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2017 Speakers

Keynotes

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 black actress to win a Tony, Oscar and Emmy Award in ...
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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 generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one ...
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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 women’s rights movements. In 1993, Hill made sexual ...
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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 online sales and operations at Google, chief of staff for ...
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Breakout Session Speakers

Nellie Borrero

NELLIE BORRERO is senior global inclusion and diversity managing director with ...
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Taylor Bradford

TAYLOR BRADFORD is the owner and editor of TaylorBradford.com, a life-inspired blog ...
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Dr. Sara Brand

DR. SARA BRAND is the founding general partner of True Wealth Ventures, a venture ...
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Heather Cabot

HEATHER CABOT is the co-author of Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking ...
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Karen Cahn

KAREN CAHN is the Founder & CEO of iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for ...
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Rachel Cassidy

RACHEL CASSIDY serves as Rackspace SVP & GM, professional services. Cassidy ...
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Michelle Cooper

MICHELLE COOPER is senior director at Applied Materials serving as operations leader ...
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Janet Crawford

Janet Crawford

JANET CRAWFORD is CEO of Cascadance, a Bay Area-based firm supporting leaders in ...
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Tiffany Dufu

Tiffany Dufu

TIFFANY DUFU is chief leadership officer of Levo and launch team member to Lean ...
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Tamara Fields

Tamara Fields

TAMARA FIELDS, office managing director for Accenture in Austin, is responsible for ...
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Melanie Fish

MELANIE FISH manages U.S. public relations for HomeAway and is their travel expert, ...
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Di B. Gazdar

DI B. GAZDAR’s practice is focused on applying her knowledge and experience to ...
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Amanda Gill

AMANDA GILL is vice president, North America Oracle talent advisory (OTA). In this ...
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Alejandrina Guzman

ALEJANDRINA GUZMAN is from Azle, Texas and is majoring in Mexican American studies ...
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Amy Cooper Hakim

Amy Cooper Hakim

AMY COOPER HAKIM, Ph.D. is an industrial-organizational psychology practitioner and ...
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Jeffrey Tobias Halter

Jeffery Tobias Halter

JEFFERY TOBIAS HALTER is a gender strategist and the President of YWomen, a strategic ...
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Lori Hawkins

Lori Hawkins

LORI HAWKINS writes about business for the Austin American-Statesman, with a focus on ...
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Celeste Headlee

CELESTE HEADLEE is a communication and human nature expert, and an award-winning ...
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Marian Heard

Marian L. Heard

MARIAN L. HEARD is the president and CEO of Oxen Hill Partners, a Boston-based ...
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Sara Hobson

SARA HOBSON joined Cisco in January 2017 as the director of US commercial for the ...
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Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey

KELLY HOEY is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher ...
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Kelly Hopping

KELLY HOPPING is the senior director of integrated marketing for Rackspace. In this ...
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Ruth Ruggero Hughs

RUTH RUGGERO HUGHS is the Commissioner representing employers of the Texas Workforce ...
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Shama Hyder

SHAMA HYDER is the award-winning CEO of The Marketing Zen Group, a global online ...
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Michelle King

Michelle King

MICHELLE KING is a leading global expert in gender and organizations. She is a ...
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Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey

JESSICA LAHEY is a teacher, writer, and mom. She writes about education, parenting, ...
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Sunny Lopez

SUNNY LOPEZ is the lubricants supply chain manager for Phillips 66, a diversified ...
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Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims

JULIE LYTHCOTT-HAIMS is the author of the New York Times best-selling book How to ...
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Margaret A. McKenna

MARGARET A. McKENNA is a lawyer and educator, and is a leading expert in educational ...
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Robyn Moreno

Robyn Moreno

ROBYN MORENO is the editorial director of Latina magazine and Latina.com; the largest ...
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Karen S. Morris

KAREN S. MORRIS is senior vice president, general counsel for USAA’s property and ...
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Jennifer Mueller

Jennifer Mueller

JENNIFER MUELLER earned her PhD in social and developmental psychology at Brandeis ...
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Carolyn Muise

CAROLYN MUISE leads the chief customer office, analytics and intelligence platform ...
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Sarah Robb O'Hagan

Sarah Robb O’Hagan

SARAH ROBB O’HAGAN has been described as “Superwoman undercover,” and the ...
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Lisa Pearson

LISA PEARSON is a seasoned tech executive. She is currently CEO of Umbel, a ...
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Esther Perel

Esther Perel

ESTHER PEREL is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and provocative voices ...
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Dwan Perrin

DWAN PERRIN is a veteran in online marketing. She has over ten years of experience ...
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Christine Porath

Christine Porath

CHRISTINE PORATH is a professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown ...
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Denise Press

DENISE PRESS is the vice president, National account lead with MasterCard. She is ...
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Tracy Quon

