Past Speakers

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

Hilary Corna

Travel Inspirational Business

Fresh out of college, Hilary bought a one way ticket to Singapore and gave herself two months and $2000 to find a job. Eventually, she did and became an executive at Toyota. She wrote a book about her experiences, which is currently in the process of becoming a screenplay.

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Kim Barker

Politics Author Travel

Kim was the South Asia Bureau Chief for the Chicago Tribune in the early 2000s. She shared about her experience with the “forgotten war” of Afghanistan. Her book about her time abroad (titled The Taliban Shuffle) was recently adapted into a film (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot) produced by and starring T...

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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...

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