2011 Speakers


Keynotes


Martha Beck

Martha Beck

Martha BeckPsychology Today, USA Today and NPR have all referred to Martha Beck as one of the best-known life coaches in America. She is a... Read Full Bio

Jody Conradt

Jody Conradt Jody Conradt’s childhood revolved around community, family, friends and sports in the small West Texas town of Goldthwaite. ... Read Full Bio
Tory Johnson

Tory Johnson

Tory Johnson Tory Johnson is all about spark and hustle at work, dating back to high school in Miami Beach where she joined her all-male deb... Read Full Bio
Rose Mapendo

Rose Mapendo

Rose Mapendo Rose Mapendo is challenging the global community to accept peace and reconciliation. Mapendo has been honored by The White Hou... Read Full Bio
Cindy Hensley McCain

Cindy Hensley McCain

Cindy Hensley McCain Cindy Hensley McCain is an accomplished humanitarian with her most recent position on the board of the Eastern Congo In... Read Full Bio
Turk Pipkin

Turk Pipkin

Turk Pipkin Writer and filmmaker Turk Pipkin is the co-founder of the global education nonprofit The Nobelity Project, working for basic rig... Read Full Bio

Lisa Niemi Swayze

Lisa Niemi Swayze Lisa Niemi Swayze has spent decades in and around the film industry. She wrote, directed and produced the film "One Last D... Read Full Bio

Breakout Session Speakers


JoAnn Ajayi-Scott

JoAnn Ajayi-Scott

JoAnn Ajayi-ScottJoAnn Ajayi-Scott is founder and CEO of Essence of a Lady, Inc. E/Linc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to... Read Full Bio
Holland Banks

Holland Banks

Holland Banks Holland Banks began her career working for the Human Rights Initiative, a nonprofit legal organization helping human rights ... Read Full Bio
Jenny Blake

Jenny Blake

Jenny Blake Jenny Blake is an author, blogger, life coach and sought-after speaker who helps others "Wake up, live big and love the journey.... Read Full Bio
Glinda Bridgforth

Glinda Bridgforth

Glinda Bridgforth Glinda Bridgforth is a leading financial expert who explores the emotional and cultural factors that block financial suc... Read Full Bio
Shannon Buggs

Shannon Buggs

Shannon BuggsShannon Buggs' passion for reading and writing led her to pursue a career in journalism and communications and to start a po... Read Full Bio
Stacy Dukes-Rhone

Stacy Dukes-Rhone

Stacy Dukes-RhoneStacy Dukes-Rhone has maintained her distinguished professional career over the last 25 years in the arenas of executive... Read Full Bio
Deborah Duncan

Deborah Duncan

Deborah Duncan Deborah Duncan began honing her interviewing skills as a child raised in a military family, moving constantly. She was determ... Read Full Bio
Nina Godiwalla

Nina Godiwalla

Nina-Godiwalla Nina Godiwalla is a recognized expert on leadership, diversity and women in the business world. She is the bestselling auth... Read Full Bio
Patricia Gras

Patricia Gras

Patricia Gras Patricia Gras is an ardent storyteller, whether it is using the medium of television or music. She has a background of life ... Read Full Bio
Divya Gugnani

Divya Gugnani

Divya Gugnani Divya Gugnanistarted her business career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and then moved on to private equity and ventur... Read Full Bio
Shama Kabani

Shama Kabani

Shama Kabani Shama Kabani is a Web and TV personality, bestselling author, international speaker and award-winning CEO of The Marketing Zen ... Read Full Bio
Roxan Kraft

Roxan Kraft

Roxan KraftRoxan Kraft joined Shell as part of the Shell/Texaco merger and has 22 years of refining experience, including two years with ... Read Full Bio
Roxan Kraft

Roxan Kraft

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Nancy Levicki

Nancy Levicki

Nancy LevickiIn the summer of 1998, Nancy Levicki put her fashion skills back to work, but this time, it was not for a major retail speci... Read Full Bio
Lorie Marrero

Lorie Marrero

Lorie Marrero Since 2000, Lorie Marrero has organized everything from normal households to chemistry labs to backstage tour cases. In 2006 ... Read Full Bio
Laura Milazzo

Laura Milazzo

Laura Milazzo Laura Milazzo oversees marketing for the Employee Benefit Solutions channel, and manages the operations and administration of ... Read Full Bio
Maria Murnane