TRACY QUON is the asset manager for the Appalachian Basin region for Statoil’s ...
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Cheryl Reed

CHERYL REED has been with United Airlines twenty five years, having held various ...
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Lilly Rockwell

LILLY ROCKWELL is a journalist based in Austin, Texas. She has over a decade of ...
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Dr. Carol Rohl

CAROL ROHLis the executive director of scientific information management with Merck ...
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Marisela Rylander

MARISELA RYLANDER has spent over 15 years working across multiple facets of human ...
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Ruth Sherman

Ruth Sherman

RUTH SHERMAN works with global CEOs, international celebrities, and public figures ...
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Emily Esfahani Smith

Emily Esfahani Smith

EMILY ESFAHANI SMITH is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That ...
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Lisa Stone

Lisa Stone

LISA STONE is an entrepreneur, community leader and movement builder with a 20-year ...
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Mary Stork

Mary Stork

MARY STORK is the president of financial planning and advice with USAA, a financial ...
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Lisa Sugar

LISA SUGAR is the founder and president of POPSUGAR, Inc., a global media and ...
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Lisa Skeete Tatum

Lisa Skeete Tatum

LISA SKEETE TATUM is founder and CEO of Landit, a technology platform created to ...
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Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

SARAH THOMAS is currently an official for the NFL. On April 8, 2015, Thomas was one ...
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Nina Vaca

NINA VACA is founder, chairman, and CEO of Pinnacle Group, the largest Latina-owned ...
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Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam

LAURA VANDERKAM is the author of several time management and productivity books, ...
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Claire Vo

CLAIRE VO is the senior director of product at Optimizely, the world's leading ...
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Julie Watson

JULIE WATSON is a customer care manager within the enterprise segment at Rackspace ...
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Heather Willems

HEATHER WILLEMS is a co-founder of ImageThink and co-author of Draw Your Big Idea. ...
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Alex Wolf

ALEX WOLF is a millennial branding strategist and founder and CEO of Bossbabe, Inc. ...
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Carmen Rita Wong

CARMEN RITA WONG is an author and the founder and CEO of Malecon Productions. She ...
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Social Media Roundtable

Alice Chase

ALICE CHASE is a recognized digital strategist and consultant known for relationship ...
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Jamie Dorobek

Jamie Dorobek

JAMIE DOROBEK is an author, DIY enthusiast, social media connoisseur and the creator ...
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Connie Gomez

CONNIE GOMEZ is the creator of Momma of Dos and co-founder of Houston Latina ...
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Maddie Highsmith

MADDIE HIGHSMITH is an enterprise account executive with Oracle Corporation. She is ...
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Gaby Natale

Gaby Natale

GABY NATALE is a 3-time Daytime EMMY-award winner, media personality and ...
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Lyndsey Tyner

Lyndsey Tyner

LINDSEY TYNER is the owner and founder of Alt Creative, a boutique web design company ...
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Special Guest Speakers

Janice Co

JANICE CO is vice president and head of marketing and strategy within Prudential ...
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DrumForGOOD

DrumForGOOD is a small, joyful community of hand drummers who love to learn, play ...
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Melanie Foley

Melanie Foley

MELANIE FOLEY is the executive vice president and the chief talent & enterprise ...
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Ruthie Foster

In the tightknit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with ...
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Holly Windham

HOLLY WINDHAM is executive vice president, CLO and general counsel with Rackspace. ...
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Small Business Roundtable

Emily Bolf

EMILY BOLF has been the longtime associate producer and digital director of the ...
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Lana Carlson

Lana Carlson

LANA CARLSON currently lives in Austin, Texas, where she has been the head curator ...
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Barbara Cavness

BARBARA CAVNESS is CEO of 360Partners. She has more than twelve years’ experience ...
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Stephanie Chung

Stephanie Chung

STEPHANIE CHUNG is an executive coach and sales mentor. Based in ...
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Andrea Corson

ANDREA CORSON is an Emmy-nominated television producer, digital strategist and ...
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Rachel Green

RACHEL GREEN is the CEO of A Brand Called U and founder of Leader Ship Box. She has ...
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Kristal Johnson

Kristal Johnson

KRISTAL JOHNSON is the award-winning CEO of FundJoy LLC, a full-service fundraising ...
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QVC & Zulily Product Search

Anna Baker

ANNA BAKER the director of global merchandising strategy and category development ...
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Rachel Boesing

RACHEL BOESING is a program Host with QVC.  Her true passion for storytelling has ...
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Christina Pennypacker

CHRISTINA PENNYPACKER is a buyer for food and cookbook with QVC. She on boards over ...
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Ariana Sweet

ARIANA SWEET is a beauty buyer for color cosmetics and nailcare with QVC, where she ...
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