Proud for Pride: LAI’s LGBTQ Speakers
2020 has been a turbulent year from wildfires and a coronavirus pandemic to political and racial unrest. But it has also been a year of raising our voices and speaking out for equality, inclusivity, and justice.
Specifically, June is PRIDE month where the world celebrates and amplifies LGBTQ voices. Leading Authorities is proud to support and work beside these amazing people who are unbelievably courageous every day. Covering topics such as politics, current events, and fighting injustice around the world, these speakers will educate and inspire your next audience.
- Kristin Beck, Former Navy SEAL and Civil Rights Activist
- Jonathan Capehart, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Television Personality
- Vernice Armour, First African American Female Combat Pilot
- Anderson Cooper, Journalist and Host of Anderson Cooper 360°
- Martina Navratilova, Tennis Legend with 18 Grand Slam singles titles
- Anthony Shop, National Digital Roundtable Chairman, Social Driver Co-Founder
Keep reading to learning more about these speakers.
Former Navy SEAL and Civil Rights Activist
Kristin Beck is a retired United States Navy SEAL with more than 20 years of service in the Special Forces. Through 13 deployments, Beck and her team conducted SEAL Team Six operations and she served as technical operations director. Talk about stressful situations! Kristin is as cool as the other side of the pillow. In her military retirement, Kristin has dedicated her time and resources to fighting LGBTQ discrimination on Capitol Hill and local municipalities. Known as “Lady Valor,” Kristin is a fantastic choice for your next inspirational talk.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Television Personality
Jonathan is a member of The Washington Post editorial board and writes about political and social issues. In addition to being a MSNBC Contributor, Jonathan hosts the Post’s podcast “Cape Up.” With all his “free time,” Jonathan moderates Aspen Institute panels throughout the years as well as The Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Forum. Jonathan is witty and constantly provides thought-provoking commentary based on his personal experiences.
First African American Female Combat Pilot
Vernice propelled herself from a beat cop to combat pilot in three years. With her “FlyGirl” nickname, she completely embodies the fresh and edgy aura and contagious energy. A pioneer pilot, Vernice uses her platform to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for young people across the country.
Journalist and Host of “Anderson Cooper 360°”
Anderson Cooper helms “Anderson Cooper 360°,” an unconventional, wide-ranging news program airing on CNN, anchoring nearly all of the major breaking stories covered. Cooper offers his perspective and insight on American politics and culture and highlights coverage of unconventional stories that are often overlooked. He has reported extensively from Russia, the Balkans, Haiti, the Middle East, Rwanda, and Somalia. He discusses international affairs and the challenges that the world faces today.
Tennis Legend with 18 Grand Slam singles titles
Martina Navratilova, tennis player extraordinaire, who took women's tennis to a new level with her speed, determination, and agility. She won the Wimbledon women's singles title a record 9 times and has been described by many as "the greatest singles, doubles, and mixed doubles player who's ever lived.” The same determination which helped bring her such remarkable achievements on court has most recently helped her through her latest battle, against breast cancer. Martina has been described as honest, feisty, self-deprecating, courageous, and controversial. She's always told it from the heart, never flinching from an unpopular comment or cause if she believes it to be right.
National Digital Roundtable Chairman, Social Driver Co-Founder
As a convener, entrepreneur, and educator, Anthony champions a digital mindset to create bottom-up strategies that unleash the energy in people. Anthony is Chairman of the National Digital Roundtable, the premier convener of digital innovators, leaders, and policy shapers. Through his roundtables and forums, Anthony has developed an innovative perspective that transcends industries and borders. In 2011, Anthony co-founded Social Driver, a digital services firm to help companies and non-profits establish winning strategies with social media, websites, content, and advertising. Anthony has been recognized as an “OUTstanding LGBT Role Model” by The Financial Times and “40 Under 40” by The Washington Business Journal.
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