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Peggy Sands Orchowski -- Immigration Expert
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About: Margaret (Peggy Sands) Orchowski has covered immigration reform on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Journalist since 2005, as the Bill Analysis Editor for Congressional Quarterly, a Congressional Correspondent and for the Hispanic Outlook magazine. Since 2016 she also is the Senior Correspondent for The Georgetowner newspaper writing under the byline Peggy Sands. With the timely publication of her latest book 'The Law That Changed the Face of America: The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965' (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), she is available for speaking engagements, as a go-to expert reporter and for writing articles that give sensible and thoughtful background about today's hot issues on immigration such as DREAMERS, DACA and foreign students.
Michael Patrick Murphy, Author of Novel on Boston Racial Tensions
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About: Michael Patrick Murphy was born south of Boston and comes from a family with strong native ties to South Boston. He spent ten years getting an education on Morrissey Boulevard -- his high school and college years lived out in and around the areas of Dorchester, South Boston, and Boston. Inspired by stories his grandmother told him of the city’s history, and of his great-grandfather, Boston City...
Norman McCombs, Inventor & Author of 'A Reason to Be'
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About: Norman McCombs was born in Amherst, New York, in a home built by his immigrant father. He graduated from Amherst Central High School where he met his late wife, Grace. Norman went on to earn an AASEE from ECTI, along with a BSME and an ScD from the State University of New York at Buffalo, while serving in the New York State National Guard. Norman is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, which honored him with the EDISON Medal, their highest patent award. He has received numerous awards for technical achievement, including the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama for developing the portable oxygen concentrator credited with saving and extending the lives of millions with lung diseases.
Kris Putnam-Walkerly -- Global Philanthropy Expert
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About: For over 20 years, top global philanthropies, UHNW donors, celebrity activists, foundations, wealth advisors, and Fortune 500 companies have sought Kris Putnam-Walkerly's philanthropic advisory services to dramatically increase the clarity, speed, impact and joy of their giving. As a sought after philanthropy advisor, expert and award-winning author, she's helped hundreds of foundations and philanthropists strategically allocate and assess over half a billion dollars in grants and gifts. Kris also contributes expert philanthropic commentary to the WSJ, Forbes, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Alliance Magazine, Variety, Thrive Global, Worth Magazine, NPR's Morning Report, and other media. Awards include being named 'Philanthropy Advisor of the Year' in 2020 and 2021, 'Most Dedicated Philanthropic Advisor' in 2021, and one of 'America's Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers.' Kris is the author of Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail To Achieve Change and What They Can Do To Transform Giving (Wiley, 2020) and Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders.
Roger Higgins author 'Billy Gogan American' and 'Billy Gogan Gone fer Soldier'
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About: Tapping into the hot topic of immigrants, author Roger Higgins's timely book Billy Gogan, American follows the life of an orphaned Irish child who immigrated to America in 1844. 'I chose this time period because it was really at the cusp of the modern era,' says author Roger Higgins. 'The biggest challenge was staying alive. It was putting food on the table, or in this case in Billy's mouth. It was having somewhere to live, some shelter.' This riveting historical fiction is told in the first person, which lends an immediacy to the story that will reverberate with readers.
 

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How To Determine Your Philanthropic Priorities Kris Putnam-Walkerly -- Global Philanthropy Expert
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