2014 Speakers


Featuring


Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton After nearly four decades of public service as an advocate for children and families, First La... Read Full Bio

Keynotes


Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Tory Burch is CEO and designer of Tory Burch, an American lifestyle brand. The collection, known for color, print and eclectic details, include... Read Full Bio
Anne Finucane

Anne Finucane

Anne Finucane is global chief strategy and marketing officer at Bank of America, and a member of the company’s executive management team.  S... Read Full Bio
Ann M. Fudge

Ann M. Fudge

Ann M. Fudge is the retired chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, a global network of marketing communications companies. Prior to Yo... Read Full Bio
John Jacobs

John Jacobs

John Jacobs is co-founder and chief creative optimist of the Life is good® Company. The $100 million LIG lifestyle brand spreads the power of ... Read Full Bio
Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o made her feature debut in Steve McQueen's Academy Award® winning film “12 Years a Slave.”For her portrayal as Patsey, Nyo... Read Full Bio

Special Guest Speakers


Roman Blanco

Roman Blanco

Roman Blanco is president and chief executive officer of Santander US. In this role, he leads all of the Santander Group's businesses in the Un... Read Full Bio
Jane Bowman

Jane Bowman

Jane Bowman is the vice president, marketing and sales development for Boston Globe Media, where she works to develop strategic consumer and bu... Read Full Bio
Lisa Buffington

Lisa Buffington

Lisa Buffington is vice president of U.S. communications at EMD Serono, Inc. Buffington is responsible for driving and executing all aspects of... Read Full Bio
Marian L. Heard

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 bran... Read Full Bio
M L Krakauer

M L Krakauer

M L Krakauer is executive vice president of human resources at EMC Corporation. With revenues of $21.7 billion in 2012 and 60,000 people worldw... Read Full Bio
Jill Larsen

Jill Larsen

Jill Larsen is VP of strategic talent acquisition at Cisco.  Larsen leads Cisco’s Global Recruiting & University Relations organization,... Read Full Bio
Gloria Cordes Larson

Gloria Cordes Larson

GLORIA CORDES LARSON is a respected lawyer, public policy expert, Boston business leader, and former university president. She currently serves... Read Full Bio
JC Monahan

JC Monahan

J.C. Monahan is co-anchor of WCVB-TV's “NewsCenter 5 at 5:00,” as well as co-anchor of Channel 5's award-winning nightly news magazine "Chr... Read Full Bio
Karen Holmes Ward

Karen Holmes Ward

Karen Holmes Ward is the director of public affairs and community services for WCVB-TV Channel 5. She is also host and executive producer of ... Read Full Bio
Pamela Wickham

Pamela Wickham

Pamela A. Wickham is vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Raytheon Company. As a member of the Raytheon leadership... Read Full Bio

Speakers


Katrina Alcorn

Katrina Alcorn

Katrina Alcorn is an author, consultant and expert on why women burn out at work. Her first book, “MAXED OUT: American Moms on the Brink,” ... Read Full Bio
Patty Chang Anker

Patty Chang Anker

Patty Chang Anker is the author of the memoir “Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave” (Riverhead Books). The book was... Read Full Bio
Jessica Bacal

Jessica Bacal

Jessica Bacal directs the Wurtele Center for Work & Life at Smith College, an independent women’s college in Massachusetts with students ... Read Full Bio
Lisa Belkin

Lisa Belkin

Lisa Belkin is the chief national correspondent for “Yahoo News,” doing original reporting on social issues. She joins Yahoo after three ye... Read Full Bio
Blythe Berents

Blythe Berents

Blythe Berents comes to Merrill Edge® from Banc of America Investments, Hambrecht & Quist and Morgan Stanley and brings over 18 years of e... Read Full Bio
Beth Carlson

Beth Carlson

Beth Carlson is vice president of global talent development for Raytheon Company. She brings more than 30 years of experience to this role. Ray... Read Full Bio
Wendy Darling

