Speakers

Thank you to our amazing 2016 speakers!

We are no longer accepting speaker proposals for 2017. Click here to learn more about speaking at the TX Conference for Women.

2017 speakers will be announced here as they are confirmed. 


Keynotes

Mallika Chopra

Mallika Chopra

MALLIKA CHOPRA is a mom, media entrepreneur, public speaker and published author. Her most recent book, “Living With Intent: My Somewhat Mess... Read Full Bio

Viola Davis

VIOLA DAVIS is a critically revered, award-winning actress of film, television and theater known for her intriguing and groundbreaking roles. S... Read Full Bio

Anita Hill

ANITA HILL is a university professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University. She is a vital leader in both the civi... Read Full Bio

Sheryl Sandberg

SHERYL SANDBERG is the chief operating officer for Facebook, overseeing the firm's business operations. Prior to Facebook, she was vice preside... Read Full Bio

Special Guest Speakers

Susie Gray

Susie Gray

SUSIE GRAY is publisher for the Austin American-Statesman, a position she’s held since December 2012. Prior to her appointment to publisher o... Read Full Bio

Breakout Session Speakers

China Widener

CHINA WIDENER serves as national strategy and operations leader for public sector and national strategy and operations diversity and inclusion... Read Full Bio
Colette Pierce Burnette

Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette

DR. COLETTE PIERCE BURNETTE joined Huston-Tillotson University as president on July 1, 2015. A strong proponent of historically black colleges ... Read Full Bio
Mallika Chopra

Mallika Chopra

MALLIKA CHOPRA is a mom, media entrepreneur, public speaker and published author. Her most recent book, “Living With Intent: My Somewhat Mess... Read Full Bio
Janet Crawford

Janet Crawford

JANET CRAWFORD is CEO of Cascadance, a Bay Area-based firm supporting leaders in building brain-friendly organizations. A female scientist... Read Full Bio
Tiffany Dufu

Tiffany Dufu

TIFFANY DUFU is chief leadership officer of Levo and launch team member to Lean In. She was named in the Huffington Post as one ... Read Full Bio

Melanie Fish

MELANIE FISH manages U.S. public relations for HomeAway and is their travel expert, speaking to journalists daily about the fastest growing se... Read Full Bio

Alison Frey

ALISON FREY is an intellectual property lawyer and mother of two.  She regularly advises clients across a myriad of industries on trademark, ... Read Full Bio

Amanda Gill

AMANDA GILL is vice president, North America Oracle talent advisory (OTA). In this role, Gill is responsible for leading the North America orga... Read Full Bio
Amy Cooper Hakim

Amy Cooper Hakim

AMY COOPER HAKIM, Ph.D. is an industrial-organizational psychology practitioner and workplace expert. She is a speaker, author, and the executi... Read Full Bio
Jeffrey Tobias Halter

Jeffery Tobias Halter

JEFFERY TOBIAS HALTER is a gender strategist and the President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women’s l... Read Full Bio

Michelle D. Hare

MICHELLE D. HARE works with the State Farm® marketing department, managing national sponsorships pertaining to the life stages of getting mar... Read Full Bio
Lori Hawkins

Lori Hawkins

LORI HAWKINS writes about business for the Austin American-Statesman, with a focus on high-tech startups and the venture capital indus... Read Full Bio
Marian Heard

Marian L. Heard

MARIAN L. HEARD is the president and CEO of Oxen Hill Partners, a Boston-based company specializing in leadership development programs and bran... Read Full Bio
Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey

KELLY HOEY is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes as “... Read Full Bio

Ruth Ruggero Hughs

RUTH RUGGERO HUGHS is the Commissioner representing employers of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Governor Greg Abbott appointed her to th... Read Full Bio
Shama Hyder

Shama Hyder

SHAMA HYDER is the award-winning CEO of The Marketing Zen Group, a global online marketing and digital PR company. Hyder has aptly been dubbed ... Read Full Bio
Michelle King

Michelle King

MICHELLE KING is a leading global expert in gender and organizations. She is a keynote speaker, researcher, writer and advocate. She has signif... Read Full Bio
Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey

JESSICA LAHEY is a teacher, writer, and mom. She writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, Vermont Public... Read Full Bio
Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc

PAM LeBLANC writes about adventure, travel and fitness at the Austin American-Statesman, where she pens the weekly Fit City column. Le... Read Full Bio
Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims

JULIE LYTHCOTT-HAIMS is the author of the New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting ... Read Full Bio
Robyn Moreno

Robyn Moreno

ROBYN MORENO is the editorial director of Latina magazine and Latina.com; the largest media property aimed at acculturated Latinas in ... Read Full Bio
Jennifer Mueller

