General Session Speakers

  • John Legend

    John Legend

    General Session 1

    Grammy Award-Winning Muscian

    John Legend got his first break while working toward a degree in English and African-American literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He was introduced to Lauryn Hill, who hired him to play piano on her track “Everything Is Everything,” and soon began playing shows around Philadelphia before expanding to New York, Boston, Atlanta and Washington D.C. After college, he met then up-and-coming... Read more

  • Ebonee Carpenter

    Ebonee Carpenter

    General Session 2

    International President

    Ebonee Carpenter, International President, is a member of the Alpha Lambda Alpha Chapter from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. She is a past president of the chapter and is currently serving as executive vice president. She is also a former member of the Florida Regional Executive Team. Carpenter was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. Her parents were members of the United... Read more

  • Dr. Michio Kaku

    Dr. Michio Kaku

    General Session 3

    Theoretical Physicist, Author

    Dr. Michio Kaku is an internationally recognized authority in two areas of the science world today. The first is Einstein’s unified field theory, which Dr. Kaku is attempting to complete. The other is predicting trends affecting business, commerce and finance based on the latest research in science. Dr. Kaku graduated summa cum laude and first in his physics class at Harvard University... Read more

  • Malcolm Gladwell

    Malcolm Gladwell

    Joint General Session

    Author

    Malcolm Gladwell searches for the counterintuitive in what we all take to be the mundane: cookies, sneakers, pasta sauce. A New Yorker staff writer since 1996, he visits obscure laboratories and infomercial set kitchens as often as the hangouts of freelance cool-hunters -- a sort of pop-R... Read more