2017 Speakers

Thank you to our amazing 2016 speakers!

We are currently accepting speaker proposals for 2018 through May 1st.  Click here to learn more about speaking at the TX Conference for Women.

2018 speakers will be announced here beginning in the Spring! 


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 Messy Journey to Purp... 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. She is the first b... Read Full Bio

Adam Grant

ADAM GRANT has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for six straight years. He is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more gene... 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 civil rights and wome... 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 president of global onli... Read Full Bio

Special Guest Speakers

Marian Cabanillas

MARIAN CABANILLAS serves as the president of UnitedHealthcare Community & State’s South Texas Health Plan. She is responsible for leading initiatives at ... Read Full Bio

Janice Co

JANICE CO is vice president and head of marketing and strategy within Prudential Retirement, a business unit of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU). She is ... Read Full Bio

Bobbi Dangerfield

BOBBI DANGERFIELD is senior vice president of global business services with Dell. Her role is about making Dell the easiest company to do business with in the w... Read Full Bio


DrumForGOOD is a small, joyful community of hand drummers who love to learn, play and celebrate West African rhythms on authentic West African instruments.  T... Read Full Bio

Melanie Foley

MELANIE FOLEY is the executive vice president, chief talent and enterprise services officer for Liberty Mutual Insurance, a diversified global insurer and fift... Read Full Bio

Ruthie Foster

In the tightknit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t. If you do, word gets around. ... Read Full Bio

Terri Gruca

TERRI GRUCA is an Emmy award-winning anchor and reporter for KVUE-TV. Her parents always told her to find a job she loved and work will never feel like work. I... Read Full Bio

Debbie McClure

DEBBIE McCLURE is the senior director of global virtual sales and customer success with Cisco, where she is responsible for the global service provider and sof... Read Full Bio

Holly Windham

HOLLY WINDHAM is executive vice president, CLO and general counsel with Rackspace. From Rackspace's headquarters in San Antonio, she leads legal teams on four... Read Full Bio

Breakout Session Speakers

Nellie Borrero

NELLIE BORRERO is senior global inclusion and diversity managing director with Accenture. Borrero joined Accenture in 1986 and created the first role for divers... Read Full Bio

Taylor Bradford

TAYLOR BRADFORD is the owner and editor of TaylorBradford.com, a life-inspired blog for the girl on the go. Featured regularly are posts relating to blogging t... Read Full Bio

Dr. Sara Brand

DR. SARA BRAND is the founding general partner of True Wealth Ventures, a venture capital fund investing in women-led companies in the sustainable consumer and... Read Full Bio

Sabrina Brown

SABRINA BROWN has over twenty years’ worth of hands-on experience in Texas government and politics. She offers valuable strategic counsel to a broad spectrum... 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 and universities ... Read Full Bio

Marian Cabanillas

MARIAN CABANILLAS serves as the president of UnitedHealthcare Community & State’s South Texas Health Plan. She is responsible for leading initiatives at ... Read Full Bio

Heather Cabot

HEATHER CABOT is the co-author of Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech, a non-fiction narrative published by St. Martin’s Press in May 2... Read Full Bio

Karen Cahn

KAREN CAHN is the Founder & CEO of iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for women-led startups and small businesses. The mission of iFundWomen is to close ... Read Full Bio

Rachel Cassidy

RACHEL CASSIDY serves as Rackspace SVP & GM, professional services. Cassidy joined Rackspace to drive the transformation and evolution of the historical te... 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 Messy Journey to Purp... Read Full Bio

Michelle Cooper

MICHELLE COOPER is senior director at Applied Materials serving as operations leader in their ERP transformation. With a 25 year career, all in high tech field... 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 and pioneer in t... 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 of 19 women who a... Read Full Bio

Myrna Estrada

MYRNA ESTRADA is vice president and regional general manager for Safeco Insurance. She leads the central region distribution operation for Safeco Insurance, wh... Read Full Bio

Tamara Fields

TAMARA FIELDS is the client account lead for State of Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (TX CPA) and the Accenture program manager for the centralized accou... 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 segment in the trav... Read Full Bio

Dawn Frazier-Bohnert

DAWN FRAZIER-BOHNERT is senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer with Liberty Mutual Insurance. She joined the company in the spring of ... 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, copyright, domain... Read Full Bio

