2015-2016 Speakers
Programs Begin at 7:30pm in Chrysler Hall, Norfolk.


Marcus Luttrell
Decorated Navy Seal & Best-Selling Author of Lone Survivor
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 – Start time 7:30 p.m.

Marcus Luttrell is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling book, Lone Survivor, which tells the harrowing story of four Navy SEALs who journeyed into the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan in Operation Redwing. An unparalleled motivational story of survival, the book is also a moving tribute to the friends and teammates who did not make it off the mountain.

In January 2014, Luttrell's amazing story made the leap to the big screen with the blockbuster film, Lone Survivor, directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell. The film, like the book, is an incredible account of teamwork, fortitude and modern warfare. Leading Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell joined the U.S. Navy in 1999 and became a combat-trained SEAL in 2002. After serving in Iraq for two years, he was deployed to Afghanistan in the spring of 2005.

As a SEAL, Luttrell was trained in weapons, demolition, and unarmed combat. He also served as platoon medic. After recuperating from the near-fatal injuries of Operation Redwing, he redeployed to Iraq for a second tour and retired in 2007, earning the Navy Cross for combat heroism by President George W. Bush. Many of these experiences are highlighted in his follow up bestselling book, Service. In it, Luttrell turns his focus from his own experiences as a combat-trained Navy SEAL to the nature of service on America's battlefields and the soldiers who give their lives to defend their nation and each other.


Ambassador Nancy Brinker
Founder of Susan G. Komen
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – Start time 7:30 p.m.

Nancy Brinker is regarded as the leader of the global breast cancer movement. It began with a simple promise to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything possible to end the shame, pain, fear and hopelessness caused by the disease. Brinker practically created a multi-billion dollar organization from her living room. To date, the organization has invested more than $2.2 billion in breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment in more than 30 countries worldwide. She is a New York Times best-selling author of Promise Me and she was honored as one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.” Her story of vision, passion and determination makes her one of the most in-demand thought leaders today.

Nancy stepped away from Susan G. Komen for a short period to serve as United States Ambassador to Hungary from 2001 to 2003 and as President George W. Bush’s White House Chief of Protocol from 2007 to 2009. Drawing on her experiences as Ambassador of Hungary, building a billion dollar organization, and serving every President since Ronald Reagan, Nancy Brinker covers business and leadership, changing healthcare, lifestyle, and motivation & inspiration.

cooperAnderson Cooper
Anchor of CNN’s, Anderson Cooper 360°
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – Start time 7:30 p.m.

Anderson Cooper is the anchor of CNN’s, Anderson Cooper 360°, a nightly newscast that goes beyond the headlines – keeping politicians and policy makers honest with in-depth reporting and investigations.

Since the start of his career in 1992, Cooper has covered nearly all-major news events around the world, often reporting from the scene. Most recently, he has extensively covered the conflicts in Syria and Egypt, the NSA surveillance programs, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Sandy Hook shootings. Cooper has also played a pivotal role in CNN’s political and election coverage and has anchored from conventions and moderated several presidential debates. In October 2012 Cooper moderated CNN’s Republican debate from Las Vegas.

In addition to his shows on CNN, Cooper is also a regular correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes. At CNN and 60 Minutes, Cooper has won numerous major journalism awards. Cooper helped lead CNN's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami. Additionally, he has been awarded 8 Emmy Awards, including two for his coverage of the earthquake in Haiti, and an Edward R Murrow award.

Dispatches from The Edge, Cooper’s memoirs about covering wars and disasters, topped the New York Times' bestseller list and other bestseller charts. Before joining CNN, Cooper was an ABC News correspondent and host of the network's reality program The Mole. Cooper anchored ABC's off-beat overnight newscast World News Now, and was a correspondent for World News Tonight as well as 20/20. Cooper joined ABC from Channel One News, where he served as chief international correspondent. During that time, he reported and produced stories, often on his own, from conflicts in Bosnia, Cambodia, Haiti, Israel, Myanmar, Russia, Rwanda, Somalia, and South Africa. Channel One News was a school television network seen daily in more than 12,000 classrooms nationwide.

Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He also studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi. Cooper is based in New York City.


coachkMike Krzyzewski
Head Duke University Basketball Coach
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – Start time 7:30 p.m.

Passionate, dynamic, inspiring and coach of Duke University men's basketball team, Mike Krzyzewski (known by fans as Coach K) is a master motivator-not only of teams, but of individuals and organizations, spurring them on to succeed beyond even their own expectations. The NCAA Division 1 men's all-time leader for wins, Coach K has compiled an incredible record of success with more than1000 wins, 30 NCAA tournament appearances, 12 Final Fours (tied for second most in NCAA history) and five National Championships, most recently in 2015, in over 37 seasons as a head coach. In 2008 and in 2012, Coach K led the U.S. men's basketball team to Olympic gold medals, becoming the first coach since Henry Iba (1964 & 1968) to accomplish that feat. Krzyzewski amassed a 62-1 record as head coach of Team USA, including a 50-game win streak to close his tenure. A member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame, Coach K shows audiences how they, too, can compile winning numbers in both their professional and personal lives.

Coach K maps out a clear game plan for achieving success—motivating, leading and providing powerful strategies for building confidence, trust, communication and teamwork. Like any good coach, he scouts your organization to discover how to best inspire and renew your people. Coach K is the author of numerous New York Times best-sellers including Beyond Basketball: Coach K's Keywords for Success. His most recent book is The Gold Standard: Building a World-Class Team. A 12-time National Coach of the Year, in 2011 Sports Illustrated named Krzyzewski its "Sportsman of the Year".


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