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Lucie Arnaz  –

Actress, entertainer, Broadway star and producer, Lucie charms audiences across the country.  As the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, she began her famed career in a recurring role on "The Lucy Show," and has starred in "Here's Lucy," "The Lucie Arnaz Show" and the critically acclaimed "Sons and Daughters."  She also starred in the motion picture "The Jazz Singer" with Neil Diamond.  Her production company, ArLuck Entertainment, won an Emmy Award for "Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie."  She has appeared on Broadway in "Grace and Glorie", "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and in London in "Witches of Eastwick."


Jill Eikenberry & Michael Tucker   –


Jill and Michael are accomplished actors with strings of theater and feature film credits. Her portrayal of activist counselor Ann Kelsey in the hit TV series "L.A. Law," earned her four Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe Award.  She produced and hosted "Destined to Live," an NBC documentary, which dealt with the emotional aspects of breast cancer, from diagnosis to recovery. A breast cancer survivor, Jill and her husband, Michael, are dedicated to telling their important story with humor and hope. Michael is also the author of two books about food and dining: I Never Met A Meal I Didn't Like, and Living In A Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine and Love in Italy.


Riane Eisler  –


Eminent social scientist, attorney, author, and social activist, Riane Eisler is best known for her international bestseller, The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future. Her newest book, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics – hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking,” proposes a new approach to economics that gives visibility and value to the most essential human work: the work of caring for people and nature. Riane emphasizes that specific actions can change one’s life and help one to see in a new way because all change begins with the individual.  She is sought after to keynote conferences worldwide, and is a consultant to business and government on applications of the partnership model introduced in her work.


Linda Ellerbee   


Journalist, author and women’s advocate, Linda Ellerbee has earned a living writing, producing and anchoring TV programs, winning seven Emmy Awards in the process.  She has written And So It Goes and Move On, and writes a syndicated column.  Ellerbee is President of her own TV production company, Lucky Duck Productions, which pro­du­ces programs for Nickelodeon.  Her newest book is Take Big Bites: Adventures Around the World and Across the Table.


Jane Fonda  –

Actress and humanitarian, Jane Fonda received Oscars for her work in “Klute” and “Coming Home,” and an Emmy Award for her performance in “The Dollmaker.” Known for her activism and advocacy on environmental issues, human rights, and the empowerment of women and girls, Fonda has founded the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.  In 2005 she returned to motion pictures, starring in "Monster in Law," and most recently in "Georgia Rule."  She has written a best selling autobiography, My Life So Far.


Yue Sai Kan  –


Author, TV personality, humanitarian and entrepreneur, Yue Sai Kan has been called “the most famous woman in China” by People magazine.  She created China’s leading cosmetics company, hosted a weekly television series called “Looking East” and more recently, “Yue Sai’s World,” which features some of the most interesting people and fascinating things in the world.  In the educational and humanitarian areas, Yue Sai established a fund that awards scholarships to outstanding female students at Bejing University and Hunter College of the City University of New York.  She is the author of 4 books including One World and her most recent, How to Be a Beautiful, Healthy and Successful Modern Woman. 


Jackie Joyner Kersee  –


Jackie Joyner Kersee is internationally known for her record-breaking gold medal performance at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea in both the heptathalon and long jump events.  Jackie’s desire, dedication and determination to be the best have brought her to the top of the sports world.  Jackie also has a deep devotion to the young people of America and actively works to assist them in reaching their own goals.  She believes that if she can influence young people to reach their goals, she will have fulfilled her life’s purpose.


Rikki Klieman 


Television anchor for Court TV, legal analyst for CBS’s Early Show, trial attorney, actor and best-selling author, Rikki Klieman has earned a sterling reputation as one of the nation’s most celebrated lawyers and legal authorities.  A dynamic and versatile communicator, Klieman has found success in multiple fields, including television journalism, the courtroom, academia and public speaking. She is the author of the best-selling, Fairy Tales Can Come True – How a Driven Woman Changed Her Destiny. She appears regularly on NBC’s primetime dramas “Las Vegas” and “Shark.”


