2014 Speakers

Thank you to our amazing 2013 speakers!

To submit a proposal to be considered as a speaker for this year, please visit HERE.


Special Guest Speakers


Murdo Gordon

Murdo Gordon

Murdo Gordon has been with Bristol-Myers Squibb for 25 years.  He spent the first 15 years of his career in Canada where he held positions of ... Read Full Bio
Joanne H. Raphael

Joanne H. Raphael

Joanne H. Raphael is PPL Corporation’s senior vice president and chief external affairs officer. In her role, Raphael is responsible for PPL'... Read Full Bio

Main Stage Speakers


Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson is a journalist who spent the last 17 years in the most senior editorial positions at The New York Times, where she wa... Read Full Bio
Candy Chang

Candy Chang

Candy Chang is the creator of the Before I Die project, which started when she stenciled the words "Before I die I want to _______." on a chalk... Read Full Bio
Tory Johnson

Tory Johnson

Tory Johnson is a contributor for “Good Morning America, who is all about helping women make great things happen. Johnson made th... Read Full Bio
Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton is the New York Times best-selling author of “Then Again,” which was named one of the ten best books of the year by J... Read Full Bio
Jane Pauley

Jane Pauley

Jane Pauley served as cohost of “Today” from 1976 to 1989, anchored “Dateline NBC” for 11 years, and in 2004 became the host of her own... Read Full Bio
Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts is co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Under her leadership, the broadcast has won four consecutive Emmy Awards for ... Read Full Bio

Breakout Session Speakers


Cynthia Ackrill, M.D.

Cynthia Ackrill, M.D.

Cynthia Ackrill, M.D. is a leader in the field of leveraging stress for optimal productivity, health and happiness. She addresses the critical ... Read Full Bio
Katrina Alcorn

Katrina Alcorn

Katrina Alcorn is an author, consultant and expert on why women burn out at work. Her first book, “MAXED OUT: American Moms on the Brink,” ... Read Full Bio
Maria Allison

Maria Allison

Maria Allison is a senior at Drexel LeBow (graduating in December 2014). She is co-founder of a consulting firm that helps small businesses gai... Read Full Bio
Susan L. Anderson

Susan L. Anderson

Susan L. Anderson has been a board member and the treasurer of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women since its inception. After completing 20 ... Read Full Bio
Patty Chang Anker

Patty Chang Anker

Patty Chang Anker is the author of the memoir “Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave” (Riverhead Books). The book was... Read Full Bio
Jessica Bacal

Jessica Bacal

Jessica Bacal directs the Wurtele Center for Work and Life at Smith College, an independent women’s college in Massachusetts with students fr... Read Full Bio
Lisa Belkin

Lisa Belkin

Lisa Belkin is the chief national correspondent for “Yahoo! News,” doing original reporting on social issues. She joins Yahoo! after three ... Read Full Bio
Dr. Laura Bessen

Dr. Laura Bessen

Dr. Laura Bessen is currently head of U.S. medical at Bristol-Myers Squibb, responsible for all marketed and prelaunch products.   During her... Read Full Bio
Jenny Bowen

Jenny Bowen

Jenny Bowen is an advocate for the world’s forgotten children. She is the founder and CEO of Half the Sky, an international NGO founded in 19... Read Full Bio
Sunni Brown

Sunni Brown

Sunni Brown is “infodoodler-in-chief” of a creative consultancy that uses applied game and visual thinking to solve problems. She was named... Read Full Bio
Sarah Palisi Chapin

Sarah Palisi Chapin

Sarah Palisi Chapin is the chief executive officer and serves on the board of Hail Merry Snack Foods, a gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO snack and r... Read Full Bio
Pamela M. Cyr

Pamela M. Cyr

Pamela M. Cyr is executive vice president and chief retail banking officer for Beneficial Bank. Beneficial is a community-based, diversified fi... Read Full Bio
Donna De Carolis

Donna De Carolis

Donna De Carolis is the founding dean of Drexel’s Close School of Entrepreneurship, one of a very small number of freestanding schools of ent... Read Full Bio
Kimberly Eberbach

Kimberly Eberbach

Kimberly Eberbach is vice president of wellness and community health at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia. In this role, she is responsib... Read Full Bio
Kay Ford

Kay Ford

Kay Ford is senior director of M.B.A. career services at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. She provides graduate students with t... Read Full Bio
Ehrika Gladden

Ehrika Gladden

Ehrika Gladden is senior director, Americas cloud consumption models for Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Pr... Read Full Bio
John Gray