Wendy Darling

Wendy Darling refers to herself as a creative connector. From working as a mentor to high school teens, to serving as an artist-in-residence t... Read Full Bio
Laura Darrah

Laura Darrah

Laura Darrah Following the success of their first handbag ventures, Treesje and its offspring Joelle Hawkens, fashion entrepreneurs Sheila Naza... Read Full Bio
Sally D. Fassler

Sally D. Fassler

Sally D. Fassler is a managing director, chief financial officer and risk and oversight committee member for Sankaty Advisors, the credit affil... Read Full Bio
Kathleen Ferraro

Kathleen Ferraro

Kathleen Ferraro began her career at The First National Bank of Chicago, in the New York Banking Division in 1986.  She left FNBC to join Grun... Read Full Bio
Carolyn Fischer

Carolyn Fischer

Carolyn Fischer is the vice president of global talent management for TJX Companies located in Framingham, Massachusetts. The TJX Companies, In... Read Full Bio
Christine Frederick

Christine Frederick

Christine Frederick has led the U.S. insurance group compliance division at MassMutual since July, 2011. This division is responsible for evalu... Read Full Bio
Dr. Cindy Geyer

Dr. Cindy Geyer

Dr. Cindy Geyer received her Bachelor of Science and her Doctor of Medicine degrees, with honors, from Ohio State University. She completed her... Read Full Bio
Camille Chang Gilmore

Camille Chang Gilmore

Camille Chang Gilmore was promoted to vice president, human resources, interventional cardiology and chief diversity officer of Boston Scientif... Read Full Bio
John Gray

John Gray

John Gray is the leading relationship expert in the world and best-selling author of “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.”Gray’s boo... Read Full Bio
Sheila Heen

Sheila Heen

Sheila Heen is a New York Times business best-selling author, founder of Triad Consulting Group and faculty at Harvard Law School. Hee... Read Full Bio
Bridget Hindle

Bridget Hindle

Bridget Hindle is responsible for development of a high-performing team that facilitates strategic vision throughout Santander while executing ... Read Full Bio
Jane Hyun

Jane Hyun

Jane Hyun is an internationally renowned executive coach and global leadership adviser to Fortune 500 companies. She is co-au... Read Full Bio
Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson Seventeen-year-old Emma Johnson launched EM JOHN Jewelry in eleventh grade by creating charm bracelets, posting photos on Instagra... Read Full Bio
Kristin Jones

Kristin Jones

Kristin Jones is a junior at Howard University in Washington, D.C. pursuing a bachelor of architecture degree. She is a co-founder of Women S... Read Full Bio
Marie Jordan

Marie Jordan

Marie Jordan is the senior vice president of gas construction and operations for National Grid. She has responsibility for the safe maintenance... Read Full Bio
Karen Kaplan

Karen Kaplan

Karen Kaplan is chairman and CEO of Hill Holliday.She has consistently epitomized what makes Hill Holliday great — energy, optimism, passion,... Read Full Bio
Hazel Keating

Hazel Keating

Hazel Keating is a senior vice president and was recently appointed global head of talent and employee relations at State Street. She is respon... Read Full Bio
Karen Keenan

Karen Keenan

Karen Keenan is an executive vice president, chief operating officer and head of State Street global markets internationally. She is responsibl... Read Full Bio
Katherine Klingler

Katherine Klingler

Katherine Klingler is responsible for building and managing the global brand of Santander in the United States and aligning marketing and commu... Read Full Bio
Ellie Krieger

Ellie Krieger

Ellie Krieger is the host of Food Network’s & Cooking Channel’s popular “Healthy Appetite” and author of the New York Time... Read Full Bio
Denise Millard

Denise Millard

Denise Millard is chief of staff, global sales and customer operations at EMC. With revenues of $23.2 billion in 2013 and 62,000 people worldwi... Read Full Bio
Gayle Morris

Gayle Morris

Gayle Morris is vice president of Americas services for Cisco.  She is responsible for running the largest and most profitabl... Read Full Bio
Kristin Mugford

