2016 Speakers

Thank you to our amazing 2015 speakers!

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


Keynotes


Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “Madam Secretary," The Mighty and the Almighty,” “Memo to the P... Read Full Bio
Annie E. Clark

Annie E. Clark

ANNIE E. CLARK is a co-founder and executive director of the national non-profit End Rape On Campus (EROC), and a lead complainant in the Title... Read Full Bio
Adam Grant

Adam Grant

ADAM GRANT is The Wharton School’s top-rated teacher. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers,... Read Full Bio
Anita Hill

Anita Hill

ANITA HILL is University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies at Brandeis University. She is a vital leader in both the civil r... Read Full Bio
Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

MINDY KALING is an actor, writer, producer and director. She currently stars in the Hulu original comedy series “The Mindy Project,” whic... Read Full Bio
Lesley Jane Seymour

Lesley Jane Seymour

LESLEY JANE SEYMOUR is a media entrepreneur and one of the industry’s most respected editorial leaders. She is creating an online club called... Read Full Bio
Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach

ABBY WAMBACH is a retired forward of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. One of the world’s greatest p... Read Full Bio

Special Guest Speakers


Dr. Christopher Boerner

Dr. Christopher Boerner

CHRISTOPHER BOERNER is currently the president and head of the U.S. commercial business at Bristol-Myers Squibb. He joined BMS in February 201... Read Full Bio
Tracy Brown

Tracy Brown

TRACY BROWN is the leader of Cisco’s global service provider marketing team. The team is focused on building and executing business-based mar... Read Full Bio
Philadelphia Girls Choir

Philadelphia Girls Choir

PHILADELPHIA GIRLS CHOIR is an after-school music education program for girls seven and older. It was established in 2012 with 18 girls.  As m... Read Full Bio
Leslie Stiles

Leslie Stiles

Leslie Stiles is currently board president of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. From January 2003 until February 2011, Stiles served as ex... Read Full Bio

Breakout Session Speakers


Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie Ajayi

LUVVIE AJAYI is an award-winning writer and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. A 13-year b... Read Full Bio
Raquel Arredondo

Raquel Arredondo

RAQUEL ARREDONDO is the assistant director for Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business MBA/MS career services office. In this role she ... Read Full Bio
Jill Calabrese Bain

Jill Calabrese Bain

JILL CALABRESE BAIN is the general manager and head of small business sales for Bank of America merchant services. In this role, she is respons... Read Full Bio
Sofiya Ballin

Sofiya Ballin

SOFIYA BALLIN is a features reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She began her writing career at age 17, crafting personal stories ... Read Full Bio
Madhavi Bhasin

Madhavi Bhasin

MADHAVI BHASIN is excited to design strategy and guide implementation for community projects in developing countries. Her project implementatio... Read Full Bio
Claire Biermaas

Claire Biermaas

CLAIRE BIERMAAS is vice president of divisional marketing and customer experience with AmerisourceBergen. She is responsible for growing custom... Read Full Bio
Laura Biernacki

Laura Biernacki

LAURA BIERNACKI is vice president, cash management and PA sales officer with Beneficial Bank. She joined Beneficial Bank in 2007, as the relati... Read Full Bio
Jenny Blake

Jenny Blake

JENNY BLAKE is an author, career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people organize their brain, move beyond burnout, ... Read Full Bio
Ilya Bonic

Ilya Bonic

ILYA BONIC is a senior partner and president of the talent business segment at Mercer, a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement... Read Full Bio
Trudy Bourgeois

Trudy Bourgeois

TRUDY BOURGEOUIS is the CEO and president of The Center for Workforce Excellence.  She is a renowned and respected authority on leadership dev... Read Full Bio
Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

SARAH BROWN has over 30 years’ experience in corporate America, working with Bell System, DuPont and Accenture. For 17 years, she was with Ac... Read Full Bio
Amy Buckman

Amy Buckman

AMY BUCKMAN is the manager of public relations and special events for Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of two Pulitzer Prize-winning newsp... Read Full Bio
Darlene Cavalier

Darlene Cavalier

DARLENE CAVALIER is a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University's Center for Engagement and Training, part of the School for the Future... Read Full Bio
Mallika Chopra

Mallika Chopra

MALLIKA CHOPRA is a mom, media entrepreneur, public speaker and published author. Her most recent book, “Living With Intent: My Somewhat Mess... Read Full Bio
Gina Clark