Maria Murnane

Maria Murnane Maria Murnane had a successful career in public relations for nearly 10 years before deciding she needed a change. She lef... Read Full Bio
Jessica Nadeau

Jessica Nadeau

Jessica NadeauFlip-flops stashed in the car were no longer cutting it for Jessica Nadeau as the go-to comfort shoe when her feet were sor... Read Full Bio
Jessica Nadeau

Jessica Nadeau

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Gina Otto

Gina Otto

Gina Otto An award-winning author, international speaker, producer, social entrepreneur and children's advocate, Gina Otto is currently pion... Read Full Bio
Precious Owodunni

Precious Owodunni

Precious Williams Owodunni  Precious Williams Owodunni is a trusted advisor to business leaders on strategy and finance matters. She leads ... Read Full Bio
Babette Pepaj

Babette Pepaj

Babette Pepaj Babette Pepaj is the founder and CEO of BakeSpace.com (2010 and 2009 Webby Award Nominee for "Best Social Network") and the fo... Read Full Bio
Turk Pipkin

Turk Pipkin

Turk Pipkin Writer and filmmaker Turk Pipkin is the co-founder of the global education nonprofit The Nobelity Project, working for basic rig... Read Full Bio

Liz Pryor

Liz PryorAs "Good Morning America's" brand new advice guru, Liz Pryor has become a modern-day Dear Abby. She's the go-to girlfriend, the... Read Full Bio
Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins Mel Robbins stars in A&E's new television series, "Monster In-Laws," where she moves in with families across America and u... Read Full Bio
Lesley Jane Seymour

Lesley Jane Seymour

Lesley Jane Seymour Lesley Jane Seymour was named editor-in-chief of More in 2008 and led the magazine to a 2009 National M... Read Full Bio
Cindy Solomon

Cindy Solomon

Cindy Solomon Cindy Solomon is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, author and entrepreneur who helps organizations, teams and... Read Full Bio
Jason Stevens

Jason Stevens

Jason Stevens Registered and licensed dietitian Jason Stevens is driven to help cancer patients stay as nourished and strong as possible thr... Read Full Bio
Jason Stevens

Jason Stevens

Jason Stevens Registered and licensed dietitian Jason Stevens is driven to help cancer patients stay as nourished and strong as possible thr... Read Full Bio
Tammy Tibbetts

Tammy Tibbetts

Tammy Tibbetts Tammy Tibbetts passionately advocates the power of social media to create social change. She is the founder and president of ... Read Full Bio
Telisa Toliver

Telisa Toliver

Telisa Toliver Telisa Toliver serves as senior vice president for Chevron Pipe Line Company which manages transportation risks, provides rel... Read Full Bio
Dana Tyson

Dana Tyson

Dana TysonDana Tyson has been waking up around 3 a.m. for 20 years now - not only to do lunges all over the neighborhood at a time when n... Read Full Bio
Karen Walrond

Karen Walrond

Karen Walrond Karen Walrond is a writer and photographer. She is a former engineer and a current (though non-practicing) attorney, with exte... Read Full Bio
Jess Weiner

Jess Weiner

Jess Weiner Considered this generation’s "Go to Girl" for self-esteem, Jess Weiner inspires audiences worldwide with her authentic take ... Read Full Bio
Bobbie Weiner

Bobbie Weiner

Bobbie Weiner At 46 years old, Bobbie Weiner, a.k.a. "Bloody Mary," started a new career by going to makeup school in 1993 for the film an... Read Full Bio
Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams Nicole Williams is the bestselling author of three books, the latest of which, "Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Ru... Read Full Bio

Expert Exchange


Gabrielle Bernstein

Gabrielle Bernstein

Gabrielle BernsteinGabrielle Bernstein was featured in the New York Times Sunday Styles section as the “next generation guru, motivational sp... Read Full Bio
Katie Mahon

Katie Mahon

Katie Mahon Katie Mahon describes stepping away from her fast-tracked career in senior management in banking to be as uncomfortable as it ... Read Full Bio
Maria Murnane

Maria Murnane

Maria Murnane Maria Murnane had a successful career in public relations for nearly 10 years before deciding she needed a change. She lef... Read Full Bio
Tina Pennington

