Connect Diversity 2017 Keynote Speakers

  • Noor Tagouri

    Journalist and Founder of
    #letnoorshine Campaign


    Noor Tagouri’s passion for storytelling stems from the desire to expose cultural injustices and combat the challenges facing women on a global scale. Her rise as a young journalist and budding cultural figure is not only proof of what can happen if you dare to ask the right questions but is also the key to breaking the glass ceiling. From graduating at one of the top journalism schools at the age of 20, to serving as an on-air reporter for Newsy, she is a force to be reckoned with.


    Since the launch of the viral #LetNoorShine campaign in 2012, Tagouri has gained significant support for her efforts to break normative stereotypes. With live-stream discussions, deliverable content on Huffington Post, the #journeywithnoor bracelet and a partnership collaboration with streetwear brand Lis’n Up Clothing, Tagouri is raising the bar every step of the way.

  • Chef Jeff Henderson

    Inspiring Celebrity Chef, Star of Flip My Food with Chef Jeff & Author of If You Can See It, You Can Be It


    Jeff Henderson inspires with his emotional journey of redemption from the streets to the stove, sharing real-life strategies to help you achieve your dreams, no matter your stage of life.


    From humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to life as an imprisoned drug dealer and then as an award-winning celebrity chef and best-selling author, Henderson is a role model for anyone who needs encouragement to reinvent their life. Since he discovered his passion and gift for cooking in the unlikeliest of places—prison—Henderson has completely turned his life around, and today serves as a popular and powerful voice for self-transformation. The creator of Food Network's reality series “The Chef Jeff Project,” host of “Family Style with Chef Jeff” and star of the nationally syndicated series, “Flip My Food with Chef Jeff,” he is also the best-selling author of two books.