Prior Banquets


Dr. Walter Massey

Walter E. Massey is an American educator, physicist, and executive. Massey's career had him serve for over 10 years as president of Morehouse College. He is also a former head of the National Science Foundation, managing director of Argonne National Laboratory, and chairman of Bank of America. He has served in professorial and administrative posts at the University of California, University of Chicago, Brown University, and the University of Illinois.



Anthony Hebron

Anthony Hebron joined Battelle January 15, 2007, as Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations. An elected officer of Battelle, he manages the community affairs, communications and government relations functions for Battelle. Battelle is the world’s largest independent research and development organization in more than 120 locations worldwide, including managing the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for the U.S. Department of Energy.


William D. Magwood

William D. Magwood, IV is a former Director of Nuclear Energy with the U.S. Department of Energy. He currently, is the President of Secure Energy North America Corporation (SENA), in Washington D.C. Mr. Magwood is working with industry and investors to develop novel approaches to finance new nuclear power stations in the United States. Mr. Magwood was the longest-serving head of the U.S Government’s civilian Nuclear Technology Program.


Dr. Debi Thomas

Dr. Debi Thomas is an American former figure skater and physician. She is the 1986 World champion, the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist, and a two-time U.S. national champion. Thomas studied at Stanford University during her competitive career until her move to Boulder, Colorado, and resumed her studies by 1989. She graduated from Stanford in 1991 and the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 1997.


Dr. Warren F. "Pete" Miller

Dr. Miller was nominated by President Barack Obama as the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy in June of 2009, and confirmed by the Senate in August. As Assistant Secretary, Dr. Miller is responsible for all programs and activities of the Office of Nuclear Energy. Dr. Miller was a Research Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Associate Director of the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute at Texas A&M University.


Bruce W. Smith

Bruce W. Smith grew up in Los Angeles, California. Considered one of the leading talents among a new generation of animators. He has broadened the array of multicultural cartoon characters seen on television and in films. Through his Jambalaya Studio, he has created programs for children and families that focus on authentic depictions of life among racially and ethnically diverse communities.


Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

Dr. Hrabowski is an educator, advocate, and mathematician. He is the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and has transformed the school into a research institution recognized as one of the most innovative in the country. He continues to build a campus that is first-rate in research and instruction. Under his leadership, UMBC has been ranked the #1 Up and Coming University for six consecutive years. Click here for the video.



Dr. Lucretia Murphy

Lucretia Murphy's inspirational message draws on her lengthy experience of working with youth at risk, educational programing and policy experience, and administrative work in schools across all age ranges of youth. She holds a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Michigan as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics from Georgetown University. Click here for the video.


The Honorable Cherie Buckner-Webb

Cherie Buckner-Webb is a Democratic politician from Boise, Idaho. In 2010 Buckner-Webb was elected to a single term in the Idaho House of Representatives representing the north Boise-based District 19. In 2012 Buckner-Webb won the district's Idaho Senate seat. She was Idaho's first elected African-American state legislator, and its first African-American woman legislator. Click here for the video.



Jim Lucas

Jim Lucas has received critical acclaim for his stirring and dramatic recitations depicting the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Former President Bill Clinton has said, “The most authentic and exhilarating King I have ever seen.” He also has many movie and television credits, including appearances in Head of State, Ladder 49, National Treasurers I and II, Something the Lord Made, The West Wing, The District, “24”, and the Wire.


Eric Love

Eric served as the first African American Student Body President at Boise State University while doing his undergraduate studies. It was here that he developed a strong sense of social justice. He has a consulting business, “LoveForce Consulting”, and is currently Director of Staff Diversity and Inclusion at University of Notre Dame. He continues to develop strategies for diversity and multicultural training programs. Click for video 1 and video 2.


Bryan Kehl

Bryan was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and attended Brigham Young University. Bryan majored in Mechanical Engineering. On the football field, Bryan was a defensive standout at BYU. He was drafted in 2008 by the New York Giants. During his NFL career, Bryan played for the New York Giants, St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Washington Redskins. Currently, he is completing a Master’s degree in Finance. Click here for the video.