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2019 Speakers

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2019 OPENING NIGHT SPEAKERS

Keynotes

Tiffany D. Cross

TIFFANY D. CROSS is the co-founder and managing editor of The Beat DC, a platform intersecting national politics, policy, business, media, and people of color. With a readership comprising influencers across the ...
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Elizabeth Gilbert

ELIZABETH GILBERT is the author of Eat Pray Love. Exploding onto the scene in 2006, the best-seller famously chronicled the year Gilbert spent traveling the world after a shattering divorce. Translated into more ...
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Carla Harris

CARLA HARRIS is vice chairman and managing director at Morgan Stanley, where she also serves as a senior client adviser. Previously, she headed the Emerging Manager Platform at Morgan Stanley, the equity capital ...
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Celeste Headlee

CELESTE HEADLEE is a communication and human nature expert, and an award-winning journalist. She is a professional speaker, and also the author of Heard Mentality and We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations that ...
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Megan Rapinoe

MEGAN RAPINOE is a two-time World Cup Champion, and co-captain of the US Women’s National Team. She is a fan favorite, and one of the team’s most technical players. A vocal leader on and off the ...
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Tracee Ellis Ross

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS is an award-winning actress, producer, director, and activist, best known for her Golden Globe-winning role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on ABC’s comedy series black-ish, and playing Joan Clayton on ...
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Amanda Southworth

AMANDA SOUTHWORTH is a seventeen-year-old iOS developer, designer, and a mental health and human rights activist. She’s founder and executive director of Astra Labs, a 501(c)3 non-profit that uses code for change, ...
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Breakout Session Speakers

Kathleen Sallade

Kathleen Sallade

KATHLEEN SALLADE is group vice president of sales and business development at Oracle ...
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Simidele Adeagbo

Simidele Adeagbo

SIMIDELE ADEAGBO is an Olympian, advocate and marketing expert, best known for ...
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Amber Allen

Amber Allen

AMBER ALLEN is CEO Double A Labs. She is a fanatic of emerging ...
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Louise Allen

Louise Allen

LOUISE ALLEN is senior vice president, product management and product marketing at ...
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Emilie Aries

EMILIE ARIES is a speaker, podcast host, author, and the founder and CEO of Bossed ...
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Amber Armstrong

AMBER ARMSTRONG is a passionate CMO that thinks like a CEO.  She currently ...
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Catherine Bannister

CATHERINE BANNISTER leads performance and development for all of Deloitte’s ...
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Alison Beard

Alison Beard

ALISON BEARD is a senior editor at Harvard Business Review, overseeing the Experience ...
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Rachana Bhide

Rachana Bhide

RACHANA BHIDE is an organizational psychologist and ...
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Dena Blizzard

Dena Blizzard

DENA BLIZZARD is One Funny Mother, known as the “Target mom” for her viral ...
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Sharon Brogdon

Sharon Brogdon

SHARON BROGDON is the director of diversity and inclusion (D&I) for RetailMeNot, ...
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Jennifer Brown

JENNIFER BROWN is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker and diversity and ...
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Mary Bui-Pham

Mary Bui-Pham

MARY BUI-PHAM is vice president and chief of staff, engineering at Indeed.com ...
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Igner Burnett-Zeigler

Inger Burnett-Zeigler

INGER BURNETT-ZEIGLER is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor in ...
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John Byrne

John Byrne

JOHN BYRNE is president, North America commercial sales for Dell Technologies. ...
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Julia Carreon

Julia Carreon

JULIA CARREON is managing director of wealth management with Wells Fargo. She is ...
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Michael Chamberlain

MICHAEL CHAMBERLAIN is vice president of strategic partnerships with Catalyst. He is ...
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Jean Chatzky

JEAN CHATZKY launched HerMoney Media and HerMoney.com in 2018 to ...
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Julia Cheek

JULIA CHEEK is the CEO and founder of EverlyWell, the digital health company poised ...
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Lida Citroën

LIDA CITROËN is an award-winning international reputation management ...
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Tony Colon

Tony Colon

TONY COLON is vice president of portfolio product development for Cisco ...
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Heather Crowder

