2018 Speakers

2018 speakers will be announced below as they’re confirmed. 

Check out the 2018 Agenda! 


Keynotes


Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor

SHAWN ACHOR is the New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. His most... Read Full Bio
Sharyn Alfonsi

Sharyn Alfonsi

SHARYN ALFONSI has contributed reports to 60 Minutes since 2015. Her investigation of the misuse of jailhouse informants in Orange Co... Read Full Bio
Dr. Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown

DR. BRENÉ BROWN is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair... Read Full Bio
Marjorie Clifton

Marjorie Clifton

MARJORIE CLIFTON is founder of [email protected], and principal of Clifton Consulting, LLC. She has two decades of experience in communications and p... Read Full Bio
Tyler Haney

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... Read Full Bio
Renata Quintini

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 a... Read Full Bio
Nina Shaw

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... Read Full Bio
Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

REESE WITHERSPOON is an award winning actress and producer who has created the kinds of unforgettable characters that connect with cr... Read Full Bio

Special Guest Speakers


Myrna Estrada

Myrna Estrada

MYRNA ESTRADA is vice president and regional general manager for Safeco Insurance. She leads the central region distribution operation for Saf... Read Full Bio
Terri Gruca

Terri Gruca

TERRI GRUCA is an anchor and investigative reporter at KVUE in Austin, TX. You'll see her at 5:00 p.m., and occasionally on Midday at 11:00 a.m... Read Full Bio
Debbie McClure

Debbie McClure

DEBBIE McCLURE is senior director, GSP and demand response team, within global virtual sales with Cisco Systems. She is responsible for the g... Read Full Bio
Erica Proffer

Erica Proffer

ERICA PROFFER is investigative reporter who has helped law enforcement spot human trafficking, exposed weaknesses on the international boundary... Read Full Bio

Breakout Session Speakers


Mary Abbajay

Mary Abbajay

MARY ABBAJAY is the president of Careerstone Group, LLC, a full service organizational and leadership development consultancy that delivers le... Read Full Bio
Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie Ajayi

LUVVIE AJAYI is an award-winning author, speaker and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. Her... Read Full Bio
Penny Baldwin

Penny Baldwin

PENNY BALDWIN is a senior vice president and the chief marketing officer at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. In her role, Baldwin leads the com... Read Full Bio
Carolina Barcenas

Carolina Barcenas

CAROLINA BARCENAS is vice president of data science and AI for data products at Visa. She is responsible for exploring and developing advanced... Read Full Bio
Chelsie Baugh

Chelsie Baugh

CHELSIE BAUGH currently serves as corporate communications manager at RetailMeNot, Inc., working with employees and stakeholders to support a ... Read Full Bio
Lisa Bodell

Lisa Bodell

LISA BODELL is a best-selling author, and the founder and CEO of futurethink. She’s helped thousands of senior leaders at companies like G... Read Full Bio
Cindy Bond

Cindy Bond

CINDY BOND is manager of surface transportation and logistics for Phillips 66 Company. She has more than seventeen years of logistics and oper... Read Full Bio
Lauren Smith Brody

Lauren Smith Brody

LAUREN SMITH BRODY is the author of The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby (Doubleday/A... Read Full Bio
Colette Pierce Burnette

Colette Pierce Burnette

COLETTE PIERCE BURNETTE, Ed.D is the president and chief executive office of Huston-Tillotson University, Austin’s oldest institution of high... Read Full Bio
Marian Cabanillas

Marian Cabanillas

MARIAN CABANILLAS serves as the president for South Texas of UnitedHealthcare’s Texas Health Plan. In this role she works closely with custo... Read Full Bio
Kailei Carr

Kailei Carr

KAILEI CARR is the CEO of The Asbury Group, which specializes in image, presence, branding, and leadership development for executive women. Th... Read Full Bio
Courtney Carver

Courtney Carver

COURTNEY CARVER changed her life by simplifying it after a devastating diagnosis in 2006. She’s the founder of bemorewithless.com and mini... Read Full Bio
Tracy Curran

Tracy Curran

TRACY CURRAN leads talent acquisition in North America for Dell Technologies. Her team is responsible for all regional hires, including unive... Read Full Bio
Bobbi Dangerfield

Bobbi Dangerfield

BOBBI DANGERFIELD leads global business services, a cross-functional organization focused on end-to-end sales enablement, order management, cu... Read Full Bio
Sarah Delille

Sarah Delille

SARAH DELILLE is currently leading the business development group in Equinor US. Her team of ten project managers and commercial leaders m... Read Full Bio
KJ Dell’Antonia

