2016 Speakers


Keynotes


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 Mess... Read Full Bio
Annie E. Clark

Annie E. Clark

ANNIE E. CLARK is a co-founder and executive director of the national non-profit End Rape On Campus (EROC), and a lead complainant in the Title... Read Full Bio
Linda Cliatt-Wayman

Linda Cliatt-Wayman

LINDA CLIATT-WAYMAN is a passionate educator with an unwavering belief in the potential of all children. Her leadership as a high school princi... Read Full Bio
Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney

AMAL CLOONEY is a British human rights lawyer practicing at Doughty Street Chambers in London, where she specializes in international law and h... Read Full Bio
Nina Tassler

Nina Tassler

NINA TASSLER is an American television executive and author. She previously held such positions as president, and also chairman of CBS Enterta... Read Full Bio
Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

DIANE von FURSTENBERG entered the world of American fashion when she arrived from Europe with a suitcase full of her dress designs. In 1974, sh... Read Full Bio
Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach

ABBY WAMBACH is a retired forward of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. One of the world’s greatest p... Read Full Bio

Special Guest Speakers


Carroll Bogert

Carroll Bogert

CARROLL BOGERT is president of The Marshall Project, a non-profit news organization focusing on criminal justice issues in the U.S. Staff journ... Read Full Bio
Ehrika Gladden

Ehrika Gladden

EHRIKA C. GLADDEN is vice president, market strategy enterprise infrastructure solutions group (EISG) for Cisco Systems. She leads a $19 billio... Read Full Bio
Aimee Hoyt

Aimee Hoyt

AIMEE HOYT is senior vice president of human resources with Rackspace. In this role, she is responsible for talent acquisition, talent manageme... Read Full Bio

Breakout Session Speakers


Andy Alford

Andy Alford

ANDY ALFORD is the senior editor for the news at the Austin American-Statesman, one of four daily newspaper properties owned by Cox Media Group... Read Full Bio
Anne Arvia

Anne Arvia

ANNE ARVIA is senior vice president of primary banking for USAA Federal Savings Bank. She joined USAA in August 2015 and currently leads the ba... Read Full Bio
Chriselda Barrientes

Chriselda Barrientes

CHRISELDA BARRIENTES is sales manager at United Airlines. In this role, she develops revenue opportunities and relationships with travel manage... Read Full Bio
Madhavi Bhasin

Madhavi Bhasin

MADHAVI BHASIN is excited to design strategy and guide implementation for community projects in developing countries. Her project implementatio... Read Full Bio
Jenny Blake

Jenny Blake

JENNY BLAKE is an author, career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people organize their brain, move beyond burnout, ... Read Full Bio
Trudy Bourgeois

Trudy Bourgeois

TRUDY BOURGEOUIS is the CEO and president of The Center for Workforce Excellence.  She is a renowned and respected authority on leadership dev... Read Full Bio
Sabrina Brown

Sabrina Brown

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

Christine Carter

CHRISTINE CARTER, Ph.D. is a sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.   She is the author of "The Sweet ... Read Full Bio
Emily Núñez Cavness

Emily Núñez Cavness

EMILY NÚÑEZ CAVNESS is the co-founder and CEO of Sword & Plough, and an active duty U.S. Army officer. Sword & Plough is a quadrupl... Read Full Bio
Rachael Chong

Rachael Chong

Rachael Chong is a social entrepreneur and a visionary leader. At the age of 24, alongside Susan Davis, Chong helped start up BRAC USA and rais... Read Full Bio
Erin Condren

Erin Condren

ERIN CONDREN started her business when her boy-girl twins were born and she left the apparel industry. She began printing holiday cards, stat... Read Full Bio
Kim Davis

Kim Davis

KIM DAVIS is executive vice president, chief human resources officer with NFP. She has repeatedly created opportunities to reinvent herself, go... Read Full Bio
Paula Davis-Laack

Paula Davis-Laack

PAULA DAVIS-LAACK, JD, MAPP is a former practicing lawyer, an internationally-published writer, media contributor and a stress and resilience e... Read Full Bio
Susan Docherty

