2012 Speakers


Keynotes


Charlotte Beers

Charlotte Beers

Charlotte Beers has combined her strong business insight with an innate Southern charm to become highly successful in the competitive world of ... Read Full Bio
Barbara Bradley Baekgaard

Barbara Bradley Baekgaard

Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller in 1982 co-founded Vera Bradley, which quickly grew into an internationally recognized organiz... Read Full Bio
Dr. Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past twelve years stud... Read Full Bio
Marla Capozzi

Marla Capozzi

Marla Capozzi is a senior expert and a leader of McKinsey & Company’s global innovation practice. She was one of the founding creators of... Read Full Bio
Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth is an Emmy and Tony Award winner, SAG and People’s Choice Award nominee, New York Times best-selling author and re... Read Full Bio
Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra, M.D. is a renowned physician, author, internist, and endocrinologist. He is the founder of the Chopra Foundation, and co-founder and chairman of ... Read Full Bio
Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is the president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of th... Read Full Bio

Speakers


David Bach

David Bach

David Bach credits his Grandma Bach as the woman who taught him almost everything he knows about money. She helped him buy his first stock at s... Read Full Bio
Jessica Baker

Jessica Baker

Jessica Baker is co-founder and vice president of programming for The Respect Institute, where she leads the development of programming and tra... Read Full Bio
Ella Bell

Ella Bell

 Ella LJ Edmondson Bell, Ph.D., is the founder and president of ASCENT‐Leading Multicultural Women to the Top, as well as an Associate Profe... Read Full Bio
Lauren Berger

Lauren Berger

Lauren Berger is chief executive officer and founder of internqueen.com and author of the National Campus Best-Seller, “ALL WORK NO PAY: Find... Read Full Bio
Kate Betts

Kate Betts

Kate Betts is an author and contributing editor at TIME magazine, where she has written about the worlds of style and design since 200... Read Full Bio
Beth Carlson

Beth Carlson

Beth Carlson is vice president of global talent development and learning for Raytheon Company. She brings more than 30 years of experience to t... Read Full Bio
Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky, an award-winning journalist and bestselling author, is the financial editor for NBC’s “Today,” host of “Cash Cal... Read Full Bio
Kara Cohen

Kara Cohen

Kara Cohen is the community service director for AARP Massachusetts.  AARP has over 37 million members nationwide, including more than 800,000... Read Full Bio
Elizabeth Comeau

Elizabeth Comeau

Elizabeth Comeau is the senior health and wellness producer for Boston.com.Prior to producing the health section online, Comeau did stints as a... Read Full Bio
Steve Cox

Steve Cox

Steve Cox is the senior director of Americas services field marketing organization at Cisco Systems, Inc. A seasoned professional who consisten... Read Full Bio
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Vivian Diller, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in New York. Prior to receiving her doctorate, Dr. Diller danced ... Read Full Bio
Leigh-Ann Durant

Leigh-Ann Durant

Leigh-Ann Patterson Durant serves as associate general counsel at EMD Serono, Inc., a leading international biopharmaceutical Read Full Bio
Delia Ephron

Delia Ephron

Delia Ephron is a bestselling author, screenwriter and playwright.  Her most recent novel, “The Lion Is In,” will be publ... Read Full Bio
Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, world changer and expert in women’s relationship with power and leadership. Her latest... Read Full Bio
Gayle Morris

Gayle Morris

Gayle Morris is vice president of services for commercial, distribution and virtual sales at Cisco. She is responsibl... Read Full Bio
Fawn Germer

Fawn Germer

Fawn Germer brings to life the wisdom and mentoring advice from her personal interviews with more than 300 famous women leaders for her bestsel... Read Full Bio
Beth Grous

Beth Grous

Beth Grous is vice president, human resources and head of the Boston Human Resources Hub for Sanofi Corporation.  In her current role, she lea... Read Full Bio
Cynthia Hass

Cynthia Hass

Cynthia Hass is the director of youth engagement at GimmeMo Productions, an online platform founded by former High School Musical star and curr... Read Full Bio
Mary Beth Hawkins

Mary Beth Hawkins

Mary Beth Hawkins is director of sales with AT&T New England. Hawkins is responsible for a team of over 300 retail employees and all of AT&... Read Full Bio
Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson is the president and co-founder of Clayton Christensen’s investment firm Rose Park Advisors (Disruptive Innovation Fund), and... Read Full Bio
Charley Johnson

Charley Johnson

Charley Johnson is an entrepreneur and former Owner of a manufacturing company. Johnson has a deep passion for spreading and harnessing the Pay... Read Full Bio
Sheila Jordan