HEATHER CROWDER is general tax officer for Phillips 66, a diversified energy ...
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Catherine Davie

Catherine Davie

CATHERINE DAVIE has twenty years of experience in ...
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Michelle Duguid

Michelle Duguid

MICHELLE DUGUID is a professor at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of ...
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Candace Steel Flippin

Dr. Candace Steele Flippin

DR. CANDACE STEELE FLIPPIN is executive vice president and chief communications ...
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Melinda Franklin

MELINDA YEE FRANKLIN currently serves as the managing director of corporate and ...
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Amy Gallo

AMY E. GALLO is an expert in conflict, communication, and workplace dynamics. She is ...
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Linda Glass

LINDA GLASS is founder and CEO of Glass Talent. She is an executive coach and ...
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Shelley Gretlein

Shelley Gretlein

SHELLEY GRETLEIN is vice president of global marketing with National Instruments. She ...
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Minda Harts

Minda Harts

MINDA HARTS is a well-connected, sought after speaker and thought-leader, frequently ...
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Fran Hauser

FRAN HAUSER is a celebrated media executive, startup investor, best-selling author ...
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Jessica Herrin

Jessica Herrin

JESSICA HERRIN is an author, CEO and founder of Stella & Dot. She is a serial ...
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Michele Herron

Michele Herron

MICHELE HERRON is senior vice president and head of strategy, marketing and ...
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Dr. Tiffany Jana

DR. TIFFANY JANA has helped orchestrate TMI's growth over the past sixteen years. ...
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W. Brad Johnson

W. BRAD JOHNSON is professor of psychology in the department of leadership, ethics ...
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Karen Chong

Karen Chong

KAREN CHONG is innovator in compelling storytelling as a way to engage audiences ...
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Keri D'angelis

Keri D'angelis

KERI D’ANGELIS is a vendor operations manager at Liberty Mutual, driving ...
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Erika Lanciault

Erika Lanciault

ERIKA LANCIAULT is senior vice president and project manager with Broadway Bank. With ...
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Claudia Lee

CLAUDIA LEE is a consummate builder, having started up multiple new businesses during ...
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Richard Lopez

RICHARD LOPEZ is the director of global diversity and inclusion and chief customer ...
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Megan Lueders

MEGAN LUEDERS serves as CMO for Silicon Labs, leading the company’s global ...
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Christi Marrufo

CHRISTI MARRUFO leads Applied Materials knowledge management and collaboration ...
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Charmaine McClarie

CHARMAINE McCLARIE is an author, C-suite adviser, keynote speaker, executive coach, ...
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Debbie McClure

Debbie McClure

DEBBIE McCLURE  is senior director, in Americas service provider mid-market ...
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Rhonda McGown

Rhonda McGown

RHONDA McGOWN is a member of the executive leadership team at Broadway Bank, serving ...
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Renee Medina

RENEE MEDINA is VP, Global Head of Member Solutions at GLG. The world’s ...
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Meg Murphy

MEG MURPHY is the CMO for IBM Systems. She joined IBM in August 2015 as VP of digital ...
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Julie O’brien

JULIE O’BRIEN is senior vice president of corporate marketing for Nutanix. In this ...
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Laura Okmin

LAURA OKMIN is the founder of GALVANIZE, an organization that conducts seminars ...
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Janice Omadeke

JANICE OMADEKE is the CEO and founder of The Mentor Method, an enterprise ...
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Livio Perez

Livio Perez

LIVIO PEREZ is a claims manager at Liberty Mutual's catastrophe claims ...
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Mary Laura Philpott

MARY LAURA PHILPOTT is the author of I Miss You When I Blink, a nationally ...
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Ross Powell

Ross Powell

ROSS POWELL is a senior level insurance claims manager with Liberty Mutual. With ...
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Sam Rapoport

SAM RAPOPORT is senior director of football development with the National ...
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Linda Raynier

Linda Raynier

LINDA RAYNIER CPA, CA is a career strategist, speaker, and coach for corporate ...
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Susan Reitano Davey

Susan Rietano Davey

SUSAN RIETANO DAVEY is co-founder/owner of Prepare to Launch, LLC, a learning company ...
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Carolyn Rodz