Kristin Mugford

Kristin Mugford is currently a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School having recently transitioned from serving as a managing director of ... Read Full Bio
Valerie Mulhern

Valerie Mulhern

Valerie Mulhern is the vice president of human resources of the analytical instruments group of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. In this role, sh... Read Full Bio
Betsy Myers

Betsy Myers

Betsy Myers is founding director of Bentley’s Center for Women and Business. A dynamic speaker, Myers leads workshops around the world on the... Read Full Bio
Sheila Nazarian

Sheila Nazarian

Sheila Nazarian Following the success of their first handbag ventures, Treesje and its offspring Joelle Hawkens, fashion entrepreneurs Sheila N... Read Full Bio
Janielle Newland

Janielle Newland

Janielle Newland is a human resources leader with 18 years of experience focused on global talent topics within the health, bioscience and fina... Read Full Bio
Susan O’Brien

Susan O’Brien

Susan O’Brien is one of the co-founders of Hail Merry Snacks. The native Houstonian and University of Texas at Austin design graduate started... Read Full Bio
Lindsey Pollak

Lindsey Pollak

Lindsey Pollak is a keynote speaker, corporate consultant and one of the world's leading experts on the Millennial Generation (a.k.a. Generatio... Read Full Bio
Karen Prange

Karen Prange

Karen Prange is senior vice president and president, urology and women’s health for Boston Scientific, and a member of its executive committe... Read Full Bio
Jane Bryant Quinn

Jane Bryant Quinn

Jane Bryant Quinn is a leading commentator on personal finance, with books and columns read and trusted by millions. Her best-selling book, “... Read Full Bio
Karen Korellis Reuther

Karen Korellis Reuther

Karen Korellis Reuther is the creative director and brand psychologist for Cast Collective, a design consultancy working at the intersection... Read Full Bio
Anita Santos

Anita Santos

Anita Santos is currently serving as vice president of marketing for Tyco Security Products, a global billion dollar business unit, where she i... Read Full Bio
Dan Schawbel

Dan Schawbel

Dan Schawbel is the managing partner of Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm. He is the New York Times and Wa... Read Full Bio
Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid is the CEO and co-founder of the Malala Fund, the organization representing the young Pakistani activist who was shot by the Talib... Read Full Bio
Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy is the author of sixteen books, including the classic New York Times best-seller “Passages,” named by the Library of C... Read Full Bio
Judy A. Smith

Judy A. Smith

Judy A. Smith is the founder and president of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washingto... Read Full Bio
Kristen Standish

Kristen Standish

Kristen Standish is the publisher of Boston magazine. She leads the sales and marketing team with new business ventures, creating full... Read Full Bio
Sandra Stratford, M.D., M.S.c.

Sandra Stratford, M.D., M.S.c.

Sandra Stratford, M.D., M.S.c. is chief medical officer, global health resources for Raytheon. In this role, she has responsibility for occupat... Read Full Bio
Cindy Stumpo

Cindy Stumpo

Cindy Stumpo is CEO of C. Stumpo Development is a luxury custom home builder and developer in the Brookline and Newton areas. Stumpo is among a... Read Full Bio
Kimberly Steimle Vaughn

Kimberly Steimle Vaughn

Kimberly Steimle Vaughan is the chief marketing officer and chief people officer at Suffolk Construction and serves on Suffolk's executive mana... Read Full Bio
Kate White

Kate White

Kate White is an internationally known expert on leadership and success and a New York Times best-selling author of several influentia... Read Full Bio
Laura Vail Wooster

Laura Vail Wooster

Laura Vail Wooster is vice president and head of marketing and communications for John Hancock’s insurance division. In this capacity, Wooste... Read Full Bio
Jackie Wynn

Jackie Wynn

Jackie Wynn is responsible for leading the strategy and market development for the RSA global public sector team at EMC, which includes federal... Read Full Bio
Linda K. Zecher

Linda K. Zecher

Linda K. Zecher joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in September 2011 as president, chief executive officer and director, bringing with her a stro... Read Full Bio