Jennifer Mueller

JENNIFER MUELLER earned her PhD in social and developmental psychology at Brandeis University, and has been on the faculty of many top business... Read Full Bio
Sarah Robb O'Hagan

Sarah Robb O’Hagan

SARAH ROBB O’HAGAN has been described as “Superwoman undercover,” and the “Pied Piper of Potential.” A high-energy combination of dis... Read Full Bio

Sheryl O’Loughlin

SHERYL O’LOUGHLIN is a serial entrepreneur and author of KILLING IT! An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Hea... Read Full Bio
Esther Perel

Esther Perel

ESTHER PEREL is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and provocative voices on personal and professional relationships. A celebrated ... Read Full Bio
Christine Porath

Christine Porath

CHRISTINE PORATH is a professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Prior to that, she taught at Marshall School of B... Read Full Bio

Marisela Rylander

MARISELA RYLANDER has spent over 15 years working across multiple facets of human resources, including talent acquisition, HR business partner... Read Full Bio

Cindy Seffair

CINDY SEFFAIR is the director of human resources communication and change management at United Airlines, where she has just flown by the 30-ye... Read Full Bio
Ruth Sherman

Ruth Sherman

RUTH SHERMAN works with global CEOs, international celebrities, and public figures looking to have a greater impact in their personal, public c... Read Full Bio
Emily Esfahani Smith

Emily Esfahani Smith

EMILY ESFAHANI SMITH is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters (Crown). In her book, articles, and... Read Full Bio
Lisa Stone

Lisa Stone

LISA STONE is a board director, movement-builder and founder who creates scale movements with technology, story-telling and consumer aspiration... Read Full Bio
Mary Stork

Mary Stork

MARY STORK is the president of financial planning and advice with USAA, a financial services association providing insurance, banking, investme... Read Full Bio

Lisa Sugar

LISA SUGAR is the founder and president of POPSUGAR, Inc., a global media and technology company that is parent to lifestyle... Read Full Bio
Lisa Skeete Tatum

Lisa Skeete Tatum

LISA SKEETE TATUM is founder and CEO of Landit, a technology platform created to increase the success and engagement of women in the workplace,... Read Full Bio
Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

SARAH THOMAS is currently an official for the NFL. On April 8, 2015, Thomas was one of nine new game officials added to the NFL officiating ros... Read Full Bio
Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam

LAURA VANDERKAM is the author of several time management and productivity books, including I Know How She Does It, What the Most S... Read Full Bio

Claire Vo

CLAIRE VO is the senior director of product at Optimizely, the world's leading experience optimization platform. Previously, she was the CEO a... Read Full Bio

Alex Wolf

ALEX WOLF is a millennial branding strategist and founder and CEO of Bossbabe, Inc. She innovates fresh and original ways to connect with the ... Read Full Bio

Social Media Roundtable

Jamie Dorobek

Jamie Dorobek

JAMIE DOROBEK is an author, DIY enthusiast, social media connoisseur and the creator of C.R.A.F.T., a nifty little acronym for CreatingReallyAw... Read Full Bio

Connie Gomez

CONNIE GOMEZ is the creator of Momma of Dos and co-founder of Houston Latina Bloggers. She is a born and raised Texan, where she grew up in a ... Read Full Bio
Gaby Natale

Gaby Natale

GABY NATALE is a 3-time Daytime EMMY-award winner, media personality and entrepreneur. She is the executive producer and host of the TV show&nb... Read Full Bio
Lyndsey Tyner

Lyndsey Tyner

LINDSEY TYNER is the owner and founder of Alt Creative, a boutique web design company in Austin, TX. She is the principal creative force and re... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable

Emily Bolf

EMILY BOLF has been the longtime associate producer and digital director of the award-winning PBS series Austin City Limits for ove... Read Full Bio
Lana Carlson

Lana Carlson

LANA CARLSON currently lives in Austin, Texas, where she has been the head curator and co-founder of the Pop Austin International Art Show sinc... Read Full Bio
Stephanie Chung

Stephanie Chung

STEPHANIE CHUNG is an executive coach and sales mentor. Based in Dallas, Stephanie Chung and Associates offer sales training, executi... Read Full Bio

Andrea Corson

ANDREA CORSON is an Emmy-nominated television producer, digital strategist and consultant. Most recently she has created awesome video for a wi... Read Full Bio
Kristal Johnson

Kristal Johnson

KRISTAL JOHNSON is the award-winning CEO of FundJoy LLC, a full-service fundraising agency that is helping organizations find the sustainable f... Read Full Bio