Speakers

Thank you to our amazing 2016 speakers

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2017 speakers will be announced here as they are confirmed.


Keynotes


Viola Davis

VIOLA DAVIS is a critically-revered, award-winning actress of film, television and theater known for her intriguing and groundbreaking roles. S... Read Full Bio

Adam Grant

ADAM GRANT is Wharton’s top-rated professor. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers and F... Read Full Bio

Gloria Steinem

GLORIA STEINEM is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, and she r... Read Full Bio

Meryl Streep

MERYL STREEP has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theater through film and te... Read Full Bio

Diane von Furstenberg

DIANE von FURSTENBERG entered the world of American fashion in the seventies, when she arrived in New York from Europe with a suitcase full of ... 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

Patrice D’Eramo

PATRICE D’ERAMO is vice president of Americas marketing and communications with Cisco. In this role, she oversees more than three hundred em... 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 bra... Read Full Bio

Karen Holmes Ward

KAREN HOLMES WARD is the director of public affairs and community services. She also serves as host and executive producer of CityLine, WCVB... Read Full Bio

Kathy Horgan

KATHY HORGAN is executive vice president and chief human resources and citizenship officer at State Street Corporation. She leads all global f... Read Full Bio

Gloria Cordes Larson

GLORIA CORDES LARSON was elected to the presidency of Bentley University after a prestigious career as an attorney, public policy expert, and b... Read Full Bio

Liz Matthews

LIZ MATTHEWS is the senior vice president of global brand and creative for Dell.  She is responsible for building and running the new Dell Te... Read Full Bio

Maria Stephanos

MARIA STEPHANOS is a highly-regarded local journalist with more than twenty five years of experience as an anchor and reporter in New England.... Read Full Bio

Speakers


Tiffany Aliche

TIFFANY ALICHE, also known as “The Budgetnista,” is quickly becoming America's favorite personal financial educator. The Budgetnista is the... Read Full Bio

Karen Anderson

KAREN ANDERSON is an award-winning journalist and member of WCVB's 5 Investigates, the station's enterprising and in-depth investigative unit... Read Full Bio

Lynn Blake

LYNN BLAKE is an executive vice president of State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) and CIO of global equity beta solutions. In this capacity, sh... Read Full Bio

Rachel Bloom-Baglin

RACHEL BLOOM-BAGLIN is head of external and executive communications at MilliporeSigma. In this role, she leads communications for the life sci... Read Full Bio

Lydia D. Bowers

LYDIA D. BOWERS believes improving the world of work improves the world at large. She develops customized people operations strategies for com... Read Full Bio

Lisa Britt

LISA BRITT joined Thermo Fisher Scientific in March 2017 as senior vice president and chief human resources officer, responsible for leading o... Read Full Bio

Adam Bryant

ADAM BRYANT conducts interviews with chief executives for Corner Office, a weekly feature about leadership and management that he started in ... Read Full Bio

Karen Butler

KAREN BUTLER is vice president, clinical innovation initiatives with Fresenius Medical Care North America. A Registered Nurse with over twenty... Read Full Bio

Jodi-Tatiana Charles

JODI-TATIANA CHARLES is the director of small and diverse business engagement for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and is the primary p... Read Full Bio

Lisa Considine

LISA CONSIDINE is vice president of human resources for the Boston Scientific global endoscopy business, and a member of the Endoscopy Managem... Read Full Bio

Amy Cooper Hakim, Ph.D.

AMY COOPER HAKIM, Ph.D. is an industrial-organizational psychology practitioner and workplace expert. She is a speaker, author, and the execut... Read Full Bio

Megan Costello

MEGAN COSTELLO is the executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement for the City of Boston. She has worked for a variet... Read Full Bio

Denise Cox

DENISE COX is vice president of Cisco technical services for the Americas region. Her team delivers services that help custo... Read Full Bio

Michelle Cully

MICHELLE CULLY is the CEO of Xpressman Trucking and Courier. She founded the company in 1993 and now has operations coast to coast with headqu... Read Full Bio

Asha Curran

ASHA CURRAN is chief innovation officer and director of the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y, which was rece... Read Full Bio

Annie Dean

ANNIE DEAN is the co-founder and co CEO of Werk, a platform of flexible work opportunities for ambitious women. Dean is a former corporate atto... Read Full Bio

Shanna Deng

SHANNA DENG is the global VP of marketing for the surgical division at Hologic.  She joined Hologic in May 2016 as a senior marketing manager... Read Full Bio

