Award Winning Journalist, Documentarian, News Anchor, Producer, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
Through the power of storytelling, Soledad O’Brien brings a fresh perspective on diverse and contemporary issues to foster change in your own community or organization.
As the host and executive producer of the new true crime series Mysteries & Scandals on OXYGEN, and host of Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien a weekly political magazine show syndicated across the country on hundreds of TV stations, Soledad has established herself as one of the most recognized names in broadcasting by telling the stories behind the most important issues, people and events of the day. A champion of diversity, she gives voice to the underserved and disenfranchised through her Emmy-winning reporting and acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and Latino in America. While also the contributing editor, reporting in-depth news magazine pieces for PBS NewsHour and correspondent for HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. A prominent philanthropist, Soledad is the founder of PowHERful, a foundation that mentors and funds college tuition and expenses for young women.
With eloquence and a measured ability to make often-divisive issues such as race relations, social inequality and mass incarceration accessible to all, she moves audiences to delve deeper into the headlines that shape our lives, outlooks and daily interactions.
On stage, Soledad draws from her life and career to stimulate thoughtful conversation on the roles we each play within our communities and organizations, leaving audiences with memorable takeaways on the power of individuals and companies to make meaningful and lasting change.
Soledad O’Brien, Award Winning Journalist, Documentarian, News Anchor, Producer, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
Elizabeth D. Rockwell established the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Lecture on Ethics and Leadership in 2004 with the firm belief that the university should host important discussions about leadership and ethics.
Rockwell, who began her association with the University of Houston in 1938 as a student, continued to support UH as one of its most generous benefactors, up until her death in January 2011. A widely respected expert in retirement, estate, investment and tax planning, Rockwell gained national recognition for her work with IRA rules and regulations. She later became executive director of the Private Client Division of CIBC Oppenheimer Corp., retiring in 2001. As her career spanned decades, she never forgot her UH roots.
|February 9, 2018 — Johnny C. Taylor Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR professional society.
|October 22, 2015 — Jason Silva
Jason Silva, TV personality, filmmaker, and public speaker
|November 7, 2013 — Mae C. Jemison
Astronaut, doctor, and founder of the Jemison Group 100 Year Starship project
|April 13, 2011 — Neil de Grasse Tyson
Astrophysicist and Director of the Haden Planetarium who explored the future of America in space
|April 26, 2010 — Nathan Wolfe
Virologist who explored viral forecasting and the hunt for the next killer virus
|November 17, 2008 — Thomas Friedman (postponed due to Hurricane Ike)
Journalist and author
|January 17, 2008 — Francis S. Collins & Christine Rosen
Physician-geneticist (Collins) and author (Rosen) who explored the DNA tampering and genetic discrimination (collaboration between UH & Holocaust Museum’s Medicine & Ethics Lecture)
|February 7, 2006 — David Gergen
Political commentator and advisor who explored the 21st Century view of ethics and leadership