2019 Speakers

2019 speakers will be announced below as they’re confirmed. Proposal submission for 2019 is closed. If you’re interested in learning more about speaking, please see HERE.

OPENING NIGHT SPEAKERS

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Keynotes


Tiffany D. Cross

Tiffany D. Cross

TIFFANY D. CROSS is the co-founder and managing editor of The Beat DC, a platform intersecting national politics, policy, business, media, and ... Read Full Bio
Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert

ELIZABETH GILBERT is the author of Eat Pray Love. Exploding onto the scene in 2006, the best-seller famously chronicled the year Gilbert spent ... Read Full Bio
Carla Harris

Carla Harris

CARLA HARRIS is vice chairman and managing director at Morgan Stanley, where she also serves as a senior client adviser. Previously, she headed... Read Full Bio
Celeste Headlee

Celeste Headlee

CELESTE HEADLEE is a communication and human nature expert, and an award-winning journalist. She is a professional speaker, and also the author... Read Full Bio
Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe

MEGAN RAPINOE is a two-time World Cup Champion, and co-captain of the US Women’s National Team. She is a fan favorite, and one of the te... Read Full Bio
Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS is an award-winning actress, producer, director, and activist, best known for her Golden Globe-winning role as Dr. Rainbow Jo... Read Full Bio
Amanda Southworth

Amanda Southworth

AMANDA SOUTHWORTH is a seventeen-year-old iOS developer, designer, and a mental health and human rights activist. She’s founder and executive... Read Full Bio

Special Guest Speakers


Steve Adler

Steve Adler

STEVE ADLER was elected Austin’s 52nd Mayor in December 2014, and looks forward to doing big things to improve the quality of life for everyo... Read Full Bio
Dawn Frazier-Bohnert

Dawn Frazier-Bohnert

DAWN FRAZIER-BOHNERT is SVP of global diversity and inclusion with Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. Prior to joining Liberty Mutual Insurance, s... Read Full Bio
Terri Gruca

Terri Gruca

TERRI GRUCA is an anchor and investigative reporter at KVUE in Austin, Texas. You’ll see her at 5:00 PM and reporting stories that matter at ... Read Full Bio
Yvonne Nava

Yvonne Nava

YVONNE NAVA can be found behind the desk, weekday mornings from 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM on KVUE News Daybreak. Born and raised in Laredo, ... Read Full Bio
Laysha Ward

Laysha Ward

LAYSHA WARD is executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for Target, and a member of the company’s executive leadership ... Read Full Bio

Breakout Session Speakers


Kathleen Sallade

Kathleen Sallade

KATHLEEN SALLADE is group vice president of sales and business development at Oracle Corporation. Her team hires recent college graduates and f... Read Full Bio
Simidele Adeagbo

Simidele Adeagbo

SIMIDELE ADEAGBO is an Olympian, advocate and marketing expert, best known for becoming the first African and Black woman to compete in Ol... Read Full Bio
Amber Allen

Amber Allen

AMBER ALLEN is CEO Double A Labs. She is a fanatic of emerging technologies and a gamer when she is not running the company. All... Read Full Bio
Louise Allen

Louise Allen

LOUISE ALLEN is senior vice president, product management and product marketing at Planview, responsible for product strategy, positioning, and... Read Full Bio
Emilie Aries

Emilie Aries

EMILIE ARIES is a speaker, podcast host, author, and the founder and CEO of Bossed Up, an award-winning personal and professional development ... Read Full Bio
Amber Armstrong

Amber Armstrong

AMBER ARMSTRONG is a passionate CMO that thinks like a CEO.  She currently serves as a strategic leader and CMO for IBM Watson IoT. ... Read Full Bio
Catherine Bannister

Catherine Bannister

CATHERINE BANNISTER leads performance and development for all of Deloitte’s partners, principals and people. For over twenty five years, she ... Read Full Bio
Alison Beard

Alison Beard

ALISON BEARD is a senior editor at Harvard Business Review, overseeing the Experience section of the magazine and much of its leadership and se... Read Full Bio
Rachana Bhide

Rachana Bhide

RACHANA BHIDE is an organizational psychologist and broadcaster. She is founder of The Corner of the Court Project, a progr... Read Full Bio
Dena Blizzard

Dena Blizzard

DENA BLIZZARD is One Funny Mother, known as the “Target mom” for her viral videos including Back to School Rant, which had over o... Read Full Bio
Sharon Brogdon

Sharon Brogdon

SHARON BROGDON is the director of diversity and inclusion (D&I) for RetailMeNot, leading the program and strategy. She co-leads the D&I... Read Full Bio
Jenifer Brooks

Jenifer Brooks

JENIFER S. BROOKS is chief marketing officer at GLG, where she oversees all aspects of the company’s global marketing operations. She has nea... Read Full Bio
Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

