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Global Scholars Program Speaker Series

Danny Seo: Entrepreneur, Sustainability Champion, Lifestyle Expert

Danny Seo

Editor in Chief of Naturally, Danny Seo & Host of the NBC TV show Naturally, Danny Seo

From the award-winning magazine, Naturally, Danny Seo, to his Daytime Emmy-winning weekly NBC TV show Naturally, Danny Seo, and bestselling products and books that bear his name, Danny Seo is who America turns to for modern and fresh ideas on healthy, eco-friendly living. Millions of people rely on Danny for clever ideas for home decorating, delicious eating, clever craft projects and simple solutions and so much more.

Born on Earth Day in 1977, Danny started his life’s work at the age of 12. On his 12th birthday, he started the environmental organization Earth 2000 with the mission to “save the planet by the year 2000” (it was 1989 when he founded it). He grew it from a small school organization into a national movement with tens of thousands of teenagers championing on behalf of planet.

After leaving high school, Danny wrote his first book for Random House called Generation React, which chronicled his life’s work as a teenage activist. His appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show led to his accidental calling as a lifestyle expert, as media outlets soon reported on his unique flair and talent to cook organic meals, decorate with found objects, and live resourcefully and beautifully. This attention to how Danny naturally cooked, decorated and lived drew the attention of celebrities like Kerry Washington and Brad Pitt and also media outlets like Elle that tapped Danny as a special guest editor.

Twenty years later, Danny’s creative blueprint has become Danny Seo Media Ventures, a multimedia and merchandising company that includes the magazine Naturally, Danny Seo (3.5 million readers); the weekly TV show Naturally, Danny Seo on NBC (1.6 million weekly viewers; #1 highest rated Saturday morning show in the country); over 10 lifestyle books including his latest Naturally, Delicious (Random House); a line of 1000 home and lifestyle products bearing the “Danny Seo” name sold in over 4000 stores; a syndicated column in hundreds of newspapers called Do Just One Thing; and regular appearances on NBC’s Today Show as a lifestyle contributor. Danny is also the national spokesperson for Bosch Home Appliances and the Wilsonart Corporation.


  • Environemental Entrepreneurship 
  • The Power Within
  • MacGyver & Martha Stewart
  • Green is Gorgeous

Danny Seo will host several student events on campus, followed by a keynote speaking engagement, on Tuesday, March 14.

The Global Scholars will host Danny Seo on March 14, 2023

A plenary session will be open to the public in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium of the Mike and Josie Harper Center at 7pm.

Global Scholars Program Previous Speakers

Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu

The Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu knew from early in life that the one thing she would never be is a priest. She has always said, “I have my father’s nose, I do not want his job” However, after years spent as a development consultant, educator and race and gender activist she accepted her call to ordained ministry. She is an Episcopal priest who most recently was Associate Rector at All Saints, Beverly Hills.  She was born in South Africa and had the opportunity to live in many communities and countries. She was educated in Swaziland, the US and England, and has divided her adult life between South Africa and the US. Her professional experience ranges from being a development consultant in West Africa, to being program coordinator for programs on Race and Gender and Gender-based Violence in Education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. In addition, Rev. Tutu has taught at the University of Hartford, University of Connecticut and Brevard College in North Carolina. 

As well as speaking and preaching Rev. Tutu has established Nozizwe Consulting. The guiding principle of Nozizwe Consulting is to bring different groups together to learn from and celebrate their differences and acknowledge their shared humanity. As part of this work, she has led Truth and Reconciliation Workshops for groups dealing with different types of conflict. She has also offered educational and partnership trips to South Africa for groups as varied as high schools, churches, hospices, K-12 teachers, and women’s associations. These trips emphasize the opportunities to share our stories and experiences. 


  • Truth & Reconciliation: Healing the Wounds of Racism
  • Our Shared Humanity: Creating Understanding Through the Principles of MLK
  • Building Gender Coalitions Across Racial Lines
  • Striving for Justice: Searching for Common Ground
  • A Woman’s Spiritual Place in the World
  • One Body, One Family, One World

Rev. Tutu visited campus on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.  

