2014 Speakers


Keynotes


Tamara Mellon

Tamara Mellon

Tamara Mellon is the founder of TAMARA MELLON brand and former chief executive officer and chief creative officer of Jimmy Choo. Mellon cultiva... Read Full Bio
Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida on September 2, 2013. This feat marke... Read Full Bio
Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O'Brien is an award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer. O’Brien was the originator of “Black in America”... Read Full Bio
Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid is the CEO and co-founder of the Malala Fund, the organization representing the young Pakistani activist who was shot by the Talib... Read Full Bio
Debbie Sterling

Debbie Sterling

Debbie Sterling is the founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, an award-winning toy company on a mission to "disrupt the pink aisle" with interactive co... Read Full Bio
Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunn was the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive, lecturer and best-selling author.  With ... Read Full Bio

Special Guest Speakers


Sally Hernandez

Sally Hernandez

Sally Hernandez anchors the Emmy-award winning morning show on KXAN. A proud Texan, Hernandez has called Austin home for more than a decade, wo... Read Full Bio
Johnita Jones

Johnita Jones

Johnita Jones is the Texas Conference for Women board president and the pipeline risk and integrity manager for ExxonMobil Pipeline Company. Sh... Read Full Bio
Gayle Morris

Gayle Morris

Gayle Morris, vice president at Cisco Systems, is responsible for running the largest and most profitable market segment for Americas Servic... Read Full Bio
Karen Quintos

Karen Quintos

KAREN QUINTOS is Dell’s chief customer officer, where she leads a global organization devoted to customer advocacy. She is responsible for se... Read Full Bio
Shannon Wolfson

Shannon Wolfson

Shannon Wolfson is an award-winning journalist whose passion is telling stories that positively impact and enrich people’s lives. Wolfson beg... Read Full Bio

Breakout Speakers


Cynthia Ackrill, M.D.

Cynthia Ackrill, M.D.

Cynthia Ackrill, M.D. is a leader in the field of leveraging stress for optimal productivity, health and happiness. She addresses the critical ... Read Full Bio
Katrina Alcorn

Katrina Alcorn

Katrina Alcorn is an author, consultant and expert on why women burn out at work. Her first book, “MAXED OUT: American Moms on the Brink,” ... Read Full Bio
Katherine Anderson

Katherine Anderson

Katherine Anderson is part of a unique approach to patient care. As the director of Naturopathic Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of Americ... Read Full Bio
Patty Chang Anker

Patty Chang Anker

Patty Chang Anker is the author of the memoir “Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave” (Riverhead Books), a Parents Magazine “... Read Full Bio
Jessica Bacal

Jessica Bacal

Jessica Bacal directs the Wurtele Center for Work & Life at Smith College, an independent women’s college in Massachusetts with students ... Read Full Bio
Kelly Ballard

Kelly Ballard

Kelly Ballard is the executive director of Bazaarvoice Foundation, a 501(c)3 entity that works to catalyze the next generation of highly-educat... Read Full Bio
Jenny Bowen

Jenny Bowen

Jenny Bowen is an advocate for the world’s forgotten children. She is the founder and CEO of Half the Sky, an international NGO founded in 19... Read Full Bio
Kathy Brabson

Kathy Brabson

Kathy Brabson’s career is truly one of inspiration. From her first step into the cable industry as a customer service representative, she adv... Read Full Bio
Sunni Brown

Sunni Brown

Sunni Brown is “infodoodler-in-chief” of a creative consultancy that uses applied game and visual thinking to solve problems. She was named... Read Full Bio
Kimberly Bryant

Kimberly Bryant

Kimberly Bryant is the founder and executive director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing girls of color (a... Read Full Bio
Sara Canaday

Sara Canaday

Sara Canaday is a leadership expert, branding strategist, speaker and author. Canaday has a unique gift for connecting and communicating with h... Read Full Bio
Brenda Dennis

Brenda Dennis

Brenda Dennis is currently senior director of Worldwide sales strategy and transformation with Cisco Systems, where she is responsible for sale... Read Full Bio
Mandy Ginsberg

Mandy Ginsberg

Mandy Ginsberg is the CEO of The Princeton Review and Tutor.com, two leading education companies which help millions of students get into their... Read Full Bio
Dr. Lawana Gladney