Gina Clark

GINA CLARK is executive vice president and chief marketing officer for AmerisourceBergen, where she leads strategic marketing and integrated br... Read Full Bio
Gerard P. Cuddy

Gerard P. Cuddy

GERARD P. CUDDY joined Beneficial Bank as president and CEO in 2006. Cuddy is a banking veteran of over 30 years with broad management and seni... Read Full Bio
Paula Davis-Laack

Paula Davis-Laack

PAULA DAVIS-LAACK, JD, MAPP is a former practicing lawyer, an internationally-published writer, media contributor and a stress and resilience e... Read Full Bio
Caroline De Marco

Caroline De Marco

CAROLINE De MARCO is the vice president for regional accounts at GlaxoSmithKline. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring patient access ... Read Full Bio
Meridith Dennes

Meridith Dennes

MERIDITH DENNES is a co-founder and the CEO of Project Eve LLC, a leading women’s lifestyle media company online including some of the web’... Read Full Bio
Linda Dillman

Linda Dillman

LINDA DILLMAN is chief information officer for QVC. She has served in this role since January 2012, where she develops the global information t... Read Full Bio
Carrol Eggert

Carrol Eggert

CAROL EGGERT is vice president, military and veteran affairs with Comcast Corporation. In this role, she works collaboratively across Comcast N... Read Full Bio
Aria Finger

Aria Finger

ARIA FINGER is CEO & chief old person for DoSomething.org, which is the largest organization for young people and social change in the worl... Read Full Bio
Courtney Smith Goodrich

Courtney Smith Goodrich

COURTNEY SMITH GOODRICH head of global technology strategic programs and business management with JPMorgan Chase in Wilmington, Delaware. In th... Read Full Bio
Emily Greener

Emily Greener

EMILY GREENER helped launched I AM THAT GIRL in 2008. A nonprofit inspiring girls to LOVE, EXPRESS, and BE who they are, I AM THAT GIRL is cu... Read Full Bio
Patrick Hardy

Patrick Hardy

PATRICK HARDYis executive creative director and executive vice president with Tierney. Over the years he has applied his writing and leadership... Read Full Bio
Yasmeen Hassan

Yasmeen Hassan

YASMEEN HASSAN became the global executive director of Equality Now in 2011, after serving as deputy executive director and director of program... Read Full Bio
Julie Holland

Julie Holland

JULIE HOLLAND, M.D. is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and was an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the New York Unive... Read Full Bio
Therese Huston

Therese Huston

THERESE HUSTON, Ph.D. is a cognitive psychologist at Seattle University who is changing the conversation about women as decision-makers. Her bo... Read Full Bio
Shama Hyder

Shama Hyder

SHAMA HYDER is the award-winning CEO of The Marketing Zen Group, a global online marketing and digital PR company. Hyder has aptly been dubbed ... Read Full Bio
Sandy Immerman

Sandy Immerman

SANDY IMMERMAN is head of the IT project and vendor management offices at Shire Pharmaceuticals. She is a vice president responsible for IT pla... Read Full Bio
Rachel Jacobs

Rachel Jacobs

RACHEL JACOBS is senior vice president and head of key accounts for the wirehouse channel with Delaware Investments. She and her team are respo... Read Full Bio
Leila Janah

Leila Janah

LEILA JANAH is the founder and CEO of Sama and Laxmi; two companies that share a common social mission to end global poverty by giving work to ... Read Full Bio
Karen Koenig

Karen Koenig

KAREN KOENIG is vice president, senior cash management sales officer for the New Jersey region of Beneficial Bank. She joined Beneficial in 200... Read Full Bio
Kathy Lentini

Kathy Lentini

KATHY LENTINI is director of energy and marketing services for PECO. She has been with PECO over 20 years.  She has held various positions pri... Read Full Bio
Courtney Lynch

Courtney Lynch

COURTNEY LYNCH is a founding partner of Lead Star. Together with partner Angie Morgan, Lead Star was created as an agile, high-caliber leadersh... Read Full Bio
Monica McKee

Monica McKee

MONICA McKEE is a senior HR leader with more than 25 years’ diverse industry experience with extensive knowledge of the pharmaceutical, chemi... Read Full Bio
Jody Greenstone Miller

Jody Greenstone Miller

JODY GREENSTONE MILLER is the co-founder and CEO of Business Talent Group (BTG), the leading global marketplace for top independent consultants... Read Full Bio
Kristin Mullen

Kristin Mullen

KRISTEN MULLEN joined Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in 2009. She is the chief operating officer at CTCA® ... Read Full Bio
Courtney Mullen