Sherry Lansing  –


As the first woman president of a major motion picture studio, Sherry Lansing has been a major force in the entertainment industry and world of business for more than 25 years.  Named Chairman of the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures in November 1992, Ms. Lansing was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's motion picture operations. Under her chairmanship, three of Paramount's pictures won the Academy Award for Best Picture during a four year period "Forrest Gump," "Braveheart," and the highest grossing motion picture of all time, "Titanic."  Ms. Lansing is the Founder and Chair of The Sherry Lansing Foundation and was recently awarded an Oscar for her humanitarian work in support of fighting cancer and for the extensive list of charitable organizations for whom she has served.


Joan Lunden  –


Author and women's advocate Joan Lunden has written Joan Lunden’s Healthy Living, Joan Lunden's Healthy Cooking and Good Morning, I’m Joan Lunden.  Former co-host of ABC’s “Good Morning, America” and A&E's "Behind Closed Doors," she has interviewed national and international newsmakers, entertainment and literary figures and medical and legal experts.  She is a foremost expert on the challenges facing working mothers and has hosted several programs on parenting including the ACE award-winning cable series “Mother’s Day” and “Mothers Minutes.” 


Dr. Jennifer Mieres  –


Director of Nuclear Cardiology at The Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology at New York University School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine, Dr. Jennifer Mieres is a nationally recognized expert in cardiovascular diseases in women, appearing on such programs as “20/20”, “Good Morning America”, “Today in New York”, “CBS Early Show”, “CNN” and many others.  In addition, Dr. Mieres has appeared in three recent documentaries for PBS including “Before It’s Too Late,” exploring heart attack prevention; “A Woman’s Heart,” exploring heart disease in women; and “A Call To Action: Women and Heart Disease.”  She is the author of Heart Smart for Black Women and Latinas: A Five Week Plan to Healthy Living.


Pat Mitchell  –


Pat Mitchell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Paley Center for Media, formerly known as The Museum of Television & Radio. Prior to joining The Paley Center for Media, Pat was President and CEO for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), she was the first woman and first producer and journalist to hold the position.  Over the past three decades, Pat has worked for three broadcast networks and several cable channels, winning national acclaim both in front of and behind the camera as a reporter, news anchor, talk show host, White House and special correspondent, producer, and executive. In the mid-eighties, she established her own independent production company that produced documentaries, series, and specials for broadcast, cable, and national syndication. She became the first woman to nationally syndicate her own show, the Emmy-winning “Woman to Woman”, which she also hosted.


Rita Moreno  –


Actress, comedienne, Broadway entertainer and speaker, Rita Moreno is the only female performer whose outstanding work has earned her all four of the most prestigious show business awards: the Oscar, the Emmy, the Tony and the Grammy.  Her film credits include the landmark 1962 motion picture "West Side Story," "The King and I," "The Ritz," and "The Four Seasons."  Most recently, she has been seen on HBO's "Oz," "The Guardian" for CBS and "Cane" for CBS.  She performs her one woman show with symphony orchestras all over the country.  She has served as national spokesperson for the American Heart Association's "Heart of Diabetes" campaign. 


Robin Morgan  –


Author of Saturday’s Child, Robin Morgan has been a leading member of the women’s movement for over twenty years.  An award-winning poet, journalist, writer, political theorist and committed feminist activist, she travels and lectures extensively throughout the world.  International consulting editor of Ms. magazine, she is also the author of 11 books, including the notable Sisterhood is Power­ful and Sisterhood is Global.  Ms. Morgan’s works include The Demon Lover:  The Sexuality of Terrorism, A Hot January, The Burning Time and, more recently, Fighting Words: A Toolkit for Combating the Religious Right.


Martina Navratilova  –


A champion on and off the court, Martina Navratilova is not only a tennis legend, but an inspirational leader who demonstrates wit, candor and sheer motivation.  Arguably the best tennis player ever to step on the court, Martina amassed an unmatched number of professional records over the course of a career that spanned an amazing four decades, while proving to be an equally accomplished humanitarian and public figure. She is strongly involved with many charitable groups and feels as though it is not just her right, but instead her duty, to speak out when she sees injustices happening in her world.  She is a staunch supporter of women’s rights and environmental protection.  An accomplished writer of fiction and non-fiction, her most recent book is Shape Your Self: A Guide to Personal Fitness and Healthy Living.




