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Jarrett M. Adams was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault at age 17 and sentenced to 28 years in a maximum security prison. After serving nearly 10 years and filing multiple appeals, Jarrett was exonerated with the assistance of the Wisconsin Innocence Project. Going from inmate to exoneree to law student to attorney with the Innocence Project, Jarrett has a unique perspective to share on over coming adversity and criminal justice reform. A thought-leader in those areas, Jarrett continuously contributes to the ongoing discussion around prison reform and wrongful conviction. His story of incarceration, exoneration and redemption has been featured widely in the media, and he has become a sought-after motivational speaker for athletes, students, inmates, attorneys and others.

Women in American Politics: Are We There Yet?

Black Leadership: Past, Present and Future

Douglas Brinkley (Exclusively WSB)

Brinkley lived through the destruction of Hurricane Katrina with his fellow New Orleans residents. In his book The Great Deluge, he shares a complete account of the harrowing week following the flood. His official biography of Rosa Parks captures her personal dignity while conveying the power of her legacy. Brinkley shares highlights from these two amazing stories, provides historical context, and foretells the future of race relations in America.

This is a less formal, Inside-the-Actors-Studio type of event. Burns responds to questions from moderator on all his films (or film-specific) and issues in history and contemporary American culture. Audience Q&A to conclude if wanted.

How can successful companies manage diversity in the workplace—along racial, ethnic, religious and sexual orientation lines—respecting the beliefs and values of all employees and customers? Joshua DuBois has extensive experience leading the White House’s engagement of ethnic demographics, navigating tough issues and speaks personally and powerfully to audiences on the topic of diversity in the workplace from corporations and trade associations to nonprofits and educational institutions.

The former director of President Obama’s Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Joshua DuBois, shares with audiences the most effective approaches for nonprofits, universities and other entities that want to impact the communities around them, with a focus on faith-based and community-led social service.

When Ms. Rice’s father founded Johnson Publishing Company in 1942 thanks to a $500 loan, he sought to create an equivalent magazine to Life that would tell the story of the black experience in America. Over the next 75 years, in both vivid prose as well as indelible pictures, the pages of Ebony and Jet captured the stories of African-Americans, from the famous to the family next door. 

Ms. Rice will tell the story of how JPC helped shape the Civil Rights movement by informing and inspiring its audience, a mission which continues to reach millions of readers each month. Her speech will be punctuated by material from the company’s invaluable media archives – a treasure house of more than six decades worth of iconic cultural treasures, including feature interviews, photo profiles and performances from celebrities, newsmakers and famous Black Americans in the sciences, business, sports, politics, culture, civil rights, education, medicine, and more. Ms. Rice’s presentation tells a comprehensive and compelling story of America, its past and its present.

Condoleezza Rice (Exclusively WSB)

Foreign Affairs: In this inspiring presentation, Rice provides a sweeping look at global affairs during her tenure as secretary of state and national security advisor. She shares compelling stories of her experiences, which illuminate the interrelationship of global events and leaders.

Education: Rice shares details about her commitment to America’s education system, interest in expanding nationally the after-school, nonprofit program she founded and the importance of art and music in the school curriculum.

Empowering Women: She discusses the inspiring change and challenges afoot globally for women and ways the global community must continue to unite behind the cause of women’s empowerment.

Eugene Robinson (Exclusively WSB)

Eugene Robinson is on the front lines of news coverage everyday. He is a twice-weekly, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post who is syndicated in 145 newspapers across the nation and is a prominent commentator on MSNBC. With an innate ability to cut through the clutter and provide clarity on today’s events, Robinson’s insights are free of the usual inside-the-beltway jargon. While media outlets may be tempted to churn out news served on a platter by candidates and companies, Robinson takes a step back not only to look at the big picture, but to focus on deeds—not just words. Whether he’s assessing politicians, cliff-hanging events on Wall Street or handicapping elections, he reminds us that politics may not be for the faint of heart but sure can be fun to watch.

Eugene Robinson (Exclusively WSB)

As the election and presidency of Barack Obama have put American in a new era of race relations, Eugene Robinson provides a compelling look at race relations and diversity today. The author of the recently released Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America, Robinson explains why old conceptions of race in America are obsolete. Born into the segregated South, Robinson shares his memories with audiences, telling of the civil rights movement’s culminating years during a time when he was one of a handful of black students at a predominantly white high school in South Carolina. While he shares the strides that have been made in the enormous educational and economic progress made by African-Americans since the 1960s as well as the sharp increase in interracial marriage seen over the last few decades, he also shows that there is much that remains in educating people that race is ultimately meaningless—except as an artifact of society.

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