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Women - Keynote Speakers

Betsy Myers

A sought-after speaker, Betsy Myers is a leadership expert who served as Chief Operating Officer of Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign, President Clinton’s White House Senior Adviser for Women’s Issues and as Executive Director of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Center for Public Leadership. Betsy has a unique background in politics and academia and is committed to personal and interpersonal leadership development. Speaking on various topics such as leadership, career development, teamwork, women’s issues, and diversity, Betsy has inspired hundreds of audiences ranging in size from groups of 10 to over 750 people. The presentations she delivers range from themes such as “Authentic Leadership” and how “Leadership Creates a Feeling” as well as topics about work-life balance. Betsy Myers is currently speaking and leading workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership. She is the best selling author of Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You, which was released September 2011.

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.

Molly Fletcher

Nicknamed “the female Jerry Maguire” by CNN, Molly Fletcher has recruited and represented hundreds of top athletes, coaches and media personalities. As a CEO, she shares her unconventional and unique techniques that made her one of the first female sports agents in the high stakes, big ego world of professional sports and now a successful entrepreneur. Molly is also the author of three books, the most recent being, A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating: How Conversation Gets Deals Done. Molly has spoken at hundreds of events for Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and associations across the country on topics related to leadership, team building, sales, business and personal development. It is impossible to leave Molly’s keynotes without feeling fueled with energy and ready to take on any obstacle that is in the way of your success!

Lisa Bodell

Founder & CEO of innovation firm futurethink Lisa Bodell is the bestselling author of Kill the Company, and her latest Why Simple Wins. A leader on simplifying innovation and change management, Lisa is often called upon by global companies to help them eradicate workplace complexity that is killing their ability to innovate and adapt. Simplicity is fast becoming the competitive advantage of our time and Lisa offers tested tools and takeaways to motivate organizations and individuals to action. Lisa has addressed capacity audiences at Google, Cisco Systems, Accenture, Citigroup, and Merck and is often the highest-rated presenter, as she engages audiences and empowers them with practical tools, tips, and resources that they can use to create immediate and effective change.

Liz Brunner

Award-winning journalist Liz Brunner is using her 25+ years of broadcast experience to help others build brands, businesses and relationships. Brunner's polished professionalism shines brightly in a crowd. Learn how to command attention with engaging conversation and an undeniable presence. Brunner is now recharging clients ranging from business leaders to on-air talent to professional athletes by helping them find their inner strength, stronger voice and confidence to lead. Her message and story are motivating and inspiring.

DeDe Murcer Moffett

Voted Favorite Speaker of Meeting Planners 2014 -Meetings & Conventions Magazine
DeDe is an enthusiastic larger-than-life speaker and trainer who grabs the hearts and minds of audiences through powerful content and high-energy Broadway-style entertainment. She is known as the “Snap Out of It Woman.” After overcoming 24 years of alcoholism and igniting the courage to breakthrough to success, DeDe is inspiring She inspires audiences to take personal responsibility, make lasting changes and ignite the courage to start living consciously applying their strengths and talent. In her keynote speech and training sessions, DeDe draws upon her extensive career in corporate sales and her in-depth research into breaking free of limiting habits that dull creativity, cripple drive and derail dreams. She then delivers a step-by-step methodology wrapped up in Broadway-caliber entertainment and do-it-now exercises.
Through fun and humor she shares the knowledge, emotional fuel and daily steps you must take if you want to unleash your best work, ignite massive creativity, do the unlikely, and keep going when life gets tough.

Karyn Buxman

Audiences love Karyn’s message of laughter and leadership. Karyn is a neurohumorist, one who researches the neurobiology of humor, and then translates these cutting-edge findings for professionals. She shows how they can harness applied humor to improve and empower themselves. Karyn’s presentations inspire cultural change within organizations that result in better customer service, greater productivity, enhanced morale, and employee loyalty. Karyn is committed to teaching as many people as possible to transform their lives with laughter. In addition to speaking to thousands of people every year, she is the author of Amazed and Amused, Lead with Laughter, and has an online training program. Karyn shows all audiences that change within an organization is possible- and it can be fun!

Lyn St. James

When Lyn St. James completed her first Indy 500 at the age of 45, she was just the second woman in history to race in the event. She took 11th place, and became the first woman to be selected Indy 500 Rookie of the Year. Leading up to and following that high-profile event were years of struggles and successes, wins and losses - from gaining corporate sponsorships to breaking down gender prejudices. She was selected by "Sports Illustrated for Women" as one of the Top-100 Women Athletes of the Century. Lyn has exhibited a unique blend of creativity, charm and tenacity that is equal parts sophisticated marketer, savvy talk show host and pure bull dog. She is undoubtedly a testament to the power of determination and positive thinking.

