Author of Best-Selling A Good Man
Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Save the Children
Mark Shriver is the senior vice president for strategic initiatives and senior advisor to the CEO at Save the Children, which works to ensure a fair start for all kids in the United States, including the one in five living in poverty. Shriver’s career fighting for social justice in advocacy and service organizations, as well as elective office, has focused on advancing the right of every kid in America to have a safe and vibrant childhood. He is also the author of New York Times and Washington Post best-seller A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, which is a story about discovering the true meaning of his father’s legacy. The book received the 2013 Christopher Award. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Shriver discusses what he learned from his father and the three guiding principles – faith, hope, and love – which comprise the DNA of a successful career, a happy family, and a meaningful life. He can also address the issues facing today’s children and the programs that are making a difference.
An Innovative Model for American Education. Shriver developed Save the Children’s early childhood development, literacy, and health programs in the United States. Under his leadership, the programs expanded to 220 schools in 17 states, benefitting 165,000 children, including more than 400 children at four Head Start centers. Independent evaluations show that 68% of children demonstrated major improvement after participating in the literacy program, performing better than children from other long-standing programs on a commonly-used vocabulary test. In the literacy program, children improved their reading as much as if they attended an additional five months of school, and the number of children reading at or above grade level more than doubled from the start of the school year to the end.
A Lifetime Advocating for Kids. Mark Shriver was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994–2002. He was the first chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families and was appointed chair of the Children and Youth Subcommittee of Maryland’s House Ways and Means Committee. He was repeatedly recognized as Outstanding Legislator of the Year by prominent advocacy and civic organizations.
In 2005, Shriver created Save the Children’s domestic emergency response programs to ensure that children are protected when disaster strikes and are provided safe haven and reunion with their families. He led a national coalition that convinced Congress to create the National Commission on Children and Disasters, and he served as its chairperson for the life of the commission. Shriver also founded the innovative Choice Program, which serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling. Shriver subsequently created The Choice Jobs Program, a private non-profit that trains, places, and supports former Choice clients in jobs, as well as The Choice Middle Schools Program, a model for keeping at-risk middle school children in school.
More about Mark Shriver. Shriver has been widely covered and published in the national media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Washington Times, TIME, Newsweek, The Colbert Report, Morning Joe, TODAY, Fox and Friends, NPR, ABC, and CNN.
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A Good Man. Shriver’s book, A Good Man, is a tribute to his father – the man who was the driving force behind the Peace Corp, the Job Corps, and Head Start, and, in his presentations, Mark Shriver recalls how after a lifetime searching for the path to his father’s success, he turned his aim to the hunt for his father’s joy. Shriver’s message is an important reminder of what’s important in life, and a prescription for how individuals, companies, and mission organizations can make a lasting difference. His message is uplifting, and his speech is full of poignant and funny anecdotes. He also describes the three guiding principles that can be applied to anyone: faith, hope, and love. According to Shriver, these comprise the DNA of a successful career, a happy family, and a meaningful life.
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“I must tell you that Marks presence was the highlight of our 4 day event. Not only is this my opinion, but substantiated from the results of the participant survey response as well. We hosted three separate keynote presenters during the conference. I think what impressed our audience so much was that Mark really did not deliver “remarks”. Mark simply told a story. That story was something that we could all relate to as parents and children of aging parents. His story was enlightening and touching. Literally, you could hear a pin drop in the room during the hour he spoke.” -Association of Jewish Aging Services
“This past spring we had the wonderful opportunity to have Mark Shriver speak to Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Sisterhood. The feedback we received could not have been more positive. Mark’s blend of humor, story telling, insights and warmth made for an incredible event. It was a pleasure to work with Mark’s staff and booking agency. They made the process easy and seamless. I would highly recommend any organization to invite Mark to speak about his book and the life of his father.” - Washington Hebrew Congregation
President, Institute for Exploration and Ocean Exploration Trust
A vivid storyteller, Robert Ballard shares his passion for discovery and adventure. A National-Geographic-Explorer-in-residence who discovered the Titanic during a live broadcast, Ballard shares his zeal for learning and relates his groundbreaking finds with the need for technological advances and conservation related initiatives.
Former CEO of Starbucks and Pathmark Supermarkets
CEO of Extended Stay America Hotel Chain
After getting his start in the supermarket industry, Jim Donald joined Starbucks Coffee Company as president, North America. After being promoted to CEO, he was responsible for all Starbucks business operations, supply chain, and general administrative functions and maintained the company's committment to social responsibility. After Starbucks, he took the reigns at Haggen Food & Pharmacy.
Paleontologist and Explorer
President and Co-Founder of Project Exploration
Paul Sereno is the most popular paleontologist of the TV generation, thrilling audiences with a unique blend of travel, adventure, art, and science. He has discovered and named dozens of dinosaurs and giant crocs, and with unmatched enthusiasm and talent as a communicator, Paul Sereno brings inspirational tales of high adventure in exotic locales and amazing discoveries to audiences of all ages.
Former Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Starbucks
Sandra Taylor turned one of the world's most successful corporations – Starbucks – into one of the most progressive, transforming it into a shining beacon of not only performance and profits, but also for socially responsible business. Taylor explains how compassion, conscience, and altruism can lead to innovation, transformation, and, in the end, better business.
Nike's Sustainability Innovator
Executive-in-Residence at MIT Sloan School of Management
Founder of Designs for a Sustainable World, LLC
Darcy Winslow is a pioneer of sustainability principles, exploring and experimenting with their application to all aspects of business. One of the foremost experts on the process of steering a large and successful company toward more environmental, financial, and reputational sustainability, she speaks about the practices that can lead to creating innovative—and profitable—solutions to the demands of the modern business.
Founder, Former CEO, and Board Co-Chair of Room to Read
John Wood is the founder and board chair of Room to Read. He started Room to Read after a fast-paced and distinguished career with Microsoft from 1991 to 1999. John continues to bring Room to Read a vision for a scalable solution to developing global educational problems with an intense focus on results and an ability to attract a world-class group of employees, volunteers, and funders. Today, John focuses full-time on long-term strategy, capital acquisition, public speaking, and media opportunities for the organization. John also teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and New York University’s Stern School of Business and serves on the Advisory Board of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Founder, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary (2001-2003)
As the founder of one of the most recognizable philanthropic organizations in the country, Ambassador Nancy Brinker has partnered with countless corporations and associations to increase awareness and funding for cancer research. From a background in business and marketing, she delivers a powerful message calling on her own personal history of creating one of the most recognizable and momentous marketing campaigns in the American culture.
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