KJ Dell’Antonia

KJ DELL’ANOTNIA edited the Motherlode column for the New York Times for five years. This experience taught her this: family can be a source... Read Full Bio
Emily O’ Halloran

Emily O’ Halloran

EMILY O’HALLORAN is the digital lead for the southwest region of Accenture. In her role, O’Halloran helps clients redefine how they serve ... Read Full Bio
Melinda Yee Franklin

Melinda Yee Franklin

MELINDA YEE FRANKLIN currently serves as the managing director of corporate and government affairs in the western region for United Airlines. ... Read Full Bio
Alison Frey

Alison Frey

ALISON FREY is an intellectual property lawyer with Dickinson Wright PLLC, and a mother of two. She regularly advises clients across a myriad ... Read Full Bio
Carol Fulp

Carol Fulp

CAROL FULP is president and CEO of The Partnership, Inc., New England’s premier organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of t... Read Full Bio
Anne Grady

Anne Grady

ANNE GRADY is not your typical motivational speaker. She is a best-selling author, two-time TEDx speaker, trainer, survivor, optimist, inspire... Read Full Bio
Stacie Graham

Stacie Graham

STACIE GRAHAM is a senior vice president and general manager of national insurance for the central division at Liberty Mutual Insurance.  She... Read Full Bio
Martie Haselton, PhD

Martie Haselton, PhD

MARTIE HASELTON, PhD is the world’s leading researcher on sexuality and the ovulation cycle. She is a professor of psychology at UCLA, and th... Read Full Bio
Leslie Hassler

Leslie Hassler

LESLIE HASSLER is the founder of Your Biz Rules. You may have noticed that when businesses grow, the list of what needs fixing grows too. It c... Read Full Bio
Sally Helgesen

Sally Helgesen

SALLY HELGESEN is considered the gold standard among experts on women’s leadership, and was the first to focus on what women have to contrib... Read Full Bio
Jessica Honegger

Jessica Honegger

JESSICA HONEGGER is an award-winning social entrepreneur, and author of the book Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort a... Read Full Bio
Wendy Howell

Wendy Howell

WENDY HOWELL is chief of staff with technical services product management at Cisco Systems. Outside of work, she is a passionate advocate for ... Read Full Bio
Lorena Asebedo Kaplen

Lorena Asebedo Kaplen

LORENA ASEBEDO KAPLEN is a registered dietitian, culinary enthusiast and self‑taught chef whose passion for food and nutrit... Read Full Bio
Catherine Kaputa

Catherine Kaputa

CATHERINE KAPUTA is a brand strategist, speaker, author, and founder of SelfBrand, a New York City-based personal branding company - www.self... Read Full Bio
Kendra Logan

Kendra Logan

KENDRA LOGAN is a recognized influential and inspirational leader in the area of change management, learning and development, career planning,... Read Full Bio
Lindsey Lurie

Lindsey Lurie

LINDSEY LURIE is chief marketing officer with IBM Security. In this role, she is responsible for the design and execution of marketing program... Read Full Bio
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

LORI NISHIURA MACKENZIE is executive director of Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, home to eminent scholars and a... Read Full Bio
Jackie Maniscalco

Jackie Maniscalco

JACKIE MANISCALCO is an energizer at the intersection of healthcare and technology, and is currently an associate director in information tech... Read Full Bio
Maxie McCoy

Maxie McCoy

MAXIE McCOY is a writer, speaker, and creator of maxiemccoy.com, a popular media platform dedicated to giving women the tools they need to b... Read Full Bio
Ashley Diaz Mejias

Ashley Diaz Mejias

ASHLEY DIAZ MEJIAS has devoted her work to researching and writing on racial bias. She has written for blogs and led curricula for institution... Read Full Bio
Phylis Miquel

Phylis Miquel

PHYLIS MIQUEL is known for bringing the biggest organizational pain points to the forefront of everyone’s minds then rally teams to solve the... Read Full Bio
Michelle Milford Morse

Michelle Milford Morse

MICHELLE MILFORD MORSE is the vice president for Girls and Women Strategy at the United Nations Foundation. For nearly twenty years Morse has ... Read Full Bio
Cara Nichols

Cara Nichols

CARA NICHOLS is director of community affairs for Rackspace. In this role, she has the unique opportunity to give back to the communities where... Read Full Bio
Nathalie Molina Niño

Nathalie Molina Niño

NATHALIE MOLINA NIÑO is a serial entrepreneur, a super connector and an investor, focused on high-growth, innovative businesses that deliver a measurable econ... Read Full Bio
Ann M. Oglesby

