Live Coverage of The Hero Summit

09.10.13

The Hero Summit 2013 Speakers

Heroes, leaders and trailblazers including General John Allen, Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, and scholar Robin Wright join The 2013 Hero Summit. Stay tuned for the full list of presenters and the summit agenda coming soon.

GENERAL JOHN ALLEN,
U.S. MARINE CORPS (RET.); DISTINGUISHED FELLOW OF FOREIGN POLICY, THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION

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General John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.), is a 38-year veteran of the Marine Corps, having served in key command and staff assignments in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, including combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His final active duty assignment was as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Since his retirement, General Allen has affiliated himself with the Brookings Institution and the Washington Institute For Near East Policy. He is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

JOHN AVLON
EXECUTIVE EDITOR, THE DAILY BEAST

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John Avlon is the executive editor of The Daily Beast and a CNN political analyst. He is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics and Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe Is Hijacking America as well as an editor of the anthology Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns. Previously he was a columnist and an associate editor for the New York Sun and chief speechwriter for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ award for best online column in 2012.

PETER BERG

WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

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Peter Berg is well known for the 2004 feature film Friday Night Lights and the Emmy-nominated television series of the same name. Berg began his career in television as an actor, and subsequently a writer/director, on David E. Kelley's Chicago Hope. He created and executive produced HBO’s On Freddie Roach and ABC’s Wonderland, which he also wrote and directed. His feature directorial debut was 1998’s Very Bad Things. Additional film credits include The Rundown, The Kingdom, Hancock, Battleship, and the upcoming Cocaine Cowboys. Berg continues to develop projects under his Film 44 banner.

DAVID BROOKS
COLUMNIST, THE NEW YORK TIMES

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David Brooks became an “Op-Ed” columnist for The New York Times in September 2003. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard and a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic, and he is currently a commentator on The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer. He is the author of Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (and Always Have) in the Future Tense, and The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement. Brooks is also a frequent commentator on National Public Radio, Charlie Rose and NBC’s Meet The Press.

TINA BROWN
EDITOR IN CHIEF, THE DAILY BEAST

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Tina Brown launched The Daily Beast with Barry Diller’s IAC in October 2008. The website regularly receives over 16 million visitors a month, winning numerous industry awards including the Webby for “Best News” site for the last two consecutive years. In March 2010, she founded the annual Women in the World summit, which convenes extraordinary leaders including Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, and Christine Lagarde as well as inspirational activists and political change makers from all over the world. In 2012, Brown launched the annual Daily Beast Hero Summit dedicated to sharing the stories of American servicemen and women and illuminating untold stories from the front lines. At the end of this year she leaves The Daily Beast to launch Tina Brown Live Media, a new company dedicated to summits, salons, flash forums and debates.


JERRY BRUCKHEIMER
PRODUCER

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Jerry Bruckheimer’s producing career began with such memorable films as American Gigolo. After entering a partnership with Don Simpson, the pair produced one hit after another, including Flashdance, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop I and II, Bad Boys, Crimson Tide, and The Rock. Following Simpson’s passing, Bruckheimer produced even greater hits, among them Con Air, Armageddon, Enemy of the State, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, the National Treasure films, and the four blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean films. Jerry Bruckheimer Television’s hugely popular programs include the three C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation shows and nine-time Emmy Award–winning The Amazing Race

RAJIV CHANDRASEKARAN
SENIOR CORRESPONDENT AND ASSOCIATE EDITOR, THE WASHINGTON POST; AUTHOR, LITTLE AMERICA: THE WAR WITHIN THE WAR FOR AFGHANISTAN

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As a foreign correspondent, Rajiv Chandrasekaran has reported from more than three-dozen countries and has served as The Washington Post’s bureau chief in Baghdad, Cairo, and Southeast Asia. His work has won three Overseas Press Club awards. He is the author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone, a finalist for the National Book Award and one of The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2007. Chandrasekaran lives in Washington D.C.

