Legacy Speakers

Legacy Speakers

Tom Brokaw
Launched in 2008 with Tom Brokaw as speaker, this series invites to Southwest Florida speakers who reflect the mission and values of the Foundation.

Legacy Speaker Series


The mission of the Legacy Speakers Series is to showcase nationally renowned uncommon friends who educate, inspire, and motivate with characteristics that include:

  • A Spirit of Adventure
  • Advancement of Science and Technology
  • Advancement of Business and Industry
  • Exemplary Leadership to be Emulated by Youth
  • Advancement of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Advancement of Quality of Life
  • “It would be my greatest wish that my ‘uncommon friends’ would speak to today’s generation and inspire them to carry this country to new frontiers with vision, courage and creativity.” – James Newton

This speakers series invites to Southwest Florida people who embody the attributes that are the core values of the Uncommon Friends Foundation. If you or someone you know is interested in being a speaker or if you have a topic of interest, in the Legacy Speakers Series, please contact Angela Melvin, Executive Director at angela@uncommonfriends.org.

In recent years, the Foundation has been privileged to hear from modern day uncommon friends and distinguished speakers such as famed authors Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Reeve Lindbergh, former US Congressman and CIA Director Porter Goss, former US Congressman and Senator Connie Mack III, iconic broadcaster Walter Cronkite, national spokesperson for the Hero Fund and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation Keni Thomas, and Harlan Twible, one of the last living survivors of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis on July 30, 1945, by a Japanese torpedo.


Porter Goss Walter Cronkite Connie Mack III Keni Thomas