Dr. Lawana Gladney

Dr. Lawana Gladney is an emotional wellness expert, speaker, trainer, author and CEO of Emotional Wellness. She has presented speeches and trai... Read Full Bio
Cindy G. Goldsberry

Cindy G. Goldsberry

Cindy G. Goldsberry has 30 years of business experience, specifically in developing and implementing business strategies for revenue generation... Read Full Bio
Megan Grassell

Megan Grassell

Megan Grassell is founder of of YellowBerry. As a high school student at the age of 17, she founded her company, which she now runs full time. ... Read Full Bio
John Gray

John Gray

John Gray is the leading relationship expert in the world and best-selling author of “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.” Gray’s bo... Read Full Bio
Amy Heirman

Amy Heirman

Amy Heirman is the managing director of talent management for United Airlines. In that role she is responsible for succession management, perfo... Read Full Bio
Jane Hyun

Jane Hyun

Jane Hyun is an internationally renowned executive coach and global leadership adviser to Fortune 500 companies. She is co-au... Read Full Bio
Lila Igram

Lila Igram

Lila Igram put together a bootstrapping, volunteer team that together donated over $50K of in-kind services to launch Connecther.org, a global ... Read Full Bio
Alexis Jones

Alexis Jones

Alexis Jones is an internationally recognized speaker, media personality, activist and author. She is also a thought leader for the 21st centur... Read Full Bio
Debbie Jones

Debbie Jones

Debbie Jones is the owner and creative force behind French Laundry Home. She based an entire business on an old grain sack found at a flea mark... Read Full Bio
Cathy Kangas

Cathy Kangas

Cathy Kangas is a legendary beauty expert and fiercely passionate entrepreneur, and has dedicated her life to making the world more beautiful! ... Read Full Bio
Danielle LaPorte

Danielle LaPorte

Danielle LaPorte is the creator of The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul, author of the bestseller, “The Fire Starter Sessions... 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 gre... Read Full Bio
Tiffanie McDonald

Tiffanie McDonald

Tiffanie McDonald serves as AVP of diversity management at USAA. The diversity management team is responsible for enterprise diversity and incl... Read Full Bio
Renee Mitchell

Renee Mitchell

Renee Mitchell is vice president, global distribution sales for Freescale Semiconductor, a leader in embedded processing solutions for the auto... Read Full Bio
Tara Sophia Mohr

Tara Sophia Mohr

Tara Sophia Mohr is the founder of the global Playing Big leadership program for women and author of the forthcoming book, “Playing Big: Find... Read Full Bio
Karen Rapp

Karen Rapp

Karen Rapp is vice president and chief information officer at Freescale Semiconductor. She is responsible for Freescale worldwide IT strategy, ... Read Full Bio
Cindy Ratzlaff

Cindy Ratzlaff

Cindy Ratzlaff was named to the Forbes’ “20 Best Branded Women on Twitter” list and Forbes Woman called her one of the “Most Influentia... Read Full Bio
Leslie Rhode

Leslie Rhode

Leslie Rhode is an award winning television journalist with 23 years of experience.  She was an anchor and reporter at the ABC affiliate in W... Read Full Bio
Cynthia Rubio

Cynthia Rubio

Cynthia Rubio is co-founder and president of Radiant RFID, an Inc. 5000 technology company that enables large customers with complex organizati... Read Full Bio
Michele Ruiz

Michele Ruiz

Michele Ruiz is a bi-lingual entrepreneur and public speaker whose passions are entrepreneurship, empowerment and technology. Her motto is: “... Read Full Bio
Sheila Scarborough

Sheila Scarborough

Sheila Scarborough is a writer and speaker specializing in tourism, travel and social media. Along with Leslie McLellan and Becky McCray, she's... Read Full Bio
Ritu Sharma

Ritu Sharma

Ritu Sharma is co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide, and a leading voice on women’s issues in U.S. foreign policy. For 20 years... Read Full Bio
Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy is the author of 16 books, including the classic New York Times best-seller “Passages,” named by the Library of Congress as one... Read Full Bio
Vandana Singh

Vandana Singh

Vandana Singh is the executive director for the global customer experience and programs at Dell. To this role, she brings her experience in bus... Read Full Bio
Carla Piñeyro Sublett

