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2021 Speakers

Keynotes

Stacey Abrams

STACEY ABRAMS is a political leader, voting rights activist, entrepreneur and three-time New York Times best-selling author of While Justice Sleeps, Our Time is Now, and Lead from the Outside. She made history and ...
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Selma Blair

SELMA BLAIR has been one of the most versatile and exciting actresses on screen throughout her long standing career. She began with her comedic roles in pop culture classics in the early 2000s. She was named one of ...
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Regina King

REGINA KING is an Oscar-winning actress with a decades-spanning career in Hollywood. In addition to the Academy Award, King won a Golden Globe, an Independent Spirit award, and the prestigious National Board of ...
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Pat Mitchell

PAT MITCHELL is a lifelong advocate for women and girls. At every step of her career, Mitchell has broken new ground for women, leveraging the power of media as a journalist, an Emmy award-winning and ...
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Jay Shetty

JAY SHETTY is a British-born, number one New York Times best-selling author, award winning storyteller and podcast host, and former monk, on a mission to make wisdom go viral. In 2019, AdWeek made him their Young ...
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Chloé Zhao

CHLOÉ ZHAO is a Chinese writer, director, editor, producer and two-time Oscar® winner. She was born in Beijing, raised there and in Brighton, England. After moving to the US, she studied political science at Mount ...
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Special Guest Speakers

Master of Ceremonies, Celeste Headlee

CELESTE HEADLEE is a journalist, professional speaker, and author of the books We ...
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Lisa Hellmann

LISA HELLMANN is an innovative, results-oriented leader with three decades of ...
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Kathy Horgan

Kathy Horgan

KATHY HORGAN is executive vice president and chief human resources and ...
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Lisa Ling

LISA LING is the executive producer and host of THIS IS LIFE on CNN, now in its ...
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Gwen Murphy

GWEN MURPHY is the vice president of storytelling for Cisco’s Global Communications ...
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Laysha Ward

Laysha Ward

LAYSHA WARD is an accomplished C-suite executive with thirty years of leadership ...
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Speakers

Jennifer Brown

JENNIFER BROWN (she/her) is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, author, and ...
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Austin Channing Brown

AUSTIN CHANNING BROWN is a speaker, writer and media producer providing inspired ...
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Erin Falconer

Erin Falconer

ERIN FALCONER is an author, digital entrepreneur, and psychotherapist. In 2018, she ...
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Allyson Felix

ALLYSON FELIX is an Olympic gold medalist who stepped on the world stage as a ...
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Bryony Gordon

BRYONY GORDON is an award-winning journalist, author and mental health campaigner. ...
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Jacinta M. Jiménez

Jacinta M. Jiménez

JACINTA M. JIMÉNEZ, PsyD, BCC, also known as Dr. J, is an award-winning psychologist ...
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Luvvie Ajayi Jones

LUVVIE AJAYI JONES is what happens when you blindly follow doing what you love ...
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Charlene Li

Charlene Li

CHARLENE LI is an expert on digital transformation, leadership, customer experience, ...
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Heather E. McGowan

HEATHER E. McGOWAN is an internationally known speaker, writer, and advisor. She ...
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Susan McPherson

SUSAN MCPHERSON is a serial connector, seasoned communicator and founder and CEO ...
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Rachel Ricketts

RACHEL RICKETTS (she/her/hers) is a queer, multiracial Black woman. She is a global ...
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Dr. Maya Shankar

DR. MAYA SHANKAR is currently Google’s global director of behavioral ...
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Kimberly Atkins Stohr

Kimberly Atkins Stohr

KIMBERLY ATKINS STOHR is a senior opinion writer and columnist at The Boston Globe ...
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Erica Williams Simon

ERICA WILLIAMS SIMON is an award-winning narrative strategist, author, creative and ...
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Session Hosts

Adrienne Dawson

ADRIENNE DAWSON is the head of diversity, equity, and inclusion for North America at ...
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Megan Deal

MEGAN DEAL is the AVPD GM at HomeGoods Distribution. Recently, Deal celebrated her ...
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Montra Ellis

MONTRA ELLIS is the senior director of research and innovation at UKG. Ellis and her ...
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Erica Faulkner

ERICA FAULKNER is the senior manager, NA business solutions at Johnson & Johnson. ...
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Lauren Gohde

LAUREN GOHDE is the head of organizational effectiveness at Philips. Lauren joined ...
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Devin Hood

Devin Hood

DEVIN HOOD is the sr. director of digital experience at Cisco. She thrives on ...
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Carole Huntsman

CAROLE HUNTSMAN is the North America head of Sanofi Genzyme and US country lead. ...
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Kimberly G. Hyland

KIMBERLY G. HYLAND is a managing director of the Global Client Group at MFS ...
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Veronica Lee

VERONICA LEE is a senior vice president, global head of accounting product management ...
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Kristin Longobardi

KRISTIN LONGOBARDI is the vice president of R&D quality and strategic operations ...
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Khalil Smith

KHALIL SMITH is the vice president of inclusion, diversity, and engagement at Akamai ...
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Executive Spotlights

Uthra Sundaram

UTHRA SUNDARAM is head of global product & launch strategy at Takeda. She leads ...
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Natalie Edwards

Natalie Edwards

NATALIE EDWARDS is the chief diversity officer at National Grid. National Grid is a ...
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Jennifer Farmer

JENNIFER FARMER is vice president, global diversity and inclusion for Thermo Fisher ...
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Elvie Gee

ELVIE GEE is the VP DEI business advisor at Liberty Mutual. She leads, drives and ...
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Jane Graham

JANE GRAHAM is group vice president of relationship management. Graham leads a global ...
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Renee LaRoche-Morris

RENEE LAROCHE-MORRIS joined State Street in 2021, as the Chief of Staff to the Chief ...
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Mariana Mcquattie

MARIANA MCQUATTIE is the senior vice president grooming North America at Gillette. ...
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Sangeeta Moorjani

SANGEETA MOORJANI is the head of tax exempt markets and retirement solutions and an ...
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Jennifer Schneiders, PhD

JENNIFER SCHNEIDERS, PhD is vice president, laboratory diagnostic solutions at ...
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Vanessa Wolfeler

VANESSA WOLFELER is the head of US respiratory and GI franchise for Sanofi Genzyme. ...
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Learning Burst & Break Speakers

Sharon Cload

Sharon Cload

SHARON CLOAD is VP of discovery biotherapeutics at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS). In ...
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Fatima Dainkeh

FATIMA DAINKEH is the learning & development manager for She+ Geeks Out, ...
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Elizabeth Foland

ELIZABETH FOLAND is the global project manager for EMD Serono's purpose-driven ...
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Christina Luconi

CHRISTINA LUCONI is the chief people officer at Rapid7. A serial start up through ...
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Miriam Manning

MIRIAM MANNING is chief information officer at Commonwealth Financial Network, a ...
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Kiana Pierre-Louis

KIANA PIERRE-LOUIS is a senior law lecturer at Bentley University in the law, ...
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Tonya Webster

TONYA WEBSTER is senior vice president and chief consumer experience officer at Blue ...
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Lisa Welker-Finney

Lisa Welker-Finney

LISA WELKER-FINNEY is the vice president of human resources for Boston Scientific ...
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