Meredith DeWitt

MEREDITH DeWITT is principal of Meredith J. DeWitt Consulting, where she provides clients with focused strategic counsel, aligning their publi... Read Full Bio

Erica Dhawan

ERICA DHAWAN is the co-author of the new book, “Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence.”  She is a globally recogniz... Read Full Bio

Alexandra Dickinson

ALEXANDRA DICKINSON is an entrepreneur who teaches people to negotiate. She’s the founder and CEO of the negotiation training and coaching c... Read Full Bio

Maggie Drake

MAGGIE DRAKE is co-founder and CEO of Bandolier. Proving that necessity is indeed the mother of invention, Drake first brainstormed the idea ... Read Full Bio

Tiffany Dufu

TIFFANY DUFU is chief leadership officer of Levo and launch team member to Lean In. She was named in the Huffington Post as one ... Read Full Bio

Pamela Erickson

PAMELA ERICKSON is vice president of global branding and corporate citizenship for Raytheon. In this role, she is responsible for developing a... Read Full Bio

Abby Falik

ABBY FALIK is the founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year and an award-winning social entrepreneur. A recognized expert on social innovation an... Read Full Bio

Sandra Fenwick

SANDRA FENWICK is president and chief executive officer of Boston Children's Hospital. In this role, she leads the nation's foremost independe... Read Full Bio

Molly Q. Ford

MOLLY Q. FORD is the director of global equality programs at Salesforce. Salesforce has been called the World’s Most Innovative Company by ... Read Full Bio

Bethenny Frankel

BETHENNY FRANKEL is a natural foods chef, best-selling author, reality TV star, self-made businesswoman, and mom. She first came to national at... Read Full Bio

Christine Fraser

CHRISTINE FRASER is senior vice president of strategy and operations for Dell EMC Services and IT as part of the recently formed Dell Technolo... Read Full Bio

Lynn Fraser

LYNN FRASER serves as a director in the services offer portfolio management team with Cisco. In this role, she supports the organization effort... Read Full Bio

Jacqueline Gadsden

JACQUELINE GADSDEN is the vice president of diversity and inclusion and customer experience for the Greater Boston Region with Comcast.  She... Read Full Bio

Hannah Grove

HANNAH GROVE is chief marketing officer for State Street, leading brand, media relations, content, digital and client experience teams across ... Read Full Bio

Meeta Gulyani

MEETA GULYANI is head of strategy, business development and transformation at MilliporeSigma. In this role, she leads the development of the l... Read Full Bio

Jeffery Tobias Halter

JEFFERY TOBIAS HALTER is a gender strategist and the President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women’s l... Read Full Bio

Celeste Headlee

CELESTE HEADLEE is an award-winning journalist, public speaker and author of the book We Need To Talk - How To Have Conversations That Matter... Read Full Bio

Linda Henry

LINDA HENRY is the managing director of the Boston Globe. She is a co-founder of HUBweek, a civic collaboration between the Bos... Read Full Bio

Kelly Hoey

KELLY HOEY is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes as “... Read Full Bio

Kara Hutchinson

KARA HUTCHINSON is in her eleventh season with the Celtics, where she is currently the director of marketing. Hutchinson runs marketing and co... Read Full Bio

Jane Bowman

JANE BOWMAN is the vice president of marketing and strategic partnerships for Boston Globe Media, where she works to develop new consumer and ... Read Full Bio

Whitney Johnson

WHITNEY JOHNSON is recognized as one of the fifty leading business thinkers in the world (Thinkers50). She is an expert on disruptive innovati... Read Full Bio

Mirtha Kastrapeli

MIRTHA KASTRAPELI is global head of State Street’s Center for Applied Research. She has co-authored multiple papers including the award-winn... Read Full Bio

Sarah Kay

SARAH KAY uses the power of spoken word to inspire creativity and self-empowerment in others. Her now-famous TED talk inspired two standing ova... Read Full Bio

Grace Killelea

GRACE KILLELEA is the CEO and founder of the GKC Group, a leadership development firm based in Philadelphia. A veteran of the telecommunication... Read Full Bio

Pinar Kip

PINAR KIP leads global strategic operations for State Street. In this role, she leads the organization that encompasses global custody, global... Read Full Bio

Jessica Lahey

JESSICA LAHEY is a teacher, writer, and mom. She writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, Vermont Publ... Read Full Bio

Irene Lam

IRENE LAM is the vice president of product development for the newly formed integrated offerings within building management system business in ... Read Full Bio

