Here are just a few HWA speakers dedicating themselves to service, philanthropy, and promoting diversity and inclusion, inspiring audiences to make positive change.

Academy award-winning actor MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY is a dedicated philanthropist whose just keep livin' Foundation empowers high school students to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future. In engagements that are equal parts empowering and entertaining, McConaughey shares the impact of his philanthropic efforts and the importance of chasing your passion.

ELIZABETH NYAMAYARO, a global voice for social change, has worked as a humanitarian at the forefront of global development for over two decades, addressing the world’s greatest inequalities and improving the lives of underserved communities. While at the United Nations, Elizabeth created and launched HeForShe, and has held positions with UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and UN Women. 

Award-winning YouTube personality and comedian LILLY SINGH talks about being a changemaker as an UNICEF Goodwill Global Ambassador that has traveled to India and South Africa in support of their work focused to access to education for children. Through Lilly's social movement Girl Love, she further supports female education and empowerment, and encourages girls and women worldwide to love and stand up for one another. 

NFL wide receiver and mental health advocate BRANDON MARSHALL is the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of PROJECT 375, a national non-profit dedicated to unlocking human potential through conversation, education, and inspiration. With suicide being the second leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24, he is dedicated to ensuring youth across the nation receive prevention and early intervention services.

Academy award-winning actress CHARLIZE THERON is not only an United Nations Messenger of Peace, she is also the founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, an organization that invests in the health, communities and education of African youth and their ability to keep themselves safe from HIV/ AIDS.

Iconic tennis champion SERENA WILLIAMS launched her own VC firm, Serena Ventures, which focuses on investing in companies that embrace diverse leadership, individual empowerment, creativity and opportunity. Williams’ fashion brand SERENA celebrates body positivity and female empowerment.

Emmy award-winning writer, producer, and actor LENA WAITHE founded a record label, Hillman Grad Records, to develop a new generation of underrepresented artists.

Rapper MICHAEL "KILLER MIKE" RENDER and Civil Rights Activist ANDREW YOUNG are collaborating to run a successful Black-owned bank that works to combat systemic racism. 

Serial entrepreneur and Bestselling business author ALEXA VON TOBEL works towards making the startup world more inclusive as the founder and managing partner of Inspired Capital, a $200 million venture capital fund that invests in startups. 66% of Inspired Capital’s check-writers are women, compared to 12% at all venture capital firms, and they focus on diversifying where their funding goes.

MORGAN DEBAUN is the founder and CEO of Blavity Inc., the leading media company for Black culture and millennials. Morgan fosters honest conversation about the future of Black women in tech: How the current social climate has changed the conversation around diversity in the highest-growing career field in the US and what tech companies should do to attract and retain multicultural talent.

Famed chef and restaurateur EMERIL LAGASSE established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to support children’s educational programs that inspire and mentor young people through culinary arts programs. In 2011, he dedicated the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Culinary Arts Studio, a four-year culinary arts program for high school students with master-apprentice curriculum. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $5.5 million to children’s causes.

Former Active-Duty Green Beret and NFL player for the Seattle Seahawks NATE BOYER saw an opportunity to tackle military veterans and athletes transition struggles together through his charity Merging Vets & Players (MVP). Boyer's belief that "Anything is Possible" has served him well throughout his life, and has made him especially fit to speak about finding one's passions and living with purpose.


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