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Gray Davis - Rebecca Costa

April 17th, 2014

Gray Davis is an American Democratic politician who served as California's 37th Governor from 1999 until being recalled in 2003. During his time as Governor, Davis made education his top priority and as a result standardized test scores increased for five straight years. Davis signed the nation's first state law requiring automakers to limit auto emissions. Davis supported laws to ban assault weapons. He is also credited with improving relations between California and Mexico. Currently, Davis is a guest lecturer at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and an attorney at Loeb & Loeb.

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Jane Goodall - Rebecca Costa

April 10th, 2014

Jane Goodall is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996.

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George Mitchell - Rebecca Costa

April 4th, 2014

Senator George J. Mitchell has had a long and distinguished career. He is currently Chairman Emeritus of the international law firm DLA Piper. Previously, he served as a United States District 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 named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. For six consecutive years he was voted the most respected member of the United States Senate by a bipartisan group of senior Congressional aides. After leaving the Senate he created a college scholarship fund for needy students which has since provided nearly $9 million in direct assistance to almost 2,000 students.

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T. Boone Pickens - Rebecca Costa

March 27th, 2014

T. Boone Pickens, is an American business magnate and financier. Pickens chairs the hedge fund BP Capital Management. He was a well-known takeover operator and corporate raider during the 1980s. Among his lengthy accolades, Financial World named him CEO of the Decade in 1989 and Oil and Gas Investor listed him as one of the "100 Most Influential People of the Petroleum Century."

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John McAfee - Rebecca Costa

March 20th, 2014

John McAfee is a British-American computer programmer.  In 1987, McAfee founded McAfee Associates, a computer anti-virus company that was the first to distribute anti-virus software using the shareware business model.  Other business ventures that he founded included Tribal Voice, which developed one of the first instant messaging programs, PowWow.  In 2000, John McAfee invested in and joined the board of directors of Zone Labs, makers of firewall software, prior to its acquisition by Check Point Software in 2003

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Chuck Blahous - Rebecca Costa

March 14th, 2014

Charles Paul "Chuck" Blahous III is a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, specializing in domestic economic policy, a U.S. public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare programs, and a former (2001-2007) Special Assistant to U.S. President George W. Bush for Economic Policy within the National Economic Council. From 2007 to 2009, Blahous served as deputy director of President Bush's National Economic Council and in 2001, he served as the executive director of the bipartisan President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security.

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Pankaj Ghemawat - Rebecca Costa

March 6th, 2014

Pankaj Ghemawat is the Anselmo Rubiralta Professor of Global Strategy at IESE Business School, in Spain. Prior to that he was the youngest full professor ever appointed at Harvard Business School. Best known for his work on globalization, Ghemawat has written several landmark books, more than 100 research articles and case studies and is one of the world's best-selling authors of teaching cases. Recent honors include the McKinsey Award for the best article published in the Harvard Business Review and the Irwin Educator of the Year award from the Business Policy and Strategy division of the Academy of Management.

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Dan Glickman - Rebecca Costa

February 27th, 2014

Dan Glickman is a Bipartisan Center senior fellow, and he co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform, Democracy Project, Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, and Task Force on Defense Budget and Strategy. Glickman served as the U.S. secretary of agriculture from March 1995 until January 2001. Under his leadership, the Department of Agriculture administered farm and conservation programs, modernized food-safety regulations, forged international trade agreements to expand U.S. markets, and improved its commitment to fairness and equality in civil rights.

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Lou Dobbs - Rebecca Costa

February 20th, 2014

Lou Dobbs, currently the host of Fox Business News Lou Dobbs Tonight, is a legendary broadcaster, bestselling author and one of the most respected and insightful voices on politics, economics, society, and business. For three decades, Dobbs has brought an unwavering American perspective to the most important issues of our day. Born in Texas and currently living in New Jersey, Dobbs is the New York Times bestselling author of Exporting America, War on the Middle Class and Independents Day: Awakening the American Spirit.

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George Pataki - Rebecca Costa

February 13th, 2014

George Pataki served three terms as the 53rd governor of New York State, from 1995 through 2006. At the end of his twelve years as Governor, New York State had its lowest rate of welfare dependency in over 40 years, its lowest rate of violent crime in over 40 years, had cut state taxes by over $140 billion, had almost 700,000 more private sector jobs, its highest credit rating in over 40 years, and billions of dollars in surplus. Governor Pataki also led New York State through the attacks of September 11th and its aftermath.

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