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Women - Keynote Speakers

Carol Leifer

A groundbreaking star marking her mark in the late 1970's as one of the few female stand up comedians, Carol Leifer was also a writer of many hit shows including the long-running sketch comedy "Saturday Night Live," wrote and co-produced the late night fictional talk show "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98), and 75 episodes of "Seinfeld."Over the course of her career, Lefier has been nominated for an Emmy 4 times for her writing and won a Writers Guild Award in 2012 for her work as a writer on the show Modern Family. In 2009, Leifer released When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win, a collection of humorous essays about life after 40, and most importantly, the moment she discovered that she was gay and how her life changed for the better after coming to terms with her sexuality. Her latest bestselling book, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying is part memoir, part guide book on getting ahead in the show-biz world and laugh out loud fun.

Heidi Marble

It has been 12 since Heidi was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Her original prognosis was 18 months - a death sentence. At 34 years old, mother of a two year old son and wife of a devoted husband, Heidi fought with unflinching determination. The sacrifices were many: loss of both breasts, a full hysterectomy, burns from radiation, hair loss from chemotherapy, coupled with years of hormonal injections/pills. After a few miracles, Heidi crawled back with a heart full of purpose. Her metamorphosis from near death to life is documented in her book, WAITING FOR WINGS, which chronicles Marble’s journey through diagnosis, treatment, survival and healing. It includes poetry she has written as well as personal journal entries, illustrations and photographs. Her second book TAKING FLIGHT explores life after cancer. Additionally, her team has created a unique form of art called the DONATE & CREATE PROJECT. Thousands of pieces of unwanted jewelry, button, buckles, watches and bling have been donated to create life size art pieces. The art is used for auction, display and community projects to raise money for research. Apparel patterned from the art is now available in the form of shirts, men's ties and silk scarves. As Heidi states, "Healing is a gritty, messy and exhausting series of ups and downs, what matters is that we find our own way."

Katty Kay

As a British journalist in Washington, DC, Katty Kay offers a fresh perspective on the unfolding drama of American politics that only an outsider can provide. Katty is the current lead anchor for BBC World News America and covers topics ranging from global affairs to insights on American politics. She is a keen observer of America’s role in a rapidly changing world. She is also the co-author of two New York Times Bestsellers, The Confidence Code, and Womenomics. The Confidence Code examines the science and art of self-assurance and its role in success. Womenomics urges women to write their own rules for success. Katty’s knowledge and observations provide a perspective that brings audiences to a better understanding of what is happening in the world today and how it can affect businesses.

Ellen Goodman

Ellen Goodman is one of the most influential journalists in the US. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning column appears in over 400 newspapers, making her the second most widely read columnist in the country. Ellen is an American original. A gifted writer who senses emerging shifts in our public and private lives, Goodman specializes in illuminating the cultural debates that become national obsessions. A truly innovative force in American journalism, she is widely acclaimed as a voice of sanity, and readers depend on her to help them make sense of their changing lives and relationships. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary, Ellen Goodman has won many other awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the President's Award from the National Women's Political Caucus.

Teresa Allen

Teresa Allen is owner of Common Sense Solutions, a national training and consulting firm focused on bringing common sense solutions to business and life. A two-time recipient of the ASTD Professional Trainer of the Year Award, Teresa is co-author of The Service Path: Your Roadmap for Building Strong Customer Loyalty and is author of Common Sense Service: Close Encounters on the Front Lines. Teresa has presented her highly acclaimed programs on customer service, sales, communication, and life balance for businesses and associations across the U.S. and abroad for over 18 years. She has been a guest host of local television programming and has appeared in several motion pictures.

Elaine Allison

Elaine Allison, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) and author began honing her insights into the differences between how men and women work, lead and succeed, early in her career. She was one of Canada’s first female prison guards in an all-male maximum security correctional facility at the age of nineteen. Elaine had a crash-course in understanding how we interact with each other, as her life virtually depended on it! She began to truly observe how we all deal with conflict, challenges and issues. Elaine is the author of the bestselling book, The Velvet Hammer – PowHERful Leadership Lessons for Women Who Don’t Golf. She has been featured on ABC World News, Global TV, The Globe & Mail and many networks, newspapers and radio shows across North America. She also spent seven years in finance and insurance as a training manager and has worked in the airline and travel industry. Elaine's interactive and informative presentations "Turn Teams into Customer Care Crusaders" and leave audience members with "customer-ized" solutions that can be used immediately.

