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Carol Moseley Braun - Rebecca Costa

October 23rd, 2014

Carol Moseley Braun is an American politician who represented Illinois in the United States Senate from 1993 to 1999. She was the first African-American woman to win an election to the U.S. Senate after defeating opponent Richard Williamson. In 1999, President Bill Clinton appointed Moseley Braun U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. In 2003, she campaigned for Democratic presidential nomination but was unsuccessful. Following her career in public office, Moseley Braun decided to follow her passion in agriculture to start Good Food Organics, a Certified USDA Organic and Biodynamic products company, in 2005.

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Edward O. Wilson - Rebecca Costa

October 16th, 2014

Edward Osborne “E.O.” Wilson is a notable American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist, and author. Wilson is most known for is his advancements in myrmecology, the study of ants, and he is considered to be the world’s leading authority on the subject. Some of his other career achievements include being a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time Pulitzer recipient, and is considered in the scientific world to be “the father of sociobiology” and “the father of biodiversity.” Wilson is currently the Pellegrino University Research Professor Emeritus in Entomology at Harvard University.

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Dan Fishbein - Rebecca Costa

October 9th, 2014

Dan Fishbein has been the President of Sun Life Financial U.S. since April of this year. As president, he oversees the company’s U.S. insurance operations and is the authority that the Sun Life International (Bermuda) Operations report to. Fishbein started out by receiving a Bachelor’s and Doctor of Medicine from Boston University and completed the Executive Education Finance Program at Wharton Executive Education. He is also a member of Massachusetts and Maine Medical Societies and an active Board Member of Spurwink Services.

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Josh Rushing - Rebecca Costa

October 2nd, 2014

Josh Rushing is the co-host of Al Jazeera’s “Fault Lines,” an award winning investigative documentary series produced and broadcasted by Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera America. Since helping launch the show in 2009, Rushing has appeared in 28 episodes of “Fault Lines,” covering a wide range of issues such as NSA surveillance and the drug war. Prior to joining Al Jazeera English in 2005, Rushing served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Rushing was featured in the motion picture documentary “Control Room” and his writing and photography have been published in several media outlets, including National Geographic.

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Tom Ridge - Rebecca Costa

September 25th, 2014

Thomas Joseph Ridge served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, the 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania, and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security. His most notable government role was his position as the first US Secretary of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005 that was created by President George W. Bush following the September 11 terrorist attacks. Ridge has also served on the boards of several companies including The Hershey Company and Exelon Corporation. He is currently the founder and CEO of Ridge Global LLC, a security consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.

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John Dean - Rebecca Costa

September 18th, 2014

John Wesley Dean III served as the White House President Richard Nixon from July 1970 until April 1973. He was involved in the Watergate Burglaries and then the Watergate scandal cover-up. He pleaded guilty to one felony account in exchange for being a key witness for the prosecution. After Watergate, Dean moved on to become an investment banker, lecturer and author. His latest book, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It, was published this July. In this book, Dean takes a closer look at Nixon’s recordings and puts aside any speculation by giving an account of what actually happened in regard to Nixon’s involvement Watergate.

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Eric Cline - Rebecca Costa

September 11th, 2014

Eric H. Cline is a professor of Classics and Anthropology and the current Director of the GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute at George Washington University. He specializes in biblical archaeology, military history in the Mediterranean, and the connections between Greece, Egypt, and the Near East during the late Bronze Age. He has also authored 16 books and more than 100 articles. Cline’s most recent book, 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, highlights the steady decline and eventual collapse of society and the civilized world in the Bronze Age, which paved the way for the emergence of classical Greece.

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Rick Lazio - Rebecca Costa

September 4th, 2014

Enrico Anthony “Rick” Lazio is a former U.S. Representative for the state of New York. He was first elected in 1992 and served four terms from 1993 to 2001, winning re-election by the largest margin in that district’s history. In Congress, Lazio served as Deputy Majority Whip, Assistant Majority Leader, and Chairman of the House Banking Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity. Lazio stepped down from his position in Congress to run for Senate in 2000 but lost to Hilary Clinton. In 2012 he became a partner at the Jones Walker Law Firm as head of the firm’s first New York office.

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A.J. Khubani - Rebecca Costa

August 28th, 2014

Ajit J. Khubani is the founder and CEO of the iconic “As Seen On TV” products giant Telebrands. Khubani majored in business administration and had his first product hit at the age of 25 with his massaging slippers. He has since gone on to create and promote many more top-selling products such as Amber Vision Sunglasses, the PedEgg, and Pasta Boat. Now he tours the country hosting “TeleBrands Inventors Days,” where at-home inventors can pitch their products in the hopes of their products and ideas hitting it big.

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Mitch Daniels - Rebecca Costa

August 21st, 2014

Mitchell E. Daniels was unanimously selected by the Purdue Board of trustees in June of 2012 to be the university’s 12th president. Before assuming his position at Purdue, Daniels was the 49th Governor of Indiana from 2005 to 2013. He has also held several top management positions in both private and public sectors such as the CEO of the Hudson Institute, and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush. Daniels is also the author of the best-seller “Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans.”

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