Keynote Speakers

Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Professional Troublemaker

Luvvie Ajayi Jones doesn’t seem like the kind of person who’s afraid of anything. In fact, the New York Times bestselling author of I’m Judging You, creator of the wildly popular blog AwesomelyLuvvie, and internationally renowned public speaker seems like fear’s worst nightmare. But that same bestselling author was once a confused pre-med student, afraid of calling herself a writer.

The same woman whose TED talk has over 5 million views almost turned the opportunity down, and even wrote the first draft in an hour-long cab ride in the hopes that the organizers would reject it. Nobody is truly fearless, not even Luvvie—but we can learn how to charge forward anyway, and commit to not doing less because of fear. In her new book, PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear-Fighter Manual, Luvvie shows you how she’s done it, and how you can, too.

Shellye Archambeau

Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms

One of Silicon Valley's first female African American CEOs, Shellye Archambeau will share how she overcame the challenges she faced as a young black woman, wife, and mother, managing her personal and professional responsibilities while climbing the ranks at IBM and subsequently in her roles as CEO. Through the busts and booms of Silicon Valley in the early 2000s, this bold and inspiring talk will share the risks she took and the strategies she engaged to steer her family, her career, and her company MetricStream toward success.

Through her journey, Shellye discovered that ambition alone is not enough to achieve success.

Andrew Bolwell

Thinking Like a Futurist

The art of thinking like a futurist is a necessary skill in today’s world. Thinking like a futurist shouldn’t be reserved for a select group of people, but instead a basic skill set that anyone can learn. The more people that can anticipate, plan for and create the future they want, the better off we’ll be.

An understanding of the economic, social, demographic, and technologic shifts shaping our world, offers a blueprint to smarter decision making and business transformation. In a world where change is the norm, every day is an opportunity for reinvention.

In this talk, Andrew provides actionable insights to help the audience move forward and create the future they want and learn how to adopt long-term, futuristic thinking.

Barbara Bry

Relentless Pursuit Will Take You Further Than Good Grades

Barbara Bry joined Proflowers.com in April 1998 as vice president of marketing when the company was just an idea with four employees and no website.  The company’s plan, to upset the flower cart by shipping flowers directly from the grower to the consumer instead of using retail stores, faced enormous logistical and marketing challenges.

Barbara will talk about the ups and downs of the company’s early history using the People, Opportunity, Context and Risk and Reward framework as well as weave in her own entrepreneurial journey.  Proflowers.com, which became Provide Commerce, went public in 1993, and was sold to Liberty Media for $477 million in 2008.

Karyn Schoenbart

Essential Business Advice from One Generation to the Next

Passionate about coaching others to greater levels of achievement, Karyn wrote Mom.B.A: Essential Business Advice from One Generation to the Next as a practical guide on everything from effective first impressions and workplace politics to relationship development, work/life balance, skill-building, and overcoming the Impostor Syndrome. The book is based on the real-life business lessons Karyn amassed during her career.

Tammie Jo Shults

Nerves of Steele

Tammie Jo Shults possessed an early interest in flying, but she faced various obstacles on her path to becoming a military pilot. Applying her lifelong trait of perseverance, she eventually became one of the first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots in the United States Navy.

After concluding her Navy career, she became a pilot for Southwest Airlines. Tammie Jo's incredible history and talent received wide acclaim on April 17, 2018, when she successfully landed a Southwest Boeing 737 after an engine exploded at high altitude, causing multiple system failures and a rapid depressurization. The successful landing of Flight 1380 in Philadelphia saved 148 total lives including passengers and crew, as detailed in her captivating novel, Nerves of Steel.

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