Carla Piñeyro Sublett

CARLA PIÑEYRO SUBLETT is a demonstrated change leader and advocate who cares deeply about being part of a purpose-driven company and her comm... Read Full Bio
Abigail Trafford

Abigail Trafford

Abigail Trafford is an author, journalist and public speaker whose work focuses on the new stage of life that comes after middle age but before... Read Full Bio
Louis van Amstel

Louis van Amstel

Louis van Amstel is a “Dancing with the Stars” choreographer and three-time World Dance Champion. He started dancing at the age of 10, foll... Read Full Bio
Leticia Watts

Leticia Watts

Leticia Watts is Americas region LSC finance manager, lubricants at Shell. She is responsible for the overall finance management and leadership... Read Full Bio
Heather White

Heather White

Heather White is part of the “Bama, Rob, and Heather” morning show on 98.1 KVET. She is a radio morning show host, a lawyer and mom to two ... Read Full Bio
Kate White

Kate White

Kate White is an internationally known expert on leadership and success and a New York Times best-selling author of several influential books o... Read Full Bio
Joan C. Williams

Joan C. Williams

Joan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the debates over women’s advancement for the past quarter-century. Described as havin... Read Full Bio
Norine Yukon

Norine Yukon

NORINE YUKON is the former CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas and currently serves as a board member and strategic advisor for hea... Read Full Bio
Kerri Zane

Kerri Zane

Kerri Zane is a single mom lifestyle expert, co-parenting authority, speaker, Emmy award winning television executive and Amazon best-selling a... Read Full Bio
Stacy Zoern

Stacy Zoern

Stacy Zoern has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which is a form of Muscular Dystrophy. She has never walked.  At the age of 20, Zoern wrote her first... Read Full Bio

Expert Exchange


Deborah Carter

Deborah Carter

Deborah Carter possesses a personal and professional drive to help others succeed and drive transformational change in organizations.  In the ... Read Full Bio
Hope M. Galley

Hope M. Galley

Hope M. Galley is a sales and emerging partner executive at Cisco Systems, motivational speaker and cancer patient advocate.  She is currently... Read Full Bio
Kathy Kinney

Kathy Kinney

Kathy Kinney is best known for her iconic role as “Mimi” on the ABC hit TV series “The Drew Carey Show.” She has appeared in many movie... Read Full Bio
Heather Lawley

Heather Lawley

Heather Lawley is a senior strategist, global inclusion and diversity, with an emphasis on gender for Cisco.  Lawley develops and leads Cisco... Read Full Bio
Lisa McLin

Lisa McLin

Lisa McLin is the senior director of sales strategy at Rackspace Hosting, the #1 managed cloud company. In her career, she has climbed the ladd... Read Full Bio
Kim Tryce

Kim Tryce

Kim Tryce is manager of operations for the Product Integration Engineering team at Rackspace Hosting where she works directly with Linux system... Read Full Bio
Steve Yager

Steve Yager

Steve Yager is vice president, Americas region in technical services for Cisco. He is responsible for Cisco technical services business in the ... Read Full Bio

Local Leader


Becky Arreaga

Becky Arreaga

Becky Arreaga is agency president of Mercury Mambo. Along with her business partners Liz Arreaga (also her sister) and Lynn Currie, Arreaga for... Read Full Bio
Leslie Beasley

Leslie Beasley

Leslie Beasley is the co-founder of Open Arms, a social enterprise committed to empowerment through employment for refugee women war survivors ... Read Full Bio
Carol McGarah

Carol McGarah

Carol McGarah has worked as a governmental affairs consultant in Austin, Texas since 2001. She represents several Fortune 500 companies and is ... Read Full Bio
Gayle Reaume

Gayle Reaume

Gayle Reaume is founder and CEO of Moolah U. An innovative and energetic leader, Reaume is an accomplished business professional who is a passi... Read Full Bio
Patti Rogers

Patti Rogers

Patti Rogers is founder and CEO of Rallyhood. An Austin, Texas native, Rogers founded Rallyhood in the spring of 2012, following a successful b... Read Full Bio

Social Media Roundtable


Emily Bell

Emily Bell

Emily Bell is founder and president of After Interactive. With over 15 years of experience in multiple industries ranging from healthcare to re... Read Full Bio
Cathy Benavides

