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Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan was the 54th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. In office from October 2015 to January 2019, he was the youngest speaker in nearly 150 years. During his tenure, Ryan spearheaded efforts to reform our nation's tax code for the first time in a generation, rebuild our national defense, expand domestic energy production, combat the opioid epidemic, reform our criminal justice system, and promote economic opportunity.

Jon Meacham

A presidential historian, Pulitzer-Prize Winner and Time magazine and New York Times book review contributor, Jon Meacham is one of America's most prominent public intellectuals. He is a regular guest on "Morning Joe" and is known as a skilled raconteur with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion and current affairs. He has authored numerous New York Times best sellers with his latest book "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" debuting at number one. Meacham previously served as Newsweek's managing editor and editor, where he was recognized as one of the most influential editors in the business by the New York Times.

Jill Ellis

As the head of undefeated Olympic and World Cup teams, Ellis is an expert at leading individuals toward collective success. In addition to 102 wins as the manager of the U.S. women's team, she also led the UCLA women's soccer team to eight NCAA Final Fours and six straight conference titles during her time as head coach. Off the field, Ellis serves as director of development for the U.S. Women's National Youth Teams. She is the first American to be named FIFA Women's World Coach of the Year for women's soccer and the only female to hold the United States Soccer Federation Professional License for coaching.

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