2014 Speakers


Featuring


Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton After nearly four decades of public service as an advocate for children and families, First La... Read Full Bio

Keynotes


Tory Burch

Tory Burch is CEO and designer of Tory Burch, an American lifestyle brand. The collection, known for color, print and eclectic details, include... Read Full Bio

Anne Finucane

Anne Finucane is global chief strategy and marketing officer at Bank of America, and a member of the company’s executive management team.  S... Read Full Bio

Ann M. Fudge

Ann M. Fudge is the retired chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, a global network of marketing communications companies. Prior to Yo... Read Full Bio

John Jacobs

John Jacobs is co-founder and chief creative optimist of the Life is good® Company. The $100 million LIG lifestyle brand spreads the power of ... Read Full Bio

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o made her feature debut in Steve McQueen's Academy Award® winning film “12 Years a Slave.”For her portrayal as Patsey, Nyo... Read Full Bio

Special Guest Speakers


Roman Blanco

Roman Blanco is president and chief executive officer of Santander US. In this role, he leads all of the Santander Group's businesses in the Un... Read Full Bio

Jane Bowman

Jane Bowman is the vice president, marketing and sales development for Boston Globe Media, where she works to develop strategic consumer and bu... Read Full Bio

Lisa Buffington

Lisa Buffington is vice president of U.S. communications at EMD Serono, Inc. Buffington is responsible for driving and executing all aspects of... Read Full Bio

Marian L. Heard

MARIAN L. HEARD is the president and CEO of Oxen Hill Partners, a Boston-based company specializing in leadership development programs and bran... Read Full Bio

M L Krakauer

M L Krakauer is executive vice president of human resources at EMC Corporation. With revenues of $21.7 billion in 2012 and 60,000 people worldw... Read Full Bio

Jill Larsen

Jill Larsen is VP of strategic talent acquisition at Cisco.  Larsen leads Cisco’s Global Recruiting & University Relations organization,... Read Full Bio

Gloria Cordes Larson, J.D.

Gloria Cordes Larson, J.D. is a prominent lawyer, public policy expert and business leader. She was named Bentley University president in July ... Read Full Bio

JC Monahan

J.C. Monahan is co-anchor of WCVB-TV's “NewsCenter 5 at 5:00,” as well as co-anchor of Channel 5's award-winning nightly news magazine "Chr... Read Full Bio

Alison Quirk

Alison A. Quirk is an executive vice president at State Street Corporation and is chief human resources and citizenship officer. She joined Sta... Read Full Bio

Karen Holmes Ward

Karen Holmes Ward is the director of public affairs and community services for WCVB-TV Channel 5. She is also host and executive producer of ... Read Full Bio

Pamela Wickham

Pamela A. Wickham is vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Raytheon Company. As a member of the Raytheon leadership... Read Full Bio

Breakout Session Speakers


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

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 directs the Wurtele Center for Work & Life at Smith College, an independent women’s college in Massachusetts with students ... Read Full Bio

Lisa Belkin

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

Blythe Berents

Blythe Berents comes to Merrill Edge® from Banc of America Investments, Hambrecht & Quist and Morgan Stanley and brings over 18 years of e... Read Full Bio

Jane Bowman

Jane Bowman is the vice president, marketing and sales development for Boston Globe Media, where she works to develop strategic consumer and bu... Read Full Bio

Liz Brunner

Liz Brunner is the CEO and founder of Brunner Communications. Leveraging more than 25 years of media and communications experience, expertise, ... Read Full Bio

Beth Carlson

Beth Carlson is vice president of global talent development for Raytheon Company. She brings more than 30 years of experience to this role. Ray... Read Full Bio

Wendy Darling

Wendy Darling refers to herself as a creative connector. From working as a mentor to high school teens, to serving as an artist-in-residence t... Read Full Bio

Laura Darrah

Laura Darrah Following the success of their first handbag ventures, Treesje and its offspring Joelle Hawkens, fashion entrepreneurs Sheila Naza... Read Full Bio

Wendy Duncan

Wendy Duncan is senior vice president of marketing at Alex and Ani. She is an accomplished senior-level marketer with over 20 years of experien... Read Full Bio

Sally D. Fassler

Sally D. Fassler is a managing director, chief financial officer and risk and oversight committee member for Sankaty Advisors, the credit affil... Read Full Bio

