Southeast Missouri State University is proud to present the University Speakers Series featuring men and women from the forefront of their respected fields. These leaders in political and social issues will offer their compelling stories to the campus community at Southeast, inspiring visionary ideas for tomorrow's leaders.
Jillian Michaels is one of the leading health and wellness experts in the country. She motivates millions in every form of media from TV to publishing to the 1.6 million monthly visitors to her website and daily email newsletter. As a motivator and role model, Michaels has a unique connection with the audience that stems from her personal journey toward wellness.
Blake Mycoskie is the founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, the person behind the idea of One for One, which has turned into a global movement. TOMS has given more than 10 million pairs of new shoes to children in need since it began in 2006 and recently expanded its business model to include TOMS Eyewear, helping to give sight to more than 150,000 people around the world.
In a distinguished and heralded career, Clarence Jones has served as political advisor, counsel, and draft speechwriter for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He also became the first African-American partner in a Wall Street investment banking firm, been twice recognized as Fortune’s Business Man of the Month, and he has founded successful financial, corporate, and media-related ventures.
Each week, more than 2.2 million listeners tune in to “The Diane Rehm Show,” one of public broadcasting’s most popular programs. Locally, Rehm can be heard weekday mornings on 90.9 KRCU. The show was named in the Top 10 list of most powerful programs in public radio in 2007 and 2008. In 2010, Rehm won a Peabody Award, considered among the most prestigious prizes in electronic media.