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2022 Speakers

We're busy confirming an AMAZING lineup of experts and trailblazers for our 2022 events.
Speakers for our November 30th Conference In-Person and December 1st virtual Conference Anywhere (ticketed separately - learn more here) will appear below as they are confirmed. Stay tuned to this page and to your email for more speaker announcements!

Nov. 30 "Conference In-Person" Speakers

Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett, PhD

Dr. KIZZMEKIA S. CORBETT, PhD, is an assistant professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Shutzer Assistant Professor at Harvard’s Radcliffe ...
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Viola Davis

VIOLA DAVIS is the first black actress to win Tony, Oscar, and Emmy awards. Davis starred in the ABC series How to Get Away with Murder. Davis received two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a ...
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Jameela Jamil

JAMEELA JAMIL is a one-of-a-kind multi-hyphenate who works as an actress, writer, host, and advocate. Jamil was first seen on American television starring as Tahani in Golden Globe-nominated series The Good Place. ...
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Lisa Mullins

LISA MULLINS is the voice of WBUR’s All Things Considered. She anchors the program, conducts interviews, and reports from the field. Mullins is also guest anchor of the WBUR and NPR midday show Here & Now. ...
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Nov. 30 "Conference In-Person" Special Guest Speakers

Renee Connolly

RENEE CONNOLLY is the chief diversity, equity & inclusion officer and head of ...
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Karen Holmes Ward

KAREN HOLMES WARD is the director of public affairs and community services as well as ...
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Kathy Horgan

KATHY HORGAN is executive vice president and chief human resources and ...
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Dec. 1 "Conference Anywhere" Keynote Speakers

José Andrés

JOSÉ  ANDRÉS, named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in ...
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Jessica Brown

JESSICA BROWN co-anchors WCVB Channel 5’s NewsCenter 5 at Noon as well as ...
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Tabitha Brown

TABITHA BROWN satisfies the hunger of millions with her unique approach to veganism ...
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Misty Copeland

MISTY COPELAND is a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre and the author of ...
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Lisa Ling

LISA LING is the executive producer and host of This is Life on CNN, now in its ...
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Ellen McGirt

ELLEN McGIRT is a senior editor at FORTUNE, where she established the race and ...
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Reese Witherspoon

REESE WITHERSPOON is an award-winning actress, entrepreneur, producer, and New York ...
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Dec. 1 "Conference Anywhere" Special Guest Speakers

Lauren Duprey

LAUREN DUPREY is the CHRO of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. with responsibility ...
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Jacqueline Guichelaar

JACQUELINE GUICHELAAR is SVP and group CIO at Cisco. She is spearheading creation of ...
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Master of Ceremonies, Celeste Headlee

CELESTE HEADLEE is a journalist, professional speaker, and author of the books We ...
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Karleen Oberton

KARLEEN OBERTON became Hologic’s chief financial officer in August 2018. She ...
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Brian Reaves

BRIAN K. REAVES serves as chief belonging, diversity, and equity officer of UKG. In ...
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Laysha Ward

Laysha Ward

LAYSHA WARD is an accomplished C-suite executive with thirty years of leadership ...
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Dec. 1 "Conference Anywhere" Breakout Session Speakers

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

​​CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE is an award-winning author born in Enugu, Nigeria. ...
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Rachana Bhide

RACHANA BHIDE is a 22-year leadership psychologist and broadcaster, formerly ...
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Brittney Castro

BRITTNEY CASTRO ​​ is a leading speaker, host, and brand ambassador and has ...
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Liz Fosslien

LIZ FOSSLIEN and Mollie West Duffy are the co-authors (and Liz is the illustrator) ...
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Frances Haugen

FRANCES HAUGEN, born in Iowa City, Iowa,  is the daughter of two professors and ...
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Katie Johnston

KATIE JOHNSTON writes about work and income inequality for the Boston Globe. She ...
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Kim Malek

KIM MALEK is the founder and CEO of Salt & Straw Ice Cream. Since founding the ...
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Marlee Matlin

MARLEE MATLIN received worldwide critical acclaim for her film debut in Children of ...
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Ellen McGirt

ELLEN McGIRT is a senior editor at FORTUNE, where she established the race and ...
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Stephanie Mehta

STEPHANIE MEHTA is the CEO of Mansueto Ventures and former editor-in-chief of Fast ...
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Daniel Pink