JENNIFER BROWN is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker and diversity and inclusion expert. She is the founder, president and CEO of ... Read Full Bio
Mary Bui-Pham

Mary Bui-Pham

MARY BUI-PHAM is vice president and chief of staff, engineering at Indeed.com providing direct management and oversight of Indeed's engineering... Read Full Bio
Inger Burnett-Zeigler

Inger Burnett-Zeigler

INGER BURNETT-ZEIGLER is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Fein... Read Full Bio
John Byrne

John Byrne

JOHN BYRNE is president, North America commercial sales for Dell Technologies. Representing the company’s largest commercial market and one-q... Read Full Bio
Julia Carreon

Julia Carreon

JULIA CARREON is managing director of wealth management with Wells Fargo. She is a twenty five year financial service professional with a ... Read Full Bio
Michael Chamberlain

Michael Chamberlain

MICHAEL CHAMBERLAIN is vice president of strategic partnerships with Catalyst. He is a key member of Catalyst’s leadership team responsible ... Read Full Bio
Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky

JEAN CHATZKY launched HerMoney Media and HerMoney.com in 2018 to provide women with information about money they can a... Read Full Bio
Julia Cheek

Julia Cheek

JULIA CHEEK is the CEO and founder of EverlyWell, the digital health company poised to disrupt the twenty five billion dollar diagnostics indu... Read Full Bio
Lida Citroën

Lida Citroën

LIDA CITROËN is an award-winning international reputation management and personal branding expert who designs and enhances the ... Read Full Bio
Tony Colon

Tony Colon

TONY COLON is vice president of portfolio product development for Cisco Customer Experience (CX). In this role, he leads and aligns t... Read Full Bio
Heather Crowder

Heather Crowder

HEATHER CROWDER is general tax officer for Phillips 66, a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. Before joining Phillips 66 in... Read Full Bio
Catherine Davie

Catherine Davie

CATHERINE DAVIE has twenty years of experience in marketing, brand strategy, and creative work, helping Fortune 500 brands ... Read Full Bio
Michelle Duguid

Michelle Duguid

MICHELLE DUGUID is a professor at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management and the Clifford H. Whitcomb Faculty Fellow at Cornel... Read Full Bio
Dr. Candace Steele Flippin

Dr. Candace Steele Flippin

DR. CANDACE STEELE FLIPPIN is executive vice president and chief communications officer at First Horizon National Corporation. She is a member ... Read Full Bio
Melinda Franklin

Melinda Franklin

MELINDA YEE FRANKLIN currently serves as the managing director of corporate and government affairs in the western region for United Airlin... Read Full Bio
Amy Gallo

Amy Gallo

AMY E. GALLO is an expert in conflict, communication, and workplace dynamics. She is the author of the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict, a ho... Read Full Bio
Linda Glass

Linda Glass

LINDA GLASS is founder and CEO of Glass Talent. She is an executive coach and Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator. Glass loves working with ... Read Full Bio
Shelley Gretlein

Shelley Gretlein

SHELLEY GRETLEIN is vice president of global marketing with National Instruments. She is responsible for inspiring, educating, and empowering e... Read Full Bio
Minda Harts

Minda Harts

MINDA HARTS is a well-connected, sought after speaker and thought-leader, frequently speaking on topics of advancing women of color, leadership... Read Full Bio
Fran Hauser

Fran Hauser

FRAN HAUSER is a celebrated media executive, startup investor, best-selling author and expert in women's leadership. She's held senior position... Read Full Bio
Jessica Herrin

Jessica Herrin

JESSICA HERRIN is an author, CEO and founder of Stella & Dot. She is a serial entrepreneur who previously co-founded WeddingChannel.com, th... Read Full Bio
Michele Herron

Michele Herron

MICHELE HERRON is senior vice president and head of strategy, marketing and small/medium business for Visa’s CyberSource business unit. ... Read Full Bio
Dr. Tiffany Jana

Dr. Tiffany Jana

DR. TIFFANY JANA(They/Them/Their) is the founder of TMI Consulting Inc., a diversity and inclusion management consulting firm founded... Read Full Bio
W. Brad Johnson

W. Brad Johnson

W. BRAD JOHNSON is professor of psychology in the department of leadership, ethics and law at the United States Naval Academy, and a faculty as... Read Full Bio
Karen Chong

Karen Chong

KAREN CHONG is innovator in compelling storytelling as a way to engage audiences while championing the mission of brands. In her role as the di... Read Full Bio
Keri D’angelis

Keri D’angelis

KERI D’ANGELIS is a vendor operations manager at Liberty Mutual, driving operational excellence in the medical and special investigations cla... Read Full Bio
Lori Knowlton

Lori Knowlton

LORI KNOWLTON is SVP and chief people officer with Silicon Labs. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with leadership teams and boards... Read Full Bio
Erika Lanciault

