Speakers

2018 Speakers will be announced below as they are confirmed. 

Download the 2018 MA CFW Teaser Breakout Session Agenda


Keynotes


Shawn Achor

SHAWN ACHOR is the New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness... Read Full Bio

Elizabeth Gilbert

ELIZABETH GILBERT memoir Eat, Pray, Love has been called “a generation’s instruction manual” by The Toronto Sun. Explo... Read Full Bio

Maysoon Zayid

MAYSOON ZAYID is an actress, comedian, writer, and disability advocate. She is a graduate of, and a guest comedian in residence at, Arizona Sta... Read Full Bio

Special Guest Speakers


Renee Connolly

RENEE CONNOLLY is global head of communications and corporate responsibility at MilliporeSigma. Her responsibilities include leading internal ... Read Full Bio

Speakers


Yvonne Albert

YVONNE ALBERT is head of human resources as a business partner for life science with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Albert joined Millipo... Read Full Bio

Emilie Aries

EMILIE ARIES is the founder and CEO of Bossed Up. Formerly the co-host of HowStuffWorks’ fiercely feminist podcast, Stuff Mom Never Told You... Read Full Bio

Melissa Ben-Ishay

MELISSA BEN-ISHAY is a mom, baker, and founder of Baked by Melissa, the New York City-based brand famous for its signature, bite-size cupcakes... Read Full Bio

Lauren Smith Brody

LAUREN SMITH BRODY is the author of The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby (Doubleday/A... Read Full Bio

Valorie Burton

VALORIE BURTON is a best-selling author and founder of the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute (CaPP). She has served clients in over fo... Read Full Bio

Courtney Carver

COURTNEY CARVER changed her life by simplifying it after a devastating diagnosis in 2006. She’s the founder of bemorewithless.com and mini... Read Full Bio

Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

ELENA FAVILLI and FRANCESCA CAVALLO are the New York Times best-selling authors of the Good Night Stories... Read Full Bio

Lida Citroën

LIDA CITROËN is an international branding and reputation management expert who designs and enhances the identities of executives, entrepreneu... Read Full Bio

Kate Dobbs

KATE DOBBS serves as senior vice president of marketing and communications for Fresenius Medical Care North America. In this role, she leads t... Read Full Bio

Francesca Gino

FRANCESCA GINO is an award-winning researcher, and the Tandon family professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Her cons... Read Full Bio

Melody Godfred

MELODY GODFRED is an entrepreneur, writer, and speaker. She practiced law as a litigation attorney before founding Write in Color, a full-serv... Read Full Bio

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

DR. MARSHALL GOLDSMITH is the world authority in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior, for themselves, thei... Read Full Bio

Alison Green

ALISON GREEN writes the popular Ask a Manager blog, where she answers readers' questions daily on workplace and management issues. From what... Read Full Bio

Kate Gulliver

KATE GULLIVER oversees the talent team at Wayfair, where she is responsible for global human capital management including recruiting, organiza... Read Full Bio

Fran Hauser

FRAN HAUSER is a long-time media executive, startup investor and author of The Myth of the Nice Girl. She's held senior positions at some of ... Read Full Bio

Sally Helgesen

SALLY HELGESEN is considered the gold standard among experts on women’s leadership, and was the first to focus on what women have to contrib... Read Full Bio

Dr. Ellen Hendriksen

DR. ELLEN HENDRIKSEN is a clinical psychologist who helps millions calm their anxiety and be their authentic selves through her award-winning ... Read Full Bio

Sakina Ibrahim

SAKINA IBRAHIM is an NAACP Image Award-nominated author, social entrepreneur, and professor of dance. She has been featured in publications su... Read Full Bio

Katie Rosen Kitchens

KATIE ROSEN KITCHENS is co-founder of FabFitFun. She has led the company’s evolution as a female-focused media brand, from writing about gre... Read Full Bio

Kristen LaVerghetta

KRISTEN LaVERGHETTA is head of life science global internal communications with MilliporeSigma. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing... Read Full Bio

Joanne Lipman

JOANNE LIPMAN is the best-selling author of That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Togethe... Read Full Bio

Ellen McGirt

ELLEN McGIRT is an award-winning feature writer who also covers race, culture, and leadership in a daily column&n... Read Full Bio

Kathleen Murphy

KATHLEEN MURPHY is president of Fidelity Investments personal investing division, which provides a full range of investment and financial plan... Read Full Bio

Nathalie Molina Niño

NATHALIE MOLINA NIÑO is a serial entrepreneur, a super connector and an investor, focused on high-growth, innovative businesses that deliver ... Read Full Bio

Carmen Perez

CARMEN PEREZ is something of a Renaissance woman in modern-day activism. She has dedicated twenty years to advocating for many of today's impo... Read Full Bio

Maci Peterson Philitas

MACI PETERSON PHILITAS is the CEO and co-founder of On Second Thought (OST), the definitive delay-recall mechanism for mobile communications pl... Read Full Bio

Pam Puryear Ph.D.

