspondent for CBS News. He has covered a broad range of domestic and international stories, notably the war in Iraq. In 2003, Axelrod was the first television journalist to report live from Baghdad's "Saddam International Airport." Axelrod also covered the U.S. troops' departure from Iraq, and was the last reporter to leave with the military, in December 2011. During his tenure at CBS News, Axelrod has covered the American invasion of Afghanistan, the war and refugee crisis in the Balkans, and the hostage crisis in Peru. He also represented CBS News (in 2010) when foreign reporters were invited to North Korea for a rare glimpse at that country's leadership and culture. Axelrod was a member of the team honored with an Emmy award in 2014 for a "48 Hours" special on the manhunt and capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

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Jane Condon  –


Put humor and fun into your next event with award-winning speaker and comedian, Jane Condon. Considered an "upper crust Roseanne," Jane wows audiences with her heartfelt, and very funny, take on our everyday lives. She lost her mother to heart disease, and her sister had a heart attack. Her mission in life is to prevent heart disease through healthy living and lots of laughter.

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Liza Donnelly  –


Cartoonist, author and women's advocate, Liza's cartoons appear in magazines across the country, and are exhibited around the world. She is a contract cartoonist with The New Yorker magazine, and a weekly columnist and cartoonist for "Forbes.com" and "Women's Enews." She is the author/editor of fifteen books, including "Women On Men," "When Do They Serve Wine: The Folly, Fun and Flexibility of Being a Woman," and "Cartoon Marriage: Adventures in Love and Matrimony." She is a founding member of "Cartooning for Peace" and a cultural envoy for the US State Department. Liza has spoken at the United Nations and is a contributor to the "TED Talks."

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Yue-Sai Kan  –


Emmy Award-winning television producer, entrepreneur, fashion icon, best-selling author and humanitarian, Yue-Sai is the first American TV journalist to connect the East and West cultures, and the one-and-only Chinese American TV host to open the eyes of millions of Chinese to the outside world. People magazine called her "the most famous woman in China" and Time magazine proclaimed her "the Queen of the Middle Kingdom."

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Rikki Klieman  –


CBS News legal analyst, TV anchor, trial attorney, actor and best-selling author, Rikki has earned a sterling reputation as one of the nation's most celebrated lawyers and legal authorities. A dynamic and versatile communicator, Klieman found success in multiple fields, including television journalism, the courtroom, academia and public speaking.

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Joan Lunden  –


Award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, and women's health / wellness advocate, Joan Lunden has been a trusted voice in American homes for more than 30 years. For nearly two decades, Lunden greeted viewers each morning on Good Morning America,, bringing insight to the day’s top stories. As the longest running female host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 5 presidents, 5 Olympics, and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families, and their health

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Mark McEwen  –


Journalist, author and former CBS News anchor, Mark McEwen was a fixture on CBS over a 16- year tenure. Mark served as anchor for "CBS This Morning," as a weather and entertainment reported for "The Early Show," and news correspondent for "48 Hours." He is a stroke survivor and works to educate people on how to make healthy, lifestyle changes. He has written, "After The Stroke: My Journey back to Life."

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Pat Mitchell  –


Since becoming President and CEO of the Paley Center for Media, (headquartered in New York and Los Angeles), Pat has rebranded and strengthened the 34-year old institution. She was previously president and CEO of the Public Broadcasting Service ("PBS") and has been an acclaimed reporter, news anchor, talk show host, and producer. As an executive producer for Ted Turner's cable networks, her productions have received 37 Emmy awards, five Peabody awards. And two academy award nominations.

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Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe  –


Sister Rosemary was honored by Time magazine in 2014 as one of its "100 Most Influential People in the World," has received the United Nations' "Impact Award," and she has been honored by the "Women in The World" Summit conferences in New York, San Francisco, Austin, Davos, Switzerland, and London. The book, "Sewing Hope," tells how she defied the warlords of Uganda's 20-year civil war, and established homes and schools that reclaimed the lives of more than 2,000 young, brutalized women.

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Kathrine Switzer  –


Iconic athlete, sports and social advocate, author, and Emmy award-winning television commentator, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon. She has been honored widely for her achievements, including being inducted into the USA National Women’s Hall of Fame, for creating positive social change. The ramifications of her work are both joyful and profound, changing forever the face of sports, health and opportunities for women around the world.

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Dr. Katherine Magliato  –


Dr. Magliato is the subject of the television show, "Heartbreaker," based on her life and book, "Healing Hearts: A Memoir of A Female Heart Surgeon." They detail her professional and personal life as a heart-transplant surgeon. She is one of the few female, cardio- thoracic surgeons in the world. She is currently Director of Women's Cardiac Services at St. John's Medical Center in Santa Monica, CA.

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Paula Zahn  –


She is a seven time Emmy-Award winning broadcast journalist and network news host, reporting on the most important issues of the day. She joined CNN in September, 2001 and hosted the primetime news show "Paula Zahn Now," and was also host of "The Edge with Paula Zahn" on the Fox News Network, and a former anchor of "CBS Evening News Saturday Edition." Paula has served as the back-up anchor for Dan Rather on the evening news, and prior to that, spent six years as the co-host of "CBS This Morning."

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