Christina Luconi

CHRISTINA LUCONI leads Rapid7’s strategic people initiatives as its chief people officer.  She is responsible for the entire employee lifecy... Read Full Bio

Barbara Lynch

BARBARA LYNCH is the chef and owner of the Boston-based Barbara Lynch Gruppo. She oversees seven celebrated culinary ...
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Shri Madhusudhan

SHRI MADHUSUDHAN is a leader with more than nineteen years of experience in the energy sector, and is currently vice president of property ser... Read Full Bio

Angela McClure

ANGELA McCLURE is the chief experience officer for Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the world’s largest fully vertically integra... Read Full Bio

Amy McCoskey

AMY McCOSKEY is a regional sales manager for structural heart and interventional cardiology with Boston Scientific. She leads a team of sales ... Read Full Bio

Nilofer Merchant

NILOFER MERCHANT is a former tech executive, best-selling author on innovation and collaboration, a TED mainstage speaker, and the recipient of... Read Full Bio

Carol Lee Mitchell

CAROL LEE MITCHELL is senior vice president leading the Bank of America account globally at Mastercard. In this role, she leads strategic effor... Read Full Bio

Carolyn Muise

CAROLYN MUISE leads the chief customer office, analytics and intelligence platform with Dell. Leveraging big data and customer sentiment, proa... Read Full Bio

Celeste Ng

CELESTE Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michi... Read Full Bio

Neela Pal

NEELA PAL is vice president of brand marketing, partnerships, and creative at TripAdvisor. In her role, she and her teams are responsible for l... Read Full Bio

Lenka Patten

LENKA PATTEN is a vice president and head of human resources at Reebok. In this role, she is responsible for driving HR strategy design and im... Read Full Bio

Kathryn Payne

KATHRYN PAYNE serves as AMAG’s vice president of external affairs and oversees the company’s communications, policy and advocacy activitie... Read Full Bio

Esther Perel

ESTHER PEREL is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and provocative voices on personal and professional relationships. A celebrated ... Read Full Bio

Deb Pine

DEB PINE serves as the executive director of the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University. She sets and leads all external and inter... Read Full Bio

Christine Porath

CHRISTINE PORATH is a professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Prior to that, she taught at Marshall School of B... Read Full Bio

Colleen Richards Powell

COLLEEN RICHARDS POWELL is vice president and director of corporate citizenship and diversity with MFS Investment Management. In this role, she... Read Full Bio

Dr. Peter C. Raffalli

DR. PETER C. RAFFALLI is the founder and director of the Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention and Advocacy Collaborative (BACPAC) at Boston C... Read Full Bio

Aparna Rayasam

APARNA RAYASAM has over twenty years of experience in software engineering, working on some of the most challenging technical problems in the ... Read Full Bio

Precillia Redmond

PRECILLIA REDMOND is vice president and manager of organizational effectiveness and strategic project management services with Liberty Mutual.... Read Full Bio

Courtney Rhodes

COURTNEY RHODES is CEO of Brandista, and Urbanity Communications. With over 15 years of experience in corporate branding, marketing, and advert... Read Full Bio

Jennifer Romolini

JENNIFER ROMOLINI is the chief content officer of Shondaland.com, and author of the career guide Weird In A World That's Not... Read Full Bio

Dani Rylan

DANI RYLAN is the founder and commissioner of the National Women's Hockey League. Rylan launched the NWHL in April of 2015 with aspirations of ... Read Full Bio

Laura Schroeder

LAURA SCHROEDER is director of the transducer technology group in global development engineering with Bose.  She oversees all aspects of Bose... Read Full Bio

Brigid Schulte

BRIGID SCHULTE is the author of the New York Times best-selling book on time pressure, Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when... Read Full Bio

Ann Shoket

ANN SHOKET is the author of THE BIG LIFE:  Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the Badass ... Read Full Bio

Anuja Singh

ANUJA SINGH is a director at Cisco Systems and runs advanced services business development for the US public sector business. She is focused o... Read Full Bio

Stacie Sloane

STACIE SLOANE has spent over 15 years helping marketing and business teams transform brand, customer relationships, and pipeline for enterpris... Read Full Bio

Dr. Sarah Spence

DR. SARAH SPENCE is a child neurologist with a PhD in neuropsychology.  She is the assistant in neurology and co-director at the Austism Spec... Read Full Bio

Gretchen Stewart

GRETCHEN STEWART is the founder of Sunshine Press. She understands that in life we must take our story into our own hands. That’s why her bou... Read Full Bio

