Rick Warren is a Christian pastor, author and life coach who is most famous for writing the book “The Purpose Driven Life,” a New York Times bestseller, selling more than thirty million copies worldwide and said to have impacted the lives of millions of people. Aside from this, Rick is the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in California, which is currently ranked among the top ten largest Christian churches in the United States.
Mario Vargas Llosa is a writer, essayist, journalist, novelist and former politician who is most well-known for winning the Nobel Peace Prize and being one of the most significant novelists and essayists of America. As one of the most respected and leading writers from the time of his generation up to now, Mario has had so much international impact that many consider him to have had the most influence in his writings worldwide than any other writer that came out of the Latin American Boom, an event wherein literature and poetry rose in the Latin Americas and writers from that region became known worldwide.
Peter Sheahan is a successful author, speaker, thought leader, and entrepreneur. He introduced unorthodox business approaches and led business people to think outside of the box. He painstakingly tells people about his liberating business methods through his books—he’s written six and two of them became bestsellers—and ChangeLabs, the company he founded when he was 19. In total, Peter has spoken to 300,000 people in 2,000 speaking engagements. IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Harley Davidson, and Coca-Cola are just some of his elite clients. He’s one of the most sough-after consultants and he’s only in his early 30s.
Jessica Cox is truly an extraordinary woman—she is the first ever person without arms to become a certified pilot. A truly gifted person, Jessica has held several records for being the first person or among the first people to have accomplished feats that many thought only those with complete body parts could accomplish such as becoming the first armless black belt—in both male and female categories—in the American Taekwondo Association, and obtaining another black belt in the International Taekwondo Federation. Jessica is also a certified SCUBA diver.
Known as the greatest evangelist of the twentieth century, William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr. has become a tremendous inspiration to the millions of lives that were changed through his preaching of the Gospel. Through the crusades that he has conducted all throughout his life, Billy Graham has reached out to over 2.2 billion people, with over 3.2 million people accepting Jesus Christ as their personal savior—more than any other preacher during his time.
Master Cheng Yen is a Buddhist nun, most known for her work as a teacher and philanthropist. She is the founder of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, a non-governmental organization that is currently covering most parts of Asia, and is involved in various charitable works such as international disaster relief, environmental protection and preservation, community volunteering, and health donations.
Jack Canfield is well-known all over the world for his book series, “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” and is affectionately known as America’s number one success coach. He is a popular motivational speaker and is oftentimes called upon to do speeches in numerous locations in the United States. He is also the founder of the Transformational Leadership Council, a group of various coaches and trainers in the area of personal and professional development, which since its inception has grown to over 130 members.
Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s greatest contemporary artists, having created numerous artworks that have been exhibited in various museums and art galleries around the world. He is also an artist who specializes in different artworks, such as sculpture, installation, architecture, photography, and film. As a testament to his skill in making art, Weiwei was the person who was commissioned along with Herzog and de Meuron to design the Beijing National Stadium, which was used for the 2008 Olympic Games.
David Suzuki is considered a world leader in sustainable ecology because of his actions in taking care of nature and its wildlife. Through his radio and television programs, as well as his organization, the “David Suzuki Foundation,” David has greatly helped in influencing many to do their part in making the world a better place to live in. David’s many speaking engagements has caused him to become one of the world’s most popular geneticists, and has garnered numerous supporters due to his charismatic appeal and passion for the environment.
Catherine Ryan Hyde is an award-winning novelist who authored 18 books that include “Don't Let Me Go,” “Jumpstart the World,” “Second Hand Heart,” and “When I Found You.” She is most known for her bestselling novel “Pay It Forward,” which has been translated into more than 20 different languages and sold across over 30 countries, receiving the ALA (American Library Association) Award from the Best Books for Young Adults in addition to her novel being adapted into a major Hollywood motion picture starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment, aptly entitled “Pay It Forward.”