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Ann M. Martin

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Ann M. Martin is the author of the popular teen series of books Baby Sitters Club. The wildly popular book series has sold over 125 million copies in print. The successful writer gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood memories and feelings. Since ending the... read full bio

Barbara Gordon

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Barbara Gordon is the author of the best selling autobiography, I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can and a novel, Defects of the Heart. Her last book, Jennifer Fever, was a provocative look at a middle aged man who turns in his spouse of many years for a newer, much younger, sexier model. Other nonfiction works include Older Men, Younger... read full bio

Barney Saltzberg

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Barney Saltzberg is an award-winning children's book writer/illustrator and singer/songwriter. He has written and illustrated over twenty books, and Shari Lewis has recorded his songs for episodes of the PBS show Arthur. Barney travels around the country inspiring children and teachers of all ages, visiting elementary schools and teaching a class on writing, while illustrating children's books at UCLA. His... read full bio

Beverly Whipple

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Dr. Beverly Whipple, a certified sex educator, sex counselor, and sex researcher, is the coauthor of the international bestseller, The G Spot and Other Discoveries About Human Sexuality, which has been translated into 19 languages and was re-published as a Classic 23 years later. Her other books are Safe Encounters: How Women can say Yes to Pleasure and No to... read full bio

Bruce Degen

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Bruce Degen has written and illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, among them Shirley's Wonderful Baby, Daddy Is a Doodlebug, and Jamberry. He has illustrated the highly acclaimed The Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole, the ever-popular Jesse Bear books by Nancy White Carlstrom, and Jane Yolen's Commander Toad series. In addition to his career in children's books, he... read full bio

Byllye Avery

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A dreamer, visionary, and grassroots realist, Ms. Avery combines activism and social responsibility by developing a national forum for the exploration of health issues of African-American women. By gathering and documenting African-American women's health experiences she is providing a supportive atmosphere for African-American women. Prior to her entry into the health care arena, Ms. Avery taught special education to emotionally... read full bio

Cathrine Ann

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Cathrine Ann was homeless, unemployed, penniless, and on probation with no formal education, but she was determined to turn her life around. At age 40, instead of continuing on the path of hopeless despair, she chose to take a massive risk. It was then that Cathrine Ann combined her street smarts, raw ambition and a lot of creativity to launch... read full bio

Denise Brown

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Denise Brown led a life remarkable only in its. Denise Brown has traveled to various states speaking on the epidemic of domestic violence. Ms. Brown has helped raise funds for local shelters all across the country with her appearances, and has assisted in the success of a major project called the Vine System. Ms. Brown has worked to help pass... read full bio

Dick Gregory

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Dick Gregory is a black American entertainer who gained fame for his satirical views on American racial attitudes. He later became an author, civil rights leader, and business executive. Gregory was born in St. Louis, MO. He began his professional career in 1958 as a master of ceremonies at several Chicago nightclubs. Gregory wrote several books of racial humor, including... read full bio

Doctors Without Borders

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Doctors Without Borders/Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to... read full bio

Dr. Inge Auerbacher

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Inge Auerbacher was born in Germany and spent three years between 7-10 years of age in the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where out of 15,000 children, about 1 percent survived. She remembers when the now famous childrens opera Brundibar was first written and performed while she was in Terezin. She tells her life story in three books; I... read full bio

Dr. Jeanne King

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Psychologist, author and leading expert in family violence and legal domestic abuse, Dr. Jeanne King helps people break the cycle of abuse before it spirals out of control. In turning her own nightmare into a mission, she has devoted her life to being the voice for all those who have been silenced by abuse and by our legal system. King... read full bio

Dr. Judith Briles

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Confidence, Communication, Conflict, Change, Sabotage in the Workplace, Gender Issues and Personal Finance are topics that Dr. Judith Briles presents from her thirty years of business and entrepreneurial experiences. She is an award winning author of twenty books, and and international motivational speaker who delivers her programs with content and humor. Recognized as an expert on workplace issues within the... read full bio

Edward DeJesus

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Edwards powerful messages have always captured the attention of cities, states, national foundations, the youth service community, and hundreds of thousands of young adults throughout the United States of America. Edward DeJesus is a recognized authority on youth engagement, a premier speaker on the topic. Often referred to as Mr. Youth Cultural Competence (YCC), Edward has delivered this message to... read full bio

Fernando Bermudez

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FERNANDO BERMUDEZ served more than 18 years in New York State maximum-security prisons following his wrongful conviction of murder in the shooting death of Raymond Blount until proven innocent with assistance from pro bono attorneys from Washington, D.C., New Jersey and New York. Mr. Bermudez's case presents a rare instance of New York case law in which a judge... read full bio

G. Sagmiller

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Girard Sagmiller is an author, trainer and speaker on the topic of dyslexia and the negative perceptions surrounding the disability. Sagmiller gives his audience a comprehensive presentation that details not only his own experiences, but also his own innovative techniques and skills used to overcome dyslexia. Through his strong passion and need to help he has become an activist and... read full bio

Greg Mortenson

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Greg Mortenson is most famous for his humanitarian work in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, promoting education and building schools, specifically for girls. He is also a professional speaker, writer, and is a former mountaineer. After a 70 day, failed attempt to climb the worlds second highest mountain, K2, Mortenson became lost while descending the mountain. Instead of arriving in Askole,... read full bio

Harry Wu

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Harry Wu is a Chinese human rights activist. Wu spent 19 years in Chinese labor camps, and is now a resident and citizen of the United States. In 1992, he founded the Laogai Research Foundation. Harry Wu was born in China and is the founder and Executive Director of the Laogai Research Foundation. He is a well-known and respected human... read full bio

Ina Jaffe

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Ina Jaffe is a correspondent based at NPR West in Culver City, Calif. She has reported on nearly all of the major news events, elections, and natural disasters in the region, covering California and the West. Ina Jaffe currently covers aging related issues, and she also reports on regional and national politics, contributing election coverage in 2008, 2010, and 2012.... read full bio

Jackson Katz

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Jackson Katz is one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists. An educator, author and filmmaker, he is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys, particularly in the sports culture and the military. He has lectured on hundreds of college and high school campuses and has conducted hundreds of professional... read full bio



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