Joe Moglia (keynote speaker)
Joe Moglia is the head football coach of Coastal Carolina University and Chairman of the Board at TD Ameritrade. In his first season at Coastal, playing the toughest schedule in school’s history, Joe led his team to a conference championship, Division I Playoffs, was Conference Coach of the Year and a finalist for National Coach of the Year.
This season will be Joe’s 21st as a Football Coach, but it’s not a traditional 21 years. He began his career as a coach for 16 years, moved to the business world for over 20, and back to coaching in 2009. In his 1st stint as a coach he won 2 Ivy League Championships as the Defensive Coordinator at Dartmouth, led units that set defense and kicking records at Lafayette, and turned 2 high school programs around. Before coming to Coastal, he was Executive Advisor for Football at Nebraska where he received the Sharp Trophy for Leadership, as voted on by the players, was part of 2 Holiday bowls, and 2 Big 12 North Championships. In 2011 he was Head Coach of the Omaha Nighthawks in the UFL where he competed against NFL icons Marty Schottenheimer, Jim Fossil, and Denny Green.
In the business world, he was at Merrill Lynch for 17 years before becoming the CEO at TD Ameritrade in 2001. By 2008 in the midst of a global financial crisis, the firm had its 6th record year in a row, grew its market cap from $700 million to $10 billion, and shareholders enjoyed a 500% financial return. In 2008, he stepped down as CEO, became Chairman of the Board and returned to football. Moglia has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and has been honored by the National Italian American Foundation, the Columbus Citizens Foundation and the American Institute for Stuttering. He has been inducted into three Halls of Fame, is the recipient of two Honorary Doctorates and is also the only author to have written books published on both investing and football.
Winona LaDuke (plenary speaker)
Track: Society & Gender
Ms. Winona LaDuke is a Native American land rights activist, environmentalist, economist, politician, and an author. At the age of 18, LaDuke spoke to the United Nations regarding Native American concerns. After graduating from Harvard, she moved to the White Earth Ojibwe reservation in Minnesota, where she became involved in a lawsuit to recover lands promised to the Anishinaabeg people by an 1867 federal treaty and later founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project.
In 1985, LaDuke established the Indigenous Women's Network, a group devoted to empowering Native Women to participate in political, social, and cultural processes. In 1994, she was nominated by Time Magazine as one of the country's fifty most promising leaders under the age of 40. In 1998, Ms. Magazine named her Woman of the Year, and in 2007, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. In 1996 and again in 2000, she was a vice-presidential candidate, joining Ralph Nader on the Green Party ticket. A mother of three, LaDuke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues.
Eric Brown (plenary speaker)
Track: Ethics & the Environment
Eric Brown is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in Saint Louis. He specializes in the philosophy of the ancient world, especially that of Greece and Rome. In many articles and in a forthcoming book, Stoic Cosmopolitanism, he explores the ancient Stoic idea that one should live as a citizen of the world. He has also written extensively on ancient Greek views on happiness and the good life (eudemonia) and on Plato, especially the Republic.
Nikki Finney (plenary speaker)
Track: Arts & Humanities
Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina, within listening distance of the sea.
A child of activists, she came of age during the Civil Rights and Black Arts
Movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff’s Amistad
murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and
history. Finney has authored four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011);
The World Is Round (2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985).
The John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the
University of South Carolina, Finney also authored Heartwood (1997), edited
The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co-founded the
Affrilachian Poets. Finney’s fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split was
awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.