Kathleen Ferraro

Kathleen Ferraro began her career at The First National Bank of Chicago, in the New York Banking Division in 1986.  She left FNBC to join Grun... Read Full Bio

Carolyn Fischer

Carolyn Fischer is the vice president of global talent management for TJX Companies located in Framingham, Massachusetts. The TJX Companies, In... Read Full Bio

Christine Frederick

Christine Frederick has led the U.S. insurance group compliance division at MassMutual since July, 2011. This division is responsible for evalu... Read Full Bio

Dr. Cindy Geyer

Dr. Cindy Geyer received her Bachelor of Science and her Doctor of Medicine degrees, with honors, from Ohio State University. She completed her... Read Full Bio

Camille Chang Gilmore

Camille Chang Gilmore was promoted to vice president, human resources, interventional cardiology and chief diversity officer of Boston Scientif... Read Full Bio

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

Marian L. Heard

MARIAN L. HEARD is the president and CEO of Oxen Hill Partners, a Boston-based company specializing in leadership development programs and bran... Read Full Bio

Sheila Heen

Sheila Heen is a New York Times business best-selling author, founder of Triad Consulting Group and faculty at Harvard Law School. Hee... Read Full Bio

Bridget Hindle

Bridget Hindle is responsible for development of a high-performing team that facilitates strategic vision throughout Santander while executing ... 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 Seventeen-year-old Emma Johnson launched EM JOHN Jewelry in eleventh grade by creating charm bracelets, posting photos on Instagra... Read Full Bio

Kristin Jones

Kristin Jones is a junior at Howard University in Washington, D.C. pursuing a bachelor of architecture degree. She is a co-founder of Women S... Read Full Bio

Marie Jordan

Marie Jordan is the senior vice president of gas construction and operations for National Grid. She has responsibility for the safe maintenance... Read Full Bio

Karen Kaplan

Karen Kaplan is chairman and CEO of Hill Holliday.She has consistently epitomized what makes Hill Holliday great — energy, optimism, passion,... Read Full Bio

Hazel Keating

Hazel Keating is a senior vice president and was recently appointed global head of talent and employee relations at State Street. She is respon... Read Full Bio

Karen Keenan

Karen Keenan is an executive vice president, chief operating officer and head of State Street global markets internationally. She is responsibl... Read Full Bio

Christy Keswick

Christy Keswick has been the chief operating officer of Good Sports since it was founded in 2003 with responsibility for business development, ... Read Full Bio

Katherine Klingler

Katherine Klingler is responsible for building and managing the global brand of Santander in the United States and aligning marketing and commu... Read Full Bio

Ellie Krieger

Ellie Krieger is the host of Food Network’s & Cooking Channel’s popular “Healthy Appetite” and author of the New York Time... Read Full Bio

Loretta LaRoche

Loretta LaRoche has been a stress management consultant for over 30 years. Her unique approach is the use of humor as a coping mechanism, which... Read Full Bio

Jill Larsen

Jill Larsen is VP of strategic talent acquisition at Cisco.  Larsen leads Cisco’s Global Recruiting & University Relations organization,... Read Full Bio

Laurie Leshin

Laurie Leshin became the 16th president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in June of 2014. As president, she is committed to elevating W... Read Full Bio

Bernadette Lim

Bernadette Lim is a STRIDE Scholar and student at Harvard University studying human biology, women’s studies and global health policy. She is... Read Full Bio

Denise Millard

Denise Millard is chief of staff, global sales and customer operations at EMC. With revenues of $23.2 billion in 2013 and 62,000 people worldwi... Read Full Bio

Gayle Morris

Gayle Morris is vice president of Americas services for Cisco.  She is responsible for running the largest and most profitabl... Read Full Bio

Kristin Mugford

Kristin Mugford is currently a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School having recently transitioned from serving as a managing director of ... Read Full Bio

Valerie Mulhern

Valerie Mulhern is the vice president of human resources of the analytical instruments group of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. In this role, sh... Read Full Bio

Betsy Myers

Betsy Myers is founding director of Bentley’s Center for Women and Business. A dynamic speaker, Myers leads workshops around the world on the... Read Full Bio

Sheila Nazarian

Sheila Nazarian Following the success of their first handbag ventures, Treesje and its offspring Joelle Hawkens, fashion entrepreneurs Sheila N... Read Full Bio

