September 20, 2013
CEO of T.D. Jakes Enterprises
T. D. Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker, and entrepreneur who serves as senior pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church located in Dallas, Texas.
Named “America’s Best Preacher” by TIME magazine, Jakes’ voice reverberates from the world’s most prominent stages. Jakes is known for extending a hand of help to the needy, heart of compassion to the hurting, and message of inspiration to the disenfranchised.
Beyond the pulpit, Jakes ranks among the 25 Most Influential African Americans, Britain's 100 Most Influential Black People, and EBONY’s Power100. He is also the recent winner of the BET Honors Award, Stellar Award, NAACP Image Award and McDonald’s prestigious 365Black Award for his humanitarian efforts. His worldwide impact spans film, television, radio, best-selling books, and conference series. Jakes made his presence felt in Hollywood with the release of five films to date, including Jumping the Broom, On the Seventh Day, and SPARKLE. Next up for Jakes is the production of Heaven is for Real.
Celebrating 31 years of marriage, Thomas Dexter and Serita Jakes are parents to five children and three grandchildren. He credits his own parents as the source of his perseverance.
October 7, 2013
Anchor & Host, FOX News Channel; Former Miss America
Gretchen Carlson joined FOX News in June 2005, and is currently the co-anchor of FOX & Friends, the No. 1 cable morning program. Beginning in September 2013, Carlson will solo anchor a daily one-hour program. She also regularly contributes to The O'Reilly Factor. Prior to joining Fox, Carlson served as co-anchor of the CBS Saturday Early Show. She began her television career in Richmond, Va., as a political reporter for WRIC-TV (ABC).
She was the recipient of the prestigious American Women in Radio and Television "Best Series" award for her series on domestic violence. She also won two National Emmy awards for her work at CBS News. In 1989, before beginning her career in television, she was the first classical violinist to be crowned Miss America.
Carlson graduated with honors from Stanford University and also studied at Oxford University in England. She is a national celebrity spokesperson for the March of Dimes and continues to be an advocate of the arts. Carlson hails from Minnesota, is married and has two small children.
November 12, 2013
Decorated Marine Corp Captain (Ret.), Energy Industry Executive, Author
Donovan Campbell is a decorated military officer and a Fortune 500 executive whose lessons about leadership and teamwork came the hard way, through three combat deployments—two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and a Bronze Star with Valor for his time in Iraq.
Campbell graduated with honors from Princeton University and Harvard Business School, and finished first in his class in the Marines’ Basic Officer Course. He was appointed a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, eventually commanding the platoon known by its radio call sign “Joker One.” He wrote about his tours of duty in The New York Times bestseller, Joker One: A Marine Platoon’s Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood.
Now Campbell lives in Texas with his wife and three daughters. In his most recent book, The Leader’s Code: Mission, Character, Service, and Getting the Job Done, he applies the principles learned in the military: a humble servant-leader mentality, a willingness to shoulder responsibility, and an understanding of personal sacrifice for the greater good to civilian life.
December 9, 2013
Congressman, Virginia's 4th Congressional District
As chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, Congressman Randy Forbes is responsible for the research, development, acquisition, and sustainment of Navy and Marine Corps programs as well as the Air Force's bomber and tanker fleets. As a result of his work on behalf of our military, in 2009, Forbes became one of only a few individuals to have been honored with the highest civilian award offered by both the United States Army and the United States Navy. In a time of broken government and stale ideas, Forbes has focused on legislative solutions that have proven to be refreshing alternative to the status quo. He has rejected Washington political rhetoric and has instead focused on solutions-based leadership to tackle issues such as economic recovery, health care, tax reform and government spending. Forbes founded and chairs the Congressional Prayer Caucus and has led this group of bipartisan Members in national efforts to protect prayer and our nation's spiritual history. He is known as a skilled orator on the Judiciary Committee and the Crime Subcommittee.
Randy has taught adult Sunday school for over 20 years. He and his wife Shirley have four children.
February 13, 2014
James H. Morgan
Chairman, President and CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Jim Morgan was named president and CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. in January 2008. He has been a member of the Krispy Kreme board of directors since 2000 and was elected its chairman in 2005. A 1969 graduate of Vanderbilt University and former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, Morgan has more than 40 years of business experience. He served as chairman and CEO of Wachovia Securities following the acquisition of Interstate/Johnson Lane, Inc. by Wachovia Corporation. He also served as chairman and CEO of Interstate/Johnson Lane, Inc. Morgan is a past member of the Securities Industry Association Board of Directors and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) regional firms committee. He is currently on the board of directors of Coca-Coca Bottling Company Consolidated. Morgan maintains a lifelong commitment to youth and education through his involvement with numerous charitable organizations. He teaches a class for young couples at his local church and has been a Sunday school teacher for the past 40 years. A devoted family man, he and his wife, Peggy, have three children and three grandchildren.