2018 Speakers

2018 speakers will be announced below as they’re confirmed. 

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Shawn Achor

is the New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. His most recent book, titled Big Potential: How Transforming the Purs... Read Full Bio

Dr. Brené Brown

is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation Bren Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social... Read Full Bio

Renata Quintini

is interested in technologies that seek to improve the quality of life for all people. She invests in ambitious startups that aim to help us to not only live lo... Read Full Bio

Nina Shaw

is a founding partner in the entertainment law firm of Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano. Her practice is in the television, motion picture, and... Read Full Bio

Reese Witherspoon

is an award winning actress and producer who has created the kinds of unforgettable characters that connect with critics and audiences alike. She won an Academy... Read Full Bio

Whitney Wolfe Herd

is the founder and CEO of Bumble, one of the fastest growing social networking apps in the world. She launched Bumble in 2014 as the only dating platform where ... Read Full Bio

Breakout Session Speakers

Mary Abbajay

is the president of Careerstone Group, LLC, a full service organizational and leadership development consultancy that delivers leading-edge talent and organizat... Read Full Bio

Luvvie Ajayi

is a New York Times-bestselling author, speaker and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology, and activism. A fifteen-year blog... Read Full Bio

Tiffany Aliche

also known as The Budgetnista, is quickly becoming America's favorite personal financial educator. The Budgetnista is the founder of the LIVE RICHER Chal... Read Full Bio

Penny Baldwin

is a senior vice president and the chief marketing officer at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. In her role, Baldwin leads the company s marketing efforts worldwide... Read Full Bio

Carolina Barcenas

is vice president of data science and AI for data products at Visa. She is responsible for exploring and developing advanced ways for leveraging data to create ... Read Full Bio

Susie Gray Biehle

has been publisher of the Austin American-Statesman since December 2012. Prior to this role, she was EVP and general manager for USA TODAY, where she was res... Read Full Bio

Lisa Bodell

is a best-selling author, and the founder and CEO of futurethink. She s helped thousands of senior leaders at companies like Google, Pfizer, and Lockheed Ma... Read Full Bio

Cindy Bond

is manager of surface transportation and logistics for Phillips 66 Company. She has more than seventeen years of logistics and operations experience in the oil ... Read Full Bio

Lauren Smith Brody

is the author of The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby (Doubleday/Anchor). She s the founder of The Fi... Read Full Bio

Marian Cabanillas

serves as the president for South Texas of UnitedHealthcare s Texas Health Plan. In this role she works closely with customers, providers, community based org... Read Full Bio

Kailei Carr

is the CEO of The Asbury Group, which specializes in image, presence, branding, and leadership development for executive women. Through her signature approach ... Read Full Bio

Courtney Carver

changed her life by simplifying it after a devastating diagnosis in 2006. She s the founder of bemorewithless.com and minimalist fashion challenge Project 3... Read Full Bio

Bobbi Dangerfield

leads global business services, a cross-functional organization focused on end-to-end sales enablement, order management, customer order support and business in... Read Full Bio

KJ Dell’Antonia

KJ DELL ANOTNIA edited the Motherlode column for the New York Times for five years. This experience taught her this: family can be a source of joy, not str... Read Full Bio

Emily O’ Halloran

EMILY O HALLORAN is the digital lead for the southwest region of Accenture. In her role, O Halloran helps clients redefine how they serve connected custome... Read Full Bio

Alison Frey

is an intellectual property lawyer with Dickinson Wright PLLC, and a mother of two. She regularly advises clients across a myriad of industries on trademark, co... Read Full Bio

Carol Fulp

is president and CEO of The Partnership, Inc., New England s premier organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of the region by attracting, deve... Read Full Bio

Anne Grady

is not your typical motivational speaker. She is a best-selling author, two-time TEDx speaker, trainer, survivor, optimist, inspirer, and a truth-bomb dropper. ... Read Full Bio