Expert Exchange


Michelle Dauphinais

Michelle Dauphinais

Michelle Dauphinais manages many of John Hancock’s top relationships, calling on her more than 20 years of experience. She has deep product k... Read Full Bio
Kay Dempsey

Kay Dempsey

Kay Dempsey is the CEO of the Dempsey Companies in Atlanta, Georgia. The Dempsey Companies, founded 31 years ago, provides unique planning solu... Read Full Bio
Kerri DiPietro

Kerri DiPietro

Kerri DiPietro is the director of Global clinical quality at Boston Scientific Corporation. She has held senior management positions at Boston ... Read Full Bio
Jessica Donohue

Jessica Donohue

Jessica Donohue is the chief innovation officer and head of advisory solutions for State Street Global Exchange, State Street’s data and anal... Read Full Bio
Patricia Florissi

Patricia Florissi

Patricia Florissi is vice president and global chief technology officer for sales at EMC Corporation. As global CTO for sales, Florissi helps d... Read Full Bio
Marilee Grant

Marilee Grant

Marilee Grant is director of community relations for Boston Scientific. She has over 23 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her exp... Read Full Bio
Ronni Hargrove

Ronni Hargrove

Ronni Hargrove is the DoD market leader for Cisco Advanced Services, with Cisco Systems. She has twenty five years of professional experience i... Read Full Bio
Liz Henderson

Liz Henderson

Liz Henderson leads the separations technology cluster for EMD Millipore, and is based at the company’s Cork, Ireland facility. She oversees ... Read Full Bio
Kathy Kinney

Kathy Kinney

Kathy Kinney is best known for her iconic role as “Mimi” on the ABC hit TV series “The Drew Carey Show.” She has appeared in many movie... Read Full Bio
Maurice Kolthof

Maurice Kolthof

Maurice Kolthof joined Santander Bank in June of 2012 and is a relationship manager for the Santander At Work department, concentrating on comp... Read Full Bio
Mona Patel

Mona Patel

Mona Patel is VP of training and clinical communications, neuromodulation at Boston Scientific. Her area of specialty is Spinal Cord Stimulatio... Read Full Bio
Cindy Ratzlaff

Cindy Ratzlaff

Cindy Ratzlaff was named to the Forbes’ “20 Best Branded Women on Twitter” list and Forbes Woman called her on... Read Full Bio
Rob Rosa

Rob Rosa

Rob Rosa is director, field operations, for U.S. Public Sector Services with Cisco.  Rosa leads Cisco’s Americas Services U.S. Public Sector... Read Full Bio
Seth Siegel

Seth Siegel

Seth Siegel is vice president of the Americas for Cisco Consulting Services, where he leads and executes Cisco’s consulting strategy across a... Read Full Bio
Erika Strandell

Erika Strandell

Erika Strandell is director of global service provider services solutions management for Cisco. She leads services solutions development, servi... Read Full Bio
Jennifer Tierney

Jennifer Tierney

Jennifer Tierney manages life and long-term care distribution for John Hancock Insurance. She is also responsible for sales and the management ... Read Full Bio
Molly Tschang

Molly Tschang

Molly Tschang is a director in Cisco’s consulting business. Her specialty is coaching executive teams to sustain high performance with a dist... Read Full Bio
Heidi Vlasak

Heidi Vlasak

Heidi Vlasak is a principal product performance engineer at Boston Scientific, producing the product performance report with reliability data f... Read Full Bio
Lisa Welker-Finney

Lisa Welker-Finney

Lisa Welker-Finney is the HR VP for the Americas for Boston Scientific Corporation, a leader in medical device manufacturing and sales.  In he... Read Full Bio

Health & Wellness Classroom Speaker


Loretta LaRoche

Loretta LaRoche

Loretta LaRoche has been a stress management consultant for over 30 years. Her unique approach is the use of humor as a coping mechanism, which... Read Full Bio
Mary Mahony, Ph.D.

Mary Mahony, Ph.D.

