Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck’s professional mission is to help women reach their financial and professional goals (or, put more bluntly, to get more money into the hands of women), thus enabling them to live better lives and unleashing a positive ripple effect for our families, our communities and our economy. To that end, Krawcheck is the Chair of the Ellevate Network, a 135K-strong global professional women’s network; she is also the CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a digital-first, mission-driven investment platform for women; she is Chair of the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund, a fund that invests in the top-rated companies for advancing women; and she is the best-selling author of “Own It: The Power of Women at Work.”

Before launching Ellevest, Krawcheck built a successful career on Wall Street: She was the CEO of Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, US Trust, the Citi Private Bank, and Sanford C. Bernstein. She was also Chief Financial Officer for Citigroup. Prior to that, Krawcheck was a top-ranked research analyst covering the securities industry.

Krawcheck, one of few executives to find success in large complex companies and as a startup CEO, is widely recognized as one of the most influential women in business. She has been recognized by Inc. as a "Top Female Founder", called "The Last Honest Analyst" by Fortune magazine, was named the seventh most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, was # 9 on Fast Company's list of the "100 Most Creative People in Business," called one of the top 10 up and coming entrepreneurs to watch by Entrepreneur Magazine and has landed on Vanity Fair’s “The 2018 New Establishment List.”

Krawcheck received a BA summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill andan MBA with honors from Columbia Business School. She has two children and two cats.



Sheila Heen

With two New York Times best sellers and through 20 years at the Harvard Negotiation Project and Triad Consulting Group, Sheila Heen shows us how to engage the conversations that are critical to learning, collaboration, innovation and sound decision-making in your organization.

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Caroline Adams Miller

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP Caroline is one of the world’s leading experts on the science behind successful goal setting and the use of ‘good grit’ to achieve hard things. For more than 30 years, she’s been sharing her research-backed, actionable strategies to help people cultivate more grit and dig deeper to clarify and achieve their toughest goals.

A Harvard graduate with a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, she has authored six books including Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017) and Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009), and teaches at Wharton Business School’s Executive Education program.

 Angela Duckworth, winner of the 2013 MacArthur Genius grant for her research on grit, said of Caroline: “I don't know anybody who has thought more than Caroline about how to apply the scientific research on grit and achievement to our own lives!" Caroline takes Angela Duckworth’s research on grit a step further by distinguishing between good and bad grit - not all grit is created equal.

Caroline is known as the founder of ‘The Awethentic Effect’ which explains the infectious impact of witnessing or hearing about someone accomplishing a hard goal.

Caroline is a TEDx speaker. Her work has been featured in BBC World News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC, NPR, and CNN, and more.

Caroline has worked with organizations and associations around the world including: Morgan Stanley, lululemon, The Wharton School/UPENN, RE/MAX, Booz Allen, Young Presidents’ Organization, Harvard Law School, American Bankers Association, and Swisse Wellness.



Sally Helgesen

Sally Helgesen is a best-selling author, speaker and leadership coach, cited in Forbes as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership. For the last thirty years, her mission has been to help women leaders around the world recognize, articulate and act on their greatest strengths. She also works with senior teams seeking to build more inclusive cultures.

Sally’s most recent book, How Women Rise, co-authored with coaching legend Marshall Goldsmith, became the top-selling title in its field within a week of publication. It explores the specific habits most likely to get in women’s way as they seek advancement. And it offers powerful practices to help women realize their full potential.

Sally’s previous books include The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership, hailed as a classic and continuously in print since 1990, and The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work, which explores how women’s strategic insights can strengthen their careers and their organizations. The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations, published in 1995, was cited in The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books on leadership of all time and credited with bringing the language of inclusion into business.

In addition to delivering workshops and keynotes in corporations, partnership firms, universities and associations around the world, Sally has consulted with the UN on building more inclusive country offices in Africa and Asia and led seminars at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Smith College. She is a contributing editor for Strategy+Business magazine, a member of the MG Top 100 Coaches Network and the New York and International Women’s Forums. She lives in Chatham, NY.



Albany Irvin

Albany Irvin was born in Louisiana; but raised all over the country by her Mom and Dad (aka Scarlett O’Hara and the Colonel). Being an Air Force “brat” gave her the opportunity to attend 15 schools growing up, which she perceived as a social adventure! She absolutely loved getting to know people from all different backgrounds and cultures.

Since 1995, Albany has had the privilege of assisting companies across North America and Europe to develop, brand, and launch B2B and B2C products. Her educational background in Chemistry and Biology, along with a career path specializing in consumer electronics, made her extremely adept at delivering highly technical information and translating it into easily understandable messaging. Her ability to communicate and connect with people at all levels also opened many doors for Sales Training, Media Training, and Executive Coaching within these companies. Her dynamic presence and engaging demeanor kept her clients returning year after year.

In 2009, Albany uprooted her California family and headed East to Philadelphia to join the QVC team. At QVC she found that her multi-faceted upbringing, along with her extensive travels as an adult made for the perfect marriage in becoming a full time On-Air Show Host. Albany’s unquenchable thirst for learning new things made her the go-to Electronics and HighTech Beauty host in the ever-changing retail landscape. She loves when the “light bulb” moment occurs and the viewers feel empowered to make decisions that fit their lifestyle. A fitness instructor since 1992, Albany loves chatting about Wellness, Zumba, and Clean Cooking. And if you watch closely, you’ll see the “Southern Belle” in her emerge when she’s on with Fashion, Jewelry, and Beauty shows. Her love for all things Glamourous was showcased as she attended and hosted live broadcasts at NY Fashion Week season after season.

In addition to her on air responsibilities, Albany was an inaugural member of the QVC sprouts program for budding inventors and entrepreneurs. She sat on product panels, spoke at industry events, promoted media awareness (broadcast, radio, and print), and mentored inventors.

In December of 2016, Albany resigned from QVC. In 2017, she reopened her Media Agency; developing, branding, and launching products. Her zeal for bringing together people and ideas has her traveling across the globe pursuing her passion.

She will tell you her “Superpower” is Adaptability since her entire life has been filled with change, and the opportunity for meeting new people and learning new things. Her ubiquitous excitement, love of people, and every day celebration of life are contagious. Her desire to be transparent in her own life and “keep it real,” attitude make her a trusted resource. She has the keen ability to meet people exactly where they are in life and join in with them in conversation.



Andrea Kramer

Andrea (Andie) S. Kramer has a sophisticated and unique multi-disciplinary legal practice that covers all aspects of financial transactions and derivatives, with a focus on taxation, regulation, contract design, trading operations and documentation. Andie helps clients successfully resolve difficult legal situations, including federal and state regulatory matters, adversarial proceedings, and tax planning and compliance issues, while addressing interrelated business objectives, regulatory and legal requirements, and public policy. 

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Rebecca Ryan

Looking beyond the present, it is important to take a long view of where the women’s movement is going and the value of slowing down for greatest impact. Rebecca Ryan, Futurist, will share observations about what to expect as we navigate the sometimes-charged and changing dynamics around gender in the workplace, politics, and the economy. Learn why we are at a tipping point for gender equality at work, the future of the #MeToo movement, and why women should run for public office. Bonus: a moment of mindfulness.

Rebecca is the resident futurist at the Alliance for Innovation, a senior advisor at the Governing Institute, a faculty member at the Institute for Zen Leadership, the founder of Futurist Camp, the inventor of Futures Labs, and the owner of NEXT Generation Consulting, Inc.