Courtney Mullen

COURTNEY MULLEN is a young professional, skilled in pediatric physical therapy. She started at Shriners Hospitals for Children—Philadelphia a... Read Full Bio
Lisa Nichols

Lisa Nichols

LISA NICHOLS is one of the world’s most-requested motivational speakers, as well as media personality and corporate CEO whose global platform... Read Full Bio
Deborah Owens

Deborah Owens

DEBORAH OWENS is a financial expert, author, media personality and nationally recognized public speaker. She is on a mission to close the we... Read Full Bio
Colleen Pietrobono

Colleen Pietrobono

COLLEEN PIETROBONO is a principal in Ernst & Young’s EPM advisory practice with more than 25 years of experience assisting clients with f... Read Full Bio
Ashley Primis

Ashley Primis

ASHLEY PRIMIS is the executive editor of Philadelphia magazine. She joined the magazine in 2005 as managing editor and has also been l... Read Full Bio
Jane Bryant Quinn

Jane Bryant Quinn

JANE BRYANT QUINN is a leading commentator on personal finance, with books and columns read and trusted by millions. Her newest book, “How to... Read Full Bio
Robin Hauser Reynolds

Robin Hauser Reynolds

ROBIN HAUSER REYNOLDS is the director and producer of cause‐based documentary films at Finish Line Features, LLC. As both a business woman, a... Read Full Bio
Elena Richards

Elena Richards

ELENA RICHARDS is the U.S. minority initiatives and talent management leader for the office of diversity at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. A thoug... Read Full Bio
Michele Ruiz

Michele Ruiz

MICHELE RUIZ is a bi-lingual entrepreneur, best-selling author and keynote speaker whose passions are entrepreneurship, empowerment, all things... Read Full Bio
Marilyn Russell

Marilyn Russell

MARILYN RUSSELL is host of BEN-FM Mornings, and “Women of the Week” on 95.7. With 20 years of broadcast experience, she has been lucky enou... Read Full Bio
Anuja Singh

Anuja Singh

ANUJA SINGH is a manager for Government and Education with Cisco, focused on helping customers drive innovation and productivity to grow and tr... Read Full Bio
Rachel Sklar

Rachel Sklar

RACHEL SKLAR is a writer and social entrepreneur based in New York. She is the co-founder of Change The Ratio, and TheLi.st, a network and visi... Read Full Bio
Amanda Slavin

Amanda Slavin

AMANDA SLAVIN is a millennial and generation Z expert and the CEO and founder of CatalystCreativ, an experience studio focused on helping citie... Read Full Bio
Fereshtah Thornberg

Fereshtah Thornberg

FERESHTAH THORNBERG is a senior vice president in State Street’s global relationship management (GRM) group.  She is responsible for managin... Read Full Bio
Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam

LAURA VANDERKAM is the author of several time management and productivity books, including “I Know How She Does It,” “What the Most Succe... Read Full Bio
Sharrie Williams

Sharrie Williams

SHARRIE WILLIAMS joined the Action News team in March 2014. Before arriving in Philadelphia, she was the weekend anchor and weekday reporter at... Read Full Bio

Expert Exchange


Sabrina M. Brooks

Sabrina M. Brooks

SABRINA M. BROOKS is senior manager of marketing with PECO. In her current role, she is responsible for providing leadership and direction in t... Read Full Bio
Marisa Co

Marisa Co

MARISA CO leads R&D business insights and analytics group with Bristol-Myers Squibb. She joined BMS in 2013 as vice president, procurement ... Read Full Bio
Kim E. Fraites-Dow

Kim E. Fraites-Dow

KIM E. FRAITES-DOW currently serves as the CEO for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. She joined in March 2011 as the chief development a... Read Full Bio
Caroline J Loew

Caroline J Loew

CAROLINE J LOEW is the head of R&D strategy and planning at Bristol-Myers Squibb, joining the company in December 2015. She leads a group r... Read Full Bio
Kelly Meerbott

Kelly Meerbott

KELLY MEERBOTT is a respected thought leader, speaker and leadership coach to corporate executives. In working with executives in powerful posi... Read Full Bio
Dawn Zier

Dawn Zier

DAWN ZIER is president and chief executive officer of Nutrisystem (NASDAQ:NTRI), an innovative provider of weight loss programs offering a wide... Read Full Bio

Health & Wellness Pavilion Speakers


William Ambrose

William Ambrose

WILLIAM AMBROSE is a sous chef at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia. He has worke... Read Full Bio
Sarah Fulcher