Mary Mahony, Ph.D. is senior medical director, fertility and endocrinology, in U.S. medical affairs at EMD Serono. She has more than 12 years ... Read Full Bio

Local Leader


Liz Brunner

Liz Brunner

Liz Brunner is the CEO and founder of Brunner Communications. Leveraging more than 25 years of media and communications experience, expertise, ... Read Full Bio
Nurys Camargo

Nurys Camargo

Nurys Camargo is the regional director of external affairs for AT&T Massachusetts. In this role she provides community relations at the loc... Read Full Bio
Wendy Duncan

Wendy Duncan

Wendy Duncan is senior vice president of marketing at Alex and Ani. She is an accomplished senior-level marketer with over 20 years of experien... Read Full Bio
Patricia M. Flynn, Ph.D.

Patricia M. Flynn, Ph.D.

Professor Patricia M. Flynn, Ph.D. is Trustee Professor of Economics and Management at Bentley University, where she served as Dean of the McCa... Read Full Bio
Denise Kaigler

Denise Kaigler

Denise Kaigler is senior vice president of corporate affairs & communications for Boston Scientific Corporation. In this role, she is respo... Read Full Bio
Christy Keswick

Christy Keswick

Christy Keswick has been the chief operating officer of Good Sports since it was founded in 2003 with responsibility for business development, ... Read Full Bio
Laurie Leshin

Laurie Leshin

Laurie Leshin became the 16th president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in June of 2014. As president, she is committed to elevating W... Read Full Bio
Bernadette Lim

Bernadette Lim

Bernadette Lim is a STRIDE Scholar and student at Harvard University studying human biology, women’s studies and global health policy. She is... Read Full Bio
Julia Mejia

Julia Mejia

Julia Mejia has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, grassroots organizing and community outreach and engagement. She has honed her p... Read Full Bio
Yvette Modestin

Yvette Modestin

Yvette Modestin is a writer, poet and activist who focuses on shedding light on the Afro descendent experience in Latin America. She was born a... Read Full Bio
Stephanie Pittman

Stephanie Pittman

Stephanie Pittman is the vice president of human resources at Boston Scientific, a global provider of innovative medical solutions that improve... Read Full Bio
Lindsay Reilly

Lindsay Reilly

Lindsay Reilly creates more than just a bag, as founder of Lindsay Tia, she creates an experience.  Reilly started her business five years ago... Read Full Bio
Micho Spring

Micho Spring

Micho F. Spring is chair of the global corporate practice, as well as president of the New England region for Weber Shandwick. Her practice fo... Read Full Bio
Lynn Tinney

Lynn Tinney

Lynn D. Tinney is the vice president of Americas Channels at Riverbed Technology. Prior to joining Riverbed in 2014, Tinney served as the direc... Read Full Bio

Social Media Roundtable


John Ahtam

John Ahtam

John Ahtam is a member of the graduate admissions team at Bentley University. He works actively in social media outreach for recruiting new stu... Read Full Bio
Tayla Andre

Tayla Andre

Tayla Andre is a Boston native and ravishing, renowned radio show host on the rise. She speaks to her passion for unearthing the processes, pri... Read Full Bio
Debra Askanase

Debra Askanase

Debra Askanase is currently the director of outreach at the National Brain Tumor Society, where she expresses her passion for creating a bette... Read Full Bio
Julia Campbell

Julia Campbell

Julia Campbell has a long history of helping nonprofits find success online. After 10 years in the nonprofit sector as a development director a... Read Full Bio
Stacy Doherty

Stacy Doherty

Stacy Doherty is the founder and owner of Errands Etcetera, LLC, working hard to help individuals and small business owners conquer their ever ... Read Full Bio
Amanda Healy

Amanda Healy

Amanda Healy is an award-winning B2B marketing program and social media expert, speaker and syndicated blogger. She currently works as a marke... Read Full Bio
Rachel Jellinek

Rachel Jellinek

Rachel Jellinek is a partner at Reflection Films, an award-winning video production company. Reflection Films produces marketing, fundraising a... Read Full Bio
Debra Kennedy