Di B. Gazdar

DI B. GAZDAR’s practice is focused on applying her knowledge and experience to provide holistic financial planning and advice tailored to the unique needs of... Read Full Bio

Jane Gasdaska

JANE GASDASKA is the general manager of US product supply and distribution for Phillips 66 Commercial. She is a change agent who believes in delivering excepti... 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 organization of 130 r... Read Full Bio

Alejandrina Guzman

ALEJANDRINA GUZMAN is from Azle, Texas and is majoring in Mexican American studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She is involved in League of United La... 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 executive consultant and... 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 leadership issues.... 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 married, starting a ... 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 industry. Her coverage of the d... Read Full Bio

Celeste Headlee

CELESTE HEADLEE is an award-winning journalist, public speaker and author of the book We Need To Talk - How To Have Conversations That Matter (Harper Wave). ... 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 brand enhancement str... Read Full Bio

Sara Hobson

SARA HOBSON joined Cisco in January 2017 as the director of US commercial for the global virtual sales and customer success Americas team.  In this role, she ... 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 “1 of 5 Women Changing the World of ... Read Full Bio

Kelly Hopping

KELLY HOPPING is the senior director of integrated marketing for Rackspace. In this role, she is responsible for developing the corporate brand strategy, drivi... Read Full Bio

Wendy Howell

WENDY HOWELL is chief of staff for technical services product management with Cisco Systems. She has been with Cisco for five years, and in the technology fiel... 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 the three-member co... Read Full Bio

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 the “Zen Master... Read Full Bio

Johnita Jones

JOHNITA JONES is the Texas Conference for Women board president and the ExxonMobil midstream Americas engineering manager. She began work as a facilities engin... 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 significant internation... 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 Radio, and the New Y... 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. LeBlanc grew up in Austin, a... Read Full Bio

Sunny Lopez

SUNNY LOPEZ is the lubricants supply chain manager for Phillips 66, a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company.  She also chairs the Phillips 66... 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 Trap and Prepare Your Kid for ... Read Full Bio

Carol McGarah

CAROL McGARAH is CEO of Blackridge, a Texas government relations firm. She has worked in the Texas political arena since 1991. Her extensive background, proven... Read Full Bio

Margaret A. McKenna

MARGARET A. McKENNA is a lawyer and educator, and is a leading expert in educational opportunity, civic engagement and philanthropy. She is President Emerita o... 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 the U.S. She’s also a we... Read Full Bio

Karen S. Morris

KAREN S. MORRIS is senior vice president, general counsel for USAA’s property and casualty group, which offers property and casualty insurance products to me... 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 schools includin... Read Full Bio

Carolyn Muise

CAROLYN MUISE leads the chief customer office, analytics and intelligence platform with Dell.   Leveraging big data and customer sentiment, proactively drivi... 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 disruptive business ... Read Full Bio

Lisa Pearson

LISA PEARSON is a seasoned tech executive. She is currently CEO of Umbel, a fast-growing data company. Prior to this, she has been a public company CMO, an ad... 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 psychotherapist w... Read Full Bio

Dwan Perrin

DWAN PERRIN is a veteran in online marketing. She has over ten years of experience as a professional blogger atMommaDJane.com and is also travel writer. Perrin... 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 Business at Univer... Read Full Bio

Denise Press

DENISE PRESS is the vice president, National account lead with MasterCard. She is responsible for leading the end to end payments strategy and P&L with top... Read Full Bio

Tracy Quon

TRACY QUON is the asset manager for the Appalachian Basin region for Statoil’s U.S. onshore division located in Austin, Texas. In this capacity, she is respo... Read Full Bio

Cheryl Reed

CHERYL REED has been with United Airlines twenty five years, having held various positions in sales and management. In her current position as director of regio... Read Full Bio

Lilly Rockwell

LILLY ROCKWELL is a journalist based in Austin, Texas. She has over a decade of experience as a news reporter, and has worked for newspapers, wire services, and... Read Full Bio

Dr. Carol Rohl

CAROL ROHLis the executive director of scientific information management with Merck & Co., Inc. She joined Merck and Co in 2005 as a member of the Rosetta ... 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 and compensation... 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 communications. Fi... 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 essays, she draws on psyc... Read Full Bio
Lisa Stone