Laura Caldwell

Laura Caldwell is a Lawyer-turned-Author-turned-Life-Saver. She is a former civil trial attorney who is now Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the Founder & Director of Life After Innocence. Laura is the author of 13 books, including Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him. Before beginning her writing career, Laura was a partner in a Chicago law firm, specializing in medical malpractice defense and entertainment law. In 2001 she joined Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has taught Advanced Litigation Writing and International Criminal Law among others. She is published in over 22 countries and translated into more than 13 languages. Laura is also a freelance magazine writer and has been published in Chicago Magazine, Woman's Own, The Young Lawyer, Lake Magazine, Australia Woman's Weekly, Shore Magazine and others.

Elizabeth McCormick

Elizabeth supported UN peacekeeping operations in Kosovo as the S-4 Logistics Officer in Charge at the Battalion level, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for her excellence in service. As a Blackhawk Helicopter pilot she has completed Air Assault/Rappelling training missions, transport for VIPs like Generals, Governors and Congressmen and women, executed Command & Control battlefield management operations, and flown military intelligence missions. With her empowering, energizing delivery, Elizabeth is a sought-after keynote speaker. She is author of The PILOT Method- the 5 Elemental Truths to Leading Yourself in Life. She inspires audiences with her experiences and stories from her years as a Black Hawk Helicopter pilot and turns them into relatable lessons that any audience can put into immediate action.

Eileen McDargh

Eileen McDargh has helped organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count. She draws upon practical business know-how, life experiences and years of consulting. She has worked with major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. She is the author of many resiliency and leadership books including, Work for a Living & Still Be Free to Live, and Take Ain’t Cheap-It’s Priceless. Eileen offers proactive, concise, profound yet personal insights while interacting and entertaining audiences.

Nancy Lieberman

Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman is widely considered one of the most influential figures in women’s basketball history, became the first female head coach to lead an NBA or NBA D-League team starting in 2010. She played for the US Olympic team, the Women's Basketball League, and the WNBA. She is recognized as the only woman to play in an all-male league, the United States Basketball League and toured the world with the acclaimed Harlem Globetrotters as a member of the Washington Generals. Lieberman’s progress as a successful athlete and leader was based on her boldness and ability to take positive action. She is an influential communicator and has a passion for educating athletes and business leaders to improve efficiency and attain peak performance. Lieberman’s experiences as a mom, basketball player, Hall of Famer, coach, GM, Olympian, broadcaster, and motivator will ignite your attendees. Lieberman latest book, Playbook for Success brings Lieberman’s leadership and coaching ability to the boardroom to teach professionals the same rules of success she teaches her players.

Kathleen Kelley Reardon

Dr. Kathleen Kelley Reardon, Professor Emerita of Management and Organization in the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, has served on the faculty of the MBA, Executive MBA, International MBA Programs and the faculty of Preventive Medicine. She is a leading authority on persuasion, politics in the workplace, negotiation, leadership, gender issues and interpersonal communication.

Heather Abbott

Heather Abbott is the model of strength and resilience. The Boston Marathon bombing survivor, lost her left leg as a result of shrapnel to her foot. Just four months following the bombing, she was living independently and returned to her job. Within the first year following her amputation, she returned to the activities she loves, including paddle boarding, running and wearing high heels. Heather shares her story with audiences across the country and inspires others with her contagious optimism and thoughtful reflection on her journey. She has become certified as a Peer Counselor by the American Amputee Coalition and is helping other amputees adjust to their “new normal,” as an example of hope and determination. In addition, she is founder of the newly formed Heather Abbott Foundation, which provides prosthetic devices to limb loss victims of trauma.

Elizabeth Smart

The abduction of Elizabeth was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Through this traumatic experience Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and National legislation. Elizabeth’s example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after a tragic event. Her humor combined with her ability to reach the audience on an emotional level ensures that her message of hope reaches all. Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery continues to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by "every day" people and the belief that hope always exist to find every missing child.

Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves. Lunden has served as national spokesperson for various organizations such as The American Heart Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The American Lung Association, The American Red Cross, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The Colon Cancer Alliance. She speaks regularly around the country about health & wellness, parenting, success & balance in life, and more.

Michelle Stacy

If you drank a cup of coffee, brushed your teeth or shaved this morning, your life has already been impacted by Michelle Stacy’s leadership. For the last 35 years, Michelle has built a career that has culminated in leadership positions at Gillette, P&G, and most recently as President of Keurig. She inspires organizations to deliver innovation, drive growth, and build powerful global brand franchises. Michelle’s key to driving exceptional growth stems from her ability to create a positive and focused culture, high employee engagement, and a company-wide commitment to lead with a higher purpose.

Leeza Gibbons

Recognizability, Relatability and Reputation... that and more is what you get with Leeza’s as she uplifts, empowers and motivates audiences and viewers to get more out of life and business. Emmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons is one of the most well‐known pop‐culture icons on the air. In addition to her impressive background in the field of entertainment and news media, Leeza is an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness, and caregiving. She is also a wife, mother, businesswoman, EMMY award winner and a New York Times bestselling author. In 2013, Leeza published Take 2, a personal growth guide designed to help people recreate themselves and hit the reset button on their lives. Leeza’s uplifting personality shines through in this New York Times Best Seller.


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