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2017 Speakers

Main Stage Speakers

Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Former First Lady Michelle Obama

FORMER FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA served as First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. As a transformative First Lady, Mrs. Obama launched and led four key initiatives: Let’s Move!, to address the ...
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Shawn Achor

SHAWN ACHOR is the New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. He spent 12 years at Harvard, where he won over a dozen distinguished teaching awards, and ...
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Brené Brown

DR. BRENÉ BROWN is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. Brown is also a visiting professor in management ...
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Carla Harris

Carla Harris

CARLA HARRIS is a vice chairman, wealth management, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley.  She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue ...
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Shonda Rhimes

SHONDA RHIMES is the prolific writer, executive producer and creator of the hit ABC series "Grey's Anatomy," and "Scandal."  In addition to creating the “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff series "Private Practice," ...
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Breakout Session Speakers

Anna Akbari

Anna Akbari

ANNA AKBARI, PhD is a sociologist, entrepreneur, and writer. She is the founder of ...
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Jenice Armstrong

Jenice Armstrong

JENICE ARMSTRONG is a newspaper metro columnist with more than twenty-five years of ...
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Megan Aubrey

MEGAN AUBREY is head of Macquarie Investment Affiliates within Macquarie Investment ...
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Patrice Banks

Patrice Banks

PATRICE BANKS is a former auto airhead and founder of Girls Auto Clinic (GAC). ...
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Lisa Bodell

Lisa Bodell

LISA BODELL is an award-winning author and CEO of futurethink. As a ...
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Maddie Brooks

MADDIE BROOKS is a manager of financial services for The Prudential Insurance ...
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Karen Cahn

KAREN CAHN is the Founder & CEO of iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for ...
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Stephanie Lim Capello

STEPHANIE LIM CAPELLO is chief development officer with the Girl Scouts of Eastern ...
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Janet Crawford

Janet Crawford

JANET CRAWFORD is CEO of Cascadance, a Bay Area-based firm supporting leaders in ...
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Pamela Cyr

PAMELA CYR is the executive vice president and chief retail office for Beneficial ...
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Amber Czonstka

AMBER CZONSTKA is a principal and head of Institutional large market sales with ...
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Anna Fieler

ANNA FIELER is the chief marketing officer of POPSUGAR, where she oversees marketing ...
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Yvonne Garcia

YVONNE GARCIA is an SVP and the global head of client solutions and PMO at State ...
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Teresa Ghilarducci

Teresa Ghilarducci

TERESA GHILARDUCCI is an expert on retirement, pensions and personal savings. She is ...
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John Graham

JOHN GRAHAM is vice president and head of value, evidence and outcomes ...
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Nina M. Gussack

NINA M. GUSSACK is a partner in and the chair of the health sciences department of ...
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Amy Cooper Hakim

Amy Cooper Hakim

AMY COOPER HAKIM, Ph.D. is an industrial-organizational psychology practitioner and ...
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Jeffrey Tobias Halter

Jeffery Tobias Halter

JEFFERY TOBIAS HALTER is a gender strategist and the President of YWomen, a strategic ...
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Michelle D. Hare

MICHELLE D. HARE works with the State Farm® marketing department, managing national ...
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Denice Hasty

DENICE HASTY is senior vice president of business marketing for Comcast’s ...
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Celeste Headlee

Master of Ceremonies, Celeste Headlee

CELESTE HEADLEE is a journalist, professional speaker, and author of the ...
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Marian Heard

Marian L. Heard

MARIAN L. HEARD is the president and CEO of Oxen Hill Partners, a Boston-based ...
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Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson

MELLODY HOBSON is president of Ariel Investments. Headquartered in Chicago, the firm ...
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Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey

KELLY HOEY is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher ...
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Tricia Holck

TRICIA HOLCK is assistant vice president, field marketing and events specialist, ...
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Kim Keegan

KIM KEEGAN is currently the manager of methods, training and mapping and document ...
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Grace Killelea

Grace Killelea

GRACE KILLELEA is the CEO and founder of the GKC Group, a leadership development firm ...
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Michelle King

Michelle King

MICHELLE KING is a leading global expert in gender and organizations. She is a ...
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Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey

JESSICA LAHEY is a teacher, writer, and mom. She writes about education, parenting, ...
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Stephanie Kaplan Lewis

Stephanie Kaplan Lewis

STEPHANIE KAPLAN LEWIS co-founded Her Campus in 2009 as an undergrad at Harvard ...
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Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims

JULIE LYTHCOTT-HAIMS is the author of the New York Times best-selling book How to ...
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Eileen C. McDonnell

EILEEN C. McDONNELL is chairman and chief executive officer of The Penn Mutual Life ...
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Margaret A. McKenna

MARGARET A. McKENNA is a lawyer and educator, and is a leading expert in educational ...
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Monica Moody-Wrenn

MONICA MOODY-WRENN is senior manager, human resources with PECO Energy, where ...
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Robyn Moreno

Robyn Moreno

ROBYN MORENO is the editorial director of Latina magazine and Latina.com; the largest ...
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Jennifer Mueller

