With fresh perspectives, engaging stories and invaluable lessons, these HWA Speakers would make a fantastic choice for one of your fall campus events. 


SCOTTIE PIPPEN | Six-Time NBA Champion and Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist; Named One of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players of All-Time

"Scottie Pippen was truly a pleasure to work with. He shared lessons and experiences that were insightful and important for student-athletes beginning their journey. Scottie was authentic, charismatic and humble. His words on what it takes to be a great teammate should be framed and posted in every locker room in America."

-IMG Academy


MAYSOON ZAYID | Acclaimed Comedian; Disability Advocate; Princeton University Arts Fellow

"There was a great diverse turnout and all those who attended really enjoyed Maysoon's performance. Maysoon was so easy-going, hilarious, and well-spoken. We hope Maysoon enjoyed her visit to UVA as much as we enjoyed having her!"

- Middle Eastern Leadership Council, University of Virginia


ALEX RODRIGUEZ | Chairman and CEO, A-Rod Corp; Venture Capitalist and Founder, VCP Ventures; Iconic Athlete, Three-Time MVP, and World Series Champion

"Alex far exceeded my already high expectations! The feedback from the students in the second hour of class was extraordinarily positive about Alex’s talk. Alex was so intelligent - way beyond any law or other degree could provide - yet he was remarkably humble and down to earth at the same time."

-Georgetown Law


ALLYSON FELIX | Entrepreneur and Founder, Saysh; One of Bloomberg's "50 People and Ideas that Defined Global Business" (2021); Holder of 13 Global Titles, 10 U.S. Championships, 11 Olympic Medals, and a World Record

"The event with Allyson Felix was a great success! She presented such a genuine, focused, inspirational story that displayed her journey of ups and downs; her great lessons and appreciation of what teamwork can bring. A true champion."

-ATG Global Entertainment 


W. KAMAU BELL | Sociopolitical Comedian, Producer, and Documentarian; TV Personality and Host, CNN's Emmy Award-Winning United Shades with W. Kamau Bell; Critically-Acclaimed Podcaster

"The university, the faculty and students - all LOVED Kamau...this is our second time with him, and now we all want him back a third time next year - but IN PERSON! The students across our campus were completely engaged in the webinar...Many positive comments on the part focused on how to talk with people who disagree, and how to gauge 'trusted' sources. Thank you and thanks to Kamau and the entire team that made this happen!"

-University of California, Santa Barbara 


KATIE SOWERS | First Openly LGBTQ+ Coach in the NFL and at the Super Bowl; Defensive Coordinator, Director of Operations, & Director of Athletic Strategic Initiatives, Ottawa University

"Thanks for your support in helping bring Katie to T-Mobile! She did a fantastic job and we have gotten great feedback from our employees."



BRANDON MARSHALL | Founder & CEO, House of Athlete; Host, 'I AM Athlete' Podcast; 13 Year NFL Veteran

"Thank You! Thank You! Brandon did an amazing job and left a lasting impact on our attendees."

- Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions


GLENNON DOYLE | #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Love Warrior and Untamed; Philanthropist and Founder, Together Rising; Host, We Can Do Hard Things Podcast; Activist and Advocate for Social Justice

"Glennon’s event was a wonderful success, and I consider myself so lucky to have been there! Such a fantastic, speaker, comedian, storyteller and human being! I walked away feeling enriched, full of thought-provoking ideas."

- Rams Head Promotions


RONAN FARROW | Pulitzer Prize and Peabody Award-Winning Investigative Reporter and New York Times Bestselling Author; Contributing Writer, The New Yorker;

Documentary Filmmaker, HBO

"He is so darn smart, articulate, and insightful that - with so many amazing experiences to talk about - his stories and analyses become compelling. Wrap all that with a great personality, and you have Ronan - tough to top! For me, he was a great guest who accommodated our every need and wish. He was clearly invested in making our event the best it could be, which means being the best he could be – and he was!"

-University of Buffalo, Distinguished Speaker Series


BOZOMA SAINT JOHN | Former CMO at Netflix and Endeavor, CBO at Uber, and Marketing Executive at Apple Music and PepsiCo

"Bozoma was indeed magical – she crushed it today. Everyone LOVED her."

- Facebook Canada


VAN JONES | Political Contributor, CNN; Social Entrepreneur and President and Co-Founder, Dream Corps; Three-Time New York Times Bestselling Author

"Excellent. Van tailored his remarks and his approach very thoughtfully to the different audiences at our three events. He was inspiring and substantive and beyond generous with his time and energy."

-Washington University


KAHLIL GREENE | Yale's First Black Student Body President; New York Times Featured Social Media Influencer; "The Gen-Z Historian"; Public Academic and Advocate for Racial Justice

"Kahlil [taught us] five key points on how to be a good advocate. They were catchy, easy to remember, and resonated with our youth leaders...He really embodied everything you would want out of a speaker: he was engaging, knowledgeable, and relaxed...We recommend Kahlil to any group seeking to motivate and educate its own members."

- America's Promise Alliance


CHELLA MAN | Artist; Author; Activist

"The event went great! Through all of our Q&A segments, there was a good conversation flow and I believe that was because Chella was so flexible and willing to just talk without it being structured. I'm very happy that Chella got to speak with our membership and student body about personal experiences...Thank you so much for connecting us to Chella, and we all had a lovely evening with him."

-University of Oregon


AYỌ TOMETI | Human Rights Leader and Co-Founder, #BlackLivesMatter; Founder, Diaspora Rising and Former Executive Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration; Recipient, Coretta Scott King Center Legacy Award

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NATHAN CHEN | 2022 Olympic Gold Medalist; Three-Time World Figure Skating Champion; First Asian American Male Skater to Win U.S., World and Olympic Titles

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ERIC NAM | Korean American Pop Superstar; Entrepreneur and Co-Founder & Creative Director, DIVE Studios; Host of Multiple Podcasts; GQ Korea's "Man of the Year" and One of Forbes' "30 Under 30: Asia"

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ANDREW ZIMMERN | James Beard Award-Winning Chef and Anthropologist; Creator, Executive Producer, and Host, Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods Franchise; Advocate for Social Justice; Goodwill Ambassador, U.N. Food Program

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SAHAR ZAND | Award-Winning Investigative Journalist; Producer and Documentarian; Iranian Refugee

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EZRA FRECH | Youngest Member of the U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Team; Two-Time Silver Medalist at the 2019 Para Pan-American Games; Co-Founder, Angel City Sports; Advocate for Diversity and People with Disabilities

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GINA BELAFONTE | Actress and Producer; Social Justice Leader, Change Maker, and Activist; Executive Director, Sankofa.org

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JARRETT HARPER | Criminal Justice and Foster Care Reform Advocate; Ambassador, Represent Justice’s Just Mercy Campaign; Storyteller, Project Witness; Inspiring Voice for Forgiveness and Hope

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