Father Greg Boyle has been an advocate for at-risk and gang-involved youth in Los Angeles for over 25 years. In 1992, he founded Homeboy Bakery, with a mission to create an environment that provided training, work experience, and above all, the opportunity for rival gang members to work side by side. The success of the Bakery created the groundwork for additional businesses and services. Today, 12,000 young people a year arrive at Homeboy Industries in search of jobs, counseling, high-school degrees and free tattoo removal. Fr. Boyle’s book, “Tattoos on the Heart” chronicles his years of working with gang members with brilliant, heartbreaking, and hopeful stories. He spoke at Pepperdine University’s Payson Library on April 13, 2011.
Three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Tony P. Hall is a leading advocate for hunger relief programs and improving human rights conditions in the world. In February 2002, president George W. Bush asked him to serve as the United States ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. He retired from official diplomatic service in April 2006, and is currently serving as the director of the Alliance to End Hunger. Prior to his diplomatic service, Ambassador Hall represented the Third District of Ohio in the U.S. Congress for almost 24 years.