New Orleans native, Marc Morial, has been described as one of the few national leaders to possess “street smarts” and boardroom savvy”. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics and African American Studies. Then, after earning a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, he began an active, high-profile law practice in New Orleans. Morial served as a State Senator from 1992 – 1994. Following in his father’s footsteps, he successfully ran for Mayor of New Orleans in 1994 and served until 2002. Morial currently serves as the President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and advocacy organization. He hosts a weekly syndicated show and authors a weekly opinion column which reaches hundreds of thousands. As a published author, his leadership book, “Gumbo Coalition: 10 Leadership Lessons that Help You Inspire, Unite and Achieve”, has been widely acclaimed. He has received numerous awards and honors including being named by Ebony Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans; named by Non-Profit Times as one of the Top 50 Non-Profit Leaders; one of the Top 100 Most Influential Black Lawyers in America; and has been inducted into the Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.