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Centered Leadership: 5 Ways in Which Remarkable Women Lead

Joanna Barsh

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Director Emeritus at McKinsey & Company, Joanna Barsh is the best-selling author of How Remarkable Women Lead and Centered Leadership. In 2008, Joanna launched the Centered Leadership project at McKinsey to help develop leaders able to create significant change in today’s complex and changing world. She serves on NYC’s Commission on Women’s Issues, has led ground-breaking research for The Wall Street Journal’s Women in Econ Task Force, and has spoken at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women summit, the EVE Programme, and at MAKERS2014.

Developing a Global Mindset

Cari Guittard

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As founding Principal at Global Engagement Partners, a boutique corporate diplomacy, global engagement, intelligence, defense and strategic communications firm, Cari works with multi-national companies as well as the US military and intelligence communities, providing strategic guidance on global affairs and public diplomacy activities. She shares this knowledge as an adjunct professor of courses in Corporate Diplomacy & Geopolitics for the University of Southern California Annenberg School and courses in International Negotiations and Women’s Leadership for the Hult MBA School. She has appeared in numerous media and radio outlets to include The Today Show, CNN, Fox News, and the BBC.

Using Your Nose for News to Elevate Your Career

Julie Francavilla

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Emmy nominated and award winning broadcast journalist Julie Francavilla greeted Seattle area TV viewers for two decades for both the NBC and CBS Seattle affiliates, known for her warm and genuine connection to viewers. These days, Julie is a leading expert in strategic media coaching and communications. From Ted Talks, to “all hands” events, to national broadcasts and Shark Tank, Julie is passionate about helping teams to sharpen their communication skills to get their message heard and remembered.

Becoming a Strategic & Visionary Leader

Glenn Lurie

As AT&T’s current CEO of Mobility & Consumer Operations, his 26 year career at the telecommunications giant has led to Glenn being dubbed one of America’s Mobile Game Changers. Glenn is also the one who negotiated with Steve Jobs to get his company an exclusive deal to carry the first iPhone in 2007, and led the innovative team who has grown the company beyond just phones, but to the Internet of Things.

Moving Up: Getting out of your own way

Katie Donovan

Katie’s company, Equal Pay Negotiations LLC, is dedicated to achieving equal pay by consulting to ALL the stakeholders: employees, candidates, employers, and policy makers with focus on the unintended biases in the hiring, promotion, and review processes. Katie brings a unique and perspective to the work due to her background in account management at a staffing firm and as a managing director of a trade association. She is is a founding member of the MA Equal Pay Coalition, a steering committee member of the Boston Chapter of 2020 Women on Boards, and frequently contributes to Mashable, SELF Magazine, Forbes, NPR, Huffington Post, and more.

Transition Resilience: It’s Not Just About Managing Change

Keith Wyche

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Keith Wyche knows first hand how to lead an organization through change. As President and CEO of Cub Foods, a $3 billion grocery chain, Keith led the division to double-digit sales growth in his first year. Within a year as President and CEO of Acme Markets (another division of SuperValu), Keith led the chain to growth for the first time in half a decade. He’s on the Corporate Board of Directors of WMS Industries and the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA).



Fierce Leadership: A Bold Alternative to the Worst "Best" Practices of Business Today

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life, One Conversation at a time

Susan Scott

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Susan Scott is a best-selling author, leadership development architect, recognized thought leader, and recipient of the 2008 Stevie award for Entrepreneur of the Year. Her first book, Fierce Conversations — Achieving Success at Work and in Life, One Conversation at a Time, was a Wall Street Journal best seller. Her second, Fierce Leadership: A Bold Alternative to the Worst “Best” Practices of Business Today, hit the Wall Street Journal and New York Times best seller lists its debut week.
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Libby Gill

YOUR LEADERSHIP BRAND: What a Brand Really Is and Why It Matters to You

Libby Gill

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After nearly 20 years in senior leadership roles at media giants Universal, Sony and Turner Broadcasting, Libby Gill is now CEO of executive coaching and consulting firm Libby Gill & Company. Her proven “Clarify, Simplify & Execute” process inspires people to increase levels of hopefulness in the workplace by maximizing “Leadership DNA,” building high-passion/high-performance teams, & increasing employee engagement through authentic connections.
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Communication Thought Leaders

The Power of Composure: Leading As Your Best When Things Seem Their Worst

Emily Bennington

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Emily Bennington is the author of Who Says It’s a Man’s World: The Girls’ Guide to Corporate Domination, and the founder of AWAKE EXEC™ mindful leadership coaching. She’s led training programs for numerous Fortune 500 companies, and has been featured on CNN, ABC, and Fox, and in the Wall Street Journal, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan. Her blog was named one of Forbes’ 100 Best Websites for Women.

