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Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients

May 9, 2014 @ 4:00 p.m.

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Nancy Kirkpatrick
Worldwide Marketing for Summit Entertainment - A Lionsgate Company

Friday, May 9, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Ceremony Speaker

Nancy Kirkpatrick serves as president of worldwide marketing for Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, where she is responsible for the marketing campaigns for Summit's releases across all media, including the recently released action adventure "Divergent," the widely successful "The Twilight Saga" franchise, the film adaptation of "Ender's Game" and the 2009 Academy Award-winning film "The Hurt Locker," which took home six Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture.

Kirkpatrick conceptualizes, orchestrates and oversees the marketing campaigns for Summit's annual slate of theatrical releases, as well as the various life cycles for these properties in ancillary distribution platforms such as home entertainment and VOD.

Prior to joining Summit, she spent nearly a decade as the executive vice president of worldwide publicity for Paramount's Motion Picture Group. While at Paramount, she was integrally involved in the marketing of the studio's films, as well as corporate messaging and positioning. She oversaw worldwide publicity campaigns for some of the studio's most successful films and franchises, including the "Mission Impossible" films, "War of the Worlds," "The Longest Yard," "Save the Last Dance," "Mean Girls" and "The Hours."

Kirkpatrick began her career at Warner Bros. as an administrative assistant, ultimately rising to the post of senior vice president, domestic publicity. While at Warner Bros., she created and managed award-winning publicity campaigns for many of the film industry's most precedent-setting and commercially successful films, including "JFK," "Twister," "Batman," Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" and "Space Jam." She was also responsible for conceptualizing and implementing her group's college internship program.

Kirkpatrick was named a Brandweek Marketer of the Year in 2009, and to the Hollywood Reporter's "Women in Entertainment: Power 100" list in 2012. Her work on the licensing campaign for "The Twilight Saga" was also recognized in 2009 by the Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association, which awarded Summit its Film, Television & Entertainment Brand Program of the Year Award.

Among industry-service initiatives, Kirkpatrick serves on the public relations branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Executive Committee.

May 10, 2014 @ 9:00 a.m.

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Mr. John "Dubby" O. Wynne
Former CEO and President of Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC

Saturday, May 10, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Ceremony Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

John O. Wynne is the retired president and chief executive officer of Landmark Communications Inc., which has interests in newspapers, broadcasting, cable programming and electronic publishing.

He is chairman of the board, Hampton Roads Community Foundation; member of the board of trustees, Princeton University; annual giving chair, Princeton; and chairman, Advisory Committee, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia. Wynne is a founding member of the Hampton Roads Business Roundtable. He serves as vice chairman on the state-appointed Council on Virginia's Future. He also is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council.

Additionally, he is a former rector of the Board of Visitors, University of Virginia; former chairman of the UVA Investment Management Co.; and former board of the UVA Alumni Association. He served on the Governor's Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment and the Virginia Higher Education Advisory Council.

Wynne is former co-chairman of the Hampton Roads Partnership and former chairman of the Board of the Virginia Business Council. In 1997, he received the Vanguard Award for Programmers from the National Cable Television Association, and the Governor's Award from the National Academy of Cable Programming for "his leadership and insight in making The Weather Channel the preeminent provider of weather information, and one of the most innovative and popular networks on television."

In 2006, he received a first citizen award from the National Governor's Association for Distinguished Service to State Government for his work in creating and then helping to implement the Council on Virginia's Future, which focuses on developing a long-range strategy and performance management system for the commonwealth of Virginia.

Wynne received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1967 and J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1971. Prior to joining Landmark Communications, he was an attorney with the firm of Willcox & Savage in Norfolk.

May 10, 2014 @ 2:00 p.m.

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Alma J. Powell
Chair, America's Promise Alliance

Saturday, May 10, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Ceremony Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

Alma J. Powell is one of the nation's most longstanding advocates for children and youth. As chair of the board of directors for America's Promise Alliance, she is helping lead the 350-plus partner network's efforts to improve the lives of young people by connecting more of them with the resources essential for success. She also helps guide its GradNation Campaign, an initiative to raise the nation's high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020.

Powell sits on the boards of several organizations, including vice chair of the board of directors' Committee of Community & Friends for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the YouthBuild USA advisory board. She is also honorary chair of the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative. DCPNI is one of 57 Promise Neighborhoods across the United States selected by the

Department of Education to develop a cradle to career pipeline for children to ensure that they obtain a quality education and grow up to have successful careers and communities.

She served as a member of President Barack Obama's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from 2010 to 2012 and was chairman of the National Council of the Best Friends Foundation from 1989 to 2000.

Powell is a graduate of Fisk University and the recipient of honorary degrees from Emerson College and Shenandoah University. She has been honored as Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine and received the Leadership Award from the Women's Center in Virginia, the Edward A. Bouchet Legacy Award from Howard University and a 2009 Inspire Award from AARP The Magazine. She is the successful author of two children's books. Powell has been married to Gen. Colin Powell since 1962.

May 10, 2014 @ 2:00 p.m.

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Sidney O. Dewberry, PE, LS
Chairman Emeritus and Founder, Dewberry

Saturday, May 10, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Honorary Degree Recipient

Sidney O. Dewberry has overseen the operations and growth of Dewberry, a full-service design firm in Fairfax, Va., since he co-founded it in 1956. As chairman emeritus and member of the board of directors, he continues to be involved in the day-to-day management, while also devoting much of his time to advancing the practice of the planning, engineering and surveying professions.

Long recognized for his commitment to professional leadership, Dewberry is a founding member and former chairman of the Engineers & Surveyors Institute. This breakthrough organization was established to foster increased collaboration and cooperation between private-sector engineers and local review agencies. The program is a model for government-industry partnerships and has contributed extensively to projects for public benefit.

Dewberry is also a founding member of the George Mason University Urban Systems Engineering Institute, now known as the Civil Engineering Institute, which supports the university's specialized programs in advanced urban systems planning and design. He currently serves as chairman emeritus of the institute. His commitment to higher education is also reflected in his position as rector emeritus of the GMU Board of Visitors and his past appointment to the Governor's Commission for the Future of Higher Education in Virginia.

His leadership activities include having served on the board of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, as chairman of the Governor's Regional Economic Development Advisory Council for Northern Virginia and as a director of the Air & Space Heritage Council.

Dewberry's interest in community development led him to co-author the Land Development Handbook, which describes technical, legal, social and regulatory requirements for community development. The first edition of this widely used handbook was published by McGraw-Hill in 1995.

After attending two years at Virginia Tech, Dewberry transferred to George Washington University, where he earned a B.S. in civil engineering. He was presented with GWU's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1991 and was inducted into the university's School of Engineering Hall of Fame in 2009. He was named Northern Virginian of the Year by New Dominion magazine.