Monday, July 21, 2014

APB Speaker Alyssa Mastromonaco Shows Support for a New Generation of Ambitious Women

Can you imagine being one of the closest confidants to the sitting President of the United States?

APB speaker Alyssa Mastromonaco was the youngest woman ever to be the White House Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations, a job that was both tremendously rewarding and incalculably demanding.

After resigning from her position two months ago, Mastromonaco became a contributing editor for Marie Claire, one of the top women’s magazines in the country.

In her recent Op-Ed featured in the Washington Post, Mastromonaco shares how her new role can be used to pay it forward to others who are passionate about women’s issues. Mastromonaco also explains that when critics say women’s magazines publish superficial content, such dated arguments assume that women are incapable of being both informed and fashionable.

Mastromonaco hopes to change this stereotype by publishing stories about issues that are not covered elsewhere in mainstream media such as finding a healthy work-life balance, healthcare concerns and more.

Mastromonaco is proud to align herself with a magazine that speaks directly to a new generation of young, ambitious women who refuse to be held back by double standards. Now, Alyssa Mastromonaco is sharing her remarkable experiences from the White House and beyond through her speaking engagements with APB. As an empowered woman, she proudly speaks about the choices that have led to her success, showing others how they can create their own paths to greatness.

Learn more about Alyssa Mastromonaco.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The True American by APB Speaker Anand Giridharadas Featured on Oprah’s List of Books to Read This Summer

APB speaker and New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas, the author of the intriguing new book The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, has been selected by Oprah Winfrey to be on her “21 Books You Must Read Before Summer Ends” list.

What does being American mean to you?

The True American is a deeply moving exploration of the American dream and its many dimensions, making us all question whether Americans can still achieve their dreams.

In the book, Giridharadas tells the true story of APB speaker Raisuddin Bhuiyan – a former Bangladeshi air force pilot – who was working at a Dallas convenience store when he was shot point-blank by self-described terrorist Mark Stroman. That fateful day would not only lead to Bhuiyan’s journey to rebuild his own life, but also his personal endeavors to build a better world and learn the power of forgiveness.

A riveting speaker, Giridharadas often touches upon the themes of racism, immigration and learning what it means to be a “true American.” He tailors his lectures to each audience, shedding light on topics such as the nature of the present Western predicament and how technology is changing what it means to be human.

Learn more about speaker Anand Giridharadas.

APB Speaker Kelly Corrigan’s Glitter and Glue Makes Oprah Winfrey's Top 15 List of Books to Read!

APB speaker Kelly Corrigan, the bestselling author of The Middle Place and Lift, released her third memoir, Glitter and Glue, in February 2014. It received high praise from audiences and most recently, Oprah Winfrey named Glitter and Glue to her list of fifteen books every joy-seeking woman needs to read.

Are you close with your mother? Whether you are a daughter or son, this book helps readers understand their own personal connection to this important family figure. Glitter and Glue illustrates Corrigan’s relationship with her mother, who has a conservative view on life. Through Corrigan’s own experience of caring for children and growing up, she begins to gain an appreciation for her mother and her commonly used phrase, "Your father's the glitter, but I'm the glue."

Speaking with humor and compassion, Corrigan shares with audiences the heartfelt stories behind her books. She also reveals how she has dealt with her own health issues, fearlessly tackling subjects as wide ranging as caregiving, death, childhood and motherhood.
Learn more about speaker Kelly Corrigan.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

APB Speaker Blake Leeper Nominated to be on the Next WHEATIES Box!

When you think of WHEATIES, you think of the greatest athletes in the world. Such an honor has been given to countless all stars, and this year, it could be given to APB speaker Blake Leeper!

If Blake Leeper makes the front of WHEATIES, he will be first double amputee on the box in 80 years! This new campaign is called Wheaties NEXT—a first of its kind competition where five world class athletes from emerging sports will vie for the cover of the iconic Wheaties box.

