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.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Selma in the Spotlight: APB Leaders Consider the Past and Future of Civil Rights

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma opens wide in theaters on January 9th. Seen as an Oscar frontrunner, the film tells the story of how King led the historic Selma-to-Montgomery marches, which eventually prompted President Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The riots of Ferguson, MO — as well as the resulting demonstrations in cities across the U.S. — lend an unfortunate resonance to Dr. King’s peaceful protests. For over 50 years, APB has led the market in Civil Rights programming. The foremost speakers on the topic — including children of those who played integral parts in the battle for Civil Rights — have partnered with APB to educate and enlighten on the topic.

Donzaleigh Abernathy is an actress, author and the daughter of Juanita Jones and Reverend Dr. Ralph David Abernathy. Along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Abernathy’s parents constructed the nonviolent Civil Rights Movement, which forever altered America. Her inside knowledge of Civil Rights leaders, the Selma marches and the decisions that shaped modern American society make her a influential voice in discussions on race.

Peggy Wallace Kennedy is the daughter of George C. Wallace, the staunchly segregationist governor of Alabama. She watched as her father became known as one of America's most ardent opponents of the 1960s when he stopped African American students from entering the University of Alabama. Kennedy lived in the Alabama governor's mansion as a teenager, where she witnessed the Civil Rights Movement from a truly unique perspective. Proud to be the polar opposite of her father, she endorsed Barack Obama in his run for the presidency, and she often writes and speaks on justice and equality.

Bernice King is the youngest daughter of Coretta Scott King and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential figures in American history. She was just five years old when her father was killed. As a direct relative of the core of the Civil Rights Movement, King brings an unmatched voice to APB’s roster of commanding speakers.

Alvin Poussaint is a world-renowned professor of psychiatry, author and expert on racial and ethnic relations in America. His work on the psychological effects of racism has made him a frequent consultant to numerous film and television productions. An in-demand voice on racial issues, Poussaint has advised the State Department, the Department of Health and the FBI.

Juan Williams is an Emmy award-winning writer, FOX News personality and investigative journalist, formerly with NPR and The Washington Post. He is an influential chronicler of the Civil Rights Movement, having written such influential works as Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 and My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience.

Julian Bond is a former Chairman of the NAACP, the first black US vice presidential nominee, Civil Rights activist and first-hand eyewitness to many watershed moments of the Civil Rights Movement. Bond delivers powerful speeches on the centuries-long struggle of African-Americans for equality, diversity in law and civil rights moving into the future. He also delivers moving keynotes on the impact of African Americans on music, national affairs and leadership.

Learn more about APB’s African American speakers.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

APB’s Deborah Perry Piscione Releases Highly Anticipated New Business Book, The Risk Factor

Bestselling author Deborah Perry Piscione has released her groundbreaking new book, The Risk Factor: Why Every Company Needs Big Bets, Bold Characters and the Occasional Spectacular Failure. In it, the APB speaker takes a comprehensive look at the crucial, undervalued leadership behavior of risk-taking and outlines how leaders must pivot to support the act across the organization, rather than stifling it.

Quickly becoming heralded as the year's most important book on innovation and leadership, Piscione's new look at the culture of how business is being done examines what drives the iconic companies and business leaders of our time. She is currently a Principal at Vorto Consulting and specializes in elevating innovation practices, leadership cultures and talent development for forward-thinking companies. With such a background, this expert on innovation clearly outlines for audiences how organizations can reclaim market presence through taking chances and not fearing the occasional failure.

Deborah Perry Piscione fully customizes her hard-hitting, yet entertaining presentations to focus on the areas of risk that are most important to the audience’s needs. She helps any industry perceive risk in an original way in order to create an environment that supports genius, rather than the generic.

Learn more about Deborah Perry Piscione.

Monday, December 15, 2014

APB’s Jeffrey Tambor Receives Golden Globe Nod for New Hit Series, Transparent

APB speaker Jeffrey Tambor received a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a TV comedy for his starring role as “Maura Pfefferman” in Amazon Prime's first breakout series, Transparent!

The groundbreaking series also received a nomination for best TV comedy and several nominations from the Writers Guild of America. Upon reflecting on his big nomination with Entertainment Tonight, the Arrested Development alum said that the biggest lesson he has learned about the transgender community is that “lives are at stake.” Tambor hopes that with this recognition putting the show on the map, the conversation surrounding equal rights for all people will move forward.

Interviewed by numerous media outlets such as The Colbert Show, LIVE with Kelly & Michael, Late Night with Seth Meyers and more, Tambor is spreading awareness about the trans community and advocates for others to “perform your life” by discovering their true potential within. In his empowering and customized presentations, he incorporates themes of creativity and self-awareness to help audiences reconnect with their hopes and dreams.

Learn more about Jeffrey Tambor.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

American Program Bureau Adds Kailash Satyarthi, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner & Children's Rights Activist, to Its Roster!

Among his many accomplishments, Kailash Satyarthi has rescued over 80,000 children from child labor and trafficking with his Save the Childhood Movement. Influenced by Mahatma Gandhi, Satyarthi has worked tirelessly for decades to put an end to child slavery, poverty and illiteracy. Along the way, he founded the Global March Against Child Labor, which gained traction across 103 countries and support from approximately 7.2 million people.

American Program Bureau is thrilled to add renowned 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Indian children's rights activist Satyarthi to its outstanding roster of speakers. Satyarthi lectures on hot button issues such as corporate collusion in child labor and children's rights to requisite, free education.

However dire these issues are, Satyarthi offers concrete solutions to solve these injustices in his riveting presentations. Be the first to book Satyarthi for your keynote or conference today, and make a striking impression on your audience tomorrow.

Contact APB to learn how your organization can benefit from this dynamic, new and inspiring speaker.