Not Taking it Personally

Rena DeLevie

Rena is the Chief Compassion Officer. The Compassionate Management methodology is based on what Rena wished she had experienced in her 30 years with Fortune 500 companies; first as an art director, then in Creative Operations/Management and consulting. Her empathetic and business-focused approach has led to her being given a few nicknames including, “Hippie MBA,” “COO of the Creative Process”, “and “How may I help you?”. Rena has a weekly Compassionate Management column in The Huffington Post.

Transitions: Surviving & Thriving

Mikaela Kiner

Mikaela has spent the last fifteen years in senior HR leadership roles at iconic Northwest companies including Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, PopCap Games and Redfin. Her started her own company, uniquelyHR, providing HR consulting services to startups and small businesses. Mikaela delivers results by building trust and engaging her clients in creative problem solving.

Make Meetings Matter

Pam Fox Rollin

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Pam’s book, 42 Rules for Your New Leadership Role, now in its third edition, draws on two decades of experience in strategy consulting, management education, and leadership development. Her client list is broad and varied, and she knows first hand what she’s talking about, having guided executives of healthcare and financial companies through significant strategic change.Pam earned an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where she later served for eight years as a Guest Fellow in Leadership, Leadership Instruction, and as a Master Coach.


The Art of the Ask: Negotiating with Confidence

Selena Rezvani

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Selena Rezvani is a recognized author, speaker, and consultant on women and leadership. Her latest book, Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want, focuses on the unmatched power of negotiation skills in women’s career advancement.  In 2013, Selena was recognized with an Axiom Business Book Award for bringing working women’s issues to light.
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Building your strategic board of directors

5 Strategies For Taking the Sting Out of Feedback

Mitch Shepard

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Mitch Shepard has over 20 years’ experience in leadership development. She founded her consulting business, Dynamic Interactions, in 2001, and created the inaugural WiRL Leadership Summit in 2014. A sought after speaker and executive coach, Mitch works with leaders who want to achieve big results, amidst endlessly changing business goals and shifting team dynamics.

Social media & career success: Crafting a strategy to enhance your online networks & brand

Tanvi Gautam

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Dr. Tanvi Gautam is an international speaker, facilitator, consultant, & the only Asian woman on the executive board of the elite think tank, The Leadership Transitions Institute. Dr. Gautam has been published in Harvard Business Review, Business TimesEconomic Times, and on, serves on the board of ARTDO international, is the programme Director of Women & Leadership at Singapore Management University, & teaches at the university’s Business School. She’s the host of Asia’s first trending Twitter chat for HR leaders, CEOs and CLOs, #ihrchat.

Please Don’t Picture Them Naked: 10 Public Speaking Strategies for Fully-clothed Professionals

Jenna Lange

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Jenna Lange has been coaching and consulting executives at companies—including Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, J Walter Thompson, Expedia, The North Face, and Levi Strauss—in business communication skills and strategies for over 15 years. Her experience spans countries, industries and all manner of business communication challenges.

Authenticity & Confidence
Thought Leaders

Marshall Goldsmith

Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts and Becoming the Person You Want to Be

Marshall Goldsmith

One of the top 10 Most-Influential Business Thinkers in the World, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith’s accolades include Harvard Business Review’s World’s #1 Leadership Thinker, and Forbes’ 5 Most-Respected Executive Coaches. His 34 books—which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages, and become bestsellers in 12 countries—include the New York Times bestsellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.


Inner Critic, Inner Success

Stacey Sargent

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Stacey Sargent is a coach, facilitator, speaker, author, and the CEO of Connect Growth and Development. The Connect team helps leaders at “new-thinking” organizations such as Microsoft, Amazon, Raytheon, Expedia, Bungie, Moz, & BigDoor connect the dots between their inner and outer selves so they can bring their “superpowers” to any endeavor. Her book, Inner Critic Inner Success: Claiming Your Success While Taming the Critics, debuted in 2003.

Take Charge of Your VIEW: Career Advice You Won't Get From Your Boss

Lisa Prior

More about Lisa:In addition to running her business, Prior Consulting, which she founded in 2000, Lisa Prior is a steering committee member of the Executive Development Roundtable at Boston University. She’s served as coach and facilitator for the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, as well as moderator for executive education programs at Harvard Business Publishing. In 2014, Lisa was chosen to help design the first management development program for the Clinton Healthcare Access Initiative. She’s currently writing her first book, Unmade in America.