Cathy Benavides

Cathy Benavides is a native Austinite, and writes a plus size style blog called “Austin Slave to Fashion.” She also runs a social media man... Read Full Bio
Sandra Fernandez

Sandra Fernandez

Sandra Fernandez is a communications professional with more than 15 years of experience with higher education, government and... Read Full Bio
Elizabeth Jurewicz

Elizabeth Jurewicz

Elizabeth Jurewicz joined Rackspace hosting in November of 2011 as an enterprise account manager, and immediately saw the parallel between her ... Read Full Bio
Christina Linnell

Christina Linnell

Christina Linnell is the founder and chief idea officer of Linnell Media. She serves as social media cracker jack for small business owners all... Read Full Bio
Veronica Morales

Veronica Morales

Veronica Morales is the founder and CEO of The Social Being: Meetings & Media Firm, a digital marketing and event management firm. An advoc... Read Full Bio
Amanda Quraishi

Amanda Quraishi

Amanda Quraishi is a blogger, interfaith activist and technology professional living in Austin, Texas.  She works full time for Charit... Read Full Bio
Jen Smith

Jen Smith

Jen Smith is the go-to source for smart Facebook marketing. Equal parts tech geek and social media maven, she brings over 15 years of online ma... Read Full Bio
Jennifer Stafford

Jennifer Stafford

Jennifer Stafford is the social media manager at HomeAway.com and a speaker specializing in social media in the vacation rental and travel indu... Read Full Bio
Carly Uson

Carly Uson

Carly Uson has combined her natural love of lifestyle, fashion and beauty with a stellar list of media contacts to create Carly Co. Public Rela... Read Full Bio
Karen Walrond

Karen Walrond

Karen Walrond is a speaker, author and photographer.  Her bestselling book,” The Beauty of Different,” is a chronicle of imagery and portr... Read Full Bio
Corinne Weisgerber, Ph.D.

Corinne Weisgerber, Ph.D.

Corinne Weisgerber, Ph.D. is a social media professor and Internet researcher at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas where she teaches c... Read Full Bio
Virginia Woodruff

Virginia Woodruff

Virginia Woodruff founded the witty website Great Moments in Parenting. Since launching in late 2012, Great Moments in Parenting has grown to a... Read Full Bio
Nazli Yuzak

Nazli Yuzak

Nazli Yuzak is a results-producing digital marketing leader with over 10 years of digital marketing experience including online marketing, soci... Read Full Bio

Guest Keynote Speakers


Jennifer Wuamett

Jennifer Wuamett

Jennifer Wuamett is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., a global leader in the design and m... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable


Fayruz Benyousef

Fayruz Benyousef

Fayruz Benyousef is a philanthropy expert and nonprofit management advisor. Her professional background includes serving as the CEO of an inter... Read Full Bio
Michelle Breyer

Michelle Breyer

Michelle Breyer is a co-founder and president of TextureMedia Inc., a 16-year-old Austin-based social media network platform for people with cu... Read Full Bio
Alison Brushaber

Alison Brushaber

Alison Brushaber is the chief product officer and one of the founding partners of Hail Merry, a manufacture of healthy snacks that are gluten-f... Read Full Bio
Jeanne Corrigan

Jeanne Corrigan

Jeanne Corrigan is a strategist, focused on the women’s market. She is part researcher, part marketer and all curiosity. After 20 years of co... Read Full Bio
Holly Hanna

Holly Hanna

Holly Reisem Hanna is a publisher, social media manager and work at home mom. Her award-winning website, The Work at Home Woman, advocates tele... Read Full Bio
Laura LeMond

Laura LeMond

Laura LeMond is the founder of Mosaic Weighted Blankets. She was born prematurely with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). LeMond was a college... Read Full Bio
Jan Ryan

Jan Ryan

Jan Ryan is a serial entrepreneur and tech executive. She is a partner at Austin’s Capital Factory and Tech Stars accelerators, [email protected] ... Read Full Bio

Health and Wellness Pavilion


Rebecca Canby

Rebecca Canby

Rebecca Canby is very passionate about using food as fuel to keep a positive mind set, maintain high energy levels, and feel her best. For hers... Read Full Bio
Randall Wright, M.D.

Randall Wright, M.D.

Randall Wright, M.D. is first and foremost a family man, committed to his wife and two children and the larger community that revolves around h... Read Full Bio