Laura Stack

Award-winning keynote speaker and bestselling author of seven books, Laura Stack is a noted expert in employee and team productivity. Her engaging personality, combined with nearly 25 years of experience helping organizations achieve results, have made her one of the most sought-after experts and keynote speakers in her field. Laura is the president and CEO of The Productivity Pro, a past president of the National Speakers Association, and is a member of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. Her latest book, Doing the Right Things Right: How the Effective Executive Spends Time, details how today’s leaders can be more successful by managing their effectiveness and efficiency. Funny, engaging, and full of real-life strategies that work, Laura will change mindsets and attitudes. With Laura's help, your team can maximize its productivity, increase market share, strengthen performance, increase sales, and get the job done right!

Regina Barreca

Regina is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut. She is also the author of several highly acclaimed books on feminist humor including "They Used to Call me Snow White, Then I Drifted: Women's strategic use of humor" and her most recent "Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful." Regina is also a popular media expert, having appeared on 20/20, 48 Hours, The Today Show and Oprah (several times). Deemed a 'feminist humor maven' by Ms. Magazine, Regina writes a weekly column for the Hartford Courant and had regularly published articles in The NY Times, The Chicago Tribune, Ms. Cosmopolitan and Worth. Regina speaks to groups on a variety of topics that relate to the value importance and roles of humor in everyday life.

Heidi Hanna

Dr. Heidi Hanna is a New York Times best selling author, CEO and founder of Synergy, a consulting company providing brain-based health and performance programs to organizations, and the Executive Director for the American Institute of Stress. As a global speaker she has been featured at the Fortune Magazine’s Most Successful Women in Business Summit, the ESPN Women in Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Round Table. Her clients have included Microsoft, GE, Google, Starbucks, Morgan Stanley, Ameriprise, Nationwide and many more. Dr. Hanna's current research explores the connection between stress, brain health and performance. She is passionate about educating and empowering others to transform their relationship with stress in order to bring more energy, attention and intention to the moments that matter most to them. For fun, Heidi is a national board member for Blessings in a Backpack, a volunteer speaker for the Alzheimer’s Association, and recently started a non-profit called Beyond Funny that provides resources related to humor and the brain. She has recently been appointed to a faculty position with the International Brain Health Education Institute and will be teaching a new course on the Applied Neuroscience of Stress and Health in the spring of 2018.

Connie Dieken

For more than 20 years, Connie Dieken dedicated herself to journalism as a television news anchor, reporter and talk show host of ‘The Morning Exchange,’ America's longest running television talk show. The winner of 6 Emmy® awards and 1 Telly® award, this excellence in journalism resulted in her induction into the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame. A sought-after spokesperson, Connie is the voice of talking ATM machines in the US and has ‘spoken for’ more than 50 companies. For the last 12 years, she has been highly in-demand as an executive coach and advisor to many leaders who run the world's most recognizable brands. The author/co-author of five books, she is recognized worldwide as an authority on the skills needed to become a person of influence in all forms of leadership and communication. Her bestselling book, Talk Less, Say More: 3 Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen, is a fast-paced, no-nonsense guide to teach anyone to be an influential communicator. Packed full with Connie’s knowledge, research and experience from coaching high-powered leaders, this bestseller helps you reach you’re a-game in interpersonal communication, giving you more power to change minds and inspire remarkable results, while talking less.

Carey Lohrenz

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, Carey Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. She is a powerhouse in the field of delivering engaging Leadership, High Performing Organizations and Diversity Training that directly impacts a company's ROI. In her motivating and engaging presentations, Carey shares the story of her journey to the cockpit along with her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world's most challenging environments. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world and feel inspired to move to higher levels of performance. She uses the processes of Planning, Briefing, Debriefing and Adjusting to help businesses manage risk while becoming High Performing Organizations. In October 2014, Lohrenz released her book, Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck. Lohrenz provides bottom-line expertise, clear takeaway items, and an ability to connect with the audience to make her a highly sought after speaker.

Bertice Berry

As a sociologist, an award-winning entertainer, comedienne, and lecturer with 20 years of experience, Dr. Bertice Berry has touched the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. Dr. Berry was the host and co-executive producer of her own nationally syndicated talk show, "The Bertice Berry Show," and hosted "USA Live," a four-hour live interview and entertainment show on the USA Cable Network.
She's been featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," and "BET Live". She is also the author of her best-selling inspirational memoir; I'm On My Way, But Your Foot Is on My Head. Each organization she speaks to is given a tailor-made speech designed to address the specific needs of their group. She takes a humorous approach to serious subjects that have her audiences laughing and thinking at the same time. Topics include: Redefining Diversity, Change & Transformation, Finding Your Purpose, Wellness, Self Esteem and Gender Issues.

