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Ward Connerly

American Political Activist; Founder & Chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute

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 Ward Connerly Biography

Ward Connerly, author of the autobiography, Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences, is founder and chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute, a national, not-for-profit organization aimed at educating the public about the need to move beyond racial and gender preferences. Mr. Connerly has gained national attention and respect as an outspoken advocate of equal opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, sex, or ethnic background.

As a member of the University of California Board of Regents, Mr. Connerly focused the attention of the nation on the University’s race-based system of preferences in its admissions policy. On July 20, 1995, following Mr. Connerly’s lead, a majority of the Regents voted to end the University’s use of race as a means for admissions. He was appointed to a 12-year term as UC Regent in March 1993.

In 1995, Mr. Connerly accepted chairmanship of the California Civil Rights Initiative (Proposition 209) campaign. He accepted this responsibility in December 1995 when he decided the campaign was in jeopardy. Under his leadership, the campaign successfully obtained more than 1 million signatures and qualified for the November 1996 ballot. California voters passed Proposition 209 by a 55 percent to 45 percent margin.

Mr. Connerly’s efforts have led to several honors and awards from supporters around the nation, including the Patrick Henry Award (1995) from The Center for the Study of Popular Culture and Individual Rights Foundation, the National Columbia Award (1996) from the Washington Institute for Public Policy Studies, the Lincoln Award for Leadership (1997) from the Independent Women’s Forum, the Courage in Leadership Award (1997) from Black America’s Political Action Committee, Lt. General Edward J. Bronars Defender of Freedom Award (1997) from the Freedom Alliance, the Spirit of Lincoln Award (1998) from the Log Cabin Republicans, the State Achievement Award (1998) from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the Thomas Jefferson Award (1998) from the Council for National Policy, the Ronald Reagan Award (1998) from the California Republican Party, the Racial Harmony Hall of Fame Award (2000) from a Place For Us, the Black Students Association Award from the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga (2001), Individual Freedom Award from the Sovereign Fund (2001), and the George Washington Honor Award from the Freedom Foundation (2002).

Mr. Connerly has been profiled on 60 Minutes, the cover of Parade magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek magazine, and virtually every major news magazine 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.

Mr. Connerly is President and Chief Executive Officer of Connerly & Associates, Inc., a Sacramento-based association management and land development consulting firm founded in 1973 by him and his wife, Ilene. He is regarded as one of the housing industry’s top experts, possessing a comprehensive knowledge of housing and development issues. He has been inducted as a lifetime member into the California Building Industry Hall of Fame. Mr. Connerly currently is a member of the Rotary Club of Sacramento.

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Lessons from My Uncle James: Beyond Skin Color to the Content of Our Character

Lessons from My Uncle James: Beyond Skin Color to the Content of Our Character

Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences

Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences

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  • The Affirmative Action Issue

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Ward Connerly

American Political Activist; Founder & Chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute

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Ward Connerly Biography

Ward Connerly, author of the autobiography, Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences, is founder and chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute, a national, not-for-profit organization aimed at educating the public about the need to move beyond racial and gender preferences. Mr. Connerly has gained national attention and respect as an outspoken advocate of equal opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, sex, or ethnic background.

As a member of the University of California Board of Regents, Mr. Connerly focused the attention of the nation on the University’s race-based system of preferences in its admissions policy. On July 20, 1995, following Mr. Connerly’s lead, a majority of the Regents voted to end the University’s use of race as a means for admissions. He was appointed to a 12-year term as UC Regent in March 1993.

In 1995, Mr. Connerly accepted chairmanship of the California Civil Rights Initiative (Proposition 209) campaign. He accepted this responsibility in December 1995 when he decided the campaign was in jeopardy. Under his leadership, the campaign successfully obtained more than 1 million signatures and qualified for the November 1996 ballot. California voters passed Proposition 209 by a 55 percent to 45 percent margin.

Mr. Connerly’s efforts have led to several honors and awards from supporters around the nation, including the Patrick Henry Award (1995) from The Center for the Study of Popular Culture and Individual Rights Foundation, the National Columbia Award (1996) from the Washington Institute for Public Policy Studies, the Lincoln Award for Leadership (1997) from the Independent Women’s Forum, the Courage in Leadership Award (1997) from Black America’s Political Action Committee, Lt. General Edward J. Bronars Defender of Freedom Award (1997) from the Freedom Alliance, the Spirit of Lincoln Award (1998) from the Log Cabin Republicans, the State Achievement Award (1998) from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the Thomas Jefferson Award (1998) from the Council for National Policy, the Ronald Reagan Award (1998) from the California Republican Party, the Racial Harmony Hall of Fame Award (2000) from a Place For Us, the Black Students Association Award from the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga (2001), Individual Freedom Award from the Sovereign Fund (2001), and the George Washington Honor Award from the Freedom Foundation (2002).

Mr. Connerly has been profiled on 60 Minutes, the cover of Parade magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek magazine, and virtually every major news magazine 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.

Mr. Connerly is President and Chief Executive Officer of Connerly & Associates, Inc., a Sacramento-based association management and land development consulting firm founded in 1973 by him and his wife, Ilene. He is regarded as one of the housing industry’s top experts, possessing a comprehensive knowledge of housing and development issues. He has been inducted as a lifetime member into the California Building Industry Hall of Fame. Mr. Connerly currently is a member of the Rotary Club of Sacramento.

Ward Connerly Videos

  • Ward Connerly, Session 2: The Battle over Racial Preferences, NAS ...
    Apr 10, 2013 ... Ward Connerly, American Civil Rights Institute, introduces Session 2: The Battle over Racial Preverences at the 2013 NAS Conference.
  • Ward Connerly in Tennessee (TNReport.com) - YouTube
  • Ward Connerly States His Case on Proposition 107 to Arizona ...

Ward Connerly Books

Ward Connerly Speaking Topics

  • The Affirmative Action Issue

FAQs on booking Ward Connerly

  • How to book Ward Connerly?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ward Connerly for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ward Connerly, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ward Connerly or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ward Connerly?

    Booking fees for Ward Connerly, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ward Connerly, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ward Connerly?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ward Connerly for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ward Connerly for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ward Connerly or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ward Connerly or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ward Connerly is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ward Connerly for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Ward Connerly generally travels from Sacramento, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Bobby Seale, Jesse Jackson, Reverend Al Sharpton, Van Jones and Donna Brazile. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ward Connerly for an upcoming event.

Ward Connerly Speaker Videos

  • Ward Connerly, Session 2: The Battle over Racial Preferences, NAS ...
    Apr 10, 2013 ... Ward Connerly, American Civil Rights Institute, introduces Session 2: The Battle over Racial Preverences at the 2013 NAS Conference.
    Ward Connerly in Tennessee (TNReport.com) - YouTube
  • Ward Connerly States His Case on Proposition 107 to Arizona ...

Ward Connerly Speaking Topics

  • The Affirmative Action Issue

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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