Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne is a Peer of the Realm and a member of the House of Lords.
She serves as the Prime Minister, Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, The Republic of Iraq and Turkmenistan and co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Foreign Affairs and the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict. She is a member of the Conservative Party.
In her private time she chairs the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, the Asociatia Children’s High Level Group in Romania and The Booker Prize for Russian Fiction. She is President of AMAR US, AMAR Lebanon and IBBC (the Iraq Britain Business Council). She is Vice Chairman of the Man Booker Prize for English Fiction and Patron of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She is Vice President of the Mary Hare School for Deaf Children. From 1974 – 1985 she was a Director of Save the Children and prior to that spent a decade on computer software development.
Baroness Nicholson served as Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1983 – 1987. She was elected to the House of Commons in 1987 where she was the Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon. She was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997.
In 1999 she was elected to the South East Region of the European Parliament and re-elected in 2004 – 2009. She then sat in the Parliamentary Council of Europe in Strasbourg from 2011 – 2014.
She studied at The Royal Academy of Music after which she entered the IT industry where she developed computer software, built computer systems and managed contracts in the UK and Africa.
She has been awarded seven Honorary Doctorates has published 2 books and edited various others.
She is a member of The Reform Club and The Royal Overseas League.
Benjamin Harjo, Jr. (Seminole & Shawnee), designed and donated the logo for the Sovereignty Symposium. The Lighthorseman depicts an Indian policeman framed in a star. In Indian territory, the Five Civilized Tribes had a body of men, the lighthorsemen, who served as a mounted police force. The lighthorsemen helped the United States Army to keep peace in Indian Territory and to drive out white intruders. Considerable latitude was given to the lighthorsemen in enforcing the judgments of the courts.
Harjo has won many awards in major Native American art shows in the United States. We appreciate his generosity in designing and in donating the logo.
Sandra Day O’Connor (Retired), Associate Justice,
was born in El Paso, Texas, March 26, 1930. She married John Jay O’Connor III in 1952 and has three sons – Scott, Brian, and Jay. She received her B.A. and LL.B. from Stanford University. She served as Deputy County Attorney of San Mateo County, California from 1952–1953 and as a civilian attorney for Quartermaster Market Center, Frankfurt, Germany from 1954–1957. From 1958–1960, she practiced law in Maryvale, Arizona, and served as Assistant Attorney General of Arizona from 1965–1969. She was appointed to the Arizona State Senate in1969 and was subsequently reelected to two two-year terms. In 1975 she was elected Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court and served until 1979, when she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals. President Reagan nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat September 25, 1981. Justice O’Connor retired from the Supreme Court on January 31, 2006.
Tom Cole is a fifth generation Oklahoman and an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation. He is currently the only Native American serving in Congress. He was awarded the Congressional Leadership award by the National Congress of American Indians and was inducted in the Chickasaw Hall of Fame. Cole is a member of a distinguished Chickasaw family. His great-aunt, renowned story teller, Te Ata Thompson Fisher, was the first person to be named an Oklahoma treasure. His late mother, Helen, served as the mayor of Moore, Oklahoma, state representative, state senator, and the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s appointee to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. Cole’s late father, John, served twenty years in the United States Air Force and worked two decades as a civilian federal employee at Tinker Air Force Base. Tom and his wife Ellen, have one son, Mason, and reside in Moore, Oklahoma.
Tom Cole became the representative for Oklahoma’s fourth congressional district on November 6, 2002. Time Magazine has called Cole “one of the sharpest minds in the House.” In addition to his other duties, he serves on the House Appropriations Committee, as a deputy whip in the United States House, and as Republican Co-Chairman of the Native American Caucus. Before his election to Congress, he served as a college instructor, a member of the Oklahoma State Senate and as Oklahoma’s Secretary of State. He was also a founding partner and past president of CHS& Associates, a nationally recognized consulting and survey research firm, based in Oklahoma City.
Representative Cole is a scholar of history and politics. He holds a B.A. from Grinnell College, a M.A. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He was a Thomas Watson Fellow and a Fullbright Fellow at the University of London, and he serves on the national boards of Fulbright Association and the Aspen Institute.
Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II is the Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. As the AFSC Commander, he leads nearly 43,000 Total Force Airmen to deliver combat effects for the immediate and long-term requirements of component and combatant commanders in every area of responsibility. Serving as the Logistics Numbered Air Force, AFSC is the supporting command for the readiness of Logistics and Sustainment activities around the world. The Center comprises three Air Logistics Complexes, three Air Base Wings, two Supply Chain Wings, and 23 CONUS and OCONUS geographically separated operating locations. The AFSC has $16 billion in execution authority and $26 billion in assets providing logistics operations, supply chain management, supply chain operations, depot maintenance and modifications, as well as sustainment for the nuclear enterprise, joint and interagency operations and foreign military sales partners. General Levy was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He entered the Air Force in 1985 as a Louisiana State University graduate. General Levy has had numerous operational, command, and staff assignments leading logistics, civil engineering, operational contracting and nuclear operations. Prior to his current position, he was Vice Director for Logistics, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.