Alison Green

writes the popular Ask a Manager blog, where she answers readers' questions daily on workplace and management issues. From what to say when you drank too much... Read Full Bio

Martie Haselton, PhD

is the world s leading researcher on sexuality and the ovulation cycle. She is a professor of psychology at UCLA, and the Institute for Society and Genetics. ... Read Full Bio

Leslie Hassler

is the founder of Your Biz Rules. You may have noticed that when businesses grow, the list of what needs fixing grows too. It can be hard to know which things n... Read Full Bio

Sally Helgesen

is considered the gold standard among experts on women s leadership, and was the first to focus on what women have to contribute to organizations rather than ... Read Full Bio

Lorena Asebedo Kaplen

is a registered dietitian, culinary enthusiast and self taught chef whose passion for food and nutrition stems from her childhood. She began to cook at a ver... Read Full Bio

Catherine Kaputa

is a brand strategist, speaker, author, and founder of SelfBrand, a New York City-based personal branding company - www.selfbrand.com. From Madison Avenue, to ... Read Full Bio

Danielle Kayembe

is a female futurist and serial entrepreneur who works on projects at the intersection of women and social impact. She advises female founders on scaling their... Read Full Bio

Lindsey Lurie

is chief marketing officer with IBM Security. In this role, she is responsible for the design and execution of marketing programs globally for the largest enter... Read Full Bio

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

is executive director of Stanford University s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, home to eminent scholars and activists forwarding gender equality. She d... Read Full Bio

Jackie Maniscalco

is an energizer at the intersection of healthcare and technology, and is currently an associate director in information technology at Merck & Co., Inc. She ... Read Full Bio

Maxie McCoy

MAXIE McCOY is a writer, speaker, and creator of maxiemccoy.com, a popular media platform dedicated to giving women the tools they need to believe in themsel... Read Full Bio

Ashley Diaz Mejias

has devoted her work to researching and writing on racial bias. She has written for blogs and led curricula for institutional conversations on race, systemic bi... Read Full Bio

Michelle Milford Morse

is the vice president for Girls and Women Strategy at the United Nations Foundation. For nearly twenty years Morse has served organizations dedicated to promoti... Read Full Bio

Nathalie Molina Niño

is a serial entrepreneur, a super connector and an investor, focused on high-growth, innovative businesses that deliver a measurable economic benefit to women. ... Read Full Bio

Ann M. Oglesby

is vice president, technology, for Phillips 66. She has more than thirty years of experience in the oil, natural gas and petrochemicals industries. Prior to ass... Read Full Bio

Amy Porter

is the founder and CEO of AffiniPay, an Austin-based financial technology company creating payment-based practice management tools for professional service mark... Read Full Bio

Emily Ramshaw

is the editor of The Texas Tribune. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won six national Edward R. Murrow Awards, IRE's Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchd... Read Full Bio

Kim Read

is senior vice president of operations for RetailMeNot, Inc. In this role, she leads the company s North American operations function to support an ever-chang... Read Full Bio

Selena Rezvani

teaches women at all levels to negotiate like a boss. She also consults to employers on how to make work truly work for women - by architecting workplace ... Read Full Bio

Alice Rutkowski

is a vice president at SAGIN, where she serves nationally as executive communications coach. Rutkowski joined SAGIN with more than thirty years of experience in... Read Full Bio

Dani Rylan

is the founder and commissioner of the National Women's Hockey League. Rylan launched the NWHL in April 2015 with aspirations of growing the landscape of women'... Read Full Bio

Wendy Sachs

is a master of the career pivot. She is the author of Fearless and Free How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch their Careers, a book O Magazine chose as a t... Read Full Bio

Hana Schank

is a writer, design researcher and technologist. Her most recent book is The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family and the Path to Building a ... Read Full Bio

Renee Schroeder

leads the core technology solutions organization which develops and maintains a variety of products and websites. Her teams are responsible for technology capab... Read Full Bio