Debra Kennedy

Debra Kennedy is the director of Executive Education for Bentley University.  Kennedy spent more than 15 years as an executive in the energy i... Read Full Bio
Joselin Mane

Joselin Mane

Joselin Mane is CEO of LITBeL Consulting, a new media marketing and event planning and training consultancy. She is also co-founder of BostonTw... Read Full Bio
Kerry H. McManama

Kerry H. McManama

Kerry H. McManama builds brands and businesses from the inside out. She believes if corporations want customers to behave or feel a certain way... Read Full Bio
Angela Pitter

Angela Pitter

Angela Pitter is principal and owner at LiveWire Collaborative, partnering with businesses to transform their passions into profits one fan at ... Read Full Bio
Meghan Rothschild

Meghan Rothschild

Meghan Rothschild is an award-winning marketing and public relations professional. For the past seven years, Rothschild has worked closely wit... Read Full Bio
Kate Stamatakos

Kate Stamatakos

Kate Stamatakos is a senior social engagement manager at EMC, a leading provider of cloud, Big Data, and trusted IT solutions. As a social medi... Read Full Bio
Caty Trio

Caty Trio

Caty Trio is the social media marketing manager for Bright Horizons. She is a social media strategist, digital marketer and blogger. Bright Hor... Read Full Bio
Karen Yankovich

Karen Yankovich

Karen Yankovich is a social media brand strategist, business consultant and speaker, and the CEO of Dimare Group, LLC.  Having “been there a... Read Full Bio
Sue B. Zimmerman

Sue B. Zimmerman

Sue B. Zimmerman is a master at Instagram for Business. Also known as the #InstagramGal and #TheInstagramExpert, she teaches entrepreneurs, bus... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable


Elizabeth Benedict

Elizabeth Benedict

Elizabeth Benedict is the founder and president of Elizabeth Home Décor & Design, Inc., a Boston based, full service, interior design firm... Read Full Bio
Lauren Maillian Bias

Lauren Maillian Bias

Lauren Maillian Bias is a serial entrepreneur, named by Essence magazine to the “Class of 2013 African-American Shot Callers.” She is the... Read Full Bio
Sarah Palisi Chapin

Sarah Palisi Chapin

Sarah Palisi Chapin is the chief executive officer and serves on the board of Hail Merry Snack Foods, a gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO snack and r... Read Full Bio
Liz Dean

Liz Dean

Liz Dean is the founder, designer, sales manager, community manager, marketing manager and support manager for FitYap.com. She formerly worked ... Read Full Bio
Lindsay Denton

Lindsay Denton

Lindsay Denton is the co-founder and development manager of FitYap.com. She works with the development team, feature requests, SLAs, FitYap's r... Read Full Bio
Donna Latson Gittens

Donna Latson Gittens

Donna Latson Gittens is visionary leader with intuitive business insight and foresight. She has succeeded in building causemedia, recently rebr... Read Full Bio
Kimberly Kissam

Kimberly Kissam

Kimberly Kissam is co-founder and owners of Isabel Harvey, a fashionable jewelry and accessories company with a boutique feel.  In 2005, Kissa... Read Full Bio
Ritu Sharma

Ritu Sharma

Ritu Sharma is co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide, and a leading voice on women’s issues in U.S. foreign policy. For 20 years... Read Full Bio
Addie Swartz

Addie Swartz

Addie Swartz is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about empowering women. In 2013, she launched her third company reacHIRE, a career re-e... Read Full Bio
Elizabeth R. Thornton

Elizabeth R. Thornton

Elizabeth R. Thornton is an author, speaker, professor of management practice, Babson Executive Education and adjunct lecturer in entrepreneurs... Read Full Bio
Julie Vetack

Julie Vetack

Julie Vetack joined Santander Bank in April of 2012 and is the national relationship manager for the Santander At Work department, concentratin... Read Full Bio

Opening Night


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 joined Sta... Read Full Bio