Susan Docherty

SUSAN DOCHERTY is CEO of Canyon Ranch®, the world’s leading wellness brand. Docherty is a proven business leader who takes pride in carrying... Read Full Bio
Leigh Clifford Drake

Leigh Clifford Drake

LEIGH CLIFFORD DRAKE is the director of U.S. commercial services sales for Cisco. She is responsible for over $1B in sales in her role as direc... Read Full Bio
Ana Flores

Ana Flores

ANA L. FLORES is the founder and CEO of Latina Bloggers Connect, Inc and #WeAllGrow Summit. She has dedicated her career to empowering Hispanic... Read Full Bio
Nely Galán

Nely Galán

NELY GALÁN is a Latina media dynamo and women’s empowerment advocate, dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine. She ... Read Full Bio
Kirsten Gappelberg

Kirsten Gappelberg

KIRSTEN GAPPELBERG is the director of corporate social responsibility and sustainability for global cosmetic giant, Mary Kay Inc. In this role,... Read Full Bio
Mercedes Garcia

Mercedes Garcia

MERCEDES GARCIA is vice president, senior business leader, global community relations with MasterCard Worldwide. She is responsible for develop... Read Full Bio
Teresa Ghilarducci

Teresa Ghilarducci

TERESA GHILARDUCCI is an expert on retirement, pensions and personal savings. She is the Bernard L. and Irene Schwartz Chair in Economic Policy... Read Full Bio
Jillian Hamblin

Jillian Hamblin

JILLIAN HAMBLIN is the chief operating officer of UnitedHealthcare Community & State’s Texas Health Plan. In this role, she oversees heal... Read Full Bio
Michelle D. Hare

Michelle D. Hare

MICHELLE D. HARE works with the State Farm® marketing department, managing national sponsorships pertaining to the life stages of getting marr... Read Full Bio
Kemal Harris

Kemal Harris

KEMAL HARRIS has been obsessed with fashion since age four when she began drawing fashion collections on the sands of Long Beach in her hometow... Read Full Bio
Gina Helfrich

Gina Helfrich

GINA HELFRICH is an expert in women's leadership and gender equity, with over 12 years of experience as a diversity and inclusion leader. She w... Read Full Bio
Dahna Hull

Dahna Hull

Dahna Hull was recently appointed vice president and general manager of AT&T Mobility, South Texas. Based in San Antonio, Hull is responsib... Read Full Bio
Therese Huston

Therese Huston

THERESE HUSTON, Ph.D. is a cognitive psychologist at Seattle University who is changing the conversation about women as decision-makers. Her bo... Read Full Bio
Pam Jeffords

Pam Jeffords

PAM JEFFORDS is a partner at Mercer and a global expert on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She advises global employers on how they c... Read Full Bio
Sofie Karasek

Sofie Karasek

SOFIE KARASEK is an advocate for gender equity on campuses nationwide. She is a co-founder and the director of education of the survivor advoca... Read Full Bio
Grace Killelea

Grace Killelea

GRACE KILLELEA is the CEO and founder of the GKC Group, a leadership development firm based in Philadelphia. A veteran of the telecommunication... Read Full Bio
Doniel Kofel

Doniel Kofel

DONIEL KOFEL is currently the senior director of talent and professional development for North America Oracle Direct Applications. She has spen... Read Full Bio
Stephanie Kaplan Lewis

Stephanie Kaplan Lewis

STEPHANIE KAPLAN LEWIS co-founded Her Campus in 2009 as an undergrad at Harvard University. She has grown Her Campus to over 70 million monthl... Read Full Bio
Tonya J. Long

Tonya J. Long

TONYA J. LONG has served more than 20 years as a senior leader responsible for the execution and results of global delivery teams in the high t... Read Full Bio
Doreen Lorenzo

Doreen Lorenzo

DOREEN LORENZO is a successful leader of global creative firms who advised Fortune 100 companies on design and innovation issues for decades. I... Read Full Bio
Carol McGarah

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 ... Read Full Bio
Maurie McInnis

Maurie McInnis

MAURIE McINNIS began her appointment as executive vice president and provost of The University of Texas at Austin on July 1, 2016. Previously, ... Read Full Bio
Jody Greenstone Miller

