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Eliot Spitzer
attorney general, New York state

Eliot Spitzer became the state's 63rd Attorney General on January 1, 1999. Since that time, he has advanced initiatives to make New York a national leader in investor protection, environmental stewardship, labor rights, personal privacy, public safety, and criminal law enforcement. Spitzer's investigations of conflicts of interest on Wall Street have been the catalyst for dramatic reform in the nation's financial services industry; his prosecutions of sophisticated white collar crimes have resulted in some of the nation's largest fraud recoveries. Prior to becoming attorney general, Spitzer served as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan from 1986-1992, rising to become chief of the labor racketeering unit, where he successfully prosecuted organized crime and political corruption cases.

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Richard Tait
co-founder and grand poo-bah, Cranium

Richard Tait left Microsoft along with business partner Whit Alexander in 1998 to found Cranium Inc., with a mission to build a "brand for the brain" through products that lighten and enlighten people's lives. The company's flagship game, Cranium, has sold more than a million copies and was 2002's Game of the Year. Cranium Inc. launched its kids business in 2001 with Cranium Cadoo (winner of three national awards) and is now ready to roll out innovative Cranium products for business customers.

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Michael Useem
Professor of Management, director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

True or false: Today's top business leaders are successful because of their ability to take charge of a situation and make the tough decisions on their own. False, writes Wharton professor Michael Useem, in his new book Leading Up: How to Lead Your Boss So You Both Win. "If people are afraid to help their leaders lead, their leaders will fail," he claims, emphasizing the importance of teamwork and speaking out - but not arguing. Useem has presented programs and seminars to such clients as American Express, Coca-Cola, and the U.S. Marine Corps, and is also the author of Investor Capitalism: How Money Managers Are Changing the Face of Corporate America and The Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us All.

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Mark Vadon
Founder & CEO, Blue Nile

When Mark Vadon started online diamond and jewelry retailer Blue Nile, he had one goal in mind: to help his fellow man. In short, Vadon aimed to "create a retail environment that would reassure men making one of the most confusing, stressful, emotionally wrought, and expensive purchases of their lives: the engagement ring." And, Vadon has succeeded; today, Blue Nile has become not only the leading Internet retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, but the largest luxury goods retailer online. Prior to joining Blue Nile, Vadon was a consultant for Bain & Company, a worldwide strategy-consulting firm.

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Keith Yamashita
Stone Yamashita Partners

Yamashita is a strategist and writer with 15 years of experience in articulating the visions of CEOs and companies. Recently featured in The Wall Street Journal as one of the "new pioneers working on technology's cutting edge," he has worked with CEOs and executive teams at companies including America Online, Apple Computer, Herman Miller, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, PBS, and Saturn, among others. He holds a BA in Quantitative Economics and an MA in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University.

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