Candace Sutcliffe

CANDACE SUTCLIFFE is vice president and chief compliance officer for the Liberty Mutual Group.  Global compliance and ethics is responsible ... Read Full Bio

Lisa Skeete Tatum

LISA SKEETE TATUM is founder and CEO of Landit, a technology platform created to increase the success and engagement of women in the workplace,... Read Full Bio

Lynn D. Tinney

LYNN D. TINNEY is a successful technology executive whose career includes Cisco, Siemens, Compaq and IBM. Her roles include sales, marketing, ... Read Full Bio

Laurie Miller Voke

LAURA MILLER VOKE has been involved in sports marketing for over twenty five years, and is the founder of the Female Fan Association. As t... Read Full Bio

Celeste Warren

CELESTE WARREN is vice president, human resources and Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence with Merck. In this dual role, she ha... Read Full Bio

Claire Wasserman

CLAIRE WASSERMAN is the founder of Ladies Get Paid, an organization and community that gives women the tools they need to rise up at work. She ... Read Full Bio

Donna Watson

DONNA WATSON is the region operations executive (ROE) for New England with Bank of America. She leads a team of eighteen operations market mana... Read Full Bio

Dr. Jen Welter

DR. JEN WELTER became the first female to coach in the NFL when she joined the Arizona Cardinals as a linebackers coach in the summer of 2015.... Read Full Bio

Carolyn Wintner

CAROLYN WINTNER is a senior vice president at Bain Capital Credit, where she specializes in making private debt investments in middle market b... Read Full Bio

Alex Wolf

ALEX WOLF is a millennial branding strategist and founder and CEO of Bossbabe, Inc. She innovates fresh and original ways to connect with the ... Read Full Bio

Gwen Wunderlich

GWEN WUNDERLICH is CEO and partner of Wunderlich Kaplan Communications, and creator and partner of The Enternship. Wunderlich is a ... Read Full Bio

Shelley Zalis

SHELLEY ZALIS is CEO of The Female Quotient and founder of the The Girls’ Lounge, which support and mentor women to find their voice, embrace... Read Full Bio

Health & Wellness Classroom Speaker


Dr. Jodi Ashbrook

DR. JODI ASHBROOK is a speaker, author, yoga teacher and entrepreneur. She owns and operates ventures that offer holistic wellness education a... Read Full Bio

Peg Doyle

PEG DOYLE is a nationally certified health coach, speaker, author, and educator. She understands the power of the body to heal itself and is d... Read Full Bio

Dr. Mary Mahony

DR. MARY MAHONY is vice president, fertility and endocrinology, in US medical affairs at EMD Serono. In this role, she is responsible for the ... Read Full Bio

Ebony Travis Tichenor

EBONY TRAVIS TICHENOR joined Boston Scientific in 1997, where she has had a long and successful career working with the sales organization.&nbs... Read Full Bio

Social Media Roundtable


Jessica Ashley

JESSICA ASHLEY content strategist, and author. She helps single moms thrive through transitions with grace, creativity and laughter (and maybe... Read Full Bio

Bella Boutet

BELLA BOUTET is a social data storyteller, turning unstructured data into meaningful insights to inform business strategy. As a social media s... Read Full Bio

Emily Brutti

EMILY BRUTTI has been with Ocean Spray Cranberries for over ten years, and currently serves as the director of global brand communications. Sh... Read Full Bio

Julia Campbell

JULIA CAMPBELL is a Boston native, who has been involved with the social good sector her whole life. From coordinating food drives as a child ... Read Full Bio

Michelle Hacunda

MICHELLE HACUNDA is a higher education digital strategist and communications professional. She has worked at private and public higher educati... Read Full Bio

Kelly Hoey

KELLY HOEY is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes as “... Read Full Bio

Carrie Kerpen

CARRIE KERPEN is CEO and co-founder of Likeable Media, an award-winning content studio that achieved Crain’s sixth Best Place to Work in NYC.... Read Full Bio

Courtney Rhodes

COURTNEY RHODES is CEO of Brandista, and Urbanity Communications. With over 15 years of experience in corporate branding, marketing, and advert... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable


Taline Badrikian

TALINE BADRIKIAN is the founder and principal of Laveh Inbound Marketing. She architects and implements marketing “machines” to help grow ... Read Full Bio

Brenda Loan Baker

BRENDA LOAN BAKER is a partner with innerOvation, LLC. With over 20 years of sales, marketing and finance experience spanning many sectors, in... Read Full Bio

