2018 AIS Gala2018-07-12T01:45:38+00:00

Emily Blunt
Host

Acclaimed actress Emily Blunt is currently starring in A Quiet Place, the supernatural thriller written and directed by her co-star and husband John Krasinski.  The film has been a box-office sensation and Emily has earned rave reviews for her riveting performance from critics and audiences alike.

Audiences anticipate the December release of Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily as the iconic Nanny in the legendary Disney classic.  The film will feature new songs and an original score.  Co-stars include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Angela Lansbury, with a special appearance by the beloved actor Dick Van Dyke.

Emily’s versatility and captivating screen persona have secured her many coveted roles, most recently The Girl on the Train.   Based on the international best-selling novel, Emily’s mesmerizing portrayal of Rachel brought her a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress in a Leading role and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

Emily displayed her musical talents in the film adaptation of Into the Woods, receiving her fifth Golden Globe nomination for her performance as the Baker’s Wife.  She has a vast film repertoire that includes Sicario, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Edge of Tomorrow, Looper, The Five Year Engagement, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and The Young Victoria.  Emily is currently in pre-production on Disney’s Jungle Cruise, a film based on a Disneyland theme park.

An active and enthusiastic American Institute for Stuttering Board member since 2009, Emily has become one of the stuttering community’s most vocal promoters and has been influential in encouraging others to share their personal stories on stuttering.  Emily’s wise advice to our young members always bears repeating:  “Give them your best stutter.”

John Stossel
Honoree

Nineteen-time Emmy-winner John Stossel has been hailed by The Dallas Morning News as “the most consistently thought-provoking TV reporter of our time.”  His career in broadcast journalism spans more than three decades and his comprehensive reporting has led to important debates on education, health care and economic reform.

Stossel began his career as a consumer reporter calling for government regulation and focused on the positive elements that free markets create.  He served as consumer editor for Good Morning America and as a reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City.  Stossel became a co-anchor of ABC’s primetime newsmagazine show 20/20 where he contributed in-depth special reports and covered a variety of consumer topics from pop culture to government and business.  His John Stossel Specials always focused on the tough questions that face Americans on a daily basis.  After 28 years with 20/20 he joined Fox Business Network (FBN) in 2009 to host his own show, which Fox simply titled Stossel.  He also appeared regularly on the Fox News Channel (FNC) providing signature libertarian analysis.

In 2017, he established Stossel TV to create Internet videos in collaboration with like-minded groups such as Reason.org.  Stossel’s accolades include the George Polk Award for Outstanding Local Reporting and the George Foster Peabody Award.  He has also been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club.  A three-time New York Times bestselling author, his latest book is “No, They Can’t: Why Government Fails – But Individuals Succeed”.

A graduate of Princeton University, Stossel has been a member of the AIS Board of Directors since 2013.  His determination in managing his stutter has evolved into an award-winning profession and he continually uses his persuasive voice to educate and inspire others.

Ziauddin Yousafzai
Honoree

Ziauddin Yousafzai is a co-founder and board member of Malala Fund.  He is the proud father of the organization’s namesake, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai.  For many years, Ziauddin served as a teacher and school administrator in his home country of Pakistan.

Growing up, Ziauddin’s parents encouraged him to attend school while his sisters remained at home.  He recognized the disparity and knew that one day he would treat his children equally. When Malala was born in 1997 he named her after Malalai, a Pashtun heroine, and proudly recorded Malala’s birth on the family tree.  She was the first girl to be included.

When the Taliban invaded their home in Swat Valley, Ziauddin peacefully resisted their efforts to limit personal freedoms. Speaking out put Ziauddin at risk, but he feared that remaining silent would be far worse. Inspired by her father’s example, Malala began publicly campaigning for girls to go to school.

In October 2009, The New York Times filmed a short documentary about Ziauddin and Malala’s fight to protect girls’ education in Swat. Due to her increased prominence, Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban two years later. Malala survived the attack and was transported to the United Kingdom for treatment.  Ziauddin, his wife, Toor Pekai and their two sons joined Malala in Birmingham, England, where they currently reside.

Determined to continue their campaign, Ziauddin and Malala founded Malala Fund.  Together they champion every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.

Ziauddin approaches life’s challenges with honesty and bravery, and the American Institute for Stuttering commends him for his openness in managing his stutter.  Freeing his own voice has empowered him to speak out on behalf of those whose voices have been suppressed, and his words have become a catalyst for change around the world.