Monday Speakers

Liz Goodgold - How to Make a Killer-Good First Impression

Branding Speaker, Author & Coach
RedFire Branding

Speaker and author Liz Goodgold is a fiery redhead with over 20 years of experience in marketing and branding. She is the author of RED FIRE BRANDING: Create a Hot Personal Brand and Have Customers for Life and DUH! Marketing.

Liz’s talks are the epitome of “edutainment” – blending information, education, humor, and real-world examples. This fireball of energy takes issues directly from her audience demonstrating how branding is the key to boosting business. Read More


Liz Goodgold

Margaret Bhola - The Power of Female Friendships

Author and Speaker

Margaret  has an extensive background in business, sales and marketing and human relations. Margaret, a global health advocate and National Marketing Director with The Juice Plus+ Company, fosters entrepreneurship in the wellness industry, specializes in establishing corporate wellness programs and helps health professionals implement healthy lifestyle programs in their practices. Margaret and her husband, Ravi, live in San Diego, California.  They are the parents of two adult daughters and a son with two grandchildren. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, family and creating meaningful female friendships.

Diane Lofgren - The Power of Female Friendships

Chief Marketing Officer
Sharp HealthCare

Diane Gage Lofgren, M.S., is the Chief Marketing Officer for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego. She is the author of nine books and dozens of magazine articles. Diane and her husband, Matt, live in Del Mar, California, and have a daughter and son. Diane enjoys spending time with her girlfriends, many of which she has had for more than 30 years. In fact, her longest friendship dates back to fifth grade. She is intentional about growing new friendships with women she wants to grow old with.

Deirdre Maloney - Bogus Balance

Deirdre Maloney helps organizations exceed their goals, and helps their leaders sleep better at night. She does it through her work as a published author, national speaker, and proud president of her training, facilitation and marketing company.

Deirdre has used her brand of “mild audacity” to inspire positive change around the country, presenting keynotes and workshops for organizations like the National Association of Women Business Owners, Vistage International, and Boeing.

Deirdre’s popular blog on all things leadership, a regular feature on, is a hit with anyone who likes a direct, authentic style with their morning coffee. Her books include Bogus Balance: Your Journey to Real Work/Life Bliss, Tough Truths: The 10 Leadership Lessons We Don’t Talk About, and The Mission Myth.

Deirdre Maloney
Pat Reno

Pat Reno - Time to Tackle the Last Taboo: Talking About and Taking Charge of our Money

Senior Vice President
RBC Wealth Management

Patricia Reno’s career in finance began in 1987 when she joined Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor.  Ms. Reno spent her years at Merrill Lynch and most recently RBC Wealth Management managing assets for high net worth individuals, corporations, pensions and non-profit organizations.  A former teacher, she is a frequent speaker and writer on various financial topics plus she has also trained and coached new financial consultants to the industry. Among her various recognitions, one is being named “Outstanding Woman in Business” by the San Diego Business Journal. Read More


Friday Speakers

Scout Bassett

Scout Bassett - Overcoming Challenges

U.S. Paralympic track sprinter and jumper

Scout is a competitive U.S. Paralympic track sprinter, jumper, and passionate spokesperson for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. She is a 3x US Champion in the 100m sprint, 100m and 200m American Record holder, 400m World Record holder, and a serious contender for the 2016 Paralympic Games.

When Scout was only an infant, a fire took away her right leg from above the knee down. Shortly after this incident, she was found as an abandoned infant on the streets of Nanjing, China and taken to the government orphanage. Inside these isolating walls, she lived in extremely harsh conditions and endured several heart-wrenching years of trauma and anguish. Read More


Kim Coles - Don't Let Your Past Define You

Actress, Comedienne, Author, Playwright

Best known for her five-season turn as the unforgettable “Synclaire” on FOX’s ground-breaking comedy series, Living Single, KIM COLES has starred in numerous hit television programs including Frasier, Six Feet Under, In Living Color, One on One and the uproarious TBS comedy series 10 Items Or Less. She was the co-host of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show, In the Loop with iVillage and has been a guest co-host for various shows, including The View and Good Day Live. She was the host of BET’s My Black is Beautiful, a show that was part of a national initiative sponsored by Proctor & Gamble celebrating the diverse, collective beauty of African-American women. Read More


Kim Coles
Elliot Kotek

Elliot Kotek - Not Impossible

Co-Founder and Content Chief
Not Impossible

As co-founder and content chief of Not Impossible, Elliot and his team utilized crowd-sourcing to crowd-solve healthcare issues by providing low-cost and DIY tech to people in need all over the world.  Not Impossible projects Elliot produced include - Project Daniel - 3D Printing Prosthetic Limbs for Children of War Torn Sudan; The Brainwriter - a prototype EEG sensor and eye-tracking device that enables those with ALS and other locked-in syndromes to create and communicate using just brainwaves and eye movements; and Don's Voice - a freely downloadable interface software that enables those with locked-in syndromes like Motor Neurone Disease to spell and "speak" independently. Read More


Sallie Krawcheck - Own It: The Power of Women at Work

Co-Founder and CEO

With a reputation for integrity, creativity, independence of thought, a sense of humor and an unrelenting focus on results, Sallie Krawcheck has built a career that has reached the top levels of success across a range of functions: as a senior corporate executive, as a research analyst and now as an entrepreneur. Recently named number 9 on Fast Company’s list of the “100 Most Creative People 2014,” she has also been referred to as one of the most successful and influential executives in financial services. From turning around and growing troubled wealth management businesses to eliminating Wall Street conflicts of interest and advocating a true client-centered business model, Fortune Magazine called her “The Last Honest Analyst” during her tenure at Sanford Bernstein. Read More


Sallie Krawcheck