JOHN DONVAN
MODERATOR, INTELLIGENCE SQUARED U.S. DEBATES; CORRESPONDENT, ABC NEWS

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John Donvan has been moderating the Intelligence Squared U.S. debates since 2008. A correspondent for ABC News, he has hosted Nightline, World News, and Good Morning America. During his ABC career, he has served as chief White House correspondent and has held posts in London, Jerusalem, Moscow, and Amman. In 2011, Donvan was a finalist honoree in the National Magazine Awards for his profile story, “Autism’s First Child.” He is currently writing a book on the history of autism, due out in 2014. Donvan has just completed a four-weekend run of his solo show about growing up in the news business, Lose the Kid, for SpeakeasyDC.

JOSHUA DUBOIS
FOUNDER, VALUES PARTNERSHIPS; COLUMNIST, THE DAILY BEAST

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Spiritual adviser to President Obama and the president’s “Pastor-in-Chief,” according to Time magazine, Joshua DuBois is the former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He recently left the White House to author The President’s Devotional, a book of meditations based on the ones he sent President Obama, and to start a consulting firm, Values Partnerships, that helps companies and nonprofits partner with the faith community to solve big problems. DuBois is a noted expert on the intersection of religion and public life.

CHRISTOPHER DICKEY
PARIS BUREAU CHIEF AND MIDDLE EAST REGIONAL EDITOR, THE DAILY BEAST

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Award-winning author Christopher Dickey is the Paris bureau chief and Middle East regional editor for The Daily Beast. Dickey has covered three decades of wars, covert and overt, from Nicaragua and Lebanon to Kosovo and Iraq, and writes regularly about espionage and the Middle East. His books include Securing the City, Summer of Deliverance, Expats, and With the Contras. He is also the author of two acclaimed thrillers: Innocent Blood and The Sleeper. Before moving to The Daily Beast, Dickey worked for Newsweek in Paris and Cairo and for The Washington Post in Mexico City.

FIRST SERGEANT MATTHEW P. EVERSMANN, U.S. ARMY (RET.)
VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, ALLEGEANT LLC

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Matthew Eversmann retired from active duty with the U.S. Army in 2008 and is the business development officer at Allegeant LLC in Baltimore. In his current role Eversmann brings connected health platforms and population-risk-management strategies to the market. He is also a professional public speaker exclusively represented by Keppler Speakers in Alexandria, Virginia. Eversmann, who is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, often lectures around the country on leadership topics based on his combat experiences in Somalia and Iraq. He sits on the boards of several veteran-centric nonprofits and military-related programs.

OLIVIER FRANÇOIS
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER, CHRYSLER GROUP LLC AND FIAT GROUP AUTOMOBILES; HEAD OF FIAT BRAND

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Olivier François is chief marketing officer of Chrysler Group LLC. He also was named to the Group Executive Council (GEC) as head of Fiat Brand and CMO for Fiat in September 2011. François was appointed president and CEO–Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC, in October 2009. François joined the company from Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A., where he remained president and CEO–Lancia Brand. François holds a degree in economy, finance and marketing from the Dauphine University (1985) and a diploma from the IEP (Institute des Sciences Politiques) of Paris (1989). François was born in Paris, France.

REP. TULSI GABBARD
CONGRESSWOMAN, 2ND DISTRICT OF HAWAII


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Tulsi Gabbard was born in Leloaloa, American Samoa, in 1981, the fourth of five children. An advocate for environmental policy, Gabbard ran for the Hawai'i State Legislature in 2002 and became the youngest person ever elected. A year later, Gabbard joined the Hawai‘i Army National Guard to serve Hawai‘i’s citizens and our country. In 2004, she voluntarily deployed to Iraq with her fellow soldiers of the 29th Brigade, eventually serving two tours of combat duty in the Middle East. Gabbard continues to serve as a captain in the Hawai‘i Army National Guard’s 29th Brigade Combat Team.

