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2012 Speakers

Keynotes

Charlotte Beers

Charlotte Beers has combined her strong business insight with an innate Southern charm to become highly successful in the competitive world of advertising and marketing. Beers, who was named “The Most Powerful ...
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Barbara Bradley Baekgaard

Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller in 1982 co-founded Vera Bradley, which quickly grew into an internationally recognized organization. Vera Bradley designs, markets and manufacturers handbags, ...
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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 studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Dr. Brown is a ...
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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 the Innovation Practice.  Today, she serves global clients across ...
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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 recording artist, who  effortlessly transitions between stage, television and ...
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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 the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, ...
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Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is the president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and ...
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Breakout Session Speakers

David Bach

David Bach credits his Grandma Bach as the woman who taught him almost everything he ...
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Jessica Baker

Jessica Baker is co-founder and vice president of programming for The Respect ...
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Ella Bell

 Ella LJ Edmondson Bell, Ph.D., is the founder and president of ASCENT‐Leading ...
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Lauren Berger

Lauren Berger is chief executive officer and founder of internqueen.com and author of ...
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Kate Betts

Kate Betts is an author and contributing editor at TIME magazine, where she has ...
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Beth Carlson

Beth Carlson is vice president of global talent development and learning for Raytheon ...
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Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky, an award-winning journalist and bestselling author, is the financial ...
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Kara Cohen

Kara Cohen is the community service director for AARP Massachusetts.  AARP has over ...
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Elizabeth Comeau

Elizabeth Comeau is the senior health and wellness producer for Boston.com.Prior to ...
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Steve Cox

Steve Cox is the senior director of Americas services field marketing organization at ...
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Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Vivian Diller, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in New York. Prior to ...
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Leigh-Ann Durant

Leigh-Ann Patterson Durant serves as associate general counsel at EMD Serono, Inc., a ...
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Delia Ephron

Delia Ephron is a bestselling author, screenwriter and playwright.  Her most recent ...
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Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, world changer and expert in ...
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Gayle Morris

Gayle Morris is vice president of services for commercial, distribution and virtual ...
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Fawn Germer

Fawn Germer brings to life the wisdom and mentoring advice from her personal ...
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Beth Grous

Beth Grous is vice president, human resources and head of the Boston Human Resources ...
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Cynthia Hass

Cynthia Hass is the director of youth engagement at GimmeMo Productions, an online ...
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Mary Beth Hawkins

Mary Beth Hawkins is director of sales with AT&T New England. Hawkins is ...
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Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson is the president and co-founder of Clayton Christensen’s investment ...
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Charley Johnson

Charley Johnson is an entrepreneur and former Owner of a manufacturing company. ...
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Sheila Jordan

Sheila Jordan is senior vice president of communication and collaboration IT at Cisco ...
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Jill Larsen

Jill Larsen is the vice president, global human resources for RSA, the security ...
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Kelly McKenna

Kelly McKenna is global head of State Street’s center for applied research, ...
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Mark McKinnon

Mark McKinnon has spent three decades solving complex strategic challenges for ...
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Betsy Myers

Betsy Myers is currently speaking and leading workshops around the world on the ...
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Alison Quirk

Alison A. Quirk is an executive vice president at State Street Corporation and is ...
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Deborah Re

Deborah Re brings more than 20 years of management, entrepreneurial and ...
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Marcy Reed

Marcy L. Reed is president of National Grid in Massachusetts.  She is responsible ...
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Doreen Rigby

Doreen Rigby is executive vice president of State Street’s global operations, ...
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Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins

MEL ROBBINS is the international best-selling author of The 5 Second Rule and four ...
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Mia Roberts

Mia Roberts is responsible for recruitment initiatives, new collaborative ...
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Alexis Sclamberg

Alexis Sclamberg is a writer, speaker and media personality. A former lawyer, ...
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Diana Scott

Diana Scott is senior vice president, human resources, for John Hancock Financial, ...
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Carole Simpson

Carole Simpson retired from ABC News in 2006 after 24 years, and three-time ...
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Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, St. John became ...
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Lori Sussman

Lori Sussman is senior director of strategy and planning and chief of staff for ...
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Meredith Walker

Meredith Walker began her television career with Nickelodeon’s “NICK NEWS.”  ...
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Chrissy Wellington

Chrissy Wellington, being a division I athlete, knows first-hand how to balance a ...
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Dr. Vonda Wright

