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Earvin Magic Johnson Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises

Earvin "Magic" Johnson

Chairman and CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE)

Earvin “Magic” Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills from the basketball court into boardroom as Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). In 2012, Johnson made history when he became co-owner of MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers. He also co-owns WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and MLS’s Los Angeles Football Club. He continues to expand his influence through businesses including: EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, ASPiRE television network and SodexoMAGIC. Through a newly formed fund, Johnson is investing millions of dollars on infrastructure improvement in the United States. He is also one of the leading investors in a number of minority-owned tech companies that include Uncharted Power, ShotTracker, Jopwell, Walker & Co Brands, and MiTú.
Robert Herjavec Entrepreneur, Leading Shark on ABC's Shark Tank

Robert Herjavec

Entrepreneur, Leading Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank

Robert Herjavec is a dynamic entrepreneur and leading Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank. Born in Eastern Europe, he arrived in North America on a boat with his parents after escaping communism in the former Yugoslavia. From delivering newspapers, and waiting tables, to launching a computer company from his basement, his drive to achieve has led him to the fulfillment of a better life for himself and his family. In 2003, Robert founded Herjavec Group, and it quickly became one of North America’s fastest growing technology companies. Today, Herjavec Group is recognized as a global cybersecurity operations leader specializing in managed security services, compliance and incident response for enterprise level organizations. Robert’s motivational business advice has received millions of impressions through TV, print, radio and digital media. He shares his expertise with other entrepreneurs each week as a leading Shark on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit show Shark Tank.
Cathy Burns CEO, Produce Marketing Association

Cathy Burns

CEO, Produce Marketing Association

She started as a part-time service clerk. She’s since been named a Top Woman in Grocery by Progressive Grocer, a Supermarket News’ Power 50, Mass Market Retailer’s Most Influential Women in Mass Market Retailing and The Packer’s Produce Marketer of the Year. Cathy works tirelessly to help PMA members more effectively engage with each other and consumers. Prior to PMA, Cathy was the president of Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s, and remains an active board member for a variety of nonprofits in children’s health, the food industry and female leadership development. Cathy enjoys cycling, surfing and photographic adventures with her husband and daughters.

Queen Latifah Actress, Musician, Producer, Entrepreneur and Author

Queen Latifah

Actress, Musician, Producer, Entrepreneur and Author

Center For Growing Talent Women’s Fresh Perspective Speaker

Queen Latifah is a critically acclaimed television and film actress, musician, producer, entrepreneur, and author. Her acting accolades include: an Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award nomination for her portrayal as Mama Morton in Miramax’s Chicago; an Emmy nomination, Golden Globe win and a SAG Award win for her role in Life Support; an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nomination; a SAG Award win for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role in Bessie, an HBO biopic, and a NAACP Image Award win for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special  for her role in Flint, a Lifetime original. Latifah has not just been recognized for acting: she has earned seven total Grammy nominations including a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1994. She was most recently cast as Ursula in ABC’s upcoming live TV musical of “The Little Mermaid.”  She has starred in over 40 feature films, has executive produced over 60 titles, and was the first hip hop artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has been a CoverGirl for nearly 15 years, performed for the President, and hosted the Nobel Peace Prize concert. Latifah has run her own makeup line for over 10 years, launched 3 successful fragrances, and authored 2 books. Latifah also owns and operates Flavor Unit Entertainment, a production company, with her business partner Shakim Compere.

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Crystal Mayfield

Crystal Mayfield

Director of Education

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