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BE YOU: 5 questions to ignite your personal brand

Lisa Hufford

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In 2006, Lisa Hufford founded Simplicity Consulting, a marketing talent agency that builds teams for Fortune 1000 sales and marketing groups. For the past three consecutive years, Simplicity has been recognized on INC 500/5000’s list of Fastest Growing Private U.S. Companies, on Puget Sound Business Journal’s list of Fastest Growing Companies in Washington State, and on its list of Washington’s Best Workplaces. In 2011, Inc. Magazine named Lisa one of its Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs.
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Lead with Confidence

Claudia Chan

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Claudia Chan is the CEO and Founder of S.H.E. Globl Media Inc., the multi-platform women’s empowerment media company behind the renowned global conference, S.H.E. Summit. In just 3 years, S.H.E. Summit has become a globally-celebrated leadership & lifestyle event resonating with women and men in over 100 countries. Her website,, named “the aspirational Facebook for women” by Forbes, is a mentorship-on-demand resource offering advice from hundreds of the world’s most accomplished women.

Susan Colantuono

The career advice you probably didn’t get

Susan Colantuono

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Susan Colantuono is the founder of the Women’s Institute for Leadership at Bryant University, and past director of the R.I. State Council of SHRM. As CEO of Leading Women, she inspires and powers the success of female leaders in organizations. Her latest book, No Ceiling, No Walls: What Women Haven’t Been Told about Leadership from Career-Start to the Corporate Boardroom, has been described as a “must read” by CEOs and thought leaders alike.
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Flying your freak flag: Putting Authenticity to Work

Joe Gerstandt

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Joe Gerstandt is a speaker, blogger, co-author of the book Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships, and a featured contributor for the Workforce Diversity Network Expert Forum. He serves on the board of directors for the Global Diversity and Inclusion Foundation, the Talent Management Human Capital Executive Research Board, the Chief Learning Officer Business Intelligence Board, and the HR Examiner Advisory Board.

Genders and generations Thought Leaders

5 Millennial Myths: How to manage and motivate Millennials

Gabrielle Jackson

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Gabrielle Jackson is the President and Founder of the Millennial Solution, a next-generation consulting group empowering leaders to optimize their Millennial talent and equipping Millennials to excel in their personal and professional lives. Gabrielle also serves as Director of External Partnerships at the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics, where she helps individuals discover how their unique calling impacts their work, and Director of Development for Right Progress, a millennial crowd-source think tank.

Being an Inclusionary Leader

Ray Arata

Ray’s personal mission involves going into the corporate world and getting male executives to stand up and stand strong when it comes to including and advancing women. With over 10,000 hours of men’s personal leadership work under his belt, Ray supports organizations in meeting men where they are and guiding them on an inclusionary leadership journey where women, the organization, and men all win. In addition to his coaching and consulting practice, Ray is the author of the recently released book, Wake Up Man Up Step Up: Transforming Your Wake Up Call to Emotional Health and Happiness, and Co-Founder of the Gender Intelligence Group.

Engaging Men for Women’s Leadership Advancement

Jeffery Tobias Halter

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Jeffery Tobias Halter is a consultant, author, gender strategist and the president of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women’s leadership issues. Jeffery is the former Director of Diversity Strategy for The Coca-Cola Company, and the author of two books, Selling to Men, Selling to Women and Winning With Women, The (almost) Complete Business Guide.

Four Generations In The Workplace

Cam Marston

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Cam Marston is the leading expert on the impact of generational change on the marketplace. As an author, columnist, blogger, and lecturer, he imparts a clear understanding of how generational demographics are changing the landscape of business. He’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the Chicago Tribune, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Money, and Forbes, as well as on Good Morning America, CNN International, Weekend Marketplace, and the BBC.

The Unexpected Leader

Gwen Webber-McLeod

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Gwen Webber-McLeod, President & CEO of Gwen, Inc., is a sought-after lecturer, conference keynote speaker and leadership development expert specializing in the strategic development of Unexpected Leaders. In addition to helping leaders achieve business goals by focusing on the competencies of confidence, competence, courage and calm, Gwen, Inc. also produces You Can’t Fail, a conference for professional women of color and women who support and lead with them.

Take the Lead

Betsy Myers

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Betsy Myers is Founding Director of Bentley’s Center for Women and Business. A dynamic speaker, Betsy leads workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership. She is deeply committed to the Center’s mission to enable all women to realize their leadership potential and to assist companies to harness the full potential presented by talented women. Betsy is the author of Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You. As a senior adviser to Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign, Betsy served first as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chair of Women for Obama.

