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Women - Keynote Speakers

Cynthia Cooper

Cynthia Cooper is an internationally recognized speaker on ethics, leadership, overcoming adversity, the current economic crises, and recent scandals. Cooper inspires audiences and shares the riveting story of how she and her team unraveled the fraud at WorldCom --to date the largest corporate fraud in history. In 2002, she was named one of Time Magazine?s Persons of the Year. Cooper is the author of Extraordinary Circumstances, a book that discusses her experiences as a corporate executive. In addition to being used by corporations, the book is often assigned by professors to help students recognize ethical dilemmas, think them through, and make the right decisions. Cooper has a passion for speaking to young people about the lessons she has learned and the importance of strong ethical leadership. She has donated profits from her book to further ethics education for high school and college students.

Barbara Corcoran

As a motivational and business speaker, Barbara Corcoran inspires her audience by leading them through her life and experiences. Barbara began her career when she left her waitressing job to start her own real estate company and in twenty-five years Barbara turned that company into a five-billion-dollar business. Barbara then moved on to create her own television production and business consulting company, Barbara Corcoran Inc. She is now the real estate contributor for NBC’s Today Show and CNBC and writes weekly real estate column for the Daily News and monthly columns for MORE Magazine and Redbook. Barbara’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude brings a refreshing approach to her motivational talks, which leaves the audience at the edge of their seats.

Maddy Dychtwald

Maddy Dychtwald brings more to her keynote speeches than just facts. Her vivacious attitude and multi-media presentations transform a time usually spent just listening to a speaker into an experience that seems to fly by. Maddy is a nationally recognized author, public speaker, marketing executive and entrepreneur. With over 20 years as an expert on the lifestyle, marketing, and retirement implications of the “age wave” Maddy brings her innovative research to the stage.

Juliet Funt

Juliet helps overloaded individuals and companies reclaim the time to think and focus during their busy, busy days. Juliet helps attendees learn the pivotal difference between activity and productivity. She teaches them a streamlined method for personal process improvement – leading to more creativity and engagement. Juliet is the CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, a training and consultancy firm that brings companies a measurable method to reclaim simplicity and thoughtfulness. She is passionately committed to helping overloaded professionals change the way they work for the better and her clients include companies like Costco, American Express, Nike and P&G.

Gail Evans

Gail Evans is a female motivational speaker who has helped women be influential in the workplace and provides the tools for them to succeed. She takes from her book Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman and her experience as Executive Vice President of CNN to bring insight and knowledge to her audiences. Gail’s newest book, She Wins, You Win as well as her weekly radio segment "It's Not Just A Man's World," which is syndicated to 1900 CNN Radio affiliates across the United States, has made her wisdom one that is sought-after by major corporations. Her revolutionary keynotes will help your organization implement new strategies to encourage creativity and create a thriving work environment.

Jayne Sanders

It is finally alright to bring work home with you! Jayne Sanders provides the tools for the men and women in your audience to communicate better at work and at home. As founder and creator of GenderSmart Solutions and author of GenderSmart: Solving the Communication Puzzle between Men and Women, Jayne is an expert on the communication dynamics between men and women. Your team will have devices to implement a fresh new communication channel that will encourage creativity and innovation throughout the office!

Lisa Ling

As the field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News' Nightline and National Geographic's Explorer, Lisa Ling has reported from dozens of countries, covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India and the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, among other issues that are too often ignored. Lisa got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at 21 years of age. She later went on to become a co-host of ABC Daytime's hit show The View, which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show. In 2011, Lisa began her own series on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, titled Our America with Lisa Ling. Lisa was a special correspondent for CNN's Planet in Peril series and is a contributing editor for USA Today's USA Weekend magazine. She is the co-author of Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood and Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home, which she penned with her sister, Laura. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Museum.

Maribeth Kuzmeski

As President of the consulting firm Red Zone Marketing, Maribeth Kuzmeski works with entrepreneurial-minded corporations and salespeople on unique marketing messages, strategic marketing planning, recruiting, and business growth. She is also the author of 7 books including 2 bestsellers, And The Clients Went Wild!, and The Connectors. Maribeth is an international keynote speaker rated as a Top 25 C-Suite Speaker as seen in Meetings & Conventions Magazine, has spoken at The Million Dollar Round Table, and Barron’s Top Producer conferences. Companies seek Maribeth for her impactful, informative, and inspirational presentations. Her ideas and strategies are thought provoking with simple and practical examples that lead audience members to success!

Carol Kinsey Goman

If your business is having trouble achieving their goals in the unstable business environment that we work in, than you need Carol Kinsey Goman as your management speaker. With her change-management expertise, business leaders will have the know-how to energize a work force by dispelling anxiety, make uncertainty comprehensible, and help employees find their creative potential. Carol has published 200 articles in organizational change and leadership and has been cited as an authority in media such as Investors Business Daily, CNN’s Business Unusual, NBC Nightly News and many more! Her customized, humorous, and insightful keynotes spark leaders to be more effective and help them seize opportunities as they present themselves.

