Author, Performer, Truth/Fun Seeker
Writing and theater were Lorna Landvik’s twin passions when she was growing up in her home town of Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from high school, she and her best friend traveled in Europe, settling in Bavaria where they supported themselves as hotel chamber maids and English tutors.
National Political Correspondent, NPR
Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazine All Things Considered and Morning Edition, where she provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC – focusing on the White House and Congress – and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.
Actress, Producer, NY Times Bestselling Author
With the energy of a teenager and the wisdom of a sage, Marilu Henner is today’s best example of a woman who does it all! She is an actress, author, health guru, talk show host, producer, entrepreneur, director, dancer, singer, comedienne, model, and, most important, wife and mom! It’s no wonder she has earned the nickname “Perpetual Motion.”
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.