Jody Greenstone Miller

JODY GREENSTONE MILLER is the co-founder and CEO of Business Talent Group (BTG), the leading global marketplace for top independent consultants... Read Full Bio
Angie Morgan

Angie Morgan

ANGIE MORGAN is a founding partner for Lead Star. Shortly after launching her professional career, she saw a need in the workplace: professiona... Read Full Bio
Jay Newton-Small

Jay Newton-Small

JAY NEWTON-SMALL is Washington correspondent for TIME and the author of “Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works.” Sh... Read Full Bio
Lisa Nichols

Lisa Nichols

LISA NICHOLS is one of the world’s most-requested motivational speakers, as well as media personality and corporate CEO whose global platform... Read Full Bio
Kristen Nolte

Kristen Nolte

KRISTEN NOLTE has spent the last 20 years building innovative ways to advertise to customers by bringing content rich experiences to life.  Al... Read Full Bio
Brandy Pham

Brandy Pham

BRANDY PHAM is co-founder and chief creative officer for Planoly. After 10 years in the fashion industry, she felt burnt out and lost her drive... Read Full Bio
Kim Read

Kim Read

KIM READ is the vice president of operations for RetailMeNot, Inc. In this role, she is responsible for the content management, optimization, m... Read Full Bio
Sonya Reed

Sonya Reed

SONYA REED is senior vice president, human resources, for Phillips 66, a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. With nearly 20... Read Full Bio
Robin Hauser Reynolds

Robin Hauser Reynolds

ROBIN HAUSER REYNOLDS is the director and producer of cause‐based documentary films at Finish Line Features, LLC. As a businesswoman, longtim... Read Full Bio
Major General Mary Saunders

Major General Mary Saunders

MAJOR GENERAL MARY SAUNDERS is the current executive director of the Leadership Institute at Texas Woman’s University.  Here, she is charged... Read Full Bio
Shanteka Sigers

Shanteka Sigers

SHANTEKA SIGERS is senior vice president executive creative director at SandersWingo. Business Insider lists her as one of the “Most Creative... Read Full Bio
Amie & Jolie Sikes

Amie & Jolie Sikes

AMIE and JOLIE SIKES are co-founders of Junk Gypsy. In 1998, the Texas sisters and their mom, Janie, started The JUNK GYPSY Company with a dre... Read Full Bio
Nicole Story

Nicole Story

NICOLE STORY is the VP of creative at Poo~Pourri and the writer and director of their in-house production company, No. 2 Productions.  There, ... Read Full Bio
Carla Piñeyro Sublett

Carla Piñeyro Sublett

CARLA PIÑEYRO SUBLETT is senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Rackspace. All of her work, in marketing, sales, and non-profit... Read Full Bio
Marie Swisher

Marie Swisher

MARIE SWISHER is vice president of global brand development for Mary Kay. She is responsible for developing, leading and implementing Mary Kay... Read Full Bio
Wendy Wecksell

Wendy Wecksell

WENDY WECKSELL is CEO of I Am That Girl, a global movement to transform self-doubt to self-love in students at high schools and colleges across... Read Full Bio
Heather White

Heather White

HEATHER WHITE is a radio morning show host on 98.1 KVET, lawyer, mom and Autism advocate. She has been in morning radio for more than 20 years.... Read Full Bio
China Widener

China Widener

CHINA WIDENER serves as Deloitte’s national strategy and operations leader for public sector and national strategy and operations diversity a... Read Full Bio
Rachel Woodson

Rachel Woodson

RACHEL WOODSON is chief of staff at Rackspace, supporting the global chief marketing officer as well as driving strategic initiatives across th... Read Full Bio

Expert Exchange


April Downing

April Downing

APRIL DOWNING is a seasoned financial and operational executive with over 20 years of experience and is the CFO of WP Engine, a fully-managed ... Read Full Bio
Samantha Ettus

Samantha Ettus

SAM ETTUS is a work/life expert whose goal is to find the spark within each one of us and turn it into a fire. She is a best-selling author, a ... Read Full Bio
Tamara Fields