Ann M. Oglesby

ANN M. OGLESBY is vice president, technology, for Phillips 66. She has more than thirty years of experience in the oil, natural gas and petroch... Read Full Bio
Amy Porter

Amy Porter

AMY PORTER is the founder and CEO of AffiniPay, an Austin-based financial technology company creating payment-based practice management tools ... Read Full Bio
Emily Ramshaw

Emily Ramshaw

EMILY RAMSHAW is the editor of The Texas Tribune. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won six national Edward R. Murrow Awards, IRE's Ga... Read Full Bio
Katie Ray-Jones

Katie Ray-Jones

KATIE RAY-JONES is the chief executive officer of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. In addition, Ray-Jones has managed an emergency shel... Read Full Bio
Kim Read

Kim Read

KIM READ is senior vice president of operations for RetailMeNot, Inc. In this role, she leads the company’s North American operations functi... Read Full Bio
Selena Rezvani

Selena Rezvani

SELENA REZVANI teaches women at all levels to negotiate like a boss. She also consults to employers on how to make work truly “work” for w... Read Full Bio
Tara Roberts

Tara Roberts

TARA ROBERTS is vice president of products and user experience for Oracle adaptive intelligence. She leads the planning, design, delivery, and... Read Full Bio
Sylvia Rodriguez

Sylvia Rodriguez

SYLVIA RODRIGUEZ is executive planning director for GateHouse Media. Her career as a customer service, operations and retention leader has sp... Read Full Bio
Alice Rutkowski

Alice Rutkowski

ALICE RUTKOWSKI is a vice president at SAGIN, where she serves nationally as executive communications coach. Rutkowski joined SAGIN with more ... Read Full Bio
Dani Rylan

Dani Rylan

DANI RYLAN is the founder and commissioner of the National Women's Hockey League. Rylan launched the NWHL in April 2015 with aspirations of gr... Read Full Bio
Wendy Sachs

Wendy Sachs

WENDY SACHS is a master of the career pivot. She is the author of Fearless and Free—How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch their Careers, a boo... Read Full Bio
Hana Schank

Hana Schank

HANA SCHANK is a writer, design researcher and technologist. Her most recent book is The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Fami... Read Full Bio
Renee Schroeder

Renee Schroeder

RENEE SCHROEDER leads the core technology solutions organization which develops and maintains a variety of products and websites. Her teams are... Read Full Bio
Christy Schumann

Christy Schumann

CHRISTY SCHUMANN is general manager, Rackspace managed security. In this role, she leads product, service delivery, engineering, and technica... Read Full Bio
Emily Sheeren

Emily Sheeren

EMILY SHEEREN is a principal at ghSMART. She serves private equity and corporate clients in the areas of leadership assessment, leadership dev... Read Full Bio
Pamela Sherman

Pamela Sherman

PAMELA SHERMAN is the HR business partner for the HR organization at Applied Materials. She was recently named as the leader for diversity and... Read Full Bio
Lea Sims

Lea Sims

LEA SIMS is the assistant vice president in enterprise innovation with responsibility leading the Member and Employee Innovation Programs. She... Read Full Bio
Amanda Singer

Amanda Singer

AMANDA SINGER is vice president of M&A integration management for Arm, the world's leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) suppli... Read Full Bio
David Smith

David Smith

DAVID SMITH, PhD, is the co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women and associate professor of sociology in the Department... Read Full Bio
Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith

DEBORAH SENGUPTA STITH is a music writer with the Austin-American Statesman. After her brief career as a mediocre bass player fizzled out in ... Read Full Bio
Elizabeth Wallace

Elizabeth Wallace

ELIZABETH WALLACE is the author of The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life (Viking, 2018... Read Full Bio
Leslie Ward

Leslie Ward

LESLIE WARD is senior vice president of legislative affairs, corporate external affairs with AT&T. She has been ranked as one of the top c... Read Full Bio
Claire Wasserman

Claire Wasserman

CLAIRE WASSERMAN is a community builder, and an advocate for women in the workplace. She founded Ladies Get Paid, an organization that gives wo... Read Full Bio
Caroline Webb

Caroline Webb

CAROLINE WEBB is CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that shows people how to use insights from behavioral science to improve their working life. Her bo... Read Full Bio
Dr. Jen Welter

Dr. Jen Welter

DR. JEN WELTER became the first female to coach in the NFL when she joined the Arizona Cardinals as a linebackers coach in the summer of 2015.... Read Full Bio
Gwen Wunderlich

