Simonetti-Bryan is quickly becoming one of the media's best featured "go to" expert on Wine and Sprits. She holds the world's top wine title, has trained thousands in the industry and is a world class judge in international competitions. She is one of a very few women to ever attain the international title of Master of Wine. She is an author, TV host and frequent guest expert on network television news stations.
Dr. Ainissa Ramirez
You will not want to miss this evangelist who is passionate about getting girls and young women interested in science. Author, professional speaker, graduate of Brown and Stanford, she knows all about making science fun. Check out her biography and be ready to fall in love with science no matter your age.
You will get to know the woman behind the voice. America’s radio voice of reason and compassion, Delilah has 13 children, writes books, poetry, runs a foundation, and is a sympathetic listener to her audience. If you think by simply hearing her radio story that it defines who she is, come join us and go on an adventure. Her journey will make you think twice the next time you tune in or hear someone say, “she is the late night radio lady".
Des Moines 2014
Lara is one of CBS 60 Minutes fastest rising stars. She has faced death, sexual assault and war in her journalistic career. She started at 17 in a war-torn South Africa and has continued to confront the harsh and dangerous realities of conflict and global change throughout her career. She has faced every type of adversary and you will be holding your breath while she tells you some of her real life stories.
New Brunswick 2013
Des Moines 2013
Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame singer and author Linda Ronstadt has been honored by President Obama as a National Medal of Arts winner. This Grammy Award winning artist and one of the greatest voices of our generation has been battling Parkinson’s disease since her retirement. Let Linda share her story of artistry and fame with you for an evening.
Lisa Myers is an Emmy award-winning, Senior Investigative Correspondent for NBC News and one of the most respected journalists in the country. She can be seen on the top-rated “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “Today,” as well as on MSNBC and CNBC.
Myers has covered nine presidential campaigns and was a floor reporter at many Democratic and Republican conventions.
Before being tapped to lead NBC’s investigative team, Myers was NBC’s chief congressional correspondent, where she became well known for insightful analysis and hard-hitting investigative reports. She received an Emmy nomination for a series of reports in 1999, revealing that the brutal murder of an Army private at Ft. Campbell, Ky., was an anti-gay hate crime and part of widespread harassment of gays in the military.
Myers’ memorable reports on the bungling, incompetence and waste at all levels of government in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina were a key component of NBC’s much-heralded coverage, which was recognized with prestigious Peabody and DuPont awards. She and her team also won a Business Emmy for “Congress’ Private Air Force”--exposing how corporations curry favor with politicians by providing access to corporate jets.
In 1998, Vanity Fair recognized Myers as one of the 200 "Most Influential Women" in America. She has also won “Gracie,” Clarion, Headliner, and Humanitas awards.
Before joining NBC in 1981, Myers was White House correspondent for The Washington Star. Between 1977 and 1979, she was a Washington Correspondent for the Chicago Sun-Times. Myers was awarded a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri and attended Georgetown University’s Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems.
Praise for Lisa:
“It was such a pleasure to welcome Lisa Myers, Senior Investigative Reporter for NBC News, as the keynote speaker for The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s Economic Justice for Women…The Event was a tremendous success… I am delighted to recommend Ms. Myers as a provocative and dynamic speaker. It was a great pleasure to work with her and we hope we will have the opportunity to welcome her back to the Atlanta community in the near future.”
Sally R. Weaver
Chief Executive Officer
A journalist, columnist, talk-show host and author, Tina Brown is the highest-profile, most talked-about magazine editor in the world. Following her unprecedented success at Vanity Fair, Brown went to the venerable literary magazine, the New Yorker, where she became the first woman ever to serve as the editor. Marking the tenth anniversary of Princess Diana's death, Brown's 2007 book, The Diana Chronicles is a biography the 'People's Princess’, a personal friend.
New Brunwsick 2008
Joy Behar is a comedic original and a leading woman both on stage and screen. She received an Emmy award for her performance on The View, where she was a member of the cast for sixteen years. She also hosted her own talk shows, “The Joy Behar Show” on HLN and “Say Anything” on Current TV.
Armed with an MA in English education from SUNY at Stony Brook, Ms. Behar originally began a career in teaching. She then set out to pursue comedy professionally and immediately received bookings from such famous New York clubs as Caroline’s and Catch a Rising Star. She went on to win three MAC Awards and a CableACE Award. She has starred in her own HBO specials, “One Night Stand,” and “Women of the Night.”
Other television appearances include the voice of a hilariously neurotic patient on “Dr. Katz,” which won the CableACE Award, “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command,” “Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” “Celebrity Poker Showdown,” “It’s Gary Shandling’s Show,” “Comic Relief 2006,” “Last Comic Standing,” “Bette,” “Spin City” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. She has recently appeared on “30 Rock,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List,” “One Life to Live” SOAPnet’s “Relative Madness” and “All My Children” and “Real Time” with Bill Maher. Ms. Behar has also been a frequent substitute host for Larry King on “Larry King Live” on CNN.
For three years Ms. Behar hosted a popular call-in radio show on WABC, where she discussed politics with a deadly humorous bent. Her film appearances include “Cookie,” with Peter Falk” “This Is My Life,” directed by Nora Ephron, and Woody Allen’s “Manhattan Murder Mystery.” In theater, she had a successful run in the off-Broadway hit “The Food Chain,” earning rave reviews in the starring role, and also in the critically-acclaimed “The Vagina Monologues.”
Ms. Behar, a frequent comedy headliner, was chosen by TV Guide as a “Personality of the Year” nominee for the Third Annual TV Guide Awards in January of 1991. Other honors include the Real Beauty Award from AWRT and Dove (2007), the Safe Horizon Champion Award (2001), the Gracie Allen Tribute Award from the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television (2000), and the New York City Public Advocate’s Special Advocate Award for her outstanding friendship to the Gay community (2000).
In November 2005, Ms. Behar performed to a sold out crowd at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center as part of the annual New York Comedy Festival and, more recently, during her one woman show “Bitchin’ With Behar” at New York’s Zipper Theater. She headlines her stand up act all over the United States.
Ms. Behar’s first book “Joy Shtick: or What Is the Existential Vacuum and Does It Come with Attachments?” and her first children’s book “Sheetzucacapoopoo: My Kind of Dog” both appeared on the New York Times best seller list. Ms. Behar’s new book “When You Need A Lift” was released by Crown Publishers in September 2007.
Ms. Behar is involved with numerous philanthropic organizations and is a frequent contributor to a number of charitable foundations.