Melissa Clayton

MELISSA CLAYTON is CEO and founder of Tiny Tags, an online jewelry store designing and creating personalized jewelry for mothers.  Tiny Tags ... Read Full Bio

Maggie Drake

MAGGIE DRAKE is co-founder and CEO of Bandolier. Proving that necessity is indeed the mother of invention, Drake first brainstormed the idea ... Read Full Bio

Holly Hurd

HOLLY HURD is the founder of VentureMom.com, a web platform and national movement devoted to assisting moms in starting their own businesses.... Read Full Bio

Sharon Kan

SHARON KAN is the CEO and co-founder of Pepperlane, a place for mothers to start and grow their businesses and cultivate their entrepreneurial... Read Full Bio

Christine Koh

CHRISTINE KOH is a former music and brain neuroscientist turned Internet unicorn. She is the creative director at Women Online, a communication... Read Full Bio

Kara Lund

KARA LUND has been a voice and speech coach, college level educator, and film and stage performer for over 20 years. A professional singer and... Read Full Bio

Cristen Tara Moore

CRISTEN TARA MOORE is first vice president of investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. She focuses on investment management for individuals an... Read Full Bio

Linda Rossetti

LINDA ROSSETTI is an entrepreneur, author, coach and thought-leader on women’s transitions. She also serves as a managing director of Golden... Read Full Bio

Opening Night


Diana Bitzas

DIANA BITZAS is the senior director of global business and marketing planning at Reebok. In this role, she is responsible for managing the imp... Read Full Bio

Bethenny Frankel

BETHENNY FRANKEL is a natural foods chef, best-selling author, reality TV star, self-made businesswoman, and mom. She first came to national at... Read Full Bio

Jackie Glenn

JACKIE GLENN is vice president, global diversity and inclusion at Dell Technologies / Dell EMC, the newly merged technology industry leader wi... Read Full Bio

Chloe Jane

CHLOE JANE was born in Queenstown New Zealand in 1996, and had an extremely musical upbringing. She moved to Olympia, Washington at eleven yea... Read Full Bio

Sarah Kay

SARAH KAY uses the power of spoken word to inspire creativity and self-empowerment in others. Her now-famous TED talk inspired two standing ova... Read Full Bio

Christina Luconi

CHRISTINA LUCONI leads Rapid7’s strategic people initiatives as its chief people officer.  She is responsible for the entire employee lifecy... Read Full Bio

Barbara Lynch

BARBARA LYNCH is the chef and owner of the Boston-based Barbara Lynch Gruppo. She oversees seven celebrated culinary ...
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Phoebe Robinson

PHOEBE ROBINSON is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress whom Vulture.com, Essence, and Esquire have named ... Read Full Bio

Jennifer Romolini

JENNIFER ROMOLINI is the chief content officer of Shondaland.com, and author of the career guide Weird In A World That's Not... Read Full Bio

Brigid Schulte

BRIGID SCHULTE is the author of the New York Times best-selling book on time pressure, Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when... Read Full Bio

Shayna Seymour

SHAYNA SEYMOUR is an Emmy winning journalist, and co-anchor of WCVB's award-winning nightly newsmagazine, Chronicle. She was previou... Read Full Bio

Gloria Steinem

GLORIA STEINEM is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, and she r... Read Full Bio

Workplace Summit


Carol Fulp

CAROL FULP is president and CEO of The Partnership, Inc., New England’s premier organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of th... Read Full Bio

Adam Grant

ADAM GRANT is Wharton’s top-rated professor. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers and F... Read Full Bio

Kathy Horgan

KATHY HORGAN is executive vice president and chief human resources and citizenship officer at State Street Corporation. She leads all global f... Read Full Bio

Marco Irizarry

MARCO IRIZARRY is the global manager of diversity and inclusion at Akamai Technologies, Inc., a global leader in content delivery network servi... Read Full Bio

Jillian Mansolf

JILLIAN MANSOLF is vice president of the commercial sales division and Americas channels for Riverbed Technology. She is responsible for comm... Read Full Bio

Vernā Myers

VERNĀ MYERS rose out of Baltimore’s working class to become a Barnard-educated and Harvard-trained lawyer, entrepreneur, author, activist, a... Read Full Bio

Cindy Robbins

CINDY ROBBINS is president and chief people officer at Salesforce — one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies according to ... Read Full Bio

Lynn D. Tinney

LYNN D. TINNEY is a successful technology executive whose career includes Cisco, Siemens, Compaq and IBM. Her roles include sales, marketing, ... Read Full Bio