Deborah Norville  –


An Emmy-award winning journalist, Deborah Norville is the anchor of “Inside Edition” and “Deborah Norville Tonight” on MSNBC.  Previously, Norville hosted the nationally syndicated “Deborah Norville Show,” heard on 200 stations over the ABC radio network, and co-hosted NBC’s “Today” show.  Since becoming “Inside Edition” anchor in 1995, Deborah has lead the show to high ratings, strength and respect.  It is now seen by more than eight million viewers each day.  She is the author of Back on Track: How to Straighten Out Your Life When It Throws You A Curve and, her latest, Thank You Power.


Suze Orman


A two-time Emmy Award-winning television host, New York Times bestselling author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer, and motivational speaker, Suze Orman is undeniably America’s most recognized expert on personal finance.  She is the host of the weekly, award-winning “Suze Orman Show” on CNBC and has written six consecutive New York Times bestsellers including Women & Money, The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke, The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life, The Road to Wealth, The Courage to Be Rich and The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom. 


Marie Osmond  –

Perhaps best known for her weekly variety television show, "The Donny and Marie Show," Marie has endeared herself to an entire generation through television, music, radio and Broadway. Acting roles include the Christmas classic television movie, "The Gift of Love" with James Woods, and as Maria in the national touring company of "The Sound of Music." Her music career has garnered Grammy nominations for "Best Female Country Vocal Performance" and "Best New Artist." Marie is co-founder of the charity, "Children's Miracle Network" and has been spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s “Choose to Move” and “Go Red For Women” campaigns.  Marie has also launched a highly successful porcelain doll collection business. She is the author of the best-selling book, Behind the Smile, a book dealing with post-partum depression.


Donna Richardson Joyner  –


Donna Richardson Joyner is one of the nation's premier fitness and wellness experts and the star of more than 25 award-winning videos.  A former ESPN "Fitness Pro" and NBC's "Weekend Today" fitness expert, she currently host's "Sweating in the Spirit" on the Word Network and "The Donna Richardson Joyner Show" on TV One.  Recently, Donna was inducted into the Fitness Hall of Fame and was named by Essence magazine for being "one of the most inspiring women in America."  She is the author of Let's Get Real.




Jehan Sadat  –


Peace activist, world diplomat, and widow of the late Egyp­tian Pres­i­­dent Anwar Sadat, Madame Sadat is a teacher, a poetry scholar and ­world liter­acy advo­cate.  She has addres­­sed the United Nations and been called AA Mes­sen­ger Of Peace,@ and is active in the inter­na­­tion­al woman=s move­­ment, SOS Children=s Villages and has been respon­si­ble for many social reforms in Egypt.  She teaches at the Uni­v­er­­sity of Mary­­land and has re­ceived honor­­ary doc­toral degrees in Human­i­ties from uni­ver­si­ties world­wide.





Eleanor Smeal


President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, Eleanor Smeal is recognized throughout the nation as a women’s rights leader, she appears frequently on television and radio, testifies before Congress on a wide variety of women’s issues, and speaks to diverse audiences nationwide on a broad range of feminist topics.  For over two decades, she has played a leading role in both national and state campaigns to win women’s rights legislation and in a number of landmark state and federal court cases for women’s rights.  Smeal has played a pivotal role in defining the debate, developing the strategies and charting the direction of the modern day women’s movement.  She is the author of How and Why Women Will Elect the Next President, which predicted that women’s votes would be decisive in presidential politics.




Kathrine Switzer –


Emmy Award-winning television commentator, and author of Running and Walking for Women Over 40: The Road to Sanity and Vanity, Kathrine Switzer is a celebrated long-distance runner. She is perhaps best known as the woman who challenged the all-male tradition of the Boston Marathon and became the first woman to officially enter and run the event.  She has served as program director of Avon Running and as Director of Women's Health and Fitness for RYKA, manufacturers of performance athletic footwear exclusively for women.  Her latest book is Marathon Woman.