ROBERT GRIFFIN
VICE PRESIDENT, INDUSTRY SOLUTIONS, IBM

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Robert Griffin has spent more than 35 years in the software and services industry as a key player and successful serial entrepreneur. In October of 2011 he facilitated the sale of i2 to IBM, into their Industry Solutions, Software Group, where he remains as the business leader for public safety and intelligence. He is a distinguished alumnus of the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leadership Program in Monterey. Griffin is a member of the Board of Directors for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and sits on the National Advisory Board for InfraGard. Prior to joining i2, Mr. Griffin was President and CEO of the Knowledge Computing Corporation.

JANE HARMAN
DIRECTOR, PRESIDENT, AND CEO, THE WOODROW WILSON CENTER

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Jane Harman resigned from Congress February 28, 2011 to join the Woodrow Wilson Center as its first female Director, President and CEO. During her nine terms, Harman served on all the major security committees and traveled to hotspots around the world to assess threats against the U.S. An expert on security and public-policy issues, she has received the Defense Department Medal for Distinguished Service, the CIA SEAL Medal, the CIA Director’s Award, and the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal. Harman is a magna cum laude graduate of Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Harvard Law School. 

GENERAL MICHAEL V. HAYDEN
PRINCIPAL, THE CHERTOFF GROUP

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Michael Hayden is a principal at The Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm that provides consulting, business development, and merger-and-acquisition advisory services. Hayden served as the director of the CIA from 2006 to 2009. Prior to his role at the CIA, he was the country’s first principal deputy director of national intelligence and the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. Additionally, he served as director of the National Security Agency, commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, and chief of the Central Security Service.

CATHERINE HERRIDGE
CHIEF INTELLIGENCE CORRESPONDENT, FOX NEWS CHANNEL

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Catherine Herridge is an award-winning chief intelligence correspondent for the Fox News Channel. The first network correspondent assigned to the Homeland Security beat in 2001, Catherine now covers intelligence, the Justice Department, as well as the Department of Homeland Security. She began her career as a TV and radio correspondent for ABC News. Herridge has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar, Israel, the former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, Guantánamo Bay, and New York City on 9/11. Her first book is titled The Next Wave: On the Hunt for al Qaeda’s American Recruits. Herridge is one of the few journalists to sit in the Guantánamo military court with the five 9/11 suspects.

GOV. JOHN HICKENLOOPER, COLORADO

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John Hickenlooper calls himself a recovering geologist who once owned a brewpub and was goaded into running for mayor of Denver in 2003. He spent nearly eight years at City Hall before he became governor of Colorado in 2011. Hickenlooper and his team at the state capital are working hard to make Colorado the best state in the nation to do business in by supporting entrepreneurs, encouraging innovation, and promoting the state’s highly skilled workforce. Since he took office, seven companies have announced plans to move their headquarters to Colorado and many more are growing there. 

LT. GENERAL RUSSEL L. HONORÉ, U.S.A (Ret.)
COMMANDER OF JOINT TASK FORCE KATRINA; AUTHOR; GLOBAL PREPAREDNESS AUTHORITY

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General Russel Honoré commanded Joint Task Force Katrina—leading the Department of Defense response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Prior to that assignment, General Honoré served in a variety of command and staff positions that focused on defense support to civil authorities and homeland defense. General Honoré retired on February 29, 2008, after 37 years of active service with the United States Army. He continues to speak and consult nationally on “Building a Culture of Preparedness.”

CHRISTOPHER ISHAM
VICE PRESIDENT AND WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF, CBS NEWS

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Christopher Isham is vice president and Washington Bureau chief for CBS News. He is responsible for all the activities of that bureau, which is CBS News’ largest, and is the major contributor to all CBS News broadcasts. Prior to joining CBS News, Isham was the chief of investigative projects for ABC News in New York. Isham has been recognized with all of the major awards in the broadcast industry, including numerous news Emmys, two Columbia DuPont Awards, and a Peabody Award. He graduated from Yale College in 1976 and Groton School in 1971.

