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Please choose your top three speakers of the four listed.
Gabby Douglas... Who is she?
Olympian Gymnast, gold medalist, author, Female athlete of the year award winner
When Gabby Douglas was 16-years-old she made history at the 2012 London Olympics Games when she became the first African-American female to win a gold medal during women’s gymnastics all-around event. As a member of the famed “Fierce Five” she’d add to her individual gold by helping her teammates to a gold medal in the women’s gymnastics team event as well. When she returned to the states she was crowned America’s golden princess. In 2012 the Associated Press named her Female Athlete of the Year and her success led her across the country, making appearances on talk shows, at athletic events and numerous award shows.
Douglas’ historic performance during the London Olympics not only made her an American hero, but also ensured several endorsement deals with companies like Nintendo and Nike. Since the Olympics, Douglas has also become a best-selling author. In 2012 she released her first autobiography, “Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith,” chronicling her journey from an eight year old Virginia State Champion to becoming a cultural icon. She followed that book up with, “Raising The Bar” in 2013, in which she shares quotes, photos, and some of her favorite things while promoting a healthy, strong and confident lifestyle.
Lisa Ling... Who is she?
Television journalist, war correspondent, co-host on the show "The View"
Lisa J. Ling is an American journalist, television presenter, and author. She is currently the host of This is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN. She is the former host of Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, former co-host of ABC's The View, host of National Geographic Explorer, reporter on Channel One News, and special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN. She was the host of reality television show, The Job. Ling is the older sister of journalist Laura Ling.
Cory Booker... Who is he?
Mayor of the township of Newark, New Jersey, diversity/social justice advocate
A native of northern New Jersey, Cory Booker's passion for politics and justice was instilled at an early age by a family committed to change. His parents successfully fought against racial discrimination and shattered corporate ceilings, inspiring him to pursue a life of breaking barriers and working for change. On May 9, 2006, Cory Booker was elected Mayor of Newark, New Jersey with a landslide victory in the Newark Mayoral race.
While a varsity football player and class president at Stanford University, Booker ran a local crisis hotline and organized programs for city youth in East Palo Alto, California. As a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Booker made headlines through his friendship with then-Lubavitcher Rabbi Schmuley Boteach. Their friendship, and Booker's leadership of the L'Chaim Society, was a powerful example of Booker's strong belief in the strength of diversity and the tremendous possibilities that result when people move beyond simple racial, ethnic and religious tolerance.
Booker lives his politics, often in unconventional and creative ways. In the summer of 1999, he went on a 10-day hunger strike in one of the most drug-infested housing complexes in Newark, an effort that resulted in increased police presence and improved security for residents. For five months in 2000, Booker took to the streets; he lived in a motor home and parked it on the worst drug corners in the city, inspiring residents and businesses to fight against drug dealing and crime. For this, TIME magazine called him "The Savior of Newark," and he proved to the city and the nation that he is dedicated to fighting inner-city problems.
John Quinones... Who is he?
Former anchor of ABC's Primetime and 20/20, host of "What Would You Do?"
Combining a moving life story, an exceptional career, incomparable insights, and a powerful presence, John Quiñones has emerged as one of the most inspiring keynotes in the speaking world today. His moving presentations focus on his odds-defying journey, celebrate the life-changing power of education, champion the Latino American Dream, and provide thought-provoking insights into human nature and ethical behavior.
A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer” took Quiñones from migrant farm work and poverty to more than 30 years at ABC News and the anchor desk at 20/20 and Primetime. Along the way, he broke through barriers, won the highest accolades, and became a role model for many. As host and creator of What Would You Do?, the highly-rated, hidden camera ethical dilemma news magazine, Quiñones has literally become “the face of doing the right thing” to millions of fans. It’s a role that he has enthusiastically embraced off camera, with a popular book and keynote presentations that challenge both business and general audiences to examine the What Would You Do? moments we face every day.