Holly Atkinson

Dr. Holly Atkinson is a popular professional speaker, engaging and entertaining audiences across America on how to achieve maximum health. She is a physician, medical columnist, TV host, author, human rights leader, and experienced CEO. A well-known media personality, she has served as medical correspondent on NBC’s Today show and The CBS Morning News, and currently hosts HealthiNation’s consumer health videos widely viewed on the internet and cable TV, and she is a frequent guest on ABC News Now. Dr. Atkinson is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Advancing Idealism in Medicine Program at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. In addition, she is a board member and the past president of Physicians for Human Rights, who shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on eradicating landmines. Dr. Atkinson has a MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a MS degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University with a BS in Biology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Medical Women’s Association.

Lenora Billings-Harris

Lenora Billings-Harris is a Certified Speaking Professional, diversity consultant, author of "The Diversity Advantage: A Guide to Making Diversity Work" and co-author of “TRAILBLAZERS: How Top Business Leaders are Accelerating Results through Inclusion and Diversity”. She has been included as one of 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and was named by Diversity Woman Magazine as one of the twenty top influential diversity leaders in the US. Her award winning diversity leadership research is recognized in journals internationally.With more than twenty five years of experience in the public and private sectors, Lenora has developed a unique way of presenting sensitive topics in a fun, thought-provoking and non-judgmental way. Lenora is founder and president of Excel Development Systems, Inc. a full service training and consulting firm that delivers high quality programs, learning tools, and performance improvement interventions that enable clients to discover the competitive advantages of creating and effectively leading a diverse multicultural workplace. Today's most challenging topics require a speaker who is thought provoking, appealing, informative and compelling. Lenora Billings-Harris possesses these abilities, resulting in powerful and effective events.

Joan Brock

Author of 'More Than Meets the Eye', Joan Brock won the hearts of the insurance industry's 'Million Dollar Round Table' and the NBC 'Today Show' audiences with her heart rendering and uplifting story of courage, perseverance and acceptance. Joan draws parallels between her own story and the challenges which face organizations. Her extraordinary life story moves audiences to accept their own personal and professional hardships with Courage and Humor. As Joan puts it, "Life is full of irreversible opportunities, and you have a choice to see them as assets or obstacles." Urging audiences to "play the hand you're dealt," Joan helps organizations see corporate challenges from a new perspective. In June 2003, a Lifetime Original Movie "More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story" premiered to much acclaim.

Alice Domar

Dr. Alice Domar is an international expert on stress and the impact of lifestyle habits on mental and physical health. She is an author and medical journalist, executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, practicing psychologist, and professional speaker. After her tours with Oprah Winfrey as part of her Lluminari team of health experts, Dr. Domar became a well sought-after health speaker by her ability to transform the lives of her audiences with her cutting-edge research. As she continues to do research who knows what she will discover and share next!

Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky is the financial editor for NBC’s TODAY show, an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personal finance ambassador, host of “Cash Call with Jean Chatzky” on RLTV, and New York Times best seller for her books Money 911: Your Most Pressing Money Questions Answered, Your Money Emergencies Solved and Pay It Down: From Debt to Wealth on $10 A Day. As if she doesn’t do enough, she is also a respected and vibrant financial speaker! Jean has made it her mission to show people at every age the important life lesson of how to manage their money. She does this by simplifying money matters and increasing financial literacy both now and for the future to her audiences.

Jackie Freiberg

Jackie Freiberg helps audiences create the best places where the best people can do their best work. What will it take to stand out in a sea of sameness? Standing out requires you to de-commoditize your business by finding innovative and creative ways to tell your story, add value and differentiate. Jackie helps you discover a fresh approach to leadership and collaboration that will drive success. She is a best-selling business author who has written 7 books. She inspires people to believe that they have the power to change themselves, transform their business, and even revolutionize their industry. Jackie is known for her passion, insight and ability to equip leaders at all levels with innovative ideas that turn up the volume on leadership, culture, engagement, accountability and customer loyalty.

Carol Frohlinger

Carol Frohlinger has inspired thousands of women from across the world to negotiate their way to get to their professional potential. Co-author of Her Place at the Table and co-founder of Negotiating Women, Inc., Carol's unique perspectives have empowered women to negotiate more confidently, competitively, and competently in all aspects of their lives. Through her humor and practical advice she breaks down the negotiation process to provide tools that women need to advocate for themselves in order to get results. Women not only benefit her presentations but are able to transform their lives with the provisions given to them.

Barbara Fulmer

When organizations need to transform their office into a healthier, more productive workforce they call on Barbara Fulmer. With over 20 years of experience, Barbara is the founder and president of Get Corporate Health, dedicated to helping employers take control and create programs to drive behavioral changes toward a healthier workforce. As a consultant to Nutrisystem, Medifast and HealthyWage and former Global Managing Director of Jenny Craig International’s Corporate Wellness Group, Barbara no only knows her facts but can show you the proof that her help works! Through her insider’s view she masterfully offers solutions to specific problems your workforce is facing. Barbara’s humor and insight revamp any business into a happier and healthier environment.

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