Energy & Time Management.
Thought Leaders

Marshall Goldsmith

What Got You Here Won't Get You There

Marshall Goldsmith

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One of the top 10 Most-Influential Business Thinkers in the World, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith’s accolades include Harvard Business Review‘s World’s #1 Leadership Thinker, and Forbes‘ 5 Most-Respected Executive Coaches. His 34 books—which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages, and become bestsellers in 12 countries—include the New York Times bestsellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

Run Your Life Like a Boss

Jill Ginsberg

As an author, coach and speaker, Jill relishes order, tends to think in lists and doesn’t mind telling it like it is. After serving time in the trenches as a serial entrepreneur, corporate manager and becoming victim herself to the stress and fatigue of an unbalanced life, Jill combines her offbeat humor with her wellness and business knowledge to teach busy people everywhere how to run their lives like a boss.  Not only is Jill trained as a Certified Holistic Health Coach, she received a BA in English and Creative Writing from The George Washington University  and a MBA from the University of North Carolina and now runs a private coaching practice serving clients worldwide.

Your Best Year Yet

Cindy Whiston

Cindy’s professional background includes extensive management and sales roles at IBM as well as consulting, training and territory management responsibilities for MPS, The Arbinger Institute and Best Year Yet®. She has also recently been tapped to be a partner in Arianna Huffington’s newest company, Thrive, as a staff facilitator.

Why Mindfulness Matters

Lisa Abramson

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As co-founder of Mindfulness Based Achievement (MBA) Lisa has dedicated her life to inspiring women to achieve success in an entirely new way. Her corporate and individual programs teach high achieving women how to “Lean In” without burning out. Her MBA curriculum has been taught at companies like Google, Cisco, The Stanford Graduate School of Business, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Salesforce, Goldman Sachs, Bain & Co. and many others.

Lisa was recently honored as one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide by EBW, has given a Tedx talk and been featured in Fast Company, sharing 5 Ways To Lean In Without Burning Out.


The 8 Blind Spots Between Men and Women in Business

The 7 Most Common Pitfalls for Women

Barbara Annis

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Barbara Annis, Founder and CEO of Barbara Annis & Associates, Inc. is a world-renowned expert on Gender Intelligence, Inclusive Leadership, and Cultural Intelligence, advocating the value and practice of Gender Intelligence and inclusiveness in over 75 Fortune 500 companies, 10 governments, and numerous educational institutions worldwide.
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The Simple Six: Success Factors of High Performing Teams

Kathy Clifford

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Kathy Clifford has lead 3 companies in the Pacific Northwest, two of which were voted “Best Company” to work for during her tenure. She’s served as chairperson of The Executive Committee at Vistage International (formerly know as TEC), where she facilitated and coached CEO groups, and serves the community through volunteering for Hospice, Safe Crossings Foundation, and organizations that serve emerging female leaders.

How to Stop Overscheduling: Less Rushed. More Effective.

Angela Savitri

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Angela Savitri is an Occupational Therapist, Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach, Mindfulness Meditation teacher, and creator of the 90-Day Freedom from Chronic Stress ProgramTM. Having healed herself during a crisis that required two medical leaves from work, Angela now eases the chronic stress burden of high-achieving women so they can experience calm, contentment, and connection even with a demanding career.

The 5 Secrets to Your Success as a Working Parent

Rachael Ellison

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Rachael Ellison is a transformational workplace advocate and organizational consultant with expertise in helping companies successfully create and implement flexibility solutions that drive measurable benefits for business and employees. Rachael is a frequently requested speaker, trainer and writer whose work has appeared in Forbes, the Huffington Post, The Broad Experience podcast, WNYC’s New Tech City and Smartbrief Workforce. She recently joined the Center for Parental Leave Leadership as a Senior Partner. She is also the author of the forthcoming book, Reworking Parenthood.

Let Go: Overcoming the Blocks in the Way of Your Career Bliss

Kathy Caprino

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Kathy Caprino, M.A., is a nationally-recognized career success coach, writer, leadership trainer and speaker dedicated to the advancement of women in business. She’s the author of Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power and Purpose, and Founder/President of Ellia Communications, Inc. and the Amazing Career Project. A Forbes and Huffington Post contributor, she’s a top media source on career and business success, and has appeared in over 100 leading publications, and on national radio and television. For more information, visit

Laura Vanderkam

168 Hours: Reframing the way you think about time 24/7

Laura Vanderkam

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Laura Vanderkam is the author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. Her upcoming book, Mosaic, will look at how professional women with kids spend their time. Laura is a regular contributor to Fast Company and a member of USA Today‘s Board of Contributors. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and 3 children.
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