John Gray

John Gray is the leading relationship expert in the world and best-selling author of “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.”Gray’s boo... Read Full Bio
Julie Haskell

Julie Haskell

Julie Haskell is vice president, head of work life and global inclusion for State Street Corporation, where she is responsible for supporting t... Read Full Bio
Kenya Haupt

Kenya Haupt

Kenya Haupt is the National people director in corporate responsibility for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) residing in Denver, Colorado.  Her re... Read Full Bio
Pamela Hisler

Pamela Hisler

Pamela Hisler joined Beneficial Bank in April 2010 and is currently a market director overseeing the retail experience, enhancing business dev... Read Full Bio
Jane Hyun

Jane Hyun

Jane Hyun is an internationally renowned executive coach and global leadership adviser to Fortune 500 companies. She is co-au... Read Full Bio
Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson Seventeen-year-old Emma Johnson launched EM JOHN Jewelry in eleventh grade by creating charm bracelets, posting photos on Instagra... Read Full Bio
Jennifer MacMullen

Jennifer MacMullen

Jennifer MacMullen is vice president, market director for Beneficial Bank, the oldest and largest bank headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylva... Read Full Bio
Susan McGann

Susan McGann

Susan McGann RN, BSN, MBA, MBB, is CEO of Pivotal Solutions, LLC.  McGann is focused on providing organizations with an approach to tools and ... Read Full Bio
Sharon Meers

Sharon Meers

Sharon Meers is the co-author of “Getting to 50/50,” now out in paperback. Currently, Meers is the head of strategic partnerships at eBay ... Read Full Bio
Christina Minardi

Christina Minardi

Christina Minardi started her career in the food industry at an early age. Raised in the family-owned and operated Minardi’s Bakery of Paters... Read Full Bio
Tara Sophia Mohr

Tara Sophia Mohr

Tara Sophia Mohr is the founder of the global Playing Big leadership program for women and author of the forthcoming book, “Playing Big: Find... Read Full Bio
Sheri Mullen

Sheri Mullen

Sheri Mullen is vice president, immunology and rare disease business unit, US pharmaceuticals for GlaxoSmithKline. She was ap... Read Full Bio
Elizabeth A. Murphy

Elizabeth A. Murphy

Elizabeth A. Murphy is vice president, external affairs at PECO. Murphy oversees the company’s external affairs, including legislative lobby... Read Full Bio
Kendall O’Brien

Kendall O’Brien

Kendall O’Brien is vice president, corporate finance for Johnson & Johnson. She is a lifetime advocate for global talent development, wom... Read Full Bio
Nancy Phelan

Nancy Phelan

Nancy Phelan is currently head, customer engagement center, worldwide commer... Read Full Bio
Lindsey Pollak

Lindsey Pollak

Lindsey Pollak is a keynote speaker, corporate consultant and one of the world's leading experts on the Millennial Generation (a.k.a. Generatio... Read Full Bio
Andrea Ramsey

Andrea Ramsey

Andrea Ramsey is part of EY’s Americas Inclusiveness Center of Excellence.  She works with the Americas inclusiveness officer to develop and... Read Full Bio
Cindy Ratzlaff

Cindy Ratzlaff

Cindy Ratzlaff was named to the Forbes’ “20 Best Branded Women on Twitter” list and Forbes Woman called her on... Read Full Bio
Stephanie R. Raymond

Stephanie R. Raymond

Stephanie R. Raymond is vice president, transmission and substations for PPL Electric Utilities, the Pennsylvania regulated utility arm of PPL ... Read Full Bio
Jill Ross

Jill Ross

Jill Ross joined Beneficial Bank in 2008 as relationship manager of the Cherry Hill West campus, and was promoted to market director in 2012, o... Read Full Bio
Ritu Sharma

Ritu Sharma

Ritu Sharma is co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide, and a leading voice on women’s issues in U.S. foreign policy. For 20 years... Read Full Bio
Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy is the author of sixteen books, including the classic New York Times best-seller “Passages,” named by the Library of Congres...

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Heseung Song, Ed.D.

Heseung Song, Ed.D.

Heseung Song, Ed.D. founded Mighty Engine, an award-winning marketing firm, in 2000. As president/CEO, Dr. Song oversees the business strategy... Read Full Bio
Abigail Trafford

Abigail Trafford

Abigail Trafford is an author, journalist and public speaker whose work focuses on the new stage of life that comes after middle age but before... Read Full Bio
Alexa von Tobel

Alexa von Tobel

Alexa von Tobel, CFP® is the founder and CEO of LearnVest.com, and the New York Times best-selling author of “Financially Fearless.” A ...

