About the Speaker

Author of a newly-released autobiography, Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences, Ward Connerly is the founder and chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute—a not-for-profit organization aimed at educating the public about the problems created by racial and gender preferences. Connerly gained national attention and respect as an outspoken advocate of equal opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, sex, or ethnic background when, as a member of the University of California Board of Regents, he focused the attention of the nation on the University's race-based system of preferences in its admissions policy and led the successful struggle for its abolition.

Connerly is President and CEO of Connerly and Associates, Inc., a housing and association management consulting firm founded in 1972. He has been profiled on "60 Minutes," in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek magazine, the cover of Parade magazine, and virtually every major newsmagazine in America . He has also appeared on "The NewsHour" with Jim Lehrer, "Crossfire," "Firing Line," "Hannity & Colmes," "The Crier Report," "Meet the Press," "Rivera Live," "Dateline," "Politically Incorrect," "NBC Nightly News," CNN, and C-SPAN.