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Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (2015-2019)

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Paul Ryan served ten terms in the U.S. House of Representative and as Speaker of the House from 2015 to 2019. Known for his meteoric rise in politics and often praised for his seriousness and honesty, Ryan is a committed conservative and public servant who has spent his life advocating for real solutions that expand opportunity for Americans. Before serving as Speaker of the House, he was Chair of the House Budget Committee, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, and a U.S. Vice Presidential candidate. He is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau.

Former CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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With a medical, scientific, and philanthropic career that spans more than 30 years, Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann has devoted her life to improving the human condition through innovation. Most recently, she was the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading the organization’s vision for a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. She was formerly the first female chancellor of University of California at San Francisco and spent 14 years at biotech firm Genentech, leading the development of a number of breakthrough medicines. An innovator and leader in life sciences, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann’s diverse training as an oncologist, scientist, and business executive leads to her endless curiosity about the world and her desire to change it for the better. In speeches, she shares her unique insights not only on revolutionizing global health, but also on effective and innovative leadership. Using lessons-learned as a trailblazing female leader of one of the world’s largest philanthropies, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann inspires audiences with her unparalleled perspective on how to foster an environment of collaboration and relentless innovation to drive disruptive solutions that make an impact.

Chairman of Albertson’s, Former CEO of Starbucks, & Former CEO of Extended Stay Hotels, and Former CEO of Pathmark Supermarkets

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Jim Donald – the current co-chairman and former CEO of Albertson's, and the former CEO of Starbucks, Haggen Food & Pharmacy, and Extended Stay Hotels – focuses on innovation, quality, and service. He started his career as a grocer; he was handpicked by Sam Walton to build a supermarket presence for Wal-Mart. He helped Starbucks enjoy record growth and performance and increase its social responsibility commitment. At Extended Stay Hotels, Donald utilizing his reputation for turning around ailing companies. Named one of the “Top 25 CEOs in the World,” he addresses leadership, management, the power of one customer.

Former Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President of Chick-fil-A

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Steve Robinson served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Chick-fil-A, the nation’s most profitable food chain, from 1981 to 2015. Responsible for overseeing all of the brand’s traditional marketing support, advertising, brand development innovation, menu innovation, and hospitality strategies, he was integrally involved in the company’s incredible growth trajectory. Robinson helped take the chicken chain from 184 stores and $100 million in annual revenue when he assumed his position, to more than 2,100 stores and $6.8 billion in annual sales upon his retirement. He is credited with identifying and rolling out the company’s “Eat Mor Chikin” branding and campaign, which is now recognized worldwide. He is also the author of the new book, Covert Cows and Chick-fil-A: How Faith, Cows, and Chicken Built an Iconic Brand, due out in Spring 2019. He offers insights on building brand loyalty, creating a unique brand culture that stands out in a crowded global marketplace, and why success and culture are often so tightly linked.

Former President of Research and Development at Walt Disney Imagineering

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Bran Ferren is a designer and technologist working in entertainment, product development, engineering, architecture, and the sciences. He is former president of research and development, and creative technology for Walt Disney. Once known for entertaining millions by creating special effects for Hollywood, theme parks and Broadway, Applied Minds co-founder Bran Ferren now solves impossible tech challenges with previously unimaginable inventions. He has been named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company.

First African American Army Surgeon General and Former Commanding General, US Army Medical Command

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A trailblazer in female leadership, Lieutenant General (ret) Nadja West is the 44th Army Surgeon General and the former Commanding General of US Army Medical Command. She is the first African American woman 3-star General in the Army’s history, the first African American Army Surgeon General, and currently the highest-ranking woman to ever graduate from West Point. West shares her story of grit, perseverance, strength, and breaking boundaries, even when faced with adversity. Taking audiences on her journey to becoming the Army’s first African American woman 3-star General, she motivates them to overcome challenges with self-belief, bravery, and balance. With more than 20 years of experience in executive leadership, crisis management, and disaster response – including crafting the DOD medical response to the Ebola crisis – West speaks expertly on leadership tactics to effectively lead teams through times of uncertainty and crisis.