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Molly Watson

Molly Watson

MOLLY WATSON is the chief operating officer with Tierney, a leading full-service communications agency, offering integrated advertising, PR, me... Read Full Bio
Karen Farmer White

Karen Farmer White

Karen Farmer White is an education consultant, who previously served as managing director for the Pittsburgh office of Mesirow Financial. Prio... Read Full Bio
Kate White

Kate White

Kate White is an internationally known expert on leadership and success and a New York Times best-selling author of several influentia... Read Full Bio

Expert Exchange


Joanna Barsh

Joanna Barsh

Joanna Barsh is the director emeritus of the Leadership Development Program at McKinsey and Company. With over 30 years of experience in the co... Read Full Bio
Barbara Berlin

Barbara Berlin

Barbara Berlin is director in PwC's Center for Board Governance. She is active in advising board and audit committee members on governance-rela... Read Full Bio
Karen M. Dale

Karen M. Dale

Karen M. Dale is the executive director for AmeriHealth District of Columbia, one of the largest medicaid managed care organizations in Washing... Read Full Bio
Brenda Dennis

Brenda Dennis

Brenda Dennis is currently senior director of Worldwide sales strategy and transformation with Cisco Systems, where she is responsible for sale... Read Full Bio
Tom German

Tom German

Tom German is a senior wellness coach for Wellness Coaches USA, a nationally recognized leader in on-site wellness coaching.  He has spent the... Read Full Bio
Kelli Kirwin

Kelli Kirwin

Kelli Kirwin is senior manager, Americas smart services for Cisco System, Inc. Kirwin leads an Americas team of subject matter experts to drive... Read Full Bio
Jeanne Martin

Jeanne Martin

Jeanne Martin oversees Cisco’s Services inclusion and diversity strategy, focusing on initiatives that drive business advantages across Cisco... Read Full Bio
Sophia Nelson

Sophia Nelson

Sophia A. Nelson is an award winning author and journalist, with an emerging global media, writing and speaking platform. Nelson's passion is ... Read Full Bio
Patrick Tam

Patrick Tam

Patrick K. Tam leads corporate planning at Cisco. This encompasses driving three year and annual corporate strategic planning, identifying corp... Read Full Bio
Michelle Witherspoon

Michelle Witherspoon

Michelle Witherspoon is senior manager, inclusion and collaboration business intelligence strategist for Cisco Systems.  As a diversity leader... Read Full Bio

Health & Wellness Pavilion Speakers


Charles J. Deery

Charles J. Deery

Charles J. Deery is the executive sous chef for Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center. In this role, Deery lea... Read Full Bio
Nhu Huynh

Nhu Huynh

Nhu Huynh, RD, LDN, CNSC, CSO, is director of nutrition at CTCA’s Eastern Regional Medical Center.Before joining CTCA in August 2006, Huynh s... Read Full Bio
Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan is the director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute which is part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Com... Read Full Bio
Karen Sudders

Karen Sudders

Karen Sudders is a Clinical Oncology Dietitian for CTCA Eastern Regional Medical Center. She’s been practicing since 2007, and joined CTCA i... Read Full Bio

Local Leader


Nila Betof

Nila Betof

Nila Betof has extensive experience coaching executives in the C-Suite through emerging level talent and brings over 30 years of operational an... Read Full Bio
Sara Canuso

Sara Canuso

Sara Canuso is president of Woman That Influence. Canuso is a certified seminar leader and inspiring dynamic keynote speaker, sharing practical... Read Full Bio
Jessica Craft

Jessica Craft

Jessica Craft is the founder of Rock to the Future, a non-profit organization that provides 100% free music education to underserved Philadelph... Read Full Bio
Joetta Clark Diggs

Joetta Clark Diggs

Joetta Clark Diggs is an Olympic athlete who has made an indelible impact in sports and within the community. In her legendary 24-year elite ca... Read Full Bio
Helen Gym

Helen Gym

Helen Gym is a community and education leader whose work across different organizations supports the right to a quality public education for al... Read Full Bio
Colleen Kelly Howard

Colleen Kelly Howard

Colleen Kelly Howard is the executive director for Girls on the Run Philadelphia, a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in third throug... Read Full Bio
Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake

Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake

Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake is vice president of community affairs for Independence Blue Cross and also president of the Independence Blue ... Read Full Bio
Beth Rubino

Beth Rubino

Beth Rubino is executive vice president of human resources and workplace services for QVC, Inc. She oversees all talent acquisition, talent man... Read Full Bio
Lauren Katz Smith