JOSEPH T. JONES, JR.
PRESIDENT AND CEO, THE CENTER FOR URBAN FAMILIES, INC.

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Joseph T. Jones Jr. is the founder of the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), a Baltimore nonprofit service organization established to empower low-income families by enhancing the ability of women and men to contribute to their families as wage earners and of men to fulfill their roles as fathers. Prior to founding CFUF, Jones developed and directed the Men’s Services program for the federally funded Baltimore Healthy Start initiative. Jones is now a national leader in workforce development and fatherhood and family services programming, and through his professional and civic involvement, he influences policy direction nationwide. He currently serves on President Obama’s Taskforce on Fatherhood and Healthy Families.

RAYMOND W. KELLY 
COMMISSIONER, NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

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Raymond W. Kelly was appointed police commissioner of the City of New York in January 2002 by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, making him the first person to hold the post for a second, separate tenure (he also served as commissioner under Mayor David N. Dinkins from 1992 to 1994). In 2002, Kelly created the first counterterrorism bureau of any municipal police department in the country. He also established a new global intelligence program and stationed New York City detectives in eleven foreign cities. Before that, he served as commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, where he managed the agency's 20,000 employees and $20 billion in annual revenue.

TAYLOR KITSCH

ACTOR, LONE SURVIVOR

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Taylor Kitsch is a native of British Columbia who began his acting career in 2002 when he moved to New York City to study under Sheila Grey. Kitsch is well known for his portrayal of Tim Riggins in TV's Friday Night Lights, during which he began working with director Peter Berg. His additional credits include The Grand Seduction, Savages, Battleship, John Carter, The Bang Bang Club, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Gospel Hill.

DANIEL KLAIDMAN 
NATIONAL POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT, DAILY BEAST

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Daniel Klaidman is the national political correspondent for The Daily Beast. From 2006 until 2011 he was Newsweek’s managing editor. Klaidman served as the magazine’s Washington bureau chief from 2001 until 2006, leading its award-winning coverage of 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before that, he was Newsweek’s Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem. He joined Newsweek in 1996 as an investigative reporter in Washington. In 2011, Klaidman was a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University. He is the author of Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency.

MARCUS LUTTRELL
RETIRED PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS, U.S. NAVY; AUTHOR OF THE BOOK LONE SURVIVOR

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Marcus Luttrell serves as a public speaker, weaving together accounts of courage, honor, patriotism, and brotherhood. In 1999, Luttrell entered BUD/S training and went on to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism in 2006 and retired as a Petty Officer 1st Class in 2007. To honor his fallen comrades, Luttrell established the Lone Survivor Foundation in 2010. His second book, Service: A Navy SEAL at War, was released in 2012.

SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN
ARIZONA

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John McCain entered the Naval Academy in June of 1954. He served in the United States Navy until 1981. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and elected to the United States Senate in 1986. He was the Republican Party’s nominee for president in the 2008 election.

WILLIAM MCNULTY
CO-FOUNDER AND VICE PRESIDENT, TEAM RUBICON

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William McNulty is a Marine who served in both the infantry and intelligence. He has worked in support of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Council’s Iraq Threat Finance Cell. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Communication Studies from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Government from The Johns Hopkins University.

RON MEYER
VICE CHAIRMAN, NBC UNIVERSAL

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Ron Meyer is Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal. He provides strategic guidance and counsel on all aspects of the company, including its film and television assets, as well as its global theme parks. He was President, Chief Operating Officer, Universal Studios, from 1995 until September 2013. Prior to joining Universal Studios, Meyer was President of Creative Artists Agency. Previously, he was a television agent with William Morris from 1970 to 1975. Meyer is a former United States Marine. He lives in Malibu with his wife and has three daughters and a son.

SENATOR GEORGE J. MITCHELL
CHAIRMAN EMERITUS, DLA PIPER


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Senator George Mitchell has had a long and distinguished career. He served for several years as chairman of DLA Piper, now chairman emeritus. Before that he served as a federal judge; as majority leader of the United States Senate; as chairman of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, which resulted in an agreement that ended an historic conflict; and most recently as U.S. special envoy to the Middle East.  In 2008 Time Magazine described him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.  