Janielle Newland

Janielle Newland is a human resources leader with 18 years of experience focused on global talent topics within the health, bioscience and fina... Read Full Bio

Susan O’Brien

Susan O’Brien is one of the co-founders of Hail Merry Snacks. The native Houstonian and University of Texas at Austin design graduate started... Read Full Bio

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

Karen Prange

Karen Prange is senior vice president and president, urology and women’s health for Boston Scientific, and a member of its executive committe... Read Full Bio

Jane Bryant Quinn

Jane Bryant Quinn is a leading commentator on personal finance, with books and columns read and trusted by millions. Her best-selling book, “... Read Full Bio

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

Karen Korellis Reuther

Karen Korellis Reuther is the creative director and brand psychologist for Cast Collective, a design consultancy working at the intersection... Read Full Bio

Anita Santos

Anita Santos is currently serving as vice president of marketing for Tyco Security Products, a global billion dollar business unit, where she i... Read Full Bio

Dan Schawbel

Dan Schawbel is the managing partner of Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm. He is the New York Times and Wa... Read Full Bio

Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid is the CEO and co-founder of the Malala Fund, the organization representing the young Pakistani activist who was shot by the Talib... Read Full Bio

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 is the author of sixteen books, including the classic New York Times best-seller “Passages,” named by the Library of C... Read Full Bio

Judy A. Smith

Judy A. Smith is the founder and president of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washingto... Read Full Bio

Kristen Standish

Kristen Standish is the publisher of Boston magazine. She leads the sales and marketing team with new business ventures, creating full... Read Full Bio

Sandra Stratford, M.D., M.S.c.

Sandra Stratford, M.D., M.S.c. is chief medical officer, global health resources for Raytheon. In this role, she has responsibility for occupat... Read Full Bio

Cindy Stumpo

Cindy Stumpo is CEO of C. Stumpo Development is a luxury custom home builder and developer in the Brookline and Newton areas. Stumpo is among a... Read Full Bio

Elizabeth R. Thornton

Elizabeth R. Thornton is an author, speaker, professor of management practice, Babson Executive Education and adjunct lecturer in entrepreneurs... Read Full Bio

Lynn Tinney

Lynn D. Tinney is the vice president of Americas Channels at Riverbed Technology. Prior to joining Riverbed in 2014, Tinney served as the direc... Read Full Bio

Kimberly Steimle Vaughn

Kimberly Steimle Vaughan is the chief marketing officer and chief people officer at Suffolk Construction and serves on Suffolk's executive mana... Read Full Bio

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

Laura Vail Wooster

Laura Vail Wooster is vice president and head of marketing and communications for John Hancock’s insurance division. In this capacity, Wooste... Read Full Bio

Jackie Wynn

Jackie Wynn is responsible for leading the strategy and market development for the RSA global public sector team at EMC, which includes federal... Read Full Bio

Linda K. Zecher

Linda K. Zecher joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in September 2011 as president, chief executive officer and director, bringing with her a stro... Read Full Bio

Expert Exchange


Michelle Dauphinais

Michelle Dauphinais manages many of John Hancock’s top relationships, calling on her more than 20 years of experience. She has deep product k... Read Full Bio

Kay Dempsey

Kay Dempsey is the CEO of the Dempsey Companies in Atlanta, Georgia. The Dempsey Companies, founded 31 years ago, provides unique planning solu... Read Full Bio

Kerri DiPietro

Kerri DiPietro is the director of Global clinical quality at Boston Scientific Corporation. She has held senior management positions at Boston ... Read Full Bio

Jessica Donohue

Jessica Donohue is the chief innovation officer and head of advisory solutions for State Street Global Exchange, State Street’s data and anal... Read Full Bio

Patricia Florissi

Patricia Florissi is vice president and global chief technology officer for sales at EMC Corporation. As global CTO for sales, Florissi helps d... Read Full Bio

Marilee Grant

Marilee Grant is director of community relations for Boston Scientific. She has over 23 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her exp... Read Full Bio

Ronni Hargrove

Ronni Hargrove is the DoD market leader for Cisco Advanced Services, with Cisco Systems. She has twenty five years of professional experience i... Read Full Bio

Liz Henderson

Liz Henderson leads the separations technology cluster for EMD Millipore, and is based at the company’s Cork, Ireland facility. She oversees ... Read Full Bio