DANIEL PINK is one of the best-selling nonfiction authors of the last decade with ...
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Christine Porath

CHRISTINE PORATH is an associate professor at the McDonough School of Business at ...
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Gabby Rivera

​​GABBY RIVERA is dedicated to empowering people and improving our marginalized ...
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Wendy Smith

WENDY K. SMITH is the Dana J. Johnson professor of management and faculty director ...
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Elizabeth Uviebinené

ELIZABETH UVIEBINENÉ is a multi-award-winning author and columnist at the Financial ...
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Ximena Vengoechea

XIMENA VENGOECHEA is a user researcher, writer, and illustrator. An experienced ...
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Mollie West Duffy

MOLLIE WEST DUFFY and Liz Fosslien are the co-authors (and Liz is the illustrator) ...
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Dec. 1 "Conference Anywhere" Session Hosts

Kameelah Benjamin-Fuller

KAMEELAH BENJAMIN-FULLER inspires transformational change as an activist, champion ...
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Sue Collard

SUE COLLARD is VP of strategy and operations for belonging, diversity, and equity at ...
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Monisha Dabek

MONISHA DABEK, SVP and Chief Commercial Officer, USA, is an accomplished executive ...
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Kate Dei Cas

KATE DEI CAS is the SVP for the delivery systems & services business within EMD ...
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Rashele Dudley

RASHELE DUDLEY is vice president of business risk management at State Street ...
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Natalie Edwards

NATALIE EDWARDS is the chief diversity officer at National Grid, the multinational ...
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Kelli Kirwin

KELLI KIRWIN  is an award-winning and well-respected executive, currently serving as ...
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Helen Merianos

HELEN MERIANOS joined Sanofi Research & Development as head of portfolio ...
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Nicole Murphy

NICOLE MURPHY has held executive positions in Biogen since 2015 including most ...
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Melinda Vaccaro

MELINDA VACCARO is chief financial officer at Converse. In her role, Vaccaro is ...
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Dec. 1 "Conference Anywhere" Executive Spotlights

Laura Cooley Johnson

LAURA COOLEY JOHNSON is the chief people officer at Bose, overseeing the company’s ...
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Karan Dyson

KARAN DYSON is the vice president of global grooming process & engineering at ...
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Jenny Holaday

JENNY HOLADAY brings her extensive background in the casino industry to her role of ...
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Carole Huntsman

CAROLE HUNTSMAN is Sanofi’s North America head of specialty care. Huntsman is ...
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Jessica Jensen

JESSICA JENSEN is Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Indeed. She is responsible for ...
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Monica Manotas

MONICA MANOTAS has more than 20 years of experience in operations, finance, M&A, ...
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Brenda Tsai

BRENDA TSAI is executive vice president and chief marketing officer for State Street ...
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Michelle Vetovis

MICHELLE VETOVIS is senior vice president and regional center general manager within ...
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Dec. 1 "Conference Anywhere" Learning Bursts

Wendi Aarons

WENDI AARONS is an award-winning humor writer whose work has appeared in The New ...
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Camille Chang Gilmore

CAMILLE CHANG GILMORE is VP of human resources and global chief diversity, equity ...
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Katya Davydova

KATYA DAVYDOVA’s mission is to create a more joyful world. By day, she is an ...
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Nancy DiBattista

NANCY DIBATTISTA is a senior vice president, transition, at Commonwealth Financial ...
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Laura Downey

LAURA DOWNEY is a SVP and regional talent officer for the US region of Liberty ...
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Sophia Dozier

SOPHIA DOZIER is a data-driven professional, with a passion for social, economic, ...
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Yaro Fong-Olivares

YARO FONG-OLIVARES is executive director of the CWB at Bentley University. ...
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Heather Geronemus

HEATHER GERONEMUS  is director of corporate affairs and corporate social ...
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Felicia Jadczak

FELICIA JADCZAK is the co-CEO and head of DEI programming at She+ Geeks Out. She ...
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Dr. Anita Radhakrishnan

DR. ANITA RADHAKRISHNAN is an academic cardiologist with Allegheny Health Network ...
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Leah Robinson

LEAH ROBINSON is the associate director of manufacturing support at Bristol Myers ...
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Ryan Viktorin

RYAN VIKTORIN is a CFP and vice president, financial consultant at Fidelity ...
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