PAM PURYEAR Ph.D. is SVP and chief talent officer with Pfizer, Inc. In this role, she is responsible for leading strategy for programs and ser... Read Full Bio

Sam Rapoport

SAM RAPOPORT is senior director of football development with the National Football League. Rapoport spearheads programming that serves to reta... Read Full Bio

Selena Rezvani

SELENA REZVANI teaches women at all levels to negotiate like a boss. She also consults to employers on how to make work truly “work” for w... Read Full Bio

Cecile Richards

CECILE RICHARDS is a national leader for women’s rights and social and economic justice, and the author of New York Times best-selle... Read Full Bio

Britney Robbins

BRITNEY ROBBINS is the founder and CEO of The Gray Matter Experience, a non-profit organization founded in 2016 to help Black high school stude... Read Full Bio

Dr. Laurie Santos

DR. LAURIE SANTOS is professor of psychology and head of Silliman College at Yale University. Santos is an expert on human cognition and the c... Read Full Bio

Hana Schank

HANA SCHANK is a writer, design researcher and technologist. Her most recent book is The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Fami... Read Full Bio

Amanda Southworth

AMANDA SOUTHWORTH is a sixteen year old iOS developer, and a mental health and human rights activist. She is creator of AnxietyHelper, which i... Read Full Bio

Jessamyn Stanley

JESSAMYN STANLEY is the author of Every Body Yoga as well as an internationally recognized yoga teacher, award-winning Instagram star @myna... Read Full Bio

Amanda Stern

AMANDA STERN was born in New York City, and raised in Greenwich Village. She’s the author of The Long Haul and eleven books for chil... Read Full Bio

Chris Voss

CHRIS VOSS is a negotiation expert, CEO of the Black Swan Group, and author of the national best-seller Never Split The Difference: Negotiati... Read Full Bio

Cy Wakeman

CY WAKEMAN is president and founder of Reality-Based Leadership, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author. Backed... Read Full Bio

Elizabeth Wallace

ELIZABETH WALLACE is the author of The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life (Viking, 2018... Read Full Bio

Kristin Wong

KRISTIN WONG regularly writes about personal finance, career, and human behavior for the New York Times, New York magazine, and Lifehacker.... Read Full Bio

Health & Wellness Classroom Speaker


Meghan Rivera

MEGHAN RIVERA has over fifteen years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in leadership roles focusing on digital marketing and commun... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable


Janet Comenos

JANET COMENOS is the CEO and co-founder of Spotted, a leading celebrity data and research company helping brands and agencies make smarter cel... Read Full Bio

Britney Robbins

BRITNEY ROBBINS is the founder and CEO of The Gray Matter Experience, a non-profit organization founded in 2016 to help Black high school stude... Read Full Bio

Natasha Zena

NATASHA ZENA is the co-founder of Lioness, the digital magazine for female entrepreneurs, and the first media outlet solely dedicated to helpi... Read Full Bio

Julianne Zimmerman

JULIANNE ZIMMERMAN is managing director for Reinventure Capital. For over twenty five years, she has focused on putting technology and capital... Read Full Bio

Tech Roundtables


Chrissy Carroll

CHRISSY CARROLL is a spirited blogger and social media enthusiast. On her blog, Snacking in Sneakers, she shares healthy recipes and training... Read Full Bio

Holly Chessman

HOLLY CHESSMAN was named one of New England’s Top 40 Influencers in content and digital marketing, She fully understands the power of online... Read Full Bio

Jodi Flynn

JODI FLYNN is the owner of Women Taking the Lead. She is an executive leadership coach, podcaster, author, speaker, workshop facilitator, and ... Read Full Bio

Workplace Summit


Shawn Achor

SHAWN ACHOR is the New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness... Read Full Bio

Elizabeth Gilbert

ELIZABETH GILBERT memoir Eat, Pray, Love has been called “a generation’s instruction manual” by The Toronto Sun. Explo... Read Full Bio

Joanne Lipman

JOANNE LIPMAN is the best-selling author of That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Togethe... Read Full Bio