Mikki Taylor –


Beauty and cover editor of Essence magazine, Mikki Taylor sees herself as a personal consultant to Essence’s readers.  Taylor is the recipient of four CEBA Awards, an industry award acknowledging excellence in African-American media, and of the Associated Black Charities “Image Makers Award”.  She is a board member of the Cosmetic Executive Women Foundation and serves on the board of directors of Fashion Group International.  She is the author of Self Seduction. 


Marlo Thomas –


As an actress, producer, author and social activist, Marlo Thomas has been honored with numerous awards including four Emmys, nine Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe, the George Foster Peabody Award and an induction into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.  She created, produced and co-hosted the Emmy-award winning television specials "Free To Be...You and Me" and “Free To Be…A Family,” both of which became a best-selling children's book as well as a Gold Record.  She has also written the best­selling books The Right Words at the Right Time, and Thanks & Giving: All Year Long.  She is National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hos­pital.


Gabrielle Union  –


Actress and former model, Gabrielle Union has starred is such films including “Bring It On”, “Bad Boys II”, “Love & Basketball”, “Ten Things I Hate About You”, “She’s All That” and recently, “Running With Scissors” and “Daddy’s Little Girls.”  In addition, she has appeared in such television shows as “City of Angels”, “Night Stalker”, “Sister, Sister” and “Friends.”  She is an advocate against domestic violence and sexual assault. 



Marcia Wallace –


Actress and comedienne Marcia Wallace has been in show business since 1967.  Prior to her Emmy-award winning role as Bart=s teacher on AThe Simpsons,@ Marcia was best known as Carol Kester, the red-headed receptionist on AThe Bob Newhart Show,@ and received an Emmy nomination when she guest-starred on AMurphy Brown.@  She has written Don=t Look Back, We=re Not Going That Way, subtitled: “How I Overcame a Rocky Childhood, a Nervous Breakdown, Breast Cancer, Widowhood, Fat, Fire & Menopausal Motherhood and Still Managed to Count My Lucky Chickens.”


Faye Wattleton –


Faye Wattleton is the President of the Center for the Advancement of Women, an independent, non-profit research and education institution dedicated to advocating for the advancement of women.  From 1978 to 1992, as President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Ms. Wattleton played an unsurpassed role in defining the national debate over reproductive rights and health, and in shaping family planning policies and programs around the world. In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.  She has written a memoir entitled, Life On The Line.


Kate White –


Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Kate White is a foremost authority on women's career issues.  She has also held senior editorial positions at several national women=s magazines, including Redbook, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Child, Working Woman and McCall's where she was Editor-in-Chief.  She has written Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead But Gutsy Girls Do, Nine Secrets Every Career Woman Must Know, and the mystery novels, ‘Til Death Do Us Part, If Looks Could Kill and A Body to Die For.


Lynn Whitfield -


Emmy-award winning actress, Lynn Whitfield is perhaps best known for the title role in HBO’s “The Josephine Baker Story.”  She has also starred in “Eve’s Bayou”, “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” and “The Women of Brewster Place”, among many others.  Most recently, Whitfield joined forces with fellow Louisiana native, Tyler Perry, who handpicked her for a memorable role the popular screen adaptation of his play, “Madea’s Family Reunion”. And she will soon be seen in the upcoming film, “Mama I Want To Sing,” joining music legend Patti La Belle in a re-make of the off-Broadway play on the life of R&B singer Doris Troy. 


Paula Zahn –


Seven time Emmy-Award winning broadcast journalist and network news host, Paula Zahn has been at the forefront of the news, reporting on the most important issues of the day.  She joined CNN in September, 2001 and hosted the primetime news show “Paula Zahn Now.”  She is also the former host of “The Edge with Paula Zahn,” on the Fox News Network, and former anchor of “CBS Evening News Saturday Edition.”  She has served as the back-up anchor for Dan Rather on the evening news.  Prior to that, Zahn spent six years as the co-host of “CBS This Morning.