Thursday Keynote • Scott Pelley
Pelley is one the most experienced reporters in broadcast journalism and has covered everything from breaking national news stories to politics and wars. Under his leadership, the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley has been awarded several of journalism’s most prestigious honors including a duPont, Peabody and three Emmys.
In addition to serving as CBS News’ chief anchor, Pelley is a correspondent for 60 Minutes, television’s most watched news program. Some of his most recent 60 Minutes assignments include a news breaking interview with the chief accuser in Major League Baseball’s doping case against Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees; the only interview with one of the Navy SEALs who helped kill Osama bin Laden; and an award-winning series that shed light on homeless children in central Florida.
Pelley joined CBS News as a New York-based reporter in 1989. He later served as a CBS News Correspondent based in Dallas and CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent, where he covered the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the impeachment of President Clinton.
Pelley began his journalism career at the age of 15 as a copyboy at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal newspaper. He attended Texas Tech University. He was inducted into the Texas Tech University alumni Hall of Fame and serves on the board of the university's School of Mass Communications.
Friday Keynote • Bonnie Fuller
The much-written-about Fuller is known for transforming young women’s media, having launched and re-invented many national women’s magazines and celebrity weeklies. Attendees will learn lessons from her print past plus how (and why) she’s transitioning to digital.
Running HollywoodLife.com — which features celebrity news, style, beauty tips, entertainment and young women’s issues — is a different beast, Fuller said. The pace is faster, the resources are tighter and “I’m in the trenches with (my staff),” she told The Wall Street Journal.
Fuller’s resume includes stints as editor-in-chief of YM; editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, at which she raised newsstand sales 18 percent in her first year and was named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age; editor- in-chief of Glamour; editor-in-chief of US Weekly, where she’s credited for creating the modern celebrity newsweekly when she revised the struggling title; and executive vice president and chief editorial director of American Media, overseeing multiple publications.
Fuller is also a regular contributor to the Today show, Good Morning America, The CBS Morning Show, Access Hollywood, Showbiz Tonight, Good Day New York, Inside Edition and Cosmo Radio on XM Radio. She also writes for The Huffington Post and authored the book The Joys of Much Too Much: Go For The Big Life – The Great Career, The Perfect Guy and Everything Else You’ve Ever Wanted.
Saturday Keynote • Michael Skolnik
Civil-rights leader Michael Skolnik is a filmmaker turned social media trailblazer (120,000+ followers on Twitter) and journalist/advocate. He is political director for hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and president of GlobalGrind.com, an online destination founded by Simmons with more than 6.5 million viewers per month.
Skolnik focuses on fighting violence, poverty and ignorance. He has led national conversations about the death of Trayvon Martin and subsequent trial of George Zimmerman, race and the Obama presidency, the Boston Marathon bombings and the rise of violence in Chicago.. As a leading voice for young America, he regularly appears on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, HLN and other networks. He serves on the board of directors for the Trayvon Martin Foundation and the Drug Policy Alliance.
With the "He Has A Name" campaign, personalizing the victims of violence, Skolnik used journalistic skills to carry the torch for social change. He regularly speaks to audiences of young Americans about their capacity to bring about change.
He is a graduate of UCLA. And as anyone who follows him on Twitter knows, he is the proud father of Mateo Ali.