Sheila Jordan

Sheila Jordan is senior vice president of communication and collaboration IT at Cisco Systems, reporting to CIO Rebecca Jacoby.  Sinc... Read Full Bio
Jill Larsen

Jill Larsen

Jill Larsen is the vice president, global human resources for RSA, the security division of EMC.  RSA is a 3,000 employee division of EMC with... Read Full Bio
Kelly McKenna

Kelly McKenna

Kelly McKenna is global head of State Street’s center for applied research, overseeing strategy and operations for the center. Her team is re... Read Full Bio
Mark McKinnon

Mark McKinnon

Mark McKinnon has spent three decades solving complex strategic challenges for causes, companies and candidates, including George W. Bush, John... Read Full Bio
Betsy Myers

Betsy Myers

Betsy Myers is currently speaking and leading workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership. In add... Read Full Bio
Alison Quirk

Alison Quirk

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

Deborah Re

Deborah Re brings more than 20 years of management, entrepreneurial and organizational development experience to Big Sister,... Read Full Bio
Marcy Reed

Marcy Reed

Marcy L. Reed is president of National Grid in Massachusetts.  She is responsible for the financial, operational and customer service performa... Read Full Bio
Doreen Rigby

Doreen Rigby

Doreen Rigby is executive vice president of State Street’s global operations, responsible for managing the implementation of the operations b... Read Full Bio
Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins is one of the fastest rising female talk radio personalities in America and the host of A&E’s hit intervention television ser... Read Full Bio
Mia Roberts

Mia Roberts

Mia Roberts is responsible for recruitment initiatives, new collaborative partnerships and the creation and implementation of strategies that b... Read Full Bio
Alexis Sclamberg

Alexis Sclamberg

Alexis Sclamberg is a writer, speaker and media personality. A former lawyer, Sclamberg is now called “the self-help voice of her generation.... Read Full Bio
Diana Scott

Diana Scott

Diana Scott is senior vice president, human resources, for John Hancock Financial, the U.S. division of Toronto-based manulife financial corpor... Read Full Bio
Carole Simpson

Carole Simpson

Carole Simpson retired from ABC News in 2006 after 24 years, and three-time Emmy-awards. The anchor and senior correspondent left to become lea... Read Full Bio
Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, St. John became the first African-American ever to win Olympic or Paralympi... Read Full Bio
Lori Sussman

Lori Sussman

Lori Sussman is senior director of strategy and planning and chief of staff for Cisco’s Americas services sales organization. Prior to assumi... Read Full Bio
Meredith Walker

Meredith Walker

Meredith Walker began her television career with Nickelodeon’s “NICK NEWS.”  During her time there, the show won the Peabody Award as we... Read Full Bio
Chrissy Wellington

Chrissy Wellington

Chrissy Wellington, being a division I athlete, knows first-hand how to balance a busy schedule with a healthy lifestyle and strives to help gu... Read Full Bio
Dr. Vonda Wright

Dr. Vonda Wright

Dr. Vonda Wright is an orthopedic surgeon and internationally recognized authority on active aging and mobility. She specializes in sports medi... Read Full Bio
Shalise Manza Young

Shalise Manza Young

Shalise Manza Young is an award-winning journalist who covers the New England Patriots and the National Football League for The Boston Glob... Read Full Bio

Expert Exchange


Susan Getman

Susan Getman

Susan M. Getman, MSW became president and CEO of Walker in May 2012, taking over as the agency’s third executive director in its 51-year hist... Read Full Bio
Hannah Grove

Hannah Grove

Hannah Grove is executive vice president of State Street Corporation and chief marketing officer. In this position, Grove leads the brand, medi... Read Full Bio
Megan Wherry Menner

Megan Wherry Menner

Megan Wherry Menner is vce president and head of human resources international for Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.  In this role she is respon... Read Full Bio
Mikki Taylor

Mikki Taylor

Mikki Taylor is the quintessential authority on all matters regarding beauty.  For 30 years, Taylor served as ESSENCE Magazine’... Read Full Bio
Lynn Tinney

Lynn Tinney

Lynn Tinney leads the strategy team responsible for defining and implementing business strategy across the Americas services sales tea... Read Full Bio
Meredith Verdone

Meredith Verdone

Meredith Verdone is senior vice president, Enterprise Marketing & Market President executive at Bank of America, where she currently leads ... Read Full Bio

Small Business Boot Camp


Sarah Palisi Chapin

Sarah Palisi Chapin

Sarah Palisi Chapin has a wealth of experience and brand savvy expertise that extends across multiple food industry-related businesses, includi... Read Full Bio
Susan Leger Ferraro

Susan Leger Ferraro

Susan Leger Ferraro is currently the chief innovation officer for The Lupoli Companies and its real estate division of Riverwalk Properties.  ... Read Full Bio
Jody Rodgers

