Laura J. Lederer, President & Founder Global Centurion
Laura J. Lederer founded and directed The Protection Project at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997. From 2001 to 2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons to Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Paula J. Dobriansky, and then Senior Director of Global Projects in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State.
From 2001 to 2009, she was also the Executive Director of the Senior Policy Operating Group on Trafficking in Persons, a high-level policy group that staffed the President’s cabinet-level Inter-agency Task Force on Trafficking in Persons. In 2010, Ms. Lederer founded Global Centurion, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating modern slavery by focusing on the demand side of the problem – the perpetrators, exploiters, buyers, and end-users of human beings, seeking to prevent modern slavery at its source.
Under her leadership, Global Centurion has developed significant demand-focused research and programs, including sector specific trainings for the U.S. Department of Defense; designed and conducted innovative research on the health consequences of human trafficking and on the link between organized crime and human trafficking; provided cutting-edge education, awareness and advocacy training to communities, civic leaders, NGOs, law enforcement and at-risk populations; and established partnerships and collaborative networks to respond to modern slavery.
Yvonne Williams is the Co-founder and President of Network for Cultural Change
Yvonne Williams is the Co-founder and President of Network for Cultural Change a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. Yvonne is also a professional artist and writer. She has written and had articles published in numerous publications and is an author and screenwriter. Some book titles include: Slaves of a Different Kind: Unshackling Our Soul to Heal America; Proponents of Peace; My Father’s Garden – A Tribute to Step-Fathers; My Daily Garden Journal; There’s a Flower in the Garbage; My Daily Garden Journal; Getting to Know God Through the Power of Prayer; And the Angels Danced; and A Dance For Bethany which is also a 4-time award winning Feature Film about a 12-year-old runaway rescued out of a life of sex slavery and into her dream of becoming a dancer. This is the story that changed her life. Since learning in 2004 of the sex trafficking problem that plagues not only America but the entire globe, Yvonne and Marion have worked to educate people and make them aware of the tragedy. The story of A Dance For Bethany proves one person really can make a difference and is now seen in the Czech-Republic, Middle East, and South Africa where it was launched to combat sex trafficking in South Africa.
Boz Tchividjian GRACE Founder and Professor of Law, Virginia
Professor Boz Tchividjian is a former child abuse prosecutor who currently teaches Child Abuse and the Law and several other courses at Liberty University School of Law. As a prosecutor for over eight years, Professor Tchividjian created the first “Crimes Against Children” division at the Office of the State Attorney in the 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida. As division chief, Professor Tchividjian was personally responsible for prosecuting hundreds of cases of child sexual abuse. He has spent over 17 years using what he learned as a prosecutor to train and equip prosecutors, investigators, social workers, and medical personnel in handling various aspects of child sexual abuse prosecutions.
As the founder and executive director of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment – www.netgrace.org). GRACE is an organization that educates and equips faith communities to correctly respond to sexual abuse disclosures, while also providing practical guidance on how to protect children and serve survivors. GRACE provides confidential consultations to churches, schools, & other organizations that are struggling to understand abuse related issues. GRACE also assists institutions and abuse survivors by providing independent investigation services.
Professor Tchividjian is an expert on issues related to child abuse and child protection. He used to write a column for Religion News Service entitled, “Rhymes with Religion” that focused on the intersection of abuse and faith communities. His column can be found at www.netgrace.org. Professor Tchividjian is also the author of a Mini Book entitled, Protecting Children from Abuse at Church: Steps to Prevent and Respond (2013 New Growth Press).
Professor Tchividjian has also authored numerous law journal articles related to the issue of child sexual abuse. His most recent article entitled, Catching American Sex Offenders Overseas: A Proposal for a Federal Mandated Reporting Law, was published in the 2015 spring edition of the UMKC Law Review.
Professor Tchividjian is the 3rd eldest grandchild of Reverend Billy Graham and is the co-author of a recently published a book entitled, Thank You, Billy (2014 Barbour Publishing).
Michael E. Reagan
Michael is the son of former President Ronald Reagan and Academy Award winning actress, Jane Wyman. He authored many successful books, including his best-selling autobiography, “On the Outside Looking In,” and “The Common Sense of An Uncommon Man: The Wit, Wisdom and Eternal Optimism of Ronald Reagan.” His book “Twice Adopted” is based on his personal story while his latest book “The New Reagan Revolution” reveals new insights into the life, thoughts, and actions of the man who changed the world during the 1980s.He is a popular national speaker on issues related to conservative politics, adoption, and the life lessons he learned from his parents. Michael hosted a live radio show for over 26 years, which was the first nationally syndicated long form political talk show presented by Premiere Radio Networks. Michael is also the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group, LLC. All of his activities are brought together at www.Reagan.com.Throughout his career, Michael has taken time to support numerous charitable organizations. In addition to his role as president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation, he serves on the board of The John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation, and is a board member and the national spokesperson for My Stuff Bags Foundation. This unique program addresses some of the immediate physical and emotional needs of children rescued from abuse and neglect. In 2005, he established the Michael Reagan Center for Advocacy and Research in partnership with Arrow Child and Family Ministries. The center operates from a Christian worldview and conducts research in order to effectively advocate for public policies that benefit the safety, stability and well-being of children and families, particularly those served by public and private child welfare systems. Michael has raised millions of dollars for many other notable charities including United States Olympic Team, Cystic Fibrosis, Juvenile Diabetes Foundations, the Statue of Liberty Restoration Fund, the Santa Barbara and San Diego Navy Leagues, and the San Diego Armed Services YMCA.Michael was honored by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation as the first Templeton Leadership Fellow for 2009-2010. The Atlas Economic Research Foundation serves as a catalyst and connector to link free-market organizations and individuals to the ideas, people and resources they need to promote a free society. Since 1981, Atlas has been instrumental in creating and nurturing an international network of free-market public policy institutes; free market university-based academic centers and a cadre of individuals committed to achieving a free society.Michael has been married to his wife Colleen since 1975, and they have two grown children. A son Cameron, born in 1978, and a daughter Ashley, born in 1983, while her grandfather was in the White House.