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JEAN E. PERRY

Drawn to the field of communications following her experiences in her high school debate classes, Jean E. Perry joined the University of Southern California, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication in 1974 and a Master of Arts in speech communication in 1975, also minoring in business and English. She began her career as an adjunct instructor in speech communication with Glendale Community College in 1975 and rose to the rank of full professor by 1991. During this time, Ms. Perry also contributed her skills to Rockwell Automation, Inc. as a public relations specialist and communication consultant and to Security Pacific National Bank as a communication consultant. In 1999, Ms. Perry was appointed as division chair of language

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Phyllis Qualls

PHYLLIS QUALLS

Hailing from a family of educators, Phyllis Qualls, EdD, completed a bachelor’s degree in theater before becoming involved in the field of public relations. She began her career with WJTV-12 and WLBT-3 in a variety of roles, including reporter, anchor, voice-over talent and director of programs. From there, she served as the director of public relations for Tougaloo College before holding the same position with Tennessee State University from 1991 to 2004. She then joined the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, where she was active as the assistant commissioner from 2004 to 2011. During this time, she furthered her studies and earned a Doctor of Education in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University in 2006. Dr. Qualls subsequently moved on

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Sheba Shibahara

SHEBA MICHIYO SHIBAHARA

First earning a bachelor’s degree from Musashi University in Tokyo in 1980, Sheba Michiyo Shibahara is an accomplished journalist, philanthropist and consultant. She began her career as a reporter for a government newspaper and also worked in copywriting and advertising before coming to the United States from Japan in 1988. In 1990, she achieved the position of director of the Japanese Cultural Exchange, a New York-based nonprofit organization, and became one of the first people to talk about Japanese culture on television. She has also been very active with the United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations and notably created the Japan Day Festival in honor of the 30th anniversary of the New York City-Tokyo sister city partnership and helped to

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CAROLYN H. GIOLITO

Since 2008, Carolyn H. Giolito has been the president and chief executive officer of Capital-International Communications, a Washington, D.C.-based firm specializing in strategic development and federal government liaisons. Building on more than 30 years of experience working with the federal government, Ms. Giolito uses her expertise to connect private-sector clients with state and local officials to facilitate large-scale projects. She holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and biology from the University of Montevallo and served the United States Army between 1951 and 1953 before joining Procter & Gamble as a histochemical technician conducting animal experiments. A lifelong animal lover, Ms. Giolito detested having to perform animal testing, and jumped at the opportunity to enter public service after Alabama congressman

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JEANNETTE L. RINCON

Lt. Jeannette L. Rincon has earned distinction as a Communications Command Operations Department head and lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard. Eminently qualified in her field, she is also a contracting officer and project manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Having scored highly on her test to join the Coast Guard, Lt. Rincon initially enlisted at the age of 17 and served within the armed forces for more than a decade, during which she received an Associate of Arts in technology with specialization in electromechanical instrumentation from Excelsior College. While coming of age, Lt. Rincon drew a wealth of inspiration from her mother, who worked hard as a single mother of two children. Though her school did not

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Tiffany Parker

TIFFANY L. PARKER

Having accrued nearly 20 years of creative and professional excellence, Tiffany L. Parker has garnered a laudable reputation as an entrepreneur, designer and media communications expert. A graduate of Howard University, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1999 and subsequently earned a Master of Public Administration in media policy from Columbia University in 2001. Ms. Parker attributes her success to her entrepreneurial nature, innate work ethic, and market experience in networking and building relationships across industries. She also had the opportunity to make great relationships with very successful and prominent people. Prior to opening Parker Interiors in 2009, Ms. Parker enjoyed a decade long career in foreign services and marketing. From 2001 until 2004, she distinguished

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Rhoda Kayakjuak

RHODA KAYAKJUAK

Rhoda Kayakjuak is one of Canada’s most prominent Inuktitut interpreters and translators, and has earned distinction as an ambassador for Canadian Aboriginal culture. Growing up facing the tension of navigating both a traditional and a colonized lifestyle, she found that her language skills were a bridge between the two and a vessel to share her culture. In 1984, Ms. Kayakjuak completed coursework at Thebacha Campus, NWT, and has pursued additional study in translation and localization through Lionbridge. In 1990, Ms. Kayakjuak was welcomed to the Canadian government’s Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, where she served as a communications officer and public engagement team leader until 1994. Between 1995 and 1999, she worked directly with the Nunavut Planning Commission as an

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Vera Matty

VERA A. MATTY

A born humanitarian, Dr. Vera A. Matty is currently self-employed, devoting her time and attention to writing a book about creating happier lives, which she plans to publish in the near future. Previously, she worked as an advocacy and communications officer for the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process for two years. Even though her career has been filled with highlights, her most notable achievement was speaking before the United Nations regarding the attacks on September 11, 2001. Additionally, Dr. Matty has studied nine languages throughout her life. Before her tenure with the United Nations, Dr. Matty gained valuable expertise in the field as the assistant to the president of the New York Unemployment

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Anna Jihyun You

ANNA JIHYUN YOU

An acclaimed media journalist, announcer, New York correspondent and anchorwoman in the United States and the Republic of Korea, Anna J. You, PhD, has excelled with several media networks, including the Seoul Broadcasting System, the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, the Educational Broadcasting System, SBS CNBC and the CNBC Global Network. Additionally, she served as a spokesperson and press secretary for numerous international sporting events such as the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, the 2015 Gyungbuk Munkyung World Military Games, the 2015 Gwangju Universiade, the Sixth CISM World Games, the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the 2019 Chungju World Martial Arts Masterships. Today, Dr. You channels her vast expertise into her work as a communications expert and media journalist with the YOU Creative

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Evelyn Torres-Gomez

EVELYN TORRES-GOMEZ

Although thought leaders are not born overnight, some business leaders like Evelyn Torres-Gomez are born with fine wit, a love of innovation and technology, and, of course, an insatiable curiosity that leads to disruptive greatness. She is adept at understanding problems and coming up with creative solutions. She wanted to be able to do something in her career that would disrupt the telecom marketplace and create change. She has always been attracted to technology. Since 2010, Ms. Torres-Gomez has been the chief executive officer of Solaris Technologies Services, LLC, a Texas-based mobile tower manufacturer. The company is a premier partner of Garrett Metal Detectors and with solid ties to big organizations such as T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, the U.S. Army, Lockheed

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