Workplace Summit Speakers


Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm



JAMES CLEAR is a personal development keynote speaker and New York Times best-selling author of Atomic Habits. His entertaining talks teach audiences about small habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement. But Clear doesn’t merely report the research of others. He tries out the concepts for himself as he experiments with building better habits as an entrepreneur, writer, and weightlifter. In the end, his talks end up being one-part storytelling, one-part academic research, and one-part personal experiment, forming a colorful blend of inspirational stories, academic science, and hard-earned wisdom. His thought leadership regularly appears in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Medium, and Time, and he is a regular guest for CBS This Morning. In addition, he helps millions of visitors each month through his website and hundreds of thousands subscribe through his popular email newsletter. He is a regular speaker at Fortune 500 companies, and his work has been used by teams in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. Through his online course, The Habits Academy, Clear has taught more than 10,000 leaders, managers, coaches, and teachers how to improve. @jamesclear


CELESTE HEADLEE is a communication and human nature expert, and an award-winning journalist. She is a professional speaker, and also the author of Heard Mentality and We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter. In her twenty year career in public radio, she has been the executive producer of On Second Thought at Georgia Public Radio, and anchored programs including Tell Me MoreTalk of the NationAll Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She also served as co-host of the national morning news show, The Takeaway, from PRI and WNYC, and anchored presidential coverage in 2012 for PBS World Channel. Headlee’s TEDx talk, sharing ten ways to have a better conversation, has over twenty million total views to date. @celesteheadlee



ABBY WAMBACH is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA World Cup Champion, and the highest all-time international goal scorer for male and female soccer players. She was the United States’ leading scorer in the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments, and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. An activist for equality and inclusion, Wambach is the author of the New York Times best-seller for both Forward: A Memoir, and her new WOLFPACK. She is co-founder of Wolfpack Endeavor, which is revolutionizing leadership development for women in the workplace and beyond through her champion mindset, individualized coaching, and team-bound focus. @abbywambach



BRENDA DENNIS is vice president of customer and partner services (CPS) – Americas and central partner operations with Cisco. With more than twenty two years at Cisco in sales and operations, Dennis has held several successful sales leadership roles, including her previous role as senior director of global sales strategy and transformation. Before joining Cisco, she was a sales leader at Sprint Communications for eight years, where she was nominated for Fortune Magazine’s Hot Shots Under 30 in Telecommunications. Dennis has received several awards, including CRN 2019 Women in the Channel, Silicon Valley U.S.’s (SVUS) 2018 Gold Winner for Excellence in Business Woman of the Year, and Silver Winner for Female Executive of the Year, as well as the 2018 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award. Dennis earned an MBA from Marymount University, a BA in international business from Oregon State University, and studied at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. @brendagdennis @cisco

NAOMI JACOBS is the director of social strategy and business development for Qurate Retail Group, the world’s leading video commerce retailer. In her role, she has revolutionized the company’s social media strategy at QVC and continues to develop new social opportunities across its portfolio of brands which include QVC, HSN, Zulily, Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, and Grandin Road. A veteran executive in the social media industry, Jacob has been an integral leader, driving accelerated growth while scaling social and influencer marketing at Qurate. A true passion for social media and visual marketing—both in work and in her personal life—makes this a #dreamjob, mixing creativity, analytics and storytelling. @qurateretailgrp


SYDNEY KLEIN is chief information security officer for Bristol- Myers Squibb, a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. She has twenty years of experience in cybersecurity. Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, she served as vice president of cyber at Capital One Financial where she led programs including line of business information security officers, information assurance third-party management, application security, payment card industry data security standards, and cyber incident management. Klein earned a BS in integrated science and technology from James Madison University with a double concentration in information knowledge management and health systems. She holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification. @bmsnews


RODGER LEVENSON is president and chief executive officer of WSFS Financial Corporation, and its primary subsidiary, WSFS Bank, and is a member of its board of directors. He assumed these roles on January 1, 2019. Levenson has been a member of WSFS’ executive management team since he joined WSFS in 2006 as EVP and chief commercial banking officer. Before joining WSFS, he was a SVP at Citizens Bank, and a member of its regional senior leadership team. He began his banking career in 1986 in Philadelphia at CoreStates Financial. He serves on the boards of directors of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Delaware and the Wilmington Housing Partnership. He is the past chairman and board member of the Delaware Bankers Association. He was appointed by the former Governor of Delaware, Jack Markell, to the Council of Banking from 2015 through 2018. Levenson earned a BBA in finance from Temple University, and an MBA from Drexel University.


CHRISTIAN RESICK is an associate professor of management and organizational behavior at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. His research focuses on the social and cognitive psychological processes associated with leaders in influence, teamwork, and organizational culture and fit. Leadership is a primary focus of Resick’s research, where his work examines the strategic influence of executive leaders, the roles of team leadership and human capital in promoting knowledge sharing and adaptation, and the linkages between leadership and organizational contexts, (norms, climates, culture, etc.), along with their implications for employee motivation, morale, and ethical conduct. Resick is the senior editor and incoming editor-in-chief of the Journal of Organizational Behavior. Prior to beginning his academic career, he spent several years as a human resources management consultant specializing in the design of employee compensation and performance management systems. Resick earned a PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit. @lebow


Additional speakers to be announced

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