Jody Rodgers

Jody Rodgers set upon a career with the federal government, followed by a move to big-time beer business. Her disillusionment with corporate Am... Read Full Bio
Tory Johnson

Tory Johnson

Tory Johnson is all about spark and hustle at work, dating back to high school in Miami Beach where she joined her all-male debate team—and ... Read Full Bio
Jessica Nam Kim

Jessica Nam Kim

Jessica Nam Kim is founder and CEO of BabbaCo, a parenting lifestyle brand centered on integrated solutions that are “simple. functional. sup... Read Full Bio
Ross Kimbarovsky

Ross Kimbarovsky

Ross Kimbarovsky left a successful 13-year career as a trial lawyer to pursue his dream of founding a technology company by co-founding crowd... Read Full Bio
Jenn Lee

Jenn Lee

Jenn Lee, known as coach Jenn Lee, is a national speaker, small business advisor, media correspondent and life coach. Lee isn’t letting anyon... Read Full Bio
Elizabeth R. Thornton

Elizabeth R. Thornton

Elizabeth R. Thornton is an adjunct lecturer of Entrepreneurship and the special assistant to the president for External Relations at Babson Co... Read Full Bio

Local Leader


Iris Bohnet

Iris Bohnet

Iris Bohnet is a professor of public policy, and the academic dean of the Harvard Kennedy School. She is also the director of the Women and Pub... Read Full Bio
Suzanne M. Bump

Suzanne M. Bump

Suzanne M. Bump is the 25th Auditor of the Commonwealth, one of six constitutional officers in Massachusetts, and the first female elected to t... Read Full Bio
Elissa Campbell

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
Heather Campion

Heather Campion

As an award-winning executive having held positions in the financial sector, higher education and government,Heather Campion is committed to ch... Read Full Bio
Carol Fulp

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
Kayla Harrison

Kayla Harrison

Kayla Harrison made history at the 2012 Olympics in London by winning the first Gold Medal by any American (man or woman) in the history of the... Read Full Bio
Deborah Jackson

Deborah Jackson

Deborah Jackson was appointed as the fourth president of Cambridge College in May 2011.She is an accomplished civic and non-profit leader with ... Read Full Bio
Imani McFarlane

Imani McFarlane

Imani McFarlane is an internationally acclaimed designer known for exquisite designs and for her preoccupation with “highlighting and enhanci... Read Full Bio
Rev. Irene Monroe

Rev. Irene Monroe

Rev. Irene Monroe is a Huffington Post blogger, and a syndicated religion columnist. She writes a weekly column in the home town LGBTQ newspa... Read Full Bio
Catherine Peterson

Catherine Peterson

Catherine Peterson is the executive director of ArtsBoston, Boston’s largest and most high-impact nonprofit arts service organization. ArtsBo... Read Full Bio
Sharon Reilly

Sharon Reilly

Sharon Reilly is executive director of the Women's Lunch Place.  She is leading the charge to take the  organization to its next level of mat... Read Full Bio
Micho Spring

Micho Spring

Micho Spring leads the firm's global corporate practice, as well as the New England region for Weber Shandwick. Her practice focuses on enablin... Read Full Bio
Janet Strimaitis

Janet Strimaitis

Janet Strimaitis is managing director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College. She leads the team that is responsi... Read Full Bio
Josefina Vázquez

Josefina Vázquez

Josefina Vázquez is a self-described woman-liberationist. Since the 1980’s, she worked on both international and national efforts concerning... Read Full Bio
Pam Wickham

Pam Wickham

Pam A. Wickham is vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Raytheon Company. As a member of the Raytheon Leadership Team, she... Read Full Bio

Bloggers Lounge


Morra Aarons-Mele

Morra Aarons-Mele

Morra  Aarons-Mele is the founder of digital cause marketing firm Women Online and its influencer network The Mission List. She is an Inter... Read Full Bio
Maggie Battista

Maggie Battista

Maggie Battista is the founder of Eat Boutique, an online magazine and gourmet market that discovers the best small batch foods by bo... Read Full Bio
Mike Bruny

Mike Bruny

Mike Ambassador Bruny is a conference networking speaker, certified life coach, author and bow tie model who works with conference bound profes... Read Full Bio
Alexandra Hall

Alexandra Hall

Alexandra Hall has more than ten years’ experience covering lifestyle. While studying in Paris, she simultaneously wrote for The Internat... Read Full Bio
Allison Knaupe

Allison Knaupe

Allison Knaupe leads client strategies for Hill + Knowlton Strategies’ digital and creative offerings. The group specializes in three areas: ... Read Full Bio