Born without legs below his knees, Leeper, known as “The American Bladerunner,” has never been one for excuses. He has defied the odds and won countless titles as a Paralympic runner. Through all the ups and downs, he has stayed true to himself and kept his eye on one ambition: to become the first American Paralympian to run in the able-bodied Olympic Games.

Fans can vote for Blake Leeper by logging workouts through MapMyFitness, the leading online activity tracking platform. The competition runs from July 1st to August 31st. In addition, Blake Leeper will be raising money for his charity of choice. The more votes he earns, the more money he can help earn for his charity!

Here’s how you can help: Rally your friends and your network by sharing this link to VOTE FOR BLAKE LEEPER

Learn more about Blake’s speaking topics.

Monday, June 23, 2014

APB Speaker Rais Bhuiyan, Victim of a Post-9/11 Shooting & Peace Activist, Visits the APB Office!

APB Speaker Rais Bhuiyan has a remarkable story and it shared with the APB team during his office visit. Soon, the whole world will know his amazing journey to discovering the power of forgiveness.

Shortly after Bhuiyan moved to Dallas from Bangladesh to seek career opportunities in computer technology, he found himself needing to hold on to his strong family and faith-based roots — and later cultivate them — after a life-altering incident in 2001. Just weeks after the tragic events of 9/11, Bhuiyan was shot in the face by a white supremacist, who at that time called himself “the Arab slayer.” That fateful day would not only lead to Bhuiyan’s journey to rebuild his own life, but also help build a better world.

Anand Giridharadas, author of the accomplished India Calling, has released an intriguing new book based on Bhuiyan’s inspiring story and experience, entitled The True American. Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow has also picked Bhuiyan’s courageous narrative as her next directorial effort, starring Tom Hardy and others.

Learn more about Bhuiyan, his incredible story and how to book him for your next event.

Friday, June 13, 2014

APB Speaker Saul Williams Shines as the Star of the Broadway Musical Holler If Ya Hear Me

When you think of APB speaker Saul Williams, you may think award-winning slam poet, actor, singer and musician. But what about a leading Broadway actor?

Williams is the lead actor in Holler If Ya Hear Me, the first hip-hop musical in Broadway history. The musical is a fictional account of two childhood friends, John, played by Williams, and Vertus, played by Christopher Jackson.

Audiences are given a window into their lives in a present-day Midwestern industrial city. In the play, Williams, Jackson and a cast of 22 actors tell the story using a mix of original songs and Tupac Shakur’s lyrics.

Agitprop rapper Williams makes his Broadway debut in a unique way. He acts and raps with authority in an original tale of friendship, family, revenge, change and hope. Through the lyrics of one of the most influential voices in rap, the musical captivates audiences by revealing the realities of street life.

Besides performing on stage, Williams has toured and lectured across the world and is the youngest poet to have his writings added to the curriculum at high schools and colleges nationwide. Sharing his riveting personal triumphs and tribulations, Williams encourages audiences to value the art of self expression.

Learn more about Saul Williams.

Friday, June 6, 2014

APB Speaker John Quiñones Hosts New Season of the Hit TV Show What Would You Do?

Have you been keeping up with the hit television show What Would You Do?

APB speaker John Quiñones is hosting a brand new season of the series, which has been breaking ground since 2008! This innovative ABC program, now in its ninth season, uses actors and hidden cameras to create compelling dilemmas and in socially uncomfortable situations capture how people react. What Would You Do? has attracted more 18 to 49-year-old viewers than any other newsmagazine.

In the series, actors play out scenarios of conflict or illegal activity in public settings. However, the focus is on whether or not bystanders intervene and how they take action. Quiñones appears at the end to interview the bystanders about their reactions.

Having grown up in a poor family of migrant workers to eventually become ABC's first Latino correspondent and a seven-time Emmy Award winner, Quiñones shares his inspiring personal story with audiences, encouraging them to pursue their dreams regardless of socioeconomic barriers. In addition, he shares the powerful stories of the amazing people he has encountered on the show, providing examples of how we can all trust our instincts and believe in ourselves.

WATCH: The What Would You Do? Season Preview.

Learn more about John Quiñones.