Tamara Fields

TAMARA FIELDS currently serves as the client account lead for State of Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (TX CPA) and is the program manager... Read Full Bio
Kirya Francis

Kirya Francis

KIRYA FRANCIS is vice president and director of media technology for GSD&M. She has a keen ability to understand complex and advancing tech... Read Full Bio
Kay Jones

Kay Jones

KAY JONES is the CEO of Codeup, a San Antonio career accelerator for new software developers. She previously spent 11 years at Rackspace, where... Read Full Bio
Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly

Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly

DR. SONCIA REAGINS-LILLY is vice president of student affairs and dean of students at the University of Texas at Austin. She collaborates with ... Read Full Bio
Courtney Skarda

Courtney Skarda

COURTNEY SKARDA is vice president of Racker experience with Rackspace. She is responsible for reinforcing our core values and continuing to bu... Read Full Bio
Dr. Shetal Vohra-Gupta

Dr. Shetal Vohra-Gupta

DR. SHETAL VOHRA-GUPTA is associate director at the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IURPA) in Black Studies in the College of... Read Full Bio

Health and Wellness Pavilion


Samantha Carter

Samantha Carter

SAMANTHA CARTER is the Austin regional dietician for H-E-B. She is a firm believer that nutrition and exercise are the key components to a heal... Read Full Bio
Lauren Foreman

Lauren Foreman

LAUREN FOREMAN is a co-owner and meditation leader at Meditation Bar, a new studio concept bringing a mainstream approach to mindfulness practi... Read Full Bio
Nancy Turco

Nancy Turco

NANCY TURCO is executive director of Arden Courts Memory Care in Austin, Texas. She has also been a program services coordinator, an activity d... Read Full Bio

Social Media Roundtable


Jena Apgar

Jena Apgar

JENA APGAR is a digital and social media marketer and founder at BrandDotBlog.com, a consulting firm specializing in social media for startups ... Read Full Bio
Carla Birnberg

Carla Birnberg

CARLA BIRNBERG is a writer, editor and social media consultant. Her health philosophy (and life motto) is, “fitness isn’t about fitting in.... Read Full Bio
Brenda Coffee

Brenda Coffee

BRENDA COFFEE is founder and CEO of 1010ParkPlace, a media platform and market opportunity for brands to reach the wealthiest, best-educated, y... Read Full Bio
Elayna Fernandez

Elayna Fernandez

ELAYNA FERNANDEZ is known as “The Positive MOM.” She is a best-selling author, award winning mentor for moms, and an international keynote ... Read Full Bio
Amy Loesch

Amy Loesch

AMY LOESCH has spent the majority of her career launching digital and mobile products and services, driving customer acquisition and revenue gr... Read Full Bio
Lauren Modery

Lauren Modery

LAUREN MODERY is a writer and screenwriter in Austin, TX. Her film “Loves Her Gun” won the Louis Black Lone Star award at SXSW 2013, and wa... Read Full Bio
Kimberly O’Connor

Kimberly O’Connor

KIMBERLY O’CONNOR is the director of human capital management applications with Oracle. With over 25 years of HR experience, O’Connor has c... Read Full Bio
Kelly Wonderlin

Kelly Wonderlin

KELLY WONDERLIN is a digital lifestyle enthusiast who shares her favorite products, apps, tech tips and much more. Her creative, succinct video... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable


Kelly Gasnik and Jill Burns

Kelly Gasnik and Jill Burns

KELLY GASINK and JILL BURNS are seasoned entrepreneurs, fundraisers and siblings who co-founded Austin Cocktails.  Austin Cocktails is a line ... Read Full Bio
Rebecca Geier

Rebecca Geier

REBECCA GEIER is CEO and co-founder of TREW Marketing. She leads the TREW team in building strategic, thoughtful, and sustainable marketing pro... Read Full Bio
Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel

NICOLE PATEL is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, she made a batch of homem... Read Full Bio
Carlotta Eike Stankiewicz

Carlotta Eike Stankiewicz

CARLOTTA EIKE STANKIEWICZ is an Austin-based entrepreneur, poet and advertising creative director and writer. In May 2016, her highly successfu... Read Full Bio