Presidential Historian, NBC News and PBS NewsHour, New York Times Columnist and #1 Best-Selling Author
Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian and the author of eight books -- including, the acclaimed New York Times best seller The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945. On May 8, 2007, Simon and Schuster published his most recent book, Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989.
Author, Co-Owner of Several Minor-League Baseball Clubs, Restaurateur, Citadel Professor, Philanthropist and Founder of Fun Is Good – Employee Engagement Consultancy
“When did it become so terrible to fail? We need to encourage people to take risks so they come up with ideas that change things.” – Mike Veeck
Chief Medical Editor, NBC News
Dr. Nancy Snyderman joined NBC News as the Chief Medical Editor in September 2006. Her reports appear on all platforms of NBC News including Today, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Dateline NBC, Rock Center with Brian Williams, MSNBC and NBCNews.com.
Country Music Star, Inspirational Speaker, Author
Naomi Judd is a tour-de-force. She made country music history and charmed Hollywood, but her story is far more than a heart warming rags-to-riches tale. It is a quintessentially American lesson in perseverance and the life-altering power of positive thinking. The single mom and registered nurse from small-town Kentucky first captured the hearts of the world performing with her daughter Wynonna.
Best Known as Clair Huxtable from “The Cosby Show”; Committed Advocate for Children, Women’s Issues & Fine Arts
Phylicia Rashad’s reputation as one of America’s most diversified entertainment talents continues to grow. Known to millions of fans worldwide as Clair Huxtable from “The Cosby Show,” Phylicia earned two Emmy Award nominations and a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Television Female Performer during her eight years on the show.
Rita Rudner is the only child of witty parents. Much to their dismay, Rita displayed a complete lack of witty until the age of twenty-five, whereupon she refused to say anything unless it was laced with wit.