Lisa Stone

LISA STONE is an entrepreneur, community leader and movement builder with a 20-year track record of creating and launching products and strategies that drive r... 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, investments, retirement p... Read Full Bio

Carla Pineyro Sublett

CARLA PIÑEYRO SUBLETT is SVP and global chief marketing officer of Rackspace, the #1 managed cloud company. She is responsible for all aspects of marketing and... 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 media publisher POPSUGAR and mont... Read Full Bio

Marissa Tarleton

MARISSA TARLETON is chief marketing officer with RetailMeNot, Inc. In this role, she directs all consumer brand advertising, customer acquisition and retention... 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, and to enable en... 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 roster for the 2015 ... Read Full Bio

Nina Vaca

NINA VACA is founder, chairman, and CEO of Pinnacle Group, the largest Latina-owned workforce solutions provider in America.  Pinnacle Group has been ranked ... 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 Successful People Do Before Bre... 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 and co-founder of ... Read Full Bio

Julie Watson

JULIE WATSON is a customer care manager within the enterprise segment at Rackspace UK where she is responsible for leading her team in fanatical service delive... Read Full Bio

China Widener

CHINA WIDENER serves as national strategy and operations leader for public sector and national strategy and operations diversity and inclusion leader with Deloi... Read Full Bio

Heather Willems

HEATHER WILLEMS is a co-founder of ImageThink and co-author of Draw Your Big Idea. As a fine artist, graphic facilitator, and business strategy consultant, sh... 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 Gen Y audience. W... Read Full Bio

Carmen Rita Wong

CARMEN RITA WONG is an author and the founder and CEO of Malecon Productions. She is the former co-creator and television host of On the Money on CNBC. Won... Read Full Bio

Norine Yukon

NORINE YUKON is the former CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas and currently serves as a board member, executive coach, and strategic adviser for e... Read Full Bio

Health and Wellness Pavilion

Marion Jones

MARION JONES is one of world’s the most celebrated athletes. She declined a spot on the US Olympic Relay Team as a high school student, and accepted a basket... Read Full Bio

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 childhood.  She b... Read Full Bio

Carly Pollack

CARLY POLLACK is the founder of Nutritional Wisdom, a thriving private practice based in Austin, Texas. She is a certified clinical nutritionist specializing i... Read Full Bio

Shonte’ Jovan Taylor

SHONTÉ JOVAN TAYLOR is a neuroscientist, mindset success catalyst and social entrepreneur, who is igniting minds around the world through coaching, training,... Read Full Bio

Social Media Roundtable

Alice Chase

ALICE CHASE is a recognized digital strategist and consultant known for relationship growth and community building both online and offline. Utilizing her exten... Read Full Bio
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 CreatingReallyAwesomeFunThings.co... 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 small Texas town ... Read Full Bio

Maddie Highsmith

MADDIE HIGHSMITH is an enterprise account executive with Oracle Corporation. She is a true digital pioneer and powerhouse leader. With more than fifteen years ... 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 SuperLatina&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 responsible for the... 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 over 15 years. She continues ... 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 since 2014. She also ... Read Full Bio

Barbara Cavness

BARBARA CAVNESS is CEO of 360Partners. She has more than twelve years’ experience in digital marketing and account management. She joined 360Partners in 2010... 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, executive coaching, and ... 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 wide range of clien... Read Full Bio

Rachel Green

RACHEL GREEN is the CEO of A Brand Called U and founder of Leader Ship Box. She has cultivated her passion for public relations and brand management into multi... 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 funding they need ... Read Full Bio

QVC & zulily Product Search

Anna Baker

ANNA BAKER the director of global merchandising strategy and category development with QVC. In this role, Baker and her team are responsible for supporting th... Read Full Bio

Rachel Boesing

RACHEL BOESING is a program Host with QVC.  Her true passion for storytelling has defined her professional life. She left a successful advertising career in... Read Full Bio

Christina Pennypacker

CHRISTINA PENNYPACKER is a buyer for food and cookbook with QVC. She on boards over 100 new vendor partners each year in order to keep the QVC customer excited... Read Full Bio

Ariana Sweet

ARIANA SWEET is a beauty buyer for color cosmetics and nailcare with QVC, where she also oversees the QVC Beauty Sample Box program.  She works directly with ... Read Full Bio