Food, Health, & Disease Expert, Founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation, & Author

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Dr. William W. Li is an international expert on health and disease fighting based on diet, lifestyle, and treatments that keep the body’s blood vessels in balance. Dr. Li’s expertise extends across many health arenas including cancer, diabetes, blindness, heart disease, wound healing, and more than 70 other disease conditions. His work has been recognized by O Magazine, The Atlantic, USA Today, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and CNN, as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. His latest book Eat to Beat Disease was released March 2019 and is a New York Times Best-seller as well as Amazon #1 best-seller.

Infectious Disease Specialist, Epidemiologist, and CNN Medical Analyst

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An infectious disease specialist and internist, epidemiologist (aka disease detective), journalist, filmmaker, and storyteller, Dr. Gounder is a CNN medical analyst and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at New York University. She cares for patients on the wards at Bellevue Hospital Center and at Indian Health Service and tribal health facilities across the country. The CEO, president, and founder of Just Human Productions, a non-profit multimedia organization, she’s the host and producer of American Diagnosis, a podcast on health and social justice, and Epidemic, a podcast about the SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 / coronavirus epidemic, which she co-hosts with former Ebola czar Ron Klain. Best known for her coverage of the Ebola, Zika, COVID-19, opioid overdose, and gun violence epidemics, Dr. Gounder has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian US, The Washington Post, Reuters, Quartz, Sports Illustrated, and Bloomberg View. She’s a frequent expert guest on MSNBC, CNN, HLN, Al Jazeera America, CBS, BBC, MTV, Dr. Oz, and Oprah Prime

Co-Founder of the Iconic international brand College Hunks Hauling Junk, Best-selling Author, TV Personality, and Growth Hacker for World-Class Organizations

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Omar Soliman is an American entrepreneur, author, television personality and co-founder of College Hunks Hauling Junk, a junk hauling and moving business headquartered in Tampa, Florida. Soliman has been named Top 30 Entrepreneurs in America Under 30 by INC Magazine, Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35 by Bisnow.com, and was the 2018 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner as well as a finalist for Tampa Bay CEO of the Year. He has appeared as a guest on FOX Business News, MSNBC, and ABC's Shark Tank.

Renowned Co-Founder of world-class iconic brands, including international franchise College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving, Co-Author of “Effortless Entrepreneur: Work Smart, Play Hard, Make Millions,” National TV Personality, and Thought Leader

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Over a decade ago, Nick Friedman was just twenty-two when he co-founded the junk removal company College Hunks Hauling Junk with childhood friend Omar Soliman. Started as an idea to earn some extra money over college break, Friedman has turned College Hunks into a multimillion-dollar, national franchise with more than 130 locations – truly demonstrating what it means to be an entrepreneur. After surpassing $1.2 million in revenue the first two years, he became one of the youngest franchisers in America at that time, growing into a national franchise and relocating their headquarters to Tampa, FL. College Hunks has since received numerous accolades including being ranked #30 on Entrepreneur’s ‘Top 500 New Franchises,’ named one of Inc.’s ‘500 Fastest Growing Companies,’ and one of Franchise Magazine’s ‘Franchise 500.’ In speeches, Friedman chronicles his personal entrepreneurial journey from van to franchise, while also motivating and advising audiences to do the same.

Co-Founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project and Professor of Ophthalmology & Global Medicine at Stanford University

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Dr. Geoff Tabin is a medical visionary, humanitarian, accomplished mountain climber, professor of ophthalmology and global medicine at Stanford University, and co-founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project, a nonprofit organization working to eradicate preventable blindness in the developing world.

Former Chief Troublemaker at Procter & Gamble

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Hailed as "Chief Troublemaker" by some of the world's largest corporations, Dustin Garis is a master of blending innovation and marketing together. His disruptive ideas have been put into play with companies all across the globe, including P&G, Coca-Cola, and many others. With his unique background and larger-than-life personality, Garis helps businesses across industries to deliver new and exciting products and services to consumers.