Sarah Fulcher

SARAH FULCHER MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center ... Read Full Bio
Samantha Hand

Samantha Hand

SAMANTHA HAND is the government contracting and pricing compliance officer, medical device sector, Johnson & Johnson started her career in ... Read Full Bio
Ron Joines

Ron Joines

RON JOINES is the vice president and global medical director for GSK’s environment health, and safety team.  The primary areas of focus of h... Read Full Bio

Social Media Roundtable


Kristen Chase

Kristen Chase

KRISTEN CHASE is the publisher and CEO of the Cool Mom Network, which includes CoolMomPicks.com, CoolMomTech.com and CoolMomEats.com, reaching ... Read Full Bio
Monica Cost

Monica Cost

MONICA COST is a Pathfinder, internet television host, author and speaker. Her unique Value Identification Process™, vision and ability to ex... Read Full Bio
Kristin Kane Ford

Kristin Kane Ford

KRISTIN KANE FORD is the director of social media with Kane Partners LLC. In 2010, she launched the social media division of Kane Partners offe... Read Full Bio
Joey Fortman

Joey Fortman

JOEY FORTMAN is the founder of Real Mom Media. After more than 15 years in traditional media, she traded in the microphone for the diaper bag. ... Read Full Bio
Molly Washam

Molly Washam

MOLLY WASHAM is passionate about the power of digital media to create transformative change. At Blue State Digital, she works to create that ch... Read Full Bio
Crissle West

Crissle West

CRISSLE WEST is a Harlem-based writer and media personality whose work has been published in ESSENCE magazine and profiled on the ... Read Full Bio
Paige Wolf

Paige Wolf

PAIGE WOLF is a publicist, author and green living expert who uses her media savvy and personal moxie to promote manageable eco-chic living. Wo... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable


Attiyah Blair

Attiyah Blair

ATTIYAH BLAIR is a professional speaker, certified wellness coach, certified fitness nutrition specialist. She is owner of Attiyah Blair Consul... Read Full Bio
Bobbie Foedisch

Bobbie Foedisch

BOBBIE FOEDISCH is founding partner and chief social selling officer at All About Leverage LLC, a Philadelphia-based LinkedIn, social selling a... Read Full Bio
Jessica Lawlor

Jessica Lawlor

JESSICA LAWLOR is a communications professional, writer, personal branding expert and speaker in the Philadelphia area. After six years in the ... Read Full Bio
Maria L. Novak

Maria L. Novak

MARIA L. NOVAK started her business in 2008 after 15 years’ experience in the marketing and sales industry as the sole sales representative f... Read Full Bio
Hillary Rea

Hillary Rea

HILLARY REA is an award-winning storyteller living in Philadelphia. She is the host of the shows “Tell Me A Story” and “Fibber.” Rea is... Read Full Bio
Denise Viola-Monahan

Denise Viola-Monahan

DENISE VIOLA-MONAHAN is an executive vice president with PNC Bank. She is a 30 year proven leader serving as market sales manager, overseeing r... Read Full Bio
Jennefer Witter

Jennefer Witter

JENNEFER WITTER is the chief executive officer and founder of The Boreland Group Inc., a 13 year old boutique public relations firm headquarter... Read Full Bio

QVC & Zulily Product Search


Rachel Boesing

Rachel Boesing

RACHEL BOESING is a program host at QVC. Her true passion for storytelling has defined her professional life. She left a successful advertising... Read Full Bio
Christine Dunn

Christine Dunn

CHRISTINE DUNN holds the position of associate buyer, household and home improvement for QVC. In this role she supports the sourcing, selection... Read Full Bio
Albany Irvin

Albany Irvin

ALBANY IRVIN joined the QVC team as a program host in 2009. Irvin’s unquenchable thirst for learning new things makes her a go-to electronic... Read Full Bio
Heather McNicholl

Heather McNicholl

HEATHER McNICHOLL holds the position of director vendor education, engagement and product discovery with QVC. In this role, she develops new ... Read Full Bio
Ariana Sweet

Ariana Sweet

ARIANA SWEET is the beauty buyer for color cosmetics and nailcare at QVC. She also oversees the QVC Beauty Sample Box program.  She works dire... Read Full Bio
Lori Twomey

Lori Twomey

LORI TWOMEY is the chief merchant for zulily. Before joining zulily in November 2009, prior to the site launching in January 2010, Twomey was t... Read Full Bio