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2017 Speakers

Keynotes

Viola Davis

VIOLA DAVIS is the first black actress to win Tony, Oscar, and Emmy awards. Davis starred in the ABC series How to Get Away with Murder. Davis received two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a ...
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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 television, for almost 40 years. Streep was educated in the New Jersey ...
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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 Italian jersey dresses she had designed. Her iconic wrap dress ...
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Breakout Session Speakers

Tiffany Aliche

TIFFANY ALICHE, also known as “The Budgetnista,” is quickly becoming America's ...
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Karen Anderson

KAREN ANDERSON is an award-winning journalist and member of WCVB's 5 Investigates, ...
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Lynn Blake

LYNN BLAKE is an executive vice president of State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) and ...
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Rachel Bloom-Baglin

RACHEL BLOOM-BAGLIN is head of external and executive communications at ...
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Lydia D. Bowers

LYDIA D. BOWERS believes improving the world of work improves the world at large. ...
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Lisa Britt

LISA BRITT joined Thermo Fisher Scientific in March 2017 as senior vice president ...
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Adam Bryant

ADAM BRYANT conducts interviews with chief executives for Corner Office, a weekly ...
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Karen Butler

KAREN BUTLER is vice president, clinical innovation initiatives with Fresenius ...
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Jodi-Tatiana Charles

JODI-TATIANA CHARLES is the director of small and diverse business engagement for ...
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Lisa Considine

LISA CONSIDINE is vice president of human resources for the Boston Scientific global ...
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Amy Cooper Hakim, Ph.D.

AMY COOPER HAKIM, Ph.D. is an industrial-organizational psychology practitioner and ...
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Megan Costello

MEGAN COSTELLO is the executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Women’s ...
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Denise Cox

DENISE COX is vice president of Cisco customer experience centers in the ...
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Michelle Cully

MICHELLE CULLY is the CEO of Xpressman Trucking and Courier. She founded the company ...
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Asha Curran

ASHA CURRAN is chief innovation officer and director of the Belfer Center for ...
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Annie Dean

ANNIE DEAN is the co-founder and co CEO of Werk, a platform of flexible work ...
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Shanna Deng

SHANNA DENG is the global VP of marketing for the surgical division at Hologic.  ...
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Erica Dhawan

ERICA DHAWAN is the co-author of the new book, “Get Big Things Done: The Power of ...
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Alexandra Dickinson

ALEXANDRA DICKINSON is an entrepreneur who teaches people to negotiate. She’s the ...
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Tiffany Dufu

TIFFANY DUFU is chief leadership officer of Levo and launch team member to Lean ...
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Pamela Erickson

PAMELA ERICKSON is vice president of global branding and corporate citizenship for ...
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Abby Falik

ABBY FALIK is the founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year and an award-winning social ...
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Sandra Fenwick

SANDRA FENWICK is president and chief executive officer of Boston Children's ...
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Molly Q. Ford

MOLLY Q. FORD is the director of global equality programs at Salesforce. Salesforce ...
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Christine Fraser

CHRISTINE FRASER is senior vice president of strategy and operations for Dell EMC ...
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Lynn Fraser

LYNN FRASER serves as a director in the services offer portfolio management team with ...
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Jacqueline Gadsden

JACQUELINE GADSDEN is the vice president of diversity and inclusion and customer ...
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Hannah Grove

HANNAH GROVE is chief marketing officer for State Street, leading brand, media ...
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Meeta Gulyani

MEETA GULYANI is head of strategy, business development, and transformation at ...
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Jeffery Tobias Halter

JEFFERY TOBIAS HALTER is a gender strategist and the President of YWomen, a strategic ...
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Master of Ceremonies, Celeste Headlee

CELESTE HEADLEE is a journalist, professional speaker, and author of the books We ...
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Linda Henry

LINDA HENRY is the managing director of the Boston Globe. She is a co-founder of ...
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Kara Hutchinson

KARA HUTCHINSON is in her eleventh season with the Celtics, where she is currently ...
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Jane Bowman

JANE BOWMAN is the vice president of marketing and strategic partnerships for Boston ...
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Whitney Johnson

WHITNEY JOHNSON is recognized as one of the fifty leading business thinkers in the ...
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Mirtha Kastrapeli

MIRTHA KASTRAPELI is global head of State Street’s Center for Applied Research. ...
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Grace Killelea

GRACE KILLELEA is the CEO and founder of the GKC Group, a leadership development firm ...
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Pinar Kip

PINAR KIP leads global strategic operations for State Street. In this role, she ...
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Jessica Lahey

JESSICA LAHEY is a teacher, writer, and mom. She writes about education, parenting, ...
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Shri Madhusudhan

SHRI MADHUSUDHAN is a leader with more than nineteen years of experience in the ...
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Angela McClure

ANGELA McCLURE is the chief experience officer for Fresenius Medical Care North ...
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Amy McCoskey

AMY McCOSKEY is a regional sales manager for structural heart and interventional ...
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Nilofer Merchant

NILOFER MERCHANT is a former tech executive, best-selling author on innovation and ...
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Carol Lee Mitchell

CAROL LEE MITCHELL is senior vice president leading the Bank of America account ...
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Carolyn Muise

CAROLYN MUISE leads the chief customer office, analytics and intelligence platform ...
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Celeste Ng

CELESTE Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She ...
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Neela Pal

NEELA PAL is vice president of brand marketing, partnerships, and creative at ...
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Lenka Patten