Carolyn Rodz

CAROLYN RODZ is a Latina three-time entrepreneur, and CEO of HelloAlice.com. Alice is ...
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Veronica Rueckert

VERONICA RUECKERT is the author of Outspoken: Why women's voices get silenced and ...
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Kathy Sanders

Kathryn Sanders

KATHRYN SANDERS joined the Houston office of Accenture in 1983 and has always focused ...
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Erica Williams Simon

ERICA WILLIAMS SIMON is a social critic, author, host and CEO of Sage House, a ...
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L. Michelle Smith

L. MICHELLE SMITH is the CEO and founder of no silos communications llc, the ...
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Marissa Tarleton

Marissa Tarleton

MARISSA TARLETON is the chief executive officer of RetailMeNot, Inc. She joined ...
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Traci Uribe

Traci Uribe

TRACI URIBE currently serves as an underwriting director with USAA, where she leads a ...
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Yai Vargas

YAI VARGAS is a leading multicultural marketing expert with a niche in building ...
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Cy Wakeman

CY WAKEMAN is president and founder of Reality-Based Leadership. She is a drama ...
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Beth Weeks

Beth Weeks

BETH WEEKS is chief information officer and vice president of cloud operations at ...
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Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin

 DANIELLE WEISBERG and CARLY ZAKIN are co-founders and co-CEOs of theSkimm, a ...
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Exhibit Hall Speakers

Carmen Bryant

CARMEN BRYANT is director of US marketing with Indeed. She is an international ...
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Tiffanie Gray

Tiffanie Gray

TIFFANIE GRAY is the associate manager for the Dallas wealth management market of ...
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Shelia McElhinney

Sheila McElhinney

SHEILA McELHINNEY is a financial relationship advisor with Wells Fargo. For two ...
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Special Guest Speakers

First Lady Cecilia Abbott

FIRST LADY CECILIA ABBOTT in January 2015, Abbott made history by becoming the first ...
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Steve Adler

Steve Adler

STEVE ADLER was elected Austin’s 52nd Mayor in December 2014, and looks forward to ...
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Dawn Frazier-Bohnert

Dawn Frazier-Bohnert

DAWN FRAZIER-BOHNERT is the executive vice president of global diversity, equity, ...
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Yvonne Nava

Yvonne Nava

YVONNE NAVA can be found behind the desk, weekday mornings from 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM ...
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Erica Proffer

ERICA PROFFER is an investigative reporter with KVUE. She has helped law enforcement ...
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Small Business Roundtable

Valentina Gomez Bravo

VALENTINA GOMEZ BRAVO is a multi-passionate entrepreneur, a multicultural creative ...
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Liz Feezor

Liz Feezor

LIZ FEEZOR is a writer and creative strategist who helps wholehearted individuals and ...
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Veronica Garza

Veronica Garza

VERONICA GARZA is a co-founder, president, and chief innovation officer of Siete ...
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Jill Griffin

Jill Griffin

JILL GRIFFIN leads an Austin-based executive coaching firm, JGEL. She is particularly ...
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Maryanne Lee

Maryanne Lee

MARYANNE LEE is the director of customer experience strategy at LegalZoom, and a ...
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Laurie Logue

Laurie J. Logue

LAURIE J. LOGUE is executive vice president for Broadway Bank’s Austin market, and ...
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Salman

Rana Salman, Ph.D.

RANA SALMAN, Ph.D. collaborates with sales, marketing and enablement leaders to ...
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Tech Roundtables

Amber Allen

Amber Allen

AMBER ALLEN is CEO Double A Labs. She is a fanatic of emerging ...
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Alexis Davis

Alexis Davis

ALEXIS DAVIS is a connector, speaker, and social media educator with a penchant for ...
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Vianney Gonzales

VIANNEY GONZALES is a quality manager for the strategic planning and quality team at ...
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Joanna Holden

Joanna Holden

JOANNA HOLDEN is a respected creative director, brand and graphic designer. Her ...
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Jessica Scanlon

Jessica Scanlon

JESSICA SCANLON is the founder of Hot Dog marketing. She’s helped hundreds of ...
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Yai Vargas

YAI VARGAS is a leading multicultural marketing expert with a niche in building ...
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