Gwen Wunderlich

GWEN WUNDERLICH is CEO and partner of Wunderlich Kaplan Communications, and creator and partner of The Enternship. Wunderlich is a trend-spot... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable


Margie Becker

Margie Becker

MARGIE BECKER is a storyteller, lifelong activist, and small business owner. And now, she’s the founder of PayHerForward.com, empowering wome... Read Full Bio
Terry P. Mitchell

Terry P. Mitchell

TERRY P. MITCHELL prides herself in being the steer-head and foundation to multiple organizations. E'lon & Company develops software and mo... Read Full Bio
Karie Price

Karie Price

KARIE PRICE is a brand messaging coach, helping ambitious service-based business owners find and own the words to stand out, be heard, and Mak... Read Full Bio
Toni Harris Taylor

Toni Harris Taylor

TONI HARRIS TAYLOR is a motivational marketing speaker and coach who helps entrepreneurs and sales professionals to take drastic steps to ... Read Full Bio

Tech Roundtables


Sara Hirsh Bordo

Sara Hirsh Bordo

SARA HIRSH BORDO previously held positions in media and entertainment including executive director of interactive marketing at Paramount Pictur... Read Full Bio
Mary Champagne

Mary Champagne

MARY CHAMPAGNE is the senior procurement manager at Tokyo Electron America, a leader in global semiconductor equipment industry. She has over ... Read Full Bio
Elsa Dithmer

Elsa Dithmer

ELSA DITHMER is senior manager, responsible for generating North America demand across Planview’s portfolio of work and resource management ... Read Full Bio
Laura Donnelly

Laura Donnelly

LAURA DONNELLY has been a journalist, a book publicist for Maya Angelou, former President Jimmy Carter and Jurassic Park creator Michael Cricht... Read Full Bio
Shauna Glenn

Shauna Glenn

SHAUNA GLENN is a writer turned interior designer, who has built her business, Shauna Glenn Design, from amassing a large following on Instagr... Read Full Bio
Kennetta Piper

Kennetta Piper

KENNETTA PIPER is a recovering people pleaser, empty nester, and eternal soul searcher. Through her work first in corporate America, and then ... Read Full Bio
Natalia Sylvester

Natalia Sylvester

NATALIA SYLVESTER is the author of the novels Chasing the Sun, which was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad, and Everyone Knows ... Read Full Bio
Vannessa Wade

Vannessa Wade

VANNESSA WADE is the founder and CEO of Connect The Dots PR. Often called an "idea oven" and "branding magnet," she has been featured in magazi... Read Full Bio

Health and Wellness Pavilion


Kristi Grosse

Kristi Grosse

KRISTI GROSSE is a peaceful warrior, and has fought for peace within her own body for over twenty five years. After conquering numerous health... Read Full Bio
Dr. Rajani Katta

Dr. Rajani Katta

DR. RAJANI KATTA is a nationally recognized expert in dermatology and allergic skin reactions, who has extensively researched how diet affects... Read Full Bio
Jane Stoller

Jane Stoller

JANE STOLLER is a Swiss-Canadian life-biz organizer, speaker, author and university instructor whose passion is in de-cluttering spaces and org... Read Full Bio

Visa Classroom


Connie Bergquist

Connie Bergquist

CONNIE BERGQUIST is a staff software engineer at Visa Inc., and currently focuses on long term architecture and performance as a scrum master ... Read Full Bio
Karyn Desai

Karyn Desai

KARYN DESAI is senior director or digital products with Visa. She is a program management professional with over fifteen years of exceptional ... Read Full Bio
Holly Harris

Holly Harris

HOLLY HARRIS is a senior technology recruiter at Visa Inc., and currently recruits in the cybersecurity and operations and infrastructure tech... Read Full Bio
Velincia Jones

Velincia Jones

VELINCIA JONES is a director of technology business operations, leading a team of business analysts who establish multi-year financial efficie... Read Full Bio
Heather Muckle

Heather Muckle

HEATHER MUCKLE is a director on Visa’s HRIS team. Her role is focused on supporting HR COEs with system strategy and roadmaps, managing the ... Read Full Bio
Anu Rao

Anu Rao

ANU RAO is a senior director at Visa in HR shared services with twelve years of progressive experience in the shared services space. She was r... Read Full Bio
Jennifer Wassum

Jennifer Wassum

JENNIFER WASSUM is the director of corporate IT program management with Visa, Inc. She is an accomplished product and program manager with mor... Read Full Bio
Jamie Zerwas

Jamie Zerwas

JAMIE ZERWAS is a senior program manager for key clients and initiatives in Visa’s CyberSource organization.  Currently, she is accountable... Read Full Bio