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Tory Johnson

2013 Speaker

Tory Johnson is all about spark and hustle at work, dating back to high school in Miami Beach where she joined her all-male debate team—and became the first girl (with her partner) to win a state championship. She dropped out of Emerson College to work at ABC News and then jumped to NBC News, only to be fired unexpectedly a couple years later. The permanent scar from that experience inspired her to shift from employee to entrepreneur, and in 1999 she founded Women For Hire. Now in its 13th year, the company hosts high caliber diversity career expos and conferences for entrepreneurs across the country. As a weekly contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America, she is a favorite among viewers who appreciate her no-nonsense advice. She’s a New York Times bestselling author and her sixth book is, “Spark & Hustle: Launch and Grow Your Small Business Now.”