ANCHEE MIN
AUTHOR

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Anchee Min was born in Shanghai, China. At age 17 she was sent to a labor collective where a talent scout for Madam Mao’s Shanghai Film Studio selected her to work as an actress in propaganda films. She moved to the United States in 1984. Her first memoir, Red Azalea, was an international bestseller, published in 27 countries. She has since published six historical novels, including Empress Orchid, Becoming Madam Mao, and Pearl of China and a memoir,The Cooked Seed, during her 29 years of living in America.

PHILIP MUDD
DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL RISK, SOUTHERNSUN ASSET MANAGEMENT

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Philip Mudd’s long association with the CIA began as a South Asia analyst in 1985. In 1992, he managed the Iraq analyses at the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center and worked on Middle East issues at the White House National Security Council. He later became the FBI’s senior intelligence adviser before resigning from government service in 2010. He sits on the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group and is on the advisory board of the National Counterterrorist Center. Mudd’s book Takedown: Inside the Hunt for al Qaeda was published this year by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

CRAIG NIXON 
CEO, ACADEMI LLC; BRIGADIER GENERAL (RET.), U.S. ARMY

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Craig Nixon is the CEO of ACADEMI, an elite security services provider to both government and commercial clients. Nixon joined ACADEMI after 29 years in the U.S. Army, retiring in 2011 at the rank of Brigadier General, and two years as a partner at the McChrystal Group. Over his distinguished Army career, Nixon served in a wide range of assignments, including the Director of Operations for U.S. Special Operations Command, command of the 75th Ranger Regiment, seven tours in Special Operations units, five joint-service assignments, and three tours in the Korean DMZ. He participated in a number of combat and contingency operations including Panama, Somalia, Bosnia, and multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His military awards and decorations include the Silver Star, 3 Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart.

KATE NORLEY
OIF-OEF ARMY MEDIC VETERAN


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Kate Norley's call to duty occurred following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She joined the Army and was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, serving the First Cavalry Division as a medic. Norley was deployed to Iraq in December 2003 for a tour of 16 months during which she served as a medic during combat operations in Fallujah, Sadr City, and Ramadi. She was awarded the Combat Medic Badge for providing medical care while under fire. Norley has specialty training in handling combat stress, and she served as the sole female combat-stress specialist to more than 20,000 troops.

MARTHA RADDATZ
CHIEF GLOBAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT, ABC NEWS

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Martha Raddatz is a seasoned foreign-affairs journalist covering all aspects of foreign policy—reporting from the Pentagon, State Department, White House, and conflict zones around the world. Reporting recently from Cairo, she has also traveled frequently to Afghanistan and Pakistan and Iraq. Raddatz was widely praised for her role as moderator of the 2012 Vice Presidential debate. She serves as the primary substitute for George Stephanopoulos on This Week and contributes regularly to the roundtable. Raddatz is the author of the bestselling The Long Road Home, which chronicles a battle in Iraq's Sadr City in 2004. And she is the recipient of numerous Emmy Awards, including the ABC News award for coverage of the 9/11 attacks.


ALAN REYES
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS, USO, INC.

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Alan Reyes joined the USO in 2011 as the Senior Vice President of Operations and provides strategic direction, leadership, and oversight for more than 160 USO locations worldwide. He proudly serves alongside several hundred staff members and over 27,000 volunteers. Prior to joining the USO, Alan led supply chain, customer support, and school service operations at K12, Inc. He is a captain in the Navy Reserve, currently in command of several reserve units.