Lauren Katz Smith

Lauren Katz Smith is a documentary filmmaker and an attorney. She serves as general counsel for History Making Productions, a Philadelphia-base... Read Full Bio

Social Media Roundtable


Nichole Armstrong

Nichole Armstrong

Nichole Armstrong is the social media specialist for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization dedicated to eradicating childhood can... Read Full Bio
Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Ashley Boynes-Shuck is a well-known author, blogger, health coach, public speaker, advocate and social media professional from Pittsburgh, P.A.... Read Full Bio
Jumoke Dada

Jumoke Dada

Jumoke K. Dada is CEO of Signature RED, and a social entrepreneur and technology consultant. After receiving her B.S. in Computer and Informati... Read Full Bio
Laureen Ellison

Laureen Ellison

Laureen Ellison is a product marketing leader for eBay Enterprise, which is headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. There, she directs ... Read Full Bio
Annie Heckenberger

Annie Heckenberger

Annie Heckenberger is vice president, community trailblazer at the Philadelphia–based indie advertising agency, Red Tettemer O’Connell + Pa... Read Full Bio
Karen Huller

Karen Huller

Karen Huller is author of the upcoming book “Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days,” and founder of Epic ... Read Full Bio
Stephanie Humphrey

Stephanie Humphrey

Stephanie Humphrey is a tech-life expert who merges her passion for lifestyle media with in-depth tech expertise to show everyday people how em... Read Full Bio
Nicole Michalik

Nicole Michalik

Nicole Michalik is a true pop culture junkie.  You can catch her hourly reports daily as Q102’s “Nik the Web Chick” including entertainm... Read Full Bio
Erica Nardello

Erica Nardello

Erica Nardello is social media supervisor at LevLane. In this capacity, she leads client social media strategy, including the creation of thoug... Read Full Bio
Kate O’Neil

Kate O’Neil

Kate O’Neil is account director and social media strategist for Tierney. She began her career as a Tierney intern in 2007, and since that tim... Read Full Bio
Angela Pitter

Angela Pitter

Angela Pitter is principal and owner at LiveWire Collaborative, partnering with businesses to transform their passions into profits one fan at ... Read Full Bio
Julie Meyers Pron

Julie Meyers Pron

Julie Meyers Pron is the president of JMP Media and a founding partner of Splash Creative Media, a digital agency running social media campaign... Read Full Bio
Rakia Reynolds

Rakia Reynolds

Rakia Reynolds is the founder of Skai Blue Media, a multimedia public relations and communications agency with an all-star roster of lifestyle,... Read Full Bio
LisaBeth Weber

LisaBeth Weber

LisaBeth Weber is the force behind creativebizhub.com, where business and creativity meet. She is a creative communicator with 25 years in the ... Read Full Bio
Tina Wells

Tina Wells

Tina Wells is the CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group, which creates marketing strategies for clients within the beauty, entertainment, ... Read Full Bio
Karen Yankovich

Karen Yankovich

Karen Yankovich is a social media brand strategist, business consultant and speaker, and the CEO of Dimare Group, LLC.  Having “been there a... Read Full Bio
Lynette Young

Lynette Young

Lynette Young is the content marketing manager at AWeber Communications in Chalfont, Pennsylvania. Her decades of experience working with caree... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable


Trina Larsen Andras

Trina Larsen Andras

Trina Larsen Andras is a professor of marketing and academic director of Drexel LeBow’s Center for Corporate Reputation Management, which is ... Read Full Bio
Lynn Bardowski

Lynn Bardowski

Lynn Bardowski was awarded one of the “Top 100 Small Business Influencers” and “Enterprising Woman of the Year.” She is known as the ... Read Full Bio
Lauren Maillian Bias

Lauren Maillian Bias

Lauren Maillian Bias is a serial entrepreneur, named by Essence magazine to the “Class of 2013 African-American Shot Callers.” She is the... Read Full Bio
Kerstin Lindquist

Kerstin Lindquist

Kerstin Lindquist joined QVC as a program host in 2011. Her passion for health and fitness makes her a go-to host for exercise and wellness pro... Read Full Bio
Tom Misson

Tom Misson

Tom Misson manages the U.S. small business segment for MasterCard Worldwide.  He is responsible for product management and product development... Read Full Bio
Geri Swift

Geri Swift

Geri Swift is the founding president of the Women’s Business Development Center. WBDC, formed in 1995, fosters the development and retention ... Read Full Bio
Susan Tabor-Kleiman

Susan Tabor-Kleiman

Susan Tabor-Kleiman, J.D., is an expert in persuasive communication. Owner of Your Professional Writer™, she crafts bios, LinkedIn p... Read Full Bio