2018 Workplace Summit Speakers


Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor is the New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. His most recent book, titled Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being, hit the shelves in January. Achor spent twelve years at Harvard, where he won over a dozen distinguished teaching awards and delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Achor graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned an MS from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. He has since become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. Achor has now worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies and with places like the NFL, the Pentagon, and the U.S. Treasury. To do his work, he has traveled to fifty-one countries, speaking to farmers in Zimbabwe, CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai, and schoolchildren in South Africa. In 2014, Oprah Winfrey did a two-hour interview with Achor on the science of happiness and meaning. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 14 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. @shawnachor

Celeste Headlee

Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, professional speaker and author of Heard Mentality and We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter. In her twenty year career in public radio, she has been the executive producer of On Second Thought at Georgia Public Radio, and anchored programs including Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She also served as co-host of the national morning news show, The Takeaway, from PRI and WNYC, and anchored presidential coverage in 2012 for PBS World Channel. Headlee serves as an advisory board member for Procon.org as well as the National Conversation Project. She is also co- host for season three of the Scene on Radio podcast – MEN. Headlee’s TEDx Talk sharing ten ways to have a better conversation has over seventeen million total views to date. @celesteheadlee

Joanne Lipman

Joanne Lipman is the best-selling author of That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together. One of the nation’s leading journalists, she most recently was chief content officer of Gannett, and editor-in-chief of USA TODAY and the USA TODAY NETWORK, comprising the flagship title and 109 other news organizations including the Detroit Free Press, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the Arizona Republic. In that role, she oversaw more than 3,000 journalists and led the organization to three Pulitzer Prizes. Lipman began her career as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to deputy managing editor – the first woman to attain that post—and supervising coverage that won three Pulitzer Prizes. While at the Journal, she created Weekend Journal and Personal Journal and oversaw creation of the paper’s Saturday edition. She subsequently was founding editor-in-chief of Conde Nast Portfolio magazine and portfolio.com, which won Loeb and National Magazine Awards.

Lipman is a frequent television commentator, seen on ABC, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CNBC, and CBS, among others, and her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Time, Fortune, Newsweek and Harvard Business Review. She is also co-author, with Melanie Kupchynsky, of the critically acclaimed musical memoir Strings Attached.  A winner of the Matrix Award for women in communications, Lipman is also a member of the Yale University Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, and is an International Media Leader for the World Economic Forum as well as a member of the Knight Foundation Commission on Truth, Media and Democracy. She sits on boards including the World Editors Forum and the Yale Daily News, and the advisory boards of Breastcancer.org and the Yale School of Music.  @joannelipman



PAUL FRANCISCO is the chief diversity officer and head of workforce development programs at State Street Corporation. Francisco currently serves on boards with The Base Inc., Bentley University School of Business, The Posse Foundation Boston Leadership Council, Morgan Memorial Goodwill, and The Bottom Line Boston. He also serves with the Boston University Black Alumni leadership council, The Partnership Inc., and The 30% Club’s. He’s also involved with Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and Boston Children’s Hospital Milagros Para Niños Latino advisory council. Francisco is an active member of the Patriots Alumni Association, and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. He was appointed by Charlie Baker to serve on the Black Advisory Board Commission, and was recognized by Deval Patrick with a Certificate of Achievement. His recognitions include the Top 40 under 40 by the Boston Business Journal 2007, 100 Most Influential Latinos in Massachusetts by El Planeta Newspaper Powermeter, Arnold Z. Rosoff Award for Individual Achievement, Men’s Health Champion Award, Boston Business Journal’s 2009 20 on the Move, and Color Magazine’s 2009 All Inclusive Award for Leadership. Francisco has also been recognized by the Boston National Black MBA Association with the 2014 Corporate Leadership Award, 2018 Profiles in Diversity Journal Diversity Leader Award, and Black Enterprise 2018 Top Executives in Corporate Diversity. Francisco graduated from Boston University with a BA in political science. In 2018 he received a Doctor in Humane Letters Degree (Hon) from Fisher College. @statestreet

CAROL FULP is president and CEO of The Partnership, Inc., New England’s premier organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of the region by attracting, developing, retaining and convening multicultural professionals. Prior to The Partnership, Fulp was senior vice president of corporate responsibility and brand management at John Hancock Financial. Here she led the company’s marketing and sponsorships departments, while directing the company’s twelve-million dollar philanthropic giving program. Previously, Fulp was the director of community programming and human resources for WCVB, the ABC-TV Boston affiliate. She also served as the corporate employee relations manager for the Gillette Company. Given her leadership in business and public service, President Obama appointed Fulp as a representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Governor de Jongh appointed her as a trustee of the University of the Virgin Islands, and Mayor Walsh appointed her as a member of the City of Boston compensation advisory board. Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg also appointed Fulp to her advisory committee on Wage Equality. Fulp serves on the board of trustees for Eastern Bank as well as the board of directors for American Student Assistance Corporation. Her civic involvement includes the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board and trustee of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation. In addition, she is on the board of directors of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is also a founding co-chair of the Massachusetts Conference for Women.

