LT. General Russel L. Honoré, US Army (Ret), was widely hailed by the media as the
"Category 5 General" who led Task Force Katrina in the aftermath of the devastating
hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast in the summer of 2005. General Honoré is currently a
Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization, where he is working on developing questions
to determine levels of preparedness, and a CNN Preparedness Contributor.
Russel Honore detailed biography
Gay rights activist Betty DeGeneres is the mother of actress, comedian, and Emmy
Award-winning talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Thrust into the spotlight when her daughter
publicly came out of the closet in 1997, DeGeneres quickly became one of the strongest and
most visible advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights.
Betty Degeneres detailed biography
Invited to speak
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
Louisiana - 16.75 Hours
Illinois - 10 Hours
Texas - 15.75 Hours