As a reporter who was the first Latina in many newsrooms, Maria Hinojosa dreamt of a space where she could create independent, multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diverse American experience. She made that dream a reality in 2010 when she created Futuro Media, an independent, nonprofit newsroom based in Harlem, NYC with the mission to create multimedia content from a POC perspective. Futuro does this in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world.

As the Anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, distributed by NPR, as well as Co-Host of In The Thick, the Futuro Media’s award-winning political podcast, Hinojosa has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. Her new book, Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America, Hinojosa tells the story of immigration in America through her family’s experiences and decades of reporting, painting an unflinching portrait of a country in crisis. She is also a contributor to the long-running, award-winning news program CBS Sunday Morning and a frequent guest on MSNBC.

Hinojosa’s nearly 30-year career as an award-winning journalist includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, NPR, and anchoring the Emmy Award winning talk show from WGBH Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. She is the author of two books and has won dozens of awards, including: four Emmys, the John Chancellor Award, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club, and the Ruben Salazar Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAHJ. She has been honored with her own day in October by New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and has been recognized by People En Español as one of the 25 most powerful Latina women. Additionally, Hinojosa was the first Latina to anchor a PBS FRONTLINE report: “Lost in Detention” which aired in October 2011 and was the first to explore abuse at immigrant detention facilities, garnering attention from Capitol Hill as well as both the mainstream and Spanish-language media.

As a reporter for NPR, Hinojosa was among the first to report on youth violence in urban communities on a national scale. During her eight years as CNN’s urban affairs correspondent, Hinojosa often took viewers into communities rarely shown on television and continued that work longform on Now on PBS. At Futuro Media, Hinojosa continues to bring attention to experiences and points of view that are often overlooked or underreported in mainstream media, all while mentoring the next generation of diverse journalists to delve into authentic and nuanced stories. In 2018 she was a Fellow at Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School and is a frequent speaker across the country. In 2019, she was named the inaugural Distinguished Journalist in Residence at her Alma Mater, Barnard College. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.


  • Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love & Hate in a Torn America
  • Latinos in the Media
  • Frontlines: Latinos & Immigration from a Woman's Perspective
  • Eliminating Disparities

The Global Scholars hosted Maria Hinojosa on November 4, 2021.

Agnes Igoye

Agnes Igoye escaped from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) at age 14 after they raided her home village in Uganda demanding virgins. Following her escape from human trafficking, Igoye made it her lifelong mission to prevent human trafficking, work with survivors, and educate. Igoye runs a center for human trafficking survivors, she was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Minnesota and studied forced migration at Oxford. Currently, Agnes Igoye is serving as the Ugandan Deputy National Coordinator for the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons. She is also the head of Uganda's Immigration Training Academy. Along with her numerous leadership positions and her tireless work fighting against human trafficking, Igoye has several TED talks and is working to educate people about the dangers and realities of trafficking.

The Global Scholars virtually hosted Agnes Igoye in October 2020 to hear her story, learn more about human trafficking prevention, and engage in important dialogue around trafficking and education.

Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad is a member of the Yazīdī minority in northern Iraq, and in 2014 the Islamic State (ISIL attacked her home village of Kocho, Sinjar District. Hundreds were massacred, including Nadia’s mother and six of her brothers. More than 6,700 girls and young women were abducted and held as sex slaves, including Murad. After three months she managed to flee.

In 2015, Murad left for Germany as part of a refugee program for survivors of ISIL, and in 2016, she was appointed the first United Nations’ Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. She is the founder of Nadia’s Initiative, an organization dedicated to helping women and children victimized by genocide, mass atrocities, and human trafficking to heal and rebuild their lives and communities. In 2018, she earned the Nobel Peace Prize “for [her] efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”

Nadia Murad is the author of "The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and my Fight Against the Islamic State."

Nadia Murad was the first speaker in series on Sept 16, 2019.