Kathy Kinney

Kathy Kinney is best known for her iconic role as “Mimi” on the ABC hit TV series “The Drew Carey Show.” She has appeared in many movie... Read Full Bio

Maurice Kolthof

Maurice Kolthof joined Santander Bank in June of 2012 and is a relationship manager for the Santander At Work department, concentrating on comp... Read Full Bio

Mona Patel

Mona Patel is VP of training and clinical communications, neuromodulation at Boston Scientific. Her area of specialty is Spinal Cord Stimulatio... Read Full Bio

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

Rob Rosa

Rob Rosa is director, field operations, for U.S. Public Sector Services with Cisco.  Rosa leads Cisco’s Americas Services U.S. Public Sector... Read Full Bio

Seth Siegel

Seth Siegel is vice president of the Americas for Cisco Consulting Services, where he leads and executes Cisco’s consulting strategy across a... Read Full Bio

Erika Strandell

Erika Strandell is director of global service provider services solutions management for Cisco. She leads services solutions development, servi... Read Full Bio

Jennifer Tierney

Jennifer Tierney manages life and long-term care distribution for John Hancock Insurance. She is also responsible for sales and the management ... Read Full Bio

Molly Tschang

Molly Tschang is a director in Cisco’s consulting business. Her specialty is coaching executive teams to sustain high performance with a dist... Read Full Bio

Heidi Vlasak

Heidi Vlasak is a principal product performance engineer at Boston Scientific, producing the product performance report with reliability data f... Read Full Bio

Lisa Welker-Finney

Lisa Welker-Finney is the HR VP for the Americas for Boston Scientific Corporation, a leader in medical device manufacturing and sales.  In he... Read Full Bio

Health & Wellness Classroom Speaker


Loretta LaRoche

Loretta LaRoche has been a stress management consultant for over 30 years. Her unique approach is the use of humor as a coping mechanism, which... Read Full Bio

Mary Mahony, Ph.D.

Mary Mahony, Ph.D. is senior medical director, fertility and endocrinology, in U.S. medical affairs at EMD Serono. She has more than 12 years ... Read Full Bio

Local Leader


Liz Brunner

Liz Brunner is the CEO and founder of Brunner Communications. Leveraging more than 25 years of media and communications experience, expertise, ... Read Full Bio

Nurys Camargo

Nurys Camargo is the regional director of external affairs for AT&T Massachusetts. In this role she provides community relations at the loc... Read Full Bio

Elissa Campbell

Elissa Campbell recently earned her credits as a national beauty at the age of 55, when she was named to People Magazine's “Most Bea... Read Full Bio

Wendy Duncan

Wendy Duncan is senior vice president of marketing at Alex and Ani. She is an accomplished senior-level marketer with over 20 years of experien... Read Full Bio

Patricia M. Flynn, Ph.D.

Professor Patricia M. Flynn, Ph.D. is Trustee Professor of Economics and Management at Bentley University, where she served as Dean of the McCa... Read Full Bio

Carol Fulp

Carol Fulp is President and CEO of The Partnership, Inc., New England’s premier organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of ... Read Full Bio

Denise Kaigler

Denise Kaigler is senior vice president of corporate affairs & communications for Boston Scientific Corporation. In this role, she is respo... Read Full Bio

Christy Keswick

Christy Keswick has been the chief operating officer of Good Sports since it was founded in 2003 with responsibility for business development, ... Read Full Bio

Gloria Cordes Larson, J.D.

Gloria Cordes Larson, J.D. is a prominent lawyer, public policy expert and business leader. She was named Bentley University president in July ... Read Full Bio

Laurie Leshin

Laurie Leshin became the 16th president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in June of 2014. As president, she is committed to elevating W... Read Full Bio

Bernadette Lim

Bernadette Lim is a STRIDE Scholar and student at Harvard University studying human biology, women’s studies and global health policy. She is... Read Full Bio

Julia Mejia

Julia Mejia has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, grassroots organizing and community outreach and engagement. She has honed her p... Read Full Bio

Yvette Modestin

Yvette Modestin is a writer, poet and activist who focuses on shedding light on the Afro descendent experience in Latin America. She was born a... Read Full Bio

Stephanie Pittman

Stephanie Pittman is the vice president of human resources at Boston Scientific, a global provider of innovative medical solutions that improve... Read Full Bio

