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NCGE - Confirmed Speakers

Irshad Manji
Irshad Manji

Founder and Director of The Moral Courage Project

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In Arabic, Irshad means "guidance." Irshad Manji's mission: to guide people about Muslim reform and moral courage. Internationally acclaimed author of The Trouble with Islam Today, award winning documentary film producer of Faith Without Fear.

The paperback launch of her book Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom will coincide with The National Conference on Girls' Education.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is a New York Democrat. She is running a grassroots campaign to fix the economy and improve life for the middle class and working families across New York. Kirsten was first sworn in to the U.S. Senate in January 2009 and was elected in November 2010 with more than 63 percent of the vote to fill Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s seat. In 2012, Kirsten will run once again, this time for a six year term to serve as New York’s US Senator.

Rachel Simmons
Rachel Simmons

Girls Leadership Institute, Co-Founder

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Author of The New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and The Curse of the Good Girl:  Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence.

JoAnn Deak
JoAnn Deak

Founder of the DEAK Group

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Educator and psychologist, author of How Girls Thrive, Girls Will be Girls, and Your Fantastic Elastic Brain.

Rosemary Salomone
Rosemary Salomone

Kenneth Wang Professor of Constitutional Law, St. John’s University Law School

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National expert and author of Same, Different, Equal:  Rethinking Single Sex Schooling.

Cornelia Brunner
Cornelia Brunner

Center for Children and Technology, Deputy Director

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Senior Research Scientist on technology, gender, and learning.

Linda Sax
Linda Sax

Head, Higher Education and Organizational Change Department

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Associate professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA and author of The Gender Gap in College: Maximizing the Development Potential of Women and Men.

Josh Aronson
Josh Aronson

Associate Professor of Applied Psychology, New York University

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Renowned expert in the field of stereotype threat. Author: The Threat of Stereotype. Educational Leadership. (Received the Award of Distinction for one of the best education publications of 2004 by the Association of Education Publishers.

Gayatri Devi
Gayatri Devi

President, The National Council on Women's Health

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Director, New York Memory and Healthy Aging Services. Author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Alzheimer's Disease.

Sally Helgesen
Sally Helgesen

Author

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Author, The Female Vision: Women's Real Power at Work, The Female Advantage, The Web of Inclusion, Thriving in 24/7

Holly Gordon
Holly Gordon

Executive Director, 10×10: Educate Girls, Change the World

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10×10: Educate Girls, Change the World, a game-changing global campaign to raise awareness and catalyze action in support of educating girls. 10×10 is bringing together corporations, philanthropists, NGOs and policy leaders in a unified call for girls’ education and empowerment.

Anne van Zyl
Anne van Zyl

Head of the Academy, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls

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With 22 years of experience as the Head of four different schools, Anne has successfully managed girls’, co-ed boarding and day schools, as well as traditional schools in both urban and rural settings. Anne believes that OWLAG is a unique educational model that is contributing to nation-building in South Africa and could be used in other developing countries

Jess Weiner
Jess Weiner

Author

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Author of two best-selling books, "A Very Hungry Girl" and "Life Doesn’t Begin 5 Pounds From Now." Jess serves as Dove’s Global Ambassador for Self-Esteem. In 2003, she launched Talk to Jess, LLC, a consulting company that specializes in creating authentic and empowering content for women and girls.

Tyra Mariani
Tyra Mariani

U.S. Department of Education Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Strategy

Mariani advises offices throughout the Department on proposed, new, or revised policies, regulations, or legislation, spanning early childhood through adult education. She also manages large scale projects, special assignments, and provides counsel to the Secretary and the Chief of Staff that further the Secretary’s and the Administration’s goals. Tyra is also a graduate of Ursuline Academy in New Orleans -the oldest girls’ school in the country!