2018 Speakers


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2018 speakers will be announced here as they are confirmed.


Keynotes


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

Maysoon Zayid

MAYSOON ZAYID is an actress, comedian, writer, and disability advocate. She is a graduate of, and a guest comedian in residence at, Arizona Sta... Read Full Bio

Special Guest Speakers


Rachel Boesing

RACHEL BOESING is a program host with QVC, whose true passion for storytelling has defined her professional life. She left a successful adver... Read Full Bio

Breakout Session Speakers


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

Nisa Amoils

NISA AMOILS is an investor and has been a venture capitalist at Scout Ventures. She is an active board member and former entrepreneur. Amoils ... Read Full Bio

Raquel Arredondo

RAQUEL ARREDONDO is associate director for outreach, engagement and professional development for Drexel University’s LeBow College of Busines... Read Full Bio

Dena Blizzard

DENA BLIZZARD is One Funny Mother, and known as the “Target mom” for her viral videos, including Back to School Rant, which had ov... Read Full Bio

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 (Do... Read Full Bio

Carrie Bucci

CARRIE BUCCI designs and develops people-centric programs to help companies attract, retain and develop awesome talent. She brings over twenty... Read Full Bio

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 changed her life by simplifying it after a devastating diagnosis in 2006. She’s the founder of Read Full Bio

Shoma Chatterjee

SHOMA CHATTERJEE heads the leadership development and coaching practice at ghSMART, an executive advisory firm. She focuses on advising executi... Read Full Bio

Lorenzo Claridy

LORENZO CLARIDY is currently the head of inclusion and diversity in the US at GlaxoSmithKline. He transitioned from the commercial business, w... Read Full Bio

Alexa Curtis

ALEXA CURTIS is a young adult influencer and CEO of Life Unfiltered with Alexa Curtis, the lifestyle site for teens and parents. Curtis also fo... Read Full Bio

Kj Dell’Anotnia

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

Michelle Duguid

MICHELLE DUGUID is a professor at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management and the Clifford H. Whitcomb Faculty Fellow at Cornel... Read Full Bio

Karen Etzkorn

KAREN ETZKORN became chief information officer of Qurate Retail Group in December 2017. She leads a team that plays a pivotal role in driving ... Read Full Bio

Carol Fulp

CAROL FULP is president and CEO of The Partnership, Inc., New England’s premier organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness ... Read Full Bio

Alison Green

ALISON GREEN writes the popular Ask a Manager blog, where she answers readers' questions daily on workplace and management issue... Read Full Bio

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

Denice Hasty

DENICE HASTY serves as the senior vice president of business marketing for Comcast’s $6.5B+ business services group.  As CMO for Comcast Bu... Read Full Bio

Fran Hauser

FRAN HAUSER is a long-time media executive, startup investor and author of The Myth of the Nice Girl. She's held senior positions at some of ... Read Full Bio

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

Tiffany Jana

TIFFANY JANA is the CEO and president of TMI Consulting, a diversity and inclusion firm based in Richmond, VA. She has helped orchestrate the ... Read Full Bio

Catherine Kaputo

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

Danielle Kayembe

DANIELLE KAYEMBE is a female futurist and serial entrepreneur who works on projects at the intersection of women and social impact. She advis... Read Full Bio

Reshema Kemps-Polanco

RESHEMA KEMPS-POLANCO currently serves as vice president, sales and marketing, solid tumors with Janssen Oncology at Johnson and Johnson. Prior... Read Full Bio

Zaniya Lewis

ZANIYA LEWIS is a sophomore at The George Washington University, majoring in political science. She has won five national contests. Lewis is a ... Read Full Bio

Bonnie Marcus

BONNIE MARCUS has extensive business background, including serving as CEO of a ServiceMaster company, VP of sales at Medical Staffing Network, ... Read Full Bio

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... Read Full Bio

Amber Rae

AMBER RAE has been called "the Brené Brown of wonder” by Mind Body Green, and a “millennial motivator” by Fortune magazine. Rae is ... Read Full Bio

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

Colleen Rooney

COLLEEN ROONEY serves as VP, communications and community for Qurate Retail Group, a $14B leader in video commerce, ecommerce, mobile commerce ... Read Full Bio

Joyce E. A. Russell

JOYCE E. A. RUSSELL, PhD, was named The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business (VSB) in 2016. The dean serves as ... Read Full Bio

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

Grace E. Speights

GRACE E. SPEIGHTS is a partner with Morgan Lewis. She handles high profile and high stakes workplace matters for many clients, who often call ... Read Full Bio

Cy Wakeman

CY WAKEMAN is president and founder of Reality-Based Leadership, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author. Backed by tw... Read Full Bio

Elizabeth Wallace

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

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

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

Cindy Whitehead

CINDY WHITEHEAD is a groundbreaking entrepreneur who currently serves as the CEO and founder of The Pink Ceiling — the investment firm, “p... Read Full Bio

Denise Allen Williams

DENISE ALLEN WILLIAMS currently leads global competitive intelligence, corporate development at Merck & Co., Inc.  Prior to her current r... Read Full Bio

Kristin Wong

KRISTIN WONG regularly writes about personal finance, career, and human behavior for the New York Times, New York magazine, and Lifehacker.... Read Full Bio

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

Health & Wellness Pavilion Speakers


Laurie Myers

LAURIE MYERS has the honor of serving as the global health literacy director for Merck & Co., Inc. For the past eight years, she has led t... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable


Teleicia J.R. Dambreville

TELEICIA J.R. DAMBREVILLE is a member of the labor, employment, benefits, and immigration section in Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC’s Ph... Read Full Bio

Galia Gichon

GALIA GICHON is an independent personal financial expert with more than twenty years in financial services, including nearly ten years on Wal... Read Full Bio

Pam Prior

PAM PRIOR is the dynamic opposite of every green-eyeshade accountant you’ve ever imagined. She is the author of Your First CFO: The Accou... Read Full Bio

Tech Roundtables


Dana Dobson

DANA DOBSON is an award-winning public relations expert, TEDx speaker coach and author of, How to Reach Millions with Artful PR. She has dev... Read Full Bio

Bianca J. Jackson

BIANCA J. JACKSON is a LinkedIn strategist who helps job seekers and entrepreneurs brand and position themselves to target and attract new car... Read Full Bio

Marsha Pearson

MARSHA PEARSON has more than thirty five years of business and entrepreneurial experience, including ten years as the owner of a retail store.... Read Full Bio

Shameka S.L. Sawyer

SHAMEKA S.L. SAWYER is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and the founder and creative director for the 5 Shorts Project. The 5 Sho... Read Full Bio

Tara Siegel

TARA SIEGEL has worked in the digital marketing sector for more than ten years, and has held a variety of titles and responsibilities includin... Read Full Bio