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2018 Speakers

2018 speakers will be announced below as they're confirmed.  Check out the 2018 Agenda! 

Keynotes

Shawn Achor

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 Pursuit of Success Raises Our ...
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Sharyn Alfonsi

SHARYN ALFONSI has contributed reports to 60 Minutes since 2015. Her investigation of the misuse of jailhouse informants in Orange County, CA, drew national attention to a criminal justice system scandal. ...
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Dr. Brené Brown

DR. BRENÉ BROWN is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. She also holds the position of visiting ...
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Marjorie Clifton

MARJORIE CLIFTON is founder of [email protected], and principal of Clifton Consulting, LLC. She has two decades of experience in communications and policy, and is also a published author, speaker and media commentator, ...
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Tyler Haney

TYLER HANEY is the founder and CEO of Outdoor Voices, a brand whose mission is to inspire more people to be active on a daily basis. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Haney grew up in Boulder, CO, where ...
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Renata Quintini

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 longer, but live well. Specifically, she ...
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Nina Shaw

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 live stage area. A native New Yorker, ...
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Reese Witherspoon

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 Award for her portrayal of ...
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Breakout Session Speakers

Mary Abbajay

MARY ABBAJAY is the president of Careerstone Group, LLC, a full service ...
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Luvvie Ajayi

LUVVIE AJAYI is an award-winning author, speaker and digital strategist who thrives ...
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Penny Baldwin

PENNY BALDWIN is a senior vice president and the chief marketing officer at ...
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Carolina Barcenas

CAROLINA BARCENAS is vice president of data science and AI for data products at ...
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Chelsie Baugh

CHELSIE BAUGH currently serves as corporate communications manager at RetailMeNot, ...
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Lisa Bodell (square)

Lisa Bodell

LISA BODELL is a best-selling author, and the founder and CEO of futurethink. ...
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Cindy Bond

CINDY BOND is manager of surface transportation and logistics for Phillips 66 ...
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Lauren Smith Brody

LAUREN SMITH BRODY is the author of The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide ...
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Kailei Carr

KAILEI CARR is the CEO of The Asbury Group, which specializes in image, presence, ...
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Courtney Carver

COURTNEY CARVER changed her life by simplifying it after a devastating diagnosis in ...
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Tracy Curran

Tracy Curran

TRACY CURRAN serves as Senior Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition for Dell ...
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Bobbi Dangerfield

Bobbi Dangerfield

BOBBI DANGERFIELD retired from Dell Technologies in February 2019 as SVP of global ...
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Sarah Delille

SARAH DELILLE is currently leading the business development group in Equinor US. ...
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KJ Dell’Antonia

KJ DELL’ANOTNIA edited the Motherlode column for the New York Times for five ...
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Emily O’ Halloran

EMILY O’HALLORAN is the digital lead for the southwest region of Accenture. In her ...
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Melinda Yee Franklin

MELINDA YEE FRANKLIN currently serves as the managing director of corporate and ...
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Carol Fulp

CAROL FULP is president and CEO of The Partnership, Inc., New England’s premier ...
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Anne Grady

ANNE GRADY is not your typical motivational speaker. She is a best-selling author, ...
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Stacie Graham

STACIE GRAHAM is a senior vice president and general manager of national insurance ...
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Martie Haselton, PhD

MARTIE HASELTON, PhD is the world’s leading researcher on sexuality and the ...
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Leslie Hassler

LESLIE HASSLER is the founder of Your Biz Rules. You may have noticed that when ...
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Sally Helgesen

SALLY HELGESEN is considered the gold standard among experts on women’s ...
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Jessica Honegger

JESSICA HONEGGER is an award-winning social entrepreneur, and author of the book ...
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Catherine Kaputa

CATHERINE KAPUTA is a brand strategist, speaker, author, and founder of SelfBrand, a ...
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Kendra Logan

KENDRA LOGAN is a recognized influential and inspirational leader in the area of ...
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Lindsey Lurie

LINDSEY LURIE is chief marketing officer with IBM Security. In this role, she is ...
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Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

LORI NISHIURA MACKENZIE is executive director of Stanford University’s Clayman ...
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Jackie Maniscalco

JACKIE MANISCALCO is an energizer at the intersection of healthcare and technology, ...
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Ashley Diaz Mejias

ASHLEY DIAZ MEJIAS has devoted her work to researching and writing on racial bias. ...
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Phylis Miquel

PHYLIS MIQUEL is known for bringing the biggest organizational pain points to the ...
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Michelle Milford Morse