Deborah Norville

Deborah Norville is a two-time Emmy winner and New York Times Best Selling author. She is known to millions as the anchor of Inside Edition, the nation’s top-rated syndicated newsmagazine. Deborah is also the author of a number of books including the New York Times Best-Seller, Thank You Power: Making the SCIENCE of Gratitude Work for YOU, which was followed by The Power of Respect, detailing the measurable benefits that result from respectful behavior. In 2016, Deborah, the longest serving anchor on American television, was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. A lifelong crafter and seamstress, she markets the Deborah Norville Yarn Collection. The line of high-quality yarn for knit and crochet enthusiasts has grown 678% in sales since its introduction five years ago. Deborah is a Director of the Viacom Corporation where she serves on the Compensation Committee. She regularly addresses businesses about the power of gratitude increasing the bottom line- both in literal dollars increased, as well as in enhanced productivity and creativity.

Caroline Miller

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, is the author of the best-selling book, “Creating Your Best Life,” which is the only mass market book written on the science of goal accomplishment and its intersection with the science of happiness. She is one of the first graduates of the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Applied Positive Psychology Program (2006) which makes her one of the very few authentic “happiness experts” in the world with that specific educational training. Ms. Miller is regularly interviewed and quoted in the media all over the world and is considered one of world’s experts on how to set and accomplish goals from an evidence-based perspective, as opposed to a “Law of Attraction” perspective. Ms. Miller is a graduate of Harvard University, and has authored four other books, all of which have sold for almost twenty years and have been translated into multiple languages. Ms. Miller teaches in the Executive Management School of the University of Texas – Dallas, and was the first Positive Psychologist to be on satellite radio with her XM Radio “Positive Tip of the Day” on their channel 155.

Kay Koplovitz

Kay Koplovitz is the Founder of USA Networks and The SyFy channel and is the visionary who created the business model for cable networks by introducing the concept of two revenue streams – licensing and advertising. Kay is one of today’s leading women in business, as she led USA Network to first place in cable prime time ratings and it remained there for 14 years. Kay is the author of Bold Women, Big Ideas, which she wrote to inform and inspire women entrepreneurs to create wealth through equity. She is also the author of Been There, Run That, an anthology of best practices of leaders. She is a sought after motivational speaker on subjects ranging from women’s leadership, women’s entrepreneurship, capital formation, creating a human capital ecosystem, to emerging media and management. Most recently, in 2016, she co-founded Springboard Growth Capital to invest in Springboard Alumnae companies, leveraging the strong brand, deep entrepreneur relationships, and extensive mentor network built by Springboard Enterprises.

Andrea Nierenberg

As a corporate speaker, Andrea R. Nierenberg has made communicating and networking with new and potential customers simpler and less intimidating. Author, educator, communications consultant, and founder and president of The Nierenberg Group; Andrea brings her 25 years of experience in sales and marketing to help her audiences improve the way they do business. Andrea is the author of four books including Nonstop Networking: How To Improve Your Life, Luck and Career and Million Dollar Networking: The Sure Way to Find, Grow and Keep Your Business, which have become essential readings for business professionals worldwide. Her expertise in inspiring people to make simple changes to the way they communicate has transformed people into networking gurus.

Jeanne Robertson

Jeanne Robertson reached her 6’2” stature at age thirteen. Perhaps it was an indication of a future speaking career that would soar to great heights. No, professional speaking might not have been predicted when Jeanne was in the seventh grade in Graham, North Carolina, when and where she would have been voted most likely to make the basketball team and least likely to be a contestant in the Miss America Pageant. She did make the team—averaging more than thirty points per game in her junior and senior years—but as Miss North Carolina 1963 she also competed in the Miss America Pageant where she was named Miss Congeniality. It was her participation in and perhaps even her losing of the Miss America title that turned Jeanne’s life into a succession of events which led her to be one of the funniest, busiest and most popular professional speakers in America today. With the flexibility to speak more often, Jeanne’s rise in the speaking profession was nothing short of phenomenal. Clients and speakers alike were quick to recognize her ability. In addition to a full speaking schedule year after year, she has been awarded every top honor and designation in her profession including the Certified Speaking Professional designation (CSP) in 1980 and being inducted in the CPAE Speaker Hall Of Fame in 1981. While she enjoys making people laugh, Jeanne views the role of a humorist as more than eliciting laughter. As audiences are holding their sides and wiping tears from their faces, she makes her point clear.

Diane Smith

Diane Smith draws from her diverse experiences in journalism, personal health, and as a TV veteran to inspire her audiences to better their lives in a variety of ways. To promote a healthier living, she also takes from her knowledge as co-author of Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction and My Own, which was written with MSNBC Morning Show co-host Mika Brzezinski. Through Diane’s dynamic keynotes, audiences are ignited with motivation to implement her innovative tools to reinvent the way they live.

