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GTN College Speakers 2012-2013

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Standing room only. Buzz around campus, from the student newspaper to national publications. An energized student body engaged in dialogue. A faculty of impressed administrators and professors. For over 30 years, we’ve helped colleges and universities around the globe meet and exceed their campus activity goals. Year after year, we proudly unveil the hottest new programs and trends in the industry, so your college is on the cutting edge of programming. Our college agents have their fingers on the pulse of campus trends in a wide variety of student groups, from campus activities boards to diversity month celebrations. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but words have the power to change lives. Our speakers are proven crowd pleasers that command standing ovations, bring audiences to the edge of their seats and inspire you to change the world. We are honored to be a part of your speaker process this year and look forward to working with you.


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Courage Award Winner

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There are times in life when it is easier, or even more sensible, to just give up. This isn’t a belief held by 2011 Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner Dewey Bozella. The 2011 ESPY Awards celebrated the courage and conviction that led Bozella to the ultimate path of freedom after 26 years of wrongful imprisonment. At the podium, Bozella candidly discusses his tragic story of injustice and the perseverance, courage and faith that led to his long overdue exoneration. His inspiring story takes audiences on an emotional rollercoaster as they struggle with the flawed US justice system that sent an innocent man to prison for most of his life, while warming their hearts with Bozella’s unyielding determination and forgiveness.

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Collins Tuohy

Subject of The Blind Side


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Byron Pitts

CBS News Chief National Correspondent, Contributing Correspondent, 60 Minutes & Author

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Picture Creativity With almost 80 million copies of his books in print, literary sensation Nicholas Sparks is the author of 17 New York Times #1 bestselling books and a cultural phenomenon in his own right. Coupled with the undeniable success of his many books, the movie adaptations of Sparks’s books have become the most iconic romantic feature films for a whole new generation.

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Emily Giffin

Best-Selling Author of Something Borrowed & Heart of the Matter

Max Brooks

Pre-eminent Zombie Expert & Best- Selling Author


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At the podium, Sparks takes audiences deeper into the sleepy towns and poignant relationships that ignite the pages of his romantic page turners. Drawing large and appreciative crowds of fans, Sparks in person displays the traits that make his books so beloved: great storytelling, a unique voice, and a charm that connects through the power of words. His relatable talks weave his own personal story of hard work, rejection, anxiety, and triumph for inspiring authors — and romantics — everywhere.

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Picture Courage Lara Logan’s bold reporting from war zones for more than two decades has earned her a prominent spot among the world’s best foreign correspondents. Her reporting has brought her face to face with the day’s most diverse, relevant and intriguing issues, from gripping 60 Minutes interviews to her coverage of the war on terror. Never scripted, at the podium, Logan offers a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at foreign affairs in the media and her experiences reporting from the front lines, both as a journalist and as a citizen. With compelling insight, refreshing honesty, and deep conviction in the institution of journalism, Logan imparts audiences with a message of truth, courage and integrity that will change the way you view the world, and perhaps even your own life.

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Valerie Plame Wilson

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“Outed” CIA Operations Offi cer & Best-Selling Author of Fai r Game PlameWilson

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Picture Laughter Towering center Shaquille O’Neal entered the National Basketball Association in 1992 as the firstround draft choice of the Orlando Magic. O’Neal, whose college career at Louisiana State University established his reputation as one of the top halfdozen basketball centers in the world, was virtually an international superstar before he even scored his first professional points. Thanks to multiple product endorsements, movie projects, and rap albums, the engaging O’Neal has reached an audience far beyond the bounds of professional basketball. Shaq is famous for his engaging and sometimes provocative personality. “Shaq Night Live” is a hilarious event filled with comedy, Shaqtabulous antics and just plain rowdy entertainment that will have audiences roaring in their seats to the point of crying from laughter.

Shaquille O’Neal

Former NBA Superstar, Author and Entertainer

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Mike Henry

Writer, Producer of Family Guy & Co-Creator of The Cleveland Show

Mo Rocca

CBS News Correspo ndent & Television Personality /MoRocca


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Picture Tomorrow Elected with a clear mandate for change, Mayor Cory Booker has begun work on realizing a bold vision for the city. Newark’s mission is to set a national standard for urban transformation by marshalling its resources to achieve security, economic abundance and an environment that is nurturing and empowering for individuals and families.

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Mayor Booker brings his passion for social change to the podium. Sharing stories inspired by real life, Mayor Booker demonstrates the need for everyone to take responsibility to help this nation live up to its promise. Mayor Booker also sheds light on the necessary reform government needs to undergo to become equipped to deal with the challenges of modern times. Drawing from a deep belief in service and social justice, Mayor Booker inspires audiences to greater civic responsibility and issues a call to action for America.

