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Hollis Conway has been one of the world’s most dominating athletes. He has numerous awards and set many records. His 1991 jump of 7'10.5" still stands as the American Indoor Record some 17 years later. He is a faithful husband, a father, and an Ordained minister. He is also the president of Overcoming Obstacles, Inc., a non-profit motivational speaking company. Hollis has authored two books: YES I CAN and GRASSHOPPER.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Hollis is the baby of seven children. His mom and dad often separated which caused them to move quite frequently. At the age of two, Hollis and his family moved to Detroit, Michigan and at the age of nine, they moved to Shreveport, Louisiana. With so much instability at home, Hollis quickly found solace in the athletic arena. He tried basketball and football but it was in the high jump that Hollis found his mark. While not being able to clear 5'6" as a freshman, he was just a junior varsity jumper. However his remaining years in high school saw him go from that JV jumper to one of the best high jumpers in the United States. Hollis eventually went on to have a 16 year career and is going to go down as one of the best high jumpers in all of history.
Since he retired from jumping in 2001, Hollis has taken the same drive, dedication and determination that he used to become the number one jumper in the world, to the world of motivational speaking. From school assemblies to corporate meetings to all kinds of church events, Hollis is truly inspiring a generation.Charlie Cook
Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report, a political columnist for National Journal Group and a political analyst for NBC News. Charlie is considered one of the nation’s leading independent and non-partisan authorities on American politics and U.S. elections. In 2010, Charlie was a co-recipient of the American Political Science Association’s prestigious Carey McWilliams award to honor “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.” In the Spring semester of 2013, Charlie served as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Charlie began writing for National Journal and its sister publication, National Journal Daily, in 1998. Charlie serves as an election night analyst for NBC News and has appeared on Meet the Press and This Week.
Charlie founded the Cook Political Report in 1984 and it has become one of the most respected political publications in the country. The New York Times has called Charlie “one of the best political handicappers in the nation” and has said the Cook Political Report is “a newsletter which both parties regard as authoritative.” The late David Broder wrote in the Washington Post that Charlie was “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races,” while CBS News’ Bob Schieffer called the Cook Political Report, “the bible of the political community.”William Doré
William J. Doré is the founder and retired Chairman/CEO of Global Industries, Ltd. The genesis of Global Industries was 1973 when Mr. Doré purchased Global Divers & Contractors, Inc. At the time of his acquisition, the Company was near bankruptcy and employed only three people. His first endeavor to grow his company came one year later through the purchase of Pipelines, Inc. in 1974; followed by SeaCon Services in 1987; Santa Fe Offshore Construction Company in 1990; Teledyne Movible Offshore in 1992; The Red Adair Company in 1993; selected assets and operational bases of SubSea International in 1997; and in 1998 he expanded his operations into Mexico through the acquisition of J. Ray McDermott’s interest in a Mexican joint venture. Global Industries, Ltd., was a worldwide organization of over 6,000 employees and operated one of the largest fleet of marine construction assets in the world. The Company’s construction services extended throughout the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, the Mediterranean, Middle East/India, Asia Pacific, South America, and Mexico’s Bay of Campeche.
William J. Doré, the oldest of five children, was born in 1942 in New Iberia, Louisiana. In 1966 Mr. Doré earned a master’s degree in education from McNeese State University; he was honored as “Most Outstanding Male Student Teacher” of his class and graduated as a letterman in track and football.
Mr. Doré is passionate about education and is particularly sensitive to the needs of Louisiana. He established the Horatio Alger Louisiana Scholarship Program through the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. Since 2000 he has personally contributed $7 million dollars in scholarships for students in the state of Louisiana. In 2001, Mr. Doré created and is the sole supporter of the Louisiana Horatio Alger Scholarship Program, awarding fifty $10,000 scholarships annually. His Louisiana State scholarship program complements an ongoing Horatio Alger national program that provides two scholarships for students of each state.Sylvia Goodman
Sylvia Klumok Goodman, daughter of Fannie and Sol Klumok, was born in Moorhead, Mississippi. She has been married to Dr. Carl Goodman for fifty-five years. She is the mother of Lisa Goodman Stone married to Matthew Stone, Gary Goodman married to Julia Edwards, and Jeffrey Goodman married to Julie Goodman. She is the grandmother of Emma, Savannah, and Morgan Stone and Max and Sadie Goodman.
She received her B.S. degree in zoology from Newcomb College and her Masters Degree in zoology from Tulane University. Sylvia taught biology and general science in the Caddo and Bossier public school systems and at LSU-S. She had an appointment as an Instructor in Physiology at LSUMC and coordinated the scientific equipment and furnishings for the existing medical school complex.
She served as Executive Director of the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport.