Tina Pennington

Tina Pennington Tina Pennington is the "Red" of Red & Black. Her prior career had been full-time mom, but her husband getting fired was ... Read Full Bio
Tina Pennington

Tina Pennington

Tina Pennington Tina Pennington is the "Red" of Red & Black. Her prior career had been full-time mom, but her husband getting fired was ... Read Full Bio

Liz Pryor

Liz PryorAs "Good Morning America's" brand new advice guru, Liz Pryor has become a modern-day Dear Abby. She's the go-to girlfriend, the... Read Full Bio
Linda von Quintus

Linda von Quintus

Linda K. von QuintusLinda K. von Quintus serves as vice president of government and community affairs for AAA Texas.AAA Texas offers a va... Read Full Bio
Mandy Williams

Mandy Williams

Mandy Williams Mandy Williams, the "Black" of Red & Black, retired from the oil and gas industry by the time she was 40. When boredom sa... Read Full Bio

Small Business Boot Camp


Michael Alter

Michael Alter Michael Alter, president of SurePayroll, is responsible for the overall business model development, strategic planning and daily operations for... Read Full Bio
Sara Bloom

Sara Bloom

Sara Bloom Sara Bloom is the founder and chief designer of Oliver B, a modern day baby bedding and accessories company.  Only a few years a... Read Full Bio
Audra Jackson

Audra Jackson

Audra Jackson Audra Jackson is the director of Client Services for Pop Labs, Inc. in Houston, TX. Jackson has worked extensively in multiple departments of P... Read Full Bio
Jessica Nunez

Jessica Nunez

Jessica Nunez Jessica Nuñez is the founder of Nuñez PR Group, a full service public relations firm that specializes in e-... Read Full Bio
Danae Ringelmann

Danae Ringelmann

Danae Ringelmann Danae Ringelmann co-founded IndieGoGo in 2008 with the goal of leveling the playing field. The company brings years of experience from the f... Read Full Bio
Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins Mel Robbins stars in A&E's new television series, "Monster In-Laws," where she moves in with families across America and u... Read Full Bio
Amy Simmons

Amy Simmons

Amy Simmons A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Amy Simmons originally wanted to go into medicine. While in school and after, she worked at Steve's Ice Cream, ... Read Full Bio
Cindy Solomon

Cindy Solomon

Cindy Solomon Cindy Solomon is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, author and entrepreneur who helps organizations, teams and... Read Full Bio
Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams Nicole Williams is the bestselling author of three books, the latest of which, "Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Ru... Read Full Bio
Vanessa Wilson

Vanessa Wilson

Vanessa Wilson Vanessa Wilson is the founder and proprietor of Crafty Gemini,LLC, a sewing, quilting, crafting and cooking tutorial website ... Read Full Bio

Local Leader


Shannon Buggs

Shannon Buggs

Shannon BuggsShannon Buggs' passion for reading and writing led her to pursue a career in journalism and communications and to start a po... Read Full Bio
Kim Davis

Kim Davis

Kim DavisKim Davis is a veteran news and sports journalist with more than two decades of experience in print, radio and television. A com... Read Full Bio
Patricia Gras

Patricia Gras

Patricia Gras Patricia Gras is an ardent storyteller, whether it is using the medium of television or music. She has a background of life ... Read Full Bio
Fran Harris

Fran Harris

Fran Harris Fran Harris has spent the past 10 years building a multi-faceted celebrity brand. In 2010, she hosted HGTV's "Home Rules." A fo... Read Full Bio
Perry Ann Reed

Perry Ann Reed

Perry Ann ReedPerry Ann Reed is a recognized expert on leadership in the not-for-profit, community service sector and on building strateg... Read Full Bio

Health and Wellness Pavilion


Dr. Elizabeth Coronado

Dr. Elizabeth Coronado

Dr. Elizabeth CoronadoElizabeth Coronado, M.D., is an obstetrician and gynecologist who has focused her career on empowering women throug... Read Full Bio
Julie Spier

Julie Spier

Julie Spier Julie Spier is director of pharmacy operations for Randalls/ Tom Thumb, supervising the operation of 107 pharmacies. Spier is a ... Read Full Bio
Jess Weiner

Jess Weiner

Jess Weiner Considered this generation’s "Go to Girl" for self-esteem, Jess Weiner inspires audiences worldwide with her authentic take ... Read Full Bio