Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, six-time NBA champion and the league’s only six-time MVP. He has a nationwide platform as a regular columnist for newspapers and magazines around the world including the Washington Post, Time Magazine and the Hollywood Reporter, where he shares his thoughts on some of the most socially and politically relevant topics. controversies facing our nation today. . After 50 years as an athlete, activist and best-selling New York Times author, he offers his perspectives as a nationally recognized speaker who appears regularly on the speaking circuit. Currently, Abdul-Jabbar is President of his Skyhook Foundation, whose mission is to “Give Children a Chance That Cannot Be Blocked” by providing STEM educational opportunities to underserved communities through innovative outdoor environmental learning. Before stepping down, President Barack Obama awarded Abdul-Jabbar the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.
Dr Richard Lapchick
Richard E. Lapchick brought his commitment to equality and his belief that sport can be an effective instrument for positive social change to the University of Central Florida in August 2001, where he launched the DeVos Sports Business Management program. . In 2015, it was named the # 2 program in the world by SportsBusiness International. He has spoken in Congress, the United Nations, the European Parliament and the Vatican. He was inducted into the Commonwealth Nations Sports Hall of Fame in the Humanitarian category along with Arthur Ashe and Nelson Mandela. Lapchick was inducted into the NYC Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. He was named among 50 people (living and deceased) who have used sport to change the world, a list that includes Billie Jean King, Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela. . Lapchick was one of 200 guests invited by Mandela to his inauguration after leading the American sports boycott of South Africa from 1975 until the end of apartheid. He has been married to Ann Pasnak since 1989. They have three children, Joe, Chamy and Emily, and four granddaughters, Taylor, Emma, Molly and Lauren.
Teyonna Lofton is a freshman at the University of New Orleans. Originally from the Auburn Gresham neighborhood in Chicago, Teyonna spent her high school years as an anti-violence organizer and racial justice activist. In 2020, she was a member of the NBA All-Star Youth Leadership Council, where she co-produced and was featured in a short film about the stories, challenges and resilience that define the Auburn Gresham community. Sadly, Teyonna was hit by gun violence in her community, which slowed her transition to college but did not stop her. Teyonna is now continuing her education and fighting for better communities on the south side of Chicago. Teyonna is a graduate of Perspectives Leadership Academy and is currently a student leader of the BRAVE Youth Leaders violence intervention program in St. Sabina.
Marc H. Morial
Marc H. Morial is President and CEO of the National Urban League, the country’s largest historic civil and urban rights organization. As mayor of New Orleans from 1994 to 2002, Morial led the revival of New Orleans and stepped down with a 70% approval rating. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics and African American Studies, he also holds a law degree from Georgetown University.
Since 2005, Janet Murguía has been President and CEO of UnidosUS, the largest Latin American civil rights and human rights organization. In this role, Murguía sought to strengthen the work of UnidosUS and improve its impact as a vital American institution. Murguía has also worked to amplify the Latino voice on issues affecting the Hispanic community such as education, healthcare, immigration, civil rights and the economy. Murguía began her career in Washington, DC, as legislative counsel to former Congressman Jim Slattery from his home state of Kansas. She worked with Congressman Slattery for seven years before joining the Clinton administration, where she served for six years as Deputy Assistant to President Clinton, including deputy director of legislative affairs. After serving in the Clinton administration, Murguía became deputy campaign manager and director of constituency outreach for the Gore / Lieberman presidential campaign. She received three degrees from the University of Kansas: a BA in Journalism, a BA in Spanish, and a JD from the KU School of Law.
Amanda Nguyen is an internationally renowned social entrepreneur. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2019. Nguyen created her own civil rights by unanimously adopting the Bill of Rights for Victims of Sexual Assault. She has trained hundreds of activists using her organizational theory, “Hospitalomics,” to pass 35 laws protecting more than 87 million survivors of sexual violence. Recently, her viral video sparked nationwide anti-Asian hate crimes coverage. Nguyen is the CEO and founder of Rise, a social movement accelerator where she teaches grassroots organization. In recognition of her work, Nguyen is awarded the Heinz, Nelson Mandela Changemaker, Forbes 30 Under 30, Foreign Policy 100, Time 100 Next, Frederick Douglass 100 and Marie Claire Young Woman of the Year. Previously, Nguyen served at NASA and the State Department under the Obama administration. Nguyen graduated from Harvard University.
Mark Tatum was appointed NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO on February 1, 2014, after unanimous approval from the NBA Board of Governors. Tatum, who joined the NBA in 1999, is responsible for NBA business operations, including leading the NBA’s international efforts. Prior to joining the NBA, Tatum worked for Major League Baseball in corporate sponsorship and marketing, the Clorox company as regional sales manager, the Pepsi-Cola company in its sports marketing department and Procter & Gamble in sales management. Tatum sits on a number of boards, including USA Basketball, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, General Motors, the LA 2028 Summer Olympics, and Harvard Business School. Board of Dean’s Advisors. He is president of the Harvard Business School Club of New York and a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a national organization that empowers black business leaders to make impactful contributions. Tatum holds a BA in Business Administration from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard University.