MICHELLE MILFORD MORSE is the vice president for Girls and Women Strategy at the ...
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Cara Nichols

CARA NICHOLS is director of community affairs for Rackspace. In this role, she has ...
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Nathalie Molina Niño

NATHALIE MOLINA NIÑO is a serial entrepreneur, a super connector and an investor, ...
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Ann M. Oglesby

ANN M. OGLESBY is vice president, technology, for Phillips 66. She has more than ...
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Amy Porter

AMY PORTER is the founder and CEO of AffiniPay, an Austin-based financial technology ...
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Emily Ramshaw

EMILY RAMSHAW is the editor of The Texas Tribune. Under her leadership, the ...
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Katie Ray-Jones

KATIE RAY-JONES is the chief executive officer of the National Domestic Violence ...
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Selena Rezvani

SELENA REZVANI teaches women at all levels to negotiate like a boss. She also ...
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Tara Roberts

TARA ROBERTS is vice president of products and user experience for Oracle adaptive ...
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Sylvia Rodriguez

SYLVIA RODRIGUEZ is executive planning director for GateHouse Media. Her career as ...
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Alice Rutkowski

ALICE RUTKOWSKI is a vice president at SAGIN, where she serves nationally as ...
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Dani Rylan

DANI RYLAN is the founder and commissioner of the National Women's Hockey League. ...
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Wendy Sachs

WENDY SACHS is a master of the career pivot. She is the author of Fearless and ...
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Hana Schank

HANA SCHANK is a writer, design researcher and technologist. Her most recent book ...
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Renee Schroeder

RENEE SCHROEDER leads the core technology solutions organization which develops and ...
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Christy Schumann

CHRISTY SCHUMANN is general manager, Rackspace managed security. In this role, she ...
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Emily Sheeren

EMILY SHEEREN is a principal at ghSMART. She serves private equity and corporate ...
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Pamela Sherman

PAMELA SHERMAN is the HR business partner for the HR organization at Applied ...
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Lea Sims

LEA SIMS is the assistant vice president in enterprise innovation with ...
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Amanda Singer

AMANDA SINGER is vice president of M&A integration management for Arm, the ...
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David Smith

DAVID SMITH, PhD, is the co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor ...
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Deborah Sengupta Stith

DEBORAH SENGUPTA STITH is a music writer with the Austin-American Statesman. After ...
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Elizabeth Wallace

ELIZABETH WALLACE is the author of The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About ...
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Leslie Ward

LESLIE WARD is senior vice president of legislative affairs, corporate external ...
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Claire Wasserman

CLAIRE WASSERMAN is a community builder, and an advocate for women in the workplace. ...
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Caroline Webb

CAROLINE WEBB is CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that shows people how to use insights ...
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Dr. Jen Welter

DR. JEN WELTER became the first female to coach in the NFL when she joined the ...
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Gwen Wunderlich

GWEN WUNDERLICH is CEO and partner of Wunderlich Kaplan Communications, and creator ...
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Special Guest Speakers

Terri Gruca

TERRI GRUCA is an anchor and investigative reporter at KVUE in Austin, TX. You'll see ...
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Small Business Roundtable

Margie Becker

MARGIE BECKER is a storyteller, lifelong activist, and small business owner. And now, ...
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Terry P. Mitchell

TERRY P. MITCHELL prides herself in being the steer-head and foundation to multiple ...
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Karie Price

KARIE PRICE is a brand messaging coach, helping ambitious service-based business ...
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Toni Harris Taylor

TONI HARRIS TAYLOR is a motivational marketing speaker and coach who helps ...
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Tech Roundtables

Sara Hirsh Bordo

SARA HIRSH BORDO previously held positions in media and entertainment including ...
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Mary Champagne

MARY CHAMPAGNE is the senior procurement manager at Tokyo Electron America, a leader ...
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Elsa Dithmer

ELSA DITHMER is senior manager, responsible for generating North America demand ...
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Laura Donnelly

LAURA DONNELLY has been a journalist, a book publicist for Maya Angelou, former ...
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Shauna Glenn

SHAUNA GLENN is a writer turned interior designer, who has built her business, ...
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Kennetta Piper

KENNETTA PIPER is a recovering people pleaser, empty nester, and eternal soul ...
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Natalia Sylvester

NATALIA SYLVESTER is the author of the novels Chasing the Sun, which was named the ...
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Vannessa Wade

VANNESSA WADE is the founder and CEO of Connect The Dots PR. Often called an "idea ...
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