Dr. Vonda Wright is an orthopedic surgeon and internationally recognized authority on ...
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Shalise Manza Young

Shalise Manza Young is an award-winning journalist who covers the New England ...
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Expert Exchange

Susan Getman

Susan M. Getman, MSW became president and CEO of Walker in May 2012, taking over as ...
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Hannah Grove

Hannah Grove is executive vice president of State Street Corporation and chief ...
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Megan Wherry Menner

Megan Wherry Menner is vce president and head of human resources international for ...
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Mikki Taylor

Mikki Taylor is the quintessential authority on all matters regarding beauty.  For ...
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Lynn Tinney

Lynn Tinney leads the strategy team responsible for defining and implementing ...
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Meredith Verdone

Meredith Verdone is senior vice president, Enterprise Marketing & Market ...
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Small Business Boot Camp

Sarah Palisi Chapin

Sarah Palisi Chapin has a wealth of experience and brand savvy expertise that extends ...
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Susan Leger Ferraro

Susan Leger Ferraro is currently the chief innovation officer for The Lupoli ...
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Jody Rodgers

Jody Rodgers set upon a career with the federal government, followed by a move to ...
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Tory Johnson

Tory Johnson is all about spark and hustle at work, dating back to high school in ...
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Jessica Nam Kim

Jessica Nam Kim is founder and CEO of BabbaCo, a parenting lifestyle brand centered ...
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Ross Kimbarovsky

Ross Kimbarovsky left a successful 13-year career as a trial lawyer to pursue his ...
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Jenn Lee

Jenn Lee, known as coach Jenn Lee, is a national speaker, small business advisor, ...
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Elizabeth R. Thornton

Elizabeth R. Thornton is an adjunct lecturer of Entrepreneurship and the special ...
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Health & Wellness Pavilion Speakers

Andrea Ashford

Andrea Ashford currently serves as vice president of oncology marketing, US at EMD ...
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Melissa Banks

Melissa Banks is senior director of product marketing breast imaging at Hologic, Inc. ...
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Amanda Bennett

Amanda Bennett is an executive editor at Bloomberg News, directing special projects ...
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Lynya Floyd

Lynya Floyd, is the health director at Family Circle magazine, wellness expert, ...
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Jessica McKinney

Jessica McKinney, PT, MS is director of women's health and pelvic floor dysfunction ...
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Local Leader

Iris Bohnet

Iris Bohnet is a professor of public policy, and the academic dean of the Harvard ...
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Suzanne M. Bump

Suzanne M. Bump is the 25th Auditor of the Commonwealth, one of six constitutional ...
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Elissa Campbell

Elissa Campbell recently earned her credits as a national beauty at the age of 55, ...
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Heather Campion

As an award-winning executive having held positions in the financial sector, higher ...
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Carol Fulp

Carol Fulp is President and CEO of The Partnership, Inc., New England’s premier ...
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Kayla Harrison

Kayla Harrison made history at the 2012 Olympics in London by winning the first Gold ...
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Deborah Jackson

Deborah Jackson was appointed as the fourth president of Cambridge College in May ...
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Imani McFarlane

Imani McFarlane is an internationally acclaimed designer known for exquisite designs ...
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Rev. Irene Monroe

Rev. Irene Monroe is a Huffington Post blogger, and a syndicated ...
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Catherine Peterson

Catherine Peterson is the executive director of ArtsBoston, Boston’s largest and ...
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Sharon Reilly

Sharon Reilly is executive director of the Women's Lunch Place.  She is leading the ...
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Micho Spring

Micho Spring leads the firm's global corporate practice, as well as the New England ...
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Janet Strimaitis

Janet Strimaitis is managing director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for ...
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Josefina Vázquez

Josefina Vázquez is a self-described woman-liberationist. Since the 1980’s, she ...
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Pam Wickham

Pam A. Wickham is vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Raytheon ...
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Social Media Pavilion

Deborah Chud

Deborah Chud, MD was a medical educator and member of the faculty at Tufts University ...
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Erin Gates

Erin Gates is a Boston-based interior designer and founder of the popular style blog ...
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Cindy Meltzer

Cindy Meltzer is an experienced social media and community strategist. She is the ...
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Special Guest Speakers

Renee Connolly

Renee Connolly

RENEE CONNOLLY is the global head of communications and business markets/services at ...
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Gloria Cordes Larson

Gloria Cordes Larson

GLORIA CORDES LARSON is a respected lawyer, public policy expert, Boston business ...
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