Sylvia has chaired numerous non-profit boards such as Sci-port Discovery Center, Robinson Film Center, Goldring-Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, The Community Foundation of Shreveport-Bossier, Shreveport Montessori Society, Region I Science Fair, Shreveport Jewish Federation, The Poor Man’s Supper, Shreveport Regional Airport Beautification Committee, and B’nai Zion’s To Life Food Project. She has also served as Vice-Chair of the Louisiana State Mineral Board and as a member of Governor Buddy Roemer’s “Kitchen Cabinet.”
She has served as a motivating force and primary fundraiser for such projects as Sci-port Discovery Center, The Robinson Film Center, and Camp Chai. She served on the founding board and named the Red River Revel.
She has been a member of the boards of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Louisiana State University Shreveport Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, B’nai Zion Congregation, Shreveport Mayor’s Human Relations Commission Task Force, Strand Theater, Shreveport Art Guild, Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, National Conference of Christians and Jews, Live Oak Retirement Center, National Board of the Council of Jewish Federations, Shreveport Symphony, Camp Henry S. Jacobs, Southfield School, Shreveport Montessori School, and Shreveport Toy Loan.
Other recognitions and awards that Sylvia has received are: Phi Beta Kappa, Mensa, Newcomb College Alumnae Community Service Award, March of Dimes Citizen of the Year, LANO’s Louisiana Heroines Award, National Point of Light Foundation Award, Blue Cross Blue Shield Angel Award, Shreveport Chamber of Commerce 100 Women of the Century, Junior League of Shreveport Sustainer of the Year, National Conference of Christians and Jews Brotherhood Award, and Caddo Commission Humanitarian Award.
She is recognized in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Outstanding Young Women of America, and the National point of Light Foundation Exhibit in the George Bush Museum.W. Henson Moore
The Honorable W. Henson Moore III of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is an alumnus of LSU, where he earned bachelors and master's degrees in government and a law degree from the LSU Law Center. He is also a Certified Association Executive of the American Society of Association Executives. Moore was the chair of the Forever LSU Campaign, the most successful fundraising effort in LSU’s history.
Moore retired as president and CEO of American Forest & Paper Association in 2006. Immediately prior, Moore was a partner in the Washington office of Bracewell & Patterson, a Houston law firm, where his time was largely spent on natural resources and environmental issues. He was deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy from 1989 until 1992, when he became deputy chief of staff for President George H.W. Bush. From 1975 to 1987, Moore represented the Sixth Congressional District of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on several committees, including Energy and Commerce, Agriculture, Budget, and Ways and Means. He and wife Carolyn have three grown children.
Moore is on the Board of USEC Inc. (United States Enrichment Corporation) and the advisory boards of Proudfoot Consulting, videoNEXT, and Small Business Resources. He was the first president of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations, an international organization for the wood and paper industry.Charlie Weems
Charles S. Weems III (“Charlie”) is an Alexandria attorney who has distinguished himself not only in his chosen profession as a leader of the bar and fierce advocate for causes public and private, but also in the greater civic arena, as a dedicated servant for higher education and law reform, and a community leader of breadth and vision.
Weems graduated Order of the Coif from the LSU Law Center, where he was Editor in Chief of the Louisiana Law Review. He has been elected to the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame and was named by the Law Center as its Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2002. Weems continues to serve the LSU Law Center on its Board of Trustees.
He was elected President of the Louisiana State Bar Association in 1996, and instituted the innovative Citizen’s Summit for Justice Reform, which translated public input on civil trials into legislative action. Weems was honored by the LSBA with its Distinguished Service Award in 1998, and received in 1999 the Curtis R. Boisfontaine Award for excellence in Trial Advocacy. The Louisiana Bar Foundation recognized Weems as Louisiana’s Outstanding Attorney of the Year in 2009.
Weems served on and was twice elected Chair of the LSU Board of Supervisors, serving under five different Governors from 1991 through 2008. Weems was the initial chair of the SEC Conference of Chairs in 1999 and 2000. He continues to serve LSU as a member of the LSU Foundation and an officer of the Tiger Athletic Foundation. Weems was the spearhead of Central Louisiana’s successful effort for a 4-year LSUA, and served as President of the LSUA Foundation from 2012-2015. Weems received the Distinguished Service Award, the university’s highest recognition, from LSUA in 2013.
He is Chair Emeritus of the highly respected and critically important Louisiana State Law Institute, the official law reform body of the State of Louisiana created by the legislature. Weems has continuously served the State on the Institute since his election in 1985, including two terms as its President.
Weems currently serves as a commissioner and is past Chair of the England Authority (England Economic and Industrial Development District, AEX Regional Airport). He is a past President of the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, and the founder and initial chair of the Central Louisiana Diversity Alliance. Weems is a past chair and board member of numerous other charitable and civic organizations, and has received both professional and community recognition for his work and service.
Weems lives and continues to practice law in Alexandria where is President of the firm Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell.