As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of American each day. A part of the sandwich generation Lunden is a working mother of seven, a caregiver to her 93 year old mother and understands the stresses women face every day. Lunden truly exemplifies today's modern working women. An awarding winning journalist, NY times best-selling author, she is sought after as a motivational speaker or successful entrepreneur and as one of America's most recognized and trusted television personality. She will make you laugh, cry and want to achieve more all in the same breadth.
Previously in Des Moines 2013
Academy Award nominated actress Sigourney Weaver created a host of memorable characters, both dramatic and comedic. Over the years, she’s captivated audiences as one of the most esteemed actresses on both stage and screen. Ms. Weaver made her motion picture debut in Ridley Scott’s blockbuster Alien. She later reprised the role of Warrant Officer Ripley in James Cameron’s Aliens, which earned her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress.Recently she starred in Avatar, Paul and You Again. Come have an evening with Sigourney Weaver like you've never seen her before!
In 2002 Melissa Stockwell was commissioned as an officer in the Army. In 2004 her life changed forever as she was the first female to lose a limb in Iraq. After retiring from the Army, athletics became a way of life for her. This led Melissa from marathons to triathlons to competing in the 2008 Paralympics to winning the world championship in the 2010 Paratriathlon competition! Currently she is a paratriathlete as well as a certified prosthetist, certified triathlon coach and co-founder of "dare2tri" in Chicago. All of this and she still finds time to serve on the board for Wounded Warrior Project and inspire others to overcome obstacles that come their way.
Des Moines 2012
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
Celebrity Sex Therapist
Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who helped to pioneer the field of media psychology. Soon it became part of a communications network to distribute Dr. Westheimer’ s expertise which has included television, 31 books, newspapers, games, home videos, computer software and her own website. Dr. Ruth was born in Germany and escaped the Holocaust at age of 10. She moved to Israel when she was 17 to become a Jewish Freedom Fighter. From there she moved to Paris then the US in 1956 where she obtained her master’s degree in sociology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School of Social Research. She worked for Planned Parenthood for a time and it was that experience that prompted her to further her education in human sexuality. Currently Dr. Westheimer is an adjunct professor at NYU and an associate fellow of Calhoun College at Yale University, in addition to having her own private practice. Dr. Westheimer has two children, four grandchildren and resides in New York City and she knows how to live in a MAN’s world yet make it her OWN! You won’t believe what she is going to say next!
Previously Seen in New Brunswick 2013 and Wilmington 2013
Jordan Lloyd Bookey
Des Moines native Jordan Lloyd Bookey is Chief Mom at Zoobean, which curates book and app selections for individual children. Previously, she headed K-12 Education Outreach for Google.
Forty years, four Grammys, four Golden Globes, three Emmys, a Tony Award and tons of record-breaking performances since she hit the scene, the “Divine Miss M” is going strong. From early days in her career on Broadway, to her now critically acclaimed Vegas Extravaganza “The Showgirl Must Go On”, Miss M has promised that she is not retiring anytime soon, and no one can make her!
With her distinctive story-telling and sympathetic listening, Delilah is the most-listened-to woman on radio. In addition, she cares for her 13 children, has written three books, runs the Point Hope Foundation making her a rarely available speaker.