Erika Lanciault

ERIKA LANCIAULT is senior vice president and project manager with Broadway Bank. With over seventeen years of experience in the banking in... Read Full Bio
Claudia Lee

Claudia Lee

CLAUDIA LEE is a consummate builder, having started up multiple new businesses during her career in tech. She helped build an innovative global... Read Full Bio
Richard Lopez

Richard Lopez

RICHARD LOPEZ is the director of global diversity and inclusion and chief customer officer for Dell, Inc. He is responsible for developing and ... Read Full Bio
Christi Marrufo

Christi Marrufo

CHRISTI MARRUFO leads Applied Materials knowledge management and collaboration solutions organization at Applied Materials, Inc. She is respons... Read Full Bio
Charmaine McClarie

Charmaine McClarie

CHARMAINE McCLARIE is an author, C-suite adviser, keynote speaker, executive coach, and executive presence authority who helps leaders hav... Read Full Bio
Debbie McClure

Debbie McClure

DEBBIE McCLURE  is senior director, in Americas service provider mid-market sales with Cisco. A career sales professional with more than&n... Read Full Bio
Rhonda McGown

Rhonda McGown

RHONDA McGOWN is a member of the executive leadership team at Broadway Bank, serving as executive vice president, chief talent and strategy off... Read Full Bio
Meg Murphy

Meg Murphy

MEG MURPHY is the CMO for IBM Systems. She joined IBM in August 2015 as VP of digital marketing and demand generation. In November 2016, she wa... Read Full Bio
Julie O’brien

Julie O’brien

JULIE O’BRIEN is senior vice president of corporate marketing for Nutanix. In this role, she is responsible for leading global brand strategy... Read Full Bio
Laura Okmin

Laura Okmin

LAURA OKMIN is the founder of GALVANIZE, an organization that conducts seminars around the country, teaching participants to build their own f... Read Full Bio
Janice Omadeke

Janice Omadeke

JANICE OMADEKE is the CEO and founder of The Mentor Method, an enterprise platform helping companies keep and develop their diverse talent... Read Full Bio
Livio Perez

Livio Perez

LIVIO PEREZ is a claims manager at Liberty Mutual's catastrophe claims organization.  He leads a very diverse, multigenerational and highl... Read Full Bio
Mary Laura Philpott

Mary Laura Philpott

MARY LAURA PHILPOTT is the author of I Miss You When I Blink, a nationally best-selling memoir in essays. Her writing appears in publications i... Read Full Bio
Ross Powell

Ross Powell

ROSS POWELL is a senior level insurance claims manager with Liberty Mutual. With thirty three years’ experience in the industry, he started h... Read Full Bio
Amber Rae

Amber Rae

AMBER RAE has been called a “real-life Wonder Woman.” She is a writer, visual artist, and speaker who encourages emotional wellness and per... Read Full Bio
Sam Rapoport

Sam Rapoport

SAM RAPOPORT is senior director of football development with the National Football League. Rapoport spearheads programming ... Read Full Bio
Linda Raynier

Linda Raynier

LINDA RAYNIER CPA, CA is a career strategist, speaker, and coach for corporate professionals looking to enhance their personal brand to pursue ... Read Full Bio
Susan Rietano Davey

Susan Rietano Davey

SUSAN DAVEY RIETANO is co-founder and owner of Prepare to Launch, LLC, which provides guidance to women on their journeys back to work after op... Read Full Bio
Carolyn Rodz

Carolyn Rodz

CAROLYN RODZ is a Latina three-time entrepreneur, and CEO of HelloAlice.com. Alice is a free AI-driven website, prioritizing women and underrep... Read Full Bio
Veronica Rueckert

Veronica Rueckert

VERONICA RUECKERT is the author of Outspoken: Why women's voices get silenced and how to set them free, and a Peabody Award-winning communic... Read Full Bio
Kathryn Sanders

Kathryn Sanders

KATHRYN SANDERS joined the Houston office of Accenture in 1983 and has always focused on their resources industries. After meeting Dag, her Nor... Read Full Bio
Erica Williams Simon

Erica Williams Simon

ERICA WILLIAMS SIMON is a social critic, author, host and CEO of Sage House, a company that creates spaces and content to surface wisdom about ... Read Full Bio
Marissa Tarleton

Marissa Tarleton

MARISSA TARLETON is the chief executive officer of RetailMeNot, Inc. She joined RetailMeNot in 2015 as chief marketing officer and helped deliv... Read Full Bio
Traci Uribe

Traci Uribe

TRACI URIBE currently serves as an underwriting director with USAA, where she leads a team of highly motivated and professional adherence under... Read Full Bio
Yai Vargas

Yai Vargas

YAI VARGAS is a leading multicultural marketing expert with a niche in building marketing strategies and community engagement programs. She spe... Read Full Bio
Cy Wakeman

