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The Fifteenth Annual
Emily Couric Leadership Luncheon

As we honor the Recipient and Finalists of the
2015 Emily Couric Leadership Scholarship
and the
2015 Recipient of the Women’s Leadership Award
Famed Oceanic Explorer
Dr. Sylvia Earle

Dr. Sylvia Earle
Dr. Sylvia Earle

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
12:00 noon

The Omni Hotel
Charlottesville, Virginia

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We are pleased to announce our speaker for this year's luncheon on April 29th at the Omni Hotel. Famed oceanic explorer, Dr. Sylvia Earle, will be the recipient of our 2015 Women's Leadership Award. She will give the keynote address and help us award $75,000 in scholarships!

Dr. Sylvia Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer who has been called "Her Deepness" by the New York Times and was named the first "Hero for the Planet" by Time Magazine. She has a B.S. from Florida State University, M.S. and Ph.D. from Duke University plus 26 honorary degrees and has led more than 100 expeditions, logged more than 7,000 hours underwater (equivalent to 292 days), and set a woman’s solo diving record of 1250 feet.

Her special focus is on developing “Hope Spots”, a global network of areas to safeguard living systems in response to accelerating climate change. She is the founder of Deep Ocean Exploration, Mission Blue, the Explorer in Residence of the National Geographic Society and is the author of more than 200 publications, has lectured in over 80 countries and has done hundreds of radio and television appearances. Dr. Earle has three children and four grandsons, and joins us from her home in California.

Dr. Earle will be signing books following the luncheon.

Photo credit: Kip Evans
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