Super Bowl champion, Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2011
Matt Birk grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and attended Catholic elementary and high school. He was a Cub Scout, a member of the National Honor Society, and played “pretty much every sport there was to play.” After high school, Matt attended Harvard University and earned a degree in Economics. While playing for the Harvard Crimson, he received several football honors, including All-Ivy League and Division I-AA All-American.
Chair of the Caign to Help Afghan Women and Girls, Philanthropist, Feminist and the wife of talk show host Jay Leno
Mavis Nicholson Leno is the Chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation's Caign to Help Afghan Women and Girls, and has been the United States' most outspoken critic of the Taliban's horrific treatment of women. Leno joined the Board of Directors of the Feminist Majority Foundation in 1997, after playing an active role in the effort to defeat Proposition 209, the anti-affirmative action initiative on the 1996 California ballot.
Presidential Historian, NBC News and PBS NewsHour, New York Times Columnist and #1 Best-Selling Author
Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian of the Presidency and the author of nine books, including the the most recent, Presidents of War, along with the bestseller Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989. Beschloss writes a sports history column that appears in The New York Times both in print and online every Saturday, called HistorySource.
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.