ANTHONY "A-TRAIN" SMITH
OIF ARMY VETERAN; FOUNDER AND OWNER, ANTHONY'S MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY; MISSION CONTINUES FELLOW

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Anthony Smith is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran now working with under privileged youth. In 2004, Smith was serving as a major in the Army when he was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. As a result, Smith lost his right arm underneath the elbow and parts of his leg, hip and spinal cord. Despite suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury, Smith began working with The Mission Continues teaching martial arts to at-risk youth in Mississippi County, Arkansas. Smith is the founder and owner of Anthony’s Martial Arts Academy, a subsidiary of the Grandmaster Hans Youn Wha Ryu Association. He is also an Elder in the Church of God in Christ.

DR. TOMMY SOWERS
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

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Dr. Tommy Sowers represents and advises the secretary of Veterans Affairs on matters relating to media relations, public affairs, and intergovernmental affairs. Prior to joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. Previously Sowers served as senior adviser to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the largest nonprofit organization focused on improving the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. In 2010, he was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. representative in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District. An 11-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Sowers began his military career in 1998, when he was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers. Between 2004 and 2006, Sowers deployed to Iraq twice as a Green Beret.

WOLE SOYINKA
PROFESSOR, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY ILE-IFE; NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE '86

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Human-rights activist and Nobel laureate for literature in 1986, Wole Soyinka is a playwright, poet, novelist, and essayist. His life is narrated in autobiographical works such as Aké: The Years of Childhood and You Must Set Forth at Dawn. Literary and thematic essay collections include his widely translated 2004 BBC Reith Lectures, Climate of Fear. His latest publication, Of Africa, interrogates Africa’s cultural lessons in a world of clashing values and hegemonic will.

CARL M. TEGEN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DEFENSE SEGMENT, AT&T GOVERNMENT SOLUTIONS

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Carl Tegen runs the professional services division within the Defense Segment of AT&T Government Solutions. The division provides customers worldwide with IT professional services from concept definition through execution. During the World Trade Center Disaster Recovery, he led the software-systems support required to enable reopening of the New York Stock Exchange one week after 9/11. A veteran of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Tegen deployed to northern Iraq in 1991 during Operation Provide Comfort, where he supported the engineering, deployment, and operation of the Combined Task Force communications network for the United States and some of its Gulf War Allies in Iraq and Turkey.

BRANNAN VINES
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, FAMILY OF A VET

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Brannan Pedersen Vines is founder and president of Family Of a Vet, Inc., a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families learn how to cope with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), TBI (traumatic brain injury), and life after combat through real-world, plain-language education and resources for heroes, families, and communities. Brannan Vines is now a nationally recognized advocate for veterans and those who love them on the subjects of PTSD, TBI, and the challenges heroes, loved ones, and communities face in life after combat.

BOB WOODWARD
ASSOCIATE EDITOR, THE WASHINGTON POST

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Since 1971, Bob Woodward has worked for The Washington Post where he is currently an associate editor. He and Carl Bernstein were the main reporters on the Watergate scandal for which the Post won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Woodward was the lead reporter for the Post's articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002. In 2004, Bob Schieffer of CBS News said, "Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time." Woodward has authored or coauthored 17 national nonfiction bestsellers. Twelve have been #1 national bestsellers—more than any contemporary non-fiction author.

ROBIN WRIGHT
DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR, WOODROW WILSON INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR SCHOLARS; SENIOR FELLOW, U.S. INSTITUTE OF PEACE

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Robin Wright has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Time, The Atlantic, The Sunday Times of London, CBS News, Foreign Affairs, and many other outlets. Her foreign tours include the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and several years as a roving foreign correspondent worldwide. She has covered a dozen wars and several revolutions. Until 2008, she covered U.S. foreign policy for The Washington Post. Wright has been a fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, as well as Yale, Duke, Stanford, and the University of California.

HON. JUAN C. ZARATE
SENIOR ADVISER, CSIS; NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST, CBS NEWS 


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Juan Zarate is a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the senior national-security analyst for CBS News, a visiting lecturer of law at Harvard Law School, and a national-security and financial-integrity consultant. Zarate, author of the new book Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare, was the deputy assistant to the president and deputy national-security adviser for combating terrorism and the first-ever assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes.