Past Speakers

These are some of the most memorable speakers that we've been able to bring over the years.

Sean Astin

Inspirational Actor

Sean is most famous for his roles in The Lord of the Rings, Rudy, and The Goonies, and is the creator of the Run3rd charity and is currently starting a literacy project. He spoke about several things during the night. He talked about his family and the powerful influence his parents had on him. He t...

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LeRoy Butler

Inspirational

LeRoy is credited with the creation of the Lambeau Leap in addition to being a Super Bowl champion and being inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. He spoke about being raised in extreme poverty and the obstacles he had to overcome in life. This included spending a few years of his childh...

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Alexandra Fuller

Diversity Race Africa

Alexandra spoke about the struggles of living in Africa while the war was going on for Zimbabwe’s independence. She says how she remembers hearing gunshots and being so afraid that one of her family members wouldn’t make it out alive. She says how she started becoming interested in writing even thou...

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Kal Penn

Politics Inspirational Actor

Jeffrey Tambor

Inspirational Actor

Jeffrey discussed several different inspirational topics about his career and personal life. Using comedy and his outgoing personality, he brought emotion into his topic, helping students see that their dreams can become reality. He asked for student volunteers to join him on stage, showing them how...

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Kevin Briggs

Mental Health

We knew Kevin’s story was interesting, but since he was going to be talking about such a touchy subject, we weren’t exactly sure how the student body would react to his presentation. Platform members handed out yellow ring bands, ribbons, and stickers to promote suicide awareness to get the student...

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Gayle Lemmon

Diversity Author Race Travel

Gayle’s presentation was Platform’s annual contribution to the United Conference. She spoke about her experience writing her latest book “The Dressmaker of Khair Khana,” which chronicles the successes of women entrepreneurs in the middle east. She shared her experiences as a woman, having to cover h...

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