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Political Columnist Correspondent Winning Blogger & MSNBC cCain nM gha /Me

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Ronan Farrow

Global Youth Issue s Activist www.greatertalent.c om/RonanFarrow

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Picture Acceptance A journalist for over a decade writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country, Jose Antonio Vargas’ personal journey contends with some of the most fascinating stories he’s covered, living a double life since he discovered his green card was a fake at 16 years old. Vargas exposed his story in the summer of 2011, 18 years after arriving in America in his groundbreaking essay, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant,” for the New York Times Magazine, stunning the media and political circles and attracting world-wide coverage. Today Vargas runs Define American, a non-profit organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Journa list, Founder of & Undo cumented Immigrant nioVargas

Carson Kressley

Renowned Stylist & Tel evision Star /CarsonKressley

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Lee Hirsch

Award-Winning Director of Bully

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Marlee Matlin & Activist

Academy Award-Winning Actress

Chaz Bono

LGBTQ Rights Advocate & Author

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Picture Leadership & In 38 years of service in the United States Army, Wesley K. Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Since retiring from the military in 2000, he has taken on the roles of investment banker, alternative energy leader, and many more. Clark has been on the front lines of the world’s emerging markets, intimately aware of the political strategy and psychology that dictates corporate bottom lines. He applies his experience and skills in strategic leadership, high technology, training and organizational development to the challenges facing the corporate world—offering a singularly informed and dynamic view of leadership based on honor, conviction and action. In August 2012 he debuted as co-host on NBC’s military-themed competition series Stars Earn Stripes with Samantha Harris.

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Ehud Olmert

Former Prime Minister of Israel

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Louis Freeh

Former Director of the FBI /LouisFreeh

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Business Innovation Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are the men behind one of the most talked-about and least conventional success stories in American business. Founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., they built a store-front venture into a $300 million ice cream empire by harnessing the power of social responsibility and creative management. Bringing all of this to life at the lecture podium, Ben and Jerry’s presentation is a rousing tribute to America’s entrepreneurial spirit, full of hilarious anecdotes and radical business philosophy—and comes complete with servings of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for the entire audience.

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Picture Perspective Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of 21 books, including the New York Times best sellers, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2001) and Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America (2010). Today, her work life exists on three tracks: journalism, book-length projects, and activism on such issues as health care, peace, women’s rights, and economic justice. At the podium, she reflects with biting humor on her journey as a writer and activist, taking audiences inside her Nickel and Dimed experience and sharing anecdotes and lessons learned from each of her powerful books. Audiences will be brought to their feet by Ehrenreich’s deep rooted passion, profound ability to spur discussion, and her signature sense of humor that audiences have come to expect.

Barbara Ehrenreich

Political Activist & Author, Nickel and Dimed

Joshua Foer

Science Journalist & Author, Moonwalking with Einstein

Michael Moore

Mia Farrow& Humanitarian Activist

Academy Award Winn ing Documentarian & Best-Selling Autho r /MichaelMoore

Acclaimed Actress


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Upcoming Films & TV Shows

Giuliana and Bill Rancic Ready For Love, NBC, Winter 2012

Candance Bushnell

The Carrie Diaries, The CW, 01/2013

Nicholas Sparks Safe Haven, 02/8/2013

Max Brooks World War Z, 2013

Marcus Luttrell Lone Survivor, 2013

Rory Kennedy Ethel, HBO, 10/2012

Tom Wolfe

Blood Lines, 10/23/12

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for Getting Your Speaker Seen on Campus! Timing is Everything When planning an event, consider the rhythm of student life on your campus. For example, schools with a large commuter population might want to re-consider offering a Friday night performance. Finals time might not be the best opportunity for a heady presentation on the future of global politics, but an entertaining, light-hearted program may give students a great reason to take a break and fill those auditorium seats. Free Stuff The mantra of college students nationwide. Offer free theme-based giveaways to help raise awareness about an event, and never underestimate the power of the prominently publicized words “FREE ICE CREAM.” It can work wonders for gathering a crowd of cafeteria-fed, money conscious students. Make Use of Faculty Resources Don’t forget to invite campus dignitaries to your event, which can greatly increase a presentation’s profile around campus and in local media. Also, let professors know about your program. Many times, they will offer extra credit to students for attending relevant lectures, or at least help get the word out to their classes. Don’t just send an email; personal invites go a long way. Advertising and Press Releases Advertising works best when it’s timely and consistent. Begin advertising in the community and college newspaper at least one month prior to an event. Also, take advantage of college radio and television spots to help publicize. Many speakers will agree to an interview with student newspapers. Make sure to plan far in advance for this and be sure to discuss with your GTN representative.

Paper. Paper. Paper. Within the realms of environmental consciousness, good old-fashioned paper flyers, posters and handouts are still a great way to make an impression on campus. Post flyers in heavily trafficked areas and hand out quarter-flyers the week of the event. Also ask your GTN representative about any existing promotional materials available on the speaker, including posters and press releases. Movie Screenings A movie that doesn’t cost $12.00 will often attract students in droves. Bringing in an associated lecture program is the perfect way to turn a film screening into a major campus event. Co-Sponsorship with Other Groups In addition to elevating awareness about a particular event, co-sponsoring with other organizations, clubs or departments on campus can help to meet the cost of bringing in speakers. GTN may be able to help find co-sponsors. Bonus Activities Often times, a book signing, press conference, media interview or other special request can be accommodated to help promote an event. Check with your GTN representative about the possibility of arranging such activities as soon as you feel there may be interest. Generally the more notice you are able to provide, the greater the possibility of making it happen. Get Connected Share the news of your upcoming event on Facebook, Twitter and your campus social networking site. Be sure to promote on all relative Facebook fan pages including the official campus fan page, sororities/fraternities, student organizations, campus activities and of course, your own Facebook page as well! Feel free to share or embed a promo video from GTN’s YouTube channel. Plus, your GTN representative will be happy to Retweet your promotions on the official Greater Talent Network Twitter page. Just ask!

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