Adri Miller-Heckman

Adri Miller-Heckman is a Senior Executive financial services expert with extensive nationwide training experience in business development. Her 22-years in the industry and 13-year tenure with Smith Barney/Citigroup included positions as a financial consultant, national training officer, and the Director of National Sales for Women and Co., a division of Citigroup. In addition to training financial advisors, Adri led multiple workshops addressing the issues unique to being a female advisor. In March 2010, Adri launched her first annual Breaking the Mold workshop designed specifically for the female advisor. Adri has been a keynote speaker for corporate conferences and independent firms. She is also an approved Financial Advisor coach at Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, UBS and Bank of America. Adri authored the book Seminars for the Financial Advisor, based on her own experience of building a successful practice. She also developed and copyrighted The Thematic Wealth Program, a process that systematically addresses total wealth management.

Sam Horn

Sam Horn, Founder and CEO of the Intrigue Agency, is a Washington Post bestselling author, speaker, and communications strategist coaches the world’s top entrepreneurs and executive on how to communicate more clearly, compellingly and convincingly. Her pioneering books – POP! Tongue Fu! What’s Holding You Back, ConZentrate and Got Your Attention? – have been endorsed by Dan Pink, Marshall Goldsmith, Jeffrey Gittomer, Stephen Covey, Miki Agrawal, Ken Blanchard, Mark Sanborn and marketing guru Seth Godin who calls POP! ”revolutionary.” Sam has been hired by EO to train their International Boards and Presidents on public speaking and media training and has worked with three presidents of National Speakers Association. Sam proves that by making your communications so intriguing, people WANT to listen to you. Discover how to be so relevant, people remember you and are motivated to say yes to you.

Cat Cora

It's no surprise that Cat Cora has become a world-renowned chef. Her culinary aspirations began at an early age, and by 15, she had developed a business plan for her own restaurant. In 2005, she made television history on Food Network's "Iron Chef America" as the first and only female Iron Chef, and in November 2006 Bon Appetit Magazine bestowed her with their Teacher of the Year Award, an award she calls, "the greatest recognition she could achieve as a chef." That month, she was also honored with another great culinary distinction when she was named Executive Chef of the magazine. With restaurants at Macy's South Coast Plaza, San Francisco and Houston's airports and another at Walt Disney World, Cat's bringing a taste of her culinary influence to both coasts. Cat is the author of three cookbooks. Her first cookbook, Cat Cora’s Kitchen was inspired by her Greek and Southern heritage and contains many of her family’s favorite recipes. In her second book, Cooking from the Hip: Fast, Easy, Phenomenal Meals, Cat elevates at home cooking to new levels, applying her “go-with-what-you’ve got” philosophy to creating simple, yet sensational meals. Cat’s third cookbook, Classics with a Twist: Fresh Takes on Favorite Dishes (Houghton Mifflin, June 2010) showcases her signature fast and healthy approach to family-friendly recipes from around the world. Cooking Demo Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reVV39hLG8I

Lynn Shapiro Snyder

Lynn Shapiro Snyder is known nationally for her extensive knowledge of the U.S. health care industry and her mastery at explaining clearly the complex U.S. health care industry so that businesses know how to succeed. Health reform, Medicare, Medicaid and Managed Care trends are her specialty. For over 30 years, Lynn Shapiro Snyder has served as a strategic or legal advisor to a wide range of health care companies as well as to private equity firms and others who invest in or service the U.S. health care industry. She has counseled on coverage and payment issues, compliance issues as well as with mergers and acquisitions. Her experience covers the payer, provider and manufacturer sectors. Ms. Snyder is one of the senior members of EpsteinBeckerGreen and has been at the law firm for over 30 years. The firm has one of the largest legal practices dedicated to the unique needs of the U.S. health care industry. Lynn Shapiro Snyder also is known for her work advising boards of directors and senior management on governance best practices particularly in the areas of compliance and diversity. She has authored two books on the subject and is founder of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation which is an organization dedicated to helping the health care industry network and to helping women achieve board status.

Polly LaBarre

For two decades Polly LaBarre has used her writing and speaking to help make organizations more resilient, innovative and inspiring – and to embolden and equip leaders at every level to make a meaningful impact. Polly began her career at Fast Company magazine and is also co-author of the bestselling book, Mavericks at Work. She also has a widely syndicated blog, Fresh MIX, which delivers agenda-setting ideas about 21st-century organizations. She has field-tested insight on the crucial question facing every leader and organization today: How do we change the way we change? She reveals the most practical and high-impact ways to innovate, adapt and succeed -- redefining how leadership, change, innovation, collaboration, employee engagement, organizational culture, accountability, and disruptive strategy are done. Polly provides an action plan to help leaders make their organizations fit for the future.

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