Speakers


Keynotes


Nyad, Dianesm

Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida on September 2, 2013. This feat marke... Read Full Bio
OBrien, Soledadsm

Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O'Brien is an award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer. O’Brien was the originator of “Black in America”... Read Full Bio
shahid, shizasm

Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid is the CEO and co-founder of the Malala Fund, the organization representing the young Pakistani activist who was shot by the Talib... Read Full Bio
Sterling, Debbiesm

Debbie Sterling

Debbie Sterling is the founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, an award-winning toy company on a mission to "disrupt the pink aisle" with interactive co... Read Full Bio
Sheryl WuDunnSO3385

Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunnn was the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive, lecturer and best-selling author.  With... Read Full Bio

Breakout Session Speakers


Alcorn, Katrinasm

Katrina Alcorn

Katrina Alcorn is an author, consultant and expert on why women burn out at work. Her first book, “MAXED OUT: American Moms on the Brink,” ... Read Full Bio
Anderson, Katherinesm

Katherine Anderson

Katherine Anderson is part of a unique approach to patient care. As the director of Naturopathic Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of Americ... Read Full Bio
Patty Chang Ankersm

Patty Chang Anker

Patty Chang Anker is the author of the memoir “Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave” (Riverhead Books), a Parents Magazine... Read Full Bio
Bacal, Jessicasm

Jessica Bacal

Jessica Bacal directs the Wurtele Center for Work & Life at Smith College, an independent women’s college in Massachusetts with students ... Read Full Bio
Bowen, Jennysm

Jenny Bowen

Jenny Bowen is an advocate for the world’s forgotten children. She is the founder and CEO of Half the Sky, an international NGO founded in 19... Read Full Bio
Bowen, Jennysm

Jenny Bowen

Jenny Bowen is an advocate for the world’s forgotten children. She is the founder and CEO of Half the Sky, an international NGO founded in 19... Read Full Bio
Brown, Sunnism

Sunni Brown

Sunni Brown is “infodoodler-in-chief” of a creative consultancy that uses applied game and visual thinking to solve problems. She was named... Read Full Bio
Canaday, Sarasm

Sara Canaday

Sara Canaday is a leadership expert, branding strategist, speaker and author. Canaday has a unique gift for connecting and communicating with h... Read Full Bio
Gasdaska, Janesm

Jane Gasdaska

Jane Gasdaska is general manager, U.S. product supply and distribution for Phillips 66 Commercial. She has 18 years of experience in the oil an... Read Full Bio
Ginsberg, Mandysm

Mandy Ginsberg

Mandy Ginsberg joined Tutor.com in 2013 after the company was purchased by IAC, a leading media and Internet company.   Tutor.com is the larg... Read Full Bio
Gladney, Lawanasm

Dr. Lawana Gladney

Dr. Lawana Gladney is an emotional wellness expert, speaker, trainer, author and CEO of Emotional Wellness. She has presented speeches and trai... Read Full Bio
Gray, Johnsm

John Gray

John Gray is the leading relationship expert in the world and best-selling author of “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.” Gray’s bo... Read Full Bio
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Jane Hyun

Jane Hyun is co-author with Audrey S. Lee of “FLEX: The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences” (HarperBusiness).  She is also an in... Read Full Bio
Jones, Debbiesm

Debbie Jones

Debbie Jones is the owner and creative force behind French Laundry Home. She based an entire business on an old grain sack found at a flea mark... Read Full Bio
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Cathy Kangas

Cathy Kangas is alegendary beauty expert and fiercely passionate entrepreneur, and has dedicated her life to making the world more beautiful! A... Read Full Bio
LaPorte, Danielles

Danielle LaPorte

Danielle LaPorte is the creator of The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul, author of the bestseller, “The Fire Starter Sessions... Read Full Bio
Mohr, Tarasm

Tara Sophia Mohr

Tara Sophia Mohr is the founder of the global Playing Big leadership program for women and author of the forthcoming book, “Playing Big: Find... Read Full Bio
Ratzlaff, Cindysm

Cindy Ratzlaff

Cindy Ratzlaff was named to the Forbes’ “20 Best Branded Women on Twitter” list and Forbes Woman called her on... Read Full Bio
shahid, shizasm

Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid is the CEO and co-founder of the Malala Fund, the organization representing the young Pakistani activist who was shot by the Talib... Read Full Bio
Sharma, Ritusm

Ritu Sharma

Ritu Sharma is co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide, and a leading voice on women’s issues in U.S. foreign policy. For 20 years... Read Full Bio
Sheehy, Gailsm

Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy is the author of 16 books, including the classic New York Times best-seller “Passages,” named by the Library of Congre... Read Full Bio
Sterling, Debbiesm

Debbie Sterling

Debbie Sterling is the founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, an award-winning toy company on a mission to "disrupt the pink aisle" with interactive co... Read Full Bio
Trafford, Abigailsm

Abigail Trafford

Abigail Trafford is an author, journalist and public speaker whose work focuses on the new stage of life that comes after middle age but before... Read Full Bio
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Kate White

Kate White is an internationally known expert on leadership and success and a New York Times best-selling author of several influentia... Read Full Bio
Williams, Joansm

Joan C. Williams

Joan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the debates over women’s advancement for the past quarter-century. Described as havin... Read Full Bio
Sheryl WuDunnSO3385

Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunnn was the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive, lecturer and best-selling author.  With... Read Full Bio
Zane, Kerrism

Kerri Zane

Kerri Zane is a single mom lifestyle expert, co-parenting authority, speaker, Emmy award winning television executive and Amazon best-selling a... Read Full Bio
Zoern, sm

Stacy Zoern

Stacy Zoern has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which is a form of Muscular Dystrophy. She has never walked.  At the age of 20, Zoern wrote her first... Read Full Bio

Expert Exchange


Kinney, Kathysm

Kathy Kinney

Kathy Kinney is best known for her iconic role as “Mimi” on the ABC hit TV series “The Drew Carey Show.” She has appeared in many movie... Read Full Bio
Ratzlaff, Cindysm

Cindy Ratzlaff

Cindy Ratzlaff was named to the Forbes’ “20 Best Branded Women on Twitter” list and Forbes Woman called her on... Read Full Bio

Local Leader


Arreaga, Beckysm

Becky Arreaga

Becky Arreaga is agency president of Mercury Mambo. Along with her business partners Liz Arreaga (also her sister) and Lynn Currie, Arreaga for... Read Full Bio

Social Media Roundtable


Arreaga, Beckysm

Becky Arreaga

Becky Arreaga is agency president of Mercury Mambo. Along with her business partners Liz Arreaga (also her sister) and Lynn Currie, Arreaga for... Read Full Bio
Benavides, Cathysm

Cathy Benavides

Cathy Benavides is a native Austinite, and writes a plus size style blog called “Austin Slave to Fashion.” She also runs a social media man... Read Full Bio
Fernandez, Sandrasm

Sandra Fernandez

Sandra Fernandez is a communications professional with more than 15 years of experience with higher education, government and non-profit organi... Read Full Bio
Linnell, Christinasm

Christina Linnell

Christina Linnell is the founder and chief idea officer of Linnell Media. She serves as social media cracker jack for small business owners all... Read Full Bio
Morales, Veronicasm TEMP

Veronica Morales

Veronica Morales is the founder and CEO of The Social Being: Meetings & Media Firm, a digital marketing and event management firm. An advoc... Read Full Bio
Quraishi, Amandasm

Amanda Quraishi

Amanda Quraishi is a blogger, interfaith activist and technology professional living in Austin, Texas.  She works full time for Charit... Read Full Bio
Smith, Jensm

Jen Smith

Jen Smith is the go-to source for smart Facebook marketing. Equal parts tech geek and social media maven, she brings over 15 years of online ma... Read Full Bio
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Karen Walrond

Karen Walrond is a speaker, author and photographer.  Her bestselling book,” The Beauty of Different,” is a chronicle of imagery and portr... Read Full Bio
Woodruff, Virginiasm

Virginia Woodruff

Virginia Woodruff founded the witty website Great Moments in Parenting. Since launching in late 2012, Great Moments in Parenting has grown to a... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable


Breyer, sm

Michelle Breyer

Michelle Breyer is a co-founder and president of TextureMedia Inc., a 16-year-old Austin-based social media network platform for people with cu... Read Full Bio
Corrigan, Jeannesm

Jeanne Corrigan

Jeanne Corrigan is a strategist, focused on the women’s market. She is part researcher, part marketer and all curiosity. After 20 years of co... Read Full Bio
Hanna, Hollysm

Holly Hanna

Holly Reisem Hanna is a publisher, social media manager and work at home mom. Her award-winning website, The Work at Home Woman, advocates tele... Read Full Bio
LeMond, Laurasm

Laura LeMond

Laura LeMond is the founder of Mosaic Weighted Blankets. She was born prematurely with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). LeMond was a college... Read Full Bio