John Jay Hooker — Liberty & human dignity

What are our legal rights to a civil death?

A lawyer in many high profile cases, John Jay Hooker has brought his training and personal charisma to bear on important social issues.

"It is the ultimate civil right," John Jay said, "to be able to die with dignity, while you still have some choice in the matter."

As a legal mind, he is responsible for bringing to pass the famous Baker vs. Carr case that resulted in the law of the land known as “one man, one vote.” 

Running for governor of Tennessee at the height of the civil rights movement, he encountered opposition to his fight for civil rights that has made him a living legend.


Patricia Glaser Shea — Ending the silence that gives violence power

How can we work to end violence against women and girls by engaging men and boys?

Patricia Glaser Shea has always had a passion for justice and equality.

So it’s no wonder she found herself leading the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee, whose mission is eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. In her nine years at the helm, Pat has helped shape conversation on the epidemic of domestic violence, expanded services to women and children, and ensured the financial stability of the 117-year old non-profit.


Derri Smith – The importance of being human

How do we interrupt the the inhuman cycle of human trafficking?

Derri Smith is the Founder and Executive Director of End Slavery Tennessee (ESTN).

ESTN is an anti-human trafficking organization working to promote healing of human trafficking survivors and strategically confront slavery in the state of Tennessee.