Jennifer Mueller

JENNIFER MUELLER earned her PhD in social and developmental psychology at Brandeis ...
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Becky O’Loughlin

BECKY O’LOUGHLIN is vice president of global human resources with QVC. She ...
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Jamila Payne

Jamila Payne

JAMILA PAYNE brings a new twist on personal development to busy professionals. Forget ...
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Esther Perel

Esther Perel

ESTHER PEREL is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and provocative voices ...
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Christine Porath

Christine Porath

CHRISTINE PORATH is a professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown ...
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Suzanne Quigley

SUZANNE QUIGLEY has over twenty-five years of experience in corporate responsibility ...
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Jennifer Roberts

JENNIFER ROBERTS is the head of Chase Pay and Digital Products at JPMorgan Chase, ...
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Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD

JOYCE E. A. RUSSELL, PhD, is The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova ...
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Alice Rutkowski

ALICE RUTKOWSKI is a vice president at SAGIN, where she serves nationally as ...
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Niharika Shah

NIHARIKA SHAH is VP and head of brand marketing and advertising for Prudential. In ...
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Ruth Sherman

Ruth Sherman

RUTH SHERMAN works with global CEOs, international celebrities, and public figures ...
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Ann Shoket

Ann Shoket

ANN SHOKET is the author of THE BIG LIFE:  Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side ...
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Emily Esfahani Smith

Emily Esfahani Smith

EMILY ESFAHANI SMITH is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That ...
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Lisa Stone

Lisa Stone

LISA STONE is an entrepreneur, community leader and movement builder with a 20-year ...
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Rene Syler

RENE SYLER is a television personality, who, somewhere between her first and second ...
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Lisa Tanzer

LISA TANZER is president of Life is Good. She has over 25 years of consumer brand ...
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Lisa Skeete Tatum

Lisa Skeete Tatum

LISA SKEETE TATUM is founder and CEO of Landit, a technology platform created to ...
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Tracey Welson-Rossman

TRACEY WELSON-ROSSMAN is one of the founding members and CMO of Chariot Solutions, a ...
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Caroline Webb

Caroline Webb

CAROLINE WEBB is CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that shows people how to use insights from ...
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Ebony Staton Weidman

EBONY STATON WEIDMAN is assistant director of marketing at Drexel University’s ...
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Carmen Rita Wong

CARMEN RITA WONG is an author and the founder and CEO of Malecon Productions. She ...
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Alison Young

HON. ALISON YOUNG is managing partner of Red, White and Blue Strategies, and Chair of ...
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Health & Wellness Pavilion Speakers

Dr. Namita Ahuja

DR. NAMITA AHUJA is the senior medical director of Medicare and Geriatric Programs ...
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Angela Dowd-Burton

ANGELA DOWD-BURTON was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter in 2010, and reappointed by ...
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Elaine Goldwater

ELAINE GOLDWATER is director of global marketing for anti-infectives for Merck & ...
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Estella Hyde

ESTELLA HYDE is a lead spokesperson for AARP Pennsylvania on the CARE Act. Hyde’s ...
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Stephanie Johnson

STEPHANIE JOHNSON is director of graduate career services at Drexel University’s ...
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Angela Steel

ANGELA STEEL is vice president of clinical operations for infectious diseases at ...
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Chef Fabio Viviani

CHEF FABIO VIVIANI is a nationally recognized chef and restaurateur based in ...
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Social Media Roundtable

Jackie Kollar

JACKIE KOLLAR leads the development and execution of key strategy and campaign work ...
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Shari Medini

SHARI MEDINI is a content creator and consultant living in Lititz, PA with her ...
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Charlie Widdoes

CHARLIE WIDDOES is entering his second season as the director of digital content and ...
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Special Guest Speakers

Sandra Leung

SANDRA LEUNG is the executive vice president and general counsel with Bristol-Myers ...
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Tom Wolf

TOM WOLF was sworn in as Governor of Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015. Wolf grew up ...
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Small Business Roundtable

Erica Booth

ERICA BOOTH is president and CEO of Erica Booth Tax & Accounting Services, LLC. ...
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Tracy Buchholz

TRACY BUCHHOLZ works as the communications associate for the Support Center for ...
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Vanessa Chan

VANESSA CHAN is an entrepreneur, consultant and angel investor who thrives on growth ...
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Rita Friedman

RITA FRIEDMAN is a coach, speaker, and consultant focused on helping jobseekers ...
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Tonushree Mondal

TONUSHREE MONDAL leads her own consulting business in strategic HR. She has over 20 ...
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Hannah Moulden

HANNAH MOULDEN is account director and content strategist at Tierney. She has ...
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Parisnicole Payton

PARISNICOLE PAYTON is a communications executive, publicist, marketer and business ...
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Archna Sahay

ARCHNA SAHAY works with for profit and nonprofit organizations and government ...
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Haniyyah Sharpe-Brown

HANIYYAH SHARPE-BROWN is a driven leader. She is a creative thinker and innovative ...
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Career Pavilion Speakers

Diana Jones

DIANA JONES is associate director of experiential learning at the Drexel LeBow ...
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