Lindsay Reilly

Lindsay Reilly creates more than just a bag, as founder of Lindsay Tia, she creates an experience.  Reilly started her business five years ago... Read Full Bio

Micho Spring

Micho F. Spring is chair of the global corporate practice, as well as president of the New England region for Weber Shandwick. Her practice fo... Read Full Bio

Lynn Tinney

Lynn D. Tinney is the vice president of Americas Channels at Riverbed Technology. Prior to joining Riverbed in 2014, Tinney served as the direc... Read Full Bio

Pamela Wickham

Pamela A. Wickham is vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Raytheon Company. As a member of the Raytheon leadership... Read Full Bio

Social Media Roundtable


John Ahtam

John Ahtam is a member of the graduate admissions team at Bentley University. He works actively in social media outreach for recruiting new stu... Read Full Bio

Tayla Andre

Tayla Andre is a Boston native and ravishing, renowned radio show host on the rise. She speaks to her passion for unearthing the processes, pri... Read Full Bio

Debra Askanase

Debra Askanase is currently the director of outreach at the National Brain Tumor Society, where she expresses her passion for creating a bette... Read Full Bio

Julia Campbell

Julia Campbell has a long history of helping nonprofits find success online. After 10 years in the nonprofit sector as a development director a... Read Full Bio

Stacy Doherty

Stacy Doherty is the founder and owner of Errands Etcetera, LLC, working hard to help individuals and small business owners conquer their ever ... Read Full Bio

Amanda Healy

Amanda Healy is an award-winning B2B marketing program and social media expert, speaker and syndicated blogger. She currently works as a marke... Read Full Bio

Rachel Jellinek

Rachel Jellinek is a partner at Reflection Films, an award-winning video production company. Reflection Films produces marketing, fundraising a... Read Full Bio

Debra Kennedy

Debra Kennedy is the director of Executive Education for Bentley University.  Kennedy spent more than 15 years as an executive in the energy i... Read Full Bio

Joselin Mane

Joselin Mane is CEO of LITBeL Consulting, a new media marketing and event planning and training consultancy. She is also co-founder of BostonTw... Read Full Bio

Kerry H. McManama

Kerry H. McManama builds brands and businesses from the inside out. She believes if corporations want customers to behave or feel a certain way... Read Full Bio

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

Meghan Rothschild

Meghan Rothschild is an award-winning marketing and public relations professional. For the past seven years, Rothschild has worked closely wit... Read Full Bio

Kate Stamatakos

Kate Stamatakos is a senior social engagement manager at EMC, a leading provider of cloud, Big Data, and trusted IT solutions. As a social medi... Read Full Bio

Caty Trio

Caty Trio is the social media marketing manager for Bright Horizons. She is a social media strategist, digital marketer and blogger. Bright Hor... Read Full Bio

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

Sue B. Zimmerman

Sue B. Zimmerman is a master at Instagram for Business. Also known as the #InstagramGal and #TheInstagramExpert, she teaches entrepreneurs, bus... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable


Elizabeth Benedict

Elizabeth Benedict is the founder and president of Elizabeth Home Décor & Design, Inc., a Boston based, full service, interior design firm... Read Full Bio

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

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

Liz Dean

Liz Dean is the founder, designer, sales manager, community manager, marketing manager and support manager for FitYap.com. She formerly worked ... Read Full Bio

Lindsay Denton

Lindsay Denton is the co-founder and development manager of FitYap.com. She works with the development team, feature requests, SLAs, FitYap's r... Read Full Bio

Donna Latson Gittens

Donna Latson Gittens is visionary leader with intuitive business insight and foresight. She has succeeded in building causemedia, recently rebr... Read Full Bio

Kimberly Kissam

Kimberly Kissam is co-founder and owners of Isabel Harvey, a fashionable jewelry and accessories company with a boutique feel.  In 2005, Kissa... Read Full Bio

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

Addie Swartz

Addie Swartz is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about empowering women. In 2013, she launched her third company reacHIRE, a career re-e... Read Full Bio

Elizabeth R. Thornton

Elizabeth R. Thornton is an author, speaker, professor of management practice, Babson Executive Education and adjunct lecturer in entrepreneurs... Read Full Bio

Julie Vetack

Julie Vetack joined Santander Bank in April of 2012 and is the national relationship manager for the Santander At Work department, concentratin... Read Full Bio