Emily Sheeren

is a principal at ghSMART. She serves private equity and corporate clients in the areas of leadership assessment, leadership development and organizational chan... Read Full Bio

Denise Shepard

is a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting, and leads consulting s strategic talent and inclusion portfolio, including talent strategy and the design and deve... Read Full Bio

Lea Sims

is the assistant vice president in enterprise innovation with responsibility leading the Member and Employee Innovation Programs. She joined USAA in 2006 and ha... Read Full Bio

Deborah Sengupta Stith

is a music writer with the Austin-American Statesman. After her brief career as a mediocre bass player fizzled out in the early aughts, Stith started writing a... Read Full Bio

Elizabeth Wallace

is the author of The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life (Viking, 2018). Wallace worked for over a decade ... Read Full Bio

Laysha Ward

is executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for Target, and a member of the company s executive leadership team. She leads Target s en... Read Full Bio

Claire Wasserman

is a community builder, and an advocate for women in the workplace. She founded Ladies Get Paid, an organization that gives women the tools and support they nee... Read Full Bio

Caroline Webb

is CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that shows people how to use insights from behavioral science to improve their working life. Her book on that topic, How to Have a... Read Full Bio

Dr. Jen Welter

became the first female to coach in the NFL when she joined the Arizona Cardinals as a linebackers coach in the summer of 2015. That experience and the leadersh... Read Full Bio

Whitney Wolfe Herd

is the founder and CEO of Bumble, one of the fastest growing social networking apps in the world. She launched Bumble in 2014 as the only dating platform where ... Read Full Bio

Gwen Wunderlich

is CEO and partner of Wunderlich Kaplan Communications, and creator and partner of The Enternship. Wunderlich is a trend-spotter whose tactical use of social m... Read Full Bio

Health and Wellness Pavilion

Dr. Rajani Katta

is a nationally recognized expert in dermatology and allergic skin reactions, who has extensively researched how diet affects the skin. Her advice on skin care ... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable

Margie Becker

is a storyteller, lifelong activist, and small business owner. And now, she s the founder of Pay Her Forward.com, empowering women with an online marketplace ... Read Full Bio

Terry P. Mitchell

prides herself in being the steer-head and foundation to multiple organizations. E'lon & Company develops software and mobile technologies, Enhance Body Scu... Read Full Bio

Karie Price

is a brand messaging coach, helping ambitious service-based business owners find and own the words to stand out, be heard, and Make Your Message ROAR . With mo... Read Full Bio

Toni Harris Taylor

is a motivational marketing speaker and coach who helps entrepreneurs and sales professionals to take drastic steps to get known, get connected and get paid. Ta... Read Full Bio

Tech Roundtables

Rebecca Councill

is known for her creative hair, and ability to take challenging Web and social media topics and deliver them in bite size pieces for small business owners and c... Read Full Bio

Elsa Dithmer

is senior manager, responsible for generating North America demand across Planview s portfolio of work and resource management solutions. Prior to joining Pla... Read Full Bio

Laura Donnelly

has been a journalist, a book publicist for Maya Angelou, former President Jimmy Carter and Jurassic Park creator Michael Crichton. She was a documentary filmma... Read Full Bio

Shauna Glenn

is a writer turned interior designer, who has built her business, Design, from amassing a large following on Instagram. Her eclectic style and unconventional d... Read Full Bio

Kennetta Piper

is a recovering people pleaser, empty nester, and eternal soul searcher. Through her work first in corporate America, and then through education (teaching, coun... Read Full Bio

Natalia Sylvester

is the author of the novels Chasing the Sun, which was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad, and Everyone Knows You Go Home, named a Best Book of 20... Read Full Bio

Vannessa Wade

is the founder and CEO of Connect The Dots PR. Often called an "idea oven" and "branding magnet," she has been featured in magazines such as Black Enterprise an... Read Full Bio