2019 Workplace Summit Speakers

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Dr. Brené Brown

DR. BRENÉ BROWN is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five number one New York Times best-sellers, including The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and her latest book, Dare to Lead, which is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership. Brown’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over thirty five million views. She is also the first researcher to have a filmed talk on Netflix. The Call to Courage special debuted on the streaming service on April 19, 2019. Brown lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Steve. They have two children, Ellen and Charlie. @brenebrown

Wade Davis


WADE DAVIS is a former NFL player, thought leader, writer, public speaker, and educator on gender, race, and orientation equality. He is the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant, and currently consults for numerous professional sports leagues. Beyond his work in sports, Davis currently consults for Netflix, Google, Viacom, and others to co-create transformative solutions to build inclusive corporate cultures. He is a Global Champion for Innovation for UN Women, and a founding member of VICE’s Inclusion advisory board with Gloria Steinem, Roberta Kaplan, Tina Tchen, and others. Davis has worked with Planned Parenthood, the Ms. Foundation and Huffington Post Women. In collaboration with the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up Now, he develops curricula and initiatives for male leaders. Additionally, understanding the importance of engaging men around gender equity and equality, Davis built a Men’s Gender Equality Development leadership program that he launched with the United Nations and other organizations in 2018. A former national surrogate for President Obama, Davis has been an Adjunct Professor at the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business, and has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration. Davis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah with a BS in business administration. In 2014 Wade received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Northeastern University.

Cy Wakeman

CY WAKEMAN is president and founder of Reality-Based Leadership. She is a drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author. She holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association. She’s a regular contributor on Forbes.com, Success.com, The Huffington Post, and Thrive Global. She’s been featured on the TODAY Show, the AskGaryVee Show, Cheddar TV, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse, SHRM.com and many more. Voted in the top one hundred leadership professional to follow on twitter for seven years in a row, Wakeman also came in at number twenty three on the Global Gurus 2019 list of top thirty leadership professionals around the world. She has published three books, the latest of which is No Ego: How to Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results. She also hosts the No Ego podcast, a Facebook Watch show, Life’s Messy, Live Happy, and adds weekly video content on YouTube. @cywakeman

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