Cy Wakeman

CY WAKEMAN is president and founder of Reality-Based Leadership. She is a drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-sell... Read Full Bio
Laysha Ward

Laysha Ward

LAYSHA WARD is executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for Target, and a member of the company’s executive leadership ... Read Full Bio
Beth Weeks

Beth Weeks

BETH WEEKS is chief information officer and vice president of cloud operations at Planview. She is responsible for setting the strategic direct... Read Full Bio
Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin

Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin

 DANIELLE WEISBERG and CARLY ZAKIN are co-founders and co-CEOs of theSkimm, a membership company dedicated to helping millennial women liv... Read Full Bio

Exhibit Hall Speakers


Carmen Bryant

Carmen Bryant

CARMEN BRYANT is director of US marketing with Indeed. She is an international speaker and strategic marketing leader who motivates action by t... Read Full Bio
Tiffanie Gray

Tiffanie Gray

TIFFANIE GRAY is the associate manager for the Dallas wealth management market of Wells Fargo Advisors. She has been in the financial services ... Read Full Bio
Sheila McElhinney

Sheila McElhinney

SHEILA McELHINNEY is a financial relationship advisor with Wells Fargo. For two decades she has helped clients address their financial and insu... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable


Valentina Gomez Bravo

Valentina Gomez Bravo

VALENTINA GOMEZ BRAVO is a multi-passionate entrepreneur, a multicultural creative brand strategist, educator, speaker, and social activist. Sh... Read Full Bio
Liz Feezor

Liz Feezor

LIZ FEEZOR is a writer and creative strategist who helps wholehearted individuals and conscious businesses tell their stories. In addition to h... Read Full Bio
Veronica Garza

Veronica Garza

VERONICA GARZA is a co-founder, president, and chief innovation officer of Siete Family Foods. Diagnosed with multiple autoimmune disorders sin... Read Full Bio
Jill Griffin

Jill Griffin

JILL GRIFFIN leads an Austin-based executive coaching firm, JGEL. She is particularly passionate about helping women rise. She grew up in Marsh... Read Full Bio
Maryanne Lee

Maryanne Lee

MARYANNE LEE is the director of customer experience strategy at LegalZoom, and a founding partner at RGLR Collective. Human insights surfaced i... Read Full Bio
Laurie J. Logue

Laurie J. Logue

LAURIE J. LOGUE is executive vice president for Broadway Bank’s Austin market, and the manager of commercial real estate lending. She has bee... Read Full Bio
Rana Salman, Ph.D.

Rana Salman, Ph.D.

RANA SALMAN, Ph.D. collaborates with sales, marketing and enablement leaders to improve sales effectiveness. With over 17 years of experience i... Read Full Bio

Tech Roundtables


Amber Allen

Amber Allen

AMBER ALLEN is CEO Double A Labs. She is a fanatic of emerging technologies and a gamer when she is not running the company. All... Read Full Bio
Alexis Davis

Alexis Davis

ALEXIS DAVIS is a connector, speaker, and social media educator with a penchant for creating communities wherever she goes. Her lifelong obsess... Read Full Bio
Vianney Gonzales

Vianney Gonzales

VIANNEY GONZALES is a quality manager for the strategic planning and quality team at Tokyo Electron America, a leader in the global semiconduct... Read Full Bio
Joanna Holden

Joanna Holden

JOANNA HOLDEN is a respected creative director, brand and graphic designer. Her award-winning success is rooted in a fine art background and co... Read Full Bio
Jessica Scanlon

Jessica Scanlon

JESSICA SCANLON is the founder of Hot Dog marketing. She’s helped hundreds of businesses develop their brands and establish their online repu... Read Full Bio
Yai Vargas

Yai Vargas

YAI VARGAS is a leading multicultural marketing expert with a niche in building marketing strategies and community engagement programs. She spe... Read Full Bio

Health and Wellness Pavilion


Dr. Sarah Hill

Dr. Sarah Hill

DR. SARAH HILL is a leading researcher in the dynamic and rapidly expanding field of evolutionary psychology. She completed her PhD a... Read Full Bio
Lorena Asebedo Kaplen

Lorena Asebedo Kaplen

LORENA ASEBEDO KAPLEN is a registered dietitian, culinary enthusiast and self‑taught chef whose passion for food and nutrition stems from her... Read Full Bio
Dr. Shelly Sethi

Dr. Shelly Sethi

DR. SHELLY SETHI is a double board-certified family physician who provides integrative and functional medicine to people who are looking to opt... Read Full Bio
Dr. Tiffany Young

Dr. Tiffany Young

DR. TIFFANY YOUNG, PhD, LPC-S is a licensed professional counselor supervisor with an MS from Texas Woman's University and a Doctorate Degree f... Read Full Bio