LENKA PATTEN is vice president of human resources for Reebok. In this role, she drives HR strategy design and implementation across the global Reebok organization, and is responsible for ensuring that Reebok puts its employees at the heart of everything the company does. She directs the HR strategy, ensuring a consistent employee life cycle experience through best-in-class HR initiatives, programs and activities. Prior to joining Reebok, Patten worked in various roles in the financial industry, including VP HR for State Street. Her exhaustive experience spans across all aspects of human resources, particularly HR strategy, employee relations, compensation and analytics, organizational development, change management and talent management. Patten loves running, skiing, hiking and practices yoga most days. She loves spending time with her two children and exposing them to different parts of the world through her other passion, travel. Patten earned an MS in organizational psychology from American University, and an MS and BS in economics and international relations from the University of Economics Prague. @reebok

ALISON QUIRK is a member of the board of directors of Legg Mason Global Asset Management (NYSE:LM), a diversified asset management firm with $3B in annual revenue, $750B in assets under management and 3,300 employees in forty locations on six continents. She also serves as a senior advisor at Weber Shandwick, a global communications and engagement firm; an operating company within The Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). Quirk spent the first thirty years of her career in the financial services industry. She retired from State Street Corporation, where she worked for fifteen years, the last seven as a member of the management committee, the company’s senior-most strategy and policy making group. As chief human resources and citizenship officer, she was responsible for all aspects of global human resources and corporate citizenship company-wide leading a team of more than five hundred people globally. In 2012, she was one of twelve State Street employees selected to deliver a TEDTalk. Quirk graduated with honors for the University of New Hampshire and currently serves as vice chair and member of the executive committee of Boston Ballet. She was a founding member of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, appointed by the Mayor of Boston to develop solutions around gender pay equity. Quirk has also been recognized by numerous organizations including Women’s Political Caucus, Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, Working Mother Magazine and the Diversity Journal.

ALEXANDRA TAUSSIG is a senior vice president at Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than twenty six million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries. In her role, she is responsible for multiple cross-company teams dedicated to ensuring Fidelity provides for client needs at every life stage. From 2013 to 2016, she led analytics, marketing and communications for Personal Investing’s Tax-Exempt Market Retirement (TEM) organization, a unit of Fidelity Investments. Taussig was SVP of marketing for National Financial (now Fidelity Clearing & Custody Solutions), a division of Fidelity serving broker dealer firms, from 2013 to 2016. In this role, she was responsible for developing, designing and driving the strategy, positioning and promotion for all National Financial initiatives. Previously, she served in executive roles in marketing and customer acquisition with National Financial as well as Fidelity’s retail division. Taussig earned a BA in psychology from Cornell University, and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. She holds FINRA Series 7 and 24 registrations. @fidelity

ANTHONY WILLIAMS is a vice president of human resources, talent acquisition and diversity with Akamai Technologies, Inc. Currently, he leads Akamai Technologies HR team responsible for the Asia Pacific and Japan region inclusive of India, and the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, as well as all of Akamai’s global talent acquisition initiatives and its focus on diversity and inclusion. Williams joined Akamai in April 2015 bringing with him twenty years of global experience in HR from a variety of business sectors, including finance, software and tech. While at Akamai, his team established the Akamai Technical Academy, a twelve-month classroom and on the job training program for individuals without a formal technology background. This program serves as one of Akamai’s innovative solutions to diversifying Akamai’s talent pool worldwide. First piloted in Cambridge, Williams is working to widen its reach globally and has successfully expanded the program to Europe and more recently to Central America. He is a 2016 recipient of the MASSTLC Mosaic Award recognizing exemplary leadership in the development and creation of a more diverse high-tech workforce in Massachusetts. He currently serves on the board of trustees for Mass Technology Leadership Counsel. @akamai

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