LENKA PATTEN is a vice president and head of human resources at Reebok. In this ...
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Kathryn Payne

KATHRYN PAYNE serves as AMAG’s vice president of external affairs and oversees the ...
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Esther Perel

ESTHER PEREL is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and provocative voices ...
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Deb Pine

DEB PINE serves as the executive director of the Center for Women and Business at ...
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Christine Porath

CHRISTINE PORATH is an associate professor at the McDonough School of Business at ...
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Colleen Richards Powell

COLLEEN RICHARDS POWELL is vice president and director of corporate citizenship and ...
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Dr. Peter C. Raffalli

DR. PETER C. RAFFALLI is the founder and director of the Bullying and Cyberbullying ...
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Aparna Rayasam

APARNA RAYASAM has over twenty years of experience in software engineering, working ...
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Precillia Redmond

PRECILLIA REDMOND is vice president and manager of organizational effectiveness and ...
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Dani Rylan

DANI RYLAN is the founder and commissioner of the National Women's Hockey League. ...
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Laura Schroeder

LAURA SCHROEDER is director of the transducer technology group in global development ...
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Ann Shoket

ANN SHOKET is the author of THE BIG LIFE:  Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, ...
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Anuja Singh

ANUJA SINGH is a director at Cisco Systems and runs advanced services business ...
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Stacie Sloane

STACIE SLOANE has spent over 15 years helping marketing and business teams transform ...
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Dr. Sarah Spence

DR. SARAH SPENCE is a child neurologist with a PhD in neuropsychology.  She is the ...
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Gretchen Stewart

GRETCHEN STEWART is the founder of Sunshine Press. She understands that in life we ...
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Candace Sutcliffe

CANDACE SUTCLIFFE is vice president and chief compliance officer for the Liberty ...
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Lisa Skeete Tatum

LISA SKEETE TATUM is founder and CEO of Landit, a technology platform created to ...
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Laurie Miller Voke

LAURA MILLER VOKE has been involved in sports marketing for over twenty five ...
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Celeste Warren

CELESTE WARREN is vice president, human resources and Global Diversity and Inclusion ...
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Claire Wasserman

CLAIRE WASSERMAN is the founder of Ladies Get Paid, an organization and community ...
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Donna Watson

DONNA WATSON is the region operations executive (ROE) for New England with Bank of ...
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Dr. Jen Welter

DR. JEN WELTER became the first female to coach in the NFL when she joined the ...
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Carolyn Wintner

CAROLYN WINTNER is a senior vice president at Bain Capital Credit, where she ...
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Alex Wolf

ALEX WOLF is a millennial branding strategist and founder and CEO of Bossbabe, Inc. ...
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Gwen Wunderlich

GWEN WUNDERLICH is CEO and partner of Wunderlich Kaplan Communications, and creator ...
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Shelley Zalis

SHELLEY ZALIS is CEO of The Female Quotient and founder of the The Girls’ Lounge, ...
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Social Media Roundtable

Jessica Ashley

JESSICA ASHLEY content strategist, and author. She helps single moms thrive through ...
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Bella Boutet

BELLA BOUTET is a social data storyteller, turning unstructured data into meaningful ...
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Emily Brutti

EMILY BRUTTI has been with Ocean Spray Cranberries for over ten years, and currently ...
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Julia Campbell

JULIA CAMPBELL is a Boston native, who has been involved with the social good sector ...
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Michelle Hacunda

MICHELLE HACUNDA is a higher education digital strategist and communications ...
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Kelly Hoey

KELLY HOEY is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher ...
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Carrie Kerpen

CARRIE KERPEN is CEO and co-founder of Likeable Media, an award-winning content ...
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Courtney Rhodes

COURTNEY RHODES is CEO of Brandista, and Urbanity Communications. With over 15 years ...
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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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Patrice D’Eramo

PATRICE D’ERAMO is vice president of Americas marketing and communications with ...
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Marian L. Heard

MARIAN L. HEARD is the president and CEO of Oxen Hill Partners, a Boston-based ...
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Karen Holmes Ward

KAREN HOLMES WARD is the director of public affairs and community services as well as ...
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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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Liz Matthews

LIZ MATTHEWS is the senior vice president of global brand and creative for Dell.  ...
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Maria Stephanos

MARIA STEPHANOS is a highly-regarded local journalist with more than twenty five ...
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Small Business Roundtable

Taline Badrikian

TALINE BADRIKIAN is the founder and principal of Laveh Inbound Marketing. She ...
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Brenda Loan Baker

BRENDA LOAN BAKER is a partner with innerOvation, LLC. With over 20 years of sales, ...
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Melissa Clayton

MELISSA CLAYTON is CEO and founder of Tiny Tags, an online jewelry store designing ...
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Maggie Drake

MAGGIE DRAKE is co-founder and CEO of Bandolier. Proving that necessity is indeed ...
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Holly Hurd

HOLLY HURD is the founder of VentureMom.com, a web platform and national movement ...
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Sharon Kan

SHARON KAN is the CEO and co-founder of Pepperlane, a place for mothers to start and ...
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Christine Koh

CHRISTINE KOH is a former music and brain neuroscientist turned Internet unicorn. She ...
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Kara Lund

KARA LUND has been a voice and speech coach, college level educator, and film and ...
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Cristen Tara Moore

CRISTEN TARA MOORE is first vice president of investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, ...
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Linda Rossetti

LINDA ROSSETTI is an entrepreneur, author, coach and thought-leader on women’s ...
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