Monday, March 2, 2015

Honoring Women’s History Month

“We have fought for everybody else’s equal rights - it’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America!” - Patricia Arquette, 2015 Oscar Speech

March is Women's History Month, a time to reflect on the struggles women have faced throughout history and – more importantly – to celebrate their triumphs and successes.

Since our early days, we have helped some of the pioneering voices in female equality get their messages out and truly pave the way for change and progress. Today, APB continues to represent a number of speakers on women's issues, from award-winning actresses and activists to journalists, best-selling authors, and innovative global leaders. Below, we have highlighted some of our most talked-about and requested female voices:

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf | First Female President of Liberia & Nobel Peace Laureate. Learn More

Sheryl WuDunn | Pulitzer-Winning Journalist; Author of Half the Sky & A Path Appears. Learn More

Diane Ravitch | Professor & Award-Winning Educator. Learn More

Sonia Manzano | Trailblazing Actress & Writer for Sesame Street; Advocate. Learn More

Rosalind Wiseman | Internationally Recognized Expert on Parenting & Bullying. Learn More

Jennifer Siebel Newsom | Acclaimed Filmmaker of Miss Representation; Women’s Rights Advocate. Learn More

Kelly Corrigan | Inspirational Author & Breast Cancer Survivor. Learn More

Maria Hinojosa | Emmy-Winning Journalist; Anchor & Producer of NPR’s “Latino USA.” Learn More

Tererai Trent | Oprah Winfrey’s “All-Time Favorite Guest;” Global Advocate for Women. Learn More

Mary Robinson | First Female President of Ireland & Former UN Commissioner for Human Rights. Learn More

Susan Packard | C-Founder of Scripps Networks Interactive & Former COO of HGTV. Learn More

Susan Taylor | Founder & CEO of National CARES Mentoring Movement; Former Editor of Essence. Learn More

Kathy Najimy | Award-Winning Actress & Activist; Women’s Rights Advocate. Learn More

Responsible for inspiring millions, these women have been voices of empowerment on the screen, in print, and in front of live audiences worldwide.

Monday, February 23, 2015

APB’s Deborah Perry Piscione Writes Compelling Fast Company Article Exploring How Big Ideas Are Born

How do today’s top business leaders come up with their pioneering ideas?

APB speaker Deborah Perry Piscione probed this question in the recent Fast Company article, How the Larry Pages of the World Get Their Big Ideas, adapted from her bestselling book Risk Factor.

Following a 2014 interview with Dr. Paul Jacobs, the now executive chairman of Qualcomm, it dawned on Perry Piscione that there were common threads among the world’s leading innovators that no one had yet defined.

Taking a groundbreaking new look at the culture of how business is being done, she came up with a methodology called improvisational innovation, which is defined as engaging all of the talent within the organization, regardless of job title, education level, or pay grade. By creating an environment that invites companywide participation and is open to change, ideas are better cultivated, visions are broadened, and success is found.

Deborah Perry Piscione is a Principal at Vorto Consulting who fully customizes her presentations to focus on the areas of risk that are most important to your audience. Her unique position to help perceive risk in a brand new way helps create environments that supports genius, rather than the generic.

Learn more about Deborah Perry Piscione.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

APB Speaker Ndaba Mandela Delivers Powerful Speech at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor!

Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, recently gave a powerful speech at the University of Michigan! Speaking about the legacy of his grandfather and his “long walk to freedom,” Ndaba is following in the footsteps of his iconic predecessor.

Watch his speech here:

Today, Ndaba is showing the world, through his actions and orations, that Nelson Mandela’s voice and message of freedom still carries and rings true. Currently, Ndaba is the co-founder and co-chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting a positive image of Africa around the world.

Ndaba lets audiences peek through the keyholes of the Presidential Palace and proudly shares lessons of love. His exclusive presentations through APB hold the message that one individual can make a difference, if they just arm themselves with the unbreakable belief that nothing is out of reach.

Learn how you can book Ndaba Mandela now to make your next event a truly special and memorable one.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

APB’s Richard Carmona, 17th US Surgeon General, Weighs in on the Vaccination Debate

As the reported cases of measles continue to rise nationwide, the immunization debate has reached new levels of intensity among the general public and health officials. In response to an active and emotional discussion between those for and against the medical practice, APB speaker and former US Surgeon General Richard Carmona appeared on Fox News to discuss the effectiveness of vaccines.

Carmona explained that pre-1957, almost every child got the measles; however, today the disease has been virtually wiped out because of immunization — immunizations that have proven to be very safe, effective, and typically without complication.

He further stated that there is overwhelming evidence supporting vaccination as a beneficial practice that not only protects children and families, but our nation as well, in turn keeping healthcare costs down. +View Clip

An advocate for prevention and preparedness, Carmona encourages the public to be actively educated by asking questions and becoming fully informed about risks and benefits before pursuing any type of medical care. Recognized as an expert in both the tactics for, and provision of, medical care during catastrophic incidents, Carmona is an inspirational speaker who is committed to bipartisan solutions to the complex issues we face today.
Learn more about Richard Carmona.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Wait Is Over: Pulitzer-Winning Journalists Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn Premiere Highly Anticipated Documentary, A Path Appears, on PBS

A Path Appears, the best-selling book by APB speakers Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, has inspired a three-part documentary airing tonight on PBS!

Part of the Women and Girls Lead initiative, this special television event follows Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Kristof and WuDunn as they uncover human oppression and explore successful strategies for fighting the inequalities that span the globe today.

Through heart-wrenching interviews, inspiring storytelling and insightful conversations with such world leaders as Desmond Tutu, Kristof and WuDunn — joined by celebrity activists including Jennifer Garner, Ashley Judd, Mia Farrow, Blake Lively, Eva Longoria and Alfre Woodard — take viewers on an eye-opening journey that highlights real people struggling for survival in the face of poverty, abuse and other hardships.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

American Program Bureau’s Wes Moore Releases Highly Anticipated New Book, The Work

How do you come alive?

APB speaker Wes Moore, the acclaimed author of The Other Wes Moore, continues his inspirational quest for a meaningful life in his new book The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters. Sharing the powerful lessons that led him to unearth a new definition of success for our times, Moore examines themes of self-discovery, service, and risk-taking as he probes the choices people make in life.

A Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow and decorated combat veteran, Moore was inspired to write The Work when he realized that, though he appeared “successful” by the standard definition, he felt he was not truly doing the work he needed to do. Challenged by this notion alone, Moore set out to understand his real mission and goal in life without using the traditional definitions of success. In addition to his own journey, he shares the stories of other 21st-century change-makers who have inspired him in his search, from Daniel Lubetzky, the founder of KIND, to Esther Benjamin, a Sri Lankan immigrant who rose to help lead the Peace Corps.

Taking responsibility for his calling to make a difference, Moore pushes audiences to ask themselves, “We’ve all made it this far, but how do we make ‘making it’ matter?” Through powerful speeches, he tells intimate stories about finding meaning in a volatile age, motivating us all to pursue our own path toward creating a better world.

Learn more about Wes Moore.

Monday, January 12, 2015

APB’s Jeffrey Tambor Delivers Moving Acceptance Speech at 2015 Golden Globe Awards

APB speaker Jeffrey Tambor is a veteran actor and respected for mastering his diverse roles throughout the years. However, when Tambor took on the groundbreaking character of “Maura Pfefferman” in Amazon’s hit new series Transparent, he received his first-ever Golden Globe win. In an incredibly moving and inspiring acceptance speech, he described the role as “life-changing,” dedicating his Best Actor Award to the transgender community: “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for your courage. Thank you for your inspiration. Thank you for your patience. And thank you for letting us be part of the change.”

In Transparent, Tambor plays a transgender woman who comes out to her family; the series was a critical success and has been renewed for a second season. A gifted speaker, Tambor is sought-after for his willingness to share personal stories with candor and humor. With a unique ability to motivate audiences to “perform their lives” through creativity, he